Archive for the ‘Indie’ Category


The Weeknd – House Of Balloons

March 25, 2011

Damn, these dudes are blowing up right quick.  The only thing I know about them is that they’re an R&B group out of Toronto and that they apparently worked with that dude 40 that Drake shouts out in every other verse (usually he’s giving Drake advice or rolling his blunts).  Damn yo, I miss that camaraderie.  I don’t remember the last time I texted a friend just to tell them they got next.

I’ve been reading that The Weeknd sounds like Drake and The Dream which is accurate but unfair – the group has mastered the syrup-slow 808 sound that the aforementioned artists only hint at.  I’m sure it’ll be polarizing, but for fans of that sound, it absolutely hits.  First Frank Ocean, now the Weeknd?  Is this an R&B revolution for white people?  Strange enough, these are probably my two favorite albums this year.

Grab the whole album for free from their website.

DL:  The Weeknd – Morning (320 kbps)

DL:  The Weeknd – Coming Down (320 kbps)

SimilarFrank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra


Toro Y Moi – Elise

March 17, 2011

My favorite song on the album besides “Still Sound.”  I was a little underwhelmed by the album until I put in the car this past weekend – absolutely gorgeous spring music.  A note to all concert-goers this summer:  please ingest something or swing back at the fat guy next to you or secretly listen to M.O.P. in your headphones or something during the show – that video above ^ has the worst concert crowd I’ve ever seen in my life and I’ve been to every whiteboy faux real-hip hop show you can imagine.

DL:  Toro Y Moi – Elise (320 kbps)

Similar:  Toro Y Moi – New Beat / Still Sound/ Talamak


Ellie Goulding – Lights (Shook Remix)

March 16, 2011

The amount of Ellie Goulding remixes floating around are on the precipice of over-saturation, but shit like this makes up for it.  Shook (?)  gives the track a lounge feel and the result is dope dope dope dope dope dope.  The most pleasant track I’ve heard all year.

DL:  Ellie Goulding – Lights (Shook Remix) (128 kbps)

SimilarEllie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)


Thom Yorke, Burial & Four Tet – Ego

March 16, 2011

I know you’ve been listening to that stupid fucking Rebecca Black song all day, so please excuse yourself from FB and get down with the sickness.  I owe it to myself to listen to more Four Tet.  Hipsters: you need to buy stock in Burial, he’s like the English electronic version of Pavement historically.  Or something.  AND THEN THE FUCKING PIANOS KICK IN.  Whoa, “Mirror” is real dope too.  No clue what these three are working on together.

DL:  Thom Yorke, Burial & Four Tet – Ego (Mastered) (320 kbps)

DL:  Thom Yorke, Burial & Four Tet – Mirror (Radio Rip) (128 kbps)

Similar: Burial – Archangel


Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

March 6, 2011

Sometimes I feel like the Rick Reilly of whiiite hip-hop bloggers because of my constant bashing of easy scapegoats as “the bad guy”: unintuitive A&Rs, white rappers, the ongoing “death” of hip-hop, Dr. Luke, radio stations, major labels, etc… and praising independent revolutionaries like Lil’ B, Odd Future and Big K.R.I.T.  But seriously, right now I feel like working in the hip-hop section of a major label has to be the easiest job ever.  Basically, don’t do anything that any major label has done over the last five years.  While hundreds of rappers have fallen by the wayside, that’s fine – everyone misses out on prospects from time to time.  The worst is that there have been seemingly dozens of hip-hop acts who have been rejected or shelved by major labels, only to come out with their album as intended months or years later (Saigon, Big Boi) OR release the intended material on their own and have it blow up (Freddie Gibbs and now Frank Ocean).

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Earl Sweatshirt- EARL

February 21, 2011

The web has been going nuts since Tyler, The Creator dropped Yonkers.  Tyler, the Creator is apart of the OFWGKTA (odd future, wolf gang kill them all) collective.  The web has been going nuts since Sandwiches was performed by odd future on Jimmy “I will never be relevant” Fallon.

However, before everyone was praising the very good rapper in Tyler, the Creator, there was Earl Sweatshirt.  A 16 year old who rapped so disturbingly, his mom made him move away from Tyler, The Creator so he could remain clean and not take pills and skateboard.  Earl and Tyler’s style reminds me of if Cannibal OX met Necro and decided to focus their style.

EARL is a great album from 2010 that has been slept on.  Dark lyrics, eerie beats, disturbing sounds and most importantly, dope fucking rhymes.  So many rhymes are intricate and pertain to the OFWGKTA family.  I.E. in Yonkers, ” bitches in my room” refers to a member in their crew who is 5’7 and pulls the most chicks.  I hope people take these guys seriously and understand that they are for real and not some fad for hipsters to latch onto.  Anyway here are some dope tracks from Earl Sweatshirt, who is magnificent.

DL: Earl Sweatshirt- epar (feat: Vince Staples)(305kbps)

DL: Earl Sweatshirt-Kill(295kbps)

“Faggots wear prada”


Bedouin Soundclash f. Coeur de Pirate – Brutal Hearts

February 20, 2011

For fans of interracial Canadian rock-reggae.  Actually, I’m a big K-OS fan.  If he came out a few years later, he would have rightfully blown up amongst the blogger crowd, but he’s kind of an afterthought now.  He’s about 3000% better than K’Naan.  I saw him open up for Handsome Boy Modeling School (namedrop???!!???) back in the day and he was absolutely fantastic.  His first three albums had some serious fucking songs, and I liked that OC single too.  Shit, he could even rap well.

ANYWAY, found these clowns out of nowhere on the machine of hype.  What you say…Jefferson Airplane meets Lykke Li?  Really enjoyed this one.

DL:  Bedouin Soundclash f. Coeur de Pirate – Brutal Hearts (320 kbps)