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  • Five For Friday: SBTRKT, BadBadNotGood,Tinashe, & Cosmic Trap

    October 17, 2014   Fridays can be a bit rough, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite end of the week tracks here for your listening. Tune in below.

  • New Music Tuesday - Broods, SBTRKT, FlyLo, Tinashe

    October 7, 2014   New Zealand siblings Broods, currently on tour supporting Sam Smith, have released their debut album.

  • Tinashe and Dev Hynes Team Up for "Bet"

    October 2, 2014   When two musical chameleons like hip-hop darling Tinashe and producer Dev Hynes team up, the results are bound to be interesting at the very least, stunning at best. Their recent effort, “Bet,” is from Tinashe’s debut album Aquarius, out next Tuesday, October 7. True to theme, the song is an aquatic affair that slips in and out of your ear like a recurring dream before culminating in a sighing electric guitar solo by Hynes. Tinashe delivers her lines with impassioned zeal fitting of her growing reputation as a pop force to be reckoned with. Hear the track below.

  • Hear Kid Ink ft. Usher & Tinashe - 'Body Language'

    September 10, 2014   Ones To Watch alum Kid Ink has stealthily clocked in some quality studio time since the finale of his My Own Lane tour, evidenced by a star-studded new single released yesterday.

  • The Week in OTW: F* Yeah Fest Edition

    August 22, 2014   This week hit us hard with a slew of new guitar-laden albums for us to choose from.

  • Tinashe Lays in a Bathtub Full of Goldfish and Releases New Track

    August 22, 2014   Ones To Watch favorite Tinashe continues to entangle us in a beautiful romance with her new track “Pretend.”

  • A Cover for a Cover: Tinashe Remixes Drake’s “Days in the West”

    June 30, 2014   Hip hop’s newest vixen parlays Drake’s remix of her track “2 On,” by doing a seductive rendition of Drizzy’s “Days in the West.”

  • Monday Hip-Hop Mix

    June 30, 2014   A little Monday education in hip-hop via a mix of the week’s freshest tracks. 

  • Spotlight on: Erik Hassle

    June 27, 2014   As luck would have it, 2014 has been the year for Erik Hassle to move alongside some of music’s most fascinating up-and-comers. Prior to joining breakout Danish artist Mø on a sold-out North American tour, the Swedish born singer-songwriter released his EP Somebody’s Party in February of this year, which included guest appearances by 2014 XXL freshman class’s Vic Mensa as well as rising R&B starlet Tinashe. For Hassle, whose past writing credits include the Shakira and Rihanna collaboration “Cant Remember To Forget You,” his EP marked a re-introduction to the world and a readiness to make it out on his own. Already surrounded by great company, Hassle is only getting started.  On Somebody’s Party, the track “Talk About It,” featuring Mensa, is an eerily recanting R&B ballad filled with dramatic vocals billowing forth from a sparse electronic arrangement. The song, detailing a problematic relationship sustained by one partner’s secretive suffering, is telling of Hassle’s talent for fusing narrative with a penchant for what constitutes the right amount of production, the basic formula to giving any song its real wings. From Somebody’s Party, one derives Hassle’s style is fashionably lean and smooth, geared towards and equally attuned to both R&B and pop. With his producing intuition and the fact that his vocal versatility alone could hold an audience, it’s almost as if he’s Timbaland and Justin Timberlake in one observing, hip package.  We recently caught up with Hassle in Los Angeles after he wrapped his tour with Mø. Watch our interview above, where we discuss songwriting and Somebody’s Party, and stay tuned for more updates on his album. 

  • Watch Ryan Hemsworth ft. Tinashe - "One For Me"

    June 12, 2014   When it comes to feelings, Ones To Watch producer and DJ Ryan Hemsworth is on top of having them all.

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