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Rubee Rayne – “Nightshift”

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After releasing her biggest single “DSYLM (Don’t Say You Love Me)” last year and the music video for it a few months ago (watch here), the UK-based singer Rubee Rayne dropped a new song two weeks ago, called “Nightshift”.

As she sings about love, her soft R&B-pop vocals breathe delicately over a warm, glimmering electronic beat that unfolds with a stunning guitar solo. It’s a lovely song. Listen to “Nightshift” below and download for free. “I wrote you a song, baby // I was up all night long, all night long // Just to write you a song // I was up all night long.

Ta-Ku – “Love Again” (ft JMSN & Sango)

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Although Ta-Ku‘s “Love Again” dropped sometime in April, I heard this song exactly 1 month ago today. I had a lot on my mind at the time, so when I heard this song (it was late at night and I was browsing Soundcloud on my phone), I was caught off guard by its beauty and by the emotion. I turned the volume up, hit the “repeat” button to listen to it continuously, and I was all up in my feelings for the rest of the night. I’ve listened to it a lot since then, too, and it’s one of those songs that you can’t hear just once.

Dorian Concept – “Dead Ends” mix

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I think the last time that I caught up with Dorian Concept‘s music was several years ago, when Myspace was still poppin’. Actually, when I look back in my catalog of music, the latest thing that I have of his is When Planets Explode, which was released in 2009 (six years ago!). I got put onto him around the time when Seek When Is Her came out, so sometime in 2006, and he’s come a long way since. While I won’t throw all of his material at you (though, I do suggest you dig through his Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and iTunes pages), I wanted to share a mix of his that I came across last night.

Album Review: Ly Moula – “Avant Savant”

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Somewhat similar to Finkle is Einhorn, producer Lyle Horowitz is rapper Ly Moula. Except, you know, he’s all man. We heard him channeling his inner rapper as Ly Moula as early as 2013, when he released the Blahze Misfits album As Fate Would Have It. We heard him rapping again on the second Blahze Misfits album that caught a lot of flack for its name, and also on my second installment of The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats compilation, released in 2014. However, this year is when Ly Moula decided to release his official debut album.

SOUNDCHECK: DOROTHY

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Today, I watched the unreleased music video for DOROTHY‘s latest single “Raise Hell”, without knowing who they were, and was loving their energetic, hard rock sound. I then learned that they are the band behind the bluesy-rock song “Wicked Ones“, which I’ve heard several times in a Levi’s commercial. It’s always good to put a face to a name, especially when they’re faces of wickedly talented people.

DOROTHY is a 4-person rock group from Los Angeles, California, made up of lead-singer Dorothy Martin, drummer Zac Morris, guitarist Mark Jackson, and bassist Gregg Cash. On September 11th, 2015, they released their self-titled debut EP, which introduced the world to 5 original songs. I’m gonna talk about a couple of my favorites: “Wicked Ones”, “After Midnight”, and their latest single “Raise Hell”.

Teenage Love – “Deserted Places” video

Life is just a bowl of cherries, until they’re an accessory in your death. Teenage Love‘s music video for “Deserted Places”, from their debut EP Gold, is a mildly eerie, orchestral pop song about death. Filmed and directed by Sanne This, we see the Teenage Love ladies baking sweet treats, aiding in the sarcastic irony behind a gluttonous slob (played by Karl Wieck Davidsen), who gets killed by his sin.

I like the electro production, layered with sharp percussion, melancholy violin, bouncing “pop pop pop” vocals, and textured synth bits. Can’t forget their hauntingly sweet vocals, especially when they sing together; there’s a brief innocent-turned-growling sound in their voices towards the end, that I like, while singing “let’s forget it all!” Watch the video below!

Dregs One & Ill Sugi – “Universal Language” album

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San Francisco emcee Dregs One linked with Tokyo producer Ill Sugi for an album, titled Universal Language, that released on November 9th via French label Cascade Records. It is said that Dregs One’s music reached Ill Sugi through a local record store while still in high school, which later led them to communicating on the internet. After Sugi sent Dregs some beats and remixed a few of his songs, he flew to the Bay Area to visit and stayed with Dregs during his trip. The album was created over the course of a couple of years, but that trip is what birthed it all.

Monday/Friday – “MF” video

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When making music together, Atlanta-based producer Illastrate and producer/emcee Yamin Semali become MondayFriday. Having already released a full-length, self-titled album, in August of this year, the duo is already working on a new EP.

They released a brand new single and music video last month, called “MF”, which is from their forthcoming EP Time and a Half. The song is mega fly, as we hear Yamin spitting boastful, creative rhymes that are mostly made up with a variety of different MF acronyms, over a head-nodding beat. I like that it’s a lyric video, so it’s easy to follow along. Video directed by Kevin Smith (no, not that Kevin Smith).

Jook & Pro – “In Charge” (ft Rebellion) video

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Having formed in 2014, Jook & Pro are an emcee/producer duo from Ontario, California, with an album on the way. “In Charge” seems to be their first single, and it’s a feel-good song about working hard to make a name for oneself in hip hop, over easy-going, reggae-influenced live production. It also features gritty-voiced singer Rebellion in the chorus.

CB Question of the Week: Beat stealing

This past week, our question was about beat stealing (not sampling, but straight up taking someone’s beat without permission), and we asked producers to share their thoughts on the subject matter that is frequently seen in the music business. We see it a lot in the hip hop/rap world. Rappers will do it, producers will do it, and labels will do it. For example, we will often see that happening when someone wants to ride a song’s viral wave, so they’ll jump on the same beat and spit their own bars over it; or when someone wants to jump on a beat by a big name producer (ie: J Dilla or DJ Premier), in efforts to get noticed or gain interest; or there’s the moment when someone will take a beat, say their vocal tracks were “produced by [producer of the beat they took without permission]” as if they worked on the song together, and go from there; or there’s the false claims where people will steal beats and say that they produced it, or go about without crediting the producer. Sometimes people sell the music and sometimes they won’t. What’s acceptable and what’s not? Is there a scenario where it’s OK?

Interview: Dave Dub & Tape Mastah Steph on “Sade’s Forehead”

Bred in San Jose, California, and in the process of relocating, emcee Dave Dub is not a new name or face in the underground hip hop realm. I became familiar with his name and work through another California emcee, named Megabusive (side note: those two make music together under the alias The Fucking Mutants–hear somethin’).  I think I got put onto him one or two years before his 2012 album, titled The Treatment, came out, but it was mostly due to word-of-mouth and hearing him spitting on other artist’s tracks (which is a fine way to get put onto someone fresh). Dave Dub has been in the music scene since the early 90’s, largely in hip hop, but he has also dabbled around in the punk scene during the early 90s. I advise that you check the discography here, for some of his works.