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Chllngr – Sun Down Feat. Coco O

Combining elements of dub and R&B with a nocturnal aesthetic, Copenhagen-based producer CHLLNGR (aka Steven Jess Borth II) is one of the freshest sounds to emerge so far this year. Today he debuts his upcoming album’s centerpiece “Haven” on Pitchfork which they call “chilling, goosebump-inducing”. The album’s title track utilizes ghostly african rhythms and cavernous pads to coil around Borth’s indistinguishable, yet hopeful-sounding intonations.”

That’s so F*&cking right on!  When I first heard this I thought it was going to be some dope hip-hop track but it turned out to be a dope dub/R&B track, what!!!??  I have found myself waking up with this stuck in my head the past few days, trying to figure out the perfect time to post this, but what better time than now before I get something else stuck in my head.  Chllngr is definitely a producer to watch out for because his sounds are unreal, I feel like I am in some sexy dungeon when I listen to this track especially.  The horn effect is my favorite, calling for all the sexy night crawlers to come out and play, love it!  All his other tracks are off the chain as well so you should check out his Soundcloud if you’re diggin’ this track as much as I am.

Coco O from Quadron is nothing less then spectacular, her vocals sound great on just about anything and who would of thought, just yesterday we posted Lauryn Hill and she happens to be one of Coco’s inspirations, and I personally completely hear notes of Lauryn Hill in Coco’s vocals, wow!

While Coco’s inspiration springs from a life well-lived (“leisurely bike rides and good drinks”) she credits Lauryn Hill’s classic Miseducation and Sade’s elegant lyrics as being at the center of her formative music years–“I used to say ‘I grew up on breast milk and Sade’”, Coco quips.”

This song has Dub/R&B love written all over it from the music to the vocals, couldn’t be a better combination for any day of the week in my opinion. This track gets me pumped and feeling sexy while sittin’ here in my pajamas, so press play and enjoy this as much as I am!

Chllngr – Sun Down Feat. Coco O

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Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones

I realize I haven’t posted in a bit but believe me my heart and soul and physical sweat has been here every day making sure you all are getting the quality and quantity that you deserve but there should never be an excuses, I am actually the first person to call out everyone excuses.

Lost Ones gives a lot of meaning to what we deal with as artists, or actually any profession for that matter.  But it’s really amazing how money can complicate things, creative situations, people you care about.  One thing I do know is you have to be careful and never take advantage of the people that do have money, it isn’t something I want to get into because I have seen too much off all these situations and could go on for days but the bottom line is you have to remember what your ultimate goal is, who are you trying to inspire, who inspires you, forget about that shit that grows on trees because if I am not mistaken talent doesn’t grow on trees.

Lauryn’s album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill is all about her trials and tribulations as an artist, in her own personal life and with religion, something I definitely relate to on all levels and I think most of us can relate to as well at a certain point in our lives.  I wasn’t old enough to really understand some of the things she was saying in her music back in 1998, but I was definitely drawn to Lauryn and even more so now.  It’s really a trip to go back and relive the artists that you love and watch a whole different meaning come from their music then what you took from it years ago.  It’s beautiful thing to watch our growth as human beings.

It’s funny how money change a situation 
Miscommunication leads to complication 
My emancipation don’t fit your equation 
I was on the humble, you – on every station 
Some wan’ play young Lauryn like she dumb 
But remember not a game new under the sun

You might win some but you just lost one 
You might win some but you just lost one.”

Enjoy!

Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones

 

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Johnnyswim – Heartbeats

What I really liked about this track and that reeled me in was how the lyrics are not complicated at all in the context of feelings. Yet it expresses, in a very unique way, a feeling that most of us experience but don’t express – or don’t know how to put into words-: that moment when you feel something for that someone and you actually feel it in your heart, when it beats. As you can realize this is a feeling that can be experienced on one of those “We just shared a glance on the subway” to the “I’ve loved you all my life” moments.

Johnnyswim is a duo comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez hailing from Nashville. On the vocal side, she has a bit of Lauryn Hill and on the musical side, it’s a bit of Band of Horses meets some flamenco street band with the handclaps and all. They have a free EP called ‘Home‘ from which this track, in my humble opinion, stands out.

Johnnyswim – Heartbeats

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Lauryn Hill – Superstar

Naturally, we all want what we can’t have… bring it back.

Now tell me your philosophy
On exactly what an artist should be…
Should they be someone with prosperity,
And no concept of reality?

Now, who you know without any flaws
That lives above the spiritual laws
An’ does anything they feel just because…
There’s always someone there who’ll applaud”

“Come on baby, light my fire / Everything you drop is so tired / Musique is supposed to inspire / so how come we ain’t gettin no higher?” – Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill – Superstar