Follow Me, the extra dimensional shamans hailing from New York are back again with yet another cathartic tune guiding us to a higher sense of enlightenment. Follow Me once again demonstrates their unparalleled ability to transform R&B classics into sensual deep house anthems. Their latest effort, a remix of The Isley Brothers “Prize Possession” is pure gold. Pulsating bass, luscious vocals and groovy melodies revamp this soul-filled original in a manner one could only expect from Follow Me. Monday just got a little bit sweeter so make sure to show Follow Me some love on Facebook and snag this free track! Enjoy.
Prize Possession (Follow Me Remix)
Pretty sure the original version of “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper hit the airwaves just before I was born. It’s a tune I grew up with and because it’s one of those ’80s classics forever embedded in your mind — tagged specifically with Lauper’s unique vocals — it’s difficult to hear it done any other way. But somehow Australian singer-songwriter Angus Stone (who we’ve covered before) makes it possible, effortless and enjoyable, turning the song into an ultra cool, wooing, folky-blues track.
True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
There are songs that, upon first listen, don’t quite click. Maybe after a few spins, some research and a little persuasion from the internet crowd, they grow to our liking. Whereas all of that sounds like a longwinded courtship out of a 17th century-set romance novel, this track by new LA-based band PAPA can be likened to instantaneous, all-consuming love at first sight. From the get go, “Put Me To Work” charges with chiming piano, blaring guitars, pounding organs, and an irresistible melody, calling to mind all the best aspects of groups like Arcade Fire, The National and Wolf Parade. Their debut album is expected some time next year, watch out for these guys.
Rising 20-year-old rapper Angel Haze has wasted no time making her presence known in the hip-hop world this year. During the summer, she released her excellent Reservation EP and just a few days ago the Brooklynite dropped her Classick mixtape, where she spits over hits by Missy Elliot, Jay-Z and Lauryn Hill. One special stunner off that collection was her take on Eminem‘s classic “Cleaning Out My Closet,” which she infused with just the right amount of anger, fortitude and swagger to make even Shady himself proud. Check out that cover below and that mixtape here.
This week, she continues to push out more material; this time Angel gets some help from King Krule, a British singer-songwriter with a penchant for bluesy, jazzy rock, for a swirling, somber remix of her single “New York”.
Angel Haze – New York (King Krule Rework)
Angel Haze Cleaning Out My Closet
Jamie xx, the man behind The xx‘s genius production, takes on Four Tet‘s “Lion”. I can’t really think of a better way to soundtrack this ominous morning in New York City (Hurricane Sandy’s sure packing a lot of howling winds, man) than with this dark, ambient and throbbing remix.
With an authentic oldschool hip/hop feel, The San Francisco native Skiff (out of Wyclef Jean’s new label All Handz On Deck) has premiered “Van Wilder” over at our friends at GMAD. Describing the every day unfiltered experience of a college, student, in a much more lyrically enticing way than the “Frat Rap” we have been seeing lately, SKiff delivers a consistent flow that borders into the raggae.
It’s very rare to find artists talented enough to handle both the production and vocals on a track. That fact alone makes KDrew a special talent. It’s one thing however to just say you can do both; it’s another thing to execute each aspect to perfection. While the lyrics are limited on this upbeat dubstep anthem, their impact should not be understated, as KDrew does as much talking with his drops as he does with his voice. If you guys enjoyed this, make sure to grab a free download from his SoundCloud page, or you can also support the artist by purchasing the track on Beatport.
Circles (Original Mix)