We haven’t heard anything from Stonewall that we haven’t liked yet, which is pretty rare for us music critics. That being said, DRMSQNCR (the title track to his in-progress project), sticks to the trend and once again earns a spot at the top of our feed. The arrangement, intricacy, and ever-changing tempo tap into a level of “chill” that’s unique from any other producer you’ll hear. Although there aren’t not any audible lyrics, the filtered vocal samples seemingly speak a universal language. The nod-inducing, trance-kindling, dream-triggering style that Stonewall Klaxon has coined is as flavorful as it is catchy. Cop the free download, follow Stonewall on Twitter and Soundcloud, and stay tuned for some interview and concert footage that we shot dropping later this month.
After generating a ton of success off their last two singles, FMLYBND is back this month with yet another sizzling release. Their sound and style has fluctuated a great deal since we first shared their debut single Far Away back in Summer 2013. Since then they’ve been grinding; rearranging the band, enlisting the help of talented producers, touring the country, and consistently releasing new material via their soundcloud. They’ve gone from an electro-indie group to something much more complex, their new sound emanates a darker side that roughly emulates The Neighborhood or The XX. Heavy reverb, layer after layer of synth, and distant industrial-style percussion contrasts their carefully sculpted vocals, creating a lucid atmosphere for their melodic yet desolate sound. Give them a listen, if you like what you hear be sure to go follow them on twitter, peep their EP, and stay tuned for their next release dropping on March 23rd.
If you’ve listened to any music out of Atlanta, chances are that you probably heard some of DJ Holiday’s work. Notorious for hosting hundreds of mixtapes, kick-starting rap careers, and having his hands coated in commission; DJ Holiday is a name you should recognize. As for Problem, the last [notable] project we heard from him was The Separation with DJ Drama back in mid-2013 where he featured a plethora of well-established West-Coast rappers. His sound has always had a distinct Oakland flavor to it, which is what makes this Atlanta-based tape stand out from his repertoire of heavy-hitting projects. 808 kicks, constantly changing tempo, intricate hi-hat compilations, and monumental strings brand the production, complimenting the surplus of trap-rappers. There’s 20 tracks on this project, way too much to sum up in a paragraph, but some notable tracks I was feeling was Hennessy (feat. T.I. & Rich Homie Quan), Milkin‘ (feat. Young Thug), Say That Then (feat. 2 Chainz), The Bank (feat. Que), & Made For This (feat. August Alsina). Check it out, cop the free download, follow DJ Holiday & Problem on twitter, and stay hyped for his album Diamond Lane America dropping later this Spring.
IAMSU! released this short seven track EP two days ago and I’ve been really resonating with this accentuated West Coast club sound he’s been adding to his projects. While I’ll say this probably isn’t IAMSU!’ most thought-out or meaningful record but who doesn’t want to have a little fun here and there? & if you’re looking for fun, then you found the right project. Within these seven tracks you’ll find plenty to drink, dance, twerk, sing, smoke, and/or do a sort of drunken shimmy too. Either way this project is stocked with some of the most euphonic sounds I’ve heard engineered this year coming from IAMSU himself as well as his HBK cohort Jay Ant, P-Lo, C4, & DJ Mustard. Apart from IAMSU! holding down as per usual you also get a killer feature from Tyga on “Hella Good”, and Jay Ant on “Bandz”. Hit the play button, cop the free download, and make sure to show some love to IAMSU! via twitter/soundlcloud. Also if you’d like to check out an Heart Break Gang performance live make sure to catch IAMSU! out on his #EYESONME tour this March.
Ye ye it’s Silly Syl Radio Episode #4 featuring my friend Max. Follow Max on Soundcloud and thank me later. He’ll be bringing you an eclectic mix of electronic and trap music. You’ll find lots of solid remixes filled with fat bass that you can’t help but rage to. I’m feeling a little more poppy and upbeat this week, so check out some of the songs I would play if I ran a mainstream radio station. Featuring music from Mr. Carmack, Rvdical The Kid, Kehlani, and Skizzy Mars.
Gucci Mane may be one of the hardest working artists the game has ever known, even if he is in prison till 2016. Dropping material from the inside may seems like some sort of magic trick, but behind the scenes Gucci spends a lot his time on the outside in the studio cranking out new material. The only problem is that Gucci can’t seem to stay out of trouble, which is explained in great detail in Noisey’s Atlanta Episode 3. Views From Zone 6 is an 8 track collection sporting features from Chief Keef, Andy Milonakis, Quavo, PeeWee Longway, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, and more. Like most most of the prerecorded Gucci projects we’ve gotten since he’s been locked up there are some tracks you may like, and some tracks that may make you question my ability to do my job. This is a solid tape from the trap lord though, and I was refreshed to hear something new and fresh from Guwop. As I hope you are too. If you’re looking for a place to start check out “Eskimo” featuring 2 Chainz, “In” featuring Yung Fresh, or “Make Your Move” featuring Quavo.
Teal-haired mermaid babe Phoebe Ryan has been an underground music artist since 2013. However, the 23-year-old LA-based songwriter has been establishing herself as a prominent name in the music scene recently. Her recent ascension into the spotlight can be attributed to her R. Kelly/Miguel Mash-Up ‘Ignition/Do You’, which dropped last month and premiered on Billboard. When I first heard this track, I was struck by her innocent and almost child-like vocals, but I found myself pressing play over and over again. Her unique-sounding voice captured me. “Mine” was her first original song, and it was incredibly well-received by audiences, garnering almost 150,000 plays on Soundcloud to date. Rapper Skizzy Mars and producer Michael Keenan certainly took notice and decided to collaborate with her to create this feel-good remix. Keenan adds his signature bouncy, anthemic production beneath Ryan’s charming vocals, and Skizzy throws in a few chill bars, hitting on Ryan in the process: Hey Phoebe I really love your hair. You’re so beautiful, so damn beautiful. Oh the things that I would do to you. Keep your eyes on this lady on Twitter, because this is only the beginning of her takeover.
It’s finally here the moment we’ve been waiting for since Juicy’s breakout solo tape in 2011, the second installment to the Blue Dream & Lean series. With the first tape in 2011 Juicy reignited his rap career as well as pave the way for a very prosperous partnership with Wiz & Taylor Gang. Almost four years later Juicy breathes new life into this almost forgotten series in celebration of his return to the throne. This project boasts a star-studded line of engineers which includes Lex Luger, Sonny Digital, Harry Fraud, Drumma Boy, Crazy Mike, & even Juicy J himself. Juicy mixes up the sound of each track flipping from his aggressive southern sound that made him a legend in Three Six Mafia, to a more club-oriented sound that has shown him recent success in the mainstream. All-in-all this is Blue Dream & Lean 2, it’s exactly as ratchet as we expect of Juicy and there is no reason in hell why a fan shouldn’t have this project in their library. So hit that play button, cop the free download, and show some love to Juicy on twitter if you’re feeling this project.
Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug have cooking up magic together since they got together for quite some time now and last week the two dropped this little gem fo’ free. Their flamboyant sound may be a strange mixture of singing, mumbling, shrill sounds, and the occasional rapping but it works for them. There just isn’t anyone in the game who can do this better then they do it, and their chemistry in the booth is just to organic. Besides finishing each others rhymes, Rich Homie and Young Thugga go back in forth delivering bars about doing “Whatever” in a big way. It’s flashy, it’s fresh, it’s Rich Gang. Hit that play button, cop the free download, and make sure to look out from projects from these two as the year goes on.
If you copped Skizzy’s Red Balloon Project that dropped earlier this month than you’ve probably already experienced the bliss that is a Skizzy Mars and Marc E. Bassy collab. The former 2 AM Club figurehead has been doing phenomenally on his own, but something about Michael Keenan’s production really accentuates Marc’s best qualities. Lowkey synth, distant reverb-heavy percussion, and sensual vocals make this track another coherent gem for your music library. The bright, uplifting production pairs with the care-free lyricism to make an anthem that’ll have you day dreaming about summer time. If you’re ready to thaw out and shed the somber winter tunes for something a little bit more eccentric, look no further. Enjoy, and be sure to follow Marc and Skizzy on twitter.