First things first: *collapses on the floor* words are failing me, but I encourage you to do a version of the try-to-stay-awake Ambien game except with this video and overwhelming emotional catharsis. And JoJo, famed native of Brattleboro, VT, is also just rocking these covers of Anita Baker and Phil Collins. Heroes, both of them.
Here's the latest, high-energy single from Angel Haze's debut album, Dirty Gold. We talked to her at length back in November, and I just wrote her up for New York's annual "Reasons to Love New York" issue (she's No. 6, right between the guy who's drawing every New Yorker and the cronut). In our interview, I asked her about her perfect day in the city—she just moved back to Williamsburg after spending five months in L.A.—and her answer was, characteristically, darkly descriptive:
It’s raining! Everything is slow. You can go outside without feeling like suffocated by the cluttered street. And it [...]
Ellie Goulding is terrific on these surprisingly dark covers (here's her doing Alt-J's "Tessellate" and the Weeknd's "High for This"). Noah Breakfast, formerly Xaphoon Jones, produced both of those and this little marvel as well, in which Goulding's icy, breathless soprano is only present in the wail of the harmony, and she and Haze slink their way through.
The rapper Angel Haze grew up in a religious community in Michigan that she’s since described as a "cult," and the first secular music she ever heard was on the radio at age 16 in Virginia. The song was Young Joc's "It's Goin' Down." And yet last week, the 22-year-old was sitting in an expansive conference room at her label's offices in midtown Manhattan, waiting for an intern to deliver two cheese Danishes and a venti hot chocolate with whipped cream and mocha drizzle from a Starbucks down the block. She signed her deal with Universal Music Group last year, and her first album (following six [...]
Guys, this song is not fucking around. Angel Haze has a debut album Dirty Gold forthcoming from Universal, and this lead single—with its fierce, low-riding verses and hook that's all unexpected summertime lean—indicates some serious fire ahead.