The end of the year is a unique time for new releases. Either you get the major major players who barnstorm the music community with an unexpected album, a la Beyonce and D’Angelo, or you get the vast majority of musicians who realize that, yeah, anything I drop will get overlooked in the year-end frenzy, it’s best to hold off anything big till February and have some fun.
The latter is just what two players from the Philly hip hop community did this past week. Continue reading →
Tiani’s new video “Smoke on the Scene” has the same gritty atmosphere as “Million Dollar Flow”. The short video, produced by Gifted Talent, shows Tiani shopping with a red cart, picking up a killer speakers, headphones and keyboards. However, while “Million Dollar Flow” was all about establishing her place as a musician, “Smoke on the Scene” is about enjoying the position. Musically, Victoria seems more relaxed and sassy. The lyrics flow more confidently and show a true mastery of rap. Her new album Hard Candy is out soon.
With mixing already under way, Philly’s Vacationer tossed two last minute tracks on to their debut LP Relief, which we featured this week on Unlocked. ”In the Grass” is influenced by LCD Soundsystem, with a clear danceability paired with the band’s signature “nu-hula” vibe. Stream and download the track below, and check out the full Unlocked profile here.
Folkadelphia welcomed musician and songwriter Marissa Nadler in for a mega-session, recorded over two visits in November of last year and this past March. Joined by cellist and singer Janel Leppin, Nadler’s session pulls tracks from her latest July LP. Take a listen and download the songs below.
Tiani Victoria brought a powerful and fun rap performance into the studio for this week’s Key Studio session. She’ll release a debut full-length called Hard Candy later this summer, and has a steady stream of singles posted on her Soundcloud page. Check out “Marinate” below and get the full set here.
Grammy Award winning cajun trio The Band Courtbouillon brought their Louisiana roots sound to Norristown’s Holy Saviour Club last night for what was sure to be an incredibly fun show. If you missed it, you can still grab a free download of the band’s song “Mamou Two Step” below.
Fishtown’s Busses have released the first single off of their forthcoming record, which they have been working on for that last two years. The instrumental breaks in “Overload” sound like an expansive movie score, channeling Other Lives with a cinematic rock that has hints of Americana. Stream and download the song below.
Philly born and bred Tiani Victoria performs at the Theater of Living Arts tonight, not long after her XPN Studio Session this past week. Her vocal skills have made her an up and coming Philly performer you should look out for; check out some video from the session below, and get ticketing info for the all ages $29 concert here.
It was winter when we heard Philly’s Tiani Victoria, and our reaction was pretty amped: at the time, I called her an “emerging Philly rapper with a razor-sharp delivery and a fierce flow that would melt icy sidewalks as easily as melting faces.” Her video for “Million Dollar Flow” had just been released (watch it here) and I totally saw and heard big things:
It’s a quick clip, but sets an incredible tone – Victoria’s confidence is unwavering, her lyrics are clever and she handily establishes herself as a powerful new voice on the Philly hip-hop scene.
Tiani has done pretty well for herself since then, continuing to release singles on the regular via her Soundcloud page. The lovelorn “Is It A Crime” samples a song of the same name from Sade’s 1985 record Promise, while “Blow My High” is a dancefloor tour de force produced by the Digital Crates crew and featuring a verse from Spade-O. One of her best is the collaborative “Set It Off (The Symphony),” where Tiani is one of four Philly women rapping over a fierce beat – it’s all about empowerment and solidarity in a scene that, all too often, can feel like a boys’ club. Download the original here, or check out Tiani performing her verse solo in this week’s Key Studio Session. The performance also features those other tracks I talked about, as well as the more recent “Marinate” (watch a video for that one below, care of Bob Sweeney) and a boss freestyle.
All of this is leading up to two things: Tiani’s performance this Friday June 27th at the TLA on South Street for Urban Celebrity Mag’s Philly Summer Fest (tickets and info at the XPN Concert Calendar), and the release of Hard Candy, her debut full-length, out this summer.
Philly is buried under a foot of snow today, just about everything around us is closed, shows are getting canceled left and right – including the awesome NoLibs Winter Music Festival lineup with Cee Knowledge at The Fire – and we’re using the spare time to dig through as much new music as we can.
This video hit our radar a little bit earlier, thanks to a tweet from rapper / producer Rookie McFly (aka Reek), and it’s a great place to start. Tiani Victoria is an emerging Philly rapper with a razor-sharp delivery and a fierce flow that would melt icy sidewalks as easily as melting faces. We previously heard her on a Halloween track with Reek, and this instudio performance video of “Million Dollar Flow” is the first single from the Young Bob / Headshot Records mixtape Ladies First Vol. 2; it was directed by videographer Doe Boy and produced by Reek.
It’s a quick clip, but sets an incredible tone – Victoria’s confidence is unwavering, her lyrics are clever and she handily establishes herself as a powerful new voice on the Philly hip-hop scene. Check it out below, and keep an ear out for Victoria’s Nothing Gonna Stop Me EP coming out in March.