EP proposed to introduce a quota in universities for children of fallen veterans

EP proposed to give every tenth budget place in universities to the children of fallen veterans. This is a special quota for the children of veterans who died while performing combat missions outside the country, who received a disability or were awarded the title of Hero of Russia

“United Russia” proposed to expand the quota of budget places in universities for preferential admission of children of war veterans. This was announced by the Secretary of the General Council of the party Andrei Turchak.

“We propose to allocate a special ten percent quota in universities. Within the framework of such a quota, there will be a separate competition, and children will be able to enter most universities without entrance examinations, — he said.

The special quota will include the children of veterans who died while performing combat missions outside of Russia, who received disabilities or were awarded the title of Hero of Russia.

At the same time, the current admission quota (10%) provided for privileged categories of citizens will include the children of all veterans who took part in hostilities in other countries.

To those children who want to “follow in the footsteps of military parents”, it is proposed to give the right to enter military universities based only on the results of the exam.

Turchak asked the faction of “United Russia” in the State Duma to ensure the speedy adoption of the amendments so that they come into force as early as 2022.

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At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on assignment to participants in a special operation in Ukraine combat veteran status. Amendments are made to the law “On Veterans”, it was supplemented with the provision: “Performance of tasks during a special military operation in the territories of Ukraine, the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic: from February 24, 2022.”

According to the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the new status will give the participants of the special operation the right to receive tax, transport and housing and land benefits, as well as pay utility bills on special terms. Privileges will also be given to citizens who became disabled in the course of participating in hostilities.

Previously, participants in military operations in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria were considered veterans of hostilities in Russia.

Putin also promised to transfer insurance coverage and one-time benefits in the amount of 7.4 million rubles, as well as a lump-sum payment— 5 million rubles

The wounded participants of the special operation were promised a one-time payment of 3 million rubles, and if they were found unfit for military service, they would add another 2.9 million rubles to the amount. Anyone who has been diagnosed with a disability is entitled to monthly compensation.

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Medvedev thanked the creators of the fake EP website for the idea of ​​Starlink

Medvedev commented on a message from the fake website of United Russia, the creators of which, with reference to it, announced the plans of the Russian Aerospace Forces to destroy Starlink satellites due to their alleged participation in the attack on the Moskva cruiser

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Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Chairman of the United Russia Party Dmitry Medvedev, after publishing false information on a fake website of the faction, said that “fakes create an alternative universe.”

On the fake website of the faction, which, according to United Russia, is registered in the United States, on April 16, a publication appeared, citing Medvedev, announcing the task assigned to the Russian Aerospace Forces to destroy the Starlink satellite constellation of the American company SpaceX over the territory of Russia, the zone conducting a special military operation in Ukraine and the Black Sea basin— Medvedev allegedly stated that they were used to strike at the cruiser Moskva.

“Regarding the destruction of Starlink satellites” fresh idea, thanks. It is too early to fulfill, but if there is such a request— consider😂»,— Medvedev commented on the fake in his Telegram channel (author's style preserved. — RBC). He added that he was “especially pleased” sponsoring the site from the State Department.

“United Russia” asked Roskomnadzor to block the fake site, since the information published on it “does not apply to the official position of the faction and the party as a whole”; and “contains information that discredits the Armed Forces.” The creators of the site also published an appeal from the faction, allegedly addressed to the president, demanding that they investigate what happened to the cruiser Moskva. The party denied the existence of such a message and stated that the publication was aimed at dividing society, compromising the Armed Forces and undermining confidence in United Russia.

Subsequently, the party announced that the site was blocked.

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Amendments to the UK. EP backs bill to toughen penalties for torture

On January 18, the Expert Council of United Russia supported the draft law on tougher punishment for torture. Also, the initiative of the party was approved by representatives of the institution of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

As one of the authors of the bill, MrLave of the Duma Committee on Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, said, the document introduces amendments to the Criminal Code and proposes to increase the sanction for exceeding official powers committed with the use of torture, up to 12 years in prison.

“These crimes are transferred to the category of especially serious ones. The statute of limitations for them will increase from 10 to 15 years. Since the Convention against Torture is in force in Russia, we define the wording „torture“ in the bill. A new subject of crime appears — law enforcement officer, and not just the Federal Penitentiary Service, — he emphasized.

Krashenninikov noted that this document is important for everyone and needs to be adopted in the near future.

“Including for law enforcement officers themselves. So that they understand that if one of the unscrupulous law enforcement officers ends up in this group, then criminal liability will come, — he said. 

Moreover, according to him, it is not worth limiting yourself to these measures. It is necessary to organize video surveillance in order to see what is happening in the cells, in medical stations, in places of deprivation of liberty, in isolation centers and other places where this is possible.

“Other amendments will be developed by the second reading. We discussed them with law enforcement officers. But now we are showing the society that we are ready to regulate this problem,” — concluded Krasheninnikov.

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Skylar Grey, Polo G, Mozzy & Eminem – Last One Standing Lyrics

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

[Verse 1: Polo G, Skylar Grey]
Uh, you weren’t with me on the cold block nights
Now you front row for the spotlight
Now the diamonds in the Audemars bright
Jets overseas for a far flight (Oh)
Young nigga on bullshit, and I ball on ’em, Bill Cartwright
Knew I could shine through the darkness
I guess I always been a star type
That lion in me made my heart fight
Could’ve been a victim of a opp pipe
Took a million risks just to get to this
‘Cause we ain’t the ones that the cops likе (Oh)
Been so many times God tested mе
They only see the answers I got right
They commentin’ all on the blogs
Tryna tell me how to live my life
And I waited so patiently
If you could take off, don’t wait for me
No days off, grind faithfully
I keep thankin’ God for savin’ me
Front line, showcasin’ our bravery
I know that top spot, it was made for me
It all paid off, so we felt the struggle so painfully

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

[Verse 2: Mozzy]
Yeah, you know the code we gotta live by
Never mind all the ice cubes on this wrist, wearin’ the big body
Live by the gun, get bodied, or it’s hella time in that cell
It was hella times where I failed
When I had to double back from them Ls
Bet he don’t double back when he tell
‘Cause it ain’t no comin’ back when you tell
Why would you leave me here by myself? A nigga be lonely
Ayy, I blew the whole bag on they flights, ain’t leavin’ the homies
If he really gang, then get him a chain, no cubic zirconies
Why’s [?] in a stogie, stood firm, never folded
Furthest thing from a rodent, you put the jacket on and you bogus
Yeah, big dawg and they know it
I had to spin off to stay focused
Longev’ on the motion
We don’t abandon ship when it’s hopeless
Sound of the microphone, and they know

[Bridge: Skylar Grey, Eminem]
I make it look easy
Like I made it overnight
I make it look easy
But you don’t see the dark side
And all of the monsters I had to fight
And all of the nightmares, made me stronger than life (Yeah)

[Verse 3: Eminem]
Y’all say (What?), I’ve changed (Huh?)
Really, though? (Tell me) How so? (I got)
Got all (What?), this bread (Yeah)
I’m still (What?), sour though (Huh)
I don’t know (I’m a), square peg (In a), round hole (Yeah)
Like a block of cheese in a paper towel roll
Rocky Balboa (I), never been no (What?), towel thrower
Even when I got kicked to the curb (Yeah)
Life knocked my dick in the dirt
I got back up, flipped it the bird
‘Til I earned the attention I yearned
Not to mention, I learned
How to turn resentment and hurt
To an unquenchable thirst, in the simplest terms
It’s revenge of the nerd, in every sense of the word
But all you see is the fame and the millions
You don’t see the strength, the resilience (Nah)
How I rack my brain but it feels as if I’m tryna explain it to children (Damn)
So a lot of this pain isn’t healin’, no escapin’ it, this anger is spilling
Almost like recreatin’ a feelin’ of 9/11 when the second plane hit the building
So let ’em paint you the villain
Some of this just may be a symptom (Yeah)
Of havin’ way too much income (Mm)
But when you struggled every day just to get some (Yeah)
Now all of this hate is a syndrome (Yuh)
When they can’t relate, and that stems from (What?)
Money lookin’ like it grows on trees
Yeah, they’re green but those aren’t leaves (Leaves)
Sufficed to say, with every sacrifice I made
It’s like I gave up my life to fame
All the nights that I lied awake
Nights I stayed up to write and pray
Had to claw, scratch, and fight my way
Just follow me, and I’ll light the way
Look to the hook if your sky look grey (Skylar Grey)
And rappers, how can we be on the same level now?
When I gotta look down and see these clowns that are on the ground
Bitch, I got the clouds beneath me
Ever since I put out the EP to the height of 2003 me
You ain’t see the struggle to make it out the D
Because I made it somehow look easy

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’ (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

Gabriels Takes Listeners to New Heights with Soaring New Track ‘Blame’

Gabriels Takes Listeners to New Heights with Soaring New Track ‘Blame’
September 23, 2021
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Gabriels, whose hauntingly beautiful sound has captivated a world audience, has released the soaring new track “Blame” on Elektra.

Gabriels is comprised of gospel singer and choir director Jacob Lusk and co-producers Ryan Hope and Ari Balouzian who are respectively, a film director and classically trained musician.

“When examining our life’s problems, we hastily assign blame,” said vocalist Lusk. “‘This happened because of this…’ Our song ‘Blame’ seeks to examine the construct of not only fault and shame but take a deep dive into the world of addiction, decadence and greed.”

With just a handful of songs to their name, Gabriels is gearing up to release more music this fall.

In August, Gabriels brought their captivating sound to U.S. late night TV, an appearance that followed their U.K. late-night debut on “Later…With Jools Holland” last June.

Gabriels released their debut EPLove & Hate In A Different Time last year.

Gabriels’ initially got attention abroad, leading to a record deal with Atlas Artists / Parlophone and support from Gilles Peterson, Celeste, Paul Weller, Benji B, Virgil Abloh and Elton John, who branded their title track “one of the most seminal records I’ve heard in the last ten years.”

Listen to and share “Blame” HERE.

The group first came together in 2016 when Hope and Balouzian were working on a film together. In search of a choir for the project, they met Lusk in the casting sessions and instantly clicked.

The trio spent the next five years cohesively redefining their sound while co-writing what ended up becoming Gabriels’ debut EP, Love & Hate In A Different Time.

Well established in the Los Angeles gospel community, Lusk has been singing since he was a child. Raised in an apostolic church, he wasn’t permitted to listen to secular music but on weekends his father would school him in jazz while and artists such as Nat King Cole.

In 2006, Lusk responded to an ad looking for background singers to work with an unnamed rap artist and  found himself in the studio with hip-hop figure Nate Dogg. Though that project was never released, Lusk continued to break ground as an artist, singing with Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl, collaborating with the likes of Beck and St. Vincent and appearing on American Idol where he worked with producers Rodney Jerkins and Tricky Stewart.

 

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Bob Marley’s Grandson Skip Marley “Slow Down” With H.E.R. Certified RIAA Gold

The grandson of Reggae Legend Bob Marley has earned his first Recording Industry Association of America Gold certification for his track “Slow Down” with American R&B singer H.E.R.

Tracks are certified Gold by the RIAA when the sales and streaming equivalent of 500,000 units are sold in the United States.

The song was earlier this year nominated for a Grammy award and put the name and face of the young Marley on the music map after being released just under a year. It was his first Grammy nomination, and although it is an R&B song, the single is the intro to Skip Marley’s career as a multi-genre artist.

“Slow Down” featured on Skip’s debut EP Higher Place, which also featured six other tracks, including “Higher Place,” “That’s Not True,” a collab featuring Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (Skip’s uncle); “Make Me Feel” with Rick Ross and Ari Lennox; and others.

Skip shared his gratitude on his Twitter account with a simple “thank you” and the praying hands emoji and tags at H.E.R and the RIAA. Elsewhere, he was quoted by other media expressing his gratitude.

“I’m thankful that the EP reached these levels over the past year.”

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He also spoke of a vinyl release for his EP soon to be released under his label Tuff Gong records.

“The vinyl record release is a collector’s item to show that gratitude to the DJs and fans who supported from the start. The one thing you can’t slow down is time, so it is important to acknowledge the milestones along the way,” he said.

Meanwhile, the artist’s label noted that shortly after release, “Slow Down” raked in over 70 million global streams to become the most-streamed song by a Marley, beating out even his renowned Grandfather Bob Barley who is King of the charts even posthumously.

Skip Marley also made history as the first Jamaican-born artist reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart and first in the Top 15 in nearly 15 years since Sean Paul’s “When you gonna give it up to me” did it. He also received a nomination for his EP for the Grammy’s Best Reggae Album.

The EP was Executive produced by Skip and his Cedella Marley, who herself has a history in music as a member of the Melody Makers) and C. Jermi Thomas from Island Records, A&R.

On the other hand, fans have much to look forward to as the planned release of the EP will see an expanded edition featuring bonus track remixes of “Slow Down” into an Afrobeat Remix and featuring DaVido & Oxlade; and “Make Me Feel” remixed into a Dub Mix featuring Ari Lennox.

The expanded EP is scheduled to drop on September 10.

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Friday Releases: Seinfeld Soundtrack, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dutchman, I See Hawks in L.A.

Friday Releases: Seinfeld Soundtrack, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dutchman, I See Hawks in L.A.
July 2, 2021
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Seinfeld Soundtrack Gets Release

The Seinfeld (Original Television Soundtrack) has been released, featuring tracks like “Cable Guy vs. Kramer” and “Jerry Vs. Newman Chase” named for the memorable episodes from the hit show.

Show composer Jonathan Wolff carefully selected music that hasn’t been available for public consumption until now.

Fans of the show will recognize the tracks which are named after some of the popular scenes and episodes that they were featured in including “Cable Guy vs. Kramer,” “Jerry Vs. Newman Chase.” etc.

“Often, soundtrack albums include brilliant masterpieces of musical artistry and compelling, momentous film score suites,” Wolff said. “Yeah, there’ll be none of that. This music was created to peg the funny meters. Each track evokes a favorite scene. My opus magnum is a ‘Big Daddy Pimpwalk.’  Seinfeld fans only, please.”

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Billy Ray Cyrus Teams with Firerose on ‘New Day’

Billy Ray Cyrus has joined emerging Australian artist Firerose to release the track “New Day.”

Cyrus and Firerose co-wrote “New Day” virtually on Zoom, which is captured in a cinematic music video. 

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Husks Release ‘There Is a Garden Where You May Rest’

Husks has dropped a dreamy new EP There Is a Garden Where You May Rest, which captures the imagination through a variety of sounds and effects.

The new EP is the first of three record releases by Husks, the brainchild of Brooklyn singer, producer, and composer Connor Small.  His work is influenced by his religious upbringing, exploring themes of purity, anxiety, tension and isolation in the face of cosmic uncertainty.

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Penelope Antena Covers John Martyn’s ‘Back To Stay’

Penelope Antena has delivered a beautiful cover of John Martyn’s 1967 single “Back to Stay,” in homage to the singer-songwriter from yesteryear.

Back to Stay is a song I felt inspired to cover because John Martyn is a hero of mine,” Antena said. “It’s a compelling story, and dear to my heart, as I’ve been listening to it with my parents since I was a little girl. The accompanying music video is something very personal to me, sharing home footage of my family’s summer vacation.

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Dutchman Release Rocker ‘Run Run Run’

Dutchman have arrived, and this four piece band is on the “Run Run Run” with their new single.

Fresh off the band’s debut offering, Dutchman Vol. 1 — a follow-up to the group’s breakthrough EP, A Broken Man’s Life and precursor to Dutchman Vol. 2 — the song harnesses the sonic talents of the band’s initial lineup: Jake Dutcher (vox/rhythm guitar), and Connor Johnson (vox/lead guitar), alongside Garrett Gravatt (lead/rhythm guitar) and Franco Solorzano (keys/bass), who were added shortly after first forming in 2017.

Along with the full-length comes the group’s leading single, “Run Run Run” — an alternative-rock soundscape with ambling guitars, and catchy, ear-worm melodies.

Dutchman plucks apart a variety of generations of rock and roll music, and blends them into a sound uniquely their own. From staging pulsating riffs with tightly woven harmonies, “Run Run Run” executes a good time vibe, amped up to eleven. 

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I See Hawks in L.A. Drop ‘Mississippi Gas Station Blues’

I See Hawks in L.A. has released the track “Mississippi Gas Station Blues” and its accompanying video. The song will be included on the band’s new album, On Our Way, set for release on August 27.

“’Mississippi Gas Station Blues’ was a creation of the cracked mindset and isolated recordings of the Covid Era. In a modern way, via a mono iPhone track of drums and guitar jam which was overdubbed with vocals, bass, and  some wild keyboards from Danny McGough.

Lead singer Rob Waller’s family has deep roots in Mississippi, and William Faulkner looms large in the psyche of songwriters Waller and Paul Lacques, and in the song.

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Leontas Return with ‘Against The Wall’

British rock-duo Leontas return with utopian video “Against The Wall,” from their forthcoming EP.

This time around, the UK rock duo found inspiration in the human’s eternal need for freedom and exploration. “Against The Wall,” which is the lead single from their upcoming EP, explores the thirst for adventure, travel and self-discovery.

“Anything from politics, to social status and life choices can hold us back however we are firm believers that it’s never too late to give space to what your heart desires,” said Alex and Scott.

Apart from the huge sound already associated with the band, this time around they explore visual aspects to their creation. The three colours depicted on the cover of ‘Against The Wall’ symbolise the desert, the journey and the utopian sunset that we all dream of, and the cinematic freedom and energy is encapsulated within the new music video, out now.

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Slender Dan Breathe New Life Into the Electronic Synth-Wave Sound with ‘Pay With a Gift’

Slender Dan Breathe New Life Into the Electronic Synth-Wave Sound with ‘Pay With a Gift’
June 8, 2021
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Fresh indie-electronic duo Slender Dan, composed of Heather Dickson and Patrick Ahern, are tackling the Seattle scene with their single “Pay With a Gift” and accompanying music video through KEXP public radio station. 

The single is the successor of their debut six-track EP, The Waking Life, released in March, whose kaleidoscopic visual component allowed the duo’s art to transcend sound. Dickson mentioned the EP as an exploration of a variety of instrospections including “the fear of an unlived life.” Slender Dan is certainly concerned with exploring all of life’s sublime underbelly.

It seems The Waking Life is a metamorphosis broken down into six stages in six tracks: life, death, individual man, pause, community, and transcendence. The EP is founded on the two opening tracks, “Cycle” and “Fatal Vision,”, which allude to both the beginning and end of life and range between droning repetition on “Cycle” and haunted, pulsing imagery on “Fatal Vision.” 

Now with these time barriers set up, Slender Dan begins to explore everything that happens in between, the plight of man alone and in relationship and, finally, man in a final, central destination on “Through the Door.” What doubles as a chronicle of the duo’s experiences on psilocybin, this trip-hop track finishes the EP with these ringing words: “It’s so simple /It’s ok now/ In the middle.” 

It is fitting that, after an escapade through life’s most pressing concerns, Slender Dan would end in the middle — a full cycle and you’re back where you started; Human existence is rife with dissatisfaction.

This brilliant culmination back in March set the stage for Slender Dan’s upcoming return with their debut single, “Pay With a Gift.” The eerie anatomical-oriented accompanying music video continues the outfit’s fixation on the phases of being as a living, breathing form. The track’s bass hauntingly mickmicks the rhythm of breath entering and exiting human lungs, made explicitly clear by the track’s video that explores the intersection of nature and human organs — life-giving entities. 

While the song is lyrically centered on the giving and depleting of human emotional resources, the sonics track a watery melody that lets life flood the synth-driven atmosphere. Slender Dan are a duo operating in an intentional sonic and stylistic niche and are prepared to breathe new life into the electronic, synth-wave landscape.

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Interview with Iceland’s VAR: Júlíus Óttar Björgvinsson On ‘The Never-Ending Year’

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By Hannah Means-Shannon

Icelandic band VAR spent a year creating their aptly titled recent album, The Never-Ending Year, a title which for many of us will seem eerily resonant.

They followed this by planning a video recording of a live play session featuring four songs from the album filmed at Orgelsmidjan, Iceland’s only pipe organ workshop, and a location very near to the hearts of the band members. The audio recording of the live play session proved compelling enough to release on its own as the EP Live at Orgelsmidjan, and now the video of the session has also been released on Audiotree. 

While the album itself, and also the EP soundtrack, offer very interesting listening experiences, seeing the video components for the session really brings a fuller understanding of this special location, what it means to the band, and the ways in which the band members work together in performance. As the band admits, too, the performance of these songs is unique and takes different twists and turns than the original studio recordings, and seeing that performed in real time is inspiring, as is the scenic footage included to give us a sense of the venue’s location. VAR’s Júlíus Óttar Björgvinsson kindly agreed to answer some questions for us about this multi-media experience and putting together The Never-Ending Year

Hannah Means-Shannon: The video of the performance is really beautiful, visually. Was it important to you that the visual elements should be as beautiful and authentic as the experience of the music? Was the band involved in giving opinions on the video?

Júlíus Óttar Björgvinsson: It was of course important for us to make it beautiful visually, and that’s why we asked a really talented man called Baltasar Breki Samper to do the videos for us. He is a filmmaker and has a great eye for detail. We put our faith in him and we didn’t know how it was going to look until he sent us the videos and he delivered them beautifully, so he gets all the credit for that.

HMS: I feel like the video takes a different approach for each song, suggesting the differences between the songs, too. “By The Ocean” opens with greeting the ocean, for instance, and in “Moments”, we see drone footage of landscape and winter views. Do you think there are correspondences between the visual approach and the songs?

JOB: “By The Ocean” was not from the same session. That was something Júlíus did with Eiður, the producer, and his wife on a nice summer day for fun, but we felt it fit very well with the other videos and it sounded really good, so we decided to include it with the other songs for the EP. The other visual shots are ideas from Breki, which he married beautifully with the feelings of the songs.

HMS: I read that you felt the recordings at Orgelsmidjan brought out differences between this music and the album recordings, and that made you willing to release the EP. What were some of the major differences that you noticed?

JOB: We love working in the studio recording tracks, one instrument at a time and then digging deep into sounds and overlay. But when we play all together, we get a very different energy, much more rough, and every beautiful mistake stays in. We have even talked about doing the next album with a much more live feel to it, similar to the EP.

HMS: I think the track order on the video is actually different from the track order on the EP. For you, what does presenting the songs in a different order bring out in the two different mediums?

JOB: The reason is mainly that we felt it would look better visually to have “By The Ocean” first on the video as it felt more of an opening on the video, with me (Júlíus) going in and playing alone, and then the rest of us joining in for the rest of the songs.

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HMS: When you are playing live, whether for a recording or for a performance with an audience, do you have specific goals that are different from studio recording, or do you prefer to stay close to a studio recording experience?

JOB: Playing for an audience is always different, and as we don’t usually use playback during our live performances. They can be a little more rough around the edges. Sometimes we feel like there is something missing when practicing some of the songs, just the four of us. Then we usually just crank it up to 11 and put our hearts into it and try and make everything come together. We are not trying to make it sound like the album at all. And in the end, it’s all about doing your very best and doing it from your heart.

HMS: Can you tell us about the venues in Iceland where you like to play live?

JOB: The venues have changed a lot over the years. Places keep closing and new ones replace them, and some of our favourites are no longer open. We really like to play venues where you can really be close to the audience, feeding of their energy and creating an intimate experience.

HMS: How did you come to have a rehearsal space at the Orgelsmidjan and how does that tie into the location’s history?

JOB: Egill and I’s father is an organ builder and I’ve been working with him at the organ workshop since I was a kid. We had a little corner at the workshop where we could practice at first, but through the years we have been bringing more and more instruments and all sorts of things to the workshop, so we take up more and more space there, much to our father’s joy, hopefully. It is a very nice space by the ocean and that has been a big influence on us. We love to do everything there, practice, record, and even do shows.

HMS: How did you create and record an album called The Never-Ending Year before the actual never-ending-year happened for the world in 2020 due to the pandemic? Was there an idea behind this title about the experience of time?

JOB: The process of making the album, from recording the first demos to the finished album took a year. So the title of the album is mainly a reference to that year, a process that seemed to never end. The title is also a reference to an older song from our album Vetur.

HMS: Can you tell us about your working relationship with Eiður Steindórsson, who I know did the audio for the video, later EP? I see that he worked on The Never Ending Year also. How did you start working together and how would you describe his musical way of thinking?

JOB: We have been fans of Eiður and all the music he has made for a long time. He has been in bands here in Iceland that we are big fans of, like Future Future and Vera. We thought Eiður’s sound would be perfect for the first song that we recorded for the album, so we asked him if he was interested in recording one song with us.

Working with Eiður was so nice musically and we also made good friends with him during the recording, so asking him to record an album with us was kind of a logical next step. He was really interested in doing an album with us, joined in from the beginning of the writing process, and produced and recorded the album.

Eiður is a perfectionist and really professional in every way and that is why we always call on him when we are recording something.

HMS: I see that The Never Ending Year was released with vinyl variants as well as in other formats. How does the band feel about the vinyl format? Is it something that ties into selling merchandise at performances, or is it more about online fan requests?

JOB: A vinyl release is something that we really wanted to do, and when John at Spartan Records showed interest in doing that, we said, “Yes” right away. The variants that he made are absolutely beautiful and we are really happy with the reception it got.

VAR – Image by KRÍA

HMS: On the band’s Instagram account, I saw a video from November 2020 where some metal was being melted in a pot on a stove. I’m very curious about what was going on there. Can you tell us about where this is and what happened?

JOB: I was making some Christmas ornaments at the organ workshop by melting old organ pipes and putting them into a new form.

HMS: Also on Instagram, I saw that you (Júlíus) were in a band that released an album when you were 14 years old. That makes me wonder what styles of music you all were interested in at a young age and what kinds of music you made prior to VAR.

JOB: We have all been in many different bands since we were young, and we were trying to make music similar to what we were listening to at the time, which was everything from Metal to Punk to Emo. We got really excited when we saw that our label, Spartan Records, was releasing albums with bands that included artists that we listened to a lot in our youth, such as Mountain Time with Chris Simpson from Mineral, and Assertion with William Goldsmith from Sunny Day Real Estate. Being on the same label as them is really a dream come true, as they had a big influence on us growing up.

The Never-Ending Year is a little nod back to those roots, and you can even hear some elements from the album in that post on Instagram.

HMS: When you were writing songs for The Never-Ending Year, was this a process of intentionally sitting down and writing songs in a very focused way, or do you usually create songs by working different fragments together and finding ways to combine ideas?

JOB: We usually never sit down with the goal of writing new songs. Our songs kind of happen when the four of us meet up with our instruments. Someone brings up an idea that he has been working on, or he has maybe just a little snippet that sounds good, and we finish them together, assembling the parts like a puzzle.

HMS: Is it ever your intention to combine musical elements in ways that the audience might not be expecting? I noticed that in the songs “Highlands”, it ranges from a gentle opening into an almost Hard Rock style guitar breakdown and has plenty of indie Rock moments, too. Or is it more about creating moods and developments in the song?

JOB: We don’t think much about what people will think of our music, we just make songs we like and we enjoy playing. Coming from different musical backgrounds maybe has a role to play in how our songs come together in the end, with elements of each member shining through. If other people like the songs, we are really happy.

HMS: What are some things that are helpful and what are some things that are challenging for you, as musicians, about what international audiences might expect from an Icelandic band? Are there ways in which you find that empowering or limiting?

JOB: We don’t feel like people are expecting something special from us because we are from Iceland, but people might categorize us to a certain level. Coming from Iceland can be more helpful than not, and it definitely draws some people’s attention, as there are a lot of great bands that come from here and we are proud of all the great music from here.

 


















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Popcaan Assembles Unruly Camp For “Solid Focus Riddim” EP Ft. Zamunda, Furnace & Valiant

Popcaan assembled his Unruly camp for a new EP, Solid Focus Riddim.

Jamaican deejay Popcaan is no stranger to making hits. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Vybz Kartel and Beenie Man locally, and Megan Thee Stallion, Drake, and Tory Lanez internationally. The deejay has not only managed to cultivate a loyal fanbase but also a loyal crew who all represent his Unruly outfit.

Last year, Popcaan told Ebro during an interview on Hot 97 that he was working on a project that would feature most members of his Unruly camp. The deejay recently revealed that he would be releasing a new EP this summer titled Solid Focus Riddim. Sadly, the short tracklist doesn’t fit the bill of the project he touted last year. Nonetheless, the 4-track EP that will feature mentees Zamunda, Valiant and, Furnance is something to look forward to. The brand new EP is his second collection of songs to be released this year.

Terror Family Production has full control over this one and is ensuring that Popcaan’s “Survivor,” Zamunda’s “Preserve My Life,” Valiant’s “Poverty Get Away,” and Furnace’s “Unafraid Life” are all sounding as they should.

Producer Courtney Samuels, better known as Stamma T of Terror Family Production, was pleased with and motivated by the way the fans received Popcaan’s “Survivor,” which is the first release from the project. He believes that the initial support will continue for the remainder of the project that provides the other members of the clan with a medium to showcase their unique talent.

In a recent press release, Samuels indicated that he considers each of the tracks to be one of a kind and thinks that the artists were cohesive in their collaboration. He believes the EP will certainly be well-loved.

The 4-track project is being distributed by internationally renown EMPIRE Distribution based in San Francisco, California. TFP Label executive Mark Lawrence commended the quality of the new voices featured on the EP as profound even though they are not as experienced.

Normally more dancehall-oriented, these talented individuals highlight just how well-rounded they are by opting for a more reggae fusion type beat with acoustic guitar, in contrast to their usual aggressive tone. The songs on the EP collectively focus on being thankful, staying positive, and staying true to yourself. The project is worth listening to, whether you are a die-hard fan of reggae or dancehall music or a new listener to either genre.

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The Chimpz Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary with New Video ‘Corrupt’

The Chimpz Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary with New Video ‘Corrupt’
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By JOHN DALY

The Chimpz are back again to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their EP Who Can I Trust which was released back in 2011.

Recorded, mixed, arranged, and produced by Ryan Green at Crush Recording, the EP is a collection of the sounds that the Los Angeles musicians have made their own.  They celebrate the anniversary with the release of their new video “Corrupt” filmed at Tiger Lab studios with drone footage by Neal Walter.

The Chimpz are a product of our environment,” the band says. “We live in a corrupt society where there are no rules.”

The Chimpz’ roster of sponsors and touring partners include  Harman Kardon, JBL, Soundcraft, AKG, Sabian, Xcel Drumsticks, Pickbay, Schecter, Hustledank, Bolted Spine, Fishman, Eventide, Mogami, Mesa Boogie, Reunion Blues Cases and Sophia Tremolos.

The Chimpz are Artimus Prime (Lead vocals); Chuck P (MC/Vocals); Doug Weiand (Guitar) Shawn Lyon “Sonic” (Bass) and Sean “Cappy” Topham (Drums).

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H.E.R. Calls On Reggae Artists For Her New EP

Grammy Award-winning soul singer H.E.R. has landed in Jamaica as she works on an upcoming reggae-inspired EP as well as a song on DJ Khaled’s upcoming album “Khaled Khaled.”

The soulful singer who collaborated with Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley on their hit song “Slow Down” which was nominated for a Grammy, said her EP will feature other reggae artists from within the island.

“Me and DJ Khaled have a song together that I’m really excited for people to hear, and he wanted to shoot the video here. My EP that I’ll be releasing is gonna feature a lot of reggae artistes. It’s gonna be dope,” she said to local newspaper, Jamaica Observer.

H.E.R says after making “Slow Down” she was inspired to make Reggae music, especially since she has always loved the genre.

“I felt like Slow Down was one song that made me even want to dive into reggae even deeper. I’ve always loved reggae, and now I’m about to do a whole reggae project,” she began. “My EP is definitely coming this year. I’m still finishing it up and making sure its great before releasing it.”

“Slow Down” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B song. The song was among several nominations for H.E.R. (acronym for Having Everything Revealed), who was born Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson at the Grammys. She eventually walked away with Song of the Year for 2021 for her song “I can’t breathe.”

The song was centered around the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, whose last words were “I can’t breathe,” as a police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knees on his neck for nine minutes. An ongoing trial of Chauvin has found that his actions led to the death of Floyd.

According to H.E.R, the ensuing protests and social upheaval weighed heavy on her, and the win for her song was unexpected.

“It’s such a big deal and an honour. I didn’t expect to win it, and there were so many amazing artistes in the same category. When I heard the announcement, I was super surprised. The [song’s] message, it really came from my own personal anxiety and looking at the world around me and my perspective of the world and what was going on in the summer of 2020 and the protests in America,” she said.

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“I couldn’t really believe that people listened to the song and it gave them perspective. It really means the world to me just because it’s an important message and also very personal to me.”

Meanwhile, H.E.R has not revealed who the artists are who will feature on her EP, but it seems likely that DJ Khaled is lining up the links among the best of Reggae and Dancehall. The EP is expected to be released later this year.

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Vershon Confirms Deal With Warner Music UK & Drops New EP “Only One”

Dancehall entertainer Vershon has recently teamed up with UK hit-making gang FaNaTix for his first project with Warner Music (UK) via its Parlophone musical arm.

Vershon, known predominantly for his catalog of conscious songs, has offered fans a reminder that he is also able to blend various elements into his music. The project features the likes of Turf President Busy Signal, UK Grime rapper Chip, formerly Chipmunk; Trillary Banks; and Y Cee.

A majority of the tracks on the project cater to the ladies. Chip offers his assistance on “Reality,” as both men explain just why they love and adore women who sport their natural features and retain their beauty, whether online or in reality. “Whisper,” “Stick By Me,” and the fast-paced dance number “Shake It Up,” round out the cuts for the females. “Original” shows that Vershon also has a pretty grimy side to him.

Fans got a taste of that version of Vershon during his high profile lyrical face-off with Jahmiel. The two are no longer beefing after Jahmiel extended a peace offering as a part of his journey back to his more spiritual nature. “Thingz” featuring Busy Signal packs ingredients which have helped to shape Vershon’s prior hits such as “Inna Real Life,” “Ruff Up The World,” “On and Off Switch,” “Used to Hungry,” “Mercy A God,” and “Outside.”

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In a recent press release, Vershon spoke on his 2019 signing as well as how his second EP came about.

“I did an EP independently in 2017 called One More Day. So now, working with FaNaTiX. It’s new. Signing with Parlophone is also new because I’ve never signed a record deal. So that’s why I decided why not just put out an EP instead of one song so it’s a body of music,” he said.

The 3-man team at FaNaTiX music has earned their space in the musical sphere with hits from the likes of Stylo G, Vybz Kartel, Nicki Minaj, Popcaan, Giggs, among other top urban acts. Vershon explained just how his brand new EP came to be exclusively produced by the UK-based trio and how British award-winner and soul pioneer Plan B assisted with “Stick By Me.”

“It’s my third release from my new EP and was created whilst working with producer artist team The FaNaTiX. The FaNaTiX were in Montego Bay running a writing camp and on one of these occasions, Plan B was there working with them, they introduced us and encourage him to get involved in our session. Plan B joined us at the table with a bunch of laptops, a microphone set up and a room full of vibes and energy,” Vershon shared with Wonderland Music Magazine.

The EP has been receiving heavy rotation since its release on March 05, 2021. While speaking on his signing to the label, which has housed the likes of The Beatles, Queen, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Roxette, and The Pet Shop Boys, the Jamaican entertainer shared how optimistic he was about the move. “Warner Music is an established international label, so that is an excellent move for me. I can see where things can happen internationally for my career,” he said.

Usain Bolt Readies Debut EP & Plans To Take Dancehall Career International

Olympian Usain Bolt is known worldwide for his athletic feats on the track. However, in the past few months, he seems content since his retirement to hang up his spikes from one track to start laying down some musical ones instead.

In an interview with Zip, he explained that he is preparing to drop some new tracks, and he also divulged the impending release of his 1st EP. Usain Bolt expressed that he is quite serious about music, and it’s his goal to be not only relevant in the Jamaican market but also the international one.

“Well music, music-wise we are working on some new riddims to drop out to drop, soon, knowing the whole pandemic we’re not trying to rush anything we’re taking our time to make sure the music comes out at the right time so that’s the focus we also have an EP that we are working on so that should be something interesting and also to look out for,” he mentioned.

He continues: “That’s the major goal yuh nu to try to get not only dominate the Jamaican market but also to get into the international market, but as I say earlier it takes time we’re just trying to get a foothold, trying to make people understand that we’re not just here joking around we are serious about the music so we’re just gonna take our time just like in track and field, it’s all about its work and dedicating and just taking our time. We don’t want to rush into anything make any mistakes so we wanna take our time we will get there we believe in ourselves and we believe in the product we put out there.”

This revelation is certainly met with shock and awe by some, while others find it to be no surprise. The legendary track star is definitely determined in his endeavors as he seems to not let his efforts be thwarted by negative comments, even if they are taken from the mouths of popular entertainers. Just a few weeks ago Usain teased his new single, “Living The Dream,” which features his long-time friend and manager Nugent’ NJ’ Walker on his Instagram page. Usain Bolt captioned that post, “Ok my Ppl I understand my verse flew by so fast. I wonder if it’s because I’m the fastest man alive. Ok for the next song I’m going to try slow down my verse so u’ll can hear.”

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Unfortunately, it seems Dancehall artiste Popcaan did not like what he heard regardless of the pace, and he was not shy about making his opinion known.

“Wid all due respect legend, me feel like you fi just help up some youth wid real musical talent! Them dey ya nuff. NJ a mi fam, but please just give some hungry youth wey actually have the talent tha platform deh,” Popcaan commented.

It is unknown if this left bad blood between the two, but Popcaan clearly still got love for Usain as he has given Usain props in his two most recent songs, “Win” and “Medal.” Since his retirement from Track & Field, Bolt has gone on to start his family with the birth of a baby daughter last year. With this said, Bolt is no stranger to music and entertainment. From his historic win at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where his dancing styles and moves were copied worldwide as his signature stance, to french company G.H Mumm selecting him as their Chief entertainment officer back in 2016. In 2019, he launched his Olympe Rose champagne and also introduced the world to his first riddim by the same name.

It has long been hinted that he would be doing more music projects as his love of music is well known. He has even in the past taken over the turntables at popular night clubs in Kingston, so this passion seems to be here to stay. His fans are now anxiously awaiting the release of his upcoming EP.

Vybz Kartel & Sikka Rymes Drops “Dirty John Crow” Video Off ‘Dancehall Royalty’

Vybz Kartel released the “Dirty John Crow” music video in tandem with his new EP Dancehall Royalty.

The first album of 2021 by dancehall mogul Vybz Kartel is available to listen to now. The deejay who has been promoting the project all week, released a music video for one of the tracks from the EP titled “Dirty John Crow”. The Sikka Rymes-assisted track is an upbeat jam with a hardcore delivery of sexually explicit rhymes.

“Mi jus roll down yuh panty so gently / Set yuh pon yuh belly watch yuh p***y looking at me / So mi force up mi c***y till it buck inna yuh belly,” Kartel deejays on the new track.

The music video has a dark undertone with Sikka Rymes appearing as a seemingly devious priest. In the opening scene, the deejay arrives holding a lit candle and accompanied by an eerie group of women who are scantily-clad in full black and fishnet stockings.

The make-up and costume design likened the video vixens to the devil’s spawns and it seems Sikka Rymes is the leader. A hearse serves as a prop in one morbid scene where they mysteriously approach a black casket. Alas, the mood abruptly changes as the women soon begin to gyrate their rumps and perform provocative dances while giving the camera sultry looks – something a bit more typical of Vybz Kartel visuals.

Dancehall Royalty features four other tracks: “Titanium Steel”, “My Own World”, “Popular” and “Yea You”. In addition to Sikka Rymes, Renee 6:30, Likkle Addi, and Likkle Vybz all guest star on the project. As Vybz Kartel announced to fans around midnight when he dropped off the new visuals, the EP is now available in digital stores including Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify and more.

Yung Lixo – Sake Lyrics

[Refrão]
Sake, sake, mano, cê não sabe
Estilo Kimosabe, dando tiro nos covarde
Então, não vale, vale, mano, cês nem vale
Te dei muito tempo, mas agora já é tarde, mano
Sake, sake, mano, cê não sabe
Estilo Kimosabe, dando tiro nos covarde
Então, não vale, vale, mano, cês nem vale
Te dei muito tempo, mas agora já é tarde, mano

[Verso 1]
Quer burrice? Vou te dar porrada, burro
Cês é tudo vagabundo, num ‘guenta nem dez segundo
Gira o mundo e gira a bolsa, mano, vai lavar a louça
Sai da porra da internet, han, e vê se cala a boca
Cês não sabe de nada e eu já tô cansado
Fica falando merda pa’ ganhar seus dez centavos
Fala, fala pra caralho, faz porra nenhuma
O tempo que tu gasta dava pa’ tomar na bunda
E nunca, nunca mais olha no meu olho
Confiança é pra poucos, pros tolos
E todos que cruzarem teu caminho vão sofrer
Porque tua falsidade te impede de crescer
Yeah, yeah, yeah

[Refrão]
Sake, sake, mano, cê não sabe
Estilo Kimosabe, dando tiro nos covarde
Então, não vale, vale, mano, cês nem vale
Te dei muito tempo, mas agora já é tarde, mano

[Verso 2]
Sua gang é cheia de membro, mas todos tem dez anos
Irmão, já tô sem tempo, não me atrasa falando
Muito foda suas roupas, muito foda seu inglês
Mas pelo amor de Deus, não lança mais nenhum EP

[Pré-Refrão]
Pulo, levanto meus pés
Chute na boca pra tu ver qualé’
Engole seus dente chamando os gambé
Pra te salvar quando a gang vier
Pulo, levanto meus pés
Chute na boca pra tu ver qualé’
Engole seus dente chamando os ‘gambé’
Pra te salvar quando a gang vier

[Refrão]
Sake, sake, mano, cê não sabe
Estilo Kimosabe, dando tiro nos covarde
Então, não vale, vale, mano, cês nem vale
Te dei muito tempo, mas agora já é tarde, mano
Sake, sake, mano, cê não sabe
Estilo Kimosabe, dando tiro nos covarde
Então, não vale, vale, mano, cês nem vale
Te dei muito tempo, mas agora já é tarde, mano

Trepac – Elefant Lyrics

[Vers 1]
De si’r jeg’ blevet lidt tolerant
De si’r mit hater game er blevet en smule tamt
De si’r jeg’ pludselig holder mig i ro
Hver gang et fjollet lille crew der’ fuldt af sjoller’ toner frem
De sir’ jeg’ gået gennem en forvandling
Og si’r det skal være virkelig virkelig wack før jeg antænder
De sir’ jeg ikk hader på nogen
At jeg’ er en bedre person, og ikk en sur gammel mand længer’
Hvabehar? Må jeg bede om mine himmelblå
Jeg’ stadigvæk en hidsig ronkedor der sviner bittesmå
Banditter når de spiller rå, ikk noget at misforstå
Jeg hater stadigvæk på hvert et hit de hitter på
Hankat – er stadig sur, stadig mad vrissen
Flår dem op af sandkassen, sender dem i kanvassen
For mange rappere der har sniffet af propan gassen
Føler mig som et geni, der er havnet i special klassen
For de her rollinger er f**king blæste
Alt for defekte, magter ikk at holde det ægte
Klart at jeg ikk holder med det
Men tænder grillen, bringer stadig T-bones til både luderdrenge og sjollerknægte
Jeg slutter legen med et udråbstegn
Verbal kugleregn når skufler de bli’r skudt i kajen
Står stadigvæk og buh’er af jeres autotune og grime
For jeg bærer stadig nag på kulturens vegne

[Omkvæd]
Jeg holder med hvad scenen kan
Tjekker stadig hvert et vers fra hver en dilettant
I’ stadig wack – ingen skills og ingen kant
Tro ikk I’ glemt, jeg husker som en elefant
Jeg holder med hvad scenen kan
Tjekker stadig hvert et vers fra hver en dilettant
I’ stadig wack – ingen skills og ingen kant
Tro ikk I’ glemt, jeg husker som en elefant

[Vers 2]
Vi har tjekket jeres seneste track
Idéforladt og mega plat i en kedelig collab
Jeg holder øje med scenen, har hørt hvert eneste cat
Tjekker jeres Soundcloud og Youtube – det hele er wack!
I har ikk lært hvordan man rimer endnu
Så jeg, stadig klar på at svine dit crew
Og slå jeres linjer itu, yeah
Jeg kommer stadig til jeres battles, holder masken mens jeg griner i smug
I’ stadigvæk en samling usædvanligt ubegavede tåber
Råber på respekt selvom alt hvad I har lavet skuffer
Så jeres fad i doper
Og dukker stadig op til hvert at jam i holder udelukkende for at hade på dig
Stadig ikk ydmyg
Mig og mit crew vi flækker stadig over EP’en du droppede på din lydsky
For den var dødsyg
Så lad din lidenskab for rapmusik få fred og slip den fri, du skal nok møde en ny
Yo de her typer ku’ ha’ valgt at stop’ men de er alt for f**ked
Så jeg pisser stadig, mit territorium af når hvalpene de galper op
Skafottet her har hverken gabestokke eller galjer nok
Jeg finder rebet frem og strammer løkken
Cutter deres internet og konfiskerer slangebøssen
De kan put, deres lorterap tilbage i skraldebøtten
For de stinker men de gi’r mig selvtillid – så tak for støtten!

[Omkvæd]
Jeg holder med hvad scenen kan
Tjekker stadig hvert et vers fra hver en dilettant
I’ stadig wack – ingen skills og ingen kant
Tro ikk I’ glemt, jeg husker som en elefant
Jeg holder med hvad scenen kan
Tjekker stadig hvert et vers fra hver en dilettant
I’ stadig wack – ingen skills og ingen kant
Tro ikk I’ glemt, jeg husker som en elefant

[Outro]
Der’ for lidt der’ fedt
Der’ for lidt af det der
Lidt for lidt
Der’ brug for lidt mere
Der er møg beskidt
Det’ for sløjt det der shit
Er ved at kløjes i det pis, gi’ mig høj kvalitet
Der’ for lidt
Der’ for lidt af det der
Lidt for lidt
Der’ brug for lidt mere
Der er møg beskidt
Det’ for sløjt det der shit
Er ved at kløjes i det pis, gi’ mig høj kvalitet
Der’ for lidt der’ fedt
Der’ for lidt af det der
Lidt for lidt
Der’ brug for lidt mere
Der er møg beskidt
Det’ for sløjt det der shit
Er ved at kløjes i det pis, gi’ mig høj kvalitet
Der’ for lidt
Der’ for lidt af det der
Lidt for lidt
Der’ brug for lidt mere
Der er møg beskidt
Det’ for sløjt det der shit
Er ved at kløjes i det pis, gi’ mig høj kvalitet
Der’ for lidt der’ fedt

Pete Flux & Parental – What They Need Lyrics

[Verse 1]
My head’s heavy with words, I never sleep
I lay awake, rustling hard between the sheets
The funny thing is I’m an EP deep
And these niggas swear rhyming is the easy street
Sick bars, got quarantined by CDC
Spit at legendary clips, call em CP3s
Whoa, that’s an effortless point of reference
Most would say the country’s run by the president
I say the ones not living in the present tense
To keep it real in the face of greed’s prevalence
Hip hop is hard work with little recompense
I jumped a hurdle now I gotta leap a second fence
In a row, try to take it in my stroll
Or a stride, rip a few shows to let em know
That I’m live, broadcast the tracks and get the cash
Pragmatic rap addicts the only niggas that last huh?

[Chorus]
They want the cars and the clothes
What they need, kid? Bars and the flows
They want the bitches and the stacks
What they need, kid? Vision and a map
They want the cars and the clothes
What they need, kid? Bars and the flows
They want the bitches and the stacks
What they need, kid? Vision and a map

[Verse 2]
I want to scream it from a megaphone
For my nation that’s overrun with severed homes
Clever poems almost ensure you’re never known
Set in stone by those who’d rather break bread alone
Than share, sad state of affairs, we can’t stop though
I’m mad great with these pairs and they’re not bro
Killing your shit with my diligent clique
We feel that you missed, it’s all f**king villas and spliffs
Militant riffs about drug dealers that lift
Heavy weight, meditate on how I’m real as it gets
When you listen to a verse about material shit
Recognize there’s no lies when my miracles writ
Split, time with my peeps and the crew
Put the balance on the wax, then deliver to you
First hand, burst plans of a critical few
Give you nothing but the raw, quite the pivotal view

[Chorus]
They want the cars and the clothes
What they need, kid? Bars and the flows
They want the bitches and the stacks
What they need, kid? Vision and a map
They want the cars and the clothes
What they need, kid? Bars and the flows
They want the bitches and the stacks
What they need, kid? Vision and a map

[Verse 3]
Not trying to change your mind, I’m telling it like it is
Even if I’m much maligned by most of the writing biz
It’s such a grind, promoting the type of shiz
That discusses real life and the energy that you give
To keep pushing, the beats to keep cooking
Parental’s got those, these pros indeed hook em’
With allure, bringing warmth back, like a heated cushion
Not leading bookings but we see you looking
Developed a bond perfecting the craft
And it’s, helping us on this definite path
As one of the great duos, don’t want the fake kudos
Critics rate pseudos, mostly hate nouveau
Even when it’s clear to see as H2O
That we’re two of the best artists to break through though
You know the style that’ll make you believe
It’s Pete Flux, giving all the people what they need

[Chorus]
They want the cars and the clothes
What they need, kid? Bars and the flows
They want the bitches and the stacks
What they need, kid? Vision and a map
They want the cars and the clothes
What they need, kid? Bars and the flows
They want the bitches and the stacks
What they need, kid? Vision and a map

Cadell – 17 Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I don’t care who you think’s the best in grime
Cause I ain’t no rival for a title, I’d rather be next in line
I can see mouths moving but really can’t hear no one
Godfather, my big brother’s the Robert De Niro one
I saved the grime scene, no hero one
Where should I start from? Zero? One?
He took many a flow, tried to use me
Till I got over one, like two, three
And I’m bored of the sword fights
I lock down the rave, no 45s
On the front line, you won’t get lemon
I’ll give him a dead Q, six, seven
Wrote this bar and I had to rate Grimez
I want two boxes, that’s eight nines
I’m a devil, I wanna go to heaven
Nearly a new day, ten to eleven
21+, that’s helping me
Lost my virginity at twelve, thirteen
Plus, didn’t wanna miss me
Write like fourteen to fifteen 16s

[Hook]
You was like seventeen, filling job applications
I was like seventeen, chilling with Truss, we got entertainment
And yeah, I might lose my friend, I don’t want no replacement
Cause me and my circle’s family, I ain’t lost fam in ages
You was like seventeen, filling job applications
I was like seventeen, chilling with Truss, we got entertainment
And yeah, I might lose my friend, I don’t want no replacement
Cause me and my circle’s family, I ain’t lost fam in ages

[Verse 2]
At sixteen, I’d tell girls I’m eighteen
Guess what? They still believed me
Born in 19 How Long, 20 man deep
When I ride out, it’s easy
In America, you’ve gotta be 21 to be able to do
22 of the 23 things we do in 24 hours
25 man wanna beef me
Might not reach 26, if I don’t, I’m pissed
I can say that it’s worth a try
My team’s success might hurt your eyes
Two sevenths, two eighths, two nines and 30 guys
I know you wanna be one
Got the fans like “this ain’t the free one”
And I’mma end the count at 32
Make sure that you get the EP too
And I’ve been a problem
But I don’t admit it often
And I’m anti, ain’t got a million friends
Me riding alone’s like a million men
Spent 2014 giving ’em pebs
2015’s gonna make a little more sense
So business, stay inna yours
Me, I can’t lack inna war
Man think that they’re Modrić, new to the field like Livermore
I’m old school, front liner, Robbie Keane
f**k twerking, if I let it tweak
You’ll know what Bobby means
But enough about Bobby, though
Cause they already knew we was on the road
This my honour roll
I’ve heard too many man say they’re onto me
Dem man are ghost busters like they shot a ghost

[Hook]
You was like seventeen, filling job applications
I was like seventeen, chilling with Truss, we got entertainment
And yeah, I might lose my friend, I don’t want no replacement
Cause me and my circle’s family, I ain’t lost fam in ages
You was like seventeen, filling job applications
I was like seventeen, chilling with Truss, we got entertainment
And yeah, I might lose my friend, I don’t want no replacement
Cause me and my circle’s family, I ain’t lost fam in ages

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Victory Lap lyrics

[Intro: Macklemore]
Now they say, “Don’t forget where you come from
Don’t die holding on to your words
Cause you know, that you got a whole world to change
But understand who you gotta change first”

[Verse 1: Macklemore]
And I was like “Fuck that”, humility bust back
I remember the days with nothing but a bus pass
I was just a little shorty, just hopin’ that I could find a bum
To buy a 40 for me and have enough for a bud sack
Yeah, and I dance on that instrumental
Unorthodox like Basquiat with the pencil
Give me a microphone and a beat box I could vent to
Music the only medium that I could find myself through
Recluse, sippin’ on some lean I would let loose
Lookin’ in the mirror, watchin’ myself lose
Cleaned up in oh-eight, got a job makin’ barely minimum wage
To get into that page
Hit the road with R.L., performing in front of eight people
And that shit will check your ego
About around that time I’m watching that EP go
From nothing to getting us booked around the country
I know no limits, life can change in an instant
Eight people turn into sold out shows in a minute
Now watching my pops in the back row grinnin’
With his glass up to my mom, toastin’ his Guinness

[Pre-Hook: Macklemore]
And we on, we on
Good music, it lies in the ambiance
One day we’ll leave here
But these words live on
Till then, we keep on making the songs

[Hook: Macklemore]
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
Put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
I remember that Freshman edition
Last year thinking to myself like
Yeah, nah, I won’t win it yet, I probably won’t get it, but
I’ma give it everything, play my position
The next 11 months I gave it all, everything I had in me
Left blood, sweat, tears in every god damn city
No label, no deal, no publicist, indie
Just music that connected and fans that rode with me
Throw me a gold mine, and a co-sign
While you’re riding a couple dope rides
Two women, both dimes
Not gonna lie, that shit sounds so nice
But I got creative control, and my soul’s mine
I wouldn’t trade it, maybe I’m crazy
I put on for my city, Seattle, that raised me
Rule four-thousand-and-eighty, it’s really not changing
Now a days make good music, the people are your label

[Hook: Macklemore]
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
Put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high
So put ’em up, up up, up up, so high

[Outro: Macklemore]
Oh my God
Feels like a victory lap
Can I have that moment
Can I talk my shit

[Interlude: Macklemore]
Now they say, “Don’t forget where you come from
Don’t die holding on to your words
Cause you know, that you got a whole world to change
But understand who you gotta change first”

[Outro: Macklemore]
Put ’em, up, up, up up
Up, up, up up
Put ’em, up, up, up up
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis
Put ’em up, up, up up
Up, up, up up
Put ’em, up, up, up up (so high)

Watch Wild Beasts Play Their Last Show Ever


Last year, Wild Beasts announced that they were breaking up, finally concluding the project with a farewell EP. This week, the band released a final live album called Last Night All My Dreams Came True and also played their last show at London’s Eventim Apollo. With a career-spanning 24-song, three encore set, the band triumphantly brought the 14-year-old project to a close once and for all. Watch a few clips of the performance and hear their new live album below.

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Janelle Monáe Announces New Album Dirty Computer

Janelle Monáe has just announced an upcoming new album called Dirty Computer. It has been a fairly long musical hiatus for Monáe: Her last solo album, The Electric Lady, came out in 2013, with a Wondaland Records collaborative EP, Wondaland Presents THE EEPHUS, coming in 2015 (featuring the Monáe single “Yoga” with labelmate Jidenna). Today, Monáe posted a cinematic trailer for an associated Dirty Computer film. The project is described as an “emotion picture” on a final title card–“…(definition): a narrative film and accompanying musical album,” Monáe’s YouTube description explains. The trailer also features an appearance from actress Tessa Thompson. The clip is playing before select screenings of Marvel’s Black Panther, which is out today. A release date for Dirty Computer has not yet been set. Watch the teaser below.

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Bassnectar’s Throwback Side Project Gets Release Date & Full Tracklist

Bassnectar‘s highly anticipated new side project with Sayr finally has a release date and a tracklist to go with it!

The Naux Faux EP is due out February 14, Valentine’s Day, and is is expected to celebrate magical nostalgia of an era from the past. Anyone thirsty for some old school Nectar vibes will undoubtedly love to hear what these guys have up their sleeves.

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“File under: freestyle melodic electronica from the 1990’s,” the Bassnectar website describes.

Bassnectar first unveiled the side project with a track off his own Reflective Part 2 EP late last year. “Psyopia” (Bassnectar Remix) released before the Naux Faux original, coming as part of the new EP.

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The Naux Faux EP is available for pre-order here.

Naux Faux EP – Tracklist

1. Birds Of Paradox [Intro]
2. Flip Gnosis
3. Enchanted
4. Coast To Coasters
5. Cherish Friendship
6. Psyopia
7. Birds Of Paradox [Outro]

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Mrs. GREEN APPLE – 春愁 歌詞

春愁 歌詞 Mrs. GREEN APPLE

アルバム/ Album: Love me, Love you – EP
作詞/ Lyricist:
作曲/ Composer:
発売日/ Release date: 2018年2月14日

Mrs. GREEN APPLE – 春愁 KANJI LYRICS

「早いものね」と心が囁いた
言われてみれば「うん、早かった」

また昨日と同じ今日を過ごした
そんなことばっか繰り返してた

「憧れ」「理想」とたまに喧嘩をした
どうしても仲良くなれなかった
青さの欠片が行き交うか
やっぱり摘み取ることはできなかった

大嫌いだ 人が大嫌いだ
友達も大嫌いだ 本当は大好きだ

明日が晴れるなら それでいいや
明日が来たるのなら それでいいや
あなたが笑うのなら なんでもいいや
世界は変わりゆくけど それだけでいいや

「ありがたいね」と心が囁いた
言われずともちゃんと解っていた

また昨日と同じ今日を過ごした
そんなことばっかり思っていた
「涙」や「笑い」も少なかったりした
実はそんなこともなかった

春が息吹く桜の花も舞いはせず
ただ陽に照らされていた

大嫌いだ 今日が大嫌いだ
昨日も大嫌いだ 明日が大好きだ
いつかいつか見つけてくれるのなら
いつかいつか大切に思えるなら

あなたが生きてさえいれば なんでもいいや
私が生きているなら それでいいや
それでいいや それがいいや

大嫌いだ 人が大嫌いだ
友達も大嫌いだ 本当は大好きだ

Mrs. GREEN APPLE – 春愁 ROMAJI

‘ hayai mono ne’ to kokoro ga sasayaita
iwarete mire ba‘ un, hayakatta’

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mata kinō to onaji kyō o sugoshita
sonna koto bakka kurikaeshiteta

‘ akogare’ ‘ risō’ to tamani kenka o shita
dō shite mo nakayoku narenakatta
ao-sa no kakera ga ikikau ka
yappari tsumitoru koto wa dekinakatta

daikirai da hito ga daikirai da
tomodachi mo daikirai da hontō wa daisuki da

asu ga harerunara sore de ī ya
asu ga kitaru no nara sore de ī ya
anata ga warau no nara nan de mo ī ya
sekai wa kawariyuku kedo sore dake de ī ya

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‘ arigatai ne’ to kokoro ga sasayaita
iwarezu tomo-chan to wakatte ita

mata kinō to onaji kyō o sugoshita
sonna koto bakkari omotte ita
‘ namida’ ya‘ warai’ mo sukunakattari shita
jitsu wa sonna koto mo nakatta

haru ga ibuku sakura no hana mo mai wa sezu
tada hi ni terasarete ita

daikirai da kyō ga daikirai da
kinō mo daikirai da asu ga daisuki da
itsu ka itsu ka mitsukete kureru no nara
itsu ka itsu ka taisetsu ni omoerunara

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anata ga ikite sae ire ba nan de mo ī ya
watakushi ga ikite irunara sore de ī ya
sore de ī ya sore ga ī ya

daikirai da hito ga daikirai da
tomodachi mo daikirai da hontō wa daisuki da

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Mist – Game Changer

[Intro]
Steel Banglez
Sickmade

[Verse 1]
Live life on the edge, won’t topple
Like when I’m on a bike, full throttle
Step in the dance, kop bottles
MIST from the ends is the kids role model
New whip soon land, looking like a space shuttle
Black-on-black, yeah, I call that subtle
My dargs dem a bark, no muzzle
Beef get solved real quick, but it’s long like puzzles
I just wanna watch money double

[Chorus]
I’m getting hot like Nelly
Legend in the game, Machiavelli
Glastonbury, yeah, yeah, you see me on the telly
I’m a very calculated nigga, never miss a penny
I’m getting hot like Nelly
Legend in the game, Machiavelli
Glastonbury, yeah, yeah, you see me on the telly
I’m a very calculated nigga, never miss a penny

[Verse 2]
Just gimmie health, health and wealth
Fear no one but God himself
Got P from my EP and weren’t selling on the shelf
I remember hustling for Ralph
These day I hustle for a house
Stepped in the dance, shut down, bounced
Came through stinking of ounce
Yeah, I came through stinking of ounce

[Chorus]
I’m getting hot like Nelly
Legend in the game, Machiavelli
Glastonbury, yeah, yeah, you see me on the telly
I’m a very calculated nigga, never miss a penny
I’m getting hot like Nelly
Legend in the game, Machiavelli
Glastonbury, yeah, yeah, you see me on the telly
I’m a very calculated nigga, never miss a penny

[Verse 3]
Game change like weather
Yeah, I changed, but I changed for the better
Diamond in the dirt, yeah, you know that I’m treasure
So far gone, dem boy can’t measure
Having no dough brings pressure
When you get dough, don’t go broke, yeah, that’s clever
Sickmade on my chain and my sweater
Yeah, the game got changed with pleasure

[Bridge]
Sickmade
MIS to the fucking T
Just gimmie health, health and wealth
Just gimmie health
Just gimmie health, health and wealth
Just gimmie health

[Chorus]
I’m getting hot like Nelly
Legend in the game, Machiavelli
Glastonbury, yeah, yeah, you see me on the telly
I’m a very calculated nigga, never miss a penny
I’m getting hot like Nelly
Legend in the game, Machiavelli
Glastonbury, yeah, yeah, you see me on the telly
I’m a very calculated nigga, never miss a penny

Tommy Lee Sparta – Pon Di Roadside [New Music]

Tommy Lee Sparta goes retro for his new joint “Pon Di Roadside.”

The Ricardo Gowe Records-produced track is featured on his New Creator EP now available on iTunes. Over an authentic reggae beat, Tommy Lee Sparta shows off his vocals while singing about taking another man’s girl. “Me buck a catty pon the roadside, say she waan get close by, me say me have a girl she say she don’t mind, me serious without smile, say she want me close by, after that she say me too nice,” Sparta sings.

Tommy Lee Sparta is currently working on his debut album due in April of this year. His New Creator EP was released on January 5th and it’s been getting some positive feedback. on its debut, it quickly became the top trending reggae project on iTunes. The success of the EP helps build more hype ahead of the release of his album.

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Nesbeth Gives Back To Students, Singer Lauded by Embassy & Police High Commission

As the Yuletide season shifts into high gear Reggae luminary, Nesbeth is definitely in the mood for giving. Wrapping up a two-month island-wide campaign to bring social awareness to school children regarding the use and impact of social media. The singer last week made a surprise visit to Montego Bay High School where he handed over a cheque worth fifty thousand dollars, to two students of the academic institution. The recipients: Mikaliah Allen and Brianne Irons were the overall winners of the ‘Success Story’ online competition, hosted in November in collaboration with Foota Hype Music (F.H.M).

Making the presentation during the school’s devotional period, Nesbeth implored the pupils and school administration with special mention to the ancillary staff to follow their dreams and become their own ‘success story’.

“I know what it’s like to not have, coming from very humble place and having to face some almost insurmountable obstacles to get to where I am in life; but the real reason I was able to make it this far is because I had a dream and I never once lost sight of it despite the challenges. So today before I leave, I want to personally implore you all to have a dream and work earnestly towards it.”

The Principal, Mr Gary Powell, thanked Nesbeth for the kind gesture; encouraging him to continue being a beacon of inspiration for the youths of this country.

Over the weekend the ‘Success Story’ hitmaker also made appearances at the Office of the Police High Commission and the United States Embassy, delivering stupendous sets respectively. The Rastafarian crooner was lauded by both entities for his selfless effort at nation-building.

Meanwhile, as the year draws to a close, Nesbeth remains steadfast on completing his album but is expected to release an EP in the first quarter of the new year as a precursor to the album.

The singer’s next appearance will be at the 5th instalment of Ghetto Splash this Tuesday, December 19th.

XXXTentacion Drops New EP “A Ghetto Christmas Carol” Listen

XXXTentacion want his fans to jam to his new EP A Ghetto Christmas Carol for the holidays.

The Lauderhill rapper has had a rocky year but he is looking to close out 2017 on a high with this new five track EP. You can find singles such as “A ghetto Christmas Carol,” “Hate Will Never Win,” “Up Like An Insomniac,” “Red Light,” and “Indecision.” He is listed a producer on the single “Up Like An Insomniac” along with Ronny J who produced most of the project.

Surprisingly there are no Christmas themed song on the EP despite the title being A Ghetto Christmas Carol. On his self-produced song “Insomniac” he raps about his fame and riches in a fiery freestyle over a bass heavy beat. “Okay, Xans for her dinner, uhh / Bag from Margiela, uhh / Bad little b**ch, she Spanish / Speak no English, got no manners / Just like a gnome, I’m at your home / Right on your yard, shoes are Goyard,” X raps.

XXXTentacion has an upcoming court date set for December 15th where he could very well be taken into custody as the prosecution look to lay down more charges against him. He is currently charged with domestic battery by strangulation, witness-tampering, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.