I think it’s fair to say I can count my favorite Jewish rappers on one hand (with three of those digits taken up by the Beastie Boys). Kosha Dillz may force me to rethink that list or begin counting on my other hand.
Having dropped his brilliantly titled ‘Awkward In A Good Way‘ album last month the New Jersey born MC has kept up his impressive work ethic remaining fiercely independent while bagging several big gigs over on both coasts. The guy seemingly never takes a night off and at the time of writing he announced a set of December dates in support of Matisyahu with whom he had toured Israel earlier in the year.
While Kosha Dillz is evidently proud of his heritage (it’s in the name!) I’m starting to feel like that billing him as “The Jewish Rapper” is a little restrictive. “The Hardest Working Man In Hip Hop” is much more fitting.
In Roo Panes‘ aptly titled music video “Open Road”, some of his close friends decided to take a tuk tuk around the world. Throughout the perma-sunshine which only exists when you are constantly chasing the horizon, the joyous faces they see on their travels compliment the wonderful anthemic, optimistic soundtrack.
This video was released seven months ago yet the intrepid explorers continued their travels much further to the extent where just last week they passed the world record for ‘the longest journey around the world in a tuk tuk’ albeit having to push their motorised vehicle for 70 km through Peru to achieve the record. The grand mission of their goal, which has taken them through 37 countries and over 23000 miles, is to raise money for children in poverty and to promote development through education. To be officially awarded the record they must make it to Rio de Janeiro.
Closer to their original home, Roo Panes will be releasing his new EP ‘Land of the Living’ on December the 2nd which is one that Cougar are certainly looking forward to.
The Thermals have been consistently plugging away ever since their 2003 debut album. The trio released their sixth studio album ‘Desperate Ground‘ earlier this year.
Having made the move over to the awesome Saddle Creek the Portland natives hasn’t sacrificed any of the intensity or catchiness that has become synonymous with the band’s music. It comes as little surprise that, over the top of this deceptifully melodic apocalyptic sound, frontman Hutch Harris continues to advocate just why humanity is still fucked.
The Thermals head out for a 8 day jaunt across Florida this December along with Cougar-approved Beach Day. Click here for tickets.
Nostalgic yet innovative, melodic and captivating, lighthearted yet moody. Such word pairings describe the debut EP of Amason – a confluence of Swedish musicians Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow), Gustav Ejstes (Dungen), Amanda Hollingby Matsson (Idiot Wind), Petter Winnberg (Little Majorette), and Nils Törnqvist – members of the Stockholm-based artist collective Ingrid.
Soft harmonies, sweet horn interludes, and atmospheric vibes tell a dreamy and hypnotic story that is hard to resist. I want to take an endless drive in the country, Amason on repeat (thankfully, the video for “Went to War” makes this virtually possible)
With the end of summer fast approaching it will soon be time for us pack away our bathing suits, sunscreen lotion, summer flings and sunglasses.
Brooklyn based Sensual Harassment are doing their damned best to keep these memories alive with their “Epic Hawaiian Hipster Love Story in 1965” “Capri Suntan” from the excellent ‘Escape From Alpha Draconis‘ EP.
The EP is available for free here so there is no real reason for you not to own it. This week we will be posting the full review we’ve been simmering on for several months.
The seductive, fascinating and slightly kooky Irish songstress, Julie Feeney, releases the first track “Dear John” this week, from her third album ‘Clocks’ – out next Month. Julie , much like the video to this tune, is eccentric, OTT, creative and seemingly a touch bonkers – in the best possible way of course – making the rest of us all feel that little more ‘normal’.
“Dear John” is a story of her grandparents’ courtship, when ‘John’ wooed Feeney’s grandma-to-be by taking her cycling under a full moon… Skills.
It’s hard to compare Julie’ sound to many other contempories, but think along the lines of Regina Spector or Kate Havnevik sharing a traditional Irish shanty in a vintage Tim Burton fairytale… yes, something like that.
The vocals take a few repeats to get used to, but each new listen reveals a layer you missed before and highlights how intricately put together this track is. Providing her own onion-like multi-layers of vocals, “Dear John” coaxes tears of joy, rather than a sour sting!
Adi Ulmansky is a veritable burst of fresh color both in a literal sense- her bright hair tones and manga inspired fashion are unmissable- as well with her scatty 8-bit mini epics.
Hot on the heels of a series of well received mixtapes and EPs the Israeli singer/producer is gearing up to release her ‘Hurricane Girl‘ EP later this month with new single “Girl Powa“, from her last EP.
Clocking in at just over 1.40 the track is an infectious mix of apocalyptic samples and machine gun saccharine vocals guaranteed to get you out of your seat.
Adi is set to play the Tune In Tel-Aviv conference next week and we look forward to catching some fresh new material from the multifaceted rising star