Fresh off his debut album titled by the same name, NAV is poised to have a big year in 2017. After increasing his exposure significantly in 2016 by appearing on the Travis Scott song “Biebs in the Trap” the pill popping Soundcloud rapper came out strong on his first studio album.
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My dad used to work for Tiny Mix Tapes. It was, and still is, a respectable review website. He specialized in music reviews, something I never really took into consideration at the time. I recently read through some of his old material, some of which are rave reviews of The Decemberists, Ghostface Killah, OutKast, and The Black Keys’ early work, and I noticed a common trend.
Tame Impala were never meant to be as famous as they are now. Five years ago, Innerspeaker, the band’s first album, treaded lightly in the large indie pond. That album was the brainchild of Kevin Parker, doused in reverb, distortion, and subtle influences from psychedelic initiatives. Tame Impala made it seem like they were trying to sound like The Beatles for a new generation.
Karen O and the boys are back again with their much anticipated fourth studio album, officially titled Mosquito. The trippy, gruesome, kinda funny artwork was created by filmmaker Beomsik Shimbe Shim, according to Pitchfork, bringing a modern take the surreal album covers found in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Pitchfork also got the lowdown on the production of the album, by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and Nick Launay, as well James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem (who is also working on the new Arcade Fire LP).
A new breed of sex, r&b, and indie releases has been forming in music. The Weeknd has become the fully-developed realization of this new breed; an r&b singer’s lush voice over the sparse and innovative sounds that reference indie electronica and rock. Little is known about the man behind The Weeknd, except his name is Abel Tesfaye, with production by Jeremy Rose, Illangelo and Doc McKinneh.
Sky Ferreira is a difficult woman to explain to those who don’t know her… yet. She is practically a veteran of some fashion cliques, indie circles, hipsters, etc. A model, a singer, an actress in a new film by Grant Singer titled “IRL,” and the list goes on. While many 20 year old vocalists would jump for the chance to work with an A-list producer or co-writer, Ferreira has already worked with some of the best.