Jon Tanners

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

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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 »

Video Premiere: Jay Bel – “Kate”

A week and a half after our introduction to Jay Bel, the Brooklyn rapper pairs his debut single “Kate” with a simple, hallucinatory video: Jay smokes by a fire, rapping into the camera, color distorting around... Read more »

5 On It: “I stand in the center around all these sounds I see”

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. Meet Love At First Sound, another artist... Read more »

Premiere: Kweku Collins – “Worlds Away” EP

Kweku Collins peaked out from behind the Internet’s infinite curtain towards the end of 2014 as a promising talent, a capable rapper and singer with a style that charmed, adolescent honesty delivered with vibrant sing-song rapping. New... Read more »

Jarryd James – “Do You Remember”

Much male indie pop in the last few years has ridden a strange brew of R&B and electronic influence, sometimes spiraling off into the exciting (and often experimental) worlds of artists like James Blake and SOHN,... Read more »

Lil Silk x MACTurnUp – “Surfer”

While new song “Surfer” is unlikely to convert those that aren’t already among the faithful, it marks another enjoyable entry in the catalog of Atlanta’s Lil Silk. There’s a certain kind of cleverness that allows a... Read more »

5 On It: Sides of Survival

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. Max P – “Regardless” Two editions of 5... Read more »


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