Jon Tanners

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Album Premiere: Black El – “L_ST”

Black El’s L_ST clocks in at 45 minutes across 12 songs. Not too long to overstay its welcome, not too short that it feels underdone. To put together a project of that length is to signal... Read more »

Premiere: CVIRO and GXNXVS – “Benjamins”

Some might see this headline and flee, curbed by the unending brigade of artists using X’s and V’s as vowels, as if somehow the English language demanded this sudden and dubiously semantically useful evolution. Thankfully, Australian... Read more »

5 On It: Kevin Abstract On How Life Is

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. For this week’s edition of 5 On... Read more »

RÉN – “Time”

Brooklyn-based electro pop artist RÉN arrives with whimsical debut “Time” to warm up the winter months a bit (hell, even if you live in Los Angeles, it can get chilly at night). With the assistance of... Read more »

Premiere: Kevin Garrett – “Coloring”

‘Coloring’ is about confronting something that will shatter as soon as you touch it. Sometimes, it’s best to walk into a musical experience blind, contextless and able to experience the sounds and lyrics without the fat... Read more »

5 On It: Life of the Party

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. Keita Juma ft. Brandan Philip – “Come... Read more »

Premiere: Cam Sheely – “Last Time”

Atlanta’s Cam Sheely hasn’t quite earned his stripes among Atlanta’s young elite yet, but urgent songs like new single “Last Time” make him well-worth watching as another voice in a seemingly unending conveyor belt of creative characters. Bolstered... Read more »

Premiere: Amy Rose – “Awake Alive”

Few artists can truthfully say their music was influenced by a childhood spent in a religious cult. Though she has since abandoned the world of her upbringing (and, as an armchair observer, it’s hard to map... Read more »

Totem – “lo-fi”

On new single “lo-fi,” singer/producer TOTEM continues to explore the minimal electronic production that made previous releases “wildfire” and “countdown” so intriguing. Opting now for an arrangement a bit more soaring, TOTEM’s latest keeps the pretty restraint... Read more »

5 On It: We Don’t Take Kindly To Threats

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. StressGods – “That’s That” We aim for... Read more »

Black El ft. Michael Christmas – “Do Not Disturb”

On “Do Not Disturb,” two of Boston’s more promising up-and-coming rappers Black El and Michael Christmas team up to reflect, as the former puts it, “on what it’s like to be carefree and misunderstood at 19,... Read more »

J. Tropic – “Who U Are”

Three releases deep into his public existence, Brighton producer J. Tropic has showcased a knack for blending elements of hip-hop, trap, house, and R&B—admittedly often interrelated genres—into a summery, energetic mix that feels par for the future... Read more »

5 On It: Eric Dingus Plays the Hits

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. For this week’s edition of 5 On... Read more »

Premiere: Pr0files – “Forgive”

With its stomping, synthesized insistence, it would be easy to mistake Los Angeles (or, as they put it, “sunny, but twisted Los Angeles, California”) duo Pr0files’ new single “Forgive” for a thought rattling around Kavinsky’s brain. The work of... Read more »

Talos – “Bloom”

Our initial contact with Ireland’s Talos came on gorgeous, chilling debut track “Tethered Bones.” Seven months and over 300,000 plays later—a testament to the steady build that can accompany a great song—Talos returns with “Bloom,” another... Read more »