A J Ellis
Cheating the Czar
Have you ever put a Starburst in your mouth and tried not to chew it? It’s about as impossible as hearing this track and not saying Elvis Costello. The comparisons are aplenty and we shall not deviate. Unless it’s to say that also, British expat and NYC homed A.J. Ellis, is in possession of an exquisite swoon; not dissimilar to the likes of Roy Orbison, in his most crooning of moods.
New release ‘Cheating The Czar’, sees a 1950’s rock-a-billy-swing take precedent, in what is ultimately a seduction in the art of the unpretentious. A guitar-pop spectacle at its finest: think Ezra Furman, but replace the unhinged punk vibe with a bit of polish, and add an injection of the indie vein.
Touring with the likes of Albert Hammond Jr and The Strokes, saw early to mid 2000 success for Ellis’s former band Five O’Clock Heroes. Previously sweeping the shores of his UK homeland and conquering Europe and NYC alike, Ellis now sets his sails and embarks on solo ventures anew.
‘Cheating The Czar’ is cleverly tuneful, melodically mellifluous and flawless in its execution. Impeccable lyricism, dressed to impress and suited in swing. The upbeat soundscape contrasts, in a complimentary fashion, with a slightly yearning vocal.
There’s no better track than one decorated so simply, yet concealing a myriad of secret intelligence. A beautiful release, from this months full length debut album: ‘Bury The Devil’, ‘Cheating The Czar’, proves Ellis may just be, the balladeer of a new alt ballad.
Believe Me (ft. Drake)
After plenty of teasers sprinkled throughout the week, the preparations for Tha Carter V are finally underway . Billed as Lil Wayne‘s final solo project, the New Orleans veteran had recently been building anticipation for the lead single, thanks to some unconventional promo from Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather. Recruiting his number one running mate, Drake, for the assist on this one, “Believe Me” features the two emcees trading bars over an ominous instrumental by Boi-1da and Vinylz that’ll shake you to your very core. As they switch up their flows to coincide with a shift in the tempo midway through, “Believe Me” when I say that Weezy sounds hungrier than he has in recent memory. We won’t say he’s in classic mixtape form just yet, but we’d like to think his relative dormancy lately indicates that he’s bringing a new level of focus to this album.
Stream the new track above, and stay tuned for more information on Tha Carter V, including its new release date.
Cheap Sunglasses (ft. Matthew Koma)
Before you listen to this song, we want you to drop everything and get in your car. Head to the gas station in closest to your house, head inside, and purchase a pair of sunglasses. They should preferably be under $10, sitting on a tilted, plastic rack. After you make your thrifty, stylish purchase, head back to your computer and press play.
All settled? Ok. Press play and get ready to listen to what will populate your headphones, speakers and lives for the next few months. Portland-born RAC is back with another groovy tune that has warm-weather vibes written all over it. Coming off of the heels of his release with former Bloc Party frontman Kele, the Interscope records signed artist has teamed up with famed EDM vocalist Matthew Koma for a poolside pleaser worthy of any epic, summer get-together.
“Strangers” features a dancy piano melody, warped vocal samples, and some playful xylophone notes. When coupled with Koma’s addicting vocals, and this gem is sure to crawl it’s way under your skin for the duration of summer.
Happy Friday, ninjas! As you slowly check things off of your to-do list for this afternoon, we’d like you to call a few things to your attention:
1. You’re hours away from being able to dive into your first adult beverage.
2. You’re about to embark on one of the biggest party weekends of the year, loving referred to as “Cinco de Mayo.”
3. You definitely need some beats in your life to get through the next few hours of work.
That pretty much sums it up. Kill it for the next few hours and then enjoy two full days of freedom.
As usual, we’d like to kindly ask that you #danceirresponsibly
What Is House? (Original Mix)
ZHU X Phantogram X Pharrell X Major Lazer
Faded In Love (bvnny Mashup)
Me & You (Neight Remix)
Touch (Biggie Smiles Remix)
Summer (Bombs Away Remix)
Jager (Jake Sgarlato Remix)
Black Magic ( Original Mix )
Ryan Enzed & Holly J
Get With It (Original Mix)
All Of You (Steerner Bootleg)
White Guitar Baby (Kyco Mashup)
Sander Van Doorn vs The White Stripes vs Bang La Decks vs Pnau
R3hab & NERVO & Ummet Ozcan
Revolution (Jayden Parx Remix)
Borgore & Victor Niglio
Booty Monsta (David A #1DAFUL Remix)
Insomnia (Original Mix) Free Download
Major Lazer ft. Pharrell
Aerosol Can (HLM Remix)
You (Kelvin Beat Remix)
It Wont Stop (Alizzz Remix)
Michael Jackson : Leave Me Alone
Kisskaya & Sporty
Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
The father of disco and electronic music as we know it, Giorgio Moroder has effortlessly taken on an impressive feat. Remixing one of the best voices of our generation, this famed Italian producer has created a progressive journey through the utilization of Chris Martin’s glorious vocals. In a an incredibly melodic, piano-centric remix, this South Tyrol artist is a long way from his roots way back in 1966.
Amidst a bevy of internationally recognized achievements ( 3 Oscars, 3 Golden Globes and 4 Grammys) Moroder has added yet another stellar production with this remix. Crafting a trance-inspired, canorous journey through soaring synths and a slow, progressing beat, we’re left with something that’s truly stunning. Press play and get lost in the greatness that is this remix of “Midnight”
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.
Audien - May 1st
R3hab & NERVO & Ummet Ozcan
Revolution (Audien Remix)
Vaski/Dotcom - May 2nd
Come A Little Closer (Vaski Remix)
Sharam - May 3rd
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
Production duo, Hippie Sabotage, have not put out much music, but the remixes and original productions we have heard from them thus far have been phenomenal. On their latest remix, the Cali-based brothers appropriately flip “West Coast,” Lana Del Rey‘s recent single, into a mesmerizing down-tempo masterpiece. Starting off minimally, the re-work builds until around the 1 minute mark when it falls into a subtle epicness before returning to a stripped-down tone. After another drop, the last 30 seconds of the song ride the listener out in a smooth, percussion-assisted groove.
As I finished this post, I realized that all the songs including this one mysteriously disappeared from Hippie Sabotage’s SoundCloud page. Thanks to our ninja powers,though, you can still vibe out to this one above.