Dae Zhen first caught our attention earlier this year with the release of his single “94,” which showcased his prowess on the mic as both a talented wordsmith and gifted singer. Returning with the first offering since the release of his mixtape Women & Wordplay, the LA native demonstrates his versatility once again on the cheery new track, “Dipset.” Produced by Mike Derenzo, “Dipset” is a lighthearted, carefree number that’s guaranteed to lift anybody’s spirits. Though the song has a throwback sound that finds itself rooted in nostalgia, Dae Zhen incorporates enough modern hip-hop flair to keep it from feeling like it’s too stuck in the past. Though we’re still not sure what the track has to do with the famed Harlem collective, we’re willing to let that detail slide in exchange for a free download.
2 On X Rare Earth (Flight Mix)
Call it a remix, call it a mashup; we call it a smash hit. Dubbel Dutch is the Platform 9¾ of the Internet: You have to know exactly where to look to find what you really want. While other bloggers are running full speed into a wall, allow us to bring you one of the best kept secrets of the electronic music scene. Just when you thought you had enough “2 On” remixes, you are dead wrong. Dubbel Dutch released the “Rare Earth” instrumental about a year ago and it did well on its own; however there’s no denying it takes on a whole new sound when matched with the star power of Tinashe. The Brooklynite recently released a handful in this Hyperwine remix series; however this might be the best as it takes on so many different sounds in one, I can’t even think of a proper genre for this. If you like your Top 40 with a bit of flair, this is your song.
All The Way (aywy. & Sh?m Edit)
We’re getting wavy tonight wavy, Ninjas. Whoever says R&B is dead is clearly no friend of mine; in fact I’d argue it’s in a new renaissance. Usher, JT, and John Legend are just a few names of artists who have revitalized their careers recently and the future looks bright with stars like MNEK and Craig David on the horizon. Luckily for us, the homies aywy. and Sh?m share the same viewpoint and are able to recognize real when it crosses their path. I’m assuming Craig David is to the UK as Jennifer Lawrence is to us, so let these two take you back to 2005 with a twist. Share this with your parents, your friends, your landlord, doesn’t matter. This song is literally for everybody.
Runaway (Maths Time Joy Remix)
Maths Time Joy may go down in the history books as one of the most criminally underrated artists of our generation. He is on the radar of most indie and eclectic blogs, but he hasn’t fully penetrated the mainstream circuit yet. As for Electric Youth, they truly are the gift that keeps on giving to the blogosphere. Add the two together and you get one of the best productions you will hear all weekend. Though minimal at times, MTJ’s edit sparks so much energy into “Runaway”, it’s practically contagious. I challenge you to listen to this without a smile on your face; it simply can’t be done.
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KISSLAND (YUME Bootleg Edit)
YUME is an absolute enigma. His “Hold My Liquor” remix was one of my favorite tracks of 2013 but he took it off his Soundcloud before we could share it around. He’s been tinkering on and off since and one of his greatest pieces thus far his is interpretation of The Weeknd’s “Kissland”. The Jersey boy brings forth one of the most indescribable, ethereal soundscapes you will ever hear. We are truly at a loss for words with this remix, it is that gorgeous. Here’s hoping Yume sees this and knows he has fans that want him to keep showcasing his music to the world.
The Soulection crew can honestly do no wrong. We just hit you guys with the starRo original twenty minutes ago and now we’ve got the newest mix by Hannah Faith for y’all to vibe with. “Glow” comes in at forty-five minutes and with over twenty tracks within, it serves as a perfect introduction to their brand of music if you are still new to their style. You can find the full tracklist below but this is something we think you should go through front to back with no jumping around.
Melodiesinfonie – Wanderlust
AstroLogical – Omen ft. Galimatias
Submerse – Sayz U (KRTS Edit)
Hir-O – Black Star
Sinh – SeeTheWorld
Tom Misch – Karma (Feat. Loyle Carner)
Potatohead People – Love Hz
ShunGu – Dreams
Monk’ – FonkUFonkAss
Sara Tascha – Outta My Head (Prod. Cazal Organism)
Weldon Irvine – Morning Sunrise (AstroLogical Refix)
Freddie Joachim – Kool in the summer
Sleepy eyes – Senzu
Jordan Rakei – Add The Bassline(Nehzuil Remix)
Promise feat. Olivier Daysoul (Tall Black Guy Remix)
Moods – Endurance
Diggs Duke – The Pinnacle (Of Class And Taste)
Kerem Akdag – A Good Play
Jay Prince – Polaroids
Delakeyz – Zonin’ feat. Melodiesinfonie
Nick Wisdom – Blush
Melodiesinfonie – Sugar Soul Swing
Anyone who grew up in the ringtone rap era will recognize this beat in a second. It’s none other than one hit wonder Baby Boy da Prince’s “The Way I Live” which we can still recite every line to although it came out in 2007. Clearly, it had a huge impact on our generation as Skizzy Mars, always known for keeping his ear to the ground, wipes off the dust and spits his own over it. It’s the perfect cumulation of a childhood well-spent and this track is now officially all Skiz’s. Mars always has something up his sleeve so be on the lookout for more material from the young rapper and soon.