Bass, Chill, Electronic, Indie | Oliver Tree Collaborates with Getter on “Soulmother, I Love You”

Posted by on June 1, 2016

The multi-talented Oliver Tree has just emerged with a brand new track “Soulmother, I Love You” featuring Getter. The Santa Cruz native is a producer, singer/songwriter, and rapper, making his music multi-faceted and highly original.

“Soulmother” boasts ghostly, undulating vocals, subdued synth hits and and Flume-esque production. The eerie atmosphere is complemented by head-bob inducing melodies and steady percussion.

This is the second time Getter and Oliver Tree have worked together on a release, the first of which being Getter’s recent track “Forget It” featuring Oliver on vocals. Check it out here and grab a free download of the track here.

Electro, Hip-Hop, Indie | Akouo – All They Do (ft Mayo & Monsoonsiren)

Posted by on January 26, 2015

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2014 was a huge year for Chicago born rapper and FNT regular Mayo and it appears 2015 is going to be no different. In a genre overcrowded with artists  jumping on sampled beats and recycling hooks from yesterday, Mayo has constantly provided extremely original music and unique, yet epic, collaborations. In his latest collab, Mayo teamed up with Australian DJ/Producer Akouo and Indie artist Monsoonsiren. In this extremely unique collab the trio successfully creates a sound that truly brings aspects of their respected genres to life.

Albums, Featured, Hip-Hop | Logic – Under Pressure [Album Reflections]

Posted by on October 21, 2014

Where do I begin?

Exactly 1,163 days I received an email.  That email just so happened to be my first official introduction to Maryland hip-hop artist, Logic.  Described as a young, talented MC known for his lyrical prowess – I couldn’t have said it better myself and fortunately for us, that’s still the same Logic we’re looking at today.  Since that introduction, Logic has been my favorite artist, period.  To call out a few – he’s genuine, personable, tenacious, confident, well spoken, and last but certainly not least, one BEAST of a rapper.  Preaching “peace, love & positivity” since the very start, he’s one artist who has stayed true to his message, through and through.  His story has undoubtably changed hundreds if not thousands of people’s lives for the better.  The craziest part is, Under Pressure is still just the beginning.

When asked what “Under Pressure” means to him, Logic responded,

“For me, it’s the duality of who I am. Being Bobby and being Logic, being under pressure personally in all the things that I go through in my life. Just as a regular dude, ’cause outside of music, there’s people who look at me like I’m not shit. I’m just little Bobby, dealing with the pressures from my family, where I come from. All that. Also, being in the rap game and just being under pressure to sell whatever you gotta sell.” [via XXL]

He’s right though – he’s the debonair “Young Sinatra” on the street, then he steps into the booth and all previous conceptions vanish. He embodies some form of legendary lyrical machine.  That to me is what separates Logic from much of his competition.

It’s clearly been a long time coming to deliver the album and as you’ll hear on “Growing Pains III”, he has recorded over 1,700 songs in the past 10 years, only 150+ of which have been released to date.  Under Pressure is far from a grab bag of records.  Carefully crafted, Logic and team have put countless hours into this album and I hope that after listening, you’ll recognize that.  The 12 tracks (15 on the Deluxe version) collectively paint a bigger picture.  As expected, the album is a very raw, personal look into Logic’s life, and more specifically his upbringing.  From family struggles to personal and musical accomplishments, you’ll truly understand the person behind the mic after listening to this album.

As if I haven’t already giving you enough of a reason to go buy the album, legendary producer No I.D. blessed it with his executive production.  I don’t mean to jump the gun, but typically anything he touches turns gold.  Then platinum.

“Conversations with No I.D
Who made hits with Ye, got hits with Jay
Now he wanna fuck around and make hits with me
If it’s meant to be, then it’s meant to be
Can’t express what that meant for me, what it mean to me
Man, I swear the shit like a dream to me, what it seemed to be” – Till The End [Track 12]

Last but not least, I want to once again give a shout out to the whole team at Visionary Music Group.  Logic’s in house producer, 6ix stepped up and destroyed the production on half of the album.  The rest of the team is too humble to take credit, but I thank you all for the work you’ve put in.  VMG is a blueprint for organic growth, keep at it boys (& girls?).

Without further adieu I suggest you GO GRAB BOTH DIGITAL VERSIONS on iTUNES and take a trip to your local record shop (or Best Buy, Walmart, Target, etc.) and clear out the shelves (if you can beat Henry to it)!!!  100k the first week!

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Albums | Tate Tucker – M.O.E.

Posted by on September 26, 2014

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Hailing from Los Angeles, Tate Tucker is the agile rapper that first got his shine off of a 5 minute freestyle over the famous “93 ’til” instrumental.

He’s come a long way since his high school rap days, and just last week dropped a stunning new video for his song titled, “Money Over Everything”.

Tate is a talented rapper and backed with the forward thinking production of Garrett Lodge, “M.O.E.” is really the full package.

Hip-Hop, Rap | Daye Jack – Trapped In Love

Posted by on July 16, 2014

Daye Jack is not a typical rapper. His story is unique. At only 18 years old Jack has an incredible amount direction and self-assuredness. He has honed his skills and knows his weaknesses more than your average teenager. With only one full body of work under his belt, there is plenty of room for growth and “Trapped In Love” is a fascinating, personal and beautiful step towards realizing that full potential.

Take a listen below, and get accustomed to a voice you will be hearing plenty more from in the future.

Hip-Hop, Rap | EaSWay – Younger (prod. Kygo)

Posted by on May 8, 2014

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Young college rapper EaSWay just dropped his amazing new single, “Younger.” “Younger” is a song that embodies what music is about. Music should be about memories and moments, not social norms and unrealistic shadows of societal standards that continue to plague and linger over the music and entertainment world as a whole. “Younger” transcends time and it can take you back to a certain memory or place in time and it can also make you think of and hope for a positive future. With underlying lyrics reminding everyone to take advantage of every moment in life and encouraging people not to take their time on this earth for granted, Younger is a piece that reminds us what life is really all about.

Events, Hip-Hop, Review | SXSW: GoldLink at Soulection’s “Sound of Tomorrow” Showcase

Posted by on March 27, 2014

On Saturday March 15th at precisely 2:50pm in sunny Austin, Texas the young and mysterious rapper by the name of GoldLink stepped upon the stage at Barcelona. A showcase aptly titled the “Sound of Tomorrow” had a bill filled with the futuristic sounding producers on Soulection’s roster. GoldLink was neither a part of Soulection’s imprint, nor was he a producer…so as I and the numerous other audience members asked ourselves what he was doing up on stage, he slowly began to gather himself and show us why.

GoldLink’s music is best described by Chuck Allen of Way Less Effort: “Of all the new sounds that have popped up in the industry, from the soul-sucking gothic southern grime that the UK and South Florida have been dropping, to the glo’d up trap of the Chi, this new “future bounce” sound really stands out. It doesn’t throw it all the way back to boom-bap like the “New New York” ish that Pro Era has been pushing, and it isn’t on that entirely digital production tip either. It mixes the buttery grooves of 90?s R&B with classic hip-hop breaks to give it an essence of nostalgia, and then turns on its head with bouncy, forward-thinking production from the likes of Kaytranada and Ta-ku. Add that to Goldlink’s roller coaster flow that fills every pocket of the dynamic instrumentals he tackles, and suddenly your head and shoulders are bobbing and you don’t know what happened.” *1

This future-bounce movement was prevalent all the way through his performance as he went worked through his short SoundCloud catalog, spitting out his semi-viral hits such at “Creep”, “Playah”, and at-the-time-unreleased song “Planet Paradise”. I was entranced by his energetic stage presence and ability to work a crowd whom was not at all expecting to be seeing a rapper on stage.

GoldLink has remained unseen by the internet world, but with his forthcoming mixtape, The God Complex set to drop in a matter of days, I can’t imagine his face avoiding the limelight for much longer. Enjoy, GoldLink’s newest release “Planet Paradise” produced by Louie Lastic, and be sure to prepare yourself for SXSW next year, since it’s never too early to start planning!

*1 (Chuck Allen, Way Less Effort)