One of my favorite things to do is drive. Windows down with the wind blowing, two 12’s bumping in the back, whipping my coupe around in the hills — there’s nothing quite as relaxing. If you know what I’m talking about, ‘Glossy Ride’ is for you.
Appleby and Anthony White encapsulated the feeling better than I can explain it. An airy, ambient intro comprised of an optimistic piano progression, waning background vocals, and a crisp high-hat arrangement. When the beat switches up Appleby comes in with his intoxicating R&B vocals, singing “riding in the coupe sitting low, riding with the bass so high” as he breaks into a sensual verse about cruising around his city.
This artist has been making appearances across a few of the music blogs I frequent, and his following has been growing exponentially despite his faceless persona (literally, Appleby has never shown his face online, and he’s about to blow up under his mom’s maiden name). Check this dude out on Soundcloud and Twitter, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
This is the kind of music you listen to with a rolled up hundred dollar bill pressed to your nose; euphoric synths, bluesy chord progressions, and Lais’s heavily filtered vocals describing the 80’s vibe in his penthouse. It’s a different vibe for him, a little less gloomy than some of his recent material, but I think you’ll find this is one of his best releases to date.
First and foremost, this song is expertly written and produced. Lais takes us on a journey, starting slow but changing up the tempo as the drugs start to hit, and finally digressing into a somber comedown. Explicit lyrics aside, the song describes more than just a drug addicts paradise, it describes the shameless limitless feeling that this young artist is feeling as he accrues more and more success.
Although I don’t have a sick black leather jacket like Lais, I think the groovy, upbeat vibe of this track is a language we all speak. If there’s one artist from Toronto that you shouldn’t be sleeping on right now, it’s Lais. Show this young singer, songwriter, rapper, and musician some love on Twitter and Soundcloud if you like what you hear.
2 Chainz is known for his insouciant attitude, so it shouldn’t come as surprise that he delivered this 6-track project solely because he felt like it. His last project, Trapavelli Tre, was targeted towards the hustlers and hookers living in the trap. This is more smoking music than strip club anthems, and I think our fans will be feeling this project much more than his last.
The title track sets the tone for the rest of the tape as a finger picked bass line rides underneath the expertly produced instrumentals. The lineup of ATL-based musicians on this project is impressive, and these beats were clearly crafted especially for this purpose. Moreover, Titty Boi’s hooks and verses are much more refined on this little EP than they were on his third Trapavelli installment. It’s as if he put more time into perfecting this nonchalant 6-track sampler than his full-length mixtape that featured the likes of Wiz, Cap 1, and Kevin Gates.
All in all, this project bumps. If you’re looking for some rowdy turn up and smoke out anthems, look no further. I was feeling Felt Like Cappin and MF’n Right, but check it out and see what you think. As always, follow Chainz on Twitter and SC if you’re vibing to his new ish.
This is the first time this band has popped up on our site, but it definitely deserves to be here. An eight-piece folk explosion comin’ straight outta Australia is the perfect fit for our indie section, and from the second you hit play you’ll see what I mean.
The bass line is so heavily distorted you’d think it was a cello being effortlessly rubbed on the lowest note, which adds an extremely organic aura to the whole song. With a slow, simple chord progression — just loud enough to simmer above the bass — it’s very calming to the ears. On top of that, they build up the chorus by slowly throwing up to eight voices on the major harmony. “Everyone Goes” is the most lax of its category.
When you’re trying to unwind after running those pesky errands, or just taking a break during a task, it will flow you down relaxation river, guaranteed. Very therapeutic. After you’re ready to get back to it turn on their up-beat single “Paper House,” it’ll be sure to get you back in the mood. Check out Velma Grove on Twitter and SoundCloud if you like what you hear.
Fun Fact: Caye in the dictionary means a small, low-elevation, sandy island on the surface of a coral reef, which just might explain his chill, laid-back lyrics and his easy going, feel-good beats.
‘Miles’ is a story about a guy who’s chasing after a girl, who as you might have guessed, is named “Miles”. But he gets witty and uses the double entendre for his chorus, “…Im just counting all the miles now, the miles now…” Meaning all the “miles” used to get to her. The song opens up with a tight RnB/piano hook; each accent of the bass kick emphasizes the elegant piano riff, switching between upbeat melodies and a reggae xylophone. When it drops you just want to jig to the vibey jam.
This kind of music is for any relaxing occasion, whether you’re smoking in your crib, whether you’re driving home or on the commute to work, whether you’re with a girl trying to set the mood right. It has this “every little thing is gonna be all right” feel to it. Be sure to check out Caye on SoundCloud and Twitter if you’re feeling it.
This is the sound that Marc has been focusing on over the winter months: lightly produced acoustic indie/R&B jams. Although he broke the trend with a vibey hip-hop and soul track titled 40 Water a couple of weeks back, the bedroom recordings are back at the forefront of his feed with the arrival of this new original single ‘Wool’.
A lot of the Marc fans who prefer his rap verses and hip-hop produced tracks have been voicing their discontent with all the recent acoustic material, but you have to remember that ALL rap, hip-hop, electronic, indie, reggae, metal, whatever-genre-you-can-think-of artists are — first and foremost — songwriters. At it’s core, every song you hear can be broken down into chord progressions, melodies, and harmonies. I think the fact that Marc is getting back to the basics and developing his composition is a great thing, and it bodes well for the future of his music.
We all know that Marc is a phenomenal artist. Success has followed him everywhere since his departure from 2AM Club nearly 3 years ago, and it’s not a matter of luck. Marc E. Bassy and his team work their asses off, and although he’s been touring around the world with G-Eazy for the past two months, he’s been releasing new music more consistently than any of his other on-tour companions. Show some love to the hardworking man and throw Marc a follow on Twitter and Soundcloud.
There’s a lot of ways that I find new music to post on UniversityHype, but the oldest, most effective way that I’ve found new artists is when an artist tells me “go check out ______, you’ll love them.” Mind you, I have people telling me to check out their music 100+ times per week, but when an artist that I respect puts me on to some new music, I make sure I check them out. That’s how I found Pillow Talk.
This small indie band based out of Memphis has a grand total of 57 followers on Soundcloud, and their feed is cluttered with experimental styles and incomplete productions. This demo sits at the top of their feed, and it’s the most refined thing that they’ve released to date. The upbeat, ambient, indie/punk sound is absolutely chilling. Enticing guitar rifts, poignant vocals, and the full sound of a live drum kit culminate into an impressively executed, recorded, mixed, and mastered demo.
I’ll keep this write up brief and let you check them out for yourselves. If you like their sound be sure to throw them a follow on Soundcloud and Twitter.
“We know it’s bad for us, but we like it.” It’s ironic that we do things that kill us just to feel alive. For some of us it’s drugs, for some of us it’s alcohol, but I guarantee you that everyone has their vice in one way or another. Skizzy doesn’t keep his drug use low key; he’s been singing about blow and bud since 2011.
‘Magic’ in this case, refers to some kind of euphoric upper, and Skizzy uses the downtempo beat to speak about how his habits have started catching up with him. Michael Keenan produced this extraterrestrial, spacey instrumental for the NYC native rapper to flow over. The two have been working together for ages, and between the Phoebe Ryan feature and the unprecedented guitar solo into the outro, this song sounds like a comfortable, familiar environment for Skiz to speak his mind on. He reflects on a recent hospital visit, the doctor’s discovery of arrhythmia, and some introspective thoughts about the way he’s been living his life.
It’s an easy song to empathize with, so give it a listen and see if you’re feeling it. If you are, be sure to throw Skizzy Mars a follow on Twitter and Soundcloud so you can find out when he’s playing near you.
You may remember Beecher’s Fault from their Do As People Do EP that we posted on the site back in August 2015, and although they’ve been releasing consistent content, we haven’t been keeping up with them as well as we should have been. Lately they’ve been releasing acoustic versions of their favorite tracks, but today they blessed us with some original content.
‘Fine By Me’ is the first release on Beecher’s Fault’s self-titled EP — which was released a little over four years ago, and was literally called “Self-Titled”, not “Beecher’s Fault” — but luckily we heard this acoustic rendition and just had to share it with all of y’all. The relaxing strumming of the melancholy guitar combined with the strained, haunting vocals gives this song a truly somber tone. The chorus is beautiful, the melodies are faultless, and the production is on point.
If you are looking for some relaxing indie tracks, this should be the first thing you download. This group is a be sure a great addition to your acoustic playlist. If you like what you hear, be sure to give Beecher’s Fault a follow on Twitter and Soundcloud.
If you like Ben Owens this song is going to hit you like a curve ball; none of his material to date has ever sounded this groovy. The production comes from an 18 year old producer out of Long Beach, who y’all might know as Cavalier. He specializes in really hip, atmospheric production, implementing a plethora of instruments into his new wave trap style releases. Ben Owens decided to write some original material over Cavlier’s single Lay, and the result is everything you could hope for.
His vocals are mixed in with the creative melodies and synth solos — faultlessly incorporating his style into the wavy instrumental. A clean guitar rift eases into panning pads, piano chords, and insane clav instrumentation give the song a certain profundity. Ben sings some self written material about looking for love and getting high, which is delivered, timed, and assimilated seamlessly. It’s not every day that we get to post artists who are this talented, but still so humble and underground. If you like what you hear be sure you throw him a follow on Twitter and Soundcloud before he’s considered mainstream.