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Elliphant – “Love Me Badder” (ROOM8 remix)

(@room8sound @elliphantmusic)

I heard this song today and thought that it fit really well with the cloudy weather outside. Los Angeles-based producer duo ROOM8 remixed Swedish electronic-pop singer-songwriter Elliphant‘s “Love Me Badder”, and it’s one of those deeply emotional, love-driven anthems that you can’t get out of your head after you hear it. I wasn’t aware of Elliphant until now, so I had to go listen to the original song (see the music video). While I really like her song as is, I find myself listening to this remixed version a lot more.

Two Weeks Notice – “Two Weeks Notice” album

(@khillmatic @tribeonewon #hiphop)

North Carolina-based emcees Tribe One and Mikal kHill joined creative forces to become Two Weeks Notice. This hip hop duo booked a tour with only two weeks advance notice, and they also made an entire 10-track album in a single week. Talk about ballsy… or, well, incredibly productive. The self-titled album is packed with head-nodding beats and easy-to-follow storytelling. Their subject matter documents their respective journey through life; from how they were raised and being young kids who were bullied, being dads and socially awkward at parties, to the extreme sacrifices made every day and the sad downsides to being the dream-chasing, music-making men that they are today. There are also a couple of songs (“Ashes Will Never Sing Songs of Fire” and “Body & Soul”) that stand-out for being darkly-themed, with one about death and destruction, and the other acts as a haunting children’s lullaby that warns them of the evil lurking. Their lyricism is packed with joy and pain, humorous lines, witty analogies, intricate rhymes, relatable content, some memorable moments, and, well, it’s just really good music all around.

A Yawn Worth Yelling – “Start Somewhere” & “Lonely Prisoner”

(@ayawnworthyell #indiepop)

I like music that reminds me of my past, and that’s what A Yawn Worth Yelling‘s music does for me. They are an indie pop band from San Jose, California, whose music makes me think back to my teenager years, when I was listening to pop/pop-punk bands like Hellogoodbye, The Starting Line, The Rocket Summer, New Found Glory, and The All-American Rejects (to name a few). So, when I heard the music that I’m sharing today, I felt in familiar, comfortable territory. I like it.

J.Lately – “Food With Friends” ep. 1

To promote his forthcoming album, Let’s Just Be Friends, Bay Area emcee J.Lately has begun a video mini-series called “Food With Friends”. Each weekly episode will have a special guest, and they are all people who will be on his album. Before taking the viewer into his house, he briefly talked about his path of spending his money wisely and eating healthier, which can prove to be a hard task for a busy person, especially an artist/musician on tour.

Tunde Olaniran – “KYBM” video

From Tunde Olaniran‘s (@tundeolaniran) debut album Transgressor, released in early August, he dropped a music video for his song “KYBM“. Through fierce singing and a fast, war-ready rapping, the Michigan-based singer/producer sings empowering lyrics that act as a call-to-arms for people to unite and keep fighting for social and political change, in an energetic dance-pop song that you can’t help but dancing along to (“Keep that truth spilling, keep your body moving“). The way he bounces from sweet falsettos to lowered vocals, and switches rhythms in the song structuring, is really fun, impressive, and striking.

Monsieur Grandin – “The Hunt” (ft Nell Mess) video

As of today, French producer Monsieur Grandin (@mr_grandin) is on my radar. I clicked play on his newly released music video, for a song called “The Hunt”, and I was into it right off the bat. A sinister synth-heavy, drum-and-bass beat bellowed out from my speakers, while I was visually intrigued by a flashing cult-like symbol, as a group of black-caped, mask-wearing men were being lead by a wolf leader, through an open field where an innocent woman sat as a captured victim. Singer Nell Mess hauntingly sings about being a woman whose own power and courage is being stripped away by a monster (“My courage is gone // It jumped in a hole, deep in the forest // My courage is gone // Eaten by a monster, which could never be fed“). There’s a sudden break in the beat that I really enjoy, and it’s when I hear the occasional bold horn blows over marching snares, because it serves as a pivotal point in the video and adds to the buildup of the beat’s story.

Jake Palumbo – “Tuffalupagus” (ft C-Zar Van Gogh) video

New York-based emcee, producer, recording engineer at SpaceLAB Recordings, and man of many hats Jake Palumbo dropped a brand new song and music video today, for a song called “Tuffalupagus”. The song title is a slang term by Jake that mashes the word “Tuff” (meaning tough, used as a complimentary adjective to describe someone/something cool), with the big, furry muppet Snuffleupagus (well, I think so, anyway), which forms the creative term Tuffalupagus! Hashtag that isht.

Rey Resurreccion – “Lioness (remix)”

Rey Resurreccion (@ReyResurreccion) dropped a remix of his “Lioness” song last week. The original was released 2011, when we heard him rapping over an easy-going beat that was horn-driven with dusty drums. Taking that same minimalist approach, we hear him rapping a verse over a delicate piano playing and soothing strings. Listen to it below, and feel free to download it on his Soundcloud page. He drops a new video sometime today, too, so look out for that.

Soul Khan – “Soulstice V”

New York emcee Soul Khan (@soulkhan) dropped “Soulstice V” a couple of days ago, and you should hear it. Penned with brutal honesty and emotional pain, Soul Khan raps with an intricate flow about depression and suicide, while coming from a real place. It’s moving in a powerful, spine-chilling way, because his lyrics moves through the gloomy motions of life, packed with a lot of serious words, but he eventually comes out on top at the end. It’s so, so good. The beat is by Julia Kent (it’s called “Intent” and it’s from her Character album, released in 2013). Listen to the song below, download for free, and share it with your friends.