With Ninja Dom back in the house, we ran down a few new hip-hop releases before closing out the show with an hour and a half of dance music. Standouts from this episode include selections from Smino‘s impressive debut, a Phil Collins-sampling loosie from Chris Malinchak, Ross From Friends’ latest lo-fi house masterpiece and a couple soulful productions from Jessie Rose‘s farewell project. Vibe with us above!
You may know Kennedy Jones as the party-popping producer/DJ whose slick beats have lead him to travel the world. But, that’s not the only musical talent he has to offer. He’s got heat he ain’t afraid to spit. Just take the single “Satoshi Nakamoto” as an example. Not only do we get some insane lyrics from Kennedy, but it’s atop a beat provided by the one and only Gramatik.
We love that this song starts with the emcee stating “Kennedy Jones don’t rap.” It just starts things off with the perfect tone. He’s not being cocky, just confident in his somewhat unknown ability. From there the beat kicks in and Kennedy delivers a short monologue before letting loose. He raps as a veteran, with a cool, collected tone and lyrics that go deeper than you would imagine. This is real hip-hop. We’d love to hear more of this from Kennedy, whose easily one of the most talented creators and real human beings in dance music. Leave it to him to surprise you with something so good.
Undeniably one of the most sought after up and coming producers around is k?d. He has exploded on the scene with originals and remixes that have floored listeners world-wide. Within the last day, k?d’s new single “Lose Myself” featuring Phil Good has already made its way well around the internet and has shown a slightly different side to the mysterious producer.
“Lose Myself” still has that midtempo electro sound that previous songs have had, but this time things are lightened up a bit. It’s a cool take on the future style; one that k?d made his own without trying to be something he is not. What he is is a talented producer whose creative limits we are just beginning to start to understand. Adding Phil Good on this record was a great choice as the two worked together harmoniously without any clash. “Lose Myself” has been released by PRMD Music.
Friday is finally here and so are all the free downloads we have been collecting over the past seven days. As usual we want your weekend to be the best it can be and music can play a large part in that. This is why we scour the internet for some awesome freebies for you to take with you, if you so desire. Music this week comes to us from the artists Larcy, Dabin, Phiilo, NIGHTOWLS and more. Some exceptionally interesting tunes come to us from YK, whose jersey club mashup is anything but ordinary, as well as Juke Ellington, whose remix of “Sexual Healing” will end your night just as it needs to end. Stream all twelve, grab the ones you want and share these great tunes with your friends. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.
Need something soothing to ease your way into the weekend? “Softlights” will do just that for you. The single comes to us from the duo of brothers Sarajevski. Featuring Erika, this airy chiller is will whisk you away into the clouds, eliminating all the aches and pains from the week along the way.
“Softlights” starts subtly and comes into focus with Erika’s vocal which takes center stage for much of the song. For a good while it feels like a calming indie record, but things eventually move into the house realm once the kick drum comes into play. From there the energy starts to pick up but the vibe of the track still remains the same, a cool relaxing mood that no ill can penetrate. The brothers play with a variety of emotions in this one, even ones that can seem contradictory to each other. It’s a simple composition inspired by complex emotions.
Sony Music’s Moonlight Matters has a saucy new single that your ears need to hear. “Hallucinations” is the track and it features Alex Fleming, aka Black Atlass. Together these acts have come up with something so silky smooth, it stands as the new archetype of the given adjective.
“Hallucinations” has that spacey, cosmic vibe that can often be associated with hallucinations. The groovy electronic composition is intimate and strong, reaching deep into the listener touching core emotions that not every song can reach. A strong vocal performance always helps a track and this single has that tenfold. You’ll be singing along in no time. “Hallucinations” is the first track of the year from MM, but it surely won’t be the last. Plenty more good music is on the way.
The newly formed Bassrush Records is off to an extremely great start. After around four months of releases, we have reached the release of two singles from the Los Angeles act Pierce. Available as a free download, these two singles will surely be at the top of your bass playlists in no time.
Although the songs are differing in genre, they both share a love of bass. “Hijack” will do exactly that; takeover your speakers and never let go. It’s gritty attitude and booming basses will leave you floored from headbanging or dancing too hard. Then comes “Set It Off” whose tone is much lighter than the A-track. However, just because the mood is lighter doesn’t mean the bass is as this midtempo tune is as heavy as the first. Moombahcore lovers will be grooving hard to this one and it’s throwback sound. Stream them both now and don’t forget to download them. Keep your dollars, these are on the house thanks to Bassrush.