Ratking: Snow Beach
NYC hip-hop trio Ratking represents the next generation of gritty rap that is quintessentially New York. Citing wide-ranging inspirations from the Wu Tang Clan to the Ramones, the group's unique style is a harmonious representation of the city's edgier...
BADBADNOTGOOD + Ghostface Killah: Ray Gun ft. DOOM
On paper, a partnership between a Toronto-based jazz trio, a prominent member of Wu Tang Clan and one of hip-hop's more mysterious MCs might not sound like the most natural of unions. However "Ray Gun" sees Ghostface Killah and DOOM spitting verses...
Le Sins: Bother
Toro Y Moi, or Chaz Bundick, has dabbled in making dance-ier house music under the Les Sins moniker for some time, like 2012's singles "Fetch" and "Taken." This fall, Bundick further develops the alter-ego he's built with a full-length LP Michael...
Lauryn Hill: Black Rage (Sketch)
After the recent shooting of unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, controversy ensued with race relations at the forefront. An outpouring of responses came in from various stakeholders and...
Darkside: What They Say
Although they officially formed in 2011 with an experimental three-track EP, it was last summer that saw Darkside gain a cult following when they remixed the entirety of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. The duo quickly followed up with an LP called...
Gorgeous Children: How We Do It
Starting out with playful tooting and honking that sounds like it belongs in an old-fashioned animation, Gorgeous Children's "How We Do It" quickly morphs into a breezy, but ultimately sex-driven song. Made up of rapper Face Vega and producer Gilamonsta...
Gorgeous Children: How We Do It Starting out with playful tooting and honking that sounds like it belongs in an old-fashioned animation, Gorgeous Children's "How We Do It" quickly morphs into a breezy, but ultimately sex-driven song. Made up of...
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Farewell, Sugar Man Director It surprised no one when Malik Bendjelloul won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards. His film "Searching for Sugar Man" (which happened to be his directorial debut) won the hearts of fans...
Elvis Costello and the Roots: Wise Up Ghost
Published every Sunday, ListenUp takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted about that week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's surprising personal interests—#PrivateJam exposes their musical guilty pleasure.
C-Brand: Wired For Games
The Guardian gave readers a chance to hear what is likely a future classic with a Soundcloud preview of the newly released album Wise Up Ghost from Elvis Costello and the Roots. The legendary English singer's croaky voice has been superbly paired with...
Pusha T: Nosetalgia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
While in London this week, we caught up with NTS radio host and DJ MarshMeLLo, who put us onto the obscure 1982 soul song "Wired For Games" from Detroit group C-Brand. An ideal Thursday groove, the track has all the makings for winding down the work...
Originally catching our eye in '09 when he teamed up with Micachu for an outstanding mixtape (shortly before our video with the experimental artist), young British musician Kwes has been quietly carving out a name for himself with his beautifully soothing...
The typically reserved musician Aaron Jerome—better known as UK producer SBTRKT—bared a bit of himself this week with the surprise Twitter revealing of "IMO." The unmixed and unmastered song is from new album recordings, and was posted in memory of...
SBTRKT: IMO The typically reserved musician Aaron Jerome—better known as UK producer SBTRKT—bared a bit of himself this week with the surprise Twitter revealing of "IMO." The unmixed and unmastered song is from new album recordings, and was posted...
99 Problems by Ali Graham
Inspired by Jay-Z's track "99 Problems," British artist Ali Graham has been creating an illustration every day since the first of June this year that imagines a problem the world-famous rapper might (or might not) face. As well as a host of First...
The Magnificent Map of Rap Names
The Magnificent Map of Rap Names is a poster that links rappers of all walks based on thematic categories. The blinged-out golden web of names and connections overlays a black background with grey silhouettes of the rap game's greatest.
Besides eliminating clutter, one of our favorite upshots of the post-CD era is the micro-movement of creative USB stick design. We've seen Doc Martens, surfboards and Red Stripe bottles among other adorable forms for the little devices, so it's somewhat...
Best of CH 2010: Top Five Books
Though this year consumers had their pick of platforms with the e-reader, iPad and at its tail end, the ambitious Google eBooks project all at the pinnacle of published matter, print stood strong and proved that just like with the movies, the book...