Monthly Archives: October 2012

Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

Kendrick Lamar is getting a lot of buzz lately and I’d say deservedly so. His songs aren’t full of empty boasting but are full of true stories about growing up in Compton surrounded by gang life. It helps that Kendrick Lamar is a great lyricist. His stories come to life before your eyes like you’re watching a movie. In his first single “Swimming Pools”, Kendrick zooms in on alcohol abuse. It might first appear that Kendrick is glorifying drinking in this song but that isn’t what he’s doing here. He doesn’t beat us over the head with a sermon but he does deliver us reality in its stark and messy form. Keep an eye on this kid, he’s one of the most promising new rappers around.

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Local Natives – Breakers

Folk-Rock band Local Natives have just announced that their sophomore record Hummingbird will be out Jan 28th. “Breakers” is their new single which showcases the group’s unique harmonies. Local Natives are an exciting young group who have a lot of potential. If you enjoy bands like The National, Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Grizzly Bear you’ll probably find a lot to like in Local Natives.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (Live)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new record The Heist is one of the best hip hop records I’ve heard this year. It’s full of fun and thoughtful songs. “Can’t Hold Us” is one of my early favorites off the record.

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Hammock – Cold Front

Hammock have made another stellar album with Departure Songs. Hammock make beautiful post rock/ambient music. If you’re new to either of these genres then I’d recommend giving Hammock a try. They’re a great place to start.

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Solange – Losing You

Is R&B making a comeback this year? To me it feels like it is. We have gotten some great new music from Frank Ocean, Jessie Ware, and recently Miguel and now a sweet new single from Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s younger sister). R&B seems to be moving more into the spotlight because of these talented young, new artists. This song feels like it’s straight out of the 8o’s. I love the sample and beats on here, and Solange’s vocals sound great. I like Solange’s personality in this video and in this song. She’s authentic.

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