Jon Tanners

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5 On It: What’s Old Is New Again

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. Get familiar with Chicago’s Aaron Fonts Aaron Fonts... Read more »

Salt Cathedral – “Holy Soul”

There is an ethereal prettiness to Salt Cathedral’s music that lends it a lighter-than-air quality. Even in spite of its insistent, pulsing groove, recent single “Tease” felt breezy in its breathless pace. New release “Holy Soul” slows... Read more »

Mic Kurb ft. Kevin Abstract – “Always On Time”

As the first single since Alive Since Forever’s Mic Kurb’s Destination Nowhere EP, “Always On Time” sees the 18-year-old rapper progressing nicely, crafting something enjoyably accessible and upbeat alongside crew-member Kevin Abstract. Perhaps its greatest success is in... Read more »

Celeste Waite – “Born Again”

Even in overpopulated ecosystems, there is always room for another intriguing voice. Culver City, CA-born, London-based 19-year-old Celeste Waite arrives with “Born Again,” a slice of electronic soul produced by another emerging talent in the realm (and an... Read more »

Video: Fantastic Fantastic – “Houses”

Brilliantly colored and fittingly playful, the video for retro-leaning duo Fantastic Fantastic’s catchy new single “Houses” plays like irreverent graffiti and pop-art in motion. Though likely a bit goofily lo-fi for some tastes, “Houses” has a... Read more »

BASECAMP – “Shudder”

After lying dormant on original material for nearly a year, Nashville trio BASECAMP returns with “Shudder,” a breezy, upbeat new single that won’t be featured on their forthcoming sophomore EP. It’s a fitting follow-up to BASECAMP’s self-titled... Read more »

Salt Cathedral – “Tease (Kodak to Graph Remix)”

Remixes are an odd thing in an over-saturated listening ecosystem. Sometimes—as happened with Hippie Sabotage’s remix of Tove Lo’s “Habits”—a wider audience might not know an original song existed until a remix pops up. Other times,... Read more »

5 On It: Memphis, Worldwide

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.... Read more »

Stream King avriel’s Intensely Personal Debut Album “thesis”

Since first appearing on our radar last November, Los Angeles’ King avriel has cast an intriguing shadow in the alternative R&B realm. In comparison to some of her peers, avriel’s lyrics possess an almost rap-like directness, replacing... Read more »

Island Fox – “Come With Me”

In the quest to write the most descriptive, evocative, and colorful blog posts and keep things interesting (for ourselves and others), it can be easy to neglect the obvious. Often the best reaction to a song... Read more »

5 On It: “The revolution’s never been televised”

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. skipp coon – “Assata Taught Me (pre-born day... Read more »

James Supercave – “The Right Thing (Swish Remix)”

It’s always a bit odd to learn about a band or artist through a remix, perception of their music forever warped (if even only slightly) by a sound that might have very little to do with... Read more »

5 On It: Thanks for the memories

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. PREMIERE: Write Brothers – “Come Back” I fell... Read more »

Marcus Alan Ward – “Sun Away”

Cleveland multi-instrumentalist Marcus Alan Ward (previously known as Freeze-Tag) describes his new single “Sun Away” as “exploring the overarching themes of love at the subatomic level and self realization.” While that may feel a bit obtuse... Read more »

Hello World: A Conversation With Daye Jack, One of Atlanta’s Most Unusual Rappers

Former Daily Discovery Daye Jack could not have existed 15 years ago. Even 10 years ago, he’d likely have been improperly categorized somewhere under the umbrellas of “conscious rap” or, more damaging and inaccurate still, “nerd... Read more »