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10 rap and R&B tracks you need to hear this month: Rae Sremmurd, Mila J and more
Apr 28, 2016 1:31pm | Fact Magazine

Welcome back to Southern Hospitality’s monthly column.

Based in London and Los Angeles, Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith are onto new hip-hop and R&B faster than pretty much anyone else around, showcasing it through their club nights Players Ball, Rated R and Hip Hop Karaoke, their regular mixes and radio show, and their record label, which has released music by Danny Brown & Darq E Freaker, Lunice & Young L and more.

Unlike a lot of rap critics (and of course, SH would never refer to themselves as critics), theyre also about as unsnobbish as its possible to get, and are always trying to make things happen theyve been behind some of the most interesting rapper-producer hook-ups of recent years. Every month, they round up 10 hip-hop and R&B tracks that have got them in raptures. Between this column and FACT’s bi-weekly rap round-up, we should have all bases covered.

Don’t forget to check the crew’s essential monthly radio show, which is fast becoming one of the world’s most essential rap radio shows.

Dae Dae
‘Wat U Mean’

It’s been kicking around for about six months now, but like all the best slow-and-steady ATL club smash success stories, ‘Wat U Mean’ from 300 Ent signee Dae Dae has finally taken hold, culminating this week in th...

The trailer for Southside With You recounts the Obamas first date watch
Apr 28, 2016 1:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Southside With You is a new film from director Richard Tanne which recounts President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s very first date in the summer of 1989. The film premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, including from our own Michael Roffman, who called it, “charming and prescient.”

“Tanne borrows from Richard Linklaters notebook and applies his Before magic, eschewing any of the expected prestige in lieu of surprising naturalism,” wrote Roffman. “Walking with Barack and Michelle, you tend to forget who they are at times, which is quite a powerful feat on behalf of the filmmaker.”

Parker Sawyers stars as the future president of the United States, while Tika Sumpter portrays Mrs. Obama.

The official synopsis:

“Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obamas first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lees Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.”

The Monkees share Rivers Cuomo-penned "She Makes Me Laugh"
Apr 28, 2016 12:55pm | Brooklyn Vegan

As mentioned, The Monkees are releasing Good Times!, their first new album in 20 years, on May 27 with songs written by Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Andy Partridge, Noel Gallagher, and more. The RIvers Cuomo-penned "She Makes Me Laugh" is now here with a comic book-themed lyric video, and it's not bad!

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Watch the trailer for our new documentary Must There Be a Superman?
Apr 28, 2016 12:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound

He’s one of the most iconic characters in American fiction, a symbol of truth and justice in an unjust world. He’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive. But is Superman past his prime? In a new documentary from Consequence of Sound and RIO!B Productions, Sami Jarroush examines the first (and his favorite) superhero and whether or not he’s truly relevant in the modern landscape.

Featuring interviews with titans of the comic industry like artist Neal Adams and writer Mark Waid, as well as Randall Lotowycz (author of DC Comics Superheroes and Villains Fandex), Glen Weldon (author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography/The Caped Crusade), Dr. B.J. Oropeza (The Gospel According To Superheroes), Cap Blackard (The Nerdy Show), and CoS own Ben Kaye, Must There Be a Superman will premiere tomorrow, April 29th right here on Consequence of Sound.

Tim Heidecker releasing LP of "somewhat earnest" pop, touring, playing free Other Music in-store
Apr 28, 2016 12:54pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Tim Heidecker, of Tim & Eric, is releasing In Glendale, an album of what he's calling "somewhat earnest" pop songs, which will be out May 6. The first single is "Work from Home," which is the sort of piano-driven pop we got a lot in the '70s (Todd Rundgren, Harry Nilsson)...

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Anna Meredith Something Helpful Video
Apr 28, 2016 12:53pm | StereoGum
Anna MeredithScottish composer and indie pop singer-songwriter Anna Wise makes joyful, bubbly jaunts that are as delicate as they are infectious. She recently released her latest full-length offering, Varmints, and it's simply a delight. Her voice floats wispily over bell tings, xylophone, and bright, airy synths on one of the standout tracks, "Something Helpful." Today, … More »

Week In Pop Q&A: Alessia Cara Is Here, There, And Everywhere
Apr 28, 2016 12:52pm | StereoGum
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Recording artist Alessia Cara performs onstage VH1's 5th Annual Streamy Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)Alessia Cara calls me back just as soon as she wraps up with Michelle Obama. The 19-year-old Def J...

Hear the evolution of reggae drumming in under three minutes
Apr 28, 2016 12:38pm | Fact Magazine

Through a compilation of every Wailers opening drum line, you can hear how the genre has changed over time.

The Wailers Carlton Barrett was a pivotal percussionist in his time and his work with Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry and others dictated the way drumming evolved in reggae and other genres.

To demonstrate their Vulf Compressor, California audio studio Goodhertz used the plugin to seamlessly weave together Barrett’s work with the Wailers, tracing it from its dub origins into his full-on innovation.

Take a listen a listen to the mini history, via Barrett’s drum intros in near-chronological order, below.

Read next: Check Out The Real Situation: A guide to the original studio albums of Bob Marley and the Wailers

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Deftones & Bad Brains members form supergroup, Saudade
Apr 28, 2016 12:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Saudade is a new supergroup with Deftones singer Chino Moreno, Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know, former Bad Brains drummer Mackie Jayson, Chuck Doom of Chino's band Crosses, and prolific keyboardist John Medeski. Their first single is also called "Saudade," and it's an instrumental that starts out atmospheric and eventually brings in some pretty shredding guitar solos...

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Driftmachine explore the darkest recesses of dub techno on Colliding Contours stream it now
Apr 28, 2016 12:18pm | Fact Magazine

Driftmachine don’t play modular synths so much as perform exorcisms on them.

The duo — consisting of Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer — build overwhelmingly anxious, even scary, atmospheres on their new album out next week on Umor Rex, but streaming right now. Yet, once the opening seance of ‘Radiations’ passes and Driftmachine kick into gear, Colliding Contours begins moving with a momentum that doesn’t let up.

The album plays like a funhouse ride and once you’re locked in, the pair push through hauntingly lit set pieces with an unrelenting industrial grind. When Colliding Contours picks up speed, like on the adrenaline pumping stretch of ‘Observant Sirens’ and ‘Gaukelwerk’, it hits hard, but even in the album’s gentler moments it feels propulsive. ‘Ambler’, with delicately placed drums and echoes, cruises to a steady stop before the eerie beatless ‘Nunc Stans’ brings it to an end. Taken from start to finish it shows just how meticulous Gerth and Zimmer can be and how well they can carry a listener.

Stream Colliding Contours below and look for it May 6 via Umor Rex.

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Neil Young blends live and field recordings for new album EARTH
Apr 28, 2016 12:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Neil Young has announced a new live album — but it’s not your typical concert LP. Entitled EARTH, the release mixes recordings from the icon’s recent tour with The Promise of the Real with additional musical overdubs and field recordings of sounds like “car horns, sounds of insects… bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, [and] cows.”

“Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, EARTH flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together,” Young explained in a press release. “Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.”

Due out June 17th via Reprise Records, the album features tracks taken from last year’s The Monsanto Years, 1994’s Sleeps With Angels, 1990’s Ragged Glory, 1986’s Landing on Water, 1974’s On the Beach, and the 1970 classic After the Gold Rush. It also includes the previously unreleased song “I Won’t Quit”.

Young will preview the album during a First Fridays event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on May 6th. The public listening party, a first for Young, will be presented in his own Pono high def...

Track Premiere: Wilful Boys Rough As Guts
Apr 28, 2016 12:00pm | CMJ

For the few mining the post-pig fuck sound of mid-’90s Amphetamine Reptile Records (and there are some), few make the brutal redux swing like this newbie Brooklyn bunch. This latest single from Wilful Boys juts right out the speakers at you, mainly due to the band’s balled-up fist playing and Jordan Lovelace’s (Pampers, Tournament) production. […]

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PARTYNEXTDOORs reference track for Rihannas Work has finally surfaced
Apr 28, 2016 11:59am | Chart Attack

Looking back now, it's hard to believe that anyone didn't like "Work" the second it hit the internet. Almost the textbook definition of a "grower," the slinky dancehall-inflected Rihanna song has basically lived under the skin of everyone that's heard it since January. When Rihanna dropped a double video for it, it made a weird sort of sense because it's hard not to listen to it on repeat anyway. Whoever wrote the thing must be a genius.

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Okay, so it was never any secret that the perennially next-in-line PARTYNEXTDOOR was the mastermind behind the Drake-featuring hit, but it still feels a bit like he hasn't gotten his due. I'm not naive about how pop works  the game is the game  but considering OVO artists' history of sacrificing their own success to prop up their label boss, it still feels a bit of a short shrift for the Mississauga artist.

Ever since his reference track first surfaced as a couple of short clips on Snapchat, it was clear PARTYNEXTDOOR had done something special. And now that his full demo is up, we can experience the infectious track from a whole new angle.

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Maybe "infectious" was a bad word choice, considering the raunchiest line Rihanna excised for her version, "Nuh badda touch me with nuh Hepatitis" replaced with the m...

Members of Wilco, R.E.M., and Yo La Tengo cover Big Stars Third watch
Apr 28, 2016 11:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo via Instagram

Last night, some of rock’s finest came together to pay tribute to Big Stars seminal album Third and other selections from the band’s catalog. The all-star concert, which took place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, was just one of many staged by founding member Jody Stephens over the years.

Among those who were on hand Wednesday night: Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, R.E.M.s Mike Mills, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Jessica Pratt, Kronos Quartet, and Robyn Hitchcock. Late-era Big Star members Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer also made appearances.

Highlights included Tweedy covering “Kizza Me” and “Back of My Car”; Mills taking on “September Gurls”; Stephens, Sansone and Tweedy tackling “When My Baby’s Beside Me”; Kaplan performing both “The EMI Song” and “Take Care”; and Pratt helping out on renditions of “Big Black Car” and “Femme Fatale”.

The star-studded affair was recorded for a DVD/CD release, slated to drop sometime in Spring 2017. In the meantime, check out fan-caught photos and clips from the event below.

“When My Baby’s Beside Me” featuring Stephens, Tweedy, Sansone, and more:

“Kizza Me” featuring Tweedy:

Bristol radio station SWU.FM to launch this weekend with Kahn & Neek, Pinch and more
Apr 28, 2016 11:51am | Fact Magazine

It’s safe to say that Bristol has left an indelible mark on the electronic music scene.

The city’s contributions aren’t just historical either. While Bristol certainly pioneered a new sound with innovations from Smith & Mighty, Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead and others, the independent spirit is just as fierce now, with labels like Tectonic and the Young Echo collective keeping things fresh and urgent.

Tasked with “celebrating Bristol music culture”, SWU.FM is a brand new radio station dude to launch this weekend locally on 87.8FM and digitally via the official website and smart phone app. The station’s focus will be “urban, electronic & dance music” and the music will be broadcast live from a studio in Bristol, featuring shows from legends, up-and-comers, and special guests.

Already confirmed are appearances from Pinch and Tectonic, Young Echo, Futureboogie, Gemmy, Facta, Diskord, jungle legend DJ Die, Riz La Teef, Smith & Mighty, Roni Size & DJ Krust, Sam Binga, Lurka, Keysound Allstars, Idle Hands, Kahn & Neek, Joe Farr and many, many more.

The SWU website is due to go live on Saturday April 30, with the radio stream following on Sunday May 1. You know what to do.

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