Jon Tanners

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

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5 On It: Ways to Grow

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. Childish Major & Matik Estrada – “Profit”... Read more »

Premiere: Lamb$ ft. Shy Glizzy – “Wonder”

I have a playlist on Spotify with the descriptive title “WOOOOO.” I started compiling it (in various incarnations) in 2010 after I heard Rick Ross’ “B.M.F.” and Waka Flocka’s “Hard In Da Paint.” The concept is... Read more »

Video: Refs – “Pain Goes Away”

New York City-based duo Refs’ debut song “Pain Goes Away” is a catchy, soaring bit of alternative pop—the sort of song that fits snugly in a post-Lorde/Joel Little landscape in which tasteful production and well-manicured eclecticism... Read more »

Premiere: Phony Ppl – “End Of The Night (Louis Futon Remix)”

A good remixer knows when to scorch the earth and rebuild from scratch, and when to let the light of the source material shine. Philadelphia-based producer Louis Futon has plenty of remixes that showcase his knack... Read more »

Stream Kevin Garrett’s “Mellow Drama” EP

In an era of digital debris, a striking song or two can be more potent than the most prolific output. Since November, Pittsburgh-born singer/songwriter Kevin Garrett has released two songs, “Coloring” and “Control”—both delicate, personal explorations... Read more »

EP Premiere: Flaxo – “Sleepover”

New York-based producer Flaxo’s new EP Sleepover represents an interesting twist on anthemic electronic music at a time when much of what you might compare it to feels flatly derivative. “I grabbed a lot of different voices—literal... Read more »

Premiere: Cam Sheely – “All The Money”

Atlanta’s Cam Sheely hasn’t put out much music, but with each release he pushes himself forward, capitalizing on the sounds of his city while sharpening his rapping. On “All The Money,” Sheely grabs a menacing Ducko... Read more »

Premiere: X&G – “Mancha”

At some point, all music writers do verbal backflips (and often don’t stick the landing) trying to classify genres or dive into insanely specific subgenre because life is always easier when things are neatly codified and... Read more »

5 On It: The Process

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. Javon Johnson – “1759” Houston’s Javon Johnson... Read more »

Video Premiere: Mackned ft. Key Nyata – “100 Oz.”

For lack of a better description, Seattle’s Mackned is one of the more Based rappers to pass through the digital pages of P&P in recent memory. Introduced to us in an edition of 5 On It a month back,... Read more »