As the genre of experimental pop music, dubbed as hyperpop, continues to grow in popularity, 100 gecs continue to prove why they belong at the forefront of the movement. The duo, consisting of Dylan Brady and Laura Les, turned heads in the music industry with their 2019 LP 1000 gecs, a bold release covering everything from traditional pop sounds to heavy bass drops (all with a healthy dose of autotune). Since 1000 gecs‘ release, the duo have been releasing tracks from their forthcoming remix album. The latest features their biggest collaborators to date, and further shows that 100 gecs are here to stay.
The original mix of “ringtone” is the cutest cut off 1000 gecs, and one of the most immediately catchy ones too. With Charli XCX‘s delivery of the hook stylized with more pop-standard vocal mixing, the track begins to sound more radio-ready than ever. Sarah Bonito (of Kero Kero Bonito) then brings her typically playful style to the track with a pair of rapped verses. Following her collaboration with Boys Noize, Rico Nasty continues her transition from rapper to pop/rockstar with an anthemic performance over a gritty guitar riff. Overall, the track is 100 gecs’ most commercial-friendly track to date and helps pull them in away from the fringes of pop.
How many good things can you stuff onto one track? Let’s try four. Today, 100 gecs are releasing their “ringtone” remix featuring Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, and Kero Kero Bonito. The all-star weirdo pop team-up was teased a few weeks back and it’s part of a forthcoming remix album of 100 gecs’ 1000 … More »
Are we about due for a blog-hause revival? It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, would it? Alexander Ridha, the German DJ and producer who records as Boys Noize, came up in the that whole mid-’00s wave, and he’s been working steadily ever since. He’s also become a prolific collaborator — working with … More »
An inventive approach to the modern rap battle, Denzel Curry’s Zeltron World Wide concept series is poised to take over several cities in 2020. The first event of its kind to foreground rappers’ lyrical agility in a wrestling-inspired format, Zeltron will see Curry step inside a wrestling ring to go head-to-head with fellow hip-hop forces to be reckoned with. The custom-built wrestling ring not only highlights the competitive spirit of Red Bull Zeltron World Wide, but also equates the sport of rap battling with wrestling, exemplifying the rap battle as a type of verbal athleticism.
Curry’s opponents will vary by city. Red Bull Zeltron World Wide’s imminently approaching Miami installment will notably feature J.I.D. In San Francisco, Curry’s will compete against Rico Nasty, whose debut album, Nightmare Vacation, is due later this year.
Although Zeltron is set to make subsequent stops in San Francisco and New York, its Miami iteration is especially noteworthy because it marks the Carol City-born rapper’s homecoming.
Of note, Miami is also Red Bull Zeltron World Wide’s birth city. The momentous live display of lyrical showmanship first took root in the 305 during 2018’s Red Bull Presents: Zeltron vs. Zombies, during which Curry took on New York’s Flatbush Zombies. Thanks to the collaborative interplay of Curry’s unconventional vision and Red Bull’s creative resources, the formative event transcended its original one-off structure to become a multi-city initiative.
Further details are forthcoming for Zeltron World Wide New York. In the meantime, hip-hop aficionados can nab tickets to Zeltron World Wide’s Miami and San Francisco stops, here.
2020 Zeltron World Wide Calendar:
February 29th – Miami, FL: Denzel Curry v. J.I.D @ Magic City Innovation District
March 20th – San Francisco, CA: Denzel Curry v. Rico Nasty @ Fort Mason
The 100 gecs album 1000 gecs became a sensation among fans of weirdo pop last year, and its popularity extends to some of the duo’s most prominent peers in that world. Many of them are participating in a remix album called 1000 gecs & th3 phant0m m3nac3 due sometime this year. More »
Do you want Rico Nasty to tear into every song like a vicious, bloodthirsty killer? Well guess what? She does not give a fuck. As promised, Rico has released a new song today. Titled “IDGAF,” it’s built around softly echoing electric piano sounds and finds the DMV rapper in melodious sing-song mode. More »
At the end of 2019, rap is the most popular form of music in America, and maybe in the entire world. We know this. The data bears it out. But one thing that the data doesn’t quite show is us that rap, like every other genre of music in our atomized age, is not a … More »
For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »