5 Songs You May Have Not Heard This Week, Vol. 1

Posted: November 3, 2012 in New Music
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With a week that was filled with tricking and treating (in more ways than one), I took the time to listen to a number of recent projects to catch-up on 2012 music. This post will feature some of the best tracks I’ve heard this week from artists spanning in various genres. There’s a chance that you would end up playing these back on a daily basis.

1. Sterling Simms – “BlackHeart”

The one-time Def Jam signee and Philadelphia-based singer Sterling Simms dropped a DJ Drama-hosted mixtape entitled Mary & MollySurely a play on words with the two popular party drugs Marijuana and MDMA, the tape has a good collection of tracks that showcase how good of a songwriter he is. With it includes the stellar stripper anthem “Make You Somebody” and the love lost “BlackHeart”. With the latter, he paints the story of a woman no longer dealing with the pain of being by his side and neglected. It proceeds to build wonderfully before suddenly ending, hoping that there could have been more. 

His album, Time Capsule, is set to drop sometime soon.


2. Don Trip – “Hold Back Tears” [Prod. by The Futuristiks]

2012 XXL Freshman Don Trip release one of his most anticipated projects to date this past Halloween in Help Is On The Way. The mixtape had strong production from the likes of Cool & Dre and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League with features from Juicy J, Starlito, & Danny Brown. Known for his heartfelt rap tunes, Trip doesn’t stray away with the highlight “Hold Back Tears”. Here he speaks on the tumultuous relationships he has with his mother and brother, pulling no punches over a groovy guitar riff sample.


3. Kids These Days – “Doo-Wah”

The Chicago eightpiece band released an excellent free album Traphouse Rock not too long ago and this was one of the standouts. Taking bits and pieces of music history intertwining Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Rock, “Doo-Wah” has vocalist Macie Stewart and rapper Vic Mensa displaying their talents over elements of The Pixies. If you like live musical tributes reminiscent to BADBADNOTGOOD and Phony Ppl, then this is for you.


4. Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down [Prod. Clams Casino]

I don’t know too much about Mikky Ekko, but I’m happy he linked up with Clams Casino for this. “Pull Me Down” is a jovial love song that’s been dipped into the murky filters of Clams’ production, as Ekko professes his admiration to the one he calls “Virgo”. It’s a cool little track that continues to show Clams’ versatility as a producer and made me dig a little deeper into Ekko’s discography.


5. The Black Opera (feat. Mayer Hawthorne) – Queen Of Hearts 

Mello Music Group’s latest signing in the rap duo Black Opera has brought them great prominence through their music. With their debut album under the label, Libretto: Of King Legendthey continue to impress and continue the consistency of MMG’s quality. “Queen Of Hearts” is a smooth Little Brother-esque nod to wooing the lady on their mind. Produced by Astronote and featuring a dope hook from Mayer Hawthorne, this track stands as one of the best from their album.


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