The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.
RxGibbs is the recording moniker of Michigan-based solo artist, Ron Gibbs, and the latest addition to Cascine’s ever-growing family of amazingness. Just when I think Cascine can’t possibly release something better than the last thing they’ve released, they come out with something TWICE as amazing. I’ve had a few weeks to let RxGibbs’s incredible EP “Futures” sink in, and each time I listen to it I’m brought back to a time where happiness, fun, sex and debauchery all met to create one of the best times in my life. In terms of a reference point, I keep going back to a post Trip Hop band named Sweetback (specifically the song “Chord”) who came out with a few sexy albums in the mid-90s/early 00s. “Futures” is a largely instrumental affair which blends tiny elements of house, jazz, trip hop and soul and wraps them around an ethereal soundscape with female vocals that (to me) equal pure SEX. Seriously, I’m dying to get it on while listening to Futures. Have a listen to the title track below – and download it for F-R-E-E.
*RxGibbs’s new EP, Futures, will be out 21 Feb via Cascine.
Nicolas Jaar is a young Chilean-American musician from New York. You know those types of people who have done so much in their lives that it makes you feel like a total lazy fuck? Yea, well that’s Nicolas Jaar. Not only has he lived in Chile and been making waves in the music scene since his teenage years, but Nicolas also runs his own record label, Clown & Sunset, all while studying comparative literature full-time at Brown University. I’ve been a fan of his music brand of largely instrumental electronic music for the last couple of years, but I’ve always secretlely hoped that he would begin to add some vocals to accompany his sick compositions. Well my wish has finally been granted in the form of Scout Willis, aka the middle offspring in Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s tri-daughter’d brood. I don’t follow celeb culture at all, but even if I did I don’t know that I would’ve had the foggiest idea that Scout Willis was old enough to walk on her own, much less sing music. But I have to say that I’m pretty seriously impressed with her vocal chops on Nicolas’s latest downtempo acid-jazzy single, With Just One Glance. She doesn’t light the stage on fire by any means, but her vocal addition is very pleasant, mysterious and definitely sexy. I dig. Check out “With Just One Glance” below.
*Nicolas Jaar’s debut album, Space Is Only Noise, is out now. (Note: “With Just One Glance” is NOT an album track)
Nicolas Jaar featuring Scout Willis “With Just One Glance”
Zemmy is the recording moniker of Nigerian singer-songwriter, Zemmy Momoh. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again..so deal with it. Of the many emails I receive every day, the ones I tend to pay special attention to are those that come from the artists themselves. While I understand that it’s not always possible or easy for artists to take time out of their lives to personalize an email to someone, it’s always very nice when they do. Zemmy sent me a lovely email last week where she managed to sound humble, appreciative and intriguing all at once; so, naturally, her music vaulted straight to the top of my pile. As she says in her bio, Zemmy writes soulful pop songs in the vein of Sia, Sade, Dido, Imogen Heap, and Enya. But in my opinion her music sweeps and sways more than any of those artists and reminds me more of someone like a more interesting Corrine Baily Rae or even Sinead Lohan (remember her?!) Of the few songs I’ve heard, my favorite is called Somebody Sure; which features the line “’Cause everything is easy till you are lying flat on your face.” So, so true. Check it out below.
*Zemmy’s music is streaming via her page on SoundCloud. I’ll keep you posted on news of an album release.
Zemmy “Somebody Sure”