Jon Tanners

Watch the Cinematic Video for Jon Waltz’s “Bang”

In a young rapper’s catalog–particularly in an era when, in practice, quantity undeniably trumps quality for most–it’s rare to find a song that acts as an anchor. Something that seems more than a lucky hit–an early... Read more »

Q-Tip – “Work It Out (Stint Remix)”

There are all sorts of adjectives I could throw at Stint’s remix of Q-Tip’s “Work It Out,” but the best place to start might be Constant Gardner’s initial reaction when I forwarded it to him: “wavvVvvvVVVVVyyyyy.”... Read more »

Pell – “Dollar Store”

New Orleans’ Pell doesn’t sound like you might imagine a New Orleans rapper to sound. Perhaps that’s a testament to a city with a wide variety of cultural influences, perhaps a product of Pell’s particular: raised... Read more »

Singer Chris Batson Speaks On His Youth, Paying Dues, and Battling Schizoaffective Disorder

Listening to Los Angeles-based, Orlando-bred singer Chris Batson’s music, it’s easy to hear the tribulations of a life worn by inner and outer turmoil. Speaking with the 22 year-old, mirth and clarity shine through; the burdens... Read more »

Video: Little Simz – “Mandarin Oranges Part 2″

In the video for the Sango-produced “Mandarin Oranges Part 2,” London rapper Little Simz uses footage from a recent trip to Los Angeles to highlight her prodigious rapping ability. It’s a simple clip: black and white performance... Read more »

5 On It: The Best Under-the-Radar Rap This Week

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Sidewalk Kal – “Medicine Cabinet” This week, Sidewalk... Read more »

Oaktree – “Chapters”

Clattering and persistently bass-heavy, Belgian producer Oaktree’s “Chapters” (the lead single from the upcoming EP of the same name, a limited edition 12” out on Record Store Day, April 19th) sounds like a distant cousin of Burial’s... Read more »

5 On It: The Best Under-the-Radar Rap This Week

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Trick Daddy ft. Trina – “Nann Ho (AHYVE... Read more »

Video: Alex Wiley – “Vibration”

For Alex Wiley’s lively new single “Vibrations” (produced by talented California brothers Hippie Sabotage), the Chicago rapper continues to push into the melodic territory he explored briefly throughout his Club Wiley mixtape. It’s effective here, creating a... Read more »

Premiere: Kevin Abstract – “Save”

While casual fans might complain about the rough edges exposed by young artists releasing lots of music on the internet, there’s a certain power in building fans through laying the development process bare. Kevin Abstract and... Read more »

Blooms – “Lust”

Irish-born, London-based Blooms’ latest outing “Lust” makes a sultry trifecta for the emergent singer on the heels of prior releases “Skin” and “If I.” Woozy and slow-burning (and once again produced by Sacred Animals, who seems... Read more »

5 On It: The Best Under-the-Radar Rap This Week

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar releases in rap from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Roosevelt the Titan – “Desire” Chicago’s rap... Read more »

Gallant – “Jupiter Grayscale”

By this point, if you’ve been following Gallant with any regularity, you should have an inkling of what to expect from new single “Jupiter Grayscale”: soaring, gorgeously hazy R&B. For his latest release, the L.A.-based singer... Read more »

Watch the Chilling Video For Irish Singer Talos’ “Tethered Bones”

The video for emergent Irish singer Talos’ gorgeous single “Tethered Bones” adds a chilling new dimension to his debut. Depicting the relationship between, seemingly, an abusive father and his daughter, “Tethered Bones” combines images of a... Read more »

Camden Arc – “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”

So much of pop music production is a matter of taking trends and concepts from music’s fringes and underground scenes and polishing them for wider consumption. For a segment of the listening population, Katy Perry’s “Dark... Read more »