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Wavves x Cloud Nothings - No Life for Me

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Here's a collaborative full-length from Nathan Williams (Wavves), the vanguard of Cali surf punk, and post-hardcore darling Dylan Baldi, of Ohio's Cloud Nothings. The album was produced by Williams and his brother Joel (who comprise the instrumental hip hop duo Sweet Valley) and is out via his Ghost Ramp imprint.

Lil Herb - "Knucklehead" (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)

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Oh, how the times haves changed. Corporate America, once hated by cool kids alike is now a factory producing some of the most interesting singles and collaborations that are happening today. Adult Swim and Redbull have embraced the notion of acting as enablers for young artistic minds to come together through sponsoring far reaching singles programs. Look no further than "Knucklehead" by Lil Herb featuring Earl Sweatshirt for proof of this movement's value. Earl's dark and jazzy production always seemed more suited to the cold streets of New York than the sun drenched suburbs that Odd Future squirm their way through. Here he teams up with Lil' Herb--who sounds a little too much like Joey Bada$$ for comfort--to explore this realm of hip-hop. The two blend together in the best way possible. I'd even wager that Earl sees how well his production works in this realm. He speeds up his traditionally uninspired--yet, technically impressive-delivery and seemingly gets carried away by the New York aggression he's witnessing.

If corporations are leading artists to make genuine artistic discoveries, all that I want to say then is long live capitalism!

- Garrett Cottingham

The Neighbourhood - #000000 & #FFFFFF

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Download: The Neighbourhood - #000000 & #FFFFFF A producer needs a very convincing aesthetic on a mixtape in order to get cooperation from all of his collaborators. The way that every rapper on this tape steps into the atmospheric world and plays their character speaks volumes to the world's authenticity. From Danny Brown--who turns in by far the best verse on the tape--to Casey Veggies, each artist is willing to slow their roll a bit to make sure they can put their name on this breathtakingly dark mixtape from LA-based pop rock band The Neighbourhood.

The strength behind the production lies in its ability to take sounds associated with carefree pop culture and expose the dark underworld lurking just underneath them. Horns, which have recently dominated most #1 songs, are a constant mood setter here. They creating a sense of unease as they lurch just beneath the stripped down beats on the surface. Unfortunately, the DJ introductions on here get a bit grating. Here's to hoping there's a DJ free version available soon, but nevertheless, the tape is worth an attentive listen.

-Garrett Cottingham

clipping. - "Inside Out"

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Between "Body & Blood," "Story 2," and "Work Work," West Coast experimental hip hop trio clipping. has been dropping some pretty intense and odd music videos. "Inside Out" is one of the strangest of them thus far, featuring a headless figure walking through a series of nocturnal, urban settings. As the lyrics of Daveed Diggs quickly roll against the track's glitchy beat, many of the objects referenced in Diggs' lyrics rise up through the hole where this figure's head should be. Hilarious concept, fun to watch.

Check out my extremely positive review of clipping.'s new album right here.