Just A Gent is a 17-year-old producer from Australia who’s being called a prodigy although I’m not fully convinced yet that we’re looking at a new Madeon. Or maybe my opinion has since been swayed because of that god awful attempt at personal branding (see above). That said, this new original track is beautiful. At first it may seem like your standard emotional festival ballad, but he does some really weird stuff with the strings that almost comes across as abrasive, but then you’re all like “nah man, this is cool.” Alright now hand me my music journalism award and we can all go home. Enjoy:
Every time I post a mashup I always start with a disclaimer that I’m not usually in the business of posting mashups, so I guess this time is no different. Maybe I am in that business after all and will suffer eternal denial. Whatever. What’s striking about this one is how perfectly they work together, with the instrumentals of “Video Games” giving depth and sadness to Morrissey’s vocals on “This Charming Man.” Although I couldn’t think of two polar opposite personality types (morose intellectual vs. vapid whatever she is), the themes live in perfect harmony. And while I would normally take issue with screwing around with such a sacred cow as The Smiths, it’s hard to argue in this case.
Must have been sleeping on this one, since this remixed version of OG Maco’s “U Guessed It” featuring 2 Chainz is the first I’ve heard of it. Yet, the young Atlanta rapper is apparently blowing up right now, with the original track charting on Billboard shortly after its release. The last year or two has seen an uptick in these kinds of concept rappers, taking on new flow styles and experimental beats. This remix is the next step in that direction, with a dissonant beat that OG Maco and 2 Chainz wrap and warp perfectly with their deliveries.
Ryan Hemsworth is coming out with a new album and with his release of latest single, it’s poised to break new ground in the already accomplished career for the talented Canadian producer. With the assist from Houses’ Dawn Golden, “Snow In Newark” isn’t the most incredible track you’ve heard from him, but its important because it displays the range and potential the new album can offer. His individual productions are eargasms for any beat nerd and a mainstay in DJ sets, but “Snow In Newark” stands on it owns as a more “traditional” song which can only serve to broaden his fanbase.
For Montreal locals, catch Ryan Hemsworth on November 14th at Le Belmont
I’ve always been a huge fan of French music (despite the fact that I am just starting to take lessons this week – thanks Quebec government), but usually when shared my fellow Americans tend to ignore at great personal loss. However, Yelle seems to be one band that’s been able to break through to English speaking audiences for some time now. They’re showing no signs of slowing down with an upcoming album, Complètement Fou, coming out on September 30th. They’ve just released a single of the same name and it’s among the top Yelle singles, undeniably catchy and smooth enough to easily get into. Happy to see them back.