Artist: James Vincent McMorrow
Song: Cavalier (Moors remix)

Without much other than a couple of remixes out, Los Angeles-based production duo MOORS adds electronic touches and a rap verse to James Vincent McMorrow’s minimal track, Cavalier, that shifts the tune into a soul/hip-hop/James Blake typ-a vibe.

Event: Taylor McFerrin
Date: 06/24/14
Location: Bootleg

The more shows I attend the more I realize how much harder it is for a solo artist, especially a solo producer, to really put on a performance that isn’t purely an audio experience (or with the aid of some intense light show). Multi-talented artist Taylor McFerrin broke the barrier of expectations by building up his tracks layers by layers and throwing down some mind-melting beatboxing that only shows his pure talent and knowledge of rhythm.

With the recent release of his debut full-length, Early Riser, the Brooklyn-based artist took his influence of throwback soul and hip hop and meshed it together with stylings of freeform jazz and electronic music. In collaboration with artists such as Nai Palm, Emily KingRobert Glasper, Thundercat and more, he put together an album that serves as a melting pot of a neo-soul soundscape.

Early Riser is now out via Brainfeeder. Stream Decisions ft. Emily King below.

Event: Moonchild (residency)
Date: 06/01/14
Location: Bootleg

Moonchild is a jazz-studied group from Los Angeles who recently released their second album, Please Rewind. Last month they held a Sunday night residency at the Bootleg and it was sooo good I caught 3/4 of their shows. You gotta check em out, no doubt! One of the best group of insanely talented musicians I’ve seen live, for suuure.

Stream Please Rewind in its entirety below:

Artist: Grimes
Song: Go (ft. Blood Diamonds)

After two and a half years since her sophomore LP, Visions, Claire Boucher returns to the studio and shares a new single, Go, featuring Canadian artist Blood Diamonds. The track weighs a little more bass-heavy than previous releases and describes it (in a tweet), “[it’s] one me and @BLOOD_DIAMOND5 wrote for rihanna but they turned it down it so its kinda different from regular grimes.” (lol) I caught Grimes bbgirl when she debuted her onstage performance of Go at Govenors Ball and man, girl crush 4eva.

Anyways, you can download this Rihanna rejected track for free off of Grimes’ website.


Happy summer 2014!(and RIP to the idea of “summer vacation”) So for a quick little update about what’s been going on with me, Lenore— My life has been pretty crazy; graduated college last month, turned 23, attended Lightning in a Bottle, went to New York, attended Govenors Ball and started a new full-time Junior Art Director position over at Arsonal. So yeah, I’m trying all my best to keep AC a main priority. I adore all my readers and the artists who take interest in my blog so I want to keep you happy and inspired :) If ya’ll already know, R&B/electronic/soul/jazz vibez 4ever. Threw in some new stuff from albums I’ve been listening to nonstop— Little Dragon’s Nabuma Rubberband, Taylor Mcferrin’s Early Riser, Chet Faker’s Built on Glass, I highly recommend to check those out for the full experience. Also, I added tracks from artists who blew my mind at Lightning + Govenors Ball (Little Dragon, Chet Faker, Cashmere Cat, Ryan Hemsworth, The Internet). And, as always, I sorted this playlist so it’s meant to flow from start to end. Hope you dig! xoxox
TracklistJoe Priceless (SevnthWonder & RillaForce remix)Miguel Do You (Cashmere Cat remix)Cashmere Cat PearlsSnakehips Make ItRyan Hemsworth Charly WingateOdesza Sun Models (ft. Madelyn Grant)Chet Faker 1998Little Dragon Let GoYears & Years RealDarius Hot HandsMapei Don’t Wait (Giraffage remix)Cherokee Don’t Matter (ft. Darianna // FKJ remix)FKJ Instant NeedSnakehips Days with You (ft. Sinead Harnett)XXYYXX I’d Rather Have LoveTrey Songz Na Na (Stwo remix)Catching Flies Stay Forever (live version)Cassie Me & U (Dr. Fresch’s Let’s Go Home remix)Raleigh Ritchie The ChasedJesse Boykins III PlainTaylor McFerrin Already There (ft. Robert Glasper and Thundercat)Taylor McFerrin Decisions (ft. Emily King)The Internet Timeless (ft. NickyDavey)The Hics All We’ll KnowMilan PromisesLittle Dragon Twice

Happy summer 2014!

(and RIP to the idea of “summer vacation”) So for a quick little update about what’s been going on with me, Lenore— My life has been pretty crazy; graduated college last month, turned 23, attended Lightning in a Bottle, went to New York, attended Govenors Ball and started a new full-time Junior Art Director position over at Arsonal. So yeah, I’m trying all my best to keep AC a main priority. I adore all my readers and the artists who take interest in my blog so I want to keep you happy and inspired :)

If ya’ll already know, R&B/electronic/soul/jazz vibez 4ever. Threw in some new stuff from albums I’ve been listening to nonstop— Little Dragon’s Nabuma Rubberband, Taylor Mcferrin’s Early Riser, Chet Faker’s Built on Glass, I highly recommend to check those out for the full experience. Also, I added tracks from artists who blew my mind at Lightning + Govenors Ball (Little Dragon, Chet Faker, Cashmere Cat, Ryan HemsworthThe Internet). And, as always, I sorted this playlist so it’s meant to flow from start to end. 
Hope you dig! xoxox

Tracklist
Joe Priceless (SevnthWonder & RillaForce remix)
Miguel Do You (Cashmere Cat remix)
Cashmere Cat Pearls
Snakehips Make It
Ryan Hemsworth Charly Wingate
Odesza Sun Models (ft. Madelyn Grant)
Chet Faker 1998
Little Dragon Let Go
Years & Years Real
Darius Hot Hands
Mapei Don’t Wait (Giraffage remix)
Cherokee Don’t Matter (ft. Darianna // FKJ remix)
FKJ Instant Need
Snakehips Days with You (ft. Sinead Harnett)
XXYYXX I’d Rather Have Love
Trey Songz Na Na (Stwo remix)
Catching Flies Stay Forever (live version)
Cassie Me & U (Dr. Fresch’s Let’s Go Home remix)
Raleigh Ritchie The Chased
Jesse Boykins III Plain
Taylor McFerrin Already There (ft. Robert Glasper and Thundercat)
Taylor McFerrin Decisions (ft. Emily King)
The Internet Timeless (ft. NickyDavey)
The Hics All We’ll Know
Milan Promises
Little Dragon Twice

Artist: Catching Flies
Song: Stay Forever
Album: The Long Journey Home
Video: Live session for Mahogany

How good is it when a track that you’ve played at least once every car ride resurfaces with an even better live session? One of London’s many rising producers, 23-year-old Catching Flies, performs Stay Forever with Dylan Kirby for Mahogany. Check it out for some super smooth chill vibes.

Download the audio via his Soundcloud page.