Razza B, a stalwart young gentleman, is probably Italy’s most affable rapper. To be certain, there’s indeed the air of menace that hovers around him, but beyond that there is a scruffy, genial charm that lends itself to his body of work. Razza B maintains a sleepy rasp, keeping an even pressure on the flow of rhymes that feels convivial, never aggressive.
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Bare-boned and elegantly dark, “The Cypher” unravels with economy and style the turntablist aestheticisms of old-school hip-hop. Four of the UK’s hardest-working indie rappers trade rhyme and verse atop a ringing horn sample, exploring all dimensions of flow. Unapologetically British and defiantly proud of it, Yung Truth, D.A., Hoodzee, and L. Salv exercise a tension noirishly filmic and wickedly grand. Nowhere near a big-budget production, it’s a small-time effort that captures a certain energy brewing in the circles of the UK’s underground hip-hop scenes.
With 2014 solo debut Liberation!, the Walkmen’s Peter Matthew Bauer proved himself an adept solo force, navigating psychedelic shuffles and religion-inspired exaltation. On “You Always Look For Someone Lost”, a new track released as part of Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series, Bauer heads in a forlorn and folkier direction, albeit with the rich vocals and instrumental palette that his new backing band supplies. Listen below, and learn more about the song in a Shaking Through video.
Meghan Trainor has been working as a songwriter for some time, and if you look at her YouTube channel, you’ll see her doing video covers of songs along with a few originals, which has proven to be a tired-and-true formula for young stars trying to get exposure for their music: do enough high-quality covers of known hits first, build up your audience, hit ‘em with an original, and then you’re off.
Woodstock-based neo-folkies Trummors came out with their sophomore album Moorish Highway (Ernest Jenning Record Co.) in June. PopMatters caught up with David Lerner, half of the Trummors songwriting core, to find out more about the making of Moorish Highway upon its release. Trummors’ new single “Strangers from Now On” premieres on PopMatters; the group plays a live date this week on 11 July at the Levon Helm Barn & Studio in Woodstock, NY.