Jon Tanners

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

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Premiere: Vonny Del Fresco – “Daylight.”

On new single “Daylight.,” Milwaukee’s Vonny Del Fresco showcases a number of the tools you’d hope to have in your kit if you’re dreaming of a career in rap. He has a gift for accessible melody... Read more »

Pell ft. White Sea – “Runaway (Remix)”

Pell‘s “Runaway” remains one of the strongest songs from last year’sĀ Floating While Dreaming, the emotional centerpiece of the project, built on bittersweet nostalgia. A new remix sees the rapper subtly reworking the original, exhibiting how much... Read more »

Premiere: Micah Jasper ft. Mulherin – “Taboo”

Brotherly duo Mulherin and guitarist/producer/film composer Micah Jasper combine forces for a song to ease troubled minds. Even as it laments a love affair that should not have been, “Taboo” seems composed with eyes on a... Read more »

5 On It: Across the Map

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. bsdjzs – Vxntxblxck An email from “Hakeem... Read more »

Premiere: Jed Nayef – “Diamonds in the Dirt”

New York-based singer Nayef’s vocals emit a worn quality, plain and coarsened to a point by life and time, seeming to draw more from rock performance than the alternative pop “Diamonds in the Dirt” suggests (though... Read more »

Premiere: Brent Faiyaz – “Be”

As a follow-up to slow-burning single “Allure,” North Carolina singer/producer Brent Faiyaz’s “Be” gives interesting new dimension to his take on R&B. An enchanting Frankenstein of mid-to-late-90s male R&B romantic balladry (there’s a bit of a... Read more »

Video Premiere: Junia-T – “The Day”

Toronto rapper/producer Junia-T’s video for “The Day” takes a well-shot look at the daily routine of a man balancing creative dreams, romance, fatherhood, and the vices that can make focusing on any of those things difficult.... Read more »

Premiere: SLK – “Hush”

London’s SLK spent much of her early catalog exploring the more atmospheric regions of modern R&B. New single “Hush” finds her returning with purpose and new sonic direction, trading overwhelming production and an outward desire to... Read more »

Stream Ebbo Kraan’s “Aletta” EP

Ebbo Kraan’s Aletta EP sounds like a transmission from a universe where Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad production dictated the sound of pop music and El-P, Arca, and Evian Christ played the roles of high profile radio... Read more »

Video Premiere: altopalo – “chagrinning”

The video for Brooklyn band altopalo’s pleasantly enjoyably “chagrinning” is one of the most meticulous and inventive you’re likely to see this year, even just two months in. “Colin Marchon hand-animated the video using largely cutouts... Read more »