[Hip-Hop] Kendrick Lamar – Poetic Justice Feat. Drake (Prod. Scoop DeVille)

Kendrick Lamar‘s debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. City is only five days away, but we already have one of the most anticipated collaborations from the project right here.  After recruiting Kendrick for a guest appearance on Take Care last year, it only seems appropriate for Drake to return the favor to his Club Paradise tourmate.  The track is chock full of sexual innuendo as the two rappers slow things down and drop some slick verses aimed towards the ladies, all while Janet Jackson’s “Any Time Any Place,” lingers in the background.  Just what you’d expect from a song with Heartbreak Drake.  If you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to pre-order Kendrick’s album.  You can head over to iTunes and purchase it now.

Kendrick Lamar
Poetic Justice Feat. Drake (Prod. Scoop DeVille)
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Figure – Monsters Vol. 3

Happy Hallo-Figure-ween to every bass head out there. Nothing better than an artist dropping a monster blood-pumping volume of 15 spooktastic tracks during the Halloween season. A master of his craft, Figure is back with the 3rd volume of his madly popular Monster series. The full-length LP is loaded with Figure’s renowned heavy bass sounds and the artists he collaborated with are nothing short of spectacular.

First up, none other than MOTLEY CRUE’s Tommy Lee who lends his insane drum skills to “Pounds of Blood”. Listeners can just picture a room covered in red as Figure drops mad bass and vocals around Lee’s pounding beats. A dance floor desired, “Michael Myers is Dead”, Figure pulls from his past and throws some electric sound drifts throughout the tune while keeping close to his jaw grinding grit sound. As the man in the song repeatedly will tell you, Michael Myers is F***in dead but hot damn, this song could bring him back. Sounding like a lullaby for any little monster, “Creepin” features filthy vocals by underground marvel PROE. The song will send a haunting shiver down any listeners spin making them want to either hide in fear or dance in admiration; I would pick the later.

Some other music magicians, J. Rabbit, Oscillator Z, Alex Sin, Dr. Ozi and Phrenik, throw down some raw jaw-dropping remixes on the volume adding fuel to the already bass heavy fire. Figure combines a mix of electro beats with ghoulish sounds and bass bending dives to give each track on the volume a horrifically wonderful sound. Go pull some tricks because this volume is the biggest treat any listener will get this Halloween season.

Figure
Super Sonic Brain Waves (VIP)
Figure
The Grave Yard (Original Mix)
Figure
Creepin Feat Proe (Original Mix)

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[Denver Event] Mayer Hawthorne @ The Ogden (Oct 20th)

The recent uprising of soul music has been one of my favorites to watch, review, and pay attention to. Over the past few years we’ve seen acts like Michael Kiwanuka, Graffiti 6, and Mayer Hawthorne gain popularity as they sell out shows, get stage spots at the biggest festivals, and pay an amazing tribute to musical stylings of yesteryear. It seems like the internet/blog/hype machine crowd is the receptive to appreciating all types of music, which of course, makes us so happy. Nothing is more impressive than seeing people appreciate music for the simple fact that it’s good music.

Mayer Hawthorne is coming to Denver this Saturday, and we couldn’t be more excited. Andrew Cohen’s (Mayer Hawthorne) soulful sounding tunes are sure to take the crowd back into the 60′s and 70′s. From our experience, these soul shows are some of the most fun we’ve been to. There’s nothing quite like feeling like you’re in a different era. So, with that being said, make sure you head out to this show. It will most assuredly be a concert you’ll walk away from grinning ear-to-ear.

Mayer Hawthorne
No Strings (RAC Remix)

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[NEW] Holy Ghost! – It Gets Dark

It’s getting chilly out there, but Holy Ghost! know how to keep warm: by lacing up and lighting the dance floor. Yesterday the Brooklyn duo dropped this new moody, but electrifying synth number called “It Gets Dark” on DFA Records. So, put down that pumpkin spice latte and get movin’ already.

Holy Ghost!
It Gets Dark
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[Festival Review] CMJ 2012: Day 1 – Teen Daze, Mac DeMarco, Dent May & more

Making up your CMJ schedule requires serious ninja planning skills. Bands you want to catch always have overlapping time slots. Sometimes you want to see half a lineup in Manhattan and a different half in Brooklyn. It’s tricky. If you attend night time events AND day parties, you will typically visit 3-4 different venues and behold about 10 bands in a span of 12 hours. Over the course of five days (you can do the math) that’s a shit load of bands. And it’s awesome.

Last night I went to the My Social List showcase held at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room. There was badass, scuzzy post-punk from Bleeding Rainbow. Though it was early in the night, the Kanine Records Philly band showed their grit; the two guitarists shredded like beasts and at one point their bassist jumped off the stage and tore it up while rolling around on the floor (there are a few pics up on our Twitter). Oxford, MS musician Dent May, who released his well-received sophomore album Do Things recently on Paw Tracks, brought some funky electro-rock to the lineup. With groovy bass and pop hints, they put on a fun, I-wish-it-was-still-summer set.

Bleeding Rainbow Drift Away

Dent May
Home Groan

Take one glance at Mac DeMarco‘s Facebook page — where he describes his music as “Jizz Jazz” — and you immediately get a sense that this dude just wants to have a good time. Live, this is exactly the case. He makes lo-fi, dream-pop jams, perfect for just kickin’ back. But almost just as pleasing as his music is his personality: he is goofy, but completely personable, the kind of character that would brighten up and shine in any lineup. From yelling out “Wazzzzuppp,” and throwing shoutouts to his girlfriend who he hadn’t seen since August, to modest crowd surfing and covering a few seconds of The Police‘s “Message In A Bottle,” DeMarco packed a ton of entertainment in just 30 minutes. His latest album 2 dropped yesterday on Captured Tracks.

Even in 2012, Canada’s Teen Daze keeps the chillwave movement alive and relevant. His set was full of beautifully warm, warping beats that seep into your bloodstream and make even the worst dancer (I am not good at all) want to swim the dance floor like a pro. Though his set was short and the room wasn’t too crowded, the place had such good, cozy vibes. A few months back he put out a great record called All of Us, Together, and next month he plans to release yet another called The Inner Mansions on Lefse Records. It’s ambitious, but I am all for more Teen Daze tunes.

Mac DeMarco
Freaking Out The Neighborhood

Teen Daze
Divided Loyalties

Stay tuned for more CMJ coverage!

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Jessie Ware – Night Light (Wild Beasts Remix)

Indie rock band Wild Beasts get their paws on the original Jessie Ware “Night Light” mix and somehow make it even smoother, earning it a rightful place on your seduction mixtape. Check out the remix below.

In other news, yesterday afternoon the British electro-soul singer Ware (who we have covered here a number of times, see: “Sweet Talk,” “Wildest Moments“) sold out her first New York City concert in 10 MINUTES. I nearly threw a mini-tantrum in the pizzeria that I was at when I first heard the news. BUT, I feel a lot better this morning because she’s announced more US dates. The tour will be in support of her 110% EP, to be released in December by Cherrytree Records, her new stateside label. She’s generated a tremendous buzz since her debut LP Devotion came out in August. We’re talking Vogue, New York Times, SPIN, etc., so these shows will probably sell out. Take note of the tour dates below.

Night Light
Wild Beasts Remix

Jessie Ware – 2012/2013 Tour Dates
12-10 New York, NY – The Box (sold out)
12-13 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
01-14 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
01-15 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
01-17 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
01-18 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01-23 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
01-24 San Francisco, CA – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop

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[Progressive] Miike Snow – Pretender (Deniz Koyu Remix)

Deniz Koyu, a young up and coming producer hailing from Turkey has been on the rise of late, producing resplendent progressive house remixes and originals showcasing the immense amount of talent and vision he possesses. After accumulating fame for his heavily supported remix of Zedd’s “Spectrum,” Deniz has continued his rise to stardom with his latest effort remixing Swedish-American indie-pop trio Miike Snow as part of their official remix EP of their latest single,”Pretender”. Deniz expertly intertwines Andrew Wyatt’s airy top line vocals, a dazzling piano melody and his signature big room sound to create a true work of art.

Deniz Koyu’s remix of “Pretender” is out now on Robotberget and can be purchased on Beatport here!

Miike Snow
Pretender (Deniz Koyu Remix)
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