Perk yourself up before the Good Friday holiday by vibing all day and night to music from Shlohmo, Flatbush Zombies, Sam Tiba, Nas and Hoodlem.
1) Shlohmo & How To Dress Well, “Don’t Say No”
Even though this isn’t exactly a fresh drop, we’re digging it just fine. Shlohmo brings us this hazy R&B-infused jam that’s elevated with wispy vocals from How To Dress Well aka Tom Krell, complete with intermittent falsetto runs. An emotional overload that will leave you on your knees begging for more.
2) Nas & J.Dilla, “The Sickness (prod. by Madlib)”
Nas premiered this track at Mass Appeal’s SXSW event. The hyped up track was first recorded by Dilla back in 2001, with Nas finishing up the work by adding a verse in his signature style.
3) Flatbush Zombies, “Bounce”
Here’s a crowd favorite off the Beast Coast line-up. The Flatbush Zombies made waves on the net with their D.R.U.G.S. mixtape and psychedelic sounds. Their debut album 3001: Laced Odyssey presents a slight rework of their usual style, but “Bounce”, a track off the album, is a true blue Zombies hit, with hazy soundscapes and ringing guitar flourishes. Also, peep Tell Your Children for creating the artwork for Flatbush Zombies’ tour poster.
4) Sam Tiba, “Désguisement”
Sam Tiba’s often known as the hidden gem of the industry. The French producer started off with cubist grooves but switched up his style over the year. His track, “Désguisement”, is an unwinding sequence of hollow beats, intertwined strings and distant chord hits. The music video is an experience in itself, and is said to be based on the 9 Circles of Hell from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno poem.
5) Hoodlem, “4 Real”
Melbourne duo Hoodlem are super low-key, and this is their first track they’ve put out since 2015. Their usual R&B mash-ups have now switched to a moody, laid-back house tune. A constantly changing rhythm and synth accents serve to make the song almost flirty.
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Tira Lee is Straatosphere’s resident aux cord heaux. She’s in-charge of pulling together nifty mixes each week to spread dope tracks and good vibes to the public. In her free time, she partakes in something distressingly referred to as academia and often experiences an existential crisis of sorts. She’s also paid to put pretty clothes on pretty people sometimes.