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BROODS - “Never Gonna Change”

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Guess who’s back, back again?! No, Sound Buffet didn’t die; it was just on sabbatical. Now that I’ve got the whole law school thing down (Ha! Who am I kidding?), I’m going to make a concerted effort to blog more. I can’t promise that the content will be of-the-moment, but it will be more frequent.

The band to break the silence needs to be a damned good one, and BROODS fits the bill. I stumbled upon BROODS this past fall, and had every intention of posting a write-up of the band’s first single, the absolutely gorgeous “Bridges,” but unfortunately school got in the way. Luckily, the band – like Sound Buffet – is back in action. On BROODS’ second single, “Never Gonna Change,” singer Georgia Nott turns a bad breakup into a stunning, melancholic synth pop ballad. Georgia and her brother, Caleb, the other half of BROODS, hail from New Zealand. The siblings’ debut EP (produced by Joel Little, the mastermind behind Lorde’s smash hit, “Royals”) is set to drop next month, followed by a full-length LP in August.

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Cassie - “All My Love”

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Okay guys, I am seriously embarrassed - I’ve been sleeping on Cassie’s excellent latest mixtape for quite some time. RockaByeBaby, which dropped back in April, is the R&B singer and Bad Boy Records (Diddy’s label) signee’s first proper release in seven years, but it’s worth the wait. She released her self-titled debut album back in 2006, but since then, she hasn’t really gotten the recognition she deserves. Her second album, Electro Love, never saw the light of day, and while she did release a slew of singles, in time she has become better known for her fashion sense (she pioneered the half-shaved head trend and is the current face of Forever 21) than for her music. However, she clearly still commands respect from the industry, evidenced by guest appearances from Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Pusha T, French Montana, Too Short and Jeremih on the mixtape, and deserves yours too.

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King L - “Val Venis (Brodinski Remix)”

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The French techno scene captured my attention during my semester abroad in Paris – as evidenced by my biweekly trips to Social Club. However, French techno – which was, for a long time (and still is, to some extent) the vanguard of electronic music – can sometimes feel a little bit repetitive and dare I say, stale. That’s what’s so refreshing about Brodinski. The French DJ, producer and founder of Bromance Records, who came up in the scene, is certainly rooted in club music, but is constantly evolving and has oriented his style more towards hip hop in recent years. Production credits on Yeezus (Kanye West’s latest tour de force), and the release of his own rap-heavy mixtape, The Purple Ride, last week are proof of this. This remix of Chicago drill master King L’s 2012 national introduction, “Val Venis,” which appears on The Purple Ride, is just a taste of what to expect from the Frenchie.

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Migos - “Versace”

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I don’t normally believe in fate, but I think it was destiny that I blog about Migos, seeing as I fell in like with two of their songs –without making the connection that both tracks were by the same group – in one day. First, I jammed out to Ryan Hemsworth’s remix of “Bando” and then twenty minutes of internet browsing later, stumbled upon Drake’s remix of “Versace.” With the support of these two artists, plus backing from Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, Riff Raff and Trinidad James on their recent mixtape, Young Rich N*ggas, and a contract with 1017 Brick Squad (Gucci’s label, which is home to Waka Flocka Flame and Chief Keef, among others), it’s clear that these ATL rappers are about to get their moment in the sun.

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Odd Couple - “Syrup on the Strip”

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Just because I don’t live in Windy City anymore doesn’t mean that I have stopped following the Chicago music scene. I have Sasha Go Hard, Chicago’s resident drill princess, to thank for my introduction to my new favorite producers, Odd Couple. Sasha recently dropped a new song, “Rondo,” which I listened to about 10 times last night. As much as I love Sasha’s verses (you can watch the video here*), it was the hard-hitting beat that caught my attention. With a little help from Google, I figured out that the man behind the beat was Tony Roche, one half of Chicago production duo, Odd Couple. Roche and his production partner, Zach Henderson, are making themselves known by crafting beats for the likes of fellow Chicagoans King L, Chance the Rapper and Mikkey Halsted. They dropped their new instrumental mixtape – aptly titled Beat Tape Vol. I – yesterday.

* The white dude going HAM in the video is Roche.

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