Ricky and Mark Live @ Tractor Tavern video

Remember Ricky and Mark (@rickypharoe @Gajamagic)? Of course you do! Since posting their “House Keys…

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NINETAILS: Quiet Confidence

NINETAILS is a trio from Liverpool who’s latest release, Quiet Confidence, dropped in March on Pond Life. The band consists of Jake King, Jordan Balaber and Phillip Morris. The first half of their Quiet Confidence EP reminds me of Prince and Sade at times with sensual and sexy tracks sprinkled with some R&B influences. On the latter three tracks, the sound direction is more ambient and calming,…

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Cassie Steele: Mad

The multi-talented Cassie Steel dropped her new single Mad on April 1, 2014. This would be the Toronto-born singer, songwriter and actress’ first music release since her 2012 EP…

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J.Lately – “Make. Believe.” video

J.Lately is all up on CrayonBeats today, as I just posted his “Roses” single! The first music video from his upcoming album is for the title track “Make.

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J.Lately – “Roses” (ft Grynch)

Almost a week ago, J.Lately (@JustLately) released the first single from his forthcoming album Make. Believe.

J.Lately – “Roses” (ft Grynch)

Almost a week ago, J.Lately (@JustLately) released the first single from his forthcoming album Make. Believe.

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Lykke Li - “No Rest For The Wicked” video

Lykke Li – “No Rest For The Wicked” video

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li (@LykkeLi) is back on her game, my friends! Having not released an album in a little over 3 years, she is returning with a brand new album on May 5th! Titled I Never Learn, the third studio album is releasing via LL Recordings and you’ll find 9 new songs.
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Takticz - “Erotic City” (Prince cover)

Takticz – “Erotic City” (Prince cover)

Sacramento-based rapper/singer Takticz (@Takticz) is the newest and youngest member of N-Crowd Entertainment (home to R&B singer Maryann and producer N8 The Gr8). It’s funny that I opened this song in my inbox today when I was listening to the original, sexually explicit Prince song the other day.

While I’m not familiar with this artist, I am feeling his cover of Prince’s “Erotic City.” Downtempo…

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Zion I - “Supreme” video

Zion I – “Supreme” video

Back in January, Zion I (@zioni) dropped an EP called The Masters of Ceremony. I must’ve slept on that one, though, because I didn’t know about it until today after watching the music video for their song “Supreme.” The anthemic verses about unity and becoming leaders for social change are met with boom bap drums, warm guitar licks, and notable vocal samples pieced throughout, but it’s full force…

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Graves 33 - “The End of Time”

Graves 33 – “The End of Time”

Happy belated birthday to Graves 33 (@Graves33)! As a gift to himself, he dropped a new song last week, called “The End of Time.” Anthemic beat produced by AMFM (aka “Urrks” of The GNU Deal), it finds Gravesspitting that true speak about rappers that get buried under stress, lack of ambition, and no solid foundation in their movement, therefore winding up lost in that end of time. Dope song! I…

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On April 11th, Amsterdam producer FS Green (@FSGreen) released a new EP, called Gowtu. Meaning “Gold” in Surinamese, the 6-track project was inspired by the country and culture of Surinam. It’s richly layered with upbeat, danceable percussion rhythms, heavy string and horn sections, fiery synth lines, deep keys, sound effects, and guest appearances from Skinto, La Rouge, and Aptijt. It’s a strong EP, so don’t hesitate to dance along to the fun, Caribbean vibes in your chair or standing on your feet.

My favorite tracks are “Watrasei (Intro)”, “Je Doet (Remix)”, and “Warrior”. The dub versions of those last two are enjoyable, too. Watch the music video for his intro song “Watrasei.” Stream a preview of Gowtu below, then download for free!

Tracklist:
01 FS Green – Watrasei (Gowtu Intro)
02 FS Green & La Rouge – Je Doet (Remix)
03 FS Green – Warrior Ft. Skinto
04 FS Green & Aptijt – Boeke [Dub]
05 FS Green & La Rouge – Je Doet (Remix) [Dub]
06 FS Green – Warrior Ft. Skinto [Dub]

* additional instruments on Watrasei by SirOJ

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To go along with the EP, there is also a limited edition Patta x FS Green collaboration t-shirt. On the front chest of the shirt you’ll see the Surinamese currency ($RD), while the back is decorated with Green’s name and the symbolic “mattenklopper” (carpet-beater), which is a symbol for purification and bonding taken from old Surinamese traditions. It can be purchased from Patta‘s store now, and online soon.

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FS Green – “Gowtu” EP On April 11th, Amsterdam producer FS Green (@FSGreen) released a new EP, called Gowtu. Meaning “Gold” in Surinamese, the 6-track project was inspired by the country and culture of Surinam.
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