It's been a couple years since anybody has really heard from rapper MIMS. Most probably assumed that after "This Is Why I'm Hot" got old, he'd sort of fade into one-hit wonder obscurity.
But then again, that's apparently not his style.
MIMS is dropping 'Guilt', his new album, in April and released the first single "Move (If You Wanna)" last month. Like "This Is Why I'm Hot", "Move" has a heavy beat that is clearly catchy. In fact it'll probably prove to be a very effective ring tone for many-a youngsters' phones. The video that was released this month is actually kind of amazing. The special effects used create the illusion that the breakdancers in the video are caught in some sort of VCR hell where they are continuously rewound and fast-forwarded for our amusement. It's really impressive the work that went into it. In fact, a friend of mine sent me a link to the director Keith Schofield'svideo pitch.
MIMS' album 'Guilt' will drop on April 7th on Capitol.
Sweden's Fever Ray (a.k.a. Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of band The Knife) has done it again. She's released another uber-cool video for her second track "When I Grow Up".
It's sort of like if the director of 'Cocoon', the costume designer from 'The Warriors' and the choreographer from 'Breakin'' got together for lunch, listened to this song and decided to make a video.
For those of you who easily forget, I posted about Fever Ray last month when I knew little to nothing about who she actually was. Now, however, after watching her second video, I am greatly anticipating the release of her self titled album which drops March 18th off Rough Trade. You can pre-order it on Fever Ray's website.
Icelandic chanteuse Emiliana Torrini gets her Björk on a little somethin' on her new single "Jungle Drum." The video's not particularly remarkable, but it's cute, and makes her look like a weird Icelander.
"Jungle Drum" is the second, and newest, single and video from 'Me and Armini,' Torrini's sixth full-length album, which is out now on Rough Trade.
The next single to come of of Kanye West's critically acclaimed album '808s and Heartbreak' is "Welcome To Heartbreak" featuring the vocal talents of Kid Cudi. The video was released this week and is already getting some buzz. Theme-wise, it is pretty avant-garde (sort of the direction Kanye keeps taking). It sort of looks like the TV rainbows (OK I know that's not what it's called, but I can't think of the name right this second).
Though some would disagree on whether or not this should have been the next single, this song is actually one of my favorites off the album. There's something about the lyrics that really get me. Right here. No wait. Here.
Just in time for V-Day comes "She Was Fly," a hunk of romantical sub-bass suffused Boom-Clap Soul from Amsterdam-based producer Full Crate and vocalist Mar with an absolutely precious self-shot video featuring a really pretty girl.
Fans of Dilla and Ummah-era A Tribe Called Quest, Phonte and Nicolay's Foreign Exchange project, Swedish Soultronica acts Little Dragon and Kissey Assplund, and Denmark's Boom Clap Bachelors should fall head-over-heels for this track.
I'm literally speechless at how awesomely amazing Swedish Indie trio Peter Bjorn and John's new Hip-Hop meets Glam meets kiddie sing-a-long single "Nothing to Worry About" and its Japanese neo-greaser-featuring video is.
"Nothing to Worry About" is the first single from Peter Bjorn and John's forthcoming fourth LP 'Living Things,' which is due March 30th via Almost Gold Records in the UK and March 31st via Wichita Records in the US.
Dirty South indie Rap cats Cunninlynguists—whose current line-up consists of beatmaker Kno and emcees Deacon the Villain and Natti—get their "lonely stoner" on with their new single "Never Come Down (The Brownie Song)."
It's their first single from what will be a split-release double album set titled 'Strange Journey — Volume One' and 'Strange Journey — Volume Two' which are due out—separated by a couple months—this year.
You can download the single, in clean, dirty and instrumental versions thanks to the folks at QN5 Records.
For D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey of the Pop duo Chester French, it's been a long time coming. From their starting days at Harvard, they've gone on to release a number of tracks, get signed to Star Trak and gain fans like Kanye West, and are finally releasing an album. They also have a video for the single "She Loves Everybody", which appropriately shows how falling in love and getting beaten up can be pretty much the same thing.
Chester French's album 'Love The Future' drops March 31, 2009. Be sure to check out their MySpace page and Twitter for updates.
Emeyesi and I were chatting about the Super Bowl and as with all our of conversations, this one too veered off into a completely random tangent that led us to C+C Music Factory. I started thinking about music that my brothers were into and how, by proxy, I was into as well. My brothers musical tastes were very different from one another and so I've developed pretty eclectic interests as a result. I've decided to look back over my influences from 1985-1995 and see just how I've ended up where I am. YouTube is going to be a pretty dependable resource for this journey but I suspect that it will have its limitations and not everything will be available. Considering what I used to have in my music collection, it's understandable if some things have disappeared over time.
I'm probably going to have to do this in installments so here's the first; "Do Anything" by Natural Selection.
I used to pretend the sexy girl voice was talking to me. It got me all hot and bothered. But I just realized that one of the things she says is "Make It Smooth to Tte Groove Like Sandwich Bread" and that just ruins it for me. I had no idea that there was a white dude making the beats and melodies! He's one funky brotha! I mean, check out that head nod he's got going on. Don't even get me started on those Bolle` shades.
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