In this week's NME, 23-year-old Detroit rapper Dej Loaf talks about her rise to stardom and getting co-signs from her heroes like Nicki Minaj, DMX, Eminem and more. She's due to head out on tour with Nicki Minaj soon while she's also been busy recording her debut album, which promises to be just as vital as her new single 'Try Me'. To give an even greater insight into her music, she's put together a playlist of some of the songs that have had the biggest influence on her. Listen below and read on for her comments on why five of the tracks have had such an effect on her.
Perhaps it’s easiest to start with what Dive In are not. They are not the latest in a long line of professionally disheveled, Velvet Underground-cribbing bands here to save rock n’ roll. They are, at first blush, the very antithesis: a band unafraid of big pop choruses, soaring falsetto, and bright, gleaming production. And yet, Dive In’s inherent uncoolness has a strangely paradoxical effect in 2015. It’s refreshing to hear a band so willing to stand alone and apart from the rest, to compete on a completely separate plane.
Jägermeister just put on one of the most unique gigs ever on an igloo in Finland. British prog rock band TesseracT performed the Ice Cold Gig in front of locals, tribesmen and reindeer. Think trekking to gigs in the UK means battling the elements? Jägermeister just hosted one gig that will make you thankful for the great British weather. Earlier this month, UK prog-rock group TesseracT headed to the Yllas village in Finland, to perform on a stage on top of a gigantic igloo. The fourth Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig put the band in freezing conditions for the hour long show.
On the first side of their debut single 'No Fun', Brighton's The Magic Gang see-sawed through romantic tangles with an optimistic charm.
Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield will release her third album, 'Ivy Tripp', on April 7 but you can take a listen to it exclusively below. It's a stunning, personal and emotional record which looks at the way Crutchfield's life has changed in the last couple of years.