Nick Hakim “I Don’t Know”

“I Don’t Know”, from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Nick Hakim, lands as one of those swaying, cellphone-in-the-air jams that you want to be able melt down into and just swim in. Such is the transfixing magnetism of it’s autumnal singer-songwriter warmth and crisp live orchestration, a masterful, slow-cooked brew of folk, blues, neo-soul, jazz and lo-fi influences […]

Years and Years “Take Shelter”

Nothing fits the summer season better than a skanking island groove that puts your hips in dry-humping mode, ready to give your all in trying to get any and all sources of oxygen around you pregnant. That said, the loping, reggaeton-hued rhythm that intros London electro-pop Years and Years‘ newest single “Take Shelter” is all […]

Sam Smith “Life Support”

While Sam Smith has more than proved his ability to fill souls to the rim with sonic comfort food no matter a record’s tempo, the UK crooner has arguably shined best when backed by stripped down arrangements and digging his silken vocals into more anguished emotions, blessing us with a classy, soulful respite from the […]

Ed Thomas “Hurt”/ “On My Own”

British singer/ songwriter/ producer Ed Thomas may have spent his 2013 building up his behind-the-scenes credits in collaborations with Bondax and Chase & Status, but as his first two solo offerings showcase, dude possesses a triple-threat talent that demands its own spotlight. First off…that voice, a soul-tinged high tenor with a bit of a gravelly […]

Sam Smith “Money On My Mind”

From the moment Disclosure’s “Latch” hit the World Wide Web and began its not-so-slow climb to cool lounge floor domination, it was pretty much a given that the track’s featured guest, British soul crooner Sam Smith, would become a solo star to reckon with. Since that name-establishing record, Smith has done a pretty good job […]

James Blake featuring Chance The Rapper “Life Round Here”

Before today, a track bringing together soulful electro-pop maestro James Blake with mixtape sensation Chance The Rapper seemed like one of those dream pairings that could only exist on Soundcloud mash-ups, but in an excellent example of music fan fantasy-turned-reality, this thing happened. A Twitter-post length lyrical dissection of a troubled romance set in a […]

Sammy Bananas “Run 2 Me (Thicke Mix)”

No, Blurred Lines–the album–doesn’t look like it’ll spawn another single to come anywhere close to hitting its lead single/ title track’s seemingly deathless pop omnipresence, BUT as host to a large supply of upbeat disco/ funk/ soul workouts that make for perfectly pleasant background noise (and often trump Timberlake in terms of re-heated MJ grooves), […]

The Rub featuring Tatiana Owens & Bigg Base “Black & White (The Melker Project Remix)”

On the original version of Brooklyn DJ/ production duo The Rub‘s “Black & White”, long-time partners-in-party-startin’ DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven cooked up what essentially felt like a love letter to post-millennial East Coast radio rap, with the hustling tales of Bronx emcee Bigg Base propped up against the R&B vocals of Tatiana Owens, and […]