Screenshot 2015-02-25 07.47.29Sour Soul, yesterday’s release of Toronto-based BADBADNOTGOOD’s collaboration with the “Staten Island rap champ,” Ghostface Killah, features the production of BBNG and Frank Dukes who forgo samples for intricate instrumentation. “Gunshowers (ft. Elzhi)” opens for Ghostface with a hypnotic strumming of the guitar which tempers his emphatic vocals reminiscent of New York rapper Action Bronson’s sound. Check out the full album here and “Gunshowers” below.

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guantanamobaywatchThe Portland group Guantanamo Baywatch recently released their new single, “Too Late.” The song is the title track off their upcoming album, Darling…It’s Too Late, out May 12th.

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lageThe song “Gardens” is just one gem off guitarist Julian Lage’s first solo album, World’s Fair. Take note of Lage’s incredible musicality and skill at the guitar on a beautiful set of music that should be listened to from start to finish.

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Screenshot 2015-02-05 18.47.00Two days ago, OFWGKTA’s Hodgy Beats dropped DENATAPE2, almost six years after the precursor, DENATAPE. Check out the features from Domo Genesis and Hit-Boy and especially the track “HakuemeniB.” It uses the beat from “Aquemini,” the title track from Outkast’s 1998 album of the same name. In the first verse, Hodgy talks about himself in the third person, and then, in the last, responds in the first, conceding to the criticism of the first-verse other in some sense of frustrated self-awareness.

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limecordiale2Today we’ve got a new single from the Aussie band Lime Cordiale. It is their first release since their EP Falling Up the Stairs. Be sure to check out the music video here.

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Screenshot 2015-01-19 16.26.35Luke Christopher’s recent single is another example of his ability to artfully walk the line between genres. He produces almost all of his work, capable of both rapping and–as we hear from “Lot To Learn”–singing, but be sure to check out the rest of his music here. Enjoy “Lot To Learn” below.

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sidewalkchalk2The Chicago group Sidewalk Chalk plans to release their newest album, Shoulder Season, on February 3rd. In the meantime, check out the single “Don’t Cry” below and preorder the album here.

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caitlinroseAcclaimed Nashville singer Caitlin Rose just released a single that she wrote in collaboration with songwriter Willie Breeding. Check out “Been Thinkin Bout You All The Time” below.

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a0145861851_10Vinnie Dewayne’s latest body of work features the EP Rites of Passage: Before the Scholar, the third release from his upcoming album, The St. John’s Scholar, which he plans to drop in the Spring. Dewayne  guides the listener through, St. John’s, a small neighborhood in North Portland, Oregon–his place of origin. Like many successful artists in the game, Vinnie got his start in music at a very young age. At 12, after an early childhood growing up with DJ Jazzy Jeff, the Fresh Prince, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Jerry Butler among others, and a brother who showed him how to rhyme and write, he was first inspired to record an album. Dewayne began cleaning the studio after school in exchange for time in the booth. In the Spring of 2010, Vin moved to Chicago for college and kept grinding, making music while juggling classes and work. At any rate, we’re left eager to see how this admirable come-up will inform his future work. Check out V. Dewayne’s EP on Bandcamp and the song “Tomorrow feat. Ice Face” below.

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busylivingThe Los Angeles indie pop band Busy Living has been busy releasing a series of singles produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno. Check out the song “Lie Better” below.

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