Premiere: Kwabs 'Wrong Or Right' (Ben Pearce remix)
London soul singer Kwabs is surely beginning to see those waves from across the pond begin to touch the shores of the Americas. His latest single “Wrong Or Right” is getting all wrapped in a pretty little bow as we speak, for a February 3 EP release of the same name (which you can pre-order here) and while we no doubt have been grooving to all of Kwabs’ original tunes, it was when one of 2013’s hottest house exports Ben Pearce revealed his remix contribution to the album when we realized the full scope and range of his soulful refrain. Ben Pearce punctuates the vocal track with shimmering pads, stabby claps and a garage tipping, shuffling tempo, which all culminates into a sonically developed house production. We can only surmise and desire that this early 2014 release signals loads more to come from the English producer, but if you’re looking to cast a little bounce to your step today, then stream Ben Pearce’s remix above.
Keys N Krates
All the Time (Tove Lo Flip)
Toronto-based production trio Keys N Krates are back at it again today with their latest release, an enormous ganja-inspired anthem titled “All the Time.” Featuring a sound that I can only think to describe as epic, the track is truly intoxicating even without any influence from Ms. Mary Jane, although its hard to imagine her presence would hurt.
The sped-up vocals, which actually originate from Tove Lo‘s “Stay High,” could not be more appropriate over Keys N Krates’s monster of instrumental. With its high-pitched ballad and steady progression, this cut, in many ways, feels reminiscent of the legendary U.K. dubstep producers of Nero but with a more relaxed, 808-laiden twist. Bump above and head over to the Keys N Krates FB Page to grab it for free.
Been On (Remix) (Ft. Rockie Fresh & Tory Lanez)
Bay area emcee G-Eazy already has big plans for 2014. With his album, These Things Happen, set to drop later this year, the hip-hop incarnation of James Dean is gearing up to embark on a 40-date tour with some of his contemporaries throughout the U.S. Kicking things off on February 21st in Dallas, accompanying him on his trek throughout the country will be Rockie Fresh, Tory Lanez, Kyle, Devin Miles, Ground Up and Kurt Rockmore. That’s a pretty talented troupe, and now we can expect at least one collaboration between these young performers. “Been On” was already one of G-Eazy’s more impressive singles to date, but it only gets better with the added help of Chicago’s Rockie Fresh and Toronto’s Tory Lanez, who both invoke some crafty bars to bring the track to a whole new level. Make sure to grab a free download of the track above, and head over to G-Eazy’s official website to find out when he’ll be in a town near you.
Portugal. The Man
Modern Jesus (Charli XCX Remix)
Alaskan alternative band Portugal. The Man released one of the strongest projects of the 2013 with Evil Friends and have continued to keep their fans engaged while on tour with some pretty unique remixes from the likes of Alt-J, Danny Brown and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. The latest re-work, posted to the band’s YouTube page this morning, may be the best yet as the U.K.’s Charli XCX transforms PTM’s “Modern Jesus” into a minimal, airy electronic masterpiece.With drums that could easily originate from a rap instrumental, the verses gain a certain groove and smoothness working to compliment their content. Meanwhile, there is a distinct progression that culminates in a stellar closing to the song. Peep above or check out the video, which features a sketch being made over a picture of Charli, below.
Just Blaze & Sinjin Hawke
One of the most honorable things veteran artists can do is support young musicians and new genres through collaboration and mentorship. While stars often have trouble humbling themselves enough to do this, legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze has displayed a particularly open-mind already working and touring with EDM Trap’s Baauer.
Today, continuing in that vein, Just Blaze, as part of a Red Bull Music Academy session, teams up with up ‘n coming Montreal-bred, Barcelona-based producer, Sinjin Hawke, for yet another absolute banger. Hawke’s style, while certainly incorporating trap EDM elements, leans more towards the electro side of things making this a slightly more difficult collaboration to pull off. However, “One” displays near perfection showcasing the potential when hip-hop and EDM elements are combined in a competent and well thought-out manner. Make sure to slap this one at full volume.
Kanye West X SevnthWonder
Mashups are a difficult art to master. The idea of blending two ostensibly compatible songs together seems simple enough in theory, but rarely does it ever work in execution. Often times they can sound forced or lazily mixed, leading to something that ends up being less than the sum of its parts. A truly great mashup should feel like a completely original composition on its own, something that sounds exceptional independently from its source material. There are very few producers who can accomplish this, but we may have to consider adding Treezus to that short list. While not much is known about the young producer, this mashup between TMN mainstays Kanye West and SevnthWonder certainly caught my attention rather easily. “Love Lockdown” has never been one of my favorite entries in Kanye’s vast library, but once mixed with “Electric Feel” it transforms from a sparse, melancholic love song, into a wondrous electronic joyride. After you stream/download the track above, feel free to checkout out some of Treezus’ other mashups as well, which you can listen to below or find on his official SoundCloud page.
Day N Night X Seperate
Aaliyah X 12th Planet
If you were a hip-hop head like I was back in 2008, then Jay Electronica‘s “Exhibit A” was one of the greatest things to ever grace your eardrums. As a certified hip-hop classic at this point, looking back it’s easy to see why Jay Electronica was able to garner the hype that he did. Of course that resonant Just Blaze instrumental played an integral part in the single’s success as well. Why mention all of this? Sometimes to better understand a song’s meaning, you have to revisit the history behind it. This brand new remix from San Diego’s AbJo is already mind blowing on its own, but if I’d never heard “Exhibit A,” I don’t think I’d attach so much sentimental value to it. The talented young proudcer was able to properly capture the essential elements of the original composition, while adding in his own unique backbeat and snares to provide it with new life. It’s a wonderful blend of both old and new, and I don’t think I’d be the only one curious to see what Jay could do with this instrumental.