"Open" is the amazing debut single from LA-based newcomers RHYE. The gloriously synths and strings-heavy single is also the title track for their debut EP Open which was released last month via Innovative Leisure. While the identity and background of this "anonymous" Electronic Pop duo remain shrouded deep in mystery, the music that they have put out by way of their 3-track debut offering has been nothing short of spell-binding and captivating with a lush minimalist and R&B flavor to it. Already creating a massive buzz for themselves online (albeit as much about their hidden identity as about how excellent this record is because it really is excellent and all we should really be talking about), Rhye's full length album is already complete and will be released later in the year. In the meantime, check out the NSFW video for "Open" below.
From experimental R&B territory, we're taking a sharp right into familiar and good old Hip-Hop territory by way of "new" and emerging female Hip-Hop duo THEESATISFACTION who are signed to the legendary Sub Pop record label and maybe we're not taking an entirely sharp right with this one because there's just something about a Hip-Hop duo signed to the label that housed the likes of Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, Beach House and The Shins that by default pulls you away from any notions of traditional Hip-Hop music you might have in 20120 - this, on the other hand is built upon cosmic and conscious lyrics laced over psychedelic funk, soul and jazz backdrops. We first heard Stacia Irons and Catherine Harris-White (THEESatisfaction) on the sublime "Swerve" off of Shabazz Palaces' critically acclaimed 2011 album Black Up and on March 27, we will be blessed with a 13-track (major label) debut album from THEESatisfaction titled awE naturalE. "Enchantruss" which features Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palace is the second offering to be released from the forthcoming album and it goes straight into our Best New Music list for the week.
Rounding up our Best New and Emerging Music list from the last fourteen days (20/02/12 - 04/03/12) is a 17-year old rapper hailing from Brooklyn, New York that goes by the name of JOEY BADA$$. Bursting unto the scene earlier this year with his hard-hitting first offering "Survival Tactics" which featured fellow Brooklyn rapper Capital STEEZ, Joey BadA$$ has been getting rave reviews from several US Hip-Hop tastemakers such as Hip-Hop DX, The Source, The Smoking Section and The Fader among many others with rather premature comparisons to Nas (circa 1992) already being tossed around. Juvenile and silly stage names aside, Joey BadA$$ - who is a member of the Pro.Era (Progessive Era) crew - is a pretty decent emcee and at only 17, the potential that the kid has is enormous. "Waves" - backed by lush keyboard and string arrangements and a funky bassline - is the second offering from his forthcoming debut solo project titled 1999 to be released via SOW (Cinematic Music Group & Creative Control TV).
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, the very Best New and Emerging Music of the last fourteen days. It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it. I hope you enjoyed our selections of new music this go around, we brought you some "Experimental R&B" from three different parts of the world - the UK, US and Canada - as well as some Hip-Hop music from Brooklyn, New York and some (not traditionally so) Hip-Hop music from Seattle, Washington.
Until the Next Time...
Best New & Emerging Music: Week 6 & 7 // Week 4 & 5 // Week 3 // Week 2 // Week 1 // 2011