The new Shabazz Palaces clip, “Motion Sickness,” tugs at heartstrings and thrills the dramatic film devotee in all of us. The moment of reckoning for the video’s tragic heroine comes near the end. Even her feline friend senses a grievous conclusion; check how the video’s director, TEAN, captures the domesticated staring up at its master — you can practically hear the animal’s thoughts, pleading with the woman to save herself and her little girl. Incredible all around.
Herein bumps one of the most satisfying listens you’ll come across this calendar year. BeanOne and his Yukmob team (that’s: Fearce Vill, SEV, Romaro Franceswa, Davey Jones, and Cazsh, but who’s counting?) with a new mixtape called 199YUK. Bean reworks a grip of classic beats and samples — from you-know-what decade — into fresh instrumentals for his motheryukkers to recite new raps over. Everything is seamless and each track elicits an iPod search for the original source material. Even better is the communal kinship the “crew tape” format generates (ala classic team-ups like the Wu, Westside Connection, The Firm, and Seattle’s own Massline [RIP], for that matter).
Producer Def Dee ridin’ ’round shinin’ in this new clip for “C’mon Now,” an instrumental track from his Redefinition Records release, Deja Vu, which you can preview and buy below.
Seattle rap upstart Ryan Caraveo dropped this pop-rap ditty to all the tatted-up cool girls in our midst. At some point I blinked and the hipster aesthetic became status quo. For those women (and men) who still find themselves living ink free (and stubbornly): You will have your redemption — those Williamsburg firebrands who made it en vogue are now pushing strollers through McCarren Park and sprouting gray hairs from beneath their slouchy hats. Golden retrievers and West Elm furniture are a hell of an equalizing force.
Watch for Ryan’s Swings coming soon.
Pillow talk from underrated area MC Perry Porter and vocalust — oops — I mean, vocalist, Lula.
Hip-hop quintet Theoretics with the latest drop in their “One A Month” series of releases. “Spiral Arms” is a nocturnal party groove featuring singer Hanna Stevens.
SEA meets PDX on Thaddeus David and Stewart Villain’s latest team-up, a six-track EP sans title. Something to rock to while you’re bridging that long stretch of I-5 between the Puget Sound and Columbia River.