Jon Tanners

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

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Video: OFEI – “WOW”

British singer OFEI’s voice has an arresting, otherworldly quality to it, alien at times. It channels a depth of feeling words alone can’t fully capture. Latest single “WOW” is a gorgeous encapsulation of his style and... Read more »

5 On It: Toronto is one of rap’s most important cities

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. Matik Estrada – “Family Matters” (Prod. Childish Major)... Read more »

Stream Blooms’ “IF” EP

London-based singer Blooms has only released a handful of songs, but beginning with her February debut, she sculpted a concerted, hauntingly cinematic representation of lust, love, and loss. Her new EP, IF, encapsulates precisely that cycle. The... Read more »

Black El – “Olde English 800″

There are songs that are obvious summer anthems—the sort that captures summer as a completely carefree time, the way we remember it as children. School ends, the temperature rises, and superhero movies start raiding our parents’... Read more »

Years and Years – “Take Shelter”

Riding a slinky rhythm reminiscent of reggaeton and a bassline indebted to the more soulful corners of house music, Years and Years’ new single “Take Shelter” shows how satisfying the trio’s formula for danceable synth-pop can... Read more »

Black Honey – “Sleep Forever (Demo)”

Like the sun rising over the hills at the end of an old Western showdown, “Sleep Forever (Demo)”—the debut from mysterious British band Black Honey—rides in on an evocative, echoey guitar, a beautiful ode to love... Read more »

5 On It: When a rapper you like recommends music to you, you listen…

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. Hayze Rascoe – Syringe Sonnets EP This week,... Read more »

Salt Cathedral – “Tease”

Rising softly from silence, Brooklyn quartet Salt Cathedral’s newest single “Tease” packs a pretty energy that puts it on par with the rest of the synth pop pack and simultaneously sets it apart. Sparkly and anxious,... Read more »

5 On It: A hallucinatory song about drinking, an ode to Steve Kerr, and a British female rapper

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. Holy Kit ft. Sticky Ricardo – “Steve Kerr”... Read more »

Dear Desert – “Give It Up”

Dublin-based trio Dear Desert describes their sound as “mixing driving rhythms, expansive synths and emotive pop melodies.” Accurate in its broad strokes as that depiction may be, it doesn’t quite pin down the rousing retro-lean (particularly... Read more »

Video: Kendall Elijah – “Whirlpools”

The sun is swirlin’ round like a whirlpool Everything you need is right above you So leave me where they know not a virtue So I can learn that life is more than miracles –Kendall Elijah... Read more »

Evan Mellows – “Seven”

Los Angeles born and bred, singer Evan Mellows views R&B through a dark prism. Though weaned on Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Luther Vandross, aiming to emulate their vocal styles, later musical discoveries influenced his expression:... Read more »

Lewis Allen – “Drugs In Her Eyes”

So much of the conversation around Kanye West’s Yeezus concerned its aggression and abrasiveness; lost in the discussion was its creator’s focus on minimalism (a message perhaps muddled by Kanye’s irrepressible maximalist leanings on sprawling songs like “I’m... Read more »

Video: Little Simz – “Bars Simzson”

Three months ago, we met 20-year-old British emcee Little Simz through “Bars Simzson,” a fiery statement of purpose that showcased her copious talent as rapper, densely stacked syllables and a variety of cadences encouraging repeat listens... Read more »

5 On It: A song for the summer, a love song about dying, and excellent rapping

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. Ars-Nova – “Cheffy Chulo ~ The Wait, The... Read more »