But yes, the anonymous artist has emerged from the shadows with new music for the first time in over a year (and longer if you consider just “Goodbye Tomorrow”). Alas, what other way to comeback than with some hard-hitting raps? The quick-hitting, 2-minute jam is a goin’ out anthem mixed with some gems from the emcee within. “No Announcements” is only intended to be a warmup with a full-length project building up from here. And believe us: Maks G & I were back home in Chicago for the listening party and there is another level to come. Until then…
You can try to listen to the album now on Spotify if it hasn’t already been taken down. Additionally, you can also listen to the project on TIDAL, as it’s just been confirmed that it exists there also. Just search “KANYE DROP YOUR ALBUMS” on the streaming platform.
I can’t believe it’s been 5 years now since I discovered U.K. synthpop duo Empathy Test when they provided sounds for ESPN’s 2014 NBA Finals social media coverage. See below:
I guess not much has changed in 5 years. Kawhi Leonard was getting buckets on the way to being Finals MVP in 2014 and tonight, Kawhi is doing the same in leading his new team within one win from the 2019 NBA Finals.
Similarly, Empathy Test is getting replays of their new songs, 5 years apart. Let’s just hope Kawhi doesn’t leave Toronto “Empty Handed”. Har. Har. Har. (I’ll stop here before I become the Cardi B news anchor, smh.)
Seriously though, this new one, their first drop of 2019, is on some soundtrack ‘ish. The consistent, fast-paced synths feels like this could be in Tron and the vivid lyricism feels like it should match up with the movie’s apex scene. I already got this on repeat and look forward to the full 4-track EP drop, which you can pre-order and download come June 20th.
Stan Sono’s been previewing his latest release on his socials lately and I really couldn’t wait for this one to drop. Rare in this day of age.
In large part, the production will instantly get stuck in your head. Seriously press play and you’ll see.
Beyond that, Sono’s got some motivating lyrics and is complimented by a dope flow from guest feature Phor on the third verse. Lots to like here and definitely a single that has some replay value as well.
My daily perusing of old school basketball videos landed me on a brand new, must-follow account. @dunkcomp on IG (or @dunk_comp on Twitter) as they combine old school 90s clips (and sometimes current-day highlights) with 90s funk jams like this one that reeled me in above. It brought me back to when the highlights were so perfectly matched with the music.
Sure enough, it got me to look into the artist — M5K and “Time 2 Jam” is actually part of a 6-track EP that’s a great listen through and through. I couldn’t find much about the artist, except it’s an Australian group, just like the basketball channel. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Good music is good music and I got these guys in my car now to remind me of the GOAT decade. 🐐