Posts Tagged ‘alternative 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 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 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.

March 27, 2018
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When I think of Sweden, I tend to remember the amazing electro-pop or folk pop that its residents have given us in the past. Busu, a rising artist from Stockholm, quickly subverts our expectations with his forward-thinking alt hip hop and rock. Roiling guitars and gritty “mumble rap” vocals (which are so in right now) endow his new single ‘Hate bein sober’, a brilliant take on Chief Keef’s Hate Being Sober, featuring 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. It’s a languid drawling track that perked our ears immediately and had us urgently rifling through his past releases with much giddy excitement. You can stream more of Busu’s music on Soundcloud, here, but we’re tacking on ‘Please stay out of my personal space’ produced by Dj Haydn & Teo Sweden below, too, for another prime example of this guy’s talent. You can also watch Busu’s video for ‘Hate bein sober’ below. More original music will be arriving soon. 

March 12, 2018
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Gabriel Black has unveiled a new dark and twisted love fantasy. He brings us a fresh effusion of his genre bending alt music on ‘jump’, on which he blends 90′s emo with rock and hip hop, plus he’s brought along Spanish starlet Sofi de la Torre for the ride, too. They make a heavenly pairing on the raw and gripping ballad. Like Romeo and Juliet, they weave a tragic but romantic tale, which is out now on Cloudkid’s newly minted label. Grab ‘jump’ from iTunes, here.

February 20, 2018
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The circumference of the globe spans 24,901 miles. At a million miles, we can circle the globe over 40 times. But such an arduous journey might be well worth our time, if it could bring us to London’s Bakar, the brilliant artist who caught our attention a few months ago with his deep croon and his dynamic and genre bending offerings. His new song is named ‘million miles’, and he gives us a front seat to his rapid fire vocals on the hard-to-classify offering that melds dance rock, alt hip hop, and a billion other things together, kind of like a strangely enthralling amalgamation of Gorillaz, Yellow Days, King Krule, and Kid Cudi. When it comes to creativity and eclectic genius, Bakar is a new king. Stream more of this visionary artist’s music on Soundcloud, here.

October 19, 2017
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gabriel black’s music is mesmeric and intense. Though he’s only been around for a few months, he’s had us transfixed since his debut on Sad Boy. Latest single freedom is also a gripping, searing listen that pushes boundaries with its combination of bluesy rock guitars, alt hip hop, and incendiary R&B. freedom is raw and powerful, yet intimate and earnest, much like his prior two releases so far. Re-visit those releases on Soundcloud, here. You can watch a lyric video for the singer songwriter and producer’s latest single below.