The NOLA-bred Lil Wayne has had quite the absurd and entertaining career path. The Young Money boss known for his wordplay and ridiculous punchlines, is a prolific veteran who has released countless projects, ranging in quality from classic to barely mediocre. Regardless, hip-hop fans will forever keep at least one Weezy project in their regular rotation and, for me, Dedication 3, was definitely that tape. Since then, he has put out plenty of solid music and continued to sell records when most artists can’t all the while pursuing a new hobby in skateboarding. It is hard to know what to expect from Dedication 4, but if it is anything like its predecessor it will certainly be getting lots of airtime among his fans. Stream this anticipated project after the jump and download the whole thing for free here: Lil Wayne – Dedication 4.
Never Say Die Records has without a doubt established itself as one of the strongest labels in EDM, known for its heavy bass music riddled with thunderous bass, screeching synths and ferocious wobbles. Today, over a year after the release of his Game Time EP, Never Say Die prodigy Joshua Mellody AKA Zomboy has graced us with his newest work of art, The Dead Symphonic EP. Zomboy’s sophomore release, The Dead Symphonic consists of six original productions, which clearly draw from various influences while still emphasizing his signature undead symphonic melodies.
On this EP, Zomboy takes the opportunity to flex his productional finesse, showcasing not only his creativity but also his versatility as a producer. No two tracks sound alike yet each track when broken down clearly embodies the sound design and productional aspects Zomboy utilized when forging his persona and reputation amongst all EDM. Highlights from the EP include, “City 2 City” which intertwines the alluring vocals of Belle Humble with high-pitched synths and heavy bass to create a more progressive dubstep tune. Also featured on the EP is a “Vancouver Beatdown,” Zomboy’s first real introduction into the genre of electro house. “Vancouver Beatdown” is a funky electro track, which takes the listener on a musical journey from buildup to breakdown, all the while emphasizing his trademark sounds in a new light. Another amazing track on the EP, and possibly my favorite, “Nuclear (Hands Up),” is a fresh drum and bass tune, featuring a fantastic reggae vocals sample that interplays flawlessly with the overall cadence of drum and bass while still emphasizing a healthy dose of fierce wobbles and grinding bass. All in all, this EP is nothing short of spectacular!
Nuclear (Hands Up)
City 2 City
Mac Miller‘s really warming up to this SoundCloud thing, isn’t he? “PlaneCarBoat” is his third release in two days on the social music service. He’s really used it as an avenue for exploration so far. The first song he released was a cover of Bright Eyes‘ “First Day of My Life,” a strange but admirable experiment for any hip-hop artist. The next song he let go had a chopped and screwed vibe to it, rendering Mac’s vocals nearly unrecognizable. Now on his third release, he’s handling the production duties himself under the pseudonym of “Larry Dollaz.” The song itself is pretty solid, although the chorus is kind of corny. It’s hard to hate on a song that features killer verses from Schooboy Q & Mac Miller. I’m looking forward to what other little side projects Mac has stashed away that he plans to release in the next few days. Who knows? Maybe he’ll do a polka song next. That would be pretty fresh.
(As a bonus, we’ve included a recently leaked collaboration between Mac and Wiz Khalifa that was probably recorded circa 2008/2009, judging by their flows. It’s a nice little trip through history for y’all. Looking back, the title couldn’t have been anymore accurate for two of Pittsburgh’s finest.)
PlaneCarBoat (feat. Schoolboy Q) (prod. Larry Dollaz)
Goin Places f. Mac Miller
Ninjas, it has been two-odd years since we heard anything from Irish town-boy trifecta, Two Door Cinema Club. Ah, but you need not worry. Tomorrow the band will release their new second album, their shining beacon of a sophomore release: well… Beacon!
From front to back, Beacon is a refreshing new take on a solid original sound. As opposed to their 2010 debut album, Tourist History, Two Door Cinema’s Beacon has a certain polished tone and a sound which can fill a colosseum. Again, you need not worry, Beacon still has that intimate, familiar TDCC energy and flair. Indeed, the music pulses through you for all thirty-nine minutes and forty-five seconds. “Sleep Alone” (that’s track 6 for those of you keeping score) is the forerunner track. As a single it stands well on its own. It’s catchy, for the most part, but it fits into the whole of Beacon ten-fold. As do all the tracks. “Settle” and “Spring” (tracks 8 and 9) deserve note as a well-composed one-two punch. Overall, simply enough, the album is very listenable, for old fans and new.
Beacon is set to officially drop on September 4th on Glassnote (US)/ September 3rd on Kitsuné (UK). For more information on how to purchase, visit the band’s official site. Lucky enough for us, the masses, the album is streaming right now HERE.
Not only is the music video for “Bikes” hilarious, but the track itself is truly great. If you’ve ever heard Lucy Rose before, you know that her voice is simply scrumptious. A bit of a resemblance to Daughter, the English singer-songwriter has a true talent for making her listeners pay attention to the sweet little moments in her delicate voice. Watch this insanely well-made video and prepare to fall in love with Rose.
Lucy Rose has a new album coming out on September 24th called Like I Used To. Until then you can keep the video and stream on repeat! You can also find more of her music here.
Electro House mastermind, Alex Mind, has become a household name for electro fans over the past few years for his heavy basslines, melodic progressions and his immaculately complex level of production. Now, the Brazilian beatmaster has started a new side project with the help of Conrad Funk by the name of I.Y.F.F.E (In Your Face Fuck Everything). I.Y.F.F.E is already a top-notch duo, dialing in on the strengths of both producers, creating hard-hitting infectious tracks ranging from French House to Drumstep with one goal in common, make people get up and rage.
Recently, I.Y.F.F.E released a free remix of Adventure Club and Krewella’s original track “Rise & Fall”. I.Y.F.F.E’s remix is an intense rendition of the original adding energy in all the right ways. Snag the free download, turn up your speakers and get acquainted with I.Y.F.F.E because I have a feeling we are going to see a lot more of this duo in the coming months.
Rise & Fall (I.Y.F.F.E Official Remix)
THEBLKHANDS are an upcoming independent rap group out of New York City. If you haven’t heard them yet, then consider this a proper introduction. The trio is comprised of rappers Cazzie Jetson and Dominic Serendip and producer ILLA. They’ve already garnered some interest, with endorsements from Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and Skyzoo, who will all be featured on their upcoming album. Their latest single features a sample of Lana Del Rey‘s breakout hit, “Video Games,” putting a spin on the track quite like any other remix before. It’s this willingness by THEBLKHANDS to consistently push the boundaries of their music that certainly gives the group one of the brightest futures in the game.
If you still haven’t gotten a chance to hear the group’s first two excellent singles, I highly suggest you check them out down below along with the accompanying video for “Downtown” after the jump.
Downtown (Feat. Skyzoo)
Im Gone (Feat. Big K.R.I.T)
Smoke Good, Live Good (Feat. Smoke DZA & Fenix)