Banks – Goddess

September 17th, 2014 by


Banks released her debut album, Goddess, on September 9th, which sent sparks through her fanbase.  This California-born singer played this summer at Governor’s Ball, and her popularity is starting to crescendo.

I wrote about Banks and her earlier EP called London. All four songs are thrown into the Deluxe version of Goddess and fit into the album like pieces in a puzzle.

My favorites from Goddess are “You Should Know Where I’m Coming From” and “Someone New”.  Both songs have an acoustic feel to them, but “Change” and “Waiting Game” will always be in my heart.

Goddess as a whole is a being in itself.  It seems to swallow all of your senses and leave you alone with only Banks’ voice to guide you through the darkness. Check it:


Mystic |Country Roads

September 16th, 2014 by

After a 13 year musical hiatus (with the exception of a few singles in between), Bay Area veteran emcee Mystic has returned with new album Beautiful Resistance. She debuted in 2001 with the acclaimed Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, which spawned the hit single “The Life” and “W” featuring Planet Asia, which went on to be nominated for a Grammy award. But her stage cred stretches back even farther as the only female member of legendary hip hop group Digital Underground. After a lengthy absence, her lyrical content contains much of the empowering and aware elements it did so many years before, focusing on themes of social justice, abuse, and self-love. On “Country Roads”, she takes a break from rhyming to show off her vocal chops with some heavy subject matter dealing with America’s violent history of lynching. Beautiful Resistance is now available for download/stream and its positive message comes right on time amid ever-continuing global turmoil. I look forward to others and more like it. 

clipping. – CLPPNG

September 15th, 2014 by


Contorted, bloody, addictive. CLPPNG sounds like the nightmarish lab experiment you saw in that movie you wish you hadn’t, but can’t stop re-watching.

These homies are masters. clipping.’s knowledge of the distinction between accessible L.A. rap and art music is paralleled in their balance between experimental beats and catchy hooks, as MC Daveed Diggs’ storytelling with a voice not unlike Andre 3000’s emerges from amidst the furious black and brown salival production of William Huston and Jonathan Snipes. Industrial metal spliced with musique concrete commingle with hip-hop to create a savage sound that will snap your neck and take a picture. Embrace the horror in your gut and listen to this shit.

For company, peep “Work Work” below, “Body & Blood,” and “Summertime.”

“Story 2,” which sounds more like short-story telling than rapping, may be the gem of this album. Take your time with that one.

If you dig clipping., check out William Hutson doing noise music as Rale, and Jonathan Snipes as part of Captain Ahab.

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MØ – “Fire Rides”

September 10th, 2014 by


Karen Marie Ørsted, known by most by her stage name MØ, is a sultry pop diva from Denmark.  Her newest album that dropped in March, No Mythologies to Followopens with the epic tune “Fire Rides”.  Sounding like a mix of Banks, Icona Pop, and her own punky twist, MØ throws this tune at her listeners with a take-it-or-leave-it kind of attitude. Check it: