A-Side To Second Single Delivers 'Straight Up Rocker'
The Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York hasn't always been known as a hot bed for rising indie talent, but Lighouts, the duo consisting of guitarist/bassist/drum programmer Gavin Rhodes and vocalist/guitarist Greg Nelson, arrived on the scene earlier this year with plans to change all of that. They led with debut single, "See Clear," an A-Side, B-Side collection that also included a cover of The Stone Roses' "Here It Comes," and, as they continue to lay the finishing touches on their upcoming album, Want, are now releasing their latest single (which, like all of their singles, will also include an original B-side and a cover tune), "And It Comes And Goes." The single, which recently debuted as AOL Spinner's MP3 of the Day, does well in continuing to show off the duo's diversity, and so much so that Lightouts originally considered offering up this latest single as their first, before eventually opting to lead with previous single "See Clear." "Musically, this is our most raucous and climactic song," explains Rhodes. "We originally considered using it for our debut single but 'See Clear' won out because we thought it showed more range."
Upon listening to "And It Comes And Goes" two things quickly become clear: First, you likely haven't heard rhythm guitar work this enjoyable in some time, and, second, Lighouts have a knack for delivering catchy, sing-a-long choruses that still manage to do well in maintaining the group's edgy, distorted-guitar driven sound. As wailing guitar feedback fades into racing, thumping drums and an infectious quick-fire bass line, it's Rhodes' driving guitar and Nelson's lightly effected vocals and quips that truly grab the listener's ear as the song pushes forward, whipping into full frenzy as the chorus hits with Nelson belting the line, "Day light, all night, all night long." For Rhodes, who follows with his own dizzying guitar solo, the mission was clear. "'And It Comes and Goes' is a straight-up rocker," he remarks, before adding, "Play it loud."
Crime Loops 2 is the sequel to the smash instrumental project by Brooklyn based producer TeV95.
Crime Loops 2 is a collage of beats, edits, and loops that exude a taste of urban culture with a hint of Brooklyn's art renaissance.
Influenced by everything from Roberta Flack to Ruby Andrews and more. Crime Loops 2 continues to explore many different methods of sampling and editing, from the classic to the obscure.
Many of today’s artistic masterpieces are nearly impossible to release for sale because of outdated intellectual property laws. It's arguable that some of today's most popular artists may find the need to break the law to create their art. Hence the name, Crime Loops.
On May 17th, Uncommon Records will release Acid Reign's full length release, Diversity. Today we present an early leak called Creme de la Blowed for FREE. The track features Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Nga Fish, Myka 9, Rifle Man and Olmeca along with the guys from Acid Reign, Gajah & BeOnd. It's a legendary banger produced by OoloO the Wize aka Nathaniel Eras. Need we say more? Classic material brought to you by the minds at Uncommon.
While you're grabbing the track for free,pre-order the full album (Digital & CD Release) which also features a remix of Creme de la Blowed, Graves, Express, Re4M, another track with Myka 9, beats from EQ, Nasa and more!
Video: The Freeze Tag (Cassettes Won't Listen & Bisco Smith) - "The Vision"
With their new EP, Hamster Kid, released just last week, The Freeze Tag, the duo of Brooklyn rapper Bisco Smith and LA producer Cassettes Won't Listen, is excited to release a new visual chapter in what has become one of hip-hop's most unique storyboards. Created by Bishop 203 and directed by Mike Vidoli, the music video series details the trials and tribulations of the young antihero, Hamster Kid, as he overcomes doubt in his attempt to lead a passionate life, free of restriction and limitation.
The latest chapter of this saga, "The Vision," follows the characters escape from the underground corporate complex seen in "The Voices" and "The Hustle." Now on the outside, Hamster Kid begins to find solace and strength in the optimism of the big city. Shot in all black in white, the music video depicts citizens of the city in what serves as a motif for hope despite the obstacles people face everyday. As the Booklyn emcee, Bisco Smith, explains, "'The Vision' is about the idea of a new day, shining light on a brave new world, and feeling like that new day - that new world - is filled with limitless possibilities. What it brings is completely unknown; the future is uncertain, and this song fully embraces that."
Latest Single Off Whut It Dew Reunites Two Of Houston's Finest
Everything is bigger in Texas, as the saying goes, but Rapid Ric is here to make it badder, too, and he does just that with "Actin' Bad," the second single off his new album, Whut It Dew. He brought on two other Texans to toughen up the track: longtime friend Slim Thug, who Ric used to DJ for on tour, and Lil Keke, who was featured on "25 Lighters" by DJ DMD. "'Actin' Bad' samples '25 Lighters,' which is one of the most popular classic Texas rap songs ever," says Ric. "DJ DMD was a DJ from Port Arthur who put out self-produced compilations with many artists, much like what I'm doing with Whut It Dew, so it was it honor to have him say that he's familiar with the movement here."
Rapid Ric's production, chock full of organ, beating drums, and an ominously screwed hook, is perfect for Keke's and Thugga's southern drawls, as the two use the track as an opportunity to reunite a long-running collaborative history that includes their 2003 album together, The Big Unit. And, in addition to that, for Ric it's just a feel good song, made for top-notch car speakers. "It's a Sunday cruise song," he says, adding, "The low end is made for a Cadillac's trunk."