[Mashup] Flume – Insane (Feat. Kanye West) (White Panda Vocal Edit)

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Insane (White Panda Vocal Edit)

Mashups can be a tricky art to master, and while we’ve become much more open to the idea of them in recent months, we still tend to approach them with a certain amount of skepticism. However, when you come across a song that features two of the most brilliant musicians in the world, it’s impossible to ignore. Geniuses that they are, The White Panda have taken it upon themselves to blend together the insanity of Kanye West with Flume‘s hit single, “Insane.” Utilizing verses from “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” Kanye’s defiant boasts operate well over the elaborate, pulsating synthwork, while Moon Holiday‘s yearning background vocals seem to add a heightened sense of wistfulness and provide even more weight behind the lyrics. After listening to the track, we started to wonder what a true collaboration between these two gifted artists would actually sound like. Can someone get them in the studio together ASAP?

Download the single above, and stay tuned for more from The White Panda, as they plan to drop a new song every day this week.

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Brian Cid Vs Schoolboy Q Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens (Extinct Mix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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COLLARD GREENS (EXTINCT MIX)

We don’t know about you guys, but regardless of whether or not it’s the weekend yet, we still get that itch to go out on Thursday nights. This inexplicable need to get out and dance has long since been understood by the dance club community as they regularly bring in top-notch talent on Thursdays, leaving you tired, yet quite content come Friday morning.

No stranger to the club scene, Big Apple native Brian Cid has been producing since the young age of 14. After realizing the best way to get his music heard by the masses was going to be in the clubs, he learned how to DJ after having support on his original material from artists like Luciano, Guy J, Stacey Pullen and more.

Today we’re bringing you a deep, ominous and delicious track from this up-and-coming artist.  Rife with industrial undertones, this dance-floor delight features pitched-down hip hop vocals from a few names you’ll probably recognize. After listening to this song a few times over, we decided to ask Cid a few choice questions to get some more insight. Check out what he had to say below:

TMN: What drew you to this track that made you decide to remix it?

I am in the Hip Hop scene as I work with a lot of underground Hip Hop artists in the NYC area. I’ve been hearing about Schoolboy Q for a while and after checking him out I felt he was a good option for me to snatch his vocal and build a full dancy deep house track around it. Pitch it down or freak it, as we say, and throw it in the dance floor and see what happens. Schoolboy is an underdog coming up from the underground scene, and I saw myself in him. It all worked out great.

TMN: How is this remix different from your other remixes and/or original productions?

A lot of things can go wrong when you mix Hip Hop and House. There is a fine line between corny and dope. I wanted to make sure I was in the dope side of the line, so I experimented with some pitched down vocal effects and screws. I don’t really do many vocal tracks, so when I do, I try to do something special with them. I wanted to keep it extra funky and impact. This remix was designed for the club.

 

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[NEW] Chet Faker x Goldlink – On You

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Chet Faker x GoldLink
On You

In yet another top-notch installment of Yours Truly‘s Songs from Scratch series, talented Australian vocalist/producer and oft Flume collaborator, Chet Faker,  joins forces with DMV-based emcee Goldlink for the breezy jam, “On You.” Faker provides some chilled-out, hypnotizing production adding some stellar vocals of his own before the talented Goldlink takes the mic. Always showing off his versatility, the rapidly rising artist kicks his verse off with a second chorus of sorts before speeding his delivery up into well-timed, clever rhymes. Faker ties the ending of the song together perfectly with a jazzy, soulful piano outro accompanied by a percussion breakdown. Enjoy this awesome collaboration above and hit the jump to watch the behind the scenes video to hear the track’s backstory –hint: it was inspired by a woman.

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[Album Review] Johnny Astro – Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology

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As a music lover, I took a long departure from the world of hip hop. In high school, you’d often find me cruising around, bumping Wu Tang’s Enter the 36 Chambers of Death or Picture This from Chi-town’s Do or Die. Something about the the combination between lyrical creativity and unique variations in flow seemed to capture my attention at the age of 16, and there wasn’t really much that could take me away from that.

As I grew older, my love for booming bass and intricate word play faded. While my affinity for hip hop was never gone, it was never quite what it had once been. Finding solace in complicated timing signatures found in math rock, or the simplistic nature of a folk singer possessing nothing more than an acoustic guitar, my tastes evolved over the years, slowly straying away from what I had once loved.

At the age of 30, I’m as well rounded as I’ve ever been. Delving back into hip hop, I have the pleasure of exploring some of the lesser known artists, steering clear of the garbage spewed on the radio on a day to day basis. One up and coming artist that I’ve come to truly appreciate is Arlington based Johnny Astro.

Bravely infusing blogosphere smash hits into his beats, this young Texan does what so many young EDM producers do, by grabbing indie tunes and flipping the script. In his most recent release, Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology, Astro has some flawless sampling for those well-rounded music lovers to grasp onto.

In the lead track, we’re left in awe listening to Ry X’s “Berlin,” which devastated the internet with it’s stunning vocals and intense simplicity. Racking up over 1.1 million plays, this tune boasts a difficult task when looking at re-working. Astro does so with undeniable ease, pairing up his flow with each percussion hit, proving he’s not intimidated to take on challenging feats.

One of our other favorite tracks in this newly released project is “Wonderful Life”, which features a other-worldly sound, rife with delicate yet clashing harp work, leaving the listener charmed with the elevated lyrical journey that Astro brings to the table. What comes to fruition is a perfect jam for a nice set of subs and some open road.

The independent hip hop scene is alive and well in the blogosphere, and one thing is for certain: Mr. Astro is here to represent Texas in this online realm of music.

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Wonderful Life
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[NEW] PARTYNEXTDOOR – Recognize (Feat. Drake)

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Recognize Feat. Drake

With Majid Jordan set to drop their debut EP (A Place Like This) next week, and PARTYNEXTDOOR announcing the release of PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO on July 29th (the follow-up to last year’s self-titled PARTYNEXTDOOR), Drake‘s OVO Sound imprint is finally starting to take shape. Teaming up with his label head for the only feature on the project, the Toronto crooner crafts yet another slow-burning, 808-fueled R&B gem that fits right in with the brand’s aesthetic. Drizzy performs clean up duties on the track, swooping in with a smooth verse at the end that details his plans for impressing his female partner. The single serves as a perfect teaser for the upcoming project, and we’re definitely excited to hear what PARTY has in store for us at the end of this month.

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[Beach Music] Vybz Kartel x Daytrip – Up To The Crime

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Vybz Kartel x Daytrip
Up To The Crime

It seems as if Daytrip has still been stuck in Jamaica… I sincerely hope they’re okay, because last time I checked they were only there temporarily. Maybe Vybz Kartel convinced them that Jamaican gardens are better, or they just were blown away from the beaches. Whatever it may be, this new song between Vybz Kartel x Daytrip is banging. This may go up in the afternoon, but I am writing this at 7:45 am. If you’re looking for a track to take you to the beach, then this is the perfect track. I have had my eyes on Daytrip for a hot minute, and they are by far the most underrated duo at the moment. If you don’t believe me about the beach part, you can email me and I will send you a receipt of my taxi. Talk to you Ninjas later, until then I’ll be soaking up the sun in beautiful Florida!

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Aer – Whatever We Want (Video)

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Aer
Whatever We Want

Since releasing their self-titled second album in January, Aer have been busy selling out shows and earning themselves spots at major music festivals, Outside Lands being the most recent announcement. Earlier this week, the Boston-bred, genre-fusing duo released some visuals for one of our favorite songs from the album, “Watever We Want,” and they come right in time for summer. The video takes David and Carter back in time with Adidas jumpsuits among other hilarious outfits as they trash a house with some ferocious looking dogs. The fun and goofy feel match the song’s positive energy making it perfect for a sunny Saturday afternoon, as always with Aer. Enjoy the video below and make sure to check our exclusive interview with Aer from a few months back to learn some more about these up ‘n comers.

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