Happy Monday, fellow weekend warriors!
You know I love sharing what I deem good music, so please prep your eyes and earbuds for the audio feast to follow. For those wondering if Lauryn Hill’s new tumblr-released track made the cut.
How ’bout those Bulls?
1. R-Kitech featuring Precise, “The Feeling”
If you miss that smoothed out soulful hip-hop, you’ll be dancing under your desk to this R-Kitech track featuring Precise. The Chi-town MC, Precise, has had my ear for a while and I was glad to lend it again to hear this audio gem. No truer words have been spoken when R-Kitech spits that today’s MCs are victims of technology. (That means you, Trinidad James.)
2. Rediculus, “Let’s Go”
This super producer, also from the Windy City, does not have to ask me twice with “Let’s Go.” This upbeat across-the-pond collabo with U.K.-based rhymer FDot1 takes you on a rambling ride down a path paved with clever lyricism and expertly added horns. I recommend listening to this before facing up to your most irritating co-worker. You might even smile at her/him.
3. Tasha’s World featuring SB, “Running”
This offering could just be the next certified foreign exchange. Take a listen to Netherlands-based singer Tasha’s World who has wisely teamed up with uber talented Chi-town based MC, Sean “SB” butler. This track is charting high over in the ‘lands and deservedly so, as you’ll hear when you click play.
4. Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
Erykah Badu is one of my favorite artists of all-time and Janelle Monae is definitely dancing and singing her way up to a similar distinction. To see these two elegant, self-assured talents work together on “Q.U.E.E.N” does my heart proud, especially in light of the onslaught of half-dressed, writhing R&B “stars” who currently rule the charts. This funktastic romp deserves the royal treatment. Here’s a real reason to Bow Down.
5. Clams Casino, “Bookfiend” (featuring Doom)
Last, but never least, is some hawt ish from Bookfiend featuring Doom that can hopefully carry you all the way to the end of the week. Warning: The dreamy instrumentals of Clams Casino paired with Doom’s existential utterances might get you daydreaming, so do not listen to this while focused on a specific, difficult task, such as balancing your company’s spreadsheets or during a conference call with a client. S/O to my friend Dirty Dave for sending this through my earbuds.
Your turn: If you make, or just know about, something that should be on next week’s playlist, let me know. Send music (mp3 or soundcloud/blog/tumblr links) to me via firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet it my way @thekylesfiles. Make sure it’s awesome though. I’m not trying to add to the stockpile of dumbed down downloads outchea. Savvy?
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