Boogie, Thirst 48 – "Let Me Rap"

We're excited to present the most slept on project of 2014: Thirst 48by up and coming independent LA rapper Boogie. Sitting at just over 40,000 views on his debut, Boogie might be one of the most promising hip-hop artists in years. This is a bold statement; however, Thirst 48 is an incredibly mature introduction to a talented man of the streets like Boogie. 

While Thirst 48 has some street tracks, like “Westside”, “Highskoo Interlude”, and “Still Be Homies”, the album serves as more than an introduction to Boogie as an artist. It's a conceptually-driven album and a very strong body of work. Down to the artwork, featuring a selfie being taken during an intimate moment, Boogie crafted a real message with Thirst 48

I Built This Underground Railroad To Get Me Out This Hell-Hole ...

The main theme he touches on is society's obsession with social media validation. While everyone around Boogie is taking Snapchats and trying to slide into DMs, he's searching for something notably deeper.
Boogie's thirst is for human interaction and affection, which is what we should all be searching for. However,
because of social media and the street mentality in his culture, Boogie's thirst is the one looked down upon.
He realizes his differences, "As hard as I try to be, being hard is where I lost more." And he apologizes several times for his relationship goals, "There's too much simping on my tape." That's where Boogie is wrong, though, because he's not simping about a girl, he's worried about the world around him.

"Let Me Rap", the single from Thirst 48, absolutely screams "Your Summer-Jam". Everything from the laid-back late-90s rap-inspired instrumental to the super laid-back lyrical flow Boogie constructs over the track encapsulates everything nostalgic you can remember about "that awesome song that defined your summer" that year. Very easy-listening, very cool and very clever. We love this track from Boogie.

Need we say more? No, simply plug in your headphones, log off of social media, listen and enjoy! 

Introducing Rachel Foxx

East London's best kept secret is ready to share her soulful voice with the world. Rachel Foxx is fresh off the release of her debut self-titled E.P Rachel Foxx, which was released earlier this week. Young, extremely talented and beautiful, Foxx aims to captivate minds and hearts alike with her newest musical offering. 

Foxx's newly released self-titled E.P is a unique little project that encompasses the solidarity of Foxx's musical-foundation. It's not difficult to see that she has drawn deep-inspiration from her talented passion for the blending of contemporary Hip-Hop and Soul music upon first hearing her voice. The ear-catching characteristic of Foxx's musical-style is without a doubt, her phenomenal voice/style. This talented young East-London'er gently (yet subtly) floats effortlessly between her lyrics in which her melodies drift between the middle and higher registers' of her voice, thus encapsulating anyone and everyone upon their first-listen.

She simply has a beautiful sound. In addition to this, we believe this is why and how she has caught the 'ears' of the SoundCloud giants and tastemakers in the past three months with her amazing single "Before You", which has just soared past 150k plays. Nice work Foxx.

Foxx's management informs us that on the back of her E.P release she will be heading to the magical city of
New York to do some recording and will perform at selected shows when she returns back to the U.K. What an impressive talent and an even more impressive sound. We know without any question, Miss Foxx is definitely a foxy-one-to-watch.

Introducing Ryn Weaver & Her Promises E.P

We are living in the era of constant noise in music. Just about every person we know owns a computer, and is capable of recording and releasing music. Whilst this results in an uncountable number of struggle-mixtapes released on Datpiff and moody singer/songwriter demos sent to labels every day, some artists are able to break through the barriers and set themselves apart from the noise in a huge way. Enter mystery-girl Ryn Weaver

On June 24, SoundCloud was blessed with “OctaHate,” the debut single of the then completely unknown Ryn Weaver. Quirky keys, finger snaps, explosive chorus n’all, the song soared to over a million views in roughly two weeks. Production by Benny Blanco, Michael Angelakos, Cashmere Cat and Charli XCX certainly helped, and days after release most blogs were raving about the track and wanted to know where the hell Weaver came from. 

Beyond “OctaHate” (“the best song wasn’t the single...”), Ryn Weaver delivers three other beautiful tracks on Promises. The title track kicks off the EP with a vocal loop reminiscent of Lorde’s “Ribs” or CHVRCHES’ “The Mother We Share” and breaks into an anthemic beat with glistening synthesizers. Weaver’s songwriting is somewhat moody, as the E.P revolves around a love interest. However, the subject matter doesn’t get too stale because after all, it’s only a four song E.P, and the way Weaver describes her heartbreak is more in line with classics like Here, My Dear or 808s & Heartbreak. She repeats on the chorus, “Never meant to break my own promises” and retreats during the first verse “I cross my heart and hope to die, unless I happen to lie.”
Sounds like something conceptually-clever that Kanye would throw-out, right?! Smart girl...

Weaver supposedly passes the time with Coffee and a half a pack .... or so she says

Promises’ final track, titled “Sail On” deals with similar boy troubles, but actually results in Weaver’s love abandoning her. She struggles with this loss (“How do I do to let it go”), but looks hopeful anyways and decides to “sail on” as well. 

Say what you want about Ryn Weaver and her label situation. Her debut project, Promises, is freaking awesome and will remain in rotation for a long time. Ryn Weaver is exactly what pop music needs and we can only hope a tour and full length album are coming soon. If only this is what Top 40 radio sounded like…

Sinead Harnett – N.O.W

Hailing all the way from North-London and collaborating with talented acts such as: Rudimental, Disclousure, Ryan Hemswroth and a slew of others, it's likely Sinead Harnett has made her way to your ears with her incredible soul-driven vocals and sexually charismatic style. 

Perfection and quality are the only two characteristics that spring to-mind when describing the talent and production of everything Harnett releases (and has released to date). Influenced by the likes of Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and UK Grunge music it's no wonder this gifted Britt’ brings something unique and invigorating to listeners from around the world with this amazing ‘feel good sound’ she successfully
conveys in her music.

We simply can’t stop listening to Harnett's amazing breakout track "Paradise" from her new EP: N.O.W.
which you should purchase from iTunes (now). Amazing work Harnett! We’re very, very into it.

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.