When was the last time you heard hip hop and rock (among a variety of other sounds) combined so well in such a seamless fashion. Not in a long time. That should go without argument. The Brooklyn-based effort from Blanco 1 and Blanco 2 – a duo, called The Blancos, whose names have been concealed since the creation of the band – has mesmerized listeners rooted from musical tastes across the board since their inception earlier this year (between January and February of this year).

It’s hard to pick just a couple that exemplify the loose description above, but just know that the fusion of the hip hop production in the instrumentation and soulful blues delivery of every vocal leave you in amazement post listening.

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Both “Lemon Garden” and “Bathroom” touch on elements that are so hip hop it’s hard to ignore their origins, and one could argue a signing by OVO Sound (because of their similarities sonically to PARTYNEXTDOOR or Majid Jordan) or Roc Nation could be the perfect home for such a talent. Definitely take a listen and let us know what you think. Check out the rest of their sounds on SoundCloud as well.

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If in the NYC-area, be sure to catch them at Pianos this Saturday at 11 PM. Purchase tickets from Live Nation or Ticketmaster via the link here.

– Scott Randell (@iamscottrandell)