Category Archives: Bae of the day

Bae Bae: Nick Nery

As he has become a permanent part of my daily rotation and who I recommend to absolutely everyone, it only seemed necessary I share him here.

Nick Nery is the 21 year old, very soulful voice with very little information on him on the internet. So, I reached out to Nick. He writes a lot of his songs and works a lot with two producers by the names of Niko (son of DJ Babu  of Dilated Peoplees) and Kyle . Between his vocals, lyrics and the fact that he plays the ukelele you should minimally see if he appeals to your taste. I also found out his biggest inspiration to sing is his father, who sings and Nick says is actually “pretty cool” although he attributes his influences to Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse, Kolohe Kai, Diana Krall, Coldplay, Gorillaz, John Legend and Bradley Nowell of Sublime.

The Cali boy has pipes and something to say. Below I’ve used restraint, listed just a few of my favorite lyrics and provided a playlist of my favorite songs of his. Get to know Nick Nery (and send him to all of your talented friends that are looking for features).

Am I love or do I just love myself? – Loving You

I guess it’s not you, its what you represent. – MissedCalls

xo Rae

Bae: Jordan Rakei

Australia, thank you. Unbeknownst to myself I came across an edit of Jordan Rakei’s track Bassline, nearly a year ago and I played it to death. It’s now featured on autumn release, his EP, Groove Curse. However, a few months ago I gave the very, VERY soulful Rakei’s catalog a full listen starting with his on spin on Radiohead’s Bodysnatchers. Yea, the 22 year old boy makes me feel FEELS.

With influences and inspiration from the likes Radiohead, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder, it’s no surprise that the singer/songwriter/producer/musician/babe’s songs are very vocally driven. Below, my favorites (particularly lyrical favorites) from his Soundcloud.

And here, his latest project, check my favorite’s Alright, with very D’Angelo-esque vibes and the song that made me get familiar, Bassline.

The piano with his very smooth vocals, gives most of his songs a warmth that is PERFECT for winter days spent in the house. <3

x0, Rae

Baes, Majid Jordan

Truthfully, after listening to everything on Soundcloud from Majid Jordan, I can’t find a reason OVO Sound put more into PARTYNEXTDOOR than them. Don’t get me wrong, I like a selection of songs from his first EP from last year, but the latest? NAH. Production was great, but the jacked Rich Homie Quan/Migos flow with trash lyrics on Recognize is actually up for the most disappointing, lyrically and vocally underwhelming, track of the year, FURTHERING my confusion. Drake couldn’t even save that track for me.

Meanwhile, just over a week after it dropped, I gave A Place Like This a listen. OH. MAN. I’m mad at myself. How did this take an entire week for me to even stumble across let alone listen to?

I am truly disappointed in myself for not giving their first project, After Hours, a full listen LAST August. An embarrassment. My only excuse is that it was my moving week and I was driving up the East Coast listening to an incredible summer’s worth of music. A few tracks offer Daft Punk vibes and I was actually familiar with Hold Tight from random Soundcloud mixes. The piano intro on Patience is reminiscent of Drake’s, Fireworks, and the very smooth vocals are complimentary of the production (which is exactly the opposite of how I feel of the aforementioned PND track). However, the track that sealed the deal for me and required me to put you on to Majid Jordan has to be Chill Pad Deluxe.

I am really feeling guitar this summer and with a hint of Jamie XX, my heart dropped. And as the sucker for the lyrics and vocabulary that I am, to start the song “What are you doing? You making things seem convoluted. You taking simple and throwing it out the window.” Do you even know what convoluted means? Look it up. Regardless, later in the bridge (1:12 to be exact) I get Isley Brothers vibes and I’m done. I apologize for not taking a liking to them earlier. And you’re welcome.

Oh and I also came across a SPIN article where the boys are holding stemless wine glasses. Although I prefer their looks from the video, they’re a nice touch bbs. Stay classy Toronto. <3

xo Rae

 

kitty cash

Bae of the Day: Kitty Cash

I’ve mentioned her a couple times. She played at both the Converse Rubber Tracks x Fader event and the #NokiaFW party where her bestie, Kilo Kish performed however, I first came across her when SSENSE featured a mix she put together for them. At the time, it was easily the best I’d heard in months making my heart skip literal beats. Honestly, I just tried to select a few tracks to highlight, can’t do it. The entire thing is good.

After her catching her live a few times and getting through her Soundcloud, it became pretty apparent that she will continue to have my full support. First, her debut mixtape, Love the Free was featured by Vogue, no big deal. At this point I went ahead and followed her on Twitter. Although she seems to play it safe, understandably as in addition to DJing and all the gigs that come with that job, she also is a fashion publicist for G-Star, I caught her mid-rant one day. In addition to her music and her hustle, I dig her attitude too after seeing her tweet “Cool doesn’t pay the bills”, and sharing the similar thoughts on some of the social media famous, “but… what do you DO?”

Finally, the reason you’re hearing about her today, her I AM WOMAN mix, featuring CLASSIC Mary J and Janet Jackson as well as an Eartha Kitt segment I very personally identify with. It was released on Buzzfeed yesterday along with her below statement on Woman’s History Month.

“To me, celebrating Women’s History Month was more about honoring the woman that I am becoming and paying homage to the women of influence. In order to do that, I had to dig into what embodied the women I have aspired to be and the reasoning behind that.I wanted to highlight songs that took me through a specific journey of my womanhood, whilst challenging and bringing awareness to a few ideas that women, including myself, are constantly faced with such as: compromise, sexism, sexuality, vulnerability power, perception and success.Through this mix, the aforementioned concepts are intertwined through the lyrics and conversations of all of these trailblazing artists.” – Kitty CashReleased exclusively via BuzzFeed”

I mean, in the famous words of another Brooklyn native, what more can I say?

xo Rae

Bae of the Day: Boy/Friend

I’ve mentioned him before, last summer. I came across Boy/Friend on The Fader’s twitter and recommended downloading his freshman LP. I think I hit all my low key HBK’s over text and put them on to Leather Weather ASAP.

A lot can change in 6 months though. Not only did Shan Poo, aka the Asian Gosling, put out a Leather Weather, The Remixes (featuring BK-local favorite of mine, Melo-X, among other notables), release club single, Adam, and have a mix featured on SSENSE, but he performed at CMJ’s Fader Fort before TDE’s first lady SZA. Check some footage below.

But the real reason the twitter lover boy is my bae of the day is needing to acknowledge how he has really turned on the heat, despite this Polar Vortex life (which btw is the realest thing I’ve ever encountered), for Valentine’s Day and for everyone that disregarded proper cuffing etiquette. Him and his team, MNTN, Mel DeBarge and Jason ‘BetterYet’ Scott may just be the saviors of the cuffing season slackers with their latest two songs, Never Not Looking and Theme Song.

And the video for Theme Song… I cried candy coated teardrops of joy and watched my awkwardest years flash before my eyes. It’s. So. Good. I made my mom watch it. To put it in perspective, my favorite vinyl at 3 was Paula Abdul’s, Forever Your Girl. Basically, prepare to resurface every preteen emotion you ever confusedly felt for NKOTB.

 

Finally, most importantly, he’s opening for Kid Sister Wednesday night at The Glasslands in Brooklyn. You can get your tickets here.

You (yes you, no you, yes you) wanna go? (circle one)

Yes or No

xo Rae

 

Bae of the Day: Kali Uchis

I also discovered the little rebellious voice of Kali Uchis on The Fader’s Best of and Most Slept on (aptly named) in 2013 Mix. My favorite baes of late all have very low key, whispery voices that beg the question – are they singing or rapping? But then again, does the answer really change anything?

Although she looks straight out of LA, the bleach blonde Columbian is currently a resident of VA. The song that got me hooked, below, samples Brenton Wood’s 1967 single, I Want Love. With Kali’s leisurely, carefree vocals over the top it’s so long sigh worthy. I’m stuck. Wrap your head around that for a second. A 19 year old. I am a huge fan of her lyrically as well, but you don’t gotta listen baby.

Last week a video of teasers for her upcoming work hit the internet and over the weekend she posted a pic with Tyler the Creator in the studio on her IG. Hopefully we’ll hear from new stuff very soon. Here’s the clip featuring her new stuff which seems like some work with Soulection. Personally, I’d love to see her do something with Sango.

A bonus too, she COVERS 2 Chainz, Birthday Song. So… yea. I mean… there isn’t much more to say.

But below, my favorite. The combo of the subtle reggae samples, her attitude and wardrobe (obviously, blue velvet, high waisted everything and timbs) really sets Table for Two apart from the rest. Get familiar, it seems you could be seeing a little more of Kali Uchis very soon.

xo Rae

Bae of the Day: Kilo Kish

With contributors to her latest EP, like Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover or Troy Barnes on Community, for the parents), SBTRKT, A$AP Ferg, Earl Sweatshirt and Jesse Boykins, I was ashamed that I wasn’t familiar with her work prior to The Fader’s Best of and Most Slept on in 2013 Mix.

My fellow Taurus (same birthday – hey girl!), Kilo Kish is casually sassy and sarcastic without all the extra (read: sexy, not trashy). Sans the excessively common, overly sexual references (Rihanna, Miley, Nicki) Kish is still talking men and relationships but perhaps speaking more for those of us that know exactly what we want and don’t have a problem saying it. On ‘trappin’ she says “engage me grammatically” and later “gave you all my thoughts but you wanted more.” She confidently values herself without being too serious and it’s dope.

“She says I need a man with morals and ambition, still shudder at that old tradition. Like that… but except for the fact that I get super bored.” Dear God with lyrics like this, blunt in her sweet voice AND Jesse Boykins on the track, YES times a million. I think a lot of women can relate to knowing what’s good for you and desiring otherwise. Enter, A$AP Ferg on love2k beckoning his Balenciaga mama and I’m all emoji heart eyes and praise hands.

Play all the way through. My faves are turquoise, better and love2k.

And my favorite from prior to K+, Navy.

 

xo Rae