LA-Based Capital Cities is an excellent representation of electro-pop done well; infectious melodies that are enhanced, but not overpowered by, slick electro production. They released their eponymous EP Capital Cities back in June, but they haven’t gotten the attention their work deserves. Check out the new visuals to “Safe and Sound” and you can stream the whole EP below.
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
It’s refreshing to hear something in the rap game actually sound hungry. Vakill raps with a certain passionate intensity that you don’t hear very often anymore. Considering he has been in the game since 1995, and that his 2006 release Worst Fears Confirmed has been criminally slept on, it’s about time we show him some love here at TCC. His newest record, Armor of God, dropped this summer. Check these tracks out, I promise it will be a refreshing listen.
Vakill Feat. Vizion – Endless Road
Vakill feat. Astonish – You Don’t Know
Seattle rapper Macklemore has been around for a while, but it’s not often you discover an artist that makes you break your repeat button, so I felt he deserved a full post. Because just like most of the people I know, I’ve been sleeping on the Macklemore. The first song,”Wings”, left me absolutely floored. It first appeared back in January of this year, and after some fundraising, the duo managed to make a video. The result is nothing short of amazing. Maybe the song of the year. I would just post the DL links, but the videos are equally impressive.
This next song, “The Town”, is Macklemore’s ode to Seattle. The 206 has developed a powerful underground hip-hop scene in the last decade led by Blue Scholars, Jake One, Sweatshop Union, and Common Market. I’d say Macklemore has earned his place in that ring.
The last song, “Otherside”, doesn’t have a video, but I love the Chili Peppers sample, so I’ll throw it up anyways.
Keep your eyes on Macklemore, he’s doing big things, and it doesn’t look like he is going to slow down any time soon. Don’t forget to pick up his past releases.
The VS. EP
At The Campus Companion, we like to take a little time out of our busy week to highlight an artist that we feel more people should know about. Although he hasn’t released a proper album since his 2004 release “Destroy Rock and Roll”, Scottish electronic artist Mylo has stayed active by releasing mixtapes and remixing music. His songs have some of the funkiest basslines I’ve heard in a long time, and even the more laid back tracks will make your head nod.