Seattle MC Ka.lil aka Khingz releases his first music video for his single “Whiskey Mask” off his upcoming album “Between Saturday Night & Sunday Morning” which will hit online retailers June 4th. The video is directed by Eric Miller.
The White Mandingos just dropped a provocative video for “Mandingo Rally”. As Murs rails against the dominant hip hop culture he cycles through several wardrobe changes, expressing the identity crisis of album narrator Tyrone White. Shit gets real when Murs wanders through the city wearing Klan robes.
The band also just revealed album art and tracklisting for The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me, out June 11th on Fat Beats
Pittsburgh MC and Activist Jasiri X releases his new video for his single “Raise Your Flag” off his debut album “Ascension” which hit stores March 26th. The album features Brother Ali, Rhymefest and is produced by Rel!g!on.
Take a look at Major Lazer’s official lyric video for “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)”, off their upcoming album “FREE THE UNIVERSE” out April 15th on Secretly Canadian/Mad Decent/Downtown Records. The video was released on POTATO; an electronic music network curated by A-Trak, Skrillex and Diplo.
“WATCH OUT FOR THIS (BUMAYE)” OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO
The White Mandingos “The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me” video
The White Mandingos (Murs, Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, and Sacha Jenkins) have lent some visuals to the title track of their debut album “The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me” . The Jason Goldwatch directed clip sets the stage for the concept album’s sociologically acute narrative about Tyrone White, a rock frontman living in Harlem’s Polo Grounds housing project.
Notes to Self – Used To Be Dark video with Lee Gaul
Canadian hip hop crew Notes to Self dropped a video for “Used to Be Dark”, a downtempo album closer with a sepia toned hook by singer-songwriter Lee Gaul. The visuals pair the song’s melancholy sound with a nostalgic tribute to the highs and lows of early adulthood, navigated by the clip’s star Kalii Dixon.
One of the clichés about Scandinavian countries is that they are neat and tidy, well ordered, clean. The same could not be said of Copenhagen four-piece When Saints Go Machine’s second full-length album, Infinity Pool. The opposite, in fact. It’s a record born out of an atmosphere of chaos, Which is not to say that the result is disjointed. It’s harder, darker and more synthetic than its predecessors. It opens with “Love And Respect,” which features a guest vocal from Killer Mike, who freewheels over a chugging, synth-drenched beat. Elsewhere, “Dead Boy” sees frontman Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild’s tremulous falsetto digitized and then floated over a semi-ambient soundscape, while “Infinity Killer” pitches skittering sound effects against a low-end drone.
Infinity Pool is more unapologetically electronic than anything the band have done before. On their debut album, Konkylie, they tried to make machines simulate nature, whereas on Infinity Pool, When Saints Go Machine are trying to capture a feeling of the absurdity of mankind trying to construct nature. Most of their productions consist of several layers in each song. With Konkylie, each of those layers almost fought to get the most attention, whereas, on Infinity Pool, they tried to make many of the layers sound immediate and simple. This album is slower and harder, yet it still has that signature When Saints Go Machine longing feeling, the glue that holds the album together.
Vonslid says the band felt nervous about the direction they took on Infinity Pool, unease that they were operating outside their comfort zone. “But,” he adds, “that’s a good thing. Whenever you feel a bit scared about putting something out, that’s how you should feel as an artist.”
When Saints Go Machine’s Infinity Pool is out May 28th on !K7. Watch the video for Infinity Pool’s’ first single, “Love and Respect,” below. It’s directed by Frederik Hviid and Sebastian Birk who describe it as “set in a dystopian future, the one remaining revolutionary keeps the last hope of the world in the trunk of his car, while the totalitarian authorities desperately want it back.”
WATCH WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE’S “LOVE AND RESPECT” FEAT. KILLER MIKE VIDEO
Infinity Pool tracklisting:
01. Love and Respect feat. Killer Mike
02. Infinity Killer
04. Yard Heads
05. System of Unlimited Love
06. Mental Shopping Spree
12. Slave to the Take in your Heaven
“The band’s hard-to-pin sound, equally inspired by clubland standards and experimental art-pop, has evoked comparisons to Arthur Russell’s left-field disco and Depeche Mode’s dystopian New Wave, as well as the ethereal croon of Antony Hegarty.” – WXPN’s “World Café: Next”
“Pioneering a new and distinctive Copenhagen sound is the band When Saints Go Machine, whose hypnotic electro-pop is held together by the lead singer Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild’s soaring falsetto vocals”
Here is the brand new Pete Lee-directed music video from The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) for their single “Delicate Cycle,” which premiered today on MTVu. The video features ‘perma-kitten’ cat superstar Lil Bub.
“Delicate Cycle” is the first official single from The Uncluded’s upcoming debut album Hokey Fright, out on May 7th on Rhymesayers. One of 16 songs on the new album, “Delicate Cycle” is the only song on the record to feature a musician other than Kimya Dawson or Aesop Rock, in the form of guest drumming by James McNew of Yo La Tengo.
Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”.
Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University’s Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.