Pharrell’s cluttered “pro woman” campaign reaches its zenith with the remarkably disingenuous video for “Come Get It Bae.”
(To read my take on the falsely uplifting clip, head here now.)
"Attak," electronic producer Rustie’s new collaboration with adenoidal rapper Danny Brown, is a blinding track of trap rave
(To read more about the schizoid pairing, head here. Look for Rustie’s new album Green Language to drop August 26.)
"Hey Ladies"- Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique dropped 25 years ago today on Capitol Records. With 105 samples carefully sewn together by the Beastie Boys & the Dust Brothers, Paul’s Boutique permanently changed sampling in hip-hop forever. Though it stalled at #24 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts, rap insiders saw the true brilliance of the record, with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D going so far as to say “the “dirty secret” among the black hip-hop community at the time of release was that Paul’s Boutique had the best beats.”
Indie R&B artist has released “Let U Know,” a heart rending Auto-tuned piano ballad left off last month’s What Is This Heart?
Scottish producer Rustie’s glitchy new dubstep boomer, “Attak” featuring a schizoid verse from Danny Brown, flies off the handle.
U.K. electronic R&B artist Jessie Ware’s “Share It All” is a beautifully glacial number that calls to mind the uncertain romanticism of the xx.
(To read more about Ware’s second single from sophomore album Tough Love, head here now.)
Electronic artist the Range’s contribution, “Rayman,” to the Gem Drops Four compilation is a wonderfully bright, unhurried track:
(To read more about the summer afternoon dubstep music, head here now.)
Featuring sets from rap king Kendrick Lamar, electro-pop star Grimes, the hyperkinetic DJ Spinn (w. Treated Crew), punishing black metal experimenters deafheaven, Odd Future storyteller Earl Sweatshirt, and more, the final day of Pitchfork's 2014 Festival was one of the most energetic I've ever seen in my six years of attending.
(Head here now to read the full break down of Sunday’s events.)