HeartBeat (feat. Two Guyz)
Lost in the shuffle of excellent releases last week was this spectacular new single from Philly’s Chiddy Bang. “Heartbeat” is just the second song we’ve heard from Chiddy’s upcoming Baggage Claim mixtape so far. The track is instantly mesmerizing, with deep synths and pulsing percussion that blend together in harmony to produce the perfect electronic hip-hop soundscape for Chiddy to flex his rhymes over. Two Guyz also play a crucial part as well, breathing life into the song through an ethereal chorus. Although we haven’t heard much yet, judging from his history, we’d have to say Chiddy Bang has some big things planned for 2013, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the mixtape when it finally drops.
Finding a good mix between electronic and soul, the talented Lulu James drops off a chill new track in “Sweetest Thing”. Following the resurgence of soul music, this light track carries enough uniqueness and charisma in James’ voice to standout on its own. Her smooth vocals and catchy lyrics are complimented by a simple percussion, synth rhythms, and light beat. With such ease on the ears, James falls into her own category of futuristic R&B with a classic soul vibe and pop-catchiness. This cut will be featured on her upcoming project Sweetest Thing on November 4th.
Radical Something x Outasight x Kinetics
You ever hear a song where all the pieces just seem to fit perfectly? That’s exactly the case with “Ghost Town” a collaboration between Radical Something, Outasight and Kinetics. This new track features the Californian three piece doing exactly what they do best: rocking out and having a generally awesome time. Outasight and Kinetics both deliver some stellar guest verses alongside Loggy over a steady, guitar-driven Mike Cash produced instrumental, while Josh Cocktail holds down chorus duties beautifully. The single comes just in time as Radical Something prepares for their show alongside these two emcees in NYC this Thursday. Try to check them out if you’re in the area, and if you haven’t already, grab yourself a download of the group’s latest album, Ride It Out.
Lili K and Lorine Chia
Nina Simone soul with a Santigold swag, newcomer Lorine Chia is a rising talent that’s already making her way to notarized stardom. Her latest single, “Help,” finds the Cameroonian-born, Cleveland bred singer/songwriter teaming up with Chicago’s Lili K for a chill tune. The collaborative effort is a laidback track that focuses on the soothing vocals of the rising star, while the beat continues to set the mood. Lovers of this tune can hear more when her debut EP Naked Truths drops October 15th. We also recommend checking out her latest mixtape, Lorine.
Daddy's Money (Follow Me Remix)
Just a couple weeks ago, we featured a massive two hour mix from our friends Follow Me and today it is our pleasure to bring yet another amazing project from the Brooklyn duo. Remixing Johnny Stimson‘s ‘Daddy’s Money’, Follow Me ditch the chilled out vibes of their latest mixtape and revert to their 80′s influenced roots. Supporting Johnny’s vocals with dazzling synths and just the right amount of flair, Follow Me’s remix is pure gold. Grab the free download and make sure to give Follow Me a heart over on Hype Machine. Enjoy.
Bed Peace (Feat. Childish Gambino)
LA native Jhené Aiko is finally gearing up for her brand new Sail Out EP, and today she’s dropping off the first single from the project, “Bed Peace” featuring Childish Gambino. Just as the title suggests, “Bed Peace” is a tranquil and breezy number meant to be played in the early hours of the morning. Jhené’s vocals are as soothing as ever, while Bino chips in with a smooth verse that has him toning things down a bit to fit in with this mellow groove. Along with Childish, other features on the EP will include Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Big Sean, and Wiz Khalifa. Jhené’s Sail Out EP is set to be released on October 29th, while her album Souled Out will follow shortly after.
Life Round Here Feat. Chance the Rapper
If ever there were a rapper we’d expect to hear over a James Blake produced instrumental, it probably would have been Drake. With that being said though, you won’t find us complaining about this new collaboration with Chitown’s Chance The Rapper. Given Chance’s penchant for tackling unorthodox beats, it comes as no surprise that he’s able to slide in comfortably right over the Overgrown single. The track obviously has been modified a bit to suit the hip-hop style of the remix, adding in some snappy percussion to adapt to Chance’s spitfire flow. Similar to his previous single with Nosaj Thing, Chance takes the opportunity to discuss life round his streets, crooning out “Life ain’t been round here in a minute” throughout the melody. No word yet on how we can get our hands on the single, but check out the stream above and cross your fingers for a free download.