Photay – No Sass (Single)
30 July | | music

New York producer Photay has a new self-titled album that’s due out next month and it’s shaping up to be something special. After releasing the Seafloor assisted first single a few weeks back, Photay has unvelied another one and now has my full attention. Premiered by Self-Titled, No Sass is a swirling instrumental spewing out bits of jazz, hip-hop and funk, culminating in 3 minutes and 49 seconds of pure bliss. Have a listen to both singles below and stay tuned for Photay’s forthcoming album dropping August 26th via Astro Nautico.

Bonus: Photay ft. Seafloor – Reconstruct (Single)

Shy Girls – All For Show (Single)
30 July | | music

Recording as Shy Girls, Dan Vidmar is a talented producer/vocalist hailing from Portland, Oregon. SG’s debut Timeshare EP was amongst my favorite from last year, which is why I am excited about his latest single. The Jona Ma (Jagwar Ma) produced All for Show is an uptempo R&B experience unlike any of his previous material. Vibe premiered the song, which was birthed out of a two day Red Bull Sound Select session in London a few months back. Catch Shy Girls performing with Jhene Aiko this Saturday at one of the many official Lollapalooza after parties.

Kitty Cash – Love The Free Vol. II (Mixtape)
29 July | | music

With help from Elle Magazine, Brooklyn’s Kitty Cash released the follow up to her Love The Free mixtape from last year. Clocking in at just under an hour with 29 tracks, Vol. II features new music from Little Simz, The GTW, Dream Koala, Doja Cat, Erick Arc Elliot, Rome Fortune, Willow Smith, Kilo Kish, SZA, Wet, Dev Hynes, Piu Piu, Rochelle Jordan and many more. Stream/download Kitty Cash’s Love The Free Vol. 2 in full below and check out the original if you missed it the first time around.


2) Alison Valentine – Pixie Dust
3) Alison Valentine – Our Little Secret
4) Rochelle Jordan – Back In The Day (prod. KLSH)
5) Erick Arc Elliott – Acid Tabitha
6) Chelsea & T’nah – Everything Bend
7) Remedy (Interlude)
8) Little Simz – Down
9) Doja Cat – No Police
10) Piu Piu – Fire
11) Kali Uchis – Real
12) SleeperCamp – A Muse
13) Bipolar Sunshine – Tears of Laughter
14) Willow Smith – 8
15) Rome Fortune – Girls to the Floor (feat. BeAr Hands) (prod. FKi)
16) Wet – Move Me
17) JunglePussy – Pop The Hydrant (PROD. KASHAKA)
18) Tim Suby – Take You Out
19) Rainy Milo – Bout You (Great Dane Remix)
20) SZA – Moodring (prod. Felix Snow)
21) Michael Tousana & The Trp – Spun
22) Dev Hynes – Ruin Yourself (Remix)
23) Kilo Kish – Pour It Up (prod. Ryan Hemsworth)
24) Kitty Cash – Why’d You Read My Diary (feat. Yuna & The GTW)
27) Empress Of – Realize You (Hyetal Remix)
28) Wynter Gordon – The Hard Way (PROD. CROWD BOYS)
29) Dream Koala – Cthulhu

Joose – Cruise Control EP
25 July | | music

Dive into more new music from the Grand Rapids based AGO crew, this time from rapper/producer Joose. His seven track Cruise Control EP features all in-house production from Mozaic, Sango, The SEVENth and Brock Berrigan, plus a few loose instrumentals. You can pick up Joose’s Cruise Control EP for $1 through the link below.

Buy: Joose – Cruise Control EP

The Range – Rayman (Single)
25 July | | music

Portland, Oregon label Dropping Gems has respectfully carved out a spot in the Northwest American beat scene, hosting releases from the likes of Natasha Kmeto, Devonwho, DJAO and more. I’m particularly a fan of their well rounded compilations that showcase music from members of the label, as well as talented friends and peers. Such is the case with their forthcoming Gem Drops Four compilation, which will feature music from The Range, Pixelord, Braxton/Palmer, Time Wharp, M. Constant and many more. I decided to pluck the Range’s contribution after Spin premiered it earlier this week. Head below to stream Rayman and preorder Gem Drops Four ahead of its July 29th elease.

Preorder: Dropping Gems – Gem Drops Four (Compilation)

Bonus: Natasha Kmeto – Last Drop (Single)

Deniro Farrar – Notice (Video)
24 July | | music

Check out the latest offering from Charlotte rapper Dinero Farrar. It comes in the form of a new video for Notice, a cut from his Rebirth EP that was released earlier this year. The Motion Family directed clip finds Deniro walking the streets of his hometown on a hot summer day. Head below to pick up Rebirth for just a couple bucks.

Buy: Deniro Farrar – Rebirth EP

B. Lewis – Haystacks (Single)
23 July | | music

Check out a new one from San Jose producer B. Lewis, who’s been relatively quiet as of late. New single Haystacks is a groovy, synth heavy tune that I’m classifying as “hyperactive R&B” until further notice. Listen below until B. Lewis decides to share more quality music from his stash.

Corey Grand ft. MAZ – Alchemy (Single)
22 July | | music

With a new EP in the works, Cleveland producer Corey Grand has unveiled a new single today with help from Live For The Funk. Alchemy channels some serious late night summer vibes that perfectly compliment the soft, distant vocals of Cleveland songstress MAZ. First Miranda Moon, now this? I’m officially excited for Grand’s Bathed In Light EP, which is due out later this summer on Long Division Recordings.

Squadda B – Side A/Side B (July) EP
22 July | | music

Following his Side A/Side B (June) EP from last month, Squadda B returns with a new installment for July featuring three new songs. The Side A/Side B (July) EP features production from SWTBRDS Al Jieh, in addition to a self produced bonus track from Squadda. The entire EP can be streamed/downloaded in full below. I have a hunch that 808′s III season is fast approaching too. Stay tuned.

Download: Squadda B – Side A/Side B (July) EP

Marcus Alan Ward – Sun Away (Single) + Album Artwork
17 July | | music

With help from Pigeons & Planes and The Line of Best Fit, Marcus Alan Ward (formerly Freeze-Tag) unveiled the official artwork and release date for his forthcoming debut album today. Accompanying the good news is a stream of album cut, Sun Away, which Ward describes as “exploring the overarching themes of love at the subatomic level and self realization.” Grab a limited preorder of Last Night I Grew Tentacles to receive an exclusive digital download of Sun Away, as well as a physical copy of the album three days before its release. LNIGT will be widely available on August 12th via Long Division Recordings.

Preorder: Marcus Alan Ward – Last Night I Grew Tentacles (Album)

Too Future Vol. 1 – Dpat live in Chicago (Photos)
16 July | | music


Over the weekend I attended Too Future Vol. 1 at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago. Presented by In the Loop Productions, the event featured a stacked lineup, including Dpat, Atu, Penthouse Penthouse, Aztek, Flamingosis and Cofresi. It turned out to be a really fun night full of great music and positive vibes. In particular, Houston producer Dpat’s set struck me with his new live band consisting of drums, guitar and a keyboard. Photographer Michael Salisbury captured a few choice photos from the show, which can be seen below. Be sure to check out Too Future Vol. 2 featuring Esta., Cofresi and more at Beauty Bar on August 22nd.

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Glass Animals – Love Lockdown (Kanye West Cover)
15 July | | music

I saw Glass Animals live at the Empty Bottle last week and they blew my mind. For those who don’t know, Glass Animals are a UK four piece whose sound falls somewhere between funk, hip-hop and electronic, but cannot be precisely pinpointed. They played through standouts Gooey, Pools and the rest of their solid debut album, before playing an awesome cover of Love Lockdown from Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak album. Today they liberated the proper version of their cover, which is set to appear on their Pools EP coming out on July 21st. Grab Glass Animals Zaba LP through the link below in the meantime.

Buy: Glass Animals – Zaba (Album)