Albums, Hip-Hop | Kinetics & One Love — You Are Not Alone [Album Release]

Posted by on August 29, 2012

When Kinetics & One Love released their first album in 2009, it was evident that they were still students in college (albeit extremely talented ones). Their debut, Fading Back to Normal, was crafted around an abrupt breakup, and the mood vacillated as Kinetics utilized the recording process to heal his wounds. While the album spawned many fan-favorites, blog-standouts, and even the quadruple-platinum single “Airplanes” (later recorded by B.o.B), it was the sense of potential that lingered after the release that drew them such a quick and organic following.

Three years later, after constructing a new twelve-track LP that is immediately indicative of their growth—both as a collective and individually—Kinetics & One Love reached the top ten of the iTunes hip-hop charts, just two hours into the album’s release. The immediate popularity of the album has to do with the fact that while You Are Not Alone is not really a departure from their sound, it has been sincerely refined and developed, and the scope of their work has radically escalated. While Fading… had a heavy dose of impactful and conscious material in its own right, here Kinetics has made that the focus, pinning the album’s success on his fluency while speaking about global and personal issues, which he executes with astounding ease and eloquence. You Are Not Alone frequently veers beyond the local, which is part of what makes it such a striking release from artists so early in their careers. It is also uncharacteristic for its time given the strong album concept, which Kinetics described as its being told from “the perspective a futuristic alien society reflecting upon Earth’s mistakes in 2012 and pondering the future direction of mankind.” This theme tightly winds around the material in metaphors that gives it a true sense of unity—something almost entirely lost in an iTunes-dominated era of music.

While Kinetics has fine-tuned and sharpened his flows, One Love’s production game has elevated remarkably, weaving together elements of hip-hop, pop, and EDM to create a soundscape that is captivating and melodic all the way through—battling Kinetics’ lyrics and flow head-on as the most memorable and hypnotizing constituent of every song. His growing presence as a producer plays a prime role in the duo’s development, which—accompanied with Kinetics’ more dominant vocal presence and delivery—has given them the power to sustain the listener’s attention for a proper full-length and then some.

Over its twelve tracks Kinetics drops copious amounts of knowledge, touching upon domestic abuse in “Hideous,” teen suicide in “Sign Language” with Wynter Gordon, and struggling to fit it on “Sometimes I Feel Like A Robot,” a song that perfectly balances Kinetics’ ability to please hip-hop heads and lyrical enthusiasts as well as those with a pop ear. Kinetics & One Love were clearly selective in their pursuit of features, as everyone here serves a purpose, whether it’s Termanology starting off the triumphant “Still Dreamin'” with a precise and fierce flow, Yung Joey adding boast and posture to the club jam “In My Own World,” or Accent blazing through the most complex of rhyme constructions (“the heart of this artist harbors a harshness/from horrible hardships so heartily harnessed”) on the standout “This Too Shall Pass.” Other features include Nitty Scott, KGB, Paulina Goudieva, Mimoza, B.Love, Hunter Stout, and KTSB, as well as producer Kenna Okoye, who helped construct what are arguably two of the album’s liveliest instrumentals (“Hideous” and “In My Own World”). This album is well worth your $10 on iTunes, because beyond these twelve tracks you are supporting hip-hop with a soul and message, and proving that it can still be profitable for artists and labels.

DOWNLOAD ON ITUNES: Kinetics & One Love — You Are Not Alone

Pop, Videos | SoMo – “Kings & Queens (Throw It Up)

Posted by on July 25, 2012


Just under a year ago, I received a submission as I always receive submissions, through a mutual friend. That mutual friend told me, “Listen A, I’ve got this friend that’s extremely talented. You’ve got to listen to him.” Although I’ve heard that story many times before, I begrudgingly gave him my e-mail address and told him to have his friend send it over when he had a chance.

When I received the submission, I wasn’t all that impressed. I replied back, thanked him for taking the time to personally e-mail it me, and told him to keep up the good work. Three months go by, and a certain “Drake Medley” is going viral across the interwebs by a local Dallas artist. His name was Joseph Somo, the same artist I previously turned down just months before, had become a certified viral sensation.

SoMO has come a long ways from recording covers in his bedroom, taking it to a new level with his Jeremy Brookover directed video for “Throw It Up,” an infectious Friday night anthem for those looking to cut loose and throw caution to the wind. Even Mannie Fresh couldn’t help himself, joining SoMo in the video as they fist pump into the wee-hours of the morning.

If SoMo’s music can make the most cynical of bloggers (I’d be lucky if he even responded to my e-mails now) turn full fledged fan, I know SoMo can make a believer out of you as well. Download SoMo’s “Throw It Up single for free below and get ready his highly anticipated currently untitled debut mixtape coming soon! Throw it up!

Hip-Hop | Childish Gambino & AD – Who Dat (Pt. 2)

Posted by on September 6, 2011

It’s been way too long since we’ve heard anything from Childish Gambino. It seems like he just fell off the map out of no where for these last few months, but hey, when you’re doing TV sitcoms I’m sure there is very little time left over for a side rap career. Anyway hes back with a few bars over J. Cole’s Who Dat. Before we get to Childish ,this SD guy mans the first verse and everything from the recording to the lyrics sounds amateur. I suggest you skip to the 2:06 mark where Childish absolutely KILLS it.

DOWNLOAD: J. Cole ft. SD & Childish Gambino – Who Dat Pt. 2    MUST DOWNLOAD (from 2:06 on)

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Dubstep | Dillon Francis, Wolfstep, Zoroster, and Benny Benassi?!?! | Dubstep

Posted by on April 8, 2011

I am really feeling the drop on this track. I do wish it had some hot vocals at the slower parts of the song though, I feel it would add to the greatness of this track. With that said this beat is still so good.

DOWNLOAD: Dillon Francis – Beautician

This song is hot, the vocals are sweet. I honestly did not expect the baseline in the drop to be so heavy it almost shatters your ears. Once I hit that drop my eyes widened, “Oh Damn!”

DOWNLOAD: Dada Life & Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Ft. Tara McDonald – Tomorrow (Give In To The Night) (Wolfstep Remix)

Cudi dubstep remix are always fire for some reason. His chilled out voice sounds great on the right dubstep baselines. Shakira’s Chorus works out smoothly on this track, just all around this remix worked out perfectly.

DOWNLOAD: Shakira Ft. Kid Cudi – Did it Again (Zoroaster Remix)

No doubt I saved the best for last. This live recording is the only version available at the moment, but for live this sounds pretty amazing. Almost too good to be true. Benny Bennassi is  a God. Not only does he produce some of the best electronic tracks, but this is an amazing dubstep track. You have to listen to it for yourself.

DOWNLOAD: James Blake – Limit To Your Love (Benny Benassi Live Remix) – MUST DL

Artists | Collin Mcloughlin

Posted by on March 18, 2011

Collin McLoughlin’s energy and passion for writing and performing great music, continuously fueled by his strong talent and the support of his ever-growing fanbase both inside and outside of the music industry has brought an exciting new voice to today’s pop/electro scene.

Collin began his career as an acoustic artist, writing and recording original material in his early teens. Following a successful tour to support this guitar-based music, he was recruited by three fellow students at Colgate University to create the hip-hop/R&B group, Nautical Young. Collin began by writing and singing hooks and quickly began to co-produce songs and manage the group.

Nautical Young’s debut album, ‘Just in Time’ was released in April, 2010, sponsored by DJ Benzi. The mixtape was met with rave reviews by fans and critics alike, leading to a college tour across the East Coast.

With the group members heading to different coasts upon graduation, Collin focused his efforts on his solo career and began recording a debut solo project in May, 2010. Combining his recent involvement in hip hop and R&B, with his passion for electronica, and his acoustic roots, Collin’s solo project serves as a refreshing blend of electronic, soul and pop rhythms. He has performed with Wale, Fabolous, K’naan, Sam Adams, and Lupe Fiasco.

Hip-Hop | Hoodie Allen and Yonas | Hip-Hop

Posted by on February 17, 2011

Hoodie recently dropped some visual to go along with his newest track which samples Marina And The Diamonds recording “I Am Not A Robot”. Props to director Zach Goldberg for coming up with an interesting concept for the video. Check out Hoodie on Facebook and Twitter.

DOWNLOAD: Hoodie Allen – You Are Not A Robot (feat. Marina & The Diamonds)

This easily could have been a single posted track, but I didn’t want to overwhelm everyone on their day back. This is a high quality track; great production, great hook, great verses, great style, I could go on all day… Our hip-hop fans should be into this for sure.

DOWNLOAD: YONAS – Fall back — DOPE

Hip-Hop | HIP-HOP | Third Degree – I’m on Fire (Beam Me Up)

Posted by on January 18, 2011

At this point up and coming talent shouldn’t take me by surprise, but every now and again I’m shocked at how easily a little name artist can upstage some of the biggest names in the game. I guess that’s what happens as cheap recording options become increasingly available to the masses. Look out labels, here comes a well armed army of indie artists thats ready to conquer your market share! The featured music video and track from 3rddy offers the bulletproof combo, strong verses and a catchy hook. Simple, yet effective (by the way, what rapper does he remind you of?) For more information check out Third Degree on Twitter.

DOWNLOAD: 3rd Degree – I’m On Fire (Beam Me Up)

BONUS:

Timbaland – Carry Out ft. Justin Timberlake (3rddy Baby remix) by NewEnglandRapsNeo