Mass Appeal Music Of The Month August

Music of the Month – August ’14

With July coming to an end and August— the last real month of summer— beginning, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t lace you with some tracks to kick it off correctly. Behold: Music Of The Month.

Killer Mike and El-P have linked up again for the highly anticipated sequel to their critically acclaimed album Run The Jewels, and the first snippet, “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” was just released. Even though it isn’t even the full track, it goes so hard we had to include it. Ithaca’s Go Buck! hit us with some bass-influenced hip hop with a little help from Tone Pérignon. Jeremih and Shlohmo’s No More EP finally saw the light of day, right when we were going to “Let Go…”

We caught the trip-hop bug from Australian electronic producer cln thanks to his track “What You Said,” and we couldn’t be happier about it. James Blake collaborator and 1-800-Dinosaur signee Airhead got us moving with “Shirin,” and Sophie weirded us out (in a good way!) with Forthcoming‘s “Lemonade.” Danny Brown’s feature on Rustie’s “Attak” has us giddy as can be…in a convulsion inducing kinda way.

Cymbals Eat Guitars came through with the (ironically) guitar heavy “Warning,” while psych-metal band Sleep released their first new material since 2003 in the form of “Clarity.” Your Old Droog (not to be confused with Nas) announced his first show at the same time as releasing his new track feat Rast RFC. Meanwhile, Bishop Nehru and DOOM’s collaborative NehruvianDOOM project blessed us with new cut “OM.” Namaste.

Indie darlings Future Islands remixed Phantogram’s “Black Out Days,” and the result sounds like the opposite of a hangover. The Range made us elated with his new track “Rayman” (insert video game reference here) off the Dropping Gems compilation. Absolutely Free brings an interesting twist to a more classic indie rock formula, and J Mascis tones it down for the (almost ) acoustic Cat Power assisted “Awake.”

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