Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on October 10, 2014
After numerous praise-worthy singles, the time has finally come for Jon Waltz’s full project. Accompanied by a unique story and visual representation, “Alyss”, proves to be an incredibly cohesive and well thought-out body of work.
In my mind, Waltz is still actively searching to find his voice, as well as his core audience. There are moments on the EP where one can hear obvious Drake influences, or perhaps the out layer of a Skizzy Mars shell that is shedding. That being said, Jon Waltz and “Alyss” speak to a very different group of people than both of the aforementioned artists.
For kids trying to find their place in the world, or young adults that simply like to question why things happen the way they do, “Alyss” is a must listen.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on October 7, 2014
Ace Cosgrove hails from the DMV, and is no newcomer to Fresh New Tracks. His soulful twist on rap saw him relative success leading up to the release of this tape. And now that UsvsRobots is finally available to the world, it’s only a matter of time before things really propel to the next level.
The DMV has been incredibly strong recently, and everyone is awaiting the next artist to pop. Take a listen below and see why it might just be Ace Cosgrove.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on September 12, 2014
Fueling my addiction for Virginia-based rap music is the new comer Bobby Capri. Although this project wasn’t even supposed to come out, I’m sure glad it did. There is an essence of old-school paired with contemporary rhyming to make for a very enjoyable project.
Virginia’s music scene is bubbling to say the least, so it will be exciting to see where Capri ends up within it all.
Posted by Grubeats on September 2, 2014
There are mixtapes and there are albums. Although Searching Sylvan is available as a free download, I hesitate in calling it a mixtape. It’s too complete, too cohesive, too deep, too polished, & too original to be called anything but an album. This, my friends, is a comprehensive work of art. Miami native, QuESt, has supplied the magnifying glass and opened his front door. Encouraging us not to download the project, but to listen to his story, Q’s genuine appreciation for his fans and his music is a true sign of his character.
You hear it often, but this is honestly one of those records that you have to listen to from start to finish – at least the first few times through. There are tracks for every occasion, but to fully understand QuESt’s story, as a fan, I ask you press play and don’t next until the conclusion of “May 10, 2012″. Then you should press play, again.
There are countless quotable’s throughout this project, but the second half of “Automatic” exemplifies to me what this story is all about. The below is just a bite and even that doesn’t fully grasp the message he’s putting forward.
“Aspirations, responsibilities, caught between them I’m torn
Tug of war with both of my arms
Strategize the cards that I’ve drawn”
There are life lessons, struggles, successes, high highs and low lows, and most importantly an endless hunger heard through and through. It’s still too early for me to pick favorites but the few that stuck out during my first listen through; “Biscayne Blvd”, “Make It Out Alive” (…YesQuEStCanSing), “Automatic”, “Erase Me”, “Hunger”, “Struggle Rapper”, “Jon Bellions One Way To San Diego (Outro)”, & “May 10, 2012″. Shit, well that really narrows it down doesn’t it? Rather than listening to me, head over to SearchingSylvan.com for a track-by-track breakdown by Sylvan himself! There is no weak link in this 17-song masterpiece.
Production credits belong to the entire VMG roster along with Q’s in house producers, The Marvels, the homie OB, as well as other very talented beat scientists. First and foremost, 6ix, who is said to be one of QuESt’s biggest fans, is as committed to succeeding with QuESt as anyone else out there. They continue to grow and together create beautiful music. We’ve heard what Logic and 6ix can cook up together, now is our chance to hear what 6ix can do with QuESt. Feed them hot sauce with their Chipotle and hell, you’ve got bangers like “Hunger” and “Automatic” – two of my favorite songs of the year. Next is Q’s in house producers, The Marvels, who clearly know him as an artist and can craft their work to his liking. From start to finish, these guys put it on. Another one that may have caught some of you by surprise is Visionary’s own, Logic. For the avid listener, we know Logic can produce and can produce well. He’s working hard at improving this aspect of his game and his work on “Biscayne Blvd” and “No Love In The City” attribute directly to that. And don’t let me forget OB, a resident VMG contributor.
Without further adieu, I present to you QuESt’s “Searching Sylvan”. One of the best collections of music you’ll hear this year.
Extra credit reading: “5 Things to Know About Searching Sylvan” by the good people over at The Redefined.
Free Download: QuESt – Searching Sylvan [Mixtape/Free Album]
Posted by VMan on August 1, 2014
The Parisian collective Point Point has been captivating everyone’s interest these past months, emerging in Paris’ micro-scene as Porter Robinson would call it, with Aazar, l’Homme aux 4 lettres, Devoted to god, and Nomak creating the music of tomorrow, influencing those who influence you, and so it was only fitting that the guys release the second series of the Filet Mignon mixtape, made popular last year by Alesia. The tape itself showcases the artistic generation of tomorrow, displaying an array of genres, ranging from emo-trap, to glitchy French house, and even straight hip-hop with the presence of Lousiana MC Joe Fnkoo, which is safe to say, the curation is spot on, or better yet, on point, no pun intended. Having had this mixtape on repeat for the past 24 hours, I’ve never found myself more intrigued by a project than this one, it’s truly a wonderful collective of art, feels, sounds, risks, and passion, which you can twerk to, drive to, jump to, fuck to, do whatever you want to. This is Filet Mignon II, the finest cut!
Free Download: Point Point Présente Filet Mignon Volume II
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on July 28, 2014
The day is finally upon us. After a fantastic rollout filled with excited singles, features, videos and tastes of what was to come, we have the whole meal. ComfortZone is the hard work of Chicago emcee, Saba. It’s difficult to categorize Saba as a hip-hop artist when so much of the ComfortZone is soulful and a near-R&B sound.
It is refreshing to see something so emotion-filled and different coming on to the scene. So, do yourself a favor and stop shmoney dancing for a minute to enjoy Saba’s ComfortZone.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on June 12, 2014
YoAstrum is no new-comer to Fresh New Tracks. Previous singles, “A Day’s Worth” and “Heav3n”, were a big hit with you all, making it only right to share the full length project, Alchemy In Heav3n. YoAstrum packs 13 tracks full of his signature beat selection and self-aware lyrics.
Personal favorites from the tape include the aforementioned, “Heav3n”, as well as the Lakim produced, “Jet Grind Radio”. Alchemy In Heav3n is viable and accepted across multiple genres and enumerable listeners. The forward-thinking production coupled with the melodic rap make the project a must listen.
To download the complete mixtape, head on over to Bandcamp.