State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Nate Spilman

Ed Sheeran announces new EP

EDIT: Ed Sheeran tweeted Monday 9/10/2012, “iTunes live EP out tomorrow I’m told…”

 

UK pop superstar Ed Sheeran announces the release of his upcoming EP, Live at iTunes Festival, for Monday, September 10th. For those who are unfamiliar with Mr. Sheeran, his album + gets its sound from a perfect combination of traditional Damien Rice style acoustic guitar and heavy hip hop influences.

His music videos are also downright hilarious.

 

Click here for his tour dates:

http://edsheeran.com/live.htm

New Track: Kanye West – Clique (Feat. Jay-Z & Big Sean)

Kanye West has done it again. With the release of “Clique,” his fourth single off of his upcoming album Cruel Summer, Kanye reminds us that he’s still on top of his game, and “Ain’t nobody fresher than [his] his motherfuckin’ clique.” Accompanied by a fresh beat by producer Hit-Boy, with verses by Big Sean, Jay-Z and Kanye West respectively, each verse is flawless.

With released singles Clique, Mercy, New God Flow and Cold, we have no doubt that Cruel Summer (which drops September 18th) will be a masterpiece.

With the drop of his Detroit mixtape yesterday and his feature on Clique, Big Sean has had quite the week. And if you notice during his verse, Big Sean doesn’t say the word “ass” once.

 

Swerve…

 

Bloc Party releases new album

British indie rock band released their fourth studio album, Four, on August 20th 2012. Bloc Party, famous for their songs Helicopter (On Rock Band 3), and Hunting for Witches, took a hiatus is 2009, but came back together to start writing Four in late 2011. Four was released on the independant record label Frenchkiss Records, and has recieved mainly positive feedback.

Here is Octopus, the single off of the new album.

For Bloc Party’s tour dates:

http://www.songkick.com/artists/443396-bloc-party/calendar?page=1

SBTRKT's self titled album is a must-listen

SBTRKT (pronounced Subtract) is the stage name of London DJ Aaron Jerome. SBTRKT’s self titled debut dropped on July 27th, 2011, but still hasn’t gathered the buzz that it deserves. Signed to the same record label as the XX, Young Turks, SBTRKT’s music is similarly fresh, eclectic, and electronic. Jerome’s sound in particular is characterized by a perfect combination of chill rhythms and heavy synths. A few songs on the album are instrumentals, but most of the tracks are sung by recording artists such as Sampha, Roses Gabor,  Jessie Ware and Little Dragons.

This album is new. This album is fresh. This album is a must listen. My favorite aspect of the album is the musical and rhythmic variation. SBTRKT introduces complex rhythms, then takes them back out only to bring them back later.  Here are my two favorite songs on the album:

 

SBTRKT- Wildfire ft. Little Dragons

SBTRKT- Go Bang