Apologies for the radio silence for the last week as SXSW is still a thing and that thing can easily pull you away from updating a blog 100%. Back at it this week though and TNN sees a big flex from 2 huge names in rap. Drake returns with More Life, a “playlist” that isn’t really an album but is and it’s 2017 and artists are finding more and more ways to release content and get people to care. Drake keeps the quality high as always and spreads his wings more into global pop stardom with “Blem” and continues the flute in rap trend with the “Portland”. Also we’ve got a new LP from Rick Ross, his first in 2 years, and he’s taking no prisoners on “Idols Become Rivals” and “Trap Trap Trap”. Stream all 4 tunes in full below.
TNN for 2017 is now in full on go mode as the flood of new music flexing for spring and summer attention is 100% here. Big week this past week and these are just some of the new gems. First up is a brand new one out of nowhere from Frank Ocean that’s just super dope. Second sees the return of Lorde and he bucking the pressure of her sophomore turn with a beautiful piano ballad. Third we have Little Dragon dropping their first new music in 3 years and it’s literally flames. Finally, we’ve got Amine dropping his first cut of 2017 and it feels like Timbo and the Neptunes met up and got busy. Stream all 3 in full below.
TNN is carrying us into the first full week of March and we’re beginning to see warm weather tunes hitting the airwaves. It’s still cold as you know what here in NY but there are signs of Spring coming in and the music is only helping things move along. First up this week is a recent one from Calvin Harris and surprise collaborators Frank Ocean & Migos. Doesn’t really matter how this song came together. I’m calling it now though…”Song of The Summer of 2017″. Second, we’ve got a new electro pop dance number from Geotic (aka Baths) and this is a really tasty patio season type vibe. Finally, we’ve got a new one from Bobby Raps. The Minnesota rapper has been quiet on the solo tip but has started to resurface with some album credits on the latest LP from The Weeknd and now his 2nd single in as many weeks. Stream all three tracks in full below.
TNN returns this week after a week off. And while there’s been a healthy dose of new music coming out, the last 10 days or so absolutely and completely belong to Future. He’s dropped two 17 song LPs in back-to-back weeks, each album catered to specific audiences and both are slotted to debut #1 on the Billboard Top 200. If that goes down, that’s the first time ever an artist has released 2 albums in 2 weeks and they both debut at #1. So with the spirit of history, here’s 4 songs from these LPs that stood out after early listening sessions. Stream all 4 in full below.
TNN flies in this week with a bit under the radar as it was a relatively quiet week for the nu nu (the week before the Grammy’s is not the best time to release new music…friendly FYI). First up is a new one from Desiigner. Hate this dude all you want but fact is he’s got some of the dopest producers in the world behind him now and “Outlet” is a FIRE instrumental at worst. Solid new tune at best. Next up is a cool collab from 2 of the internet’s favorite new rappers in KYLE and Cousin Stizz. Another super fire beat here. Finally is teenager Ama Lou coming through with some dissonant R&B and dancehall vibes that feel very interesting and worth keeping an overall eye on. Stream em all in full below.
TNN is here to kick of February and keep things moving in what feels like one of the craziest political climates ever. Music continues to help us get through and here’s some nu nu to share that hopefully helps you do the same. First up is the first new music from Future Islands in almost 3 years. New album and full tour coming from those guys and this first single feels like a warm hug. Second up is a political stand by one of the baddest dudes making rap right now in Vince Staples. So thankful to have this young man sounded so hungry and willing to take a stand. Finally is the full debut LP (FINALLY) from Sampha and it’s so worth the wait. Give yourself a break with this 10 track effort of beauty. Stream all 3 projects in full below.
While the climate of politics (and humanity in general) is in complete turmoil, it’s become increasingly difficult to find release and maintain sanity. Bless music for being a continuous outlet in all times, good and bad. We saw some heavy hitters release new music this week and a majority of it was flames. Missy Elliot returns with a new single and video that has to be watched to truly be felt. Sure it’s got a trap feel but Missy been on triplets and 808s since ’97. Major Lazer dropped a 108 bpm bomb with PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj that’s sure to be steaming along through the summer. And Thundercat dropped a yacht rock first single to his new LP with features from Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. You read that right. Check out all 3 in full below.
January 2017 is almost already over and TNN this week examines some nu nu from the past week or so as we tie a weirdly odd and stressed bow on month one of the new year. Speaking of weirdly odd, you have to watch this beautiful disaster that is the video for Young Thug’s “Jeffrey”. Is it a real situation that was documented to perfection? One would have to say yes. Next is a new one from Maggie Rogers (remember the music student who made Pharrell cry last year?) and she knocks her deliciously new school folky sound out of the park again. Finally, is new comer MarcLo and his tune “SWNGN” which flips Montell Jordan (which flipped Slick Rick who flipped Bob James) but does it with new school taste and flair. Peep all 3 in full below.
The new release flow for 2017 is definitely getting itself going and the heat is really starting to roll out. First up is the brand nu nu from Migos. Sure “Bad and Boujee” is the #1 song in the country right now but “T-Shirt” is out now and it’s flames and so is the video. Next we’ve have a solo sighting from Syd of The Internet fame. Definitely a different side to what we’re used to from her but this is fly. Finally, in more ways the one, we’ve got new music from SZA and word of her new album will see the light of day soon. Peep all 3 in full below.
It’s 2017 in case you didn’t notice and we’ve got a full week into the new year under our collective belts. What that ultimately means here is that TNN is back and we’ve got new music to share. First up is another new song from the xx, who have a new album dropping this upcoming Friday and have announced a full scale North American summer tour. Next, we’ve got a new slapper from Jazz Cartier that is one of the most club ready cuts he’s made. Finally, we’ve got a new school/old school RnB jam from Ace Tee out of Germany. No idea what she’s saying but the vibes are super fresh. Check out all 3 in full below.