Jon Tanners

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

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Video: SIR E.U – “nike boy”

Maryland rapper SIR E.U’s “nike boy” sounds like hip-hop’s current fixation on future bounce beats and house rhythms filtered through the eerie tone of a broken music box. Off-kilter and up-tempo (it feels more like a sped... Read more »

5 On It: Our Burning Time

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. Listen to skipp coon’s Miles Garvey, a... Read more »

Frank Leone – “Across The Earth”

I made ['Across The Earth'] for the World Cup this year, and if I’d been asked to do the theme instead of Pitbull and J-Lo this is what I’d have given them. I sampled a Bulgarian... Read more »

Astronauts, Etc. – “Gravity”

At the heart of Astronauts, Etc. lies  pianist and vocalist Anthony Ferraro, a musician forged in the crucible of strict classical training and, conversely, the era and genre-spanning freedom of Napster. The result of formal discipline and... Read more »

Video: UNKNWN – “BBY”

Writers and various music industry professionals often describe music that is some combination of downtempo, mellow, sensual, R&B or electronica-inspired, and amorphously formed as “vibe-y.” Even when people say they like vibe-y music, there is a... Read more »

5 On It: How Deep Does the Rabbit Hole Go?

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. Obii Say – “Undone” Former Daily (re)Discovery Obii Say returns... Read more »

5 On It: What’s Old Is New Again

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. Get familiar with Chicago’s Aaron Fonts Aaron Fonts... Read more »

Salt Cathedral – “Holy Soul”

There is an ethereal prettiness to Salt Cathedral’s music that lends it a lighter-than-air quality. Even in spite of its insistent, pulsing groove, recent single “Tease” felt breezy in its breathless pace. New release “Holy Soul” slows... Read more »

Mic Kurb ft. Kevin Abstract – “Always On Time”

As the first single since Alive Since Forever’s Mic Kurb’s Destination Nowhere EP, “Always On Time” sees the 18-year-old rapper progressing nicely, crafting something enjoyably accessible and upbeat alongside crew-member Kevin Abstract. Perhaps its greatest success is in... Read more »

Celeste Waite – “Born Again”

Even in overpopulated ecosystems, there is always room for another intriguing voice. Culver City, CA-born, London-based 19-year-old Celeste Waite arrives with “Born Again,” a slice of electronic soul produced by another emerging talent in the realm (and an... Read more »

Video: Fantastic Fantastic – “Houses”

Brilliantly colored and fittingly playful, the video for retro-leaning duo Fantastic Fantastic’s catchy new single “Houses” plays like irreverent graffiti and pop-art in motion. Though likely a bit goofily lo-fi for some tastes, “Houses” has a... Read more »

BASECAMP – “Shudder”

After lying dormant on original material for nearly a year, Nashville trio BASECAMP returns with “Shudder,” a breezy, upbeat new single that won’t be featured on their forthcoming sophomore EP. It’s a fitting follow-up to BASECAMP’s self-titled... Read more »

Salt Cathedral – “Tease (Kodak to Graph Remix)”

Remixes are an odd thing in an over-saturated listening ecosystem. Sometimes—as happened with Hippie Sabotage’s remix of Tove Lo’s “Habits”—a wider audience might not know an original song existed until a remix pops up. Other times,... Read more »

5 On It: Memphis, Worldwide

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.... Read more »

Stream King avriel’s Intensely Personal Debut Album “thesis”

Since first appearing on our radar last November, Los Angeles’ King avriel has cast an intriguing shadow in the alternative R&B realm. In comparison to some of her peers, avriel’s lyrics possess an almost rap-like directness, replacing... Read more »