Lushlife’s jam ain’t coming In Soft. Focus! [track thoughts]

Lushlife

looking like i never gotta work in a day in my life

Lushlife – In Soft Focus (feat. Ariel Pink & Elzhi)

There are a lot of great things about running this blog but one of the best and most surprising has been my exposure to so much fresh hip-hop that I would have never found if I wasn’t scouring the interwebs. This song just floors me with it’s sweet beat and great rhyme delivery. I feel like it needs to be pumped out of a ghettoblaster on the front stoop at sunset as the neighborhood settles down for a Friday evening. I’m getting the album soon and if it’s anything like this track you know you will be hearing more.

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V.V. Brown’s new single snuck up like a Shark In The Water [Album thoughts]

VVBrown

please don’t make too much of it, it ain’t that serious

V.V. Brown – Shark In The Water

V.V. Brown has been riding the hype train sine late last year but I never fell for any of her songs until this one, and even then it took a couple listens. Hopefully you wont be as slow as me and will catch on to the anthemic awesomeness of this track right away. It’s the kind of song that makes me want to sing along at top volume. I just wish it was more pertinent to fist pumping than a song about a verbal misunderstanding and barking sharks(?). I also wish the rest of her debut LP, Travelling Like The Light, was as good. I’ve given it a couple of listens now and while it is completely pleasent I don’t see it staying in my listening rotation past, well… past me hitting ‘pubish’ on this post. Good thing “Shark In The Water” will enjoy a much more fruitful life in my “2009/07July” playlist.

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Future Of The Left make the future feel so right / Arming Eritrea

Future of the left

let’s flail together if we must flail at all

Future Of The Left – Arming Eritrea

I’ve been too deep in hip-hop land the past couple days and this neck breaking jam is the perfect thing to rip me out. Future Of The Left are made up of the remnants of some other popular Welsh bands but I don’t know them. I do know that this song has got me cranking my weak ass car stereo far past distortion levels this past week as I scream at poor Rick. Swap this in for your coffee tomorrow and get your day started right! Standby for word on the full album, Travels With Myself And Another, the bands second. Oh, and Eritrea is an independent state in Northern Africa. Don’t worry, I didn’t know either.

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Kid Cudi live in Hollywood (w/ B.O.B. & Asher Roth): In which expectations are lowered and anticipation is transferred

Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

7/17 in Clevand. Photo by Keith Mokris / keithmokris.com

A funny thing happened on the way to this post… I’m rereading my Head’s Up ’09 post looking for my first hype-filled words on Kid Cudi and, well, he isn’t there. I never actually hyped Kid Cudi for 2009, despite later statements that I had. One week ago this discovery may have left me scratching my head, however after seeing his performance at The House Of Blues on Sunday night I am left nodding my head. “Good call” I mumble to myself, “Dude is on some seriously whack shit.” If hearing disparaging words like that directed at “yer boy” Cudi makes you mad/annoyed/cry then walk away now, it only gets worse.

Now let’s keep one thing in mind, I am not a negative dude. Readers of TBE will know my vibe is enthusiastic and positive and although I have not loved everything I have heard from Cudi some of his tracks are great and I was really looking forward to his live show selling me on his flavor. That was my mindset going in. In an effort to keep this as simple as possible I am going to just give you the play by play of what happened next. Start after the jump…

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B.o.B. or Bobby Ray or Mr. Bobby or whatever is like a high Voltage Satellite around my brain

BOB

this worlds so crazy so it’s an emergency

B.o.B. – Mr Bobby

Who is B.o.B.? That is an excellent damn question, one I had no clue how to answer until recently. But it is one you better believe you need to be able to answer now ’cause this is the freshest shit I’ve heard coming out of the hip hop game in a looong time. 20 year-old Bobby Ray Simmons comes straight from Atlanta where he made a name for himself as B.o.B., an up-and coming rapper who shared a December 2008 cover of XXL with Asher Roth and Wale. I guess it was about that time that I read about him. Naturally I ignored the advice and never sought out his music. Then on Sunday, his music sought me out. Watching him open for Asher Roth and Kid Cudi at the House Of Blues was one of those fixed-gaze, slack-jawed, “holy shit” events that only come around so often.

B.o.B. – Voltage – Playboy Tre & Mickey Factz

B.o.B. changed up his game a bit recently, introducing his more soulful and vocal side, Bobby Ray. Now that he has flexed his skills right out of the box some people are having trouble pigeon-holing him. This is the only reason I can think of for him not getting more attention (instead of you, Wale). Anyway, long story sort, B.o.B. is now Bobby Ray and Bobby Ray is B.o.B. However you look at it, we win. Especially when his latest mixtape B.o.B. vs Bobby Ray is straight fire fantastic as well as FREE. The best piece of advice I can give you is to get on that jam and listen. Really listen. In there is the story of Bobby Ray, as well as a lot of fresh beats, sick rhymes, and general good times. I have been having a blast listening to this mixtape, and to make things even better I am offering the version without those annoying DJ drops. Just good, clean music people. Get it.

B.o.B. – Satellite (prod by Bobby Ray)

I guess he even had a single out last year. Why did I never hear it? Seriously! Sometimes I feel I have my head jammed so far up the ass of current music that I can’t breathe, but somehow something like this sneaks by? Not cool. “I’ll Be In The Sky” was that single and it’s from The Adventures Of Bobby Ray (Formerly The Adventures of B.o.B.), his forthcoming LP.

B.o.B. – I’ll Be In The Sky

Did I just post 4 tracks? By the same artist? Damn. That’s unprecedented. You should recognize that I mean business.

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Monogrenade ease me into Ce Soir

Monogrenade

???

Monogrenade – Ce soir

Monogrenade are one of those bands that sings in French and makes no apologies for being totally incomprehensible. Even their MySpace page is fully Frenched out, even though they are from bilingual Canada (Montreal). I can only guess that “EP maintenant disponible sur Itunes !!!” means that their EP is out on iTunes. I do know that “Ce Soir” means “tonight” and that is pretty damn fitting as this track is the perfect vibe to tuck you in at night. It even has a beat perfect for teeth brushing and at near 4 minutes will still leave time for flossing. “Ce Soir” also has an amazing music video that you may not want to watch before bed as it is a bit haunting and creepy, but in a good way. [Thanks to Music For Ants]

So who wants to hook a brother up with some lyric translations? I’d love to know what they are singing about.

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Wale’s great track is like a needle in an… Um… Ricka*

wale_back_to_the_feature

little nut jobs come swarmin’ the village up

Wale – Um Ricka f. K’Naan (prod Mark Ronson)

If you know Wale chances are you know he recently dropped another acclaimed mixtape on the world, Back To The Feature. Tons of praise has been slathered on the mixtape but I’m just not feelin’ it. It’s bloated, the beats leave me bored, and half way through I just wish I had Dave Chapelle’s Wrap It Up box to use. If you can make it to track 21 (!?) you are in for treat. “Um Ricka” (Butchered pronunciation of ‘America’) stands out for its mellow horns and groovy piano, and the more I listen the better it all gets. Unfortunately for Wale I feel that the track’s awesomeness is mostly due to the stellar production by Mark Ronson and the killer verses by K’Naan. My expectations for Wale’s forthcoming debut LP Attention Defecit are waning by the moment.

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* It’s closer than you think.

Listen to Back To The Feature after the jump. Recommended before you download.

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«Flashback« Better Than Ezra – Good

Better thanDeluxe

searching for signs of life but there’s nobody home

Better Than Ezra – Good / 1995

I was at the House Of Blues tonight and saw that these guys were coming to town. Totally thought they were broken-up/dead but I guess their 6th album just came out. Good for them, GOOD for them. Get it, get it? Oh boy, good jokes and GREAT songs. That “Whahaww” is still one of the catchiest noises in a song. Funny thing, Better Than Ezra have still never disclosed the origins of their name. Only reason for that is the story sucks. Oh well.

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