For our third installment in Showtek’s tenure as our Resident Artist, we’re excited to bring you “Essentials Part Two”. No, this isn’t just another version of their show Skink, this is a new program that gives you a little more insight into what the guys are digging on at the moment. It covers a broad range of tracks that you probably won’t hear in their sets, but know that they’re into at the moment.
DJ brotherly duo Wouter and Sjoerd have provided one track for the following categories: favorite classic, current favorite, future classic, secret weapon, best new talent, favorite chill-out song, road trip essential, and pregame track. Their favorite classic is meant to educate the new generation of dance music fans, while their current favorite will be directly relevant to their fans’ tastes. The future classic track is a tune they believe will be continued to be played long after its initial success. The secret weapon is a jaw-dropping track only to be used to stun the crowd at the most opportune moments. Best new talent features a promising emerging artist. The favorite chill-out song demonstrates their balanced taste with something mellow. The road trip essential is a tune that they enjoy listening to while traveling. Lastly, the pregame track is to be used as a warm-up for partying.
Favorite Classic: Marco V – Simulated
Current Favorite: Toxic – Infected
Future Classic: Martin Garrix – Animals
Secret Weapon: Jack Beats – About To Get Fresh (Brillz Remix)
Upcoming Talent Support: Danny Avilla – Tronco
Favorite Chill-out Song: Bakermat – zomer
Roadtrip Music: Raekwon Feat Ghostface Killah & Method Man – Icecream Man
The recent resurgence of NYC hip-hop has been exciting to watch with promising, unique artists popping up seemingly everyday. Brooklyn’s TRW might not be on your radar yet, but the emcee is a prime example of the new wave of young artists coming out of the east coast. TRW’s style draws on his local predecessors, while maintaining a fresh and youthful feel. Joining his contemporaries, he is socially conscious, but avoids overdoing it keeping things positive and fun to listen to all the while.
As its name suggests, “Nightmares” is one of TRW’s heavier tracks in which he bounces seamlessly between topics ranging from philosophical musings and social injustice to romance and love. The visuals were shot in his East New York neighborhood and directed by Ari Kamin.
Enjoy the video below and grab a free download up top. If you’re feeling this one, make sure to check out some more of TRW’s material at Wread Wrkr, the creative collective and media outlet he is a part of.
For awhile it seemed as if Virginia native Pusha T‘s solo debut was destined to be placed into the Detox category of non-existent release dates. Fortunately for fans, not only is there a date set for the much-anticipated release, but we also have the lead single in ‘Sweet Serenade’. Swizz Beatz sets a dark, moody tone for Pusha to spit over while fellow VA artist Chris Brown creates a catchy hook. The full length My Name is My Name will drop on October 8th.
Although he’s commonly known as the King of the Trap, T.I. has no problems with getting in touch with his inner pimp. He’s already explored this side of his personality on such singles as “My Love” with Justin Timberlake, and most recently, “Blurred Lines” alongside RobinThicke and Pharrell. One thing that seems certain as we listen to this remix of Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” is that it definitely doesn’t seem to be official. Hell, it’s even debatable whether Tip’s verse was specifically recorded for this track all, as his flow sounds a bit discordant at times. However, we might just be able to chalk that up to the fact that this song was never meant to have a rap remix. Even so, it’s fun to hear exactly how one would turn out. Do you guys think T.I. did an admirable job on this one?
Here it is, ninjas! After getting fans excited about the prospects of a sequel to 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP by dropping a teaser during last night’s VMA’s, Eminem comes through with his first single from the project, “Berzerk.” The new single features a return to the raucous, rigid, in-your-face sound we first came to love from the Detroit emcee years ago (and, judging by the commercials from last night, this also marks the comeback of the bleached blonde hair.) Do you guys think this is the return of the real Slim Shady, or is Em reaching too far into the past to try and create some buzz about his career? Maybe it’s better to reserve judgment until The Marshall Mathers LP 2 finally hits shelves on November 5th.
If it’s “Evil Friends” you’re looking for, you could do much worse than Danny Brown. Danny isn’t shy when it comes to tackling beats, which explains why his list of collaborations includes names as diverse as Purity Ring and Charli XCX. Still, Portugal. The Man is unexplored territory for the Detroit spitter, but with the help of producer Jake One, the collaboration manages to work perfectly.
Flipping the title track of the group’s latest album, Jake One captures some of the more downtempo moments of the original, while adding in some steady drum patterns to transform it into a hip-hop ready soundscape. Danny handles the rest of the legwork, delivering some energetic yet effortless bars to help set the mood. It’s a great reminder of the diversity he employs, and the track helps to whet our appetite a bit as we patiently wait for Old, dropping September 30th. And if you haven’t listened to it yet, make sure to grab Portugal. The Man’s Evil Friends, in stores now.