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NEW MUSIC. | “PRIMA DONNA” | VINCE STAPLES.

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tepping away from the camera’s all-consuming and often distorted glare, Vince Staples, uses “Prima Donna” as an introspective journey. The Long Beach wordsmith tackles topics that many the melanin-enriched man may ponder. Through candid delivery the MC challenges several stereotypes. Angst attacks his vocals as he raps, “…I know, it’s right back to the ghettos that they hope that I …

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NEW MUSIC. | “WRKWRKWRK[WTT]” | PROD. BY KNXWLEDGE.

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nxwledge continues to flex his creativity. After working with both Kendrick Lamar and  Anderson .Paak he’s set his sight on Rihanna. With Hex10 – the latest installment of his Hexual Sealings series – the audiophile attacks the Bad Gal’s mainstream staple. The brain child of an East coast native, who  is currently residing in sunny L.A., “WrkWrkWrk[Wtt]” is shrouded in shadows. …

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NEW MUSIC | “LOVE SOMEBODY” | TA-KU & WAFIA.

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rom the recently released EP (m)edian, Ta-ku & Wafia’s “Love Somebody” is the ubiquitous tale of heartache. This effortless collaboration was recently released by the indie Australian imprint, Future Classic. The Down Under quasi-duo reinforces the label’s credibility. Within this angst-filled ode, the Aussie ensemble contemplates love’s complexities. Tangled emotions are caressed by airy yet sincere vocals. Here, uncertainty and …

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NEW Music. | “No Justice, No Peace” | Z-Ro (Prod. by Mike Dean)

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he events that have unfolded this week has been a tragic reminder of the sociopolitical imbalance that exists within our country today. We’ve seen this scenario play out one too many times before but with every body that drops dead our outrage transforms into action. Joining the list of artists speaking out against this week’s unfortunate incidents, producer Mike Dean and rapper …

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NEW MUSIC | “Salt in the Heaven Tree” | Sault Ste Marie.

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inger and producer Sault Ste Marie has garnering some low-key buzz since his EP Out Here. The two latest single “Breezy Montana” and, most recently, “Salt in the Heaven Tree” show a shift in Sault Ste Marie’s sound, from synthy and electronic to a more a lush, folksy feel. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote …

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Hip Hop Gets Real with Ennis Chung. | 524.

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spoke to photographer Ennis Chung in her apartment while she covered an entire wall with proofs from her newest editorial project, Realest. While affixing hundreds of pieces of paper, she very earnestly confided in me about an interest in giving away her bed to make room for more studio space. While I tried to convince her that sleeping on a …

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SELFISH. | An Introspective Performance by Nas Leber.

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he iLLUZiON’s own Nas Leber performed at the group exhibition, SELFISH, last weekend. A healthy crowd gathered at Brilliant Champions in Bushwick and Leber, surrounded by a semicircle of fire, treated our ears some brand new music. Check out some visuals taken by our Head Photographer Michael Della Polla. Also, join us for the closing reception on April 8 at …

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NEW Music! | “Somethin’ About U” | Astronomyy.

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ongsmith and space guitarist Astronomyy recently a new single titled, “Somethin About U.” Rhythmic and sensually upbeat, the song is a great follow-up to his last EP, When I’m With U—makes you wonder what else he has up his sleeve! Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, …

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VIDEO PREMIERE | Elbows. | “Flowers”

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inger and songwriter, Elbows, is finally making his music video debut! Directed by Nnamdi Simon and Elbows himself, the visuals for “Flowers” were shot in front of various colorful buildings in Brooklyn. The video has a playfully retro vibe, drawing inspiration from the New Wave French films of the 60s and hue rich rap videos from the 90s. Singer Maralisa makes a …

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NEW Music! | “High Hopes – Lonely People” | Raye 6.

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ongstress Raye 6 recently released a new single titled, “High Hopes – Lonely People”. Being the hometown heroine that she is, Raye captures the sincere and soulful sentiment of living and loving in the Big City with this tune. The unreleased track is a perfect example of how potent Raye’s songwriting skills can be. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot …

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AFROPUNK.| A Retrospective by Paul DEO. |x| Deborah Oster Pannell.

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rtist Paul DEO brought his kaleidoscopic, afrofuturist vision to AFROPUNK 2015 in the form of time tripping self-portraits, iconic cultural mashups and his own cosmic brand of visual storytelling. Cultural icons blend with personal journey in DEO’s complex, utopian, image universe, where he pays homage to his greatest musical and cultural inspirations – James Brown, Nina Simone, Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X and Michael …

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NEW Music Video! | “Badd” | Sporting Life.

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porting Life of Ratking is preparing to release his debut album 55 5’s and he recently dropped visuals for the first single, “Badd.” Directed by Alon Sicherman, the video has an athletic motif that really conveys the energy of the track. Sporting Life mentions this factor: “when I watch sports set to certain music it gives me chills sometimes, or might bring …

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“Loner” | Kali Uchis.

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olombian songstress Kali Uchis recently released visuals for the single, “Loner.” Directed by Uchis herself, the dreamy display pays homage to maturation, embracing loneliness and self-actualization. “I was inspired by mermaids, call-girls, the actress Mia Farrow, the film Scarface and the director Quentin Tarantino.” – Kali Uchis   Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote …

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NEW MUSIC! | “LOTF (Love On The Floor)” | BOSCO.

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plifting the slow churn of August, BOSCO‘s latest single, “LOTF (Love On The Floor)”, is a catchy tune with a writhing rhythm that calls you to the dance floor. Produced by Hero, BOSCO strikes gold yet again with this smooth track. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with …

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11. | Meridian Lights. |x| Kwesi Abbensetts.

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is a captivating cinematic collaboration by music duo Meridian Lights and multi-creative Kwesi Abbensetts that mirrors the crescendous and pulsating rhythm of a hot New York summer. It is their second collaboration this year. Why the number eleven? The band issued this statement along with the visuals: “The 11 symbolizes the potential to push the limitations of the human experience …

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“Coming Home” | Leon Bridges. | VIDEO

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erhaps one of the most moving songs—and videos—we’ve heard and seen all year, Leon Bridges‘ “Coming Home” simply stirs the soul. Although Bridges released a video for the song a couple month ago, the artist collaborated with Rog Walker and Street Etiquette for a brilliant retake that certainly trumps the original—at least in our eyes. Tucked inside the historic Old …

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3 Shots. | Hollis Brown.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]H[/su_dropcap]ailing from Queens, Hollis Brown‘s sound is best describe as Mumford & Sons meets Tracy Chapman meets Johnny Cash meets REM meets Hall & Oates meets Everything but the Girl. That is a lot of intermingling but when you listen to the new album, 3 Shots, you quickly understand how it all comes together. 3 Shots kicks off …

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NEW Music | “Marilyn Monroe” | SEVDALIZA.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]S[/su_dropcap]inger SEVDALIZA recently released a new single titled “Marilyn Monroe.” The song may have a glamorous title but the content of the song is extremely heartfelt and wounded. SEVDALIZA offered this statement that not only added a backstory to the song, it also sheds a poignant light on one of Hollywood’s most troubled beauties: “This song is part of …

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NEW VIDEO | “Downtown” | Sunny & Gabe.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]N[/su_dropcap]orfolk newcomers Sunny & Gabe are ready for summer; and that is super evident with their latest music video for “Downtown”. Directed by Joey Malinski and Sunny & Gabe, the visuals are as “feel-good” as “feel-good” can get. What we like the most about Sunny & Gabe is that they always keep it in the family. For those of …

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NEW Music | “Vitamin D” | Kane Mayfield.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]K[/su_dropcap]ane Mayfield recently released a track from his new album Return of Rap. Just a slice of an immaculately baked cake, “Vitamin D” gives you a taste of what is proving to be one of rap’s quiet successes. “Vitamin D is more of an answer to all the racially charged stuff that is being rocket launched at us …

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NEW Music! | El Yunque. | Youceff Kabal.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]Y[/su_dropcap]ouceff Kabal‘s newest album, El Yunque, could not have come at a better time. Not only does the “feelgoodness” of the record go perfectly with the oncoming warm weather, it is literally a well produced chill pill made to combat all of the current ills of the world. War, politics, classism, racism, GMOs and genocide all seem to take …

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NEW Music! | “Higher” | Kwamie Liv.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]B[/su_dropcap]reathy and loving, Kwamie Liv‘s new single “Higher” is a pleasant tune with a supportive message. With songs like these, Kawmie Liv is proving herself to be a promising newcomer. Download her last EP, Lost in the Girl, and get familiar.   Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and …

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NEW Music! | “Spirals” (Feat. King Deco) | Sound Remedy. |x| Illenium.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]P[/su_dropcap]roducers Sound Remedy and Illenium teamed up for a new track called “Spirals.” Written by King Deco and Kinetics, “Spiral” is a smooth, rhythmic tune that embodies the magic of the summer.   Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. When …

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NEW Music. | “CUNTMAFIA Anthem (BoomBap Remix)” | Contessa Stuto.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]U[/su_dropcap]nless you are one of those absolutists who think New York is a hollowed out corpse of culture, you would know that CUNTMAFIA does a shit load of carrying around these parts. We are happy to announce that the lifeblood of New York’s bubbling subculture finally has an anthem; and it’s about fucking time. Mother of the Underground …

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NEW Music | “Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang” | Salomon Faye.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]S[/su_dropcap]alomon Faye takes us to the seedy side of town with his newest single. Produced Ben The Glorious Bastard, “Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang” is a lyrical barrage of a raw, uncut reality that many of us are becoming oblivious to in Newer York. Faye as been really showing his range as of late, transitioning from smooth to jazzy …

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NEW Music | “The Island” | Shan Vincent de Paul.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]S[/su_dropcap]han Vincent de Paul continues to lay down the good stuff. The Sideways affiliate treats us with another single, this time taking a more competitive, rough and tumble approach. “The Island” is his homage to Japanese cult classic film Battle Royal. On the song, SVDP goes at every rappers’ neck, sparing no one. “The Island” is available for FREE …

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“Paint” | Maralisa. |x| SKRD.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]W[/su_dropcap]e recently caught wind of songstress Maralisa and her latest single, “Paint”, featuring Brooklyn rapper SKRD. The sweet song comes off of her newest EP, Sugarbird. Download “Paint” and listen to the Sugarbird EP today! Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational …

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VIDEO PREMIERE | “When the Innocents Go to War” | Marilyn Carino.

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usician Marilyn Carino‘s journey somewhat goes in the way of the prodigal son. A Bensonhurst native, Carino left the Big Apple as soon as she could—the week after she graduated high school, to be exact—and didn’t return until 1998. Since then, Carino has dedicated her time and talents to becoming the quintessential musician that makes this city worth living in. Her sound …

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700 Fill. | RATKING.

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pring is at our doorstep but RATKING’s winter inspired 700-Fill may have you far too entranced to answer its knock. The trio took part in the growing tradition of “taking them by surprise,” and decided to ambush their listeners with their latest EP. Despite my occupational obligation to keep my nose in everything, I had no idea about 700-Fill. I …

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The Return of Rap. | Kane Mayfield.

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 sentient fit of sweet jazz, poignant poetry and terse streetlore, Kane Mayfield’s debut album, Return of Rap, is perhaps the most genuine project I have heard in a long time. The title, ambitious and gallant, makes a confident promise. For those who are fans of the music, this title means salvation, redemption. Rap, subjectivity withstanding, isn’t quite the raw art form …

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Jesse Boykins III. |x| Liebeskind Berlin.

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iebeskind Berlin teamed up with soul singer Jesse Boykins III to create a rather stylish shoulder bag. Made from vintage leather, this unisex bag also doubles as a rucksack. It is a beautiful result of Liebeskind Berlin’s annual Handmade Session, a collaboration with aspiring musicians that involves both design and live performance. You can order the bag today while supplies last. …

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NEW Music! | “Black Power” | Salomon Faye.

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alomon Faye continues to slaughter with new music. He recently released “Black Power,” a prolific tune that praises black culture while simultaneously attempting to unite people of all colors. Black History Month is coming to an end and Faye could not have picked a better time drop such a song.   Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that …

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NEW Music! | “Shivers” | Autumn.

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ustralian duo Autumn recently released a new single appropriately titled, “Shivers”. The song, simmering and rhythmic, features haunting vocals and electric energy. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. When we say, “Creative Sustenance Daily,” we mean it. https://quietlunch.com

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NEW Music! | “Did I Do That” | Salomon Faye.

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Salomon Faye dropped a new track this week. “Did I Do That” features a snarling Faye lyrically manhandling all naysayers and non-believers. The track still has a tinge of the jazzy sound Faye has been playing around with recently but has its edge sharpened by his slap box rhyme style. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks …

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Björk Announces Intimate Tour Dates. | @Bjork #Vulnicura

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ollowing the news of her forthcoming album Vulnicura and a retrospective exhibition at the MoMA, Björk announces some intimate shows this spring at Carnegie Hall on March 7 and 14 and at City Center March 25 and 28 and April 1 and 4. The series of shows culminates with a performance at the Governors Ball music festival in New York this June. …

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“Snow Beach” | RATKING. | VIDEO.

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e’ve been knee deep in new music videos this week. So much so that we almost forgot to show you these visuals for RATKING‘s “Snow Beach.” The trio never seems to disappoint when it comes to keeping it simple. Genuine, organic and dedicated the art, they can never lose. For true hip-hop heads, “Snow Beach,” directed by Ari Marcopoulos, is …