The latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released “Nature” which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon‘s Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released “Nature” earlier this month and before that have had excellent releases on their soundcloud.
I discovered this band through a reddit post about people looking for music influenced by Graceland and African artists that influenced Paul Simon in making that classic album. I first heard Kyko’s “Animals” and fell in love with the tropical laid back pop/rock vibe that is very easy to groove to. Once I heard “Nature” and the several other songs on their soundcloud, I was hooked and hand to feature them on BtB.
Stream “Nature”, “Native” and “Animals” below. (more…)
Thank G-d The Rest is as devoted to Seesaw as they are. Thank G-d. Because just the thought of never having laid ears on any of these tracks is formidable. Truthfully, the turbulent story that comprises this record’s dawn seems to be a blessing in disguise given the favorable state of indie music now versus a couple years back – we had to learn how to enjoy the sophistication that is The Rest! (more…)
Spring officially started last week so it’s time we start putting together Best You Never Heard 3: Spring Edition. On our way to releasing that, we want to update you with each of the artists from Best You Never Heard: Summer Mix on what they are doing since being featured back in early September.
The one song that featured artists that were already pretty big was “All Summer” by Kid Cudi, Bethany Cosentino (of Best Coast) and Rostam Batmanglij (of Vampire Weekend). Converse employed these three artists to create my favorite song of Summer 2010, just edging out “Pumped Up Kicks” (yeah that song came out last year, mainstream radio you are too slow!).
Anyways I thought I would update you on what each of the artists are up to and include my personal favorite song from each. Kid Cudi is one of our favorite hip-hop artists because of his unique hip-hop style which has an alternative, yet highly enjoyable sound. That’s kind of a general way to describe him because most of you that read this post know who he is and have most of his music I’m guessing.
Earlier this month, Cudi announced that a music video for “Marijuana” will be released later this Spring and that an official music video for “Mr. Rager” will come out this summer. Also rumor has it that cudders is currently working on a new mixtape, then will work on a rock album with Dot da Genius and the rock band’s name will be Wizard. Here’s my favorite Kid Cudi track, which barely beats out “Up, Up & Away” and “REVOFEV”:
Best Coast is an indie/alternative pop from Los Angeles. Lead singer Bethany Cosentino, who sang the chorus in “All Summer” has a solid unique voice for the type of beach rock Best Coast creates, which is similar to Wavves but more pop and female vocals. I’m not the biggest fan of Best Coast but I feel they are a group that can expand its sound and go from indie to mainstream within a couple years.
The band recently released a music video for “When I’m With You” and are currently touring with Wavves, which is a smart move as their sounds are unique yet have similarities that complement each other. Here’s a song featuring both bands, who I’m slowly starting to like but haven’t yet jumped on their bandwagon.
Vampire Weekend is a group New York City dudes who make awesome unique alternative rock that has a wide variety of influences. I realized they are signed to XL Recording, which means that maybe Tyler the Creator (also signed to XL) and Vampire Weekend should collaborate! Maybe Tyler the Creator makes a sick beat, raps in the verses, and Vampire Weekend throws in some of their instrumentals, does the chorus and Ezra Koenig to do some rapping like he did with his rap band L’Homme Run.
Currently Vampire Weekend is touring and figuring out the sound and direction they want to take for their third album. I like several Vampire Weekend songs so much that it’s hard to decide on one favorite although “A-Punk” is so freakin’ catchy. So here’s my favorite Vampire Weekend song that was in one of my favorite movies, I Love You, Man. Vampire Weekend – Campus
For this week’s mashup monday I decided to dedicate it to three emerging mashup DJ’s: The Friendly Giant, John Marr, and Party Ben. I have 2 songs I like a lot from each artist below to listen and download.
Recently discovered the next big indie pop/rock band: The Smiles. A so-called “beach rock” quartet consisting of four talented USC students, in which none of them actually grew up by the beach.
They met at University of Southern California in 2009 and in May 2010 came out with their debut EP, Hermosa (download here). The title of this 6-song EP originates from the city where it was recorded, Hermosa Beach, CA.
They sound like a west-coast Vampire Weekend with indie pop hooks and overall just a delightful relaxing sound.
Listen and download their EP single, “Cala Cola” and another one of my favorites, “California Girls”.
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F3109838%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-XscY9&secret_url=false Cala Cola by TheSmiles
The mix is 25 songs released this summer (May-August), by artists who haven’t released a debut album yet. The only exception is “All Summer” by Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Vampire Weekend because that’s one of the best songs released this summer.
Without further ado, enjoy Before The Bigs Summer ’10 Mix: Best You Never Heard (download links below):
So we haven’t posted a ton of mashups on this blog but I thought I would give you a few that I heard lately that I like a lot and really want you to enjoy! Below are three mashups, two of them reminding me of why I love summer and the last by DJ Slink mashing up two of my favorite artists who are really going to blow up soon: Vampire Weekend and Kid Cudi.
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fstevenstennis%2Fbasic-physics-stuntin-with-a-milli-lil-wayne-phoenix-pretty-lights Basic Physics -Stuntin with a Milli (Lil Wayne & Phoenix & Pretty Lights) by StevensTennis http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgidiculture%2Fnotorious-b-i-g-back-to-cali-gurls-katy-perry-remix Notorious B.I.G – Back To Cali Gurls (Katy Perry Remix) by GidiCulture *Update: Katy Perry’s people removed above song from Soundcloud. Sorry
No this isn’t a summer playlist, but we are planning on giving you a 2010 summer greatest hits playlist and the music video below best fits in that playlist because in my opinion this is the best summer song of the year.
Maybe that’s a little ambitious but I think once you here it, you will enjoy the instrumentals by Rostam of Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi’s usual alternative rap and Bethany from Best Coast with her rock vocals. These three different artists all collaborate to make for a great song.
Check out the music video and I have provided the download link to this song and three others featuring the artists of the music video below:
BEFORE THE BIGS is about providing you with the best up-and-coming musicians while assisting their efforts to break into mainstream. We feature artists and their music from a variety of genres including hip-hop, indie/alternative, rock, pop mashups, and electronica/remixes.
All mp3s are for promotional purposes only. If you believe a song has been wrongfully acquired and posted please contact us at BeforeBigs@gmail.com