Jon Tanners

A wayfaring stranger trying to make cool things before I die.

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Stream the Premiere of Daye Jack’s New Album “Soul Glitch”

19-year-old Daye Jack is one of the most intriguing young artists to emerge in the last year, combining an unusual perspective (Daye was on track to be a computer science major at NYU when he released... Read more »

5 On It: Of Many Faces

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. Dez – “noose” San Fernando Valley resident... Read more »

Video Premiere: Deebs and Jarell Perry

The video for Toronto producer Deebs and L.A. singer Jarell Perry’s “Driving Blind” features an uncanny black, purple, and blue world created by animator Jason Voltaire. Minimal, surrealistic, and oddly beautiful in spurts, Voltaire’s characterless world... Read more »

Premiere: Flash Giordani – “She Gone”

Baltimore’s Flash Giordiani wears his emotion on his sleeve, letting it guide his careening, melodic raps and outlandish metaphors. At its best, it leads to songs like 2014 standout “Wedding Day,” a surprisingly catchy balance of absurd... Read more »

Watch the Premiere of Kevin Abstract’s Unsettling “Save” Video

Computers create ghosts This past March at SXSW, I watched the debut of Brockhampton, the self-proclaimed “All American Boy Band” born from the ashes of Alive Since Forever (a cross-country collective of rappers, producers, singers, visual... Read more »

Premiere: Dr. Millionaire – “N*gga From Maine”

A brief blog post premiering a new song seems an improper place to address recent tragedies in the U.S. or the still blooming bitter fruits of a country formed on the faulty foundation of racism. Still,... Read more »

5 On It: Reflect on Technique

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. Jayaire Woods – “toolong.” One of the... Read more »

Premiere: J.I.D. – “Underwear”

Atlant’s J.I.D. raps like a boulder hurtling down hill, each word connecting to the next with a momentum that makes verses feel inevitable. He twists syllables, uses internal rhymes, and stacks similar sounds to create that inexorable... Read more »

Premiere: Mic Kellogg – “Tune Out”

With only three singles to his name, Milwaukee’s Mic Kellogg has already exhibited a distinctive style, leaning heavily on expressive, melodic rapping and personal detail—an inviting combination that caught my ear on “Breakfast (Intro)” and “Moon... Read more »

Premiere: Duckwrth & The Kickdrums – “Lambo”

We first encountered Los Angeles-born rapper Duckwrth through his mixtape TAXFREEE Vol. 1 and, in particular, standout single “…Travel.” Channeling California greats The Pharcyde with his knowing wit, Duckwrth managed to escape the trap of nostalgia and... Read more »