Earlier this year, dubstep legend Flux Pavilion got the blogosphere buzzing when he previewed a collaboration with the always creative emcee and 21st century renaissance man, Childish Gambino. After months of anticipation, the full song hit the Internet this morning and most definitely does not disappoint. “Do or Die” begins with an upbeat, building instrumental accompanied by some solid bars from Gambino before exploding into the trademarked epic, heavy bass of Flux. Although hip-hop and dubstep have long been intertwined, this joint effort may be one of the strongest of its kind to date.
This one is perfect for your casual Wednesday rage, and comes just in time for the holiday season. Turn this up, sip on some eggnog and get ratchet with Flux and Childish this Christmas, Hanukkah , Eid, Kwanza and New Years!
Flux Pavilion – Do Or Die (ft. Childish Gambino)
The dynamic rap duo Kidz in the Hall return with a new track titled “Ridin’ Clean”. The Double-O produced single is lyrically complimented by frontmen Naledge spitting some sick rhymes about living the high life while remaining a hood star. This smooth track definately gives off that summer vibe of riding around in your new whip with your top down so everybody can see. Those who are feeling the Chitown duo’s new track, be sure to listen below and cop their upcoming EP Wishful Drinking.
Kidz In The Hall
RIDIN CLEAN (Produced by ΜIC ΤΗΞ DΓUΜϟ)
We’ve already thrown our praise Carousel‘s way for their original track “Stay Awake”, and now we’re back to daub on another layer of high approval. This time, though, much of it goes to NYC/Seattle producers The Soundmen for their great work on this remix. Relaxed, romantic and, most importantly, coated in lustrous, bubbly electro pop, this version will have your ears begging for more. Download it below and be sure to follow The Soundmen’s Soundcloud for new material.
Stay Awake (The Soundmen Remix)
The multifaceted, electronic/chill producer Groundislava is at it again with a brand new remix (or should I say “track ID”), following an update from the artist regarding his finishing touches on a forthcoming EP. This remix of “Relics” by Errors is another signature rework by the ’90s-influenced, synth-heavy producer that is sure to be another benchmark in this blooming, unnamed electronic genre.
Take a deeper look into the work of Groundislava on his Soundcloud and be sure to check out his most recent recorded Boilerroom.tv set for more delicious tunes.
Relics (Groundislava Cool Mix)
“Young Boys” is a rich, breathtaking track from the very first tambourine rattle to the very last low hum. Led by the ethereal vocals of Icelandic artist Sin Fang (who is also the genius behind indie folk band Seabear), its tones are cool and weightless. But it’s nothing to shiver about — the chanting choruses give off a contagiously warm and inviting vibe — as though we are being called to gather around a crackling bonfire with friends. Much of the song’s ambiance can also be attributed to its producer, Alex Somers, who has previously worked with artists like Sigur Rós & Jónsi. Download it below!
Sin Fang’s new album, Flowers, is out February 1st via Morr Music.
There is nothing worse for a new relationship than dealing with the baggage from a previous one, but what happens when the love for the last was just too strong to overcome? R&B newcomer and Def Jam signee Elijah Blake croons about a Chris Brown-Rihanna worthy relationship of having trouble letting go of love for an ex. Mixing Blake’s soft but emotional vocals with the Yonny & Sleepy piano-driven beat, this soulful R&B track comes across as nothing less than raw. Enlisting the help of fellow Chitown native Common to drop some knowledge on an ex he too cant get over, this single is a dope effort and strong first listen for the new artist. Be sure to check it out below and hear more off his latest free digital LP Bijoux 22, available now.
XOX ft. Common
Our good music PR friends over at Danger Village were awesomely kind enough to make and share with us their End of Year Mix. Over 90 minutes long, it boasts 24 excellent tracks that span a variety of genres; from Frank Ocean‘s silky croon and High High‘s lush dream-pop, to Japandroids‘ post-punk raucous and Mt. Wolf‘s unique folktronica, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. DV had this to say about the collection:
“This is a mix of songs we loved this year from around the globe. 2012 will be remembered as the year that we fell in love with R&B and Australian music. It’s been a fantastic year for music and we look forward to seeing what 2013 will bring!”
End of Year Mix 2012
MØ – “Pilgrim”
Rhye – “Open”
Chad Valley – “Fall 4 U (feat. Glasser)”
Usher – “Climax”
St. Lucia – “September”
Burial – “Kindred”
Foals – “Inhaler”
Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
Beach House – “Myth”
Miguel – “Adorn”
CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”
Mt. Wolf – “Life Size Ghosts”
Saint Lou Lou – “Maybe You”
Goldroom – “Sweetness Alive (feat. SLL)”
Alpine – “Hands”
Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
AlunaGeorge – “Your Drums, Your Love”
Chromatics – “Into The Black”
High Highs – “Once Around The House”
Arrange – “Cure”
Catcall – “Satellites”
Icona Pop – “I Love It”
Diplo – “Express Yourself (feat. Nicky da B)”
How to Dress Well – “& It Was U”