YOU ALWAYS KNOW THE DJ

On the 4th of July 2014 something happened that would change the face of Australian Rap/Hip-Hop forever. Adelaide native Allday released his debut album Startup Cult to a staggering #3 position on the ARIA charts (accompanied by some huge critical acclaim).

Allday's cult-like following over the past year or so has been building steadily, however since dropping his recent singles "Right Now" and "You Always Know The DJ" off Startup Cult, things have climbed to an entirely new level. 

Allday's lyrical and melodic style is what makes him one of the most talented and unique contemporary artists in today's music-scene. Without question, it's easy to see who's musical style has been idolised to construct the raw-talent that we call Allday. Drake's diversity and prowess as a musician has created a symbolic 'backbone' that has pushed the boundaries of what Rappers can, and cannot do with their style and sound in music today. With this notion in mind, Allday is a talented artist who can effortlessly fluctuate between singing and rapping throughout the entire record, thus giving him his own foundation to perch himself on with his 'swaggalicious' contemporary and stylistic musical sound.

Startup Cult is super-duper-dope, and you need to cop it. It's an incredible listen from start to finish and you never quite know what to expect when each song ticks over. This is a modern album from genuinely talented 22-year-old who can't help but push the boundaries of contemporary Rap/Hip-Hop into a new genre; his own genre. Allday wants to ensure some longevity in the difficult world of music with this album, and we strongly believe that's what will happen. Nice work man, your hard work has undoubtedly paid off.

"Girl i swear, you always know the DJ" .... 

Majid Jordan – A Place Like This - EP

We've noticed that in (our) part of the world, pre-ordered purchases off iTunes come out slightly earlier in comparison to the United States. So when we woke up the other morning to Majid Jordan's A Place Like This E.P already in our library – we woke up happier than you did.

The well known OVO-signed duo Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman; have released their E.P A Place Like This under the new label direction to reasonable critical acclaim. The E.Ps single "A Place Like This" encompasses a near 'atmospheric' quality of sound through carefully executed instrumentals, elements and conservative monotone lyrics' that only proves their smooth, sexy and stylistic sound. This notion is carried out extensively through the beautiful aesthetics of their video for the track.

The talented pair worked with OVO Sound owner Drake on his single “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which was included on his 2013 album, Nothing Was The Same – so you should know how amazing this project sounds.

The entire E.P is a journey through this kind of sound and it's exactly what you would expect from the two OVO hot-heads. A Place Like This is a magnificent body of work and one you should definitely want to have in your iTunes library – it's as simple as that really. Incredible work from these two Toronto X OVO natives.

Introducing Jahkoy "Fall In Love" (Actually)

A few days before G-Eazy dropped his album the other week, we were sent an absolute banger of a track from someone unknown to us – via industry contacts in L.A. We'd like to introduce you to Jahkoy, and his recent single "Fall In Love".

We reached out the to the Toronto-native since receiving this track; turns out he's extremely talented (obviously), but more-so is certainly 'one to watch'. "Fall In Love" is simply an awesome track that depicts a diverse (yet beautifully contrasting) emotional journey through some fantastic vocals and a super-sweet 'easy to listen to' instrumental. We were very impressed with this track from Jahkoy, and we're definitely look forward to watching his progress in 2014. Nice work from Canada man – respect.

Be sure to head over to Datpiff and download his free Mixtape Dying To Live Forever.

G-Eazy Drops The Hottest Album On The Planet: Turns out "These Things DO Happen"

Every few years someone comes up and changes the face of the independent music industry. Several years ago, it was Mac Miller paving the way for Independent success – today, it's G-Eazy.

As of right now, G’Eazy is the musician Rapper on the planet, with the hottest new album on the planet. This is not a fucking understatement. At this stage, the Oakland Rapper we know and love so well is no stranger to monumental success (although he's about to get bigger).

Creatively, These Things Happen is everything that we all hoped for and more from the (now) household name-rapper. Everything G’ releases (and has released to-date) is of the highest quality – no matter the format. This whole project in incredible, from concept through to execution. More importantly, the production of this entire album is absolute fire through carefully constructed contemporary sounds integrated with that sexy old-school slice of apple pie that G’ came up on.

“And I’m always snatching chicks, fly’er than Aladin’s whips”

Second to the production of the album is G’s stylistic sound, delivery and lyrical talent. This is why we love him and why his music is literally so easy and enjoyable to listen too. Each track is different in every way possible, however the entire album is actually quite interconnected through its flow, progression and contrast.

The second half of the album adopts a more conceptually slower style in comparison with the first. G' winds it down and pushes the boundaries of his lyrical talents with the help of some fantastic collaborators such as Blackbear and G's main producer for the album; Christoph Andersson.

Stand out tracks on the album are definitely; "Tumblr Girls, Complete, I Mean it, Lotta That" (that baseline though … damn). "Let’s Get Lost" (also co-produced by Kanye West) and "Remember You" – however one of our existing favourites is definitely "Been On". We believe it still has the biggest 'cool-factor' in any song and music video out there today.

To put it simply, this is an album you simply need to have in your iTunes library. There’s a track for every part of the week; whether you’re chilling out at home, bumping some music on the road or even if you’re throwing a Project-X-rated house party. We guarantee These Things Happen will be a timeless classic and not to mention – another unique turning point in the music industry today. G' you're the fucking man.

Let’s Get Lost.

These Things Happen – Will Be Fucking Huge

If you've been living under a rock lately, you've simply been missing out. G-Eazy's highly anticipated album These Things Happen is due out in a few weeks; so brace yourself, because it will be huge, fucking huge. G'Eazy has just come off the backend of his biggest tour yet (These Things Happen Tour) playing for sold out shows of thousands all across the country and turning every label's eye towards him in the process. The tour was so successful he's actually embarking on his first Europe tour in the coming weeks. Good luck to you G' we salute you.

If you've had the honour of attending one of G'Eazy's shows, you'll understand the nature of his stage presence and just how big he is yet to become. If you haven't, then envision the following scenes of chaos;

"Start with around five thousand-plus screaming fans (90% female), add an arena full of oestrogen, then finally great music to jump around to and a damn good live performance – then you're pretty much there"

With the upcoming album release, G'Eazy has also released a "bundle" of material that didn't make it on the album, B-Sides, extras and a "bunch" of photos from 2011 to date; this is the other reason why we like G' so much. It's difficult to really compare the way G'Eazy interacts with his fans (with anyone else), simply because he does it the best. All of his material can be found in one place, all linked together – and everything else in-between is just so minimalistic and clean (IE: no bullshit). Impecible design and branding has really made him stand out amongst his peers.

With such an impressive résumé, this debut album will be the foundation for many great things to come from the man we call G'Eazy. We're very excited about this release, therefore you should be too.


Bipolar Sunshine's "Deckchairs On The Moon"

Talk about the song for the U.S summer! A little just over a week ago now the multi-talented Bipolar Sunshine released his highly anticipated single "Deckchairs On The Moon" to huge success. This incredible song has been going viral world-wide, so if you'd like to know why – hit play and enjoy. Since it was released, London-based DJ/producer Zane Lowe labelled it the "Hottest Record In The World", (quite the compliment if you ask us).

There's no denying the contemporary upbeat production on this track, and not to mention Bipolar Sunshine's undeniable talent as a musician and vocalist. Sunshine' is really paving his own path with his career, and this track more than proves it. Very nice work sir.

Introducing Vanessa Elisha

Fresh from our industry contacts in L.A; this week we were introduced to the amazing (and totally beautiful) Vanessa Elisha. The Australian songstress has recently released "Midnight Swim" (produced by GXNXVSto
some reasonable industry acclaim. It's always a good sign when industry contacts are widely sharing new artists via email isn't it? Anyway, this soul-driven R&B/electronic blend that Vanessa perfects so well is slowly making headway for a new musical genre (inside an existing genre of contemporary music). It's personal, soothing and sexy but mostly – it's a damn great listen.

With the likes of other soul-driven artists' such as Banks and Janine & The Mixtape, we strongly believe Vanessa will be a great female musical-success who exudes originality and sexuality throughout her sound and identity. We're looking forward to hearing more from this talented young women; keep up the hard work girl.

Stuff we're listening to at the moment

There's a lot happening in the music world right now. It seems like every week there's a new artist who is on the come-up with a new, independent style and sound. It's almost a full time job to keep up with current trends and movements. With this in mind, we though we'd throw a post out about what we've been listening to over the past few weeks. No rating needed for these, just sit back and enjoy some diversity.

It's a little bit hot in here Janine ...

New Zealand's 'on the rise' multitalented musician/Brooklynite Janine & The Mixtape has been on our radar
since before we launched UntitledX. In-fact we actually reviewed her Dark Mind E.P as one of our first posts.

Anywho' – since then, Janine has been making huge waves in the global music scene with her breathtaking soulful-driven vocals, amazing talent and incredible beauty. She has just released her highly anticipated music video for the single "Hold Me" (off her Dark Mind E.P) over the past 24 hours; to reasonable critical acclaim.
The video was premiered on Billboard.com, along with a sweet little article about her current movements,
projects and musical-status.

Apparently Janine has been working on her debut album – man are we excited to hear that. We can't begin to fathom how incredible an opus of that calibre would sound (based off what she's put out already). From what we know thus far, It's easy to see that Janine only puts out projects that are of the highest of quality. Second to this, her "Hold Me" video really sets the foundation for her forthcoming success as an extremely talented young woman/musician.

Steaming hot video Janine, keep up the hard work girlfriend.

Wiz Khalifa's Block-Party that is "We Dem Boyz"

A few days ago Khalifa dropped his highly anticipated "We Dem Boyz" music video. The new single off his forthcoming studio album Blacc Hollywood surely sets the tone for his illusive lifestyle, and career to-date.

Getting back to the video; it's conceptually really simple, but very clever. Around ninety percent of the video is all one continuous shot that follows Khalifa walking through (what seems to be) the biggest block-party in the history of block-parties. The song itself is an entertaining listen, and surely to be a club-banger – however that's really about the extent of it.

Worth a watch, and worth a listen. We're looking forward to Blacc Hollywood Wiz.

YG – MY KRAZY LIFE

A little while ago now, the wild west-coaster YG dropped his highly anticipated album My Crazy Life to some serious industry acclaim. The album was diverse, progressive for his career and a damn good listen.

My Crazy Life not only showcased YG's (you guessed it, crazy life), but also the 'who's who' of big-time Rap names in today's music world. School Boy Q, Drake and Kendrick to name a few – but his recent collaboration with Drake on "Who Do You Love?" saw monumental success as a hit-single off the album.

The track just bangs out that wicked easy-to-listen-to contemporary Rap-sound, and then Drake comes in and literally kills the song with his verse. With such diverse lyrical flow accompanied by that ambivalent Drake attitude we know so well, you can't help but love "Who Do You Love".