By Jeremy Azevedo
|Are you tired of letting "The Man" tell you what kind of music you should be listening to? I know I am!|
So let me tell you what kind of music to listen to instead, and download these tracks right now goddamnit!
Artist: Dizzee Rascal
Song: Where Da G’s?
DIZZEE RASCAL’s new album, Maths & English is CraveOnline’s favorite hip-hop album of the year thus far (Even though technically it already came out a year ago in the UK). An expert blend of gangster, grime and dance, the US release comes to us with two new all-songs, courtesy of Dej Jux Records.
Artist: The Kills
Song: Cheap and Cheerful
THE KILLS are super hipsters, another male/female duo whose relationship to one another is the stuff of speculation, much like the White Stripes (To whom they are often compared).
Artist: Cool Kids
Song: Miami Beach
Remember 80s bass music? Like DJ Magic Mike and all that? COOL KIDS do. Miami Beach is a throwback 808 track that will bring a tear of nostalgia to everyone who grew up listening to 2 Live Crew and the Egyptian Lover.
Artist: The Sword
Song: Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
Words cannot describe how bitchen’ THE SWORD is. If anyone has really nailed down the Black Sabbath stoner metal style that’s been making a dramatic comeback these last couple of years, it’s THE SWORD. Plus you can’t possible fault a song with a sweet name like “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”.
Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
Artist: Tapes ‘n Tapes
Song: Hang Them All
Tapes’n Tapes is so indie that they make MGMT look like Jefferson f’ing Starship. Plus their video for “Hang Them All” is pretty funny, so you should check that out too.
Song: Time Management: Revisted
PRINTMATIC is one of those guys that keeps committing career suicide by changing his name more often than Kool Keith. But whether you know him as PRINTMATIC, Blueprint or Soul Position, this is one talented and well-connected dude. On his latest album, “Vitamins & Minerals”, look for cameos by Slug, Eyedea, Aesop, and more.
Artist: New Jack Hustle
Song: All City Anthem
Everyone knows that you can’t swing a dead cat without smacking an indie rapper in New York City. But did you know that there’s an indie hip-hop scene in Los Angeles too? Me neither. Hopefully New Jack Hustle can help alleviate that problem with their clever combination of backpacker rap and LA thug mentality.
BISC1 hails from Connecticut, which for a rapper is probably a constant embarrassment. I mean, have you ever even met a person from Connecticut, really? BISC1 combats this social stigma by overcompensating with carefully crafted flows that make a mockery of many of his more credible peers.
Like the G.I. Joe character that BARONESS is almost surely not named after, this band’s music is sexy, evil and misunderstood at the same time. If you’re a fan of 90s doom metal, you’ll hear a strong resemblance to The Obsessed here.