Chance the Rapper has been a collaborator since the start of his career. Kids These Days, an indie hip hop group from Chicago, includes among its members Nico Segal (later known as Donnie Trumpet) and Vic Mensa, both of whom frequently collaborated with Chance after the band split in 2013. “Wasting Time” features Chance crooning between horn interludes with typical emotional eloquence, “Damn I love you/ Don’t know what the means now/ but I love you.” The sobering lyrics and rich variety of sound and tempo make the track incredibly potent.
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Spring brings a huge influx of new music. Below is a -mini- playlist of five new spring 2017 releases. Enjoy!
123 by Girlpool
Listen to this when you’re getting up Saturday or Sunday morning
Flowing Over by Palehound
Listen to this en route to 7/11
Full Screen by Adult Mom
Listen to this song when you are waiting for your friends to meet you in Worner for Rastall brunch
Baybee by Jay Som
Listen to this when you are sitting on a quad not doing your homework
Caught in a Lie by Chastity Belt
Listen to this when you’re waiting in line to get your mail
Before there was MF Doom or King Geedorah, there was Zev Love X. Rapper Daniel Dumile got his start as a part of the group KMD, which he formed with his brother in 1988. The group released their first studio album in 1991, when Dumile was only 17 years old. For longtime Doom fans, the rest is basically history.
Hearing a young Dumile spit on a track like “Peach Fuzz” is one helluva trip. Zev Love X’s raps have the same unique timbre of a typical Doom song, but the high-pitched pubescence makes it something entirely unique. You can hear the same savvy rhyme schemes, wacky references, and vintage samples on KMD’s music as you would on any of Dumile’s recent work, but with a distinctly old-school vibe. So kick back, revel in the ’90s slang and bump this blast from the past on repeat.
Over spring break I went back home to Austin for the SXSW, a week-long music festival where hordes descend upon the city while locals bitch about all the fucking people. One of the highlights of SXSW was catching Royal Trux at Hotel Vegas on Friday. Royal Trux is an experimental noise rock band that was active during the late 80s through the 90s, but until recently hadn’t played a show since 2001. They closed out the LEVITATION day party, where Wand, Merchandise, Cherry Glazerr and some other great bands also played, but seeing Royal Trux killed, and it made me listen through some of their records I was less acquainted with. One of those records was 1995’s Thank You, which features some of their most straight-up alt rock material. “Granny Grunt” is a fantastic punk-blues tune, with some sick, fuzzy guitar riffs and sharp lyrics. Dave Berman of Silver Jews also has a writing credit and is featured on the track, and his witty, poignant lyrical chops add a lot to the track. Dig it.