FloFilz feat. Barney Artist + Anthony Drawn: The Verb
Aachen, Germany-based producer and jazz-lover FloFilz, who also happens to be a classically trained violinist, wowed us with his 2014 album "Metronom"—full of tranquilizing two-to-three minute hip-hop instrumentals (be sure to also check out his take...
Interview: Photographer Sophie Bramly on "Walk This Way"
Walking through Paramount Pictures Studios during the Paris Photo show in Los Angeles earlier this spring revealed photography both vintage and new, as well as literal and abstract. Tucked into a corner of "New York Street" backlot, specialty bookshop...
Hot Chip: Started Right "Started Right"—the endearing single from Hot Chip's recently released sixth full-length album, Why Make Sense?—has been given video treatment in the form of a beautiful woman singing solo karaoke in a dimly lit bar. It...
Youth Lagoon: The Knower Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, returns with his trademark brand of dreamy psychedelic-pop in "The Knower" from his upcoming album Savage Hills Ballroom. It will be his first LP since 2013's Wondrous Bughouse. The track...
Despot: House of Bricks
Queens rapper Despot—who's collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Das Racist and Run the Jewels and is co-owner of Santos Party House—has been teasing at a debut album with Ratatat for years, and he finally offers a polished version of "House of Bricks...
Cool Hunting Video: Photographer Jonathan Mannion
If you've ever wondered who is behind the cover art for some of hip-hop's most iconic albums then you may be familiar with Jonathan Mannion. With almost 20 years in the industry, the Ohio-born photographer has made a name for himself snapping photos...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Beyonce: Drunk in Love (Brenmar and Finesse remix)
Casey Spooner, frontman of Fischerspooner, brought us this week's #PrivateJam during an interview about his upcoming book (stay tuned for that soon). He tells us that he's admittedly all over the place musically, but: "I'm currently listening to a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.