Black Sand (Rvdical Remix)
Hip-hop is currently going through a fascinating transformation as rappers continue taking risks ranging from the strange vocal inflections of Young Thug, and more recently Makonnen, to the future bass raps of Goldlink. The Soulection collective has had a special role in carving out what label-captain Joe Kay calls the “sound of tomorrow” lending their unique brand of dance music as instrumentals for a broad range of talented emcees. The strength of this movement is multiplied by the artists’ and labels’ openness to collaborate, which in the digital age has become easier than ever and allows for an unprecedented diversity in styles.
The latest remix from Flow-Fi‘s Rvdical the Kid is exemplary of this incredible progression reworking the already dope track, “Black Sand,” from frequent West Michigan AGO collaborators Joose and Sango into an addicting masterpiece. While the original has a minimal and incredibly relaxed vibe to it, Rvdical’s take adds an ethereal element rearranging the vocal sample and adding unique percussion giving Joose’s lyrics a whole new context. Zone out to this awesomely floaty track above.
Louis Futon x A-1
Parasail [Free Download]
Philly production duo Louis Futon drop a heavy hitter today with “Parasail,” a sharp but quick ditty that works in some of that futuristic bounce. The guys recruit Bay Area-based rapper A-1 to spit lyrics on a jungle-meets-space beat, resulting in a collaborative piece that is larger than life.
A-1′s vocals are crisp yet calculated, but manage to work marvelously with the complex composition of “Parasail,” a track that is brimming with bass. While A-1′s flow manages to command attention, the track’s real breadwinner is the sweet, sweet beat with its fresh syncopations and hefty percussions. “Parasail” is available for a free download by heading to Louis Futon’s Facebook.
Tuesday Feat. Drake
Just in time for your “Tuesday,” Drake decides to drop his very own remix of iLoveMakonnen‘s Sonny Digital & Metro Boomin-produced hit, “Club Going Up On A Tuesday.” As one of the hottest singles on the net, it’s only fitting that Drizzy hops on with a verse of his own–something of a trend recently, as he’s done the same with Tinashe‘s “2 On” and Soulja Boy‘s “We Made It.” Although he is the king of random releases, this comes from as far out of left field as you can get. What better way to build
even more hype for his Lil Wayne vs. Drake tour though than by putting his own spin on of the catchiest tunes around? Receiving a co-sign from Drizzy is also just about the greatest boost the young ATLien could receive, and we’re interested to see if any other rappers follow suit and come out with remixes of their own. Grab a free download above, and let us what you think about this odd pairing.
Wimme Nah (Prod. By Kaytranada)
Still riding off the highs of an insane set at Lollapalooza last weekend, Vic Mensa took to Twitter yesterday to urge his followers to use the hashtag #WimmeNah to propel the release of his next single produced by Kaytranada. After generating enough buzz, the Chitown spitter stayed true to his word, unleashing the glorious single upon the world earlier today. After one listen it should be pretty clear that Vic is in his own lane at the moment, as he’s been soundtracking our summer with a solid repertoire of bangers that sound unlike anything else out right now. The track is oozing in Chicago pride, as Vic declares that the city’s “Wimme Nah,” and if his performance at Lolla proved anything, it’s that he’s right.
Check out the dope new cut above, and make sure to grab yourself a free download of the fresh track through Facebook.
When I Die (Alex Young + Jonah Baseball Version)
GoldLink is the fastest rising rapper of 2014, period. Since The God Complex dropped in April, the DMV-raised hip hop artist has been all across the country playing shows and festivals, teaming up with the Soulection collective, and more. He has already collaborated with Lakim and Sango so he is no stranger at all to futuristic garage productions, but Alex Young and Jonah Baseball decided to take it one step further and bring the vibes to the McCallaman production of “When I Die.” It’s got an infectious energy to it that even non-hip-hop heads can appreciate. Alex Young is already quite established as a producer, however I urge you to definitely take Jonah Baseball’s catalogue for a spin if you aren’t familiar. And if you want to hear more from GoldLink, you can download his massively successful debut tape The God Complex here!
You feel that, ninjas? That undeniable feeling like greatness is peeking its head around the corner? You know what that is? It’s pre-Friday. We’re one day away from a glorious two-day stretch that we’ve all been thinking about since Monday morning. As you carefully calculate your plans for your upcoming adventures, throw this sexy little number on.
Coming out of Denmark, Goldfish (Bastian Langebaek) has put a new break-beat twist on Jack Garratt’s “Remnants.” The title track off of Garratt’s debut EP boasted a gritty and ominous feel, which provided an industrial backdrop for those unforgettable vocals. Goldfish has stepped in and flipped the track upside down, harnessing similar techniques used in their first working project, “Worry.” After co-writing and co-producing that smash single, it was only natural to see an impressive final product on this remixer’s take.
Utilizing some of those darker, minimalist elements creates a delicate contrast with the added smooth bassline, providing a delectable R&B feel that’s perfect for your warm-weather festivities this weekend. Press play, and get on with planning something epic.
Remnants (Goldfish Remix)