Take some time to chill today.
Inspired by such bands as the Beach Boys, Mazzy Star and My Bloody Valentine, Los Angeles duo Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have consistently delivered a fresh spin on lo-fi pop since they formed Best Coast in 2009. “California Nights” is the kind of song I imagine countless L.A. film students would loop over their demo reels or something (cue the band’s own music video here). The eponymously titled album is a great listen, but “California Nights” is a standout for me. Bethany’s voice simply soars! If you’re looking for a great summer single, give this Best Coast track a shot.
Really feeling Astronauts, etc. today. Frontman Anthony Ferraro lays down some great vocals on “Up For Grabs.”
I listened to this song at least a dozen times before I even realized it was sung in Japanese. (The beauty of shoegaze, eh?) Hailing from Tokyo, Kinoko Teikoku are a four piece Japanese group fronted by vocalist Sato. If you like My Bloody Valentine or any kind of post-rock stuff, I think you’ll like these guys. Having only found “Whirlpool” a few weeks ago, I’ve since adopted the track as one of my summer 2015 songs. I realize it’s a few years old, but get lost in the reverbs for a bit like me and it will all jumble together.
I’m going to make a semi-bold statement here and say that Little Simz might just be my favourite find of 2015. There’s nothing like finding a quality female rapper in an age when it’s still cool to diss a chick for refusing to swallow. Better yet, Little Simz hasn’t even hit her stride yet (I think she’s like 20 or 21). After Jay Z’s Life+Times website picked up on her talent in 2013, she gained a lot of visibility and press acclaim. Since then, she’s been busy dropping EPs, mixtapes and preparing material for a debut album. But I feel like this young North Londoner is just getting started. In addition to leading her quiet hip hop revolution in the UK, Little Simz continues to produce a ton of content and get her voice out there. It’s rare to find an artist who is as talented as they are prolific. “Guess Who” is a chill track that features a number of other rappers from the SPACE AGE music family. (Whoever is the beat maker deserves a raise.) If you like what you hear, you should really check out more of her stuff. She’s worth the listen!
Side bar: I also included a second link to one of her tracks so you could get a feel for her live performances. Absolute FIRE.
THIS is modern day baby making music right here.
I have this friend who likes to randomly text me rap lyrics assuming I’ll catch on at some point (I rarely do). Anyway, this week he’s been all about A$AP Rocky. The rapper’s sophomore album dropped on Tuesday and I’ve been listening to most of it on repeat since its release. At.Long.Last.A$AP is pretty fucking great (except for that gratuitous Rita Ora smear). I read a great article from The Atlantic about the album and it mentioned how Rocky was pretty much high on psychedelic drugs the whole time he was making it. So “L$D” is a fairly accurate track to represent the lot. Let me just say this for the man, he knows how to set the mood! I think I’ve watched the video at least two dozen times. It’s so trippy. (Duh Dylan.) Love the chill vibes he puts out.