Saturday Sounds: “Tyrant” Kali Uchis Feat. Jorja Smith (Music Video)

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Kali Uchis in the “Tyrant” Music video

Kali Uchis has been a favorite rising star of mine for the past few years. Her 2015 release, Por Vida, which I covered on the blog, really put the Colombiana via Alexandria, Virginia on the map, via her unique vocal stylings evoking doo-wop, soul, and indie stylings, at the same time. Since then, she has toured, co-directed the majority of her music videos, and served up some fashionable looks to get the people going.

Her latest single, “Tyrant” featuring soul songstress from the UK, Jorja Smith was released in late May, with the gorgeous music video offering which dropped late June. I would have posted this earlier, but life get busy sometimes, you know? The song is giving me proper slow whine/reggae vibes, and if you are really into this music thing, you can hear that it would perfectly blend into “Clubbin” by Marques Houston feat. Joe Budden (because guitar licks).

Visually, I see lots of Missy Elliott references in the music video, specifically “The Rain.” Super-saturated coloring and late ’90s styling (bikini tops, plaid, bigger hair) along with a good amount of sunflowers. Press play up top to get into the vid, and slow whine proper! A must for your summer playlist!

Saturday Sounds: “Boo Boo” Toro y Moi (Album Stream + Short Film)

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Boo Boo album cover

My favorite awkward, musical, Blasian boo Chazwick Bundick AKA Toro y Moihas blessed us with a new album on 7/7/17 entitled Boo Boo. It is his first studio album since 2015’s What For?, and is perfectly sunny and summer-ready. Me being me thinks this album was made for me (bad English, but this is how I FEEL).

For one, it is released in July, my birthday month (7/24 HOLLA!), and secondly, the name of the album is Boo Boo. You know what else is named Boo Boo? My iPhone. See exhibit A below.

Boo Boo - iPhone

My hype escalated on Thursday evening when I found the album stream on YouTube. As Chaz is for the people, the stream isn’t your basic flat album art with a continuous play of music, it’s a full on short film, set for the most part during a road trip. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you dig a nice chillwave compilation for your summer days and nights, you gotta put this album in rotation.

Press play above to hear it for yourself, and let me know what you think. Happy listening!

Saturday Sounds: Mattie Safer “Whenever You’re Ready” (Music Video + Audio)

As we quickly approach the middle of November (ALREADY) after an anxiety-filled presidential election, I wanted to musically smooth it all out for you guys with a nice soulful tune & visually appealing music video. Let me introduce you to Mattie Safer, the DC-bred, bi-coastal crooner whose EP All We Are is sure to make a fan out of you!

His latest single, “Whenever You’re Ready”, evokes a feeling of 70’s soul, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye, but fresh enough to be played in 2016. The song lyrics are a confession to a lover. Mattie explains that he will be available to love the object of his desire whenever she is ready, and not rush her into something that she it not yet prepared for.

The track’s music video, directed by HXLT (formerly Hollywood Holt, for the real ones), is a simple visual told through a multitude of hanging bulbs, with Mattie as the center spotlight. Peep it below.

Digging it? If so, and you live in NYC, he will be performing live on Monday, November 14th at Berlin Bar in the Lower East Side. Check out his website for more info, including his glorious bio written by yours truly. Happy Saturday!

 

Photo by Christelle De Castro

Saturday Sounds: Steve Lacy “Some” (Music Video + Audio)

The youngest member of my favorite band The Internet, Steve Lacy, is here to bless your ears with bouncy guitar-driven soul. The 18-year old musical phenom-in-the-making released his first solo music video for his feel good tune, “Some.”

The music video, directed by Matthew Castellanos, gives us a bit of nostalgia of teen romantic-comedy films. The young man with a speaker in front of the object of his affection’s home, posted up to serenade her, and ask her out to prom. This story, however, ends a little bit differently. Check it out below.

The video is tight right? But you are probably asking, where’s the audio girl? The track is on Lacy’s SoundCloud and the player is below. Like it, play it on repeat, and vibe out.

If you were lucky to snag tickets, you can catch Steve Lacy perform live with The Internet at the now sold out Camp Flognaw Festival on Sunday, November 13th in L.A. His solo debut is on the way, so hold tight for more tantalizing grooves!

Saturday Sounds: Kaytranada feat. Syd “You’re The One” (Music Video)

Earlier this week, my best friend in my head, Kaytranada, dropped the much anticipated music video offering for his single “You’re The One” featuring vocals from Syd. Directed by Shomi Patwary, the visual is colorful and fun, referencing various movies and TV sitcoms from the ’90s, like Martin and Coming to America.

The bouncy tune and equally carefree video are sure to be the base for a great Saturday. Press play below.

Kaytranada kicks off his 99.9% Tour today in Seattle, wrapping up on November 12th at the Camp Flognaw Carnival in Los Angeles (that I am still trying to get to this year). Check out his website for all dates and ticket info. He rocks NYC on October 5th at Terminal 5, so keep us posted if you are going to the show!

Saturday Sounds: ROM “I Just Want You To Know”

Music discovery is one of my favorite pastimes in life, and one of my favorite places to discover new music, aside from the suggestions of friends, is SoundCloud. Although their new set-up as a paid service with commercials is not the best for inquisitive listeners like myself, I am still able to find a fresh bunch of producers, beat makers, vocalists, and DJs with ease based on their suggestions for me.

Case in point is that of this week’s Saturday Sounds offering, ROM. As per his SoundCloud profile, he is a 20-year old producer and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham, UK. I saw that one of my friends had added a track of his to their collection, so I decided to take a listen. I am glad I did. The young musician flips a lot of popular R&B tracks, including a few produced by my favorite guy, Pharrell.

The track “I Just Want You To Know” is a flip of Snoop Dogg & Pharrell’s track “Beautiful”, solely featuring the vocals from Pharrell on the hook. Of course it caught my ear. Listen below and enjoy your Saturday.

Saturday Sounds: MeLo-X “Curate” EP

It has been a minute and a half since I posted a “Saturday Sounds”, but sometimes you have to wait for the perfect moment, which is now. My buddy, multi-media artist, musician, and producer MeLo-X released new audio heat this week in his EP Curate. The six-song offering is perfect for the fall, comprised of synth heavy production with vocal complexity, and warmth. Features include the likes of Little Simz, Raury, and Kilo Kish.

In addition to the music, Melo released an accompanying interactive app which pairs each song with a 3D geometric figure. When hovering over the figure, you can distort the sound of each track, perfect for the audiophiles! Get into it.

Saturday Sounds: The Internet “Special Affair”

My favorite musical peeps, The Internet set the internet ablaze when they dropped their new track “Special Affair”. The bass-laden, moody, late night caller track is super sensual, telling the story of taking the object of your desire at the bar/club home for the night. There are so many layers to the song, sonically, making it really sound like the darkness of the middle of the night.

“Special Affair” is the first single off of The Internet’s forthcoming sophomore album, Ego Death, which is to be released digitally on June 29th and physically on June 30th. Press play to get into the sensual vibes.

Feeling it? You can pre-order the album now on iTunes and Amazon here.

Saturday Sounds: Kali Uchis “Rush” + Music Video

Kali Uchis, the Colombiana songstress & visionary by way of Virginia has been on my radar for some time now. I first came across her last year via Kitty Cash’s Love The Free Vol. 2 mixtape that featured her track “Real”. I was immediately fascinated by her smokey tone and songwriting, and had since been following her music via SoundCloud.

She dropped her Por Vida EP back in February, and it’s been in constant rotation on my iTunes. It contains nine undeniably groovy tracks, one of my favorites being “Rush”, produced by KAYTRANADA & BADBADNOTGOOD. The song has a funky 1970’s vibe, which I always appreciate in music. Listen below.

The music video, co-directed by Kali Uchis is set in the mid-1970’s with hot pants, platform shoes and cascading tresses to set the mood. The visual perfectly complements the lo-fi feeling of the track. Get into it below, and enjoy your Saturday!

Saturday Sounds: “Reflection” Towkio, Produced by Kaytranada

Hey girl/boy! So you had a long week, huh? I hear that. Work was pretty stressful and that one co-worker you can’t stand was all up in your grill, right? You need a break, and possibly a burst of energy. Well, I got that, in the form of music of course! In this edition of Saturday Sounds, I bring to you yet another track produced by my FAVORITE GUY, Kaytranada.

The song “Reflection” is by newcomer Towkio, who is apart of Chicago’s SAVEMONEY click, led by Vic Mensa. His voice is painfully expressive with a great melodic quality, which really trains your ears to listen to the lyrics; the storytelling behind the song. Press play to get into it.

Towkio’s .WAV Theory EP is available to stream and download now.

Saturday Sounds: Sango & SPZRKT – “HowDoYouLoveMe” (esta remix Ft. Towkio)

The week has ended and it is time to relax, regroup, and unwind for the weekend. For this edition of Saturday Sounds, we have a groovy, lo-fi jam by some heavyweights at the West-Coast based label/collective Soulection.

Here we have the “HowDoYouLove” me remix, a track by Sango and SPZRKT, remixed by Esta, featuring additional vocals by SaveMoney from Chicago’s Towkio. Yes, I know that was a mouthful, but the sonic synergy of these gentleman creates a sexy/dance jam in the best way possible. Press play below to get into it. This track and others are featured on Esta’s new “etc.” EP, available now for download on Bandcamp.

Saturday Sounds: Sade – “Nothing Can Come Between Us” (Pomo Edit)

The weekend is here, and that means it’s time to jam out with some Saturday Sounds! If you have been keeping tabs on my musical tastes, you would have noticed that I live in the world where sexy jams, high-energy reggae, and gangsta rap collide. Today’s track, a remix by producer/DJ Pomo, resides in the sexy jam region.

I was introduced to this Sade remix by one of my new Twitter friends @DanDrage, who included a Pomo track in a playlist that I realized I was listening to for months. It was one of those tracks hidden in a Kaytranada DJ mix, but I just was unaware of the artist name or song, but now I know! In my research, I also learned that these two Canadian boys share management. Small world indeed.

Get into the track below, sure to make you wiggle a little, and cool out!

Saturday Sounds: Lexdray City Series – Volume 45 – Welcome to Minneapolis – Mixed by Erin Millington

SoundCloud continues to be one of my favorite musical destinations as it, without fail, introduces me to new artists or mixes on the daily. A few months back a Lexdray City Series mix had showed up in my suggested list, and wasn’t I happy to hear jams on jams! At that point, I had no idea what Lexdray was, but since have done my research.

They are a travel goods company whose specialty is super tough yet beautiful, limited pieces with a unisex sensibility. Their “City Series” began in 2013, in which they ask DJs from around the world to create a mix based on one of their favorite cities.

Here I have the latest installment, Volume 25, “Welcome to Minneapolis” mixed by Erin Millington, a DJ/hairstylist residing in  Austin, TX. Check out her cool grooves below!

Saturday Sounds: JSMN & MeLo-X Present “Electric Punanny Mixtape Vol. 5”

As a preview to their set tonight at the Brooklyn Museum, my favorite DJ duo, JSMN & MeLo-X have unveiled the fifth edition of their incredibly popular Electric Punanny mixtape. The tape includes a massive mix of fifty tracks spanning the genres of dancehall, soca, grime, and R&B. Stream below, along with full track listing.

TRACKLIST:

1. Zoelah – “Wine Up On Me” (Murlo Remix)

2. P-Money & Gappy Ranks – “Baddest” (Ape Drums Mash Up)

3. Dinamarca ft. Gnucci – “A.M.A.B.”

4. Chudney J – “Bounce”

5. Gage – “Throat”

6. Kalado – “Bad Inna Bed” (Schlachthofbronx Edit)

7. I Octane – “Elastic”

8. Gaza Slim – “Boom Body”

9. Mavado – “Born Fi Dis”

10. Alkaline – “Inna Yuh Belly”

11. Vybz Kartel – “Jamaica Land We Love”

12. Rayonne Hype – “Deya”

13. Gully Bop – “Pu**y Specialist”

14. Vbyz Kartel – “Pretty Position”

15. Busy Signal – “Gyal Yuh Good”

16. Reekado Banks ft. Tiwa Savage – “Turn It Up”

17. Kantana – “Mi Waah Si Di Girls Dem”

18. Popcaan – “Wine and Stop”

19. Mr. Vegas – “Pop One”

20. Vybz Kartel – “Early Morning”

21. Ape Drums – “Bookshelf”

22. Gully Bop – “Roun Here”

23. Vybrant Faya – “Mampi”

24. Nicki Minaj ft. Chi Ching Ching – “Hot Gyal” (Electric Punanny Remix)

25. Popcaan – “Love Yuh Bad”

26. Alkaline – “Young People Time Now”

27. RDX – “Turn It Around”

28. Shatta Wale ft. Davido – “Wine Ya Waist”

29. Realist & Kerry John – “Love Liquor”

30. Porgie & Murda – “Benup”

31. Darnella – “Out On De Road”

32. Benjai ft. H2O Phlo – “Phenominal”

33. Kerwin Du Bois – “No Apology”

34. Kcee ft. Wizkid – “Pullover”

35. Spilulu ft. Super Tonton & Mike – “Tombosha Bantu”

36. Jah Banks & Julio Bashmore – “Battle for Middle You” (BK Bashment Remix)

37. Maleek Berry – “Carnival”

38. Santana D Puppet – “Bounce On It”

39. Sekon Sta – “Bruk Down”

40. Olatunji – “Riddim In We Vein”

41. Skinny Banton – “Soak It Good”

42. Mr. One Hundred – “Headgone ft. Machel Montano”

43. Mr. One Hundred – “Axis Jab Jab ft. Bunji Garlin”

44. Meridian Dan – “German Whip” (Schlachthofbronx Edit)

45. Skepta ft. JME – “That’s Not Me”

46. Wildfire! – “Bondage Version”

47. Karima – “Bantu Juke”

48. Camille Safiya – “Beautiful Mindfuk”

49. Sevana Siren – “Bit Too Shy”

50. Kali Uchis – “Know What I Want”

If you live in NYC, be sure to check them out tonight at the Brooklyn Museum as part of First Saturdays. They go on at 9 PM. Come dance with me!

 

*Photo courtesy of Electric Punanny

Saturday Sounds: THE WILD presents: JSMN x STAY Mix by Jasmine Solano

Saturdays are for relaxing and grooving, so with this edition of Saturday Sounds, I bring you the latest from my baby girl, Jasmine Solano (JSMN). In her latest mix entitled “Stay” for The Wild Magazine, Jazzy melds a perfect blend of bass-heavy, fashion-ready chill tunes, including the likes of Kaytranada, Azealia Banks, The Weeknd, and more.

Peep the full track listing below, press play, and get to grooving!

TRACKLISTING

1. JSMN intro

2. Ashanti – Rock With U (LeMarquis Remix)

3. Labrinth – Jealous (Bakermat Remix)

4. Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You (Naxsy 12” Extended Remix)

5. Henry Krinkle – Stay (Justin Martin Remix)

6. Treasure Fingers & BOSCO – Names

7. Kaytranda – Leave Me Alone ft. Shay Lia

8. 50 cent ft. Nate Dogg – 21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)

9. Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La (Pale Remix)

10. Azealia Banks – Wallace

11. ZHU – Faded (Slaptop Remix)

12. Clean Bandit – Rather Be (The Magician Remix)

13. Karen Harding – Say Something (Zac Samuel Remix)

14. Crazy Cousinz – The Funky Anthem (Murlo Fix)

15. Tay Tay’s Sermon (Interlude)

16. BenZel & Stevie Neale – Wasted Love

17. Tinashe – Far Side of the Moon

18. The Weeknd – Often (Kygo Remix)

19. Electric Bodega – Rae Sremmurd “No Type (Remix)”

20. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (DJ Blake Remix)

21. Maddjazz & D-51 – Back to A Week Ago ft. Bobby Bushay

 

*Photo courtesy of The Wild Magazine