I love everything about holychild’s music video for their bouncy Summer tune, “Best Friends.” From the wide angle shots, to the late afternoon shadows, to the beautiful and desolate setting of Bombay Beach, California – the entire production is absolutely solid.
From DC to LA, holychild seems to be moving at an exorbitant rate. Learn more about the group here, and be sure to keep tabs on these guys – I’m excited to see what comes next.
BONUS: The location alone in “Best Friends” reminded me of the interesting documentary titled Bombay Beachwhich tells of local’s tales and features some incredible music. I believe it’s on Netflix too..
Being based in Philadelphia, it’s no secret that I’ve got a lot of love for the local artists and bands that call this place home as well. The Lawsuits have proven they throw some foot-stomping good times here in this city and with a couple of other friends, they’re hitting the road and heading north for a packed weekend ahead.
With plans to head up to beautiful Belgrade Lakes, Maine for the Caravan Music Festival, The Lawsuits dropped a new unreleased track this week titled, “That’s How.” Lead singer, Brian Dale Allen Strouse, has got vocals that sound like a bluesy blend of Modest Mouse frontman, Isaac Brock, and Bright Eyes legend, Conor Oberst. I love the slow guitar riffs and the grainy 8mm footage; it’s quite the churning, brooding track. Totally dig it.
Drop the group a line and wish them farewell on their Facebook page. Other Philadelphia-area bands joining the trek areCheers Elephant, Penrose, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, and The Levee Drivers.
Over the next couple of days I’m going to be diving into Australia’s music scene. There’s no way I’ll be able to cover this entire continent’s talent pool but, even being able to take a quick dip will prove there’s a lot more happening on that side of the world.
Based out of Sydney, BlueBottle Recordsaims to fill a void they believe their culture is missing out on. What truly intrigues me is that their lineup is mostly hip-hop acts and producers who all truly bring their own hard-hitting style.
Last May the label put out a sampler of their current squad which ranges in many different moods. There’s plenty of laid-back tracks with astounding vocals, hip hop beats, nu-jazz sampling, and lots of rhythmic flow.
I also want to include my favorite release of their’s (which is also free), Long Hot Summer, by Soulchef which dropped last winter. I’m a sucker for downtempo hip-hop instrumentals and this collection of originals is more than fantastic. Listen for his clever samples, the entire thing is a gem.
I’m back with another Sea Isle inspired descriptor in this post as I bring you some “Kiddie Pool Music.” Now, these tracks can be enjoyed in any setting but I believe that in order to achieve maximum listening pleasure you should crank both of these as you chill out at a backyard beach bbq in the friendly confines of a kiddie pool.
First up we have “Summer Girlfriends (I reminisce)” by Chaz Van Queen featuring Jinesis. It sounds like the laid back party hip hop of the early to mid 90s and its nostalgic verses fit the vibe perfectly. Chaz shows off his range during the track, rapping some parts then breaking out his singing voice to enhance his story.
Next is “Full Retard,” the first single off of El-P‘s upcoming album Cancer for Cure. This one is heavier on the bass than the previous tune and a little bit more aggressive. Still perfect for the kiddie pool as well as a night time drive to the beach. I guess it could work if we brought a boombox to the basketball courts, too. We need to bring a boombox to the basketball courts.
I’d like to end this post by saying shout out to Doctor Urbas. He likes rap music. He’s a doctor.
Guys, it got fucking cold out. Not that I dislike the cold, I was born in December. But damn..after a week of being able to break a sweat walking my dog (he’s kind of big) this was sort of a rude reality-check.
Although I’m not quite sure of your geographical location, I do know that Southern Shores will bring some island vibes back into your life. It’s brilliant sampling/beat work with other fantastic live elements. In love for the time being, go grab some of my favorite tracks below and get on with your weekend.
I’ve been listening to ASAP Rocky’s latest mixtape over the past couple of days and it’s been making me miss the summer. The slow laid back tempo of much of the album reminds me of the hazy days of summer where you enjoy the weather but you don’t feel much like moving. The song “Trilla” is probably the best example of this.
If I were to put a visual to the guitar sample used it would be the illusion that happens on roads when the sun beats down on them with a fury. You know, the one that makes the roads look wet? Either that or when everything seems a little wavy because the ground is so hot. When I listen to this song I want nothing more than to be sitting in a kiddie pool in the backyard of a beach house with all of my friends. Check out the track below to see what I mean, and if you want the rest of the mixtape go here.