Sound Session #572 (10/16/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on October 17th, 2016 by Hyphen


After a few weeks here in Australia, I’ve decided Sydney is pretty much Vancouver meets San Diego.  As you’d expect when you combine two of the best cities in North America, that results in a pretty awesome place.  Along with its natural Australian sensibilities, it’s got a great mix of US, UK, and Asian influences, and from the downtown core to beach after beach of insanely beautiful coastline (peep the gram), it’s really got everything you might need.  I feel like I’m betraying my new friends here by spreading the word, but the secret is going to get out at some point.  Plus, if the unthinkable happens, I know you guys are going to be assessing your options come November 5th.  Thankfully, that looks less and less likely by the day…get out and vote!  I already sent in my ballot from 8 thousand miles away, so you really don’t have any excuses to let your voice be heard.

On this week’s episode of SNSS, we ran new records from Dave (dope 18 year old rapper from South London), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Zeds Dead & Pusha T & Rivers Cuomo, GTA, SiR, Like & Kali Uchis (Like’s album is exceptional, make sure you peep it), IshDARR, Duckwrth, Reva DeVito, Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada, TYuS, Bryson Tiller, Solange & Joe Budden, Aaron Abernathy & Phonte & Black Milk, and more.  Black On Both Sides celebrated its 17th birthday last week, so I picked a throwback off that fitting for my travels…


Show #572 (10/16/16)

1. Dave East – “Keisha”
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ariana DeBoo – “Drug Dealer” (Local Music)
3. Dave – “Wanna Know”
4. Zeds Dead ft. Pusha T & Rivers Cuomo – “Too Young”
5. Divine Council ft. Andre 3000 – “DECEMBA (Remix)”
6. DAEtrius – “ShowOut”
7. GTA ft. Jarina De Marco – “True Romance”
8. SiR – “Queen”
9. Like ft. Kali Uchis – “Blah Loops”
10. Mos Def – “Habitat” (Throwback of the Week)
11. Aaron Abernathy ft. Phonte & Black Milk – “Bachelorette”
12. Francis and the Lights – “Can’t Stay Party”
13. Reva DeVito – “The Move” (Local Music)
14. Kid Cudi – “Surfin’”
15. Chance The Rapper ft. Knox Fortune – “All Night (Kaytranada Extended Joint)”
16. IshDARR – “Sugar”
17. Duckwrth ft. Sabrina Claudio – “I’m Dead”
18. BANKS – “Judas”
19. Mura Masa ft. ASAP Rocky – “Love$ick”
20. Pusha T ft. Desiigner & Ty Dolla Sign – “Circles”
21. TYuS – “Slow Jam” (Local Music)
22. Bryson Tiller – “Let Me Explain”
23. Solange ft. Joe Budden – “Don’t You Wait (Remix)”
24. John Legend – “Love Me Now”

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Sound Session #571 (10/9/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on October 11th, 2016 by Hyphen


As mentioned yesterday, we are now up and running with our international broadcast of Sound Session every week, all the way across the Pacific Ocean from Sydney, Australia.  I’ll be here for 3 months for my ESPN work, but we’ll keep the music coming like we always have.  Hopefully we’ll start adding some more Aussie flavor to the show (still sleeping on CVIRO & GXNXVS, Vanessa Elisha, M-Phazes, etc.?…hell, I think we were the first show in the country to play that funky little record from the quirky Belgian/Australian dude, waaaaaay before it became a played out smash).

No Aussies on this week’s playlist, but still some great new music from artists like Anderson .Paak, Kid Cudi, Common, Francis and the Lights, Mura Masa & ASAP Rocky, Dave East, DAEtrius, Divine Council & Andre 3000, Dave, Khalid, Avelino, SiR, dvsn, and more.  Enjoy!

Show #571 (10/9/16)

1. NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) – “Lyk Dis”
2. Kung Foo Grip – “Boomerang” (Local Music)
3. Travis Scott ft. K. Forest – “Guidance”
4. Kid Cudi – “Surfin’”
5. The Weeknd – “False Alarm”
6. Common ft. Stevie Wonder – “Black America Again”
7. T.I. ft. B. Rossi & Killer Mike – “40 Acres”
8. Yirim Seck – “We Call It (Murder)” (Local Music)
9. Talib Kweli – “Get By” (Throwback of the Week)
10. JAHKOY ft. Schoolboy Q – “California Heaven”
11. Xavier Omar – “Grown Woman”
12. Francis and the Lights – “Can’t Stay Party”
13. Mura Masa ft. ASAP Rocky – “Love$ick”
14. Dave East – “Keisha”
15. DAEtrius – “ShowOut”
16. Divine Council ft. Andre 3000 – “DECEMBA (Remix)”
17. Avelino – “Late Nights In The 15”
18. Dave – “Wanna Know”
19. Khalid – “Location”
20. Mick Jenkins ft. Ravyn Lenae – “Communicate”
21. Anderson .Paak ft. Schoolboy Q – “Am I Wrong (Koolade Remix)”
22. Tay Sean – “Higher Vibrations” (Local Music)
23. SiR – “All In My Head”
24. Drake ft. Pimp C & dvsn – “Faithful (Extended Version)”
25. Frank Ocean – “Ivy”

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Sound Session #570 (9/25/16)

Posted in Episodes, Sound Session on October 10th, 2016 by Hyphen


Greetings from 7,744 miles away from Seattle, live and direct from Sydney, Australia!

If you’ve heard the past few shows, you heard DJ Nphared and I chat about my work trip down under for ESPN, and it’s finally underway.  It’s taken a minute to travel halfway around the world, get settled, and get the archive up for SNSS #570 from a few weeks back, but we’re finally in business.  I’ll be here for 3 months and broadcasting each week from 17 hours in the future.  Monday Afternoon Sound Session doesn’t quite have the same ring, but that’s what it’ll be for me here in Sydney.  Many thanks to those who have helped get us all hooked up to broadcast from the land of kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, and, of course, Margot Robbie.

On this episode, we ran tracks from T.I. & Killer Mike, ODIE, NxWorries, OthaSoul, Mick Jenkins, Rejjie Snow, Tink, Mndsgn, Brent Faiyaz, Isaiah Rashad, Danny Brown, Xavier Omar (fka SPZRKT), and more.  2 Throwbacks for the 20th & 25th anniversary of two classic albums as well.  Lots of good stuff here, enjoy and be on the lookout for our first episode from Sydney to be archived shortly as well!

Show #570 (9/25/16)
**Co-hosted by DJ Nphared**

1. T.I. ft. B. Rossi & Killer Mike – “40 Acres”
2. Yirim Seck – “We Call It (Murder)” (Local Music)
3. Danny Brown ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, & Earl Sweatshirt – “Really Doe”
4. ODIE – “Catch Up”
5. NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) – “Lyk Dis”
6. A Tribe Called Quest – “Check The Rhime” (Throwback of the Week)
7. Apathy ft. Marvalyss – “The Ed Lover Dance”
8. Isaiah Rashad – “Brenda”
9. Mac Miller ft. Njomza – “Planet God Damn”
10. OthaSoul ft. Emmavie – “In The Dark”
11. Mick Jenkins ft. Ravyn Lenae – “Communicate”
12. The Roots ft. Malik B – “Section” (Throwback of the Week)
13. Rejjie Snow – “D.R.U.G.S.”
14. Frank Ocean – “Pink + White”
15. Xavier Omar – “Grown Woman”
16. AlunaGeorge – “Mediator”
17. Tink – “All Falls Down”
18. Mndsgn – “Alluptoyou”
19. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
20. Brent Faiyaz – “No One Knows”
21. De La Soul ft. Little Dragon – “Drawn”
22. Kung Foo Grip – “Boomerang” (Local Music)
23. Young Evo ft. Elan Wright – “Answers” (Local Music)

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Sound Session #486 (10-5-14)

Posted in Episodes, Interviews, Sound Session on October 9th, 2014 by Hyphen


On this week’s SNSS episode, we filled the show with a ton of great music from the likes of Joell Ortiz, Joey Bada$$, Fashawn, Dom Kennedy, Childish Gambino, Logic, Diamond D, Nottz, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Jessie Ware, Tinashe, ODESZA, Gorgon City, Broods, and more.  Plus, Cozz called in, fresh off the heels of his Cozz & Effect album to talk all about the project, his background, his relationship with J. Cole, how he ended up signing with Dreamville, and more.  If you just want to peep that interview, you can check it right here.

On top of all that, we were joined in the second hour of the show by Anna Lunoe, a singer/producer/DJ from Sydney, Australia.  Anna played the Neptune Theater earlier in the evening and then dropped by the studio to co-host with us and talk about her new EP, All Out.  We played a couple tracks off it (the excellent title track and a crazy record with Jesse Boykins III) and then learned a bit about her experiences as an artist coming up in Australia and how she fell in love with music.  It was a really enjoyable conversation (if you want to peep just the parts with Anna, click here) and the whole show had a great vibe.  Hope y’all enjoy it!

Show #486 (10-5-14)

1.    Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) – “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”
2.    Central Intelligence – “All Day” (Local Music)
3.    Joell Ortiz – “Get Down”
4.    Joey Bada$$ – “Christ Conscious”
6.    Cozz ft. J. Cole – “Knock The Hustle (Remix)”
7.    Fashawn ft. Dom Kennedy – “Golden State Of Mind”
8.    KillemAll Coop ft. The Jacka – “Westside Livin” (Local Music)
9.    Childish Gambino – “Retro (Rough)”
10.    Logic ft. Childish Gambino – “Driving Ms. Daisy”
11.    Diamond D ft. Nottz – “Vanity”
12.    Notorious B.I.G. – “Party and Bullsh*t” (Throwback of the Week)
13.    Big Sean – “Paradise”
14.    ASAP Rocky ft. Juicy J – “Multiply”
16.    Anna Lunoe – “All Out”
17.    Anna Lunoe ft. Jesse Boykins III – “Heartbreak In Motion”
18.    Gorgon City ft. Tish Hyman – “6AM”
19.    Mary J. Blige – “Right Now”
21.    Kendrick Lamar – “i”
22.    Schoolboy Q – “Hell Of A Night”
23.    ODESZA ft. Zyra – “Say My Name” (Local Music)
24.    Broods – “Never Gonna Change”
26.    Jessie Ware ft. Miguel – “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe”
27.    Tinashe – “Cold Sweat”

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Flume ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut – Space Cadet (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on March 22nd, 2014 by Hyphen

Flume is an Australian producer who released a really good project, then remixed it and added all sorts of dope MC’s to the tracks (like Ghostface, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, and more).  Here’s the trippy cartoon video for “Space Cadet.”

Not convinced, peep this record called “Insane” with Moon Holiday:

So dope.

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Move, Eat, Learn

Posted in Art, Videos on August 6th, 2011 by Hyphen

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..

= a trip of a lifetime.

Rick Mereki : Director, producer, additional camera and editing
Tim White : DOP, producer, primary editing, sound
Andrew Lees : Actor, mover, groover

Now I’m definitely taking a vacation…

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Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (mini documentary)

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on July 23rd, 2011 by Hyphen

When “Otis” dropped this past week, I couldn’t help but chuckle at all the praise filled tweets and blogs, as if the track’s quality somehow caught folks off guard. It’s Hov and Yeezy! What do you expect?

This mini documentary really just teases us with what it might be like to live the uber-baller, can’t tell me nothin’ kind of life that Jay and Kanye exist in.  When you live in this plane, whatever you want to do, you just will it and it’s done. Want to record a masterpiece with your friends in Hawaii? No problem, MBDTF is your result.  Want to switch locales to Australia, rent castles, hang out with Russell Crowe, and immortalize him in music history?  You got it.

Despite a few folks trying to get their attention, there isn’t any competition in hip-hop for these two.  They live on the throne, we watch it.

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Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 19th, 2011 by Hyphen

Shout to my future wifey Jhene Aiko for putting me up on this.  I love hearing new music that instantly clicks.

More info on Gotye here.

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Cee & Bekah – The Soul Movement, Vol. 3 (mixtape)

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on December 25th, 2009 by Hyphen

The homies Cee & Bekah traveled all the way from Australia to link up with Mick Boogie & Terry Urban and drop the latest edition of their Soul Movement mixtape series.  This one picks up right where Vol. 2 left off with an ill mix of dope rhymes and ill melodies.  Great beat selection too.  Cop this with the quickness and if you’ve been sleeping, you can actually download all 3 volumes off the Bandcamp link below.

Download here.

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Daniel Merriweather Remix Contest

Posted in Artists, Music Videos, Random Ish, Remixes, Videos on May 8th, 2009 by Hyphen

For all you up and coming musicians out there, if you’re a fan of Daniel Merriweather like I am, you may want to look into this.  Daniel and his team are giving you the chance to remix his “Change” single with Wale and get some great exposure for it.  For more information, click here.

And if you missed it when it first dropped, the video for “Change”:

Shout to my folks down under in AU.

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