dominique young unique

Dominique Young Unique - My Turning
Dominique Young Unique - Immaculate

It’s so obvious to compare Dominique Young Unique to Rye Rye. We might as well just throw them into the same folder of the grand blogosphere filing cabinet! We’ll call it “female rappers with perpetually youthful voices, spitting their rhymes over high energy tracks”! OMG, you guys! It’s like they’re practically the same person… Except not at fucking all.

Whereas Rye Rye will never be able to escape herĀ Baltimore club roots, Dominique has a similar relationship to Florida and the general scope of southern hip-hop. She bridges the line between ol’ school Miami-bass references like Anquette and modern-day artists like Trina*. Throw in the aggression of 1990s No Limit scene-stealer Mia X, along with a sincere wackiness that current Cash Money scene-stealer Nicki Minaj (who’s not actually southern at all) strives so hard to accomplish.

Even then, you’re still only skimming the surface. Listening to Ms. Unique on The Go! Team‘s “Voice Yr Choice” or “Apollo Throwdown”, you can’t really hear any of the aforementioned influences or comparisons. Her ultimate destiny depends on her next move. If she’s able to carve out a niche that lives up to her name, she has potential to rule this game. It’s not entirely clear how samples of Justin Bieber‘s “Baby” will fit into all of this. But, hey, at least it’s better than this… Kidding, kidding! Sort of. But not really at all.

“My Turning” and “Immaculate” both appear on Dominique’s latest mixtape Glamorous Touch. Stream it and download the whole thing over here.

* Both Anquette and Trina hail from Miami, while Dominique is from Tampa. Not exactly sure why this qualifies for a super-important footnote, but it seemed fair to point it out for accuracy’s sake.

heart-sick groans

Heart-Sick Groans - With Samantha From The Car Wash

Heart-Sick Groans are one of indie-pop’s best kept secrets. Since 2008, the Swedish trio has been churning out utterly addictive ear candy that would sound at home wedged between The Magnetic Fields and Belle & Sebastian on your favorite playlist. And it should come as a surprise to no one—except for those folks who have been ignoring them all these years*—that they’re doing it again on their conveniently titled third release, Look!!! These Painters of Hits Have Done It Again!

Take a listen to standout track “With Samantha From The Car Wash” above, or head over here to watch the super-cute music video for “Surfer Friend”. Dig it? Well, you’re in luck, my dear friend! The entire EP is available now onĀ Bandcamp (name your price), along with a totally guilt-free download of their previous two projects. Consider this the beginning of your summer soundtrack. You know, because you should plan early and stuff…

* Don’t feel bad. We’ve been ignoring them all these years too.

acid house kings

Acid House Kings - Would You Say Stop?

We all have those bands. You know, those bands. You read about them on some blog, download their track and immediately fall in love with it. From there, you scour the internet with an insatiable appetite, devouring every song in your path like some aurally-fueled Pac-Man. Devouring it right into your iTunes library.

Fast-forward to a few years later, and you suddenly realize something about this band. Despite the fact that you’ve cherished their music for so long, you don’t own a single full-length album by them. Just a bunch of scattered singles and album tracks.

Coincidentally, this band happens to be releasing a new album. An album called Music Sounds Better With You. This band is Acid House Kings. And they’re just as awesome as the first day you heard them.