IN FIVE SONGS
Born out of acclaimed Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future, The Internet is slated to drop their much-anticipated fourth studio album, Hive Mind, on July 20. Since the release of its maiden 2011 record Purple Naked Ladies, the band’s enterprising (and relatively young) members have explored time-honored musical themes—love, drugs, and yes, sex, over the last seven years. Released in 2015, the Grammy-nominated third album, Ego Death, showcased some of the The Internet’s finest songwriting to date and brought national attention to all five members, particularly singer/songwriter/DJ Syd. In the last three years, Syd and bandmates Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith, and Steve Lacy each dedicated themselves to releasing well-received solo projects. Syd’s Fin paid homage to the sounds of the beloved 90s R&B of her childhood, while Matt Martians and Steve Lacy explored more modern, unconventional, and sometimes psychedelic sounds. In anticipation of Hive Mind’s July 20 release, let’s look at five fan favorites that mark the band’s journey to date.
1. The Internet ft. Odd Future’s Left Brain "Cocaine" from Purple Naked Ladies, 2011
In 2011, The Internet dropped Purple Naked Ladies, Odd Future Records’ inaugural album release. After producing the video for “Cocaine,” The Internet found themselves at the center of controversy. Conceived in part by Matt Martian, the video features Syd, a female-presenting companion, and a few lines of cocaine (surprise, surprise.) “When we wrote it, we wanted it to feel like a movie. We wanted it to end on a very blunt note. The controversy behind the video was expected but comes with the territory when trying to break new ground, I guess,” said Martians of the video’s abrupt, shocking and—let’s be honest—pretty upsetting conclusion.
2. The Internet ft. Kaytranada "Girl" from Ego Death, 2015
“Girl” is likely the best known single from Ego Death, and features the body rocking beats we have come to expect from Haitian-Canadian artist Louis Kevin Celestin, better known as Kaytranada. Marvel at Syd’s buttery smooth sound while watching this live performance of “Girl” from KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. “If I told you that you rock my world, would you let me call you my girl?” Yes, Syd, yes. A thousand times yes.
3. Matt Martians ft. Syd and Steve Lacy "Dent Jusay" from The Drum Chord Theory, 2017
Matt Martians kicked off The Internet’s solo album extravaganza with his January 2017 release of The Drum Chord Theory. “It’s really an album that tells a story,” said Matt of the album during an interview with PressPlayOk. “It’s a guy, he’s having problems with a girl. Then he takes some acid. You can hear it. The first half is more me straight up singing. After I find the acid it gets weirder.” If that doesn’t pique your curiosity, I don’t know what will.
4. Steve Lacy "Dark Red" from Steve Lacy’s Demo, 2017
At 20 years of age, The Internet’s youngest member Steve Lacy could be considered a musical savant. His first solo studio release (a self-proclaimed “song series”) Steve Lacy’s Demo, spans a total of 13 way-too-short minutes, each track leaving you wanting more. Surprisingly (or not at all surprisingly when you consider how entrepreneurial and expeditious LA’s new generation of musical talent have shown themselves to be) Demo was made almost entirely on an iPhone.
5. Syd "Body" from Fin, 2017
Sydney Bennett proves sexy never left with her 2017 release of Fin. Chock-full of bass-forward jams akin to those of 90s R&B all-stars like Usher and Aaliyah, the album is a declaration of independence and a celebration of queer love. As the second single, and arguably the most popular song on the album, “Body” highlights Syd’s breathy, melodious vocal stylings and serves up lyrics hot enough to break a sweat.
+1. The Internet "Come Over" from Hive Mind, 2018
Hive Mind was already feverishly anticipated from the rollout of jump-up advance single "Roll (Burbank Funk)" when second single "Come Over" dropped on May 30 and immediately became a contender for Song of the Summer. A chunk of slinky funk complete with a "piercing-ass" Steve Lacy guitar solo and perfect for on-repeat play, the whole enterprise gets topped off with a delightfully warm and color-coordinated video (directed by Syd) that shows off the quintet's charisma and cohesiveness.