a$ap rocky – “lsd”

This song is soothing madness. It’s a surprise, but a good one. I don’t really consider myself a huge A$AP Rocky fan. I thought I knew what he was about. And I thought he didn’t sing. Apparently, he can. On “LSD,” Rocky lulls over a bright pysch-synth beat. The song slightly echoes Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home,” but is a little less direct in its harmonies. Its credibility is also much higher. Three minutes in, the song is split by Rock; a heavy verse that rips through a new, minimal beat. Rock has said that this verse is actually part of another new track “Excuse Me,” but it really shouldn’t be. Given the “LSD’s” trip rap aesthetic, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a remix featuring Rocky’s longtime collaborators, Flatbush Zombies.

And Jesus, this video. Co-Directors Rocky and Dexter Navy – who’s shot fashion brands (Billionaire Boys Club, Dime Piece) and magazines (i-D, WAD) – create a dazzling world of textures and light. I think this song, along with this video, could help A$AP Rocky reach a whole new level of popularity, while retaining artistic value. He may have also made The Song of the Summer. I’m excited about him now. You should be to.

A$AP Rocky’s sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP. is expected “sometime soon.”

She ain’t a stranger to this city life
I introduce her to this hippy life
We make love under the pretty lights, LSD

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Red Giant – “Tears In The Rain”

What a combination. Soothing, luscious vocals sliding over these boom-bap, bass heavy beats; It’s like if Feist stumbled upon a RZA instrumental. New Brunswick duo Red Giant have only released three songs, – hear the other two at their Soundcloud – but I’m foreseeing a bright future. Stay tuned. Enjoy.

SALES – “toto (XXYYXX Remix)”

An Orlando producer shapes his own version of an already great track, originally created by a fellow Orlando act. The result is refreshing. Listen to the original below, and catch SALES next week at Will’s with Maximino, Pathos Pathos, and The Welzeins. Enjoy.