Ryan Hemsworth, known primarily for his well executed and minimalist influenced hip/hop productions, is back an absolute gem to kickstart the new year. Just after his release of ‘BasedWolrd’ on January 2nd of 2013, to which he gave away for free, the Canadian producer experiments once more with an emotional filled instrumentational track titled ‘An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You’. While it lacks the grandeur of its predecessor ‘BasedWolrd’, he remains consistent at layering intricate sounds to form one smooth and coherent environment of harmony.
‘An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You’ comes from a recent Friends of Friends (FoF) Compilation, an eclectic 7-track compilation “exploring all aspects of the electronic soundscape with elements of wintry vibes”.
Ryan Hemsworth An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You
For the better half of the past year, rapper Azealia Banks remained relatively quiet when it came to dropping new material. Kicking off 2013, she not only is dropping diss tracks to fellow emcee Angel Haze, copping guest spots on Beyonce‘s upcoming new album, but she is gracing fans with a new remix to her Fantasea mixtape track “Fierce”. The dance worthy track gets a reworking from indie DJ Josh Peace and production from Drums of Death. Complete with a quicker tempo, synths, drums and bass, and extended lyrics from Franklin Fuentes.
Justin Timberlake‘s been away from music for awhile now (over six years to be exact), so when he announced his comeback, it’s needless to say that he turned a few heads. Now that we have our first taste though, it seems a little bitter. With the first single off of his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, it seems clear that JT is still just shaking the rust off and trying to acclimate himself to this new age of music. “Suit & Tie” brings together some diverse sounds, starting things off with a slowed down, chopped-and-screwed chorus, before resurrecting some of the old Timberlake experience we’re used to. The eclectic and occasionally hectic instrumental was crafted by frequent collaborator Timbaland, with Jay-Z adding in a pretty solid verse as well to wrap things up. Overall, the song doesn’t live up to its expectations, though it might never have in any form. Regardless, we’re all still excited to see what Timberlake has for us in 2013 and welcome him back to the music business. Hopefully, he’ll be able to duplicate the same success he had years ago that had us all pining for his return.
While it remains unclear when we will get some new original music from Outkast, today marks the first track featuring both MCs in about five years as Big Boi hops on the remix of Frank Ocean‘s Andre 3000 collaboration, “Pink Matter.” As expected, the result is pretty awesome and is a must listen for any music fan. Hopefully we see a project from the legends in 2013, but for now enjoy this slice of dopeness below. Happy Friday night ninjas!
Say what you want about Pusha T, but there’s no denying that he puts 110% into every verse he crafts. He’s got a fire and intensity about him that’s unmatched by anyone else that dares to pick up the mic in his presence. MMG bawse, Rick Ross, does his best to keep up as the two Southern emcees flaunt their wealth throughout the track. Considering how prominent of a part he’s played as part of G.O.O.D. Music since he signed back in 2010, it’s hard to believe we’re still waiting on Pusha’s first full solo album, My Name is My Name (that’s not counting Fear of God II: Let Us Pray). Before we get that however, we’ll be blessed with a mixtape, known as Wrath of Caine, which this song will be featured on. Both projects are expected to drop sometime in 2013.
While most of you have probably already heard the leaked version of Long.Live.A$AP, I’m sure there’s still at least one last song you’ve been eagerly anticipating. That would be this collaboration right here. Although relegated to being a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album, this brand new track boasting the gifted talents of Florence Welch does not fail to impress. “I Come Apart” is unlike anything you’ve heard from A$AP Rocky before. Certainly his most ambitious undertaking to date, the song is all about the unraveling of a relationship at its seams and the repercussions that follow when trying to assemble the pieces back together. The key to this one is finding a balance between the soaring vocals of Florence and the whispering murmurs of Rocky as tries his hand at his best Kid Cudi impression. At times it may sound like A$AP’s heart truly isn’t set in the material, and it shows in his energy through certain portions of the track (that may be possibly due to a lack of experience with its subject matter). However, this one is still worth a listen for the British siren’s vocal prowess alone.
As you must know by now, A$AP Rocky’s debut album Long.Live.A$AP, drops this Tuesday, January 15th. I would be really cool if you checked it out to show your appreciation.
The fifth and final single from Seattle-based American rapper Macklemore debut studio album The Heist, ‘Thrift Shop‘ has received enormous success topping on the US billboard hot 100 at number 5, while still gathering much attention from the music blogosphere. Its catchy production by Ryan Lewis, thoughtful pun-fueled rhythms vocals and vivid music video gave it much viability in 2012. Just a few months after its release, we are now seeing one of the best parody videos we have come across. This well put together commentary about the legalization of marijuana is as insightful as it is entertaining, including a small cameo of Macklemore himself at the very end.
Below is the actual parody song by Steve Berke, available as a free download.
Pot Shop Macklemore Thrift Shop Parody by Steve Berke