THEY’s ‘Fireside EP’ is indeed fire

I’ve always appreciated the alternative R&B stylings of THEY. The duo’s newest EP is my highlight of this #NewMusicFriday starting with Track 01: “What I Know Now”.

The Wiz feature is on repeat but not because of Wiz’s verse. The song’s guitars, melodies, and chorus doesn’t need a rap feature – it’s strong enough on its own and perfect to ride to in the whip. Hey, at least Wiz’s verse will grow on you too. Not mad at it.

You’ll notice a ton of features on here in fact. One on each track. Jessie Reyez on the “Broken” follow-up is a nice vibe also. Chicago’s Jeremih and Vic Mensa follow, but the Ty$ and Gallant records stand a little more powerfully for me. All in all: a quick 6-track listen that’s well worth your time.

*Tibs Fav.

Some more gems from Complex Con

Complex Con 18 Recap Sizzle Reel (via @Complex)

Talk about stimulation overload. Complex Con had it all last weekend in Long Beach and as a first-timer, I was simply blown away by the creativity, art, and fashion all on display. In fact, it took me a full week just to sift through everything and continue to reflect about the positive impact and community throughout the two days. Here’s just some of many highlights.

For those unaware, Complex Con is basically the hotbed marketplace for the hip hop culture. Users are first treated to an endless space of brand activations from the biggest names in streetwear and your favorite sneaker companies – all trying to outdo one another.

Around the convention center is a full stage and venue for music performances, an outdoor area for the best LA food trucks and pop-up spots, and my personal favorite: auditoriums for #ComplexConversations — where Complex conducted panel discussions and showcased their original programming (from Hot Ones to Real Late with Peter Rosenberg).

The conversations ranged from Sneaker of the Year to an analysis and communal endeavor to improve upon society’s ills today. All of it inspiring, especially the latter if you can imagine. Here’s a succinct example via the young jedi Jaden Smith:

Skim below for some more #content. I had some fun creating a couple Insta Stories for each day.

Day 1 features some snaps of the Complex Con scene, Takashi x OVO, the Sneaker of the Year Panel with Allen Iverson, and even yours truly and Maksim Presence (peep that Gary Vee interview!)

…and Day 2 features a bunch of celebrity cameos (everyone from Nas to Karreuche to Dennis Rodman) and concludes with some more gems from Jaden Smith.

DAY 1:

DAY 2:

And now for some photos! All of the below is via @Complex.

Complex Con 2018 Host: Takashi Murakami

 

‘Women Behind The Lens’ #ComplexConversations with Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Karena Evans, Nadeska Alexis, Yara Shahidi, hosted by: Jemele Hill

 

The Cadillac Experience My personal favorite. That grid moved. 👀

 

adidas

 

Pusha T @ adidas

 

Ty Dolla $ign @ Puma

 

Future headlines Day 2

 

First We Feast Lagoon

 

Complex Art Experience

 

@MichaelPurdie dunks at the And-1 court

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Let’s conclude this with The Answer. Complex posted this fascinating sit-down interview for 24 minutes as A.I. shares stories with Michael Jordan, Biggie, and how he even came up with some fashion and sneaker trends.

Thank you Complex Con! We’ll be back again next year. 🙏

SG Lewis new EP ‘Dark’ is the perfect driving music

Lookin’ for more new music for a late night drive? Similar to Koda’s nighttime vibes below on the homepage… but it’s the opposite tone, SG Lewis provides some bumpin’ beats and vocals to match to up the energy.

Dark is more of a darker, naturally, mood than SG’s typical lighter tones and it works just the same. “Again” really gets things going and the previously released “A.A.T” follows up stronger than how it stands on its own. Take this one through 5 tracks the next time you’re on the highway…

*Tibs Fav.

Anderson .Paak’s second single is another jam

Anderson .Paak’s album, Oxnard, is now only a week away and you know he’s been cookin’ up some funky sounds with Dre for this one. 

“Who R U?” even shouts out Dre as part of .Paak’s premonition in high school. That’s some heavy law of attraction right there!

I’m still on the first single “Tints” and look forward to how both of them rank within the rest of the album this time next week…

 

Empathy Test’s long awaited EP

It’s been amazing to see the U.K.’s synthpop duo Empathy Test continue to grow since we discovered them way back in the 2015 NBA Finals. Their music then still stands the test of time now (I play their first EP all the time and get a lot of “Who is this?!”) and their long-awaited latest drop would fit right in.

“Holy Rivers” and “Incubation Song” also get some remixes, per Empathy Test’s usual style. Where this really shines is with “Incubation Song” because the longer version is a great zone and the length of the track really works here. No excuse for not checking out this out above!

 

Koda ‘Same As It Ever Was’ (EP)

You know we’ve been rockin with Koda here at GWHH the last couple of years in LA. The singer/producer is a treat to see live and we just caught him perform much of this album this summer. 

Alas, now we have the official EP release Same as it Ever Was and it’s a great fit for your late night lonely drives. I gravitated a lot to “Meditation”, “The Drowning Machine”, and “Ghosting” but the entire 8 tracks is an experience. Listen listen!

*Tibs Fav.

Mih-Ty is “Perfect Timing”

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Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign are sure to have some modern R&B hits on their new collab album and the one I’d like to highlight is found within the corny pun of a headline.

“Perfect Timing” actually follows the enjoyably explicit “FYT” and marks the turning point of the album where I’m really tuned in. You and your partner will likely find some common ground somewhere here.

Listen on iTunes/Apple Music here.