As a band whose foundations lie in hip-hop, The KickDrums have done a phenomenal job of branching out over the last couple of years. They’re really the definition of genre blending, bringing together indie rock influences and hip-hop sensibilities to form a unique, cohesive sound. Today, the group would like us to know that they’re not done experimenting quite yet. Although, Alex Fitts is the only active member of the duo at the moment, he carries the crusade on with this tremendous electronic instrumental. Complete with cascading guitar riffs, and jaunting synths, “Good As Gold” combines all the elements mentioned above into one of the group’s most ambitious efforts yet. The track is available for free download now, and is the first single from the upcoming Inspiration for Conversation EP, coming soon.
Mr. Sam Beam, aka Iron and Wine, is back with a new album titled Ghost On Ghost. We shared one of its tracks, the jazzy, brass-heavy “Lovers’ Revolution”, with you back in January (and also above). But now, a week before its official release on Nonesuch Records, we’re happy to announce that the entire LP is available to stream thanks to the kind folks at NPR.
This week’s a busy one for UK native James Blake. His Big Boi-sampling “Everyday I Ran” surfaced just yesterday, and now he’s back with another track for your listening enjoyment titled “Take a Fall for Me”. The producer/ singer has always experimented with new synths and sounds so it is no surprise that he collaborates with legendary emcee RZA for this new single. The haunting vocals and airy production make for a nice background to the spoken work poetry by the the Wu-Tang lyricist. It is not known yet whether this will be on any upcoming effort but take a listen to the smooth track below.
After dropping the critically acclaimed album Swing Lo Magellan, the indie band Dirty Projectors had a slew of remixes that followed . One of the musicians to take a turn on their lead single “The Socialites” is Hot Chip‘s Joe Goddard. Adding some xylophones and soft drum samples for an airy beat, Goddard makes a smooth remix driven by Amber Coffen‘s charming vocals. Packaging up some unreleased remixes to their lead single “The socialites”, the group prepares to drop a 12″ vinyl later this May.
Yesterday, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, in conjunction with Noisey, livestreamed their new album, Mosquito. Today, they’ve posted it in its entirety, meaning that we can all enjoy the forthcoming LP as many times as we want! Tune in via the video below, and feel free to hit repeat, repeat, repeat. The album officially drops April 16th via Interscope.
After starring in the original music video, and then teasing us with a performance during NBA All-Star Weekend, 2 Chainz and Fall Out Boy have finally agreed to unveil the remix to their comeback single. With the song’s new trapped-out vibe, Mr. Double Chainz feels right at home, as he closes things out with a nice little verse full of quotables near the end of the song. If you weren’t pumped up before, the remix will definitely get your blood rushing. Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album, Save Rock and Roll will be out on April 15th, but pre-orders are available now through iTunes.