Backwards Feat. Tame Impala
Although we still have no idea what Divergent is really about, we do know that its soundtrack has spawned some pretty interesting collaborations so far. This latest effort from Kendrick Lamar and Tama Impala however, easily takes the cake. The powerful single grabs your attention right off the bat, as Kendrick bombards the mic with a fierce intensity that’ll leave you taking at least a few steps “Backwards” yourself. The only reprieve from Kendrick’s full-scale assault comes through the contrastingly soothing chorus, which features a sample of Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and helps provide the song with some balance. While it may seem like this one is coming out of left field for the Compton rapper, there is some precedent for its sound. In some ways the track almost seems like a mashup of the laidback style heard on “Money Trees” from Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and his fiery remix of Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive.”
Check out the single above, and head over to Pitchfork if you’re interested in streaming the full Divergent soundtrack days before its release on March 11th. Featuring additional music from the likes of Skrillex, Ellie Goulding, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Gesaffelstein, Snow Patrol and more, the soundtrack can be pre-ordered through iTunes now as well.
Happy Friday, ninjas! For all of our fans on the East Coast, your night is probably already coming together. For all of our fans on the West Coast, hang in there. You only have a few more hours to get through. To all of our fans in Europe, Asia and Australia, you’re probably already raging pretty damn hard.
Wherever you’re at in the world, we know you’re ready to let loose. Press play and have yourself a good little Friday night.
Africa (Ryan Kenney Remix)
Zedd ft Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
Find You (HLM Bootleg Remix)
Mike Hawkins, R3hab, Ky Mani Marley
Soldiers vs. Samurais vs. Warriors (Henry Himself Battle Edit)
DJ Turn It Up (TIGHTTRAXX & ETC!ETC! Remix)
Wonder ft. Kite String Tangle (Friendzone Remix)
Proxy (Original Mix)
Take Tonight (Cash Cash X Zedd X NONONO X Nico Cipriano)
Revolution (Moiez Remix)
R3hab, Nervo, Ummet Ozcan
SLDGHMR & Crywolf
We Could Be Heaven
Blasterjaxx & Ibranovski
Astronaut (Lukav x Suprem Festival Trapleg)
MEAUX GREEN & TROPKILLAZ
Pump Up The Volume
Just Fine & Ecotek
The Godfather (Atik Remix)
RL Grime & What So Not
Johnny Rocket Man
Ruben Haze has been grabbing the attention of the blogosphere worldwide in a strategic staggering of releases. This fictional character, comprised of Dirty South and vocalist Rudy Sandapa, released “City of Dreams” last week, which was something that some listeners were already somewhat familiar of. A lot of people remembered the vocals from the smash hit from Dirty South and Alesso, but none had heard the original version.
Today we’re excited to bring you another carefully selected tune from the debut four-track EP. “Johnny Rocket Man,” is a slow building, melodic folk tune that takes on a progressive nature. After a few times listening through, it’s easy to pick up on the associations of Dirty South’s production style in the studio, in this completely different genre. With calm, drifting finger picking, we’re taken on a lazy journey through emotion-rich lyrics from Sandapa. The track continues to gain momentum with the addition of some strings that allow the song to take on a much bolder and intense sound than we were originally expecting.
We’ve come to find that this EP has a very cinematic nature, boasting tremendous depth in it’s artistry. Make sure you pick it up on iTunes this Tuesday.
Cr2 Live & Direct Miami 2014
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Minimix
As Miami peeks its head around the nations’ snow covered corner, it’s smiling ear to ear, beckoning you to head down south for Ultra and WMC. Some of you might not be able to head down to South Beach, we have a sunny mini-mix that will get you rockin’ flowered shirts and flip flops before you know it.
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the label, CR2 is releasing four different mini-mixes from the likes of MYNC, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciaco, Carnage, and Wayne & Woods. Today’s premiere is a taste of the Miami compilation and features 12 tracks from some of the game’s greats.
If you do happen to be in Miami for WMC, make sure to hit up Cr2′s event on the 28th!
1. Mystique - Going Under [CR2]
2. Sick Individuals - Pepper [OneLove]
3. Fedde Le Grand - Metrum (UMEK remix) [ToolRoom Records]
4. Maarcos - Blaze (Dirty South Edit) [Phazing]
5. Thomas Gold feat Kaelyn Behr - Remember [Axtone]
6. R3hab & Lucky Date - Rip it up (Nicky Romero Edit) [Protocol]
7. Nicky Romero, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - S.O.T.U [Size]
8. Kryder - Vyper
9. Steve Angello, Matisse & Sadko - SLVR [Size]
10. Tony Romera - Hey Bean [MegaTon]
11. An21 ,Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman - Rebel [Size]
12. Murk - Reach for Me (TV Rock & Dirty South remix) [CR2]
Reckless Ardor (Pete Tong EXCLUSIVE) Essential Selection
There’s no doubt EDX has been on a tear the past few years. The well renown Italian DJ/Producer has had giant hit after hit with tracks like “Blessed”, “Hazed”, “Hyped”, his collaboration with Leventina, “The Tempest” and his impressive house remix of “Thinking About You” by Calvin Harris. While we have thoroughly enjoyed a good lot of these tunes and chatting with this EDM giant at Beta Nightclub last year, we’re especially taken by his most recent release, “Reckless Ardor.”
In a departure from the energetic, progressive houose style that we’re used to, EDX has slowed things down with a voluptuous deep house tune. Originally premiered on Pete Tong’s show about three months back, we’re excited today to bring you the first look at the music video.
Directed by Guy Julian Noumen, we’re offered an intimate glimpse into the life of a gentleman who is…ahem…not doing too bad for himself on the lady front. Take a look below, but not if you’re at work or in front of your girlfriend.
After you’re done watching, celebrate the worldwide release of “Reckless Ardor” by picking it up oniTunes, or by streaming it on Spotify.
After dropping the highly underrated NSDE/OUTSDE EP late last year (one that we failed to cover unfortunately), Waldo returns with the rest of his AGO crew hoping to rekindle the same magic he found with his previous release. Consisting of additional members Joose, Amos Rose, The SEVENth and Sango, AGO is a collective from Grand Rapids, Michigan hoping to establish themselves in a hip-hop scene where the concept of the crew has become more prominent than ever.
Tuebor is a step in the right direction for the group, as the talented emcees all get a chance to flaunt their skills and bring some knowledge to what the Michigan lifestyle is really about. Featuring a wealth of talented producers like Mr. Carmack, AbJo, Mozaic, and of course The SEVENth and Sango, where Tuebor really prospers is in the diversity of its sounds. From the introspective “What Dreams Are Made Of” to the soulful “Royal Oats” and the grimy trap stylings of “The Garden,” each song has a style of its own, helping to provide the individual members with their own identities, while still resulting in a cohesive overall product. Nothing gets old on Tuebor, and if you find you don’t like a particular track, chances are you’ll enjoy the next one. Rather than take our word for it though, you can find out for yourself, by streaming the full project here. As we always do, we’ve sprinkled in a few of our top selections from the mixtape below, and you can grab a copy for yourself if you’re so inclined.
Royal Oats ft. Waldo (prod. Sango)
What Dreams Are Made Of (ft. Waldo, Joose, The SEVENth & Lena Chanel) (prod. AbJo)
Down Packed (ft. The SEVENth, Amos Rose & Waldo) (prod. The SEVENth)
AGO (feat. Waldo & Joose) (prod. Sango & Mr. Carmack)
The Garden (ft. Joose & Waldo) (prod. Sango)
Glam (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
As he gears up for his first album as a solo artist, Chuck Inglish decides to drop off a little Midwest collaboration with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. This week has seen a lot of great hip-hop already, but this one could easily vault itself to the top of the list. “Glam” is a jazzy number with plenty of heart, that really puts Chuck’s production skills on full display. The Cool Kid manages to open the track with a smooth verse as well, while Chance slides right in perfectly, utilizing his melodious flow to deliver some incredibly soulful bars. It all comes together to make for a rather relaxing listen, while simultaneously amping us up for whatever else Chuck has in store on Convertibles. Currently set for an April 8th release, the LP is also set to include features from Sir Michael Rocks, Chromeo, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Vic Mensa, Action Bronson, and more.