As the work week slowly winds its way down, we’re fully aware that you’re on the hunt for solid tunes to carry you into two days of pure, unadulterated freedom. Luckily for you, THEY. just dropped their debut EP via Mind of a Genius, and it’s rife with heavy bass hits, lush vocals, and inventive verses.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of this act, we’ll fill you in on their background. THEY. are Drew and Dante. The two were introduced in LA through a mutual acquaintance. Dante was dialing up beats with the ever-so-popular, and oft mysterious producer ZHU, and Drew had just relocated from Maryland. Together, both are influenced by a wide variety of acts like Taking Back Sunday, Nirvana, Babyface, and New Edition, all of which culminate in an unique, and highly addictive listening experience.
Three tracks are highlighted in their Nü Religion EP, which can all be found below. Our favorite out of the trio is “Motley Crue,” which may or may not be due to our secret love for songs like “Kickstart My Heart” and “Shout at the Devil.” Whether or not the title was a subtle nod to Vince Neil and the rest of those cats, it still caught our ear and won’t let go. The dark and understated guitar lick would certainly indicate a connection to some hard rock roots, but we’re pretty sure the title is referring to the lyrics. Regardless, the combination of huge 808 hits, clean snares, and layered vocal samples all culminate into the perfect song to crank up on your ride home from work.
So, make sure you have your shades ready. Roll the windows down. Press play and don’t forget to turn this shit up.
Why are crossover records so darn delicious? We could answer that, but instead, we’re going to just share with you a new hybrid single from Warp9 called “Milky Way Jello” that fuses future funk with hip-hop. It’s been done before here and there, but this record is definitely groovier than the rest. Warp9 enlists rapper Everyman, horn player/producer Willdabeast and Safi’s Lab for the record that was released as a part of the Milky Way Jello EP on Adapted Records. “Milky Way Jello” is a sexy medley of nearly too much good stuff, which is why I’ve had it on repeat all day today. Whether you’re chilling with your friends, in a road trip, or looking to dance, this is the record you need. Check the rest of the EP out through Beatport, where you can buy the single, or the entire EP if you’re feeling it.
Wings (feat. Jesse Boykins III & Pell)
Feeling the Monday mid-afternoon blues? Well, we have just the cure to lift your spirits. “Wings” serves as the debut single from Swedish production duo JARAMI, but the pair are no strangers to the industry, already having songwriting and production credits for tunes with Skizzy Mars and Marc E Bassy under their belt. That experience pays off in a major way as the two manage to craft a blissfully uplifting tune with the assistance of soaring vocals from Jesse Boykins III and a rousingly poignant verse from New Orleans spitter Pell. If you’re anything like us you’ll catch yourself singing along by the three minute mark–as a side note, you may also find you have an inexplicable craving for chicken wings as well. JARAMI are currently preparing to release their debut EP later this year, but in the meantime you can download the track above and stream it through Spotify.
’The Weeknd – The Hills (feat. Eminem) (Remix)’
’The Weeknd – The Hills (feat. Nicki Minaj) (Remix)’
The Weeknd has had a landmark year in 2015 and his current ascension to the pop throne has only been solidified by the fact that he currently sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 with his single, “The Hills”. In case you needed further proof of his current standing though, the Toronto native has landed two major co-signs from Nicki Minaj, and perhaps more unexpectedly, Eminem–both of whom deliver their own renditions of the outrageously catchy tune. Predictably enough, Marshall takes a more vindictive approach, discussing troubled relationships from his past, while Nicki keeps it a bit more raunchy with her version. Both rappers seem to mesh well enough with Abel’s vocals and should ensure that the song holds its position at number one for just a little longer. Stream the tunes above and make sure to purchase the full remix package over at iTunes.
Home (Hoody Time Vocal Edit)
A lot of the time when rappers create a vocal edit of an electronic record, it’s not so good. Disappointing, yes; especially for lovers of hip-hop/crossover like us ninjas. One rapper who is launching his act with a vocal edit is Hoody Time, who spit some fire on Marshmello‘s single “Home.” As if the track wasn’t fun enough, he adds onto it some lively vocals for people to rap along with, making it one powerful party track. If you take the time to listen to the lyrics, you’ll find they’re quite inspiring, conveying one must leave home to bring their dreams to fruition. With that, one must also not forget where they come from. Have a listen, and make sure to download the freebie from the stream player. Hoody Time is going to be releasing more works, so make sure to stay up to date via social media.
It’s always a good day when we have some fresh music from Lido. The Norwegian producer has decided to bless us with a brand new single, teaming up with Santell aka “the light skinned Tyrese” for a smooth cut dedicated to “Ashley”. The R&B jam might be Lido’s most straightforward song to date, comprised of finger snaps, bass kicks and tranquil synths that hearken back to the genre’s heyday. Though the track has been floating around the internet for about a year now, it finally gets its day in the sun as the first single from Lido & Santell’s upcoming collaborative EP, The Passion Project, set for release on October 23 through Mad Decent and Pelican Fly. Stream the tune above, and make sure to cop the EP when it drops.