This song from Beach House’s upcoming album was online… and then it wasn’t… and now it is again. Listen to it quick and hope that someone posts a download link for it. Judging by “Lazuli” and “Myth,” this new album seems to be slightly more upbeat than their last album, Teen Dream. This seems to be the general trend for Beach House, and it’s perfect for a summer release, May 15th to be specific.
Check out this bunch of Chilean electro artists on a label called Diamante. They offer some electro songs infused with just enough latin rhythm to make it interesting. There are a few artists here, but especially listen to Daniel Klauser and Panchitron aka Frank Briones. Listening to Daniel Klauser talk about “swag” is especially good on the track “Simply Swag” is especially enjoyable. These two artists along with the others on the label have also done a bunch of remixes, some of which are worth downloading.
Chicago rap scene is about to explode. With an extremely large amount of young, talented up-and-coming rappers, Chicago seems to be The rap capitol for the time being, and it has got the whole internet buzzing. Local artist, Chief Keef, who is 16 and was just under housearrest at his grandmothers, is apparently inspiration for Kanye West’s recent single, “Theraflu,” and is in the process of recording a track with the Chi Town King himself. Yes, Chicago is next for sure, and Chief Keef is just one of the biggest explanations for that.
Today I want to highlight another artist whose on the scene and making just as big of a splash as Keef in the form of Lil Reese. Lil Reese is featured in Keef’s biggest joint “I Don’t Like,” but this is a solo track by Reese that has a really addicting sample of an R Kelly song. This single is important for a couple of reasons, one being that Chicago’s rap scene which sounds something like a poor mans Lex Luger beat is being transformed into something completely different with this sample heavy track; proving how versatile the scene is. This track is also importnat because its so good, and deviates enough from the norm to make a statement but still maintains the voice that Chicago is beginning to be known for. Check out Lil Reese’s, “Haters,” below, and be on the look out for Chicago’s bustling rap scene before it shows up at your front door and smacks you hard in the face telling you that your front door is some shit that they “dont like.”
ALSO – read this article by Gawker explaining Keef’s rise to fame. And this article by theFader explaining the scene in more detail. AND play Keef’s “I Don’t Like,” (featured below) the entire time while reading this post to help you get in the right mood.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WcRXJ4piHg]
New Major Lazer dropped today featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors and some very fun and interesting new visuals. The magnificent duo of Switch and Diplo are apparently releasing another Major Lazer album sometime this year, and this track is supposed to be on it. Listen & watch below.
You know that sensation you get deep inside your brain when you realize you’ve found something big. When a movie, meal, song or any other type of creative inspiration hits you in the dome with an unexpected force. That’s the feeling we got when we first came upon Brooklyn-based producer/DJ Baauer’s Soundcloud. It is no secret that we love our hip hop-influenced, maximalist bass music, nor that we have a soft spot for some ignant Southern shit. Baauer represents the perfect intersection between the two. So we reached out to him for an interview and couldn’t be more pleased with the result. For years, Baauer was a 4/4 house and electro DJ going by the name CapnHarry, “a joke name to match the music I was making.” Around six months ago, he switched up his style to hip hop and Baauer was born. He didn’t abandon the dance music…
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JUSTENVISION puts together a 25 minute mix of a bunch of Kanye West songs from all of his albums—all mashed together. He says, “Enjoyy the mix yeezy heads.” Okay. This mix doesn’t contain anything that we haven’t heard, but it’s great if you want to skim through Kanye’s catalogue.
Yipee! New Unicorn Kid song! I say this not only because I like Unicorn Kid but also because every song he makes seems to have that exuberant tone, even his remix of DJ Khaled and Drake’s “I’m On One,” which is not a particularly giddy song. “Pure Space” is another good instrumental like “Boys of Paradise.” Unfortunately, instrumentals often leave you wanting just a little more. “Pure Space” is no exception but I do credit Unicorn Kid for keeping the track interesting.
Now, this track is great. The beat definitely works for hip hop, but it almost sounds like a heavier James Blake beat. With Clipse and Slim Thug over this beat, the song almost sounds like A$AP Rocky’s work with Clams Casino. You can hear it over on Vodka & Milk’s SoundCloud page. Also check out remixes of “Lights Please” by J. Cole, “Too Good to Die Young” by 50 Cent.
Flashback to 2008 when people still listened to the Raveonettes, a new wave-y Danish band. Now flashback to 2011 when “Forget That You’re Young” came out—I can’t say that this song really made a splash when it came out, but it’s still good and, at worst, pleasant. Check it out over on SoundCloud.
(via Stereogum) Having already released a track with Rick Ross, Meek Mill is definitely an up and coming rapper in the Maybach Music Group. “Flexin On Em” is probably a better track than “Erday (ft. Rick Ross),” and you should take notice with his album, Dreamchasers 2, coming soon. The track starts off with a high-pitch rift similar to the theme song of The Exorcist (but not as creepy), and it sets the pace for the rest of the song. The production is clean but not extraordinary—it does a good job of backing up Meek Mill’s verses but is not as interesting as, let’s say, Clams Casino’s production for A$AP Rocky. Download “Flexin On Em” over at Stereogum.
Download “Flexin On Em”
A week ago, Clams Casino tweeted a download link for a “vintage” “lost track” he produced for Squadda B, who is one half of cloud rap group Main Attrakionz. The track has since made its way all around the internet and now to this blog, but you shouldn’t listen to it because its the “popular” thing to do right now. You should listen to “Never Undersand” because: a) its produced by Clams Casino and that generally means its going to be awesome! b) Squadda B is awesome, and spits a very positive rap in this song c) its got muted-horns, a very high pitched sample, and is generally fun and bouncy d) It will probably put you in a good mood.
This could be the instrumental for an upcoming addition to the “Maybach Music” series. There is definitely room for some verses over this track, which is primarily an instrumental. Let’s hope that a good crew of rappers gets to work with this track. We can also cross our fingers and hope that this happens soon. Download it from Emerald Ruins’ SoundCloud page, which also features a remix of The Weeknd’s “The Knowing.”
(via Pretty Much Amazing) Waka Flocka Flame meets disco. I don’t really know what to do with WΛKΛ. It’s both very thug and very new wave. GΛGΛ is more about taking the disco out of the original track(s), which Elite Gymnastics does successfully— GΛGΛ is good ambient music but not nearly is instantly likable as WΛKΛ. I also hesitate calling these tracks remixes, since they deviate so much from the original music and don’t appear to be comprised of exclusively one track each. Download both from Pretty Much Amazing, but make sure you give WΛKΛ a good listen.
With a disco-esque beat and mellow vocals, this song by Japanese artist Clive Tanaka is just plain pleasant. It’s reminiscent of Herculues and Love Affair, but is a bit easier to listen to—not that Hercules and Love Affair isn’t great. Anyway, download the track off SoundCloud here, and if that link doesn’t work, stream it off Hype Machine.
“HYFR,” and “Take Care,” two singles off of Drake’s latest album, Take Care, got the video treatment yesterday. View them below.
Listening to this track would be a great way to spend the next 8 minutes of your life—or some future 8 minutes of your life. You could also listen for 2-3 minutes and then move on. Either way, download this new track from Elite Gymnastics, remixed by CFCF, from SoundCloud. In reality, this track goes by rather quickly because of it’s slow, relaxing beat puts you in a bit of a trance leading up to the 1:30 mark when semi-distorted vocals show up. And it just keeps going and going. How to Dress Well’s cover of this song is also worthwhile (and shorter), and you can find it on SoundCloud as well.
Funkmaster Flex revealed the latest Kanyeezy track, “Theraflu,” this morning. Track is produced by Hit-Boy and features Ye going IN, lyrically, and Dj Khaled, for some reason. Apparently this track has the potential to be on Kanye’s upcoming solo project, which is scheduled to be released sometime after the G.O.O.D Music compilation drops but there is no confirmation of anything yet. I dont think we care either way, new Kanye is new Kanye. Stream/download [with annoying Funkmaster Flex drops :-/] it below and if you haven’t noticed the breasts and Theraflu artwork, notice it.
Kanye West ft. Dj Khaled – Theraflu