[Deep-House] Kiesza – Hideaway (Bixel Boys Remix)

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Kiesza
Hideaway (Bixel Boys Remix)

L.A.’s Bixel Boys have been a group with whom we’ve witnessed basically a complete musical evolution; from their humble beginnings churning out a solid slate of groovy-deep remixes to their move into the self-appointed world of ‘Big Room Underground’ to legions of new fans. While we’ve certainly enjoyed seeing the duo hone in on their current EDM energy meets sleek indie-dance and deep-house production structures, their latest remix of Kiesza’s “Hideaway” was exactly what this writer has been wanting from the pair since having the pleasure to see them live a little over a year ago. The Bixel Boys’ remix leans much closer to pure house this time around, behind a classic piano sample that could’ve been pulled off of a Marshall Jefferson late 80′s track, and a wonderfully rhythmic, deep bass line. Not to mention, Kiesza’s vocals fit the house game like a sequined glove, weaving their way onto the tune with such an airy and soulful refrain on which the dance genre was built upon that one could easily be persuaded into thinking her incantations were written explicitly for this arrangement. We’ve been grooving this one out all morning, so you might be doing the same after giving this one a rinse. “Hideaway” is available for purchase via Lokal Legend, but if staying here a while and streaming above is your thing, we are totally cool with that.

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[Hip-Hop] Goldlink – Sober Thoughts (prod. Kaytranada)

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GoldLink
Sober Thoughts ( Prod. by Kaytranada )

Goldlink quickly became one of our favorite young emcees back in April with his debut project, The God Complex. Earlier today, the DMV-bred artist unleashed a stellar summer jam featuring production from fellow up ‘n comer, Kaytranada. “Sober Thoughts” carries Kaytra’s signature future-funk feel, a perfect backdrop for GL’s relaxed, rapid-fire delivery and soulful chorus.

The aesthetic on all of Goldlink’s music thus far has been impeccable, and his work with the talented producers of Soulection (Lakim, Sango and Kaytranada thus far) has been particularly impressive. We are excited to see how this exciting lyricist can impact the future of rap music but, for now, we’ll just keep his already dope catalog in heavy rotation.

P.S. Kaytranada dropped a zip file on his Facebook page early this morning that includes “Sober Thoughts” among about a dozen other tracks. Download that HERE.

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[NEW] Dawn Golden – All I Want (Diplo Remix)

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Dawn Golden
All I Want (Diplo Remix)

Few established producers have demonstrated as much versatility as Diplo, who has delved into and succeeded in nearly every genre. On his latest re-work, the eclectic Mad Decent founder puts a heavy twist on Dawn Golden’s airy, self-described #SadBanger, “All I Want.” The track still holds the hazy-pop stylings of the original until it slowly develops introducing some enormous, Hudson Mohawke-esque horns. The result is a unique dynamic that manages to relax and energize simultaneously.

Dawn Golden is the monicker for Dexter Tortoriello, of the duo Houses, and “All I Want” can be found on his debut solo project Still Houses, available now on iTunes. Happy Turnip Tuesdays, ninjas!

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[Future Bass/Hip-Hop] TRWBADOR – Breakthrough Ft. ESSA

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Breakthrough Ft. ESSA

Let’s say you just came out a bit rattled after one hell of a rough day. One of those where you’re too exhausted to run it all off, but your head’s still careening too much to curl up under covers and drift off. Well, lucky for you, TRWBADOR’s got just the dose for you with “Breakthrough.”

One part mellow future bass, one part tailored hip hop verse, the UK based producers team up with Hip Hop legend ESSA for the perfect blend of catharsis and reflection. ESSA’s unobtrusive lyrics flow effortlessly over purifying harp melody, his cadence in tandem with dialed back beats, all calmly glazed over with interludes of producer Angharad Van Rijswijk’s soothing vocals. Perfect for making peace.

All told, it’s a powerful but beautiful piece to get re-centered. It’s honest without overly trying, enlightening without being sappy, impactful without being invasive. It’s highly re-playable. “Breakthrough” is out on May 26th as a digital download–or for all of you analoggers–a 7” will be hitting record stores. Indulge. When it drops, I know I’ll be sitting stereo-side after work, unwinding with a glass of super-manly wine.

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[Hip-Hop] Jimmy Q – Kingdom (feat. Berhana)

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Jimmy Q
Kingdom (feat. Berhana)

I follow over three thousand artists split between four accounts on Soundcloud and for a while it has been a rarity that an amazing hip-hop record shows up in my feed. This week that wasn’t the case since Jimmy Q got together with Berhana to put out their newest single “Kingdom.” Over the past year Jimmy Q has put out an incredible amount of remixes with his electronic RnB style, but this is the first original from him that features vocals which share the same style as the beats he creates. All eyes on Jimmy Q this year because over a short period of time he’s been performing with Ryan Hemsworth, Saint Pepsi and Odesza; soon enough he’ll be making his way to your city to blow your minds!

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[Remix] Chase & Status – Gangsta Boogie (Feat. Raekwon & Knytro)

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Chase and Status
Gangsta Boogie feat. Raekwon & Knytro

London based duo Chase & Status made waves in the music scene with the release of their chart-topping effort Brand New Status. Returning to the source material that made them so widely known, the duo drop a brand new re-working of the track “Gangsta Boogie.” The new revision stays true to their unique aesthetic of blending spoken word from a prolific emcee with an infectious backdrop. Taking to the beat are Wu-Tang veteran Raekwon and newcomer Knytro for some dope verses. Raekwon is definitely the stand-out performer on this single, as his words weave smoothly through the production. Although the track isn’t full of the usual heavy mix of high-energy, electro, and reverberating effects, the simplicity of the gritty beat gives it that old school feel and makes for a complimentary mix.

Take a listen to the flipped track above, and be sure to catch the duo as they hit several venues for their North American tour this summer.

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[Hip-Hop] Ninety – See That + Weightless

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See That
Tyler Hawkins
Weightless (prod. Yung H33m)

A few months back, we introduced a fresh Brookyln emcee named TRW of the bi-coastal Wread Wrkr collective. The west-coast faction of WW, Bay Area-based duo Ninety, have also been putting in work as of late with a solid debut EP released and a number of impressive loose tracks. Energetic rapper Tyler Hawkins and quick-flowed emcee/producer MikeyCtheMan capture the positive vibes of the west coast drawing inspiration from both latitudes of California, while incorporating their own unique vocals and new-age influences.

“See That,” a track from their debut release The Tales of the Two of A Kindperfectly embodies the chemistry and contrasting styles between MCM and Tyler. While Tyler brings the non-stop energy and unconventional style, Mikey showcases both a knack for smooth samples and a more classic-inspired rapping technique. The most recent Ninety offering comes from one half of the duo, Hawkins, on the track/video titled “Weightless.” Over appropriately airy production from frequent collaborator, Yung H33m, Tyler’s erratic, entertaining lyricism shines and serves as a perfect introduction to a raw, talented artist. The video, directed by Ari Kamin, matches the energy as Hawkins kicks his bars over the backdrop of a bright blue sky.

Ninety’s young library is full of jams that perfectly complement sunny summer weather. Check a couple tracks above and the dope visuals below; and if you’re feeling it find some more on SoundCloud.

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