[Remix] Janelle Monáe – Electric Lady (Dungeon-Wondamix) (Feat. Solange, Big Boi & Cee Lo Green)

Janelle Monáe
Electric Lady (Dungeon-Wondamix) feat. Solange, Big Boi & Cee Lo Green

It’s only been a few days since the release of Janelle Monáe‘s sophomore album, The Electric Lady, but now we already have a remix to the album’s title track. Included as a bonus track on the deluxe edition available only at Target, this juiced up remake features some familiar faces like Big Boi, Cee Lo Green, and of course Solange, who was also on the original. The ATLiens lay down some pretty impressive bars alongside the ArchAndroid, making this a power anthem that’s guaranteed to last you through the weekend. If you dig this single, make sure to check out our album review before purchasing a copy for yourself.

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[NEW] Phantogram – Black Out Days

Black Out Days

Our last Phantogram sighting came in the form of an appearance on Big Boi‘s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, but now it seems like the duo are primed to finally release their second full-length album later this year. The New York based group are ready to start things off in a big way with “Black Out Days,” an addicting indie pop number that’s instantly ear-catching with its sweeping percussion and fleeting vocals. There’s no details yet on the status of the album (all we really have to go off of is this), but we’re hoping to learn more soon. In the interval, we’ll keep this little ditty endlessly on repeat.

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[Electro] Chase & Status – Machine Gun (feat. Pusha T)

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Machine Gun (feat Pusha T)

Just in case you’re having some trouble getting over the hump this week, U.K. production duo, Chase & Status, have got you covered with a high octane track featuring a verse from none other than the recently omnipresent Pusha T. As its name implies, “Machine Gun” holds a dark, heavy and intense feel accentuated perfectly by Push’s ruthless brand of raps.

Wake yourself up with this booming single above and look out for Chase & Status’s upcoming album, Brand New Machine, due out on October 7th.  Pusha T’s highly anticipated album, My Name Is My Name, drops the following day on October 8th.

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[Album Review] Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe
PrimeTime ft. Miguel
Janelle Monáe  
Givin Em What They Love ft. Prince
Janelle Monáe
Electric Lady ft. Solange
Janelle Monáe
Dorothy Dandridge Eyes ft. Esperanza Spalding

As a child of a drug-addicted father with a Kansas City upbringing, and after early days spent in New York City, Philadelphia, and eventually Atlanta trying to make it into the music, it was apparent that Janelle Monáe’s past was more elaborate and obscured than most artists in the industry. Instead of dwelling on the struggle or waiting for a hero to come rescue her, Monáe became her own super-hero in the form of a George Clinton and David Bowie inspired android named Cindi Mayweather. Armed with a classically trained voice, black and white suit, and a creativity that has not been seen since the 80′s, Monáe’s alter-ego became more than just a form of escapism, but a savior from the ever-growing monotony of today’s R&B genre.

With her major label sophomore release The Electric Lady, Monáe continues to take listeners on a grand journey through the inner workings of her mental space. Similar to her 2010 ArchAndroid release, the android tale continues but with a far more personal take along a course through R&B, funk, rock, jazz, and rap. Bringing in a wide array of guests and familiar artists, Monáe conveys a fictional landscape that is both a nostalgic venture into the great sounds of R&B’s past and a pop-oriented, radio romp of songs about love and heartbreak.

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[Video] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – White Walls (Feat. ScHoolboy Q & Hollis)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
White Walls (Feat. ScHoolboy Q & Hollis)

Say what you will about Macklemore, but don’t tell me the guy doesn’t know how to make a good music video. After thoroughly dominating the charts for the good part of a year now, you’d think Mack would be ready to hang up his saddle for some well deserved rest and relaxation. Instead, he keeps on rolling forward, trading that saddle in for a fully pimped-out old school Cadillac. He rides that whip all the way to a crazy backyard pool party, where he celebrates his success with some grannies and a gaggle of new buddies like A$AP Rocky, Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, Trinidad Jame$, Sir Mix-A-Lot, DJ Drama, and ScHoolboy Q (who happens to contribute a verse on this track). While that all may sound a little strange, trust us when we say it looks like loads of fun. Check out the dope visuals below, and make sure to grab the single on iTunes if you don’t have it already.

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[Hip Hop] L’Orange & Stik Figa – Blind Tiger

L'Orange & Stik Figa
Blind Tiger

If you’re familiar with my posts up to this point, you know I rarely write about hip hop. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I usually lean towards indie rock, folk and house music. However, every once in a while a hip hop track comes along and I just cant help myself.

There are two things about this track that really drew me in. The first is the production style of North Carolina resident L’Orange. With classic TV samples, jazz influenced beats and crackling antiquated atmospheric texturing, L’Orange has a deliciously lush sound in “Blind Tiger.”

The second thing about this track that drew me in was the lyrics of Topeka hip hop artist Stik Figa. I’ve never really cared for simplistic lyrics that grace the radio’s airwaves. I believe the talent lies in a lyricist creating something truly poetic. Something that you can’t instantly figure out. Something that takes some thought and interpretation to understand. Admittedly, I had never heard of Stik Figa before, but after hearing him gracefully and poetically grace L’Orange’s beats on this track, he’s gained a new fan.

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