Whenever anyone asks me who my favorite rapper is I always give the same answer without any hesitation, Nas. I have listened to Nas religiously since I was 13. His lyrics have been a source of inspiration for my own writing and pursuit of knowledge.
I am really excited for Nas’ album The Lost Tapes 2 which is dropping this Friday. “Jarreau of Rap” is the first single from the album and it is a jazz track that features legendary musician Al Jarreau. Check it out below.
Back in 2011, I spent the majority of my time listening to chillwave and even tried to dabble in the genre by making my own (shitty) music. I specifically latched onto Toro Y Moi’s music and have followed him ever since as his music has transcended the chillwave genre. “Rose Quartz” is one of my favorite tracks from Chaz with its glitchy funky sound. Check it out below.
Back in 2011, I listened to Beach Fossils all day every day and couldn’t get enough of their surf rock sound. I still listen to them from time to time and loved their last album Somersault. One of my favorite tracks from the record was “Saint Ivy” with its psychedelic sound. Check it out below.
It has been some time since I last listened to No Joy. Their 2013 album Wait to Pleasure is still one of my favorites from that year with its atmospheric feel. “Blue Neck Riviera” is one of the standout tracks on the LP with its trip-hop sound. Check it out below.
I’ve been discovering a lot of great new music from artists that I have instantly become fans of. “Open Wide” is a mellow track from Spencer. that features a hip hop and dream pop sound. Check it out below.
Haley Heynderickx has a soothing and alluring voice that completely puts me at ease after a long day. On “The Bug Collector” Haley’s voice blends in with the quick picking of the acoustic guitar. Check it out below.
I truly enjoy listening to all of L.A. Salami’s music but it is his acoustic works that really put me in another place. “Old Queens Head” is a track that instantly captures my attention with its melancholy sound as Salami’s introspective lyrics. Check it out below.