“Got It” – Marian Hill

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Marian Hill is an up-and-coming indie duo, hailing from Philadelphia, PA. Consisting of singer, Samantha Gongol and producer, Jeremy Lloyd, the duo recently released their debut project, “Sway”, on February 17th.

Gongol and Lloyd label their music as “Sax-ual”, a clear pun, and it’s easy to see why. With a classic blend of jazzy blues, mixed together with a Lloyd’s contemporary 808 production and Samantha’s silky smooth voice, Marian Hill is destined for stardom.

Listen to the standout track “Got It” below.

“Road To Perdition” – Jay Electronica

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If you don’t know who Jay Electronica is, quite frankly, I don’t blame you.

With potential so great, it could amass to quite possibly the Greatest Hip-Hop MC of all-time, Electronica has gone virtually unheard of after signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label back in November of 2010.

Electionica, born Timothy Elpadaro Thedford, exploded onto the Rap scene after dropping two crazy hot Just Blaze produced tracks, “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit B”. After eight months under Roc Nation, Electronica announced in July 2011 the completion of his first studio album, “Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn)”.

Four years later, there’s no album to speak of.

On March 6th 2015, “Road to Perdition”, a track featured on the supposed tracklist of “Act II” was leaked onto the internet. Instead of letting the masses listen to sub-par audio quality, Electronica released a high quality version for his eagerly patient waiting fans to enjoy. With powerful lyrics that Electronica is known for and an odd blend of Jay-Z and Ronald Regan audio samples, the song is a joy for Hip-Hop heads.

One can only hope the age of Jay Electronica is finally upon us and the release of “Act II” is soon to follow.

Listen to “Road To Perdition below:

“Know Yourself” – Drake

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It feels wrong to just glance over the most talked about release of 2015, by arguably the hottest mainstream artist out at the moment. But fear not though, I come through bearing that straight hip-hop fire.

Drake’s newest project, “If You’re Still Reading This, It’s Too Late”, was marketed as an album, but is in fact a massive 17-track mixtape. The rumor mill will have you believe that Drake dropped this as an album, to finally get out of his Birdman-signed Cash Money contract, but who knows, I’m no conspiracy theorist.

Fact is, this mixtape certainly could be an album, it’s that good.

Here, Drake puts his R&B persona on hold and unleashes his aggressiveness, with dark, hard-hitting beats and aggressive lyrics that prove he’s on top of the Hip-Hop world, like him or not.

Take a listen below to “Know Yourself”, one of the many standout tracks on, currently, the year’s best mixtape.

Produced by Boi-1da, Vinylz & Syk Sense.

 

“Believe” – Mumford & Sons

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After the announcement of Mumford & Sons’ new album I couldn’t subdue my excitement.  I shared this with a colleague, who subsequently described his views of the British foursome with a profanity-laced monologue.  I bit my tongue; I didn’t come to their defense.  Later in the evening, as I made my way towards the downtown “F” train to Delancey Street, the idea came to me – write an In Defense of Mumford & Sons post.  “The world needs to have their eyes opened to the glory of Mumford!”, I mused.

Well, I have bad news for you: I won’t be writing that article…because it’s already been written (by Tom Breihan of Stereogum). Check it out: http://www.stereogum.com/1255281/in-defense-of-mumford-sons/top-stories/

Without further ado…I humbly present Mumford’s latest single, “Believe.”

Upon first listen, (well, 10 listens…), “Believe” is a curveball given the band’s previous two albums. The atmospheric electric guitar grasps me and develops into the crescendo in the final chorus.  Try shutting your eyes while listening to this track and you’ll find yourself conjuring up an image of a stadium-rock show. Not the worst visual. Definitely worth a listen.  It may be all the defense Mumford needs.