Posts Tagged ‘alt hip hop’

May 24, 2018

I still recall the first time I encountered Sacramento’s Death Grips and having to pick my jaw straight off the floor after finding myself entangled in the sheer violence of their rampaging experimental hip hop. It was well over seven years ago, and I Heart Moosiq was a but a baby then. I quickly hopped on the blog to rave near incoherently about how strangely addictive and wildly scintillating they were. And some of the comments were quite appreciative of the post. One fan was glad Death Grips was finally getting recognized for their groundbreaking, trailblazing music. Since then, Death Grips has become a much acclaimed sensation, always pushing boundaries and breaking barriers with their ominous music, described as some as industrial hip hop or digital hardcore. They’re known for being a phenomenal live act, and they’ve had their share of “are they breaking up or not” disputes over the years on venerated sites like Pitchfork and more. Death Grips’ wicked new song Flies lead us into that reverie, and we’re more than eager to share the hypnotically turbulent, visceral heaving track, a corrosive taste from their next album Year of the Snitch. For updates regarding that next full length, you can check Death Grips’ enigmatic site, here.

May 22, 2018
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Brooke Candy, whom I oft associate with fellow pop phenom Charli XCX due to their fabulous collaborations together in the past, takes no prisoners with her latest unbridled song, WAR. The edgy and imaginative LA-based singer songwriter heralds in a new pop-punk direction on the politically charged song which fuses elements of thrash and hardcore with

gritty sharp hooks and a bloodthirsty rejection of the status quo. The vehemence of WAR’s raucous grunge pop rivals that of Sleigh Bells’ strident offerings, paired with the jarring edginess of M.I.A.’s hip hop. “‘WAR’ speaks to what is happening on planet earth – how the political and cultural landscapes are so unfair,” says Brooke on the track. “It’s an anthem to wake people up and seek aggressive change in the world; to protest and shake things up.” We love how much Brooke Candy shakes us up with WAR, which can be found on iTunes, here.

May 18, 2018
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Movement is our first taste of new music from Oliver Tree since the LA-based singer songwriter and producer gave us his genre-bending EP Alien Boy. And trust me, you’re going to want to get up and “move” to this new one. Oliver Tree serves up a signature blend of gritty hip hop, alt rock, and vehement electronica on the truly unique and fresh tune. He continues to push boundaries and break new ground with his scintillating style of music. 2017 was wild for Oliver Tree. Not only did he join Whethan on select dates of The Chainsmokers’ Memories Tour, but he also teamed up with his friends (and IHM Chicago faves) Louis The Child on select dates of their tour, too. Then there was his solo festival debuts at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands (where I was fortunate enough to dash over in time to the Panhandle Stage to catch a ridiculously large crowd of people going savage to his set). And now 2018′s looking to be more of the same now that Oliver Tree is back with deliciously festering Movement. Download/stream the single via additional outlets, here.

May 16, 2018
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Detroit to LA transplant Yoshi Flower is back with a new single named Woke, and it’s a splendorous effusion of the gifted artist’s genre-bending music. He first dashed on to the scene two months ago with Movies before featuring on Elohim’s Panic Attacks. I don’t usually watch live streams of festivals, but I just had to tune into Elohim’s set at Coachella, not only because we’re eternally in love with that amazing human, but because we’re such huge fans of Yoshi Flower too. It was a thrill to see the LA roommates tear up the stage with their song together. On new song Woke, Yoshi Flower expertly blends alt rock, hip hop, and trappy electronica to give us a truly enlightening song. He takes broiling guitars reminiscent of Opia and the sooty allure of The Neighbourhood then gives that concoction his own hazy smoldering twist. Yoshi recently finished working on his debut album, which we can’t wait to find out more about. He’s also hit the road with chillwave extraordinaire Washed Out for five West Coast dates culminating in shows in LA on May 30th and NYC on June 6th. Woke will be streaming on all major services come this Friday, May 18th. Re-visit our prior Yoshi Flower features, here.

May 16, 2018
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We’ve been eagerly singing Yungblud praises since the Yorkshire artist made his debut nearly a full year ago with King Charles, and we’re thrilled he’s picked up so much buzz in the interim since. His rollicking music is full of fiery spirit and genre-defying verve. The 20 year old musician from England dropped a killer debut EP a few months ago. He’s since followed it up with a bold and brazen new track named 21st Century Liability, whose squishy rap rock and high voltage ferocity channels some major Beastie Boy vibes. 21st Century Liability is a rip roaring anthem from one of the brightest young rising stars in the alt landscape. Re-visit our prior Yungblud features, here.

May 11, 2018
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I rarely touch a video game console these days despite how often I found myself punching away at controls during my youth. As such, I’ve never really played EA Sports’ FIFA releases, though I’ve come to realize that its soundtracks are always in line with my own music tastes. FIFA 2018 World Cup’s trailer features a song that involves two artists we hold dear here at IHM, namely electro-soul trailblazer NoMBe and rising hip hop artist Thutmose, both of whom we were lucky to catch at SXSW earlier this year. The two combine talents to give us a frisky hip hop and funky soul jam named Run Wild, which comes off like a vivaciously cavorting combination of Pharrell, Outkast, and NVDES. You can watch the FIFA video game trailer, here. Run Wild is a whole lot of unbridled fun. It courses with infectious, untamed energy. 

April 10, 2018

If you haven’t heard of Left Boy yet, it’s high time you did, because this artist, described by some as an Austrian prodigy, just released his new album on Ferdinand on Warner, and it features amazing tunes like this one, KID. Left Boy is a highly successful musician across Europe, including Germany, France, and the Benelux region. As heard on KID, his lyrics are honest, his productions unique and stunning. Left Boy is a floridly crafted song, poignant yet lifting, anthemic and lilting. Hip hop, alt pop, and earthy rock fuse seamlessly, strung together with lush orchestral interludes and raw guitar strums. Unsurprisingly, KID has already garnered over 123K streams on Spotify and 44K views on YouTube since it surfaced. Left Boy wrote KID at a time when a friend sadly passed away. It’s nothing short of heartfelt. Six tracks from new album Ferdinand were made into a visually stunning mini-series, which you can watch on YouTube, here.

April 4, 2018
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Years ago, when I first started writing about music on I Heart Moosiq, I came across a Bulgarian artist named DENA, and I became insanely obsessed with her song “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools”, which I still love to this day. It’s a wonderfully spunky and endearing song that immediately reminded me of early M.I.A. and now in retrospect, also reminds me of MØ. Re-visit the still awesome music video for the track below. DENA, now based out of Berlin, has been MIA (pun intended) from the scene for a very long time, so we were thrilled when we saw that she’d signed a new record deal and released new track Imaginary Friends, on which she goes an extra dance-y route, blending 90s inspired hypnotic house and smooth R&B with her entrancing drawl. You know what would be really cool? If Yaeji and DENA collaborated, or if Yaeji re-mixed Imaginary Friends. Tell me that wouldn’t be a sweet treat. Imaginary Friends is out now via Mansions and Millions.

April 3, 2018
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It’s been a fantastic few weeks for fans of Josh Smith’s musical forte. If the name doesn’t quite ring a bell, it may be because you know him as one half of Detroit cosmic pop duo Gosh Pith, who were we’ve been fervently supporting here on IHM. Though it looks like Gosh Pith may have disbanded, or gone on extended hiatus, we’re elated that Josh has re-emerged as new solo project Yoshi Flower to give us much of the same quirky, forward-thinking innovation that he gave us with Gosh Pith. Yoshi Flower debuted with whimsically whizzing alt/electro-pop song Movies last month before teaming up with singer songwriter/production prodigy Elohim on Panic Attacks. And he’s quickly followed both of those gems up with a second solo single, Just On Drugs, a hazy prancing, gritty drifting effusion of Smith’s unique blend of hip hop, electro, and alt pop. Yoshi Flower’s Just On Drugs is just the sort of binary sonic high that we need, a playful and youthful, yet pensive and stirring listen. Re-visit Movies and Panic Attacks on Soundcloud, here. Catch Yoshi Flower on tour with Elohim. Find out about dates and tickets, here. We can’t wait for their stop in San Francisco at Slim’s this weekend.

March 28, 2018

We might have missed out on this newcomer from the Midwest up till now, but it’s better late than never. And I’m sure you’ll agree once you’ve taken in the majesty and beauty of 1010 Benja SL’s R&B soul on recent single Wind Up Space. Tell me this isn’t a phenomenally moving piece, embellished with grand orchestral strings and brass. The electronic production on the song is immaculate, too, and 1010 Benja SL’s clarion voice emits such powerful anguish and regret. Wind Up Space is both cosmic and austere. Watch the starkly moving video for the song above, and stream his song Boofiness below, too.