Childish Gambino released his new mixtape STN MTN on October 2, and his EP Kauai the very next day. On “Sober,” a stripped down slow jam, Gambino shows off his singing chops. Gambino, the alter-ego of actor and comedian Donald Glover, will play at the Austin City Limits Music Festival this Friday and he will be here in NYC on October 30th at the Barclay’s Center for Power 105.1’s Powerhouse.
Childish Gambino – Sober:
We here at EV2BK can’t stop listening to the new release from Alt-J, This is All Yours. As a follow up to their 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, this new album is remarkable. It’s at times haunting and strange and at others progressive and though-provoking. Regardless of the lackluster Pitchfork review yesterday, their ascent continues. They are playing sold out shows across Europe this month and, unfortunately for those who didn’t get tickets early, their show here in NYC at the Beacon is already sold out too!
Although drummer Thom Green quipped about “Left Hand Free” in a Guardian interview saying “I tried to make the drums as clichéd as possible,” the track is extremely catchy so I’m sure they will be laughing about that cliche all the way to the bank.
Alt-J – Left Hand Free:
Alt-J – Every Other Freckle:
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s released her first solo album Crush Songs this month. The album is intimate and small but it packs an emotional punch. The lo-fi sound brings the listener in and each song’s brevity leaves you wanting more – 15 songs are squeezed into just 26 minutes.
Karen O – Rapt:
FKA Twigs continues to be one of the most interesting artists to hit the scene this summer. If you have not heard her latest single “Two Weeks”, press play NOW. Her transformative, ethereal sound on this track begs a second, third and tenth listen.
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks:
J.Cole has worked with Miguel before on “All I Want Is You,” which remains a favorite in most cribs in NYC.
The reverse assist from Miguel (suggested by Jay-Z after he heard the original hook sung by Cole, according to mythologers) is welcome, and made me a believer in the radio-friendly, dominant vision of J. Cole that Roc Nation has invested in from the beginning.
Some confidence has been communicated to Cole in a boardroom meeting somewhere, and he’s ripe for radio spins in a bigger way with this one, vaulting off the success of catchy-as-hell single “Work Out.”
BOTTOM LINE: Shorties be sweating J. Cole.
J. Cole – Power Trip (feat. Miguel):
San Francisco band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down released their new album, We The Common, this week, on Ribbon Music. The title track, “We The Common,” with it’s jangly clattering folk sound and smoky vocals, will hook you right away. Their tour to promote the new album will hit NYC in March, with shows at The Bowery Ballroom on March 22nd and at The Bell House on March 25th.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common:
If the promo material is to be believed, Fort Lean is a place you can go. But it’s also a place that isn’t quite sure about its audience yet, a place that is really shaping up and starting to look and feel pretty solid after two EPs but also belies an underlying uncertainty about opening day. The group’s most recent effort, Change Your Name, was produced by Patrick Wemberly from Chairlift, who lends a steady hand throughout. “All the Lights” is a highlight for the band and especially singer Keenan Mitchell, and we can’t wait for the full length.
Change Your Name EP Tracklisting –
Do You Remember
All the Lights
Fort Lean – All the Lights: