New Release: Rye Rye – ‘Go! Pop! Bang!’

 

Yeow! One thing you cannot deny is that the colorful Baltimore vocalist Rye Rye has got enough personality for about twelve of us. The M.I.A. protégé today released her debut album Go! Pop! Bang!.

The fun electronic album is easily pop worthy with production from producers like Pharrell and Bangladesh as well as guest appearances from Akon, Robyn, and M.I.A. Below, sample the album and after the jump watch the electrifying video game themed video for “Boom Boom” – we promise that removing your eyes from the screen will not be easily achieved.

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Tour Dates
5/15 – New York City – Kiss & Fly
5/15 – New York City – Atrium
5/16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *
5/18 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Garden
6/9 – Boston, MA – City Hall Plaza
6/10 – Indianapolis, IN – The Egyptian Room *

* = w/ Santigold

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“Boom Boom” video after the jump

Video Premiere: Steven A. Clark – “Angel of Death”

 

If you haven’t heard of this guy yet, please get on it speedily. Steven A. Clark is an electro-soul vocalist with what seems like the perfect picking of pop sensibility, sometimes reminding us of Pharrell, other times of The Weeknd, yet still having created a blend of sounds that is new.

Earlier this year, he dropped a free EP called Stripes on Bandcamp and it goes, people – instantly repeat worthy. Above, we are happy to host the official premiere for “Angel of Death” off the project. The dark, dim-lit video serves up a creepy tale to the deceptive yet charming track.

Steven A. Clark – Stripes [Stream & Download on Bandcamp]

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Uffie: Crunk & Grime

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New Giant Step contributor Lily Kane ruminates on the worldwide pop star Uffie. Expect more from Lily in the future…

A new guilty pleasure in my life is Uffie, the American-born, Hong-Kong raised, cute-as-a-button electro chick. But the more I learn about her  (she’s been working with Steve Aoki and Ed Banger Records’ crew for a minute now), the less guilty I feel. Hell, I’m proud of it. I’d wear a hot neon Uffie T-shirt. Wanna fight about it?

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The first time I heard Uffie, it was a while ago in some iPod DJ mix (I wanna say Girl Talk. Either that, or my cousin’s mix, it doesn’t matter.) The mix contained a bit of Uffie’s song “Hot Chick” with these fuck-off lyrics: ‘I’m like, hot chick that you can’t even touch / I’m like this cold-ass bitch and I ain’t ready to suck’. So obviously I loved this girl immediately. They’re questionable lyrics and I soon found out, as you will, that Uffie is just bursting with questionable lyrics. I would say this is a Level 1 on her personal Offensiveness Scale of 1-10. The lyrics, while always entertaining to me, are mostly idiotic, but the songs are perfect party anthems.

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N.E.R.D. Photos from Their Show in San Francisco

Photos by Seher Sikandar

The N.E.R.D. show in San Francisco was packed, and Pharrell assured the crowd that the elusive Chad Hugo was inside the venue, somewhere. They played songs from their first three albums, plus a couple new tracks — can’t wait for that upcoming 4th album!

Classic Pharrell: