After working with the producers like DJ Clark Kent, Illmind, and DJ Babu, Torae is ready to release his debut album, Daily Conversation, and the New York-based artist has gathered a sampling of some of hip-hop's finest for the occasion. 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Khrysis, and Marco Polo enhance the thoughtful lyrics and watertight production here, and none other than the legendary DJ Premier produced the album's lead single, "Get it Done." Just another day in the life of Torae.
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Sam Baker, known to fans as Samiyam, has made leaps and bounds as an artist, considering the fact that he doesn't even have an album out yet. He performs with Flying Lotus, also his mentor, under the FLYamSAM name, has gained the attention of heavyweight DJs like Benji B and Andrew Meza, and none other than Daedelus has given this youngster his seal of approval. "Moon Shoes" is a bangin' unreleased track Baker recently made that is hopefully a hint of the instrumental EP rumored to drop in the near future.
Though the album date has been pushed back from its original release date, none of the anticipation for Del The Funky Homosapien's The 11th Hour has dwindled. Indie hip-hop fans from L.A. to Roanoke are eager to hear the next batch of lyrical twists and turns from the Hieroglyphics member, and if this track is any indication, the new album will be worth the lengthy wait for it.
Glass Candy whips this track from synth-pop outfit Ssion in to an Italo-disco frenzy, with plenty of thudding beats and stabbing synths. It's a collision of new wave, punk, rave, and disco, that, despite the connotations many of those genres have come to gain in that recent past, is good, solid fun for the dancefloor.
Yeasayer has been spotted on dozens of blogs and websites since the release of All Hour Cymbals in October, and with good reason. The Brooklyn-based four-piece has a knack for blending dancefloor-friendly rhythms and upbeat indie rock riffs with apocalyptic lyrics about the current state of the world. The result is an album that constantly swings between anxiety and absurdity which, after all, are pretty much the dominant feelings about today's world.
Since the strange "hiatus" for Deerhunter was announced last year, frontman Bradford Cox has been busy making music under his Atlas Sound guise, crafting what he called, in a recent interview, "a quiet rebellion." Cox's music under this name is markedly more ambient and melodic than that of Deerhunter, though his lyrics are no less urgent and cathartic.
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