Recently, rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer IDK dropped an EP produced by Kaytranada titled ‘Simple.’
With features from Denzel Curry and Mike Dimes, IDK definitely delivered 18 minutes of dance floor magic and depth. He explains that he “wanted to create an album where people can dance to real shit.”
“It’s eleven o’clock, on the dot, I’m on the block
Ain’t no time for no sleepin’ or yawnin’, or whatnot
Twelve running around creepin’ and peepin’ for the drop
We be moving with caution, the block is really hot”
In the same statement, IDK explains the origins of the title ‘Simple:’
“There’s a neighborhood in my city called ‘Simple City. “It gets its name because you can get killed for any simple reason. Simple City is also the birthplace of Marvin Gaye. I wanted to tell the story of Simple City in a way that it’s never been told before. From drug abuse to crime and murder, I wanted to cover what it feels like to be from Simple City and teach the world that the fix to helping disadvantaged black communities isn’t as simple as you think.”
Hopefully, a Tiny Desk will be in the works. This is definitely one of those projects that absolutely require live performances!
New Music: Smooth Songstress Tanerélle Releases ’82 Moons’ EP
Recently, independent artist Tanerélle dropped her new EP, ‘82 Moons.‘
As a brief astrology crash course, the title references the 82 moons of Saturn. In a past article with Paper Magazine, Tanerélle explains that Saturn is the planet that has made her feel “yummy,” considering the planet’s “dimensions, her auroras, the sound of her rings,” etc.
Thus, ’82 Moons‘ captures comfort and even turbulence in romance.
The singer starts off this project with a record called ‘Space Cowgirl.’ Of course, the production is galactic! She finds herself lost and alone amidst the infinite asteroids and light-years. The song is reminiscent of how finding love can feel like a big maze.
‘Sidetracked | Perfect Lover’ is a two-piece combo filled with intoxicating background harmonies and captivating alto vocals.
“I don’t make the rules, I’m just facing all my fears in the name of you.”
This track captures how riveting the perfect lover could be even when their red flags are crimson clear. She wonders if she’ll ever recover from meeting the ‘perfect’ lover with ill intentions.
‘Good Good’ —is a single that may be familiar to those who are already well acquainted with this singer. Tanerélle actually dropped this record in 2021. The smooth rum guitar strums make for the wine-down, Cater-2-u type of song.
The brief record titled ‘Water’ from the singer is the epitome of simple yet sweet.
“If my eyes were cold as water, my arms as long as trees, will you find a way?”
‘Twin Flame’ is a realization of how deep her romantic connection runs. As she sings, “it’s more than just chemistry.” Along with the previous four songs, ’Twin Flame” is definitely on par with this Saturnian theme of trying, yet triumphant love. In this record, commitment is intentional and profound.
For Tanerélle, ‘Lovin’ You’ is philosophical. The monotonous piano keys and electrifying guitar chords illustrate the sweet and anticipatory momentum that occurs just before going all the way.
Stream ’82 Moons’ below!
New Music: $hayBand$ Drops 2nd EP ‘Female Pain Muzik’
$hay sets the tone of this collection with her first record named ‘Toxic.’ Thanks to her Cartiers, she’s blind to the BS and wrapped up in bright visions of her aspirations. Considering all the turmoil, who could blame her for her toxicity?
In her EP’s second track — ‘Ride or Die,’ $hay sets the scene with a sample from ‘U Should’ve Known Better’ by the one and only R&B songstress Monica. For a brief 2 minutes, $hay shares why those who’ve crossed her in the past should’ve done better: when she’s in it, she’s committed. She never falters on her word and on that premise, she expects no less from the next man who stands before her.
‘Love Again’ is a lamentation of lost love. She rants about the lip service she was given toward the beginning of a budding relationship. She essentially explains how past heartbreak has built a wall between herself and any new chances of vulnerability.
As you can see, $hay is more than jaded. She continues to speak her truths in ‘Make It Back,’ ‘Mud,’ and ‘Drug Story.’ Her heart is made of diamonds: precious yet durable.
In her ninth track, ‘Roses’ $hay demands her man to show his love if it’s real. Considering all of the lies and betrayal — especially after hanging around all of her carbon copies, she has no choice left but to leave blood on the roses.
Despite the mess, she’s stilling ‘Shining’ and she tells us all about how clever she truly is despite being taken for granted. We all know how men will see a good thing and still fumble it.
“Don’t you lie to me
Thinking you ain’t gon’ get caught
B-tch I’m a diamond I get what I want”
At the end of all the chaos, $hay ends with a ‘Ghetto Love Story’ featuring KM Popout that’s filled with expectations in a potential partner, ultimatums, glimpses into past heartbreak, and more.
Be sure to show love and stream ‘Female Pain Muzik’ and follow this star on IG @shaybandomt!
Bas Releases New EP ‘[BUMP] Pick Me Up’
We haven’t heard or seen much of Bas since his release of “The Jackie” last year, alongside J. Cole and Lil Tjay.
However, following his appearance on the Dreamville mixtape ‘D-Day,’ the New York native returns with a new EP titled, [BUMP] Pick Me Up. Supported by his lead single, “The Jackie,” Bas treats us to 4 tracks in total with additional contributions by Galimatias, Gunna and Ari Lennox.
Back in February, Bas took to Instagram with a statement where he revealed to fans that he has two versions of his forthcoming album and decided to take a poll from the collective as to which artistic direction he should take.
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