KOOL A.D. and KASSA OVERALL are KOOL & KASS, self described as:
KOOL & KASS ARE PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS, A SYNCRETIC SUPERSOUL THAT HARNESSES THE MAGNANIMITY OF THE PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC OCEANS THROUGH RAPS THAT MERELY SOUND LIKE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE BUT ARE IN FACT BOTH ASTRAL AND SOUTHERN HEMISPHERIC IN SPIRIT AND RHYTHMIC NATURE
The official video for the lead single “PLEASANCE (WDGAF)” from their forthcoming Peaceful Solutions mixtape premiered today over at Noisey, check it out today!
Stream the track on their SoundCloud page, or download it from Bandcamp.
The KOOL & KASS: PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS Mixtape Release Party is going down at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, NY on 4/30, with KOOL & KASS opening for partner in crime TECLA, who is featured in the video (and in the above still).
J.Cole has worked with Miguel before on “All I Want Is You,” which remains a favorite in most cribs in NYC.
The reverse assist from Miguel (suggested by Jay-Z after he heard the original hook sung by Cole, according to mythologers) is welcome, and made me a believer in the radio-friendly, dominant vision of J. Cole that Roc Nation has invested in from the beginning.
Some confidence has been communicated to Cole in a boardroom meeting somewhere, and he’s ripe for radio spins in a bigger way with this one, vaulting off the success of catchy-as-hell single “Work Out.”
BOTTOM LINE: Shorties be sweating J. Cole.
J. Cole – Power Trip (feat. Miguel):
San Francisco band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down released their new album, We The Common, this week, on Ribbon Music. The title track, “We The Common,” with it’s jangly clattering folk sound and smoky vocals, will hook you right away. Their tour to promote the new album will hit NYC in March, with shows at The Bowery Ballroom on March 22nd and at The Bell House on March 25th.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common:
If the promo material is to be believed, Fort Lean is a place you can go. But it’s also a place that isn’t quite sure about its audience yet, a place that is really shaping up and starting to look and feel pretty solid after two EPs but also belies an underlying uncertainty about opening day. The group’s most recent effort, Change Your Name, was produced by Patrick Wemberly from Chairlift, who lends a steady hand throughout. “All the Lights” is a highlight for the band and especially singer Keenan Mitchell, and we can’t wait for the full length.
Change Your Name EP Tracklisting -
Do You Remember
All the Lights
Fort Lean – All the Lights:
Swedish Folk Band Junip released their first full-length album, Fields, back in 2010. In December, the band announced that they will release a new self titled album this April. The song progression in Fields really builds and is worth a full listen here. “Howl” is one of my favorite tracks. Their sound has a haunting, seventies feel, even drawing recent comparisons to Cat Stevens from The New York Times.
Their new single, “Line of Fire,” from the upcoming album is available from free download on their website. So get inside, grab a glass of red wine and have a listen!
Junip – Howl:
My Morning Jacket will be playing three shows in Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theater later this month, leading up to their New Year’s eve show at Boston University’s Agganis Arena with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This is a nice mellow jam to start the week off. I’m not sure why they become animated cyclopses after jumping into that hole but what I do know is those white boots are going on someone’s Christmas wish list (ok, it’s mine).
My Morning Jacket – Outta My System:
The Lumineers are a rustic folk trio who have been all over the radio since their single, “Ho Hey”, hit the airwaves and the Billboard Charts this summer. They are playing a free show in New York on December 17th at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY. The song is short and sweet and it’s easy to see why it’s become such a hit. They will be opening for Dave Matthews Band for a bunch of their tour dates in December including their sold out show at the Barcalys Center in Brooklyn.
The Lumineers – Ho Hey: