weekly kick-off: 10 banging tracks your ears must hear

September 10, 2012

Here’s your weekly dose of ’10 Banging Tracks Your Ears Must Hear’!

Contributor: Elijah Watson

10. A.Dd+, “Genocide:”A.Dd+ is a hip-hop duo that you need to know about. Based out of Dallas, Texas, the group creates progressive hip-hop that is hard to resist, after just one listen. Don’t believe me? Just listen to “Genocide.” You can thank me later.

9. Kilo Kish, “Creepwave:”Do not be fooled by the title–“Creepwave” isn’t that creepy. Celestial synths float over pulsating percussion, while Kish delivers that laid-back flow we’ve come to love. If you’re find yourself feeling creepy this week, this song is for you.

8. Les Sins (Toro Y Moi), “Taken:”When Toro Y Moi is not making chillwave masterpieces, he’s making dance tracks for you to shake your butt to. And “Taken” is one of them. At seven minutes and 10 seconds, the track grows as Toro adds various samples, synths and percussion into the mix.

7. Janelle Monae, “Faster:”If you missed Ms. Monae’s performance at this year’s Afropunk Festival, you definitely failed. But that’s ok–you can make up for it by listening to this track. Although old, “Faster” showcases Monae’s talent. From the intricate jazz chords, to Monae’s unique vocal delivery, “Faster” grooves from beginning to end.

6. Flying Lotus (Feat. Erykah Badu), “See Thru to U:”If you’re impatiently awaiting Flying Lotus’ upcoming album, Until The Quiet Comes, I am right there with you. If not, you need to listen to this track NOW. As always, Badu is in great form, shifting her voice smoothly over Lotus’ eclectic sounds. Listen to this track; your ears will thank you for it.

5. Shystie (Feat. Azealia Banks), “Control It:”East London-born MC Shystie, and Harlem’s very own Azealia Banks were made for each other. The two dominate on this LZBEATZ-produced track, providing spitfire rhymes over grimy percussion.

4. MellowHype, “La Bonita:”MellowHype has finally returned; gearing up for their upcoming album, Numbers, the Odd Future duo gives us “La Bonita.” The track bumps with Latin grooves, and Left Brain and Hodgy Beats’ chilled flow. The best line comes from Left though. “Salsa, cha-cha, blah-blah.” Pure genius.

3. Phony Ppl, “Told You So:”Although Phony Ppl’s nothinG special is great overall, “Told You So” just sticks out. Maybe it’s the Musiq Soulchild vibe surrounding it, or the luscious horn melody that comes in during the chorus. Be prepared to bob your head back and forth with this one.

2. Theophilus London (Feat. A$AP Rocky), “Big Spender:”A hip-hop song that samples Peggy Lee’s rendition of “Big Spender?” It may sound like a strange combination, but trust me, it works out. Once the beat comes in and London and Rocky drop their lines, you’ll understand why this track is a complete banger.

1. Willis Earl Beal, “Evening’s Kiss:”Life must be pretty good for Mr. Beal. Having been homeless before in the past, the folk songwriter has attained cult status recently. It’s no surprise why–just listen to “Evening’s Kiss” and you’ll understand. “I’m still disillusioned and cool catatonic / Always in a daze, without smoking that chronic.” Mr. Beal definitely has a way with words.