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SONG OF THE DAY

Colourful Los Angeles collective, OverDoz. have enlisted help from the always funky Pharrell Williams on their new track, ‘Last Kiss’. For our lucky friends up North, this is the undeniable Summer anthem.

OverDoz. on SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram

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MUSIC TO… GET HAPPY TO

10 Songs for ya Thursday.

All of these make me DANCE! – I hope they do the same for you. ❤

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LISTEN: BBC RADIO 1

Flying Lotus:

Kaytranada:

Two of my favourites are back at it with the fire for BBC Radio 1’s Thursday night residencies. In this recent run, Flying Lotus takes us through an insane mix including Thom Yorke, Bjork, Aphex Twin, and Portishead, and even has a special guest on the air – fellow LA producer Gaslamp Killer.

Montreal’s Kaytranada serves up some greatness – Shalamar, Kali Uchis, Mac Demarco, The Isley Brothers, and Knxwledge.

Listen to the full shows here.

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MY TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014

2014 was full of groundbreaking musical releases from all corners of the earth. Regardless of your personal taste, this year there was something for everybody.

The following list is my top 10: From heavy hip hop, to summery jangle pop, to fluttery acid jazz; this genre-blending collection of sounds defines my taste perfectly – Inclusive, Diverse, and Eclectic.

Here we go:

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Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait

The lyrical talent of Long Beach native Vince Staples is truly crippling. If Kendrick is the voice of hope, then Staples is the mouthpiece for the hopeless. Hell Can Wait is a captivating tale of drugs, crime, and police brutality. “And they expect respect and non-violence.. I refuse the right to be silent.” With resigned honesty, he tells the stories that are often overlooked. Unlike many of his peers, he is not glorifying street culture and violence or even necessarily trying to change anything; rather he is criticising the corrupt system that has taken so much from him and those he loves; the society that forces people down and makes us turn on each other in order to survive. “North Division tryna stop my blackness.” Staples is a much needed addition to the current state of hip hop because he raps from a place of truth and maturity far beyond his 21 years. His flow is calculated and alters itself seamlessly to fit the beat – At times firm and vehement, it then gracefully speeds up to dance over the tripped out haunting production.

Stand Out Tracks: 65 Hunnid, Hands Up, Feelin the Love

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Last week Les Sins (AKA Toro Y Moi) released his debut album Michael – The whole thing is a masterpiece of mashed up dance, electro, funk, disco, lounge, and chill wave. As you’ve probably already gathered, Chaz Bundick doesn’t know how to make bad music; This particular project sounds like summertime, rooftops, raves, ice creams, and happiness.

Buy the album if you love yourself!

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REVIEW: THEOPHILUS LONDON – ‘VIBES’

[Cover shot by Karl Lagerfeld]

Front to back, Theophilus London’s Vibes delivers on the name. While the album takes you through diverse terrain, the sound and message remain cohesive all the way through.

Fusing genres is nothing new in 2014, but Theo has a unique and compelling gift for the art; effortlessly soaking in various influences then projecting them in a completely fresh way. 80’s synthpop, dancehall, funk, disco, r&b, dance, and soul course through the whole project with unmistakable rhythm, and of course there are moments when it’s decidedly hip hop. With all of these apparent mash ups, the marrying quality overall is a full, encompassing sound. At every moment the sound runs through you. Encases you. Envelops you. There are very rarely instances where you don’t want to break out in a dance. The whole thing screams summer – daytime pool parties and late night drives – so it was no surprise to hear it was recorded entirely in Palm Springs, CA.

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INTRODUCING: CHUK LE GARÇON

[Chuk via Instagram: @ChukLeGarcon]

Producer, Artist, Designer, New Yorker, Chuk le Garçon is consistent. His musical creations are full, romantic, dreamy, LUSH. I was led to him about a year ago by a good friend of mine and was immediately struck by the intricate layers in his sound. The music is encompassing and seeps in to wrap itself around you like an embrace. Over the last year, he has truly become one of my favourite people doing it. He moves seamlessly through jazz, dance, r&b, electronic, hip hop, soul, and emerges on the other side with his very own unique art.

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