Big Boi and Little Dragon stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform “Mama Told Me,” the track they wrote together for the Outkast stalwart’s upcoming solo realease, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Word is that Little Dragon’s former label created logistical problems that stopped this version of the song from making the album, prompting the indefatigable Daddy Fat Sax to re-record it with Kelly Rowland on vocals in order to release it. No diss to Ms. Rowland, but after watching this live performance, there is no question that Yukimi Nagano was supposed to sing this hook. See for yourself above, and listen to the recently leaked studio version of the original Big Boi/Little Dragon collaboration below. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors comes out December 11th. Cop it when it drops.
New music from L.A. duo inc., on that ever-burgeoning indie R&B tip. “5 Days” sounds like what would have happened if a less explosive Prince had made music with Aaliyah and Timbaland in the mid 90′s. Dark and weird and more than a little bit sexy. This is night music, and in a city where it’s getting dark at 5 PM these days, we are certainly in need of that.
inc. are dropping their debut album no worldon 4AD in February. Stay tuned.
We watched Lake Street Dive play a show at Rockwood Music Hall in newly re-electrified Lower Manhattan last night. This Brooklyn-based quartet burned through a massive 18-song set to a jam-packed house, playing everything from unreleased songs like “Bad Self Portraits” (from their forthcoming new record) to fan favorites like their slow, soulful cover of Jackson 5′s“I Want You Back,” which was recently tweeted by none other than Kevin Bacon of all people. Needless to say, this band is going places. Lake Street Dive is playing Rockwood again on November 30th, and you can bet that the TNC crew will once again be in attendance. Watch a live video of “Bad Self Portraits” above to see why you should probably be there too.
“I hope i lose you as a fan if you only fuck with me because i rapped about raping girls when i was 15.”
- Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt is definitely growing, and we at TNC are really amped about it. Check out “Chum” below, the introspective first taste of the once-missing Odd Future standout’s forthcoming new album. Earl delivers with his usual genius level verbal acrobatics with some refreshingly brutal honesty about his life over the past couple of years. There’s nothing more to say…listen for yourself.
“I take my time with it.” These six words begin P.O.S.’s new album, We Don’t Even Live Here, and if there’s anything we know about theemcee born Stefon Alexander at this point in his career, it is that he rarely rushes, but always delivers. On 2009′s Never Better, he blended abrasive beats, tender breakdowns, hardcore-inspired chant-back choruses, and his unique scattershot rhymes to innovate further on a sound all his own. In the three years since that album, Stef (as his fans often call him) has hardly been slacking, releasing music with Gayngs, Marijuana Deathsquads, and his own Doomtreecrew, all while steadily working on his follow-up solo record. But as he says, despite his prolific nature, he took his time with it, and finally we have the results. They certainly don’t disappoint.
We Don’t Even Live Here is what music sounds like when the phrase call to arms comes to simultaneously mean an appeal to throw a brick through a Ferrari window and an invitation to lean into your best friend’s embrace. There is anger here: frustration with materialism, with blind opulence, social injustice, and rampant cultural apathy. But there is a fierce, undeniable love as well: an anthemic, family-first devotion to representing your home, supporting your loved ones and staying loyal to your community, through everything. In Stef’s world, these two fires are fed by the same fuel, and he expresses this forcefully over and over throughout these ten songs. This is an album where the irreverent rallying cry of “Fuck Your Stuff” (“my whole crew’s on some shit / scuffin up your Nikes, spittin on your whip”) can exist right alongside the vulnerable moments in “How We Land” (“all of me, offered if you ask / but only if you ask / honesty could cost me all I have”). For P.O.S., the line between these two ideas is just as razor-thin as the walls between musical genres, and just as permeable. On this album, it becomes a given that the derisive “Bumper” chorus refrain of “they on some nonsense” can’t be followed by anything other than the more inclusive follow-up, “we on some non-stop.” It is in the bold bear hug of that we that P.O.S. sends the listener an invitation to where he does live, welcoming us into the very family that grounds the rapper amid the world that wears on him so visibly. In the context of this music, those two tiny letters become powerful offer: If you feel like us, then we got your back, so let’s do this.
Sonically, We Don’t Even Live Here does a good job of thrashing in the waters of P.O.S.’s quirky beatmaking while still grounding itself in the classic Doomtree sound on bangers by Cecil Otter and Lazerbeak, and also forging out into new electronic territory woven by Andrew Dawson, Gayngs/Poliça maestro Ryan Olson, and even German electro star Boyz Noize. While songs like “Get Down” provide the danciest moments on any P.O.S. record yet, this is clearly not the same club Usher wanted some love in, but rather a dirty, grimey, Doomtree basement where everyone’s best dance move is their most instinctive one.
We Don’t Even Live Here isn’t a perfect album. Toward the end of the record, some of the louder moments rev into abrasiveness to the point of overload, and few of these songs could ever work as background music. It’s important to remember, though, that polish, ease, and perfection have never been an essential part of P.O.S.’s material. Many of this album’s human flaws add to its charm rather than undermine its mission, and Stef’s demand for active listening is refreshing within the synthy-sweet gloss of today’s music.
Of course, when the chips are down, P.O.S.’s rapping takes center stage. Where the 2011 Doomtree crew album No Kings saw the emcee finding a necessary balance between claiming the spotlight and supporting his teammates, this time Stef rocks front and center from the get-go, converting new listeners with the same trademark charm and contagious energy that has made his live shows so compelling for nearly a decade. Lyrically, there is the familiar blurring of personal and political. There are the lithe tongue-twisting rhyme patterns, awkward swagger, raw emotion, and splices of studio banter. But on We Don’t Even Live Here, there are also flashes of a humble confidence that serves to remind us that four albums deep, through ten years of taking his time with it, P.O.S. has learned how to say what he means.
Preview the album here on iTunes, buy ithere at Fifth Element, and check out the high octane video for “Get Down” below:
Today NYC-based jazz trumpeter Myles Potters released a debut album to be reckoned with, a short collection of songs called Apertures. A graduate of Wesleyan University’s music department, Potters studied under some serious jazz greats, but if you were expecting a standard straight ahead sound, let me save you the surprise and tell you: this [...]
On Tuesday, Seattle rap phenom Macklemore is set to release The Heist, his first full length collaboration with his producer and partner-in-crime Ryan Lewis. I’m not going to spend too much time talking about this one. Watch the promo video above to let Mack do the talking, or watch the hilarious video for “Thrift Shop” [...]
“I am really raw, I ain’t seen a mirror in a month.” FULL SCREEN THAT SHIT. We Don’t Even Live Here. 10/23/12. Dig deeper. Related Posts:Top 12 in ’12Review: P.O.S.’s We Don’t Even Live HereP.O.S. – Bumper (Live Pitchfork Session)Monday Music Mention: Doomtree Announces No Kings, Drops “The Grand Experiment”
The xx play a live version of their new song “Angel” in guitarist/singer Romy Madley Croft‘s room on the 33rd floor of a hotel in Tokyo. This version is exactly what the trio does best, spare and simple and beautiful with a brilliant use of negative space. Hit full screen and take a look. Coexist [...]
“They on some nonsense. We on some nonstop.” P.O.S. We Don’t Even Live Here. 10.23.12. Dig Deeper. Related Posts:Top 12 in ’12Review: P.O.S.’s We Don’t Even Live HereP.O.S. – FUCK YOUR STUFF (Official Video)Monday Music Mention: Doomtree Announces No Kings, Drops “The Grand Experiment”
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