Even California love has a dark side. On his new full-length, Haunted Paradise, Black Atlass explores emotional terrain as twisted as the photonegative palm tree on its cover.
After his stark, early singles “Paris” and “Jewels” made waves in the music and fashion worlds (with striking videos to match), Black Atlass delved inward, fleshing out Haunted Paradise’s sound to be bigger, more open and inviting, yet no less experimental. This is a true album—one that spans the Neptunes-worthy R&B strum of “Glow In The Dark” and the triumphant horns of “Island Love” all the way to the synth provocations of “Tonight” and the title track’s slow, steel drum creep. Haunted Paradise is a fresh setting for this Montreal-bred singer, songwriter, and producer, and his call to visit couldn’t be more seductive.
Callie Reiff’s CLUBHOUSE collab with Dapp, “Wobble,” brought a hyper dose of fun to Summer ’16. But why stop there? After celebrating the release with a Dancing Astronaut livestream party (complete with surprise Brillz b2b Ghastly set), she’s enlisted a massive #wobblecrew of remixers to go crazy on the tune; grab their results (and the original track stems!) for free download now as a BitTorrent bundle.
A-Trak has teamed back up with Tommy Trash for “Lose My Mind,” a feel-good, satin jacket jam for our crazy times. These DJ heroes have slowed down the tempo and turned up the bump, ticking all boxes for “joy” in the process: distorted bass riffs, vintage vocals, and a Travolta-worthy disco strut. No straight jacket required!
Leaf, Lil Yachty, and a gang of girlfriends from her MBM (Magnet Bitch Movement) crew bounce through a technicolor NYC in the new video for “Nada” (directed by Matt Cohen / Itsbongoboy®). It’s more than just a night out… as Leaf puts it, “this video is about all types of women in New York coming together. You don’t have to be any specific type of girl to be part of MBM. Just be independent – ‘a woman who can provide,’ as Yachty states – and haters can’t say anything to you.” Pull up the jeep and join them!
Summer isn’t over yet! LNDN DRGS hoo ride into the dog days with Burnout 2, a seamless mix of the ice-cold, modern day funk they’re known for. Compton rapper Jay Worthy and Vancouver producer Sean House continue to pour up in the spirit of their debut Fool’s Gold LP Aktive, with a welcome guestlist (from Lench Mob OG Dazzie Dee to Queens’ Meyhem Lauren) and five new tracks of warped cassette-worthy loops and trunk rattling low end. Download it for free (along with Burnout 1!) here. Check the tracklist after the jump.
There’s nowhere in the universe like Atlanta. Home to dungeon families and magic cities, dirty Sprite and Coca Cola corporate. It’s where Reese-rapper, skater, pop culture sponge-grew up and still calls home. He’s showcased his unique view of the world on mixtapes and underground favorites; now, in advance of his debut Fool’s Gold release, Reese drops the free TRL EP (produced by Matic Lee), featuring three awesomely warped takes on flip-phone era rock hits. Check out the premiere of “Like A Chump” on i-D.
Leaf continues to make moves while her haters do “Nada.” The young Fool’s Gold / RPM MSC starlet continues to boss up with single after single, this time flexing with ATL’s Lil Yachty on a melodically icy, Henny-smooth collaboration. Get on this wave early…
London producer TroyBoi flipped the beat world upside down with awesomely wonky original tracks, collabs with Flosstradamus and Diplo, and official remixes that have blasted pop royalty from Missy Elliot to Zayn into outer space. Fool’s Gold’s own Leaf is the latest artist to get the TroyBoi treatment; bump his chopped up, slow-n-low take on “Money” now, and check Leaf live at Fool’s Gold DAY OFF in New York 8/20.
Miami nightlife fixture Damaged Goods makes his Fool’s Gold debut with the ultra-catchy house cut “Where Do You Go?” featuring Jesse Boykins III. DG’s official remixes for A-Trak, Chromeo, Grandtheft (Mad Decent) and more have kept him in DJ rotation around the world, but this original track takes the vibes to another level. Vintage after-midnight synth riffs and haunting vocals meet up somewhere between South Beach and Paisley Park, making “Where Do You Go?” a summer playlist must-add. Download it here.