Jon Tanners

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Premiere: Richie Quake ft. Gabe Nandez – “Robonuthin”

Like the work of many young artists with access to flexible tools and wide-ranging tastes, Brooklynite Richie Quake’s Visions EP pulled from myriad genre influences, often feeling more like an interesting rag doll with its seams... Read more »

5 On It: The Gamut

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. Simonez Dega – Gold Caps. A$AP Yams... Read more »

Premiere: Roy English – “Julianne”

When the number one song in the country sounds like it could have been found in a Stax vault left unopened since the 70s, a kid sing-rapping about clubs going up on Tuesdays is nominated for... Read more »

Premiere: Brent Faiyaz – “Allure”

While the marketplace for “alternative R&B” is as saturated as its ever been, there’s always room for excellent execution and intriguing new voices. Aptly titled single “Allure” signals Charlotte-based singer/producer Brent Faiyaz as another name to... Read more »

Video Premiere: Jay Bel – “Kate”

A week and a half after our introduction to Jay Bel, the Brooklyn rapper pairs his debut single “Kate” with a simple, hallucinatory video: Jay smokes by a fire, rapping into the camera, color distorting around... Read more »

5 On It: “I stand in the center around all these sounds I see”

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. Meet Love At First Sound, another artist... Read more »

Premiere: Kweku Collins – “Worlds Away” EP

Kweku Collins peaked out from behind the Internet’s infinite curtain towards the end of 2014 as a promising talent, a capable rapper and singer with a style that charmed, adolescent honesty delivered with vibrant sing-song rapping. New... Read more »

Jarryd James – “Do You Remember”

Much male indie pop in the last few years has ridden a strange brew of R&B and electronic influence, sometimes spiraling off into the exciting (and often experimental) worlds of artists like James Blake and SOHN,... Read more »

Lil Silk x MACTurnUp – “Surfer”

While new song “Surfer” is unlikely to convert those that aren’t already among the faithful, it marks another enjoyable entry in the catalog of Atlanta’s Lil Silk. There’s a certain kind of cleverness that allows a... Read more »

5 On It: Sides of Survival

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. Max P – “Regardless” Two editions of 5... Read more »

Premiere: Chris Smith Jr. – “Griffey”

Chris Smith Jr. raps really well. While his name might not be the most distinctive, his raw talent more than makes up for lack of invention (and besides, it’s not as if Young Thug needed an imaginative... Read more »

Daily Discovery: Jay Bel Is A Brooklyn Rapper Who Dropped Out Of College to Follow His Dreams

While you can’t draw a direct correlation between a rapper’s ear for beats and career length, the better the artist is as a self-contained A&R (or as a listener to good suggestions), the higher the survival rate... Read more »

Premiere: Kiah Victoria – “Fix You”

On paper, an alternative R&B cover of a Coldplay song sounds like a recipe for incongruous coffee shop disaster. In the able hands of New York singer Kiah Victoria, it becomes a canvas for a beautiful... Read more »

Stream Leather Corduroys’ Ambitious New Album “Season”

One of the first artists I covered for Pigeons and Planes was Chicago rapper Kami (then Kami de Chukwu). Almost three years and what feels like a world of difference, Kami and usual partner in crime... Read more »

5 On it: Restart, Redux

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. KAMAU – “The Sun King” For a new... Read more »