Chromeo – “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”...

Another heat rock from Chromeo’s next album, White Women. Cop the album when it drops....

Coldplay – “Magic” Mar03

Coldplay – “Magic”...

Coldplay’s new single, “Magic,” is a departure from the big stadium rock of Viva La Vida. Chris Martin’s big voice is hemmed down and conversational. But there is a high level of comfort that recalls the confidence of Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Last week when the band surprised the world with a new single, “Midnight,” complete with a weird night-vision video, the world wasn’t ready. In fact, there were unfavorable comparisons to mimicking Beyonce’s midnight surprise and biting Bon Iver’s style. The autotuned incoherent lyrics didn’t help. Neither did the track which figured four minutes in is when the bassline should come in. “Magic” is more what the public expects. It might get some comparisons to U2, but they are the gold standard for rock bands now and not bad company to keep. Personally Coldplay already holds a strong place in my mind and heart. They are the band for all the facets of love: the chase, the yearning, being in/out of love, or accepting its loss. This record portrays the nascent stage of love when it is both hard to explain and easy to accept. Maybe this will be a return to the simplicity for Coldplay. Less bombast and more evocation. Martin’s voice has always been the main draw, so it is great to believe the band has recharted the marketing of their next album, Ghost Stories, to focus on the lyrics and emotion of the music. (Coldplay Official Site/Toronto Star/Time) BONUS VIDEO:...

Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk – “Gust of Wind” Feb28

Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk – “Gust of Wind”...

The second major single leaked from Pharrell’s G I R L album today is “Gust of Wind,” a mid-tempo burner. This is the song you can dance to. Not just the young folks, I’m talking about the older folks…the 2-steppers…the shoulder swayers…the nervous-but-still-asked-the-girl-to-dance dudes. A breezy, string-filled comfort song for the masses. This is quality pop R&B music with a heaping spoonful of Daft Punk robotics. Fuck with this! (Verge/hat tip to @tedthevillain)...

Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake – “Brand New” Feb28

Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake – “Brand New”...

Pharrell Williams stays winning another uptempo collaboration with Timberlake. It is impossible to not tap your foot while listening to this track. If “Happy” is the record you listen to walking around the cold city, then “Brand New” is the pep talk to get you up for the day or motivate you through a tough situation. Word is that this was a reference track for Justin’s 20/20 Experience. Word. (2dopeboyz/Fuck AllHipHop.com/hat tip to Samson)...

Rick Ross – “Supreme” (prod. by Scott Storch) Feb28

Rick Ross – “Supreme” (prod. by Scott Storch)...

Rick Ross has the best marketing in his videos. Rick Ross has a legendary sense of finding the right production for his lavish vocals. Rick Ross was exposed as a prison guard in his past career and kept it moving because that shit ain’t relevant. If this is the music game, Rozay has kept it about the music 100%. Case in point is this track produced by the resurrection of Scott Storch. The Tuff Jew stayed off the llello long enough to compose a trumpet-infused framework to rival any J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League track....

Snoop Dogg – “Cadillacs” (prod. by Madlib) Feb27

Snoop Dogg – “Cadillacs” (prod. by Madlib)...

Snoop Dogg over Madlib production! Fuck yeah!!! From the DJ Drama mixtape, That’s My Work Volume 3. Madlib takes 90s West Coast Bounce/G-Funk and updates it for 2014....

Mar – “A Simple Go”...

For an R&B track made by an artist known for employing 4×4 dance beats from an EDM label, “A Simple Go” by Mar is refreshing burst of sublime energy. His label, Bad Manor is releasing his latest two singles as an EP, Form. Like all his music, Mar is not beholden to one prescribed style. He pulls from both the electronic and soul genres to make his own unique creation. BTW, the lady up top is from his website. I found pictures of the dude, but…man, this music is good!...

Anthony Valadez feat. Miles Bonny – “Searching For” Feb27

Anthony Valadez feat. Miles Bonny – “Searching For”...

You know from the first notes from the Rhodes organ that Anthony Valadez’s “Searching For” is precisely what you’ve been looking for. At least I know it for me. Miles Bonny starts crooning, the bass line kicks in, the trumpet adeptly crawls into the groove, and then, is that(?), double time hi-hats. The quavering strings complete the ensemble. And just when the song is at full bloom, it ends. Keep mashing that play button. This is 21st century rare grooves. This is the music neo-soul promised us but delivered instead headwraps and frustration. Fuck with Vala! Cop the album, In Search Of…, on March 18th from Plug Research. (Okayplayer/photo credit: Anthony Valadez) BONUS...

Amerigo Gazaway – Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One) Feb26

Amerigo Gazaway – Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One)...

Unlike my contemporaries I do not like Amerigo Gazaway’s Yasiin Gaye. First of all, I hate the name. Second, I hate his goofy website asking about modern browsers. Dude, I’m on fucking Chrome, not IE6. Overproduced. Derivative. Disjointed. Ill-mastered. For every great track like “I Want You ‘Til The Summertime” which seamlessly integrate Mos and Marvin, there are disasters like “Ms. Fat Booty,” “Peculiar Mathematics,” and “Two Words” where Gazaway forces samples and rhythms into awkward positions. Thankfully missing is the foul chimera “Anna’s Love Song” which culled Mos Def from his Bush Babees day and the darkest days of Marvin Gaye. Gazaway knows his music (son of Phish’s trumpeter, Gary “El Buho” Gazaway) and knows how to deconstruct and reconstruct music, but this shit ain’t Legos. Maybe because the source material of Yasiin Gaye fit too neatly together, Gazaway seems to force ideas or add unnecessary conflict to the music. Bizarre Tribe (errr RIP) and Fela Soul were better attempts at Black music alchemy; Yasiin Gaye is the result of a producer unable to grasp the brass ring. (I’m giving credit to Ebony — great job proofreading smh — even though I’ve known about this shit show for weeks. And my FB timeline is blowing up about this mashup.) PS: Ping Teddie for a counteropinion. I’m pretty sure he loves...

Rick Ross feat. Kanye West and Big Sean – “Sanctified” (prod. by DJ Mustard) Feb26

Rick Ross feat. Kanye West and Big Sean – “Sanctified” (prod. by DJ Mustard)...

The stream is live and in full effect for Rick Ross’s latest album, Mastermind. Features Kanye and Sean, Mustard on the beat. Crazy gospel sample which I haven’t identified yet. Cop the album, Mastermind, on March 4th....

Black Atlass – “Paris” Feb26

Black Atlass – “Paris”...

Here at 10yravg, we aren’t at the point where we can break new music, but when we hear great music, we’ll tell you about it. Such is the case with Black Atlass and his single, “Paris.” Per the “legend” in Okayplayer, P-Thugg from Chromeo discovered Black Atlass at a Montreal club and alerted A-Trak (brother of his Chromeo partner, Dave1) about how great this kid is. A-Trak must’ve agreed and signed him to Fools Gold Records. This track came out 8 months ago. In that time, Fools Gold has nurtured him and recently released an EP, Young Bloods. The EP is a glitchy yet soulful R&B affair. I recommend it. “Paris” is not on the EP and shouldn’t be. The record is the artist at a nascent stage. Ebullient and emotional, Black Atlass coos and warbles his wanting love song. There’s power in his whispered vocals. No doubt I am now a fan of Black Atlass, but this is where you should start. Play the song below then go out and discover Black Atlass. (Okayplayer) BONUS ACOUSTIC...

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (video) Feb21

ScHoolboy Q – “Break The Bank” (video)...

One of my favorite tracks from ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron LP (due on Feb 25) gets a video treatment from the venerable, hard-working Jason Goldwatch (he co-founded DECON?! I did not know that). Still produced by The Alchemist. (Karen...

50 Cent – “The Funeral” Feb21

50 Cent – “The Funeral”...

50 Cent came on the scene back in 1999 with a Trackmasters-produced “How To Rob” which pissed a bunch of industry folk and folks from other industries. The repercussions was 9 bullets perforating his body, but 50 lived and came back with determined vigor. He released the mixtape, Guess Who’s Back, in 2002 with the track “50 Bars” serving notice of future prominence. 50 bars of pleasure, 50 bars of pain When I’m dead and gone niggas gon’ remember my name, 50 12 years at Interscope, and 50 got his freedom papers. On Feb 20th, 50 Cent broke away from Interscope/Aftermath/Shady and signed his G-Unit label to Caroline/Capitol/UMG. More control, more power, more freedom, and the first release, Animal Ambition, is due out June 3rd. We all can’t win. Some of us gotta lose. Here’s the first release, “The Funeral,” the unofficial sequel to “50 Bars.” (Complex) BONUS VIDEO: 50 Cent – “50...

Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – “Dark Horse” Feb21

Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”...

If music videos were supposed to make sense, then they should literally follow the lyrics of the song. But music is more than just the words, it’s the melody, harmony, mood, and the feeling it generates in you. Now, that’s out of the way. Here’s Katy Perry as the Alabaster Pharoah or some shit like that. Katy is turning suitors into sand. Katy is dancing with anthropomorphic kitties. She is conjuring storms and transforming pyramids. It’s the Illuminati, y’all! Obviously after the cries of occult worshipping from Katy’s 2014 Grammy performance (you try finding that video and link it to me. trust me if you haven’t seen it: fire, creep shit, brooms as poles for dancing, Juicy J. edit: hat tip to @theboujblog for helping me find a video), Katy decides to double down with this Technicolor Egyptian (read: Illuminati) mindfuck. It’s got everything: a talking sphinx, dancing blue strongmen, a headpiece that changes color with her mood, and Juicy J. It’s the Illuminati, y’all. I can’t be mad at it. This is her “Remember The Time.” This is her “POWER.” Meaning this video is a ridiculous callback to an antiquity era that couldn’t be as fabulous as its depiction. It’s the Illuminati, y’all. (OMG they are so many signs!) (iOS9) BONUS TRIPPY VIDEO: Art of Noise – “Moments of Love” Why? Obviously because “Dark Horse” sampled it. ANOTHER BONUS VIDEO: “Dark Horse” Grammy performance Katy Perry featuring Juicy J – Dark Horse – 2014 Grammy Awards from Ryan Amstad on...

Rick Ross feat. Diddy and French Montana – “Nobody” Feb19

Rick Ross feat. Diddy and French Montana – “Nobody”...

Rozay leaks another street single from his Mastermind LP. He smartly relegates Shock G 2.0 to hook duty and Mr. Combs to recorded motivation speech duty. Nice track. Officer Ricky sounds more like Biggie than...