Jon Tanners

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Premiere: Saba ft. Lucki Eck$ – “Next Door”

One of Chicago rapper Saba’s greatest strengths in a still developing arsenal is a graceful capacity for capturing the weight of growing up in the scarred city with an insight and mournfulness typically reserved for older... Read more »

5 On It: The Cool and The Killers

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. Caleb Brown – “BatonStan” When words like,... Read more »

Premiere: Lewis Allen – “La Maquina”

In June, New Jersey rapper Lewis Allen struck an uncommon balance with his single “Drugs In Her Eyes,” using extremely minimalist production and vocal affects to paint a violently sexual portrait of an affair steeped in... Read more »

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Video Premiere: Jazz Cartier – “Count On Me”

Last week, Toronto up-and-comer Jazz Cartier delivered his fifth single of 2014, “Count On Me,” a reflective take on teenage love and lust through the eyes of an outsider. This week, we get the stylish video—a... Read more »

5 On It: In The Rough

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. WebsterX – “Doomsday” We’re all doomed, we’re... Read more »

Premiere: Jazz Cartier – “Count On Me”

Though he’s only put out a handful of songs, Toronto’s Jazz Cartier feels like one of the more compelling, varied artists to come out of one of hip-hop’s quieter capitals. New single “Count On Me” shows yet... Read more »

Fine Print – “Can’t Lie”

Fine Print’s outline is the sort that might turn tired listeners away: Mysterious group marries falsetto R&B croon with sparse, sexy beat. The Internet hype cycle plays ad nauseum. In the case of Fine Print, the... Read more »

Premiere: fredwave – “Home”

20-year-old Londoner fredwave doesn’t have the sort of voice that wows with technical bravado. It is earthy, clear in limitations and empowered by the grit and feeling that comes when the singer bumps against the reaches... Read more »

5 On It: Strange Waves

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. Manolo Rose – “Run Ricky Run” A... Read more »

Video: ES-CAR-GO – “Drinking In The Rain”

When Flash Giordani popped up on my radar late this summer, I was struck by his sense of humor, his gift for melodic rapping, his love of anime, and his equal love of emotional R&B music.... Read more »

Video Premiere: Asaad ft. King Louie – “Block Boy”

Asaad “Block Boy” ft. King Louie... Read more »

Premiere: Milo Mills – “1 3 1 3″ EP

It is difficult to cleanly classify Milo Mills’ work on his new 1 3 1 3 EP. Industrial scrapes, trap snares, disjointed vocal samples, and R&B piano chords all coexist on a spectrum as varied in its inspiration... Read more »

5 On It: Checking In

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. Premiere: Stress Gods – “Love Strèss” Though... Read more »

Premiere: Innovator Co. – “Innoclick”

Los Angeles crew Innovator Co. is one of the more unusual new rap collectives to pop up in 2014, channelling elements of California classics like The Pharcyde while experimenting with eclectic sounds and adhering to an almost... Read more »

Video: Talos – “Bloom”

With only two releases under his belt, Ireland’s Talos has already managed to develop an arrestingly beautiful, cinematic sound that makes him one to watch in a sea of Soundcloud experimenters tinkering with different genres. As befits... Read more »