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White Denim Frontman James Petralli Unleashes First Single as Bop English, "Dani's Blues" (It Was Beyond Our Control)

"Dani's Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)" is a fun introduction, with the chiming piano riff recalling early 70's AM Pop - think Paul McCartney's initial solo releases, those early Elton John albums, or even ELO at their most creative," Clash Music poetically likened White Denim frontman James Petralli aka Bop English's recent premier single to its predecessors/possible influences. After four tedious years-worth of studio tinkery, Petralli's "solo" debut, Constant Bop, is finally ready for a world-wide release on Blood and Biscuits/Downtown Records this upcoming April 13-14th; "Constant Bop is a widely collaborative project that features production from Jim Vollentine, 5th Street Studio's Ryan Joseph and Nick Joswick, as well as Matt Oliver of Big Orange Studios and the band TV Torso... White Denim's drummer Josh Block, guitarist Austin Jenkins, and bass player Steve Terebecki, as well as former Shearwater bassist Kevin Schnei…

Kanye & Paul McCartney Recruit Rihanna for Second Collaborative Track, "FourFiveSeconds" (Roc-Nation)

While it's unclear to exactly what capacity at this point, but it seems as though Dirty Projectors frontman and guitarist Dave Longstreth was somehow involved in the writing/recording of Rihanna, Kanye & Paul McCartney's new single, "FourFiveSeconds;" according to a currently unsubstantiated report from Kanye's friend and long-time barber, Ibn Jasper, "Kanye's whole new album is co-produced with Paul McCartney... He decided to put Rihanna on ["FourFiveSeconds"] and put it on BOTH of their albums because they are both Roc-Nation" (reports which Rolling Stone have since shot down). In addition to Longstreth, "FourFiveSeconds" additionally features as-yet-unknown contributions from Mike Dean, Dalllas Austin, Elon Rutburg, and Noah Goldstein, as well as Ty Dolla $ign and Kirby Lauryen, both of whom previously worked with West-McCartney on "Only One." It's without a doubt the track Ty Dolla $ign was alluding to upon…

BADBADNOTGOOD Initiate an Unofficial GHOSTDOOM Reunion on Sour Soul Single, "Ray Gun" (Lex Records)

Fresh on the heels of their forthcoming collaborative Jazz-Rap album with Ghostface Killah, awesomely titled Sour Soul, Canadian-bred instrumental trio BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) have spearheaded an unofficial GHOSTDOOM/DOOMSTARKS "reunion;" Ghostface and infrequent rapping partner/producer, [MF] DOOM have been teasing their mythical tentatively titled "Swift & Changeable" album for about 10 years now. BBNG recruited Ghostface Killah & DOOM for their third Sour Soul pre-release track, "Ray Gun," which as a recently released statement reads, "was inspired by 1960's and [70's] music, taking inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era." While "Ray Gun"'s companion retro-fitted Rob Schroeder (Lodger Films)-directed video doesn't appear to feature BBNG, Ghostface Killah, or DOOM, "the video instantly transports you into a bizarre retro-futuristic world as "The Mask" [Odd Future memb…

Mayer Hawthorne & Jake-One Return with First Non-Tuxedo Funk EP Single, "Number One" (Stones Throw)

"We always wondered what the original sample was for Snoop [Dogg]'s "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)." Since we couldn't figure it out, we decided we would make it," Tuxedo gloated in a recent Stones Throw statement coinciding with their first non-Tuxedo Funk EP single, "Number One."Mayer Hawthorne & Jake-One previously unleashed their pre-Tuxedo"inspiration" mixtapes, Shoot The Duck and AR Music, on which they forged the group's underlying Disco-Funk backbone. "Tuxedo's [material] has been nothing short of top-shelf Boogie for the two-steppers, thus far... the sophisticated strutting is back and in full-effect, as the duo lets loose their latest joint, "Number One,'"okayplayer artistically lamented upon the track's release. It's a smooth synth-laden Disco-Funk track creation that doesn't sound entirely unlike something Snoop Dogg would rap over; akin to Snoopzilla's 20…

Converse & Complex Present: Hanni el Khatib & Freddie Gibbs - "Satin Black" (CONS EP, VOL. 3)

Fresh on the heels of his critically-acclaimed, Madlib-produced Piñata and a series of album-preceding EP's, Freddie Gibbs has now teamed up with yet another unexpected collaborator: Black Keys affiliate, Hanni el Khatib. okayplayer vividly describes their just-released new track, "Satin Black" as a "classic break with gritty, fuzzed-out six strings licks lacquering the cut, all before the backdrop melts into a puddle of funky goo, subverting your inner-rocker in favor of heavy wahs, deep, gurgling organs and a muddied vocal filter on [Freddie] Gibbs' already haze-treated vox." It's vaguely reminiscent of Head In The Dirt producer Dan Auerbach's pre-widespread-acclaim, Rap-Blues Rock-indebted BlakRoc album (2009) concocted along with his fellow Black Keys bandmate Patrick Carney, executive producer Damon Dash, and a gaggle of seasoned, Roc-A-Fella Records aligned rappers ranging from Ol' Dirty Bastard to Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def.


"Satin…

Heems Unleashes Deeply Personal "Sometimes" from EAT PRAY THUG (Megaforce Records)

EAT PRAY THUG, or "9/11 & Heartbreak," as he affectionately refers to it, is the by-product of Queens-based rapper Himanshu K. Suri (aka Heems)' self-imposed exile to Bombay, India a few years back. Although it's actually Suri's major label debut, EAT PRAY THUG is likely poised to be his first and last album, as @HIMANSHU has recently alluded that he's considering giving up his rap career and more or less defunct Greedhead imprint for a 9-5. Since unleashing a series of critically-acclaimed 2012 mixtapes, Nehru Jackets and Wild Water Kingdom, Suri has maintained a relatively low profile; until unexpectedly dropping his 4-track SWET SHOP EP with buddy Riz "MC" Ahmed and a particularly zonked out theme song recorded for JapaneseVitamin Water last year. "'Sometimes" is about dualities, identity, and the space between spaces, Like so many other people, as first generation South Asian in the U.S. I often felt like I lived two lives, an

VICE Records Presents: Action Bronson, Drake Producer Noah "40" Shebib & Omen - "Actin' Crazy" (Mr. Wonderful)

"HERE'S MY NEW JOINT, "ACTIN' CRAZY" PRODUCED BY @OVO40 [& @ProducedbyOmen]. ENJOY.... MR. WONDERFUL MARCH 24th MOTHAF**CCKKKKKKA!!" F**k, That's Delicious super-star, Action Bronson exuberantly Tweeted Wednesday upon the release of his latest single, which almost instantaneously received a co-sign from Hip-Hop aficionado and 21-23 Jump Street leading man, Jonah Hill. It's the second and possibly lead single from Bronson's long-rumored Atlantic/VICE Records debut, Mr. Wonderful. Although a rough tracklist was previously "leaked" by Bronson himself through a stream of haphazard Tweets, VICE unveiled the album's official 13-song tracklist through a press release shared Thursday morning. Mr. Wonderful boasts top-notch production work from Mark Ronson, Drake affiliate Noah "40" Shebib, Party Supplies, 88-Keys, and Alchemist, along with all-star features from Chance The Rapper, Meyhem Lauren, Chauncey Sherod, and "co…

Super-producer Dan Ubick Reveals The Soulful "Riddims" & Sounds Behind The Lions' Soul Riot 2-LP (The Witzard Interview #2)

"This new batch of tunes came straight from the heart on all fronts. With everything that's going on today we wanted to make an album that speaks to peoples emotions and frustrations while also giving them a chance to dance and release some stress," lamented Lions producer, guitarist, and master-mind Dan Ubick. His LA-based 12-member+ Reggae revival group, The Lions, are gearing up to unleash their third genre-blending album, Soul Riot on Stones Throw this upcoming February 10th. While I previously conducted an in-depth interview with Ubick a couple years back to coincide with This Generation, I couldn't resist the opportunity to publish yet another all-inclusive 12-part Q&A. The Lions' 2LP Soul Riot album is currently available for pre-order over at the Stones Throw Store weeks ahead of its proper release; I must admit, I've been spinnin' an advance copy for a week or so now, and it's definitely something worth picking up for seasoned and new-fou…

Kanye Unleashes New Year's Eve Track, "Only One," with Former Beatle Paul McCartney (Def Jam)

"In early 2014, Paul McCartney and Kanye West first began working together in a small bungalow in Los Angeles. The process that would result in "Only One" began with a simple brainstorming session between the two: with McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff," laments a recent press release marking the 12 midnight New Year's Eve release of Kanye & Paul McCartney's abrupt new single. Although a collaboration between the two men who recorded such drastically different world-renown songs as "Hey Jude" and "Gold Digger,""Only One" could be likened to the unknown middle ground that might exist between 808's & Heartbreak and Let It Be; further accented by background vocals from Taylor Gang signee Ty Dollar $ign, co-writer Kirby Lauryen, and a beat concocted by in-house producer Mike Dean, McCartney adds in a beautifully sparse piano accompanim…