Posts Tagged ‘rap rock’

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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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.

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. 

February 7, 2017
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Buzzing UK band Bad Sounds, whose music is described as heavily hip hop influenced, has grabbed me by the ears with their new single, Meat On My Bones. I quickly realized there’s no bad sounds to be found here despite the outfit’s name. We’re met by vibrant creativity and imaginative whimsicality as we’re drenched with a playful and cheeky fusion of bluesy rock, slinky pop, and wry lyrics. Bad Sounds has been playing Meat On My Bones in their reputedly thrilling and chaotic live sets for awhile now. Fortunately for those of us on this side of the pond, we now get to enjoy the Beck evoking dazzler too, as a proper single. 

April 15, 2015
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When I listened to this treat earlier today, I realized I had a plethora of reasons to share the spirited indie rock song. Corona, California’s Love Hunt dropped a fun new alternative tune not too long ago, named Amy Amy. It’s one of six tracks they’ve been revealing on a weekly basis, to build up towards the release of their new EP. You see, I’m very fond of spunky, crunchy rock music. Love Hunt reminds me to some degree of Red Hot Chili Peppers, with their funk guitars and their rap styled vocals. Amy Amy also hits close to home in terms of the song title (yup, that’s right). The band will be releasing their self titled alt rock debut in a few weeks.