Talib Kweli, Elzhi, and Phonte collaborate for a track off the upcoming Jamla Is The Squad compiliation dropping January 28th.
Schoolboy Q blesses us all with a new joint produced by Alchemist, entitled “Break The Bank”. OXYMORON is out February 25th. Check it out.
Mac Demarco releases the first single off his forthcoming album Salad Days, set to be released on April 1st. Check out the song below.
The British brother duo, Disclosure, played three nights in a row at Terminal 5, with Sunday, January 19th being the last of them. Fortunate enough to get tickets for this show that sold out weeks ago, I showed up with big expectations. Arriving right at the end of Vic Mensa‘s set, we were just in time for Disclosure. The place was packed to the brim by that time and I had to stick with a spot off to the side, but with enough view of the stage to be satisfied.
Starting right off with their hardest track off of Settle, “When A Fire Starts To Burn” got the crowd crazy hyped . Pretty much playing every track off of their album, die hard fans sang to every word and danced to every beat. It was also pretty dope that they brought out Mary J. Blige for their performance of “F For You”. But yet my expectations were never quite met.
It was cool that they played live instruments on stage, but I just felt like there was a lack of energy on stage. They never really said much to the crowd, or even interacted with each other as they stood across from each. Also, the set was so short – somewhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Maybe I’m just accustomed to raves that don’t end until morning. But for an up and coming act that I believe still has something to prove, I was surprised that they ended their show before midnight on a Sunday before a holiday (Martin Luther King Day), where a majority of people have off of work/school/etc.
Guess my expectations were just too high for these guys after all the hype that has been built around them, which was clearly visible, when they played their hit “Latch” and Sam Smith came out to sing the vocals. That’s when I believe things truly got live and the energy was all out (as you can see in the video below). But sadly, that was the last song of their set, leaving me and many others with somewhat of an empty feeling.
As artists, I still really enjoy Disclosure, but I can easily say that I was disappointed by their live performance for a number of reasons. Maybe I’m just not a big enough fan-boy and missed out on that vibe which was definitely present in the venue that night. But still, I believe that a good live performer is able to captivate the listener no matter how much of a fan they are of the music or not. But maybe they were just tired of playing for New York three nights in a row… who knows?
I was impressed by the preciseness and cleanliness of the show though. They had sick lights and awesome visuals behind them on stage, which went perfectly with the music. And they were really good at transitioning from song to song, making the set sound pretty seamless. The sound quality was top notch as well, making it really easy to enjoy the music for what it was.
They will be playing Governors Ball in New York this summer, which I will be attending and I hope by then they can liven up the show. I do believe that they are a talented duo and have a great amount of potential. Just maybe the bar has been set a little too high, and just maybe its time to live up to it and not just Settle….
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The Chainsmokers remixed Ellie Goulding‘s pop jam into a club banger. Check out the stream above.
Bonus: Here’s another dope remix track from the New York based DJ/producer duo.
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Q drops another video before the release of his debut LP, Oxymoron – out on February 25.
Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks recently announced that they will be reuniting as The Cool Kids, with the release of a new mixtape, Shark Week. To hold fans over until then they dropped two fire tracks, “Chop” and “Computer School”, which can be streamed below.
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One of my personal favorites off of Childish Gambino‘s album, because of the internet, featuring Chance The Rapper got some visuals now.