You may know by now, I like Mac Miller, I like Mac Miller a lot, I know I’ve been really reticent with all the glowing reviews of every track that he puts out. Whether it be a single or a mixtape or even a throwaway release, I say it’s most dope and give it the […]Read more "Mac Miller – Face The Facts (Prod. by DJ Premier)"
‘’No more Mr Nice Guy, hello Mr Nice Watch’’ The long touted saviour of the rap game has FINALLY released an official track of off his highly anticipated debut album, ‘Cole World,’ that’s right, J.Cole has given way to the Any Given Sunday’s and finally given us an exclusive track that did make the ‘Cole […]Read more "J.Cole – Mr. Nice Watch (feat. Jay-Z)"
‘’Watching all our friends fall, in and out of old Paul’s, this is my idea of fun…Playing video games.’’ There just so happens to be a playlist on my iTunes entitled ‘Smooth,’ which features everything that would be pleasant to listen to sat on a the edge of the Italian Riviera. I’m not going to […]Read more "Lana Del Rey – Video Games"
I thought I’d pay tribute to ‘Nasty Nas‘ turning the ripe old age of 38, we had to commemorate the g.r.o.a.t’s (greatest rapper of all time) birthday here at VY-NLY, because let’s be ‘On The Real’, ‘Nas is Like‘ the greatest emcee ever. I wasn’t sure how to pay tribute, I thought I could ‘Ether‘ […]Read more "Happy Birthday Nas!"
The electro world was shocked to its core yesterday with the sad passing of the extremely talented producer DJ Mehdi, we felt obliged to give the great man an honourable send-off by showcasing some of his finest work. At 34 years of age he was taken from us far too abruptly, but even at 34, […]Read more "DJ Mehdi R.I.P"
At this very minute there’s a 21-year-old Frenchman, who’s just come home from an arduous day at a music magazine where he’s on a two week placement. He’s just walked through the door of his home, kicked off his yellow Puma high-tops with abandon, taken off his red Casio calculator watch, run up to his […]Read more "DSL – Supalove"
Chris Griffin– ”is it lonely up there on your pedestal?” When I think of my taste in music, I must admit that I put it on a bombastic pedestal, I sneer at anything that isn’t an underground rapper, a wanky indie band, a French electro DJ or an electronic artists that makes 16 minute songs […]Read more "The Kooks – Junk Of The Heart (Happy)"
Offbeat, Offtrack and Offthechain – three words I’d use to describe ‘outtacontrol’ by Knocksteady inductee LDFD. Incorporating a range of sounds that vary from what could be tabla kicks to the sound you hear when Mario collects the big mushroom, It’s the unusual mixture of noise that makes this track shine through all the other […]Read more "LDFD; Outtacontrol"
It seems like forever that our eardrums were first perforated with the dope opening line, ‘I’m off on an adventure,’ and it has been 10 months in fact since the release of his epic sophomore record, ‘Man On The Moon II The Legend of Mr Rager. It’s one of the melancholy Mr Stoner’s best tracks, […]Read more "Kid Cudi x S2A – Mr Rager (Video)"
One of my social network pet hates, along with the hideous use of asterisk to portray an action (*rolls eyes*) is when people use long winded bullshit lists outlaying what makes them happy/what makes something ‘special.’ (These are usually full of fucking *’s) E.g. ‘milkshakes, snowy mornings, sunny nights, sunsets, *your smile*, *her eyes*, mojitos, […]Read more "Tim Myers – Simply Wonderful"
It feels good to be back. For those of you who have been following VYNLY’s tyraids over the past few months, I apologise for my lack of music input, but having just completed an internship stint at a local magazine, my excuse is somewhat valid and I’m sure Mr. Evans company was more than adequate. […]Read more "Bei Maejor; They Call Me"
The ‘difficult second album syndrome’ has given us the sublime to the ridiculous over the years, and French electro gods Justice should be an exception, but even Gaspard and Xavier may suffer the wrath of living up to the expectation of the disco-opera behemoth ‘Cross’ (or †.) The release of ‘Civilization’ gave us early signs […]Read more "Justice – ‘Audio, Video, Disco’/Helix"
I couldn’t even begin to describe how stoked I was to hear that there was going to be a new Blue record this year, it practically had me foaming at the mouth with excitement. Surely ‘NoYork!’ would be a contender for hottest rap record of 2011, possibly an early favourite alongside the Beastie’s ‘Hot Sauce […]Read more "Blu – NoYork!"
Touch Me by Rui da Silva featuring Cassandra Fox could only rightfully be described as the best euphoric dance track of the year 2000, it is a certified ‘club banger’ that gets dropped anywhere from Amnesia to Ministry of Sound to Oceana, and it’s longevity has lasted to the current day. Surely that certifies that […]Read more "Jamie XX & Yasmin – Touch Me"
On the 24th of August, James Blake stirred up pretty much every electronica music blog author with the simple tweet “fall creek boys choir” and that this possible project had something to do with Mr. Collaboration himself, Bon Iver. Now, I myself am a huge James Blake fan so it was neat to hear that […]Read more "James Blake x Bon Iver; Fall Creek Boys Choir"
I couldn’t even recall the sheer volume of times that I’ve heard a cool song on an advert and immediately enlisted the help of my home-boy ‘Google’ to find out what the track is, then download it and have it on repeat for days on end. Well this occurrence happened when I saw the latest […]Read more "Cults – Go Outside (The 2 Bears Remix)"
I genuinely lol every time I hear the name Speech Debelle, if anyone can attest to the Mercury Prize being a poison chalice, it is undeniably everyone’s favourite female emcee from Croydon. To be fair to her, it isn’t her fault that her debut album ‘Speech Therapy’ bombed after being lauded as the best album […]Read more "Speech Debelle feat. Roots Manuva & Realism – Blaze Up A Fire"
The Mercury Prize shortlist was announced recently and unsurprisingly James Blake is the early frontrunner for one of the most coveted accolades in British music. One thing that has always left me scratching my cranium, has been the unanswered question of how the panel of ‘experts’ actually decide on the winner and how they judge […]Read more "Sampha – Indecision"
‘’Anything you need you can find it at the market.’’ This review’s going to be short and sweet, we don’t want to start looking like a Mac Miller fan club with all this priority and praise we throw at the most dope rapper from the ‘Burg. ‘Frick Park Market’ is Easy Mac’s first single from […]Read more "Mac Miller – Frick Park Market"
Does anyone remember cassette tapes? You know those things we used to have like 1000 years ago before digital mp3 downloads, CD’s, laptops, software like Logic Pro and mini discs? no? They were square and plastic with a wound up tape cartridge? no? You had to arduously turn them over to hear the other side of […]Read more "DJ Shadow – I Gotta Rokk EP"
It has been almost two weeks since we celebrated hip hop Christmas on August the 8th, when Jay-Z and Kanye AKA The Throne dropped down our chimneys and delivered ‘Watch the Throne‘ to us all wrapped up in a pretty bow.’ So by now we should be wishing you a happy new year, but instead, we […]Read more "Jay-Z & Kanye West – New Day (prod. by The RZA)"
It seems like just yesterday that I was a childish 18 year old adolescent, armed with a baby face, too much Paco Rabanne, hi-tops and a speculative ‘first real shirt.’ The days of clubbing for the first time, getting in with my green provisional driver’s license and listening to Mars by Fake Blood through my […]Read more "Fake Blood – Deep Red"
Having only brought the board shorts out for festivals this summer, I’m beginning to get big time holiday envy; not that I want a tan or anything, my body isn’t physically adept at turning any shade other than milk bottle white or Futurama’s Zoidberg pink. But the cliché of boozing on a boat party with […]Read more "Skream – Anticipation feat. Sam Frank"
Resident NME contributor Priya Elan published an insightful article a few days ago on the cost of ‘pop sensations’ and rightly pointed out the hidden obvious that although most mainstream artists seem to be huge successes in the eyes of the average top 40 radio junkie, touring the globe creating the visual mirage of the […]Read more "Onda Vaga; Jovens"
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed one part Lynx Chocolate advert, with one part 28 days later, and churned it with together and made it business casual? Oh plus one part Solange Knowles becoming pregnant. Well there’s a simple answer, you end up with the sick video for Chromeo’s latest, ‘When […]Read more "Chromeo – When the Night Falls"
Partying all night long + no sleep + good weed + cold drinks is the mu’fuggin recipe according to Wiz Khalifa who has finally released another single from the gold certified ‘Rolling Papers,’ and unsurprisingly it’s ‘No Sleep.’ A hip hop party anthem and unequivocally one of the strongest tracks on the album; the video […]Read more "Wiz Khalifa – No Sleep"
The first thing that came to mind when I happened to stumble upon Berlin based Reggae/Dance hall team SEEED‘s latest video was – I wonder if it would be possible to get my hands on that costume for Halloween. It’s every intelligent blockheads fantasy to be able to pull off a domo-esque creature suit and […]Read more "SEEED; Wonderful Life"
Remember that short period when singer-songwriters seemed to be popping up seven times faster than the average rap mixtape? What a strange time that was. It was like all these closet performers just decided that it was their time, got themselves into their favourite deep V/cardigan/jeans combination and jumped into any recording studio they could find. We […]Read more "James Morrison; Right By Your Side"
A couple of months ago, the topic of ‘awkward or incomprehensible genres‘ sprang up during a standard smokers night with my flat-mates. The conversation lasted a few hazy hours, with imaginations of how horrible the likes of ‘Grunge Funk‘ or ‘Metal Disco’ would taste, and whether or not the successful merge of genres would even […]Read more "Gramatik; So Much For Love"
If Sam Cooke, Rick James & The Black Keys walked into a mod bar in Manchester and inhaled copious amounts of gin; you’d end up with L.A. four piece Vintage Trouble, swaggering into the street led by lead singer Ty Taylor banging out soul-rock belters. Vintage Trouble describe their seminal style of music as: ‘‘Live-wired, […]Read more "Vintage Trouble – Blues Hand Me Down"
I saw a hilarious tweet the other day, ‘’Note to football producers, Kasabian are not the only band in the world.’’ It couldn’t be any more pertinent now that the football season gets underway again (the season that Liverpool win the title,) and all we hear on Sky is ‘Clubfoot’, over and over and over […]Read more "Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten"
It seems like just yesterday that everyone was talking about this new underground rapper that was ready to blow up, he was hip hop’s biggest secret, there were proclamations that the messiah had arrived, the rapper in question; J.Cole. Countless mixtapes and an EP later, the prodigious Jermaine Lamarr Cole has finally graduated from his […]Read more "J.Cole – Any Given Sunday #1"
You may have gathered by now that we at VYNLY are huge Mac Miller fans, one of us (me) is even venturing as far as Birmingham to see everyone’s favourite 19 year old Yinzer live in the flesh. Easy Mac has released another free track to celebrate hitting 700k followers on twitter, these tracks are […]Read more "Mac Miller – The Miller Family Reunion"
Who would have guessed in mid-2009 that Switch and Diplo under the moniker Major Lazer, armed with a dagger fusion of fidget electro, lasers, dancehall, and reggae would have such an effect on the new-born genre Dave Nada invented: Moombahton. I for one didn’t, despite being a religious fan of everything that the collaborative DJ’s […]Read more "Major Lazer – When You Hear The Bassdrum (Stereotype Angry Remix)"
SBTRKT seems to have joined those merry few, those band of (electronic DJ) brothers that don masks/headwear for their live sets (see Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Bloody Beetroots, Jaguar Skills.) But our Aaron Jerome (SBTRKT) has a deeper, more erudite reason for donning the mask. He says it “reflects that in worldwide […]Read more "SBTRKT – Up & Down (feat. Sampha) Live"
Having witnessed The Nextmen rip it up at WOMAD festival last week, I was eager to get back and write a review. (On a side note about the set, hearing a mosh pit of 14 year olds shouting ‘Dub-Step, Dup-Step,’ was less inspiring than you’d imagine, and the less said about 14 year olds pulling screw […]Read more "The Nextmen Vs Bestival 2011"
http://risingoverenvy.com/ Let’s be honest, on a scale of 1 to 10, how annoying is hearing about pretentious backpackers and all of their life altering experiences where they ‘find themselves,’ and tell you ‘you have to go.’ I’ve never even left the continent #fuckoff Hating aside, I’ve found a backpacker that I’m dying to hear more […]Read more "R.O.E. – Revive"
Singer-songwriters always get stick from all the indie/hipster/swag kids for being too sappy, plain or simply not indie/hipster/swag enough, and I’m sure we all have those friends where the mere suggestion of a talented musician who doesn’t quite fit their quirky categories is simply shrugged away by their pretentious shoulders. Try mentioning the name Mat […]Read more "Mat Kearney; Sooner Or Later"
”I want the world to know I’m an everyday dude who comes from a blue-collar city that has some instilled culture [from] high school sports, auto mechanics, steel factories and the railroad industry. I just want people to see that they can relate to me and relate to the music, and everyone knows someone or […]Read more "Stalley; Pound"
“Music was my side chick, but now we’re moving in together” A heavy judgemental eye is always shadowed on actors or actresses who branch out and try and express their creativity in other entertainment worlds – but for Donald Glover – this wasn’t his first time. Citing 30 rock writer, award winning stand up comedian […]Read more "Childish Gambino; Freaks, Geeks and others"
I mentioned a while back that the art of quality RnB is slowly dying and losing its footing within our generations music industry. It’s not only about the loss of suave vocals over a slow sexy monotonous beat that could/would be played over a night in the bedroom, but it’s about the diminishing form of […]Read more "The Weeknd; House Of Balloons (What You Need)"
‘’Could it be you calling me down? My foolish heart turns out in stars, All that I am, is all that you see, you don’t need nobody else and you’re putting this all on me.’’ I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again; the problem with mainstream music today is the lack of epic […]Read more "Submotion Orchestra – All Yours"
Forgetting all preconceptions of sexual toys and sexual activities, Mustard Pimp‘s new video ‘ZHM’ has taken us to the world of the muppets, showing that nothing we know, is ever quite filthy or demented enough. Maybe as an adjective for their music in general, the sexually suggestive electro-bangers from France have released nothing but rave […]Read more "Mustard Pimp; ZHM"
To celebrate VY-NLY’s 1 month birthday, we had an idea, instead of receiving presents, we would rather celebrate by dishing them out. So after meticulously trawling the web, we’ve found some super-duper free, fresh music and collated it all together (with a pretty bow on top;) as our gift to you. Enjoy! A-Trak’s Minimix for […]Read more "VY-NLY – Free Music"
In our new world of genius low-budget music videos, each with its own attempt to capture and label itself with the term ‘viral’, I wasn’t at all surprised when I came across one man experimental project ‘Fulton Lights‘ new video for a track actually released back in August of 2010. ‘Staring out the window’ directed […]Read more "Fulton Lights; Staring Out The Window"
‘’England, where the smack heads jacking up, crack heads cracking up, you’re back up or backing up, leave with your hands cuffed.’’ In the 1960’s we had John Lennon & Dylan as voices of social and political upheaval, in the 70’s we had the Sex Pistols, the 80’s, The Smiths and so on and so […]Read more "Jehst – England"
“MUM! I TOUCHED THE NET!” I don’t think i’ve hated my Nike SEND HELP’s, but after watching this latest Macklemore video, I kind of want to get rid of my shoe collection entirely. Having been around since 2005, Seattle based artist Macklemore has teamed up once again with popular producer friend Ryan Lewis and released […]Read more "Macklemore X Ryan Lewis; Wings"
Considering we’ve already reviewed Bombay Bicycle Club’s new single – ‘Shuffle’ once already, it seems inane to do so again. But now the band have made a video for said single, it’s worth our time and yours to spread it around; The video is one of those, ‘let’s be different and film ourselves when we’re […]Read more "Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle (Official Video)"
‘’Are you from Wu-Tang? Then why’s your face ghost?’’ After discovering Hoodie Allen earlier, the natural thing to do was YouTube everything that he had ever put out. But one recurring theme was emerging; YouTube is actually awash with Hoodie Allen v Sam Adams v Mac Miller v Rob Twizz videos, for lack of better […]Read more "Hoodie Allen – The Chase is On"
All I can say is that I wish this song came out when I was still the naive young teenager, partying religiously every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – maybe then I would have picked up a few moves and had ‘Errbody love me’. Now I know this is an oldie with ‘the Dougie’ stealing hip […]Read more "Cali Swag District; Teach Me How To Dougie"