Jon Tanners

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

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Video Premiere: Richie Quake ft. Gabe Nandez – “Robonuthin”

Three weeks after releasing his beautiful single “Robonuthin,” Brooklyn’s Richie Quake follows it with a video that plays off of the concertedly lo-fi aesthetic he was cultivating when we first came across his music in late... Read more »

Video Premiere: Anderson Paak – “Luh You”

Anderson Paak’s Venice was one of 2014’s overlooked gems, a sprawling, futuristic R&B ode to the so-called “slum by the sea.” It’s a fitting an encapsulation of Los Angeles and its many eccentricities that still managed to... Read more »

5 On It: Toronto Is One Of Rap’s Most Important Cities (Part II)

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. New Wave Order brings the weirdness to... Read more »

Kevin Garrett – “Control”

In a subgenre so typically ruled by texture and feel, even a passing dedication to satisfying structure and blunt, vulnerable lyrics can be the difference that cuts across the noise. Kevin Garrett’s “Coloring” introduced him as... Read more »

Premiere: Alxndr London – “Gunshot”

As ever, time doubles back on itself and new voices refurbish the past for current tastes. British singer Alxndr London’s second single “Gunshot” angles the singer’s voice—delicate without succumbing to those favorite alt-R&B fall-back adjectives “airy”... Read more »

Premiere: Young Wonder – “Intergalactic”

After a year of recording, Cork, Ireland based electro-pop duo Young Wonder return with “Intergalactic,” an excellent refinement of the sound that first drew our attention in late 2012. While 2013 EP Show Your Teeth bursted at... Read more »

Premiere: Joey Green – “Swim”

Washington, D.C. rapper Joey Green has a flow that stacks syllables with a sort of twisting, serpentine ease, combinations of words laying foundations for multi-tiered images and intricate rhymes. His monotone delivery might not suit all... Read more »

5 On It: Furious Styles

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. BK Bambino – “Simple GoodBye” Like a... Read more »

Premiere: Gordi – “Taken Blame”

Sometimes, regardless of favored genres, we need music that simply soothes tired minds. Sydney singer Gordi delivers a beautiful lead-in to her upcoming EP with her second release, “Taken Blame.” Gently crowded production mixes guitars with bubbling... Read more »

Premiere: Gia – “LOUD”

While major labels still maintain a stranglehold on commercial radio, possibility rumbles throughout the musical landscape in the streaming era. For all the obvious, straight-ahead pop hits, there are plenty of quirky concepts, unusual production choices,... Read more »

5 On It: Youth’s Movement

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. J.I.D – Dicaprio EP Often enough, up-and-coming... Read more »

Premiere: Richie Quake ft. Gabe Nandez – “Robonuthin”

Like the work of many young artists with access to flexible tools and wide-ranging tastes, Brooklynite Richie Quake’s Visions EP pulled from myriad genre influences, often feeling more like an interesting rag doll with its seams... Read more »

5 On It: The Gamut

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. Simonez Dega – Gold Caps. A$AP Yams... Read more »

Premiere: Roy English – “Julianne”

When the number one song in the country sounds like it could have been found in a Stax vault left unopened since the 70s, a kid sing-rapping about clubs going up on Tuesdays is nominated for... Read more »

Premiere: Brent Faiyaz – “Allure”

While the marketplace for “alternative R&B” is as saturated as its ever been, there’s always room for excellent execution and intriguing new voices. Aptly titled single “Allure” signals Charlotte-based singer/producer Brent Faiyaz as another name to... Read more »