[Mashup] 2 Mello – Chrono Jigga (Jay-Z vs. Chrono Trigger)

Chrono Jigga Cover

What is it about Jay-Z that allows him to blend in so seamlessly with just about everything? I’m not a huge fan of mashups, but I swear all the best mashup projects I’ve ever heard have involved Hov in some way, shape, or form. While pairings with your favorite bands (see: The BeatlesLinkin ParkColdplayOasisAC/DCThe Verve and Radiohead) have all been pleasant surprises in the past, none of those could possibly prepare you for this.

As one of gaming’s true masterpieces, Chrono Trigger was revered for its unique artwork, revolutionary gameplay, breathtaking story, and of course, its legendary soundtrack, which was composed by the talented duo of Yasunori Mitsuda and Nubuo Uematsu. As a self-professed hip-hop head and video game nerd, 2 Mello has collided the two drastically different worlds to craft one of the most bizarre mashups of all time with Chrono Jigga. It takes an entirely different level of creativity to envision a project such as this, and Mello is able to prove this is more than just a gimmick.

Instead of simply slapping a few bars over some catchy music, 2 Mello often re-imagines some of our favorite Jay-Z works, and breathes new life into them, as all great mashups should do. Take for example, “Ignorant Scene.” It’s not just about finding an upbeat tune to fit with Jay’s “Ignorant Shit.” Rather, Mello explores some of the intricacies hidden in Jay’s verses, and pairs it with the unconventional choice of “Wind Scene,” to allow us to see the classic in an entirely new light. The album is littered with great examples like this.

Take a quick peek at the sample we’ve gathered for you below, and make sure to download the entire project over HERE when you’re done.

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An Encore In Time (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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Ignorant Scene (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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Public Chrono Announcement (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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Dirt In The Palace (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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What More Can I Sing (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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[Editorial] Rebuttal – Going to Coachella? You’re a Loser and Part of the Problem and Probably Fat

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Last week Luke O’Neil over at Bullet posted a snarky, funny at times, and slightly offensive piece about Coachella, its attendees and its line up. After having just been to Ultra, experiencing my first music festival outside of Colorado, I was a little irritated by his article. To me it seemed like a pathetic attempt to troll and get new followers on twitter. Before I responded though, I wanted to experience Coachella and see if he was remotely close at pegging this supposedly “life changing” experience that everyone talks about ad nauseum.

Well, I’m back now. I’m exhausted, depleted of spending money, and coming back to the reality that I’m not in festival mode anymore. I just reread Luke’s article, to see if I could agree with him on any points, and there are a few. However, his leading you to the conclusion that you shouldn’t go has to be debunked. Before I start, I do realize that some of his article was said tongue in cheek. However, he made some pretty bold assumptions that I feel like contesting.

Going to Coachella? You’re a Loser and Part of the Problem and Probably Fat

Nothing like trying to convince people to do something by insulting them, right? I know that this is just the title, and the author was trying to encompass everything that his article entailed, but on the simplest level, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I can’t attest to whether all of the people around me were losers or not, because that is an extremely subjective descriptor, and one that’s obviously impossible to tell without conversing with a person. The crew that I rolled with were all pretty normal people, all moderately successful, enjoy music and love experiencing festivals. The people I met while pre-gaming in parking lots, waiting in line to get into the beer garden, and relaxing in the shade were…well, all really nice people. Everyone had smiles on their faces and were excited to be in the moment. The vibe was extremely social, laid back, and friendly.

As for being fat, I say this in complete and utter honesty: this statement could not be further from the truth. In fact, at one point I actually commented on the level of in shape and healthy people. I can’t really say much more than that.

Speaking of young people, were any of them consulted in the booking process this year?

Ok, so there were a few odd bookings for this particular year, I will agree with that. Here’s the problem with this statement though…did you see the other names on the festival line up? You do realize that while Red Hot Chili Peppers was playing, Eric Prydz was throwing down literally one of the best live DJ sets I’ve ever witnessed (keeping in mind that reviewing music is my profession)? The laws of physics suggest that you are unable to be at every stage at once, so while that seemingly odd booking is playing, you can walk to any other number of stages and catch another artist’s performance.

Also, take a moment to add up what a festival costs. My flight was $350, the rental house we booked was $420 a piece, the ticket was $400. That’s over $1000 without spending money. With beers being $9 a piece and a singular slice of pizza being $7, you can start to figure in how much spending money was needed for a three day festival. So, do you still think that this was filled with “young people”? There are a handful of trust fund babies that could probably ask daddy for a couple of grand to piss away on a festival, but the majority of the people there were late 20′s early 30′s middle class people.

Musical appreciation has evolved in the past few years. I started working here in 2010. In three years I’ve worked with countless bloggers, been to hundreds of concerts, and been a part of awe inspiring hours of music talking to fellow music nerds. The times have changed. Allow me to explain.

When I was in high school, most people were into one kind of music. There were ravers who were only into EDM, goth kids who loved the industrial metal bands, and pop punk junkies that couldn’t miss a single Warped Tour. I don’t see that as much anymore. In fact, it’s overwhelmingly apparent that it’s now cool to be into every type of music. Kids today have endless amounts of musical selection at their finger tips, and are now exposed to every single genre and sub genre, past or present. With that being said, the level of musical knowledge and appreciation is beyond anything that I ever witnessed growing up.

There is simply no reason to ever see more than a few bands at a time on any given day, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying, or on drugs.

I like roller coasters, but there’s absolutely no reason for me to go to an amusement park and ride multiple ones. That’s simply over-indulgent and ridiculous. I often seek out singular roller coasters and just go ride it once, then go home. I also enjoy drinking beers, but I think it’s silly to go to the Great American Beer Festival and try dozens of 1 oz samples. That’s just insane that anyone would enjoy anything like that.

Dude, seriously? I absolutely love music, and could picture no better way to spend my day then walking from stage to stage seeing live acts. How is spending an entire day, if not three, doing what you love most that absurd?

Festivals like this aren’t for people who like music, they’re for people who kind of like the idea of drinking in a crowd in a field near other potential sexual partners

There’s nothing like making a broad stroke assumption about a group of 100,000 people, right? This was one of the most asinine points to this entire article. How could you possibly know what the personal objectives of every individual be? You can’t.

I paid close attention to the way people were consuming music this last weekend though. I wanted to see if people knew who the artists were, or if they were just scanning the crowd for their next piece of ass. It came as no surprise to me that the people standing watching the shows were actually watching the show. People sang along. People danced. People turned to their friends and exclaimed how much they loved this song. People smiled ear to ear as they heard one of their favorite bands play one of their favorite tunes.

Coachella, and festivals like it, are the enemy of the authentic music experience. The bands don’t like playing there, the fans aren’t getting a proper introduction to the music in its natural setting

What is the authentic music experience? After spending some time researching this in Webster’s dictionary, I soon realized that there’s no definition for it. Isn’t this a rather subjective thing to describe? For me, an authentic music experience is enjoying music in any setting. I’ve been at Red Rocks watching shows with amazing stage production and mind blowing natural acoustics. I’ve seen a bluegrass band play at a bar in Downtown Denver. The two are miles apart, but I still enjoyed the music all the same. It seems to me that an authentic music experience is simply watching live music, in any setting.

As far as artist’s concerns with playing at Coachella, I’ll simply use a quote that Michael Menert posted just the other night.

“…had an unbelieveably fulfilling experience at Coachella. Made new friends, saw a lot of old friends, played a set to a receptive and responsive crowd, experienced Wu Tang and RHCP, both of whom weigh in considerably in my musical development early on… thank you PL, Sophie, 12th, kraddy and the crew at DoLab, CAA, Vendini, the homie Blake from Nashville, my management team, and Coachella for leaving me feeling brand new, even though I still haven’t slept since Friday haha! heading home to turn this potential energy kinetic…”

So, what’s my end game here? Go to Coachella. Don’t go to Coachella. I don’t care, and it’s frankly none of my business. If you want to go and have that experience, please do so. You only have one life to live, so you might as well make the most of it. If you detest the thought of standing in the hot desert sun with thousands of people, then don’t go.

For me personally, Coachella was an absolutely amazing experience, and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I’m still thinking back to jumping around like crazy reciting line after line of Wu Tang songs, sitting in the grass listening to Postal Service play “Such Great Heights”, and screaming my lungs out as Two Door Cinema Club belted out “I Can Talk.” The decor, the lights, the stages, created an unbelievably setting that most music lovers would have enjoyed.

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[Electronic Genius] Henrix’s new Rockin EP

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When someone says Miami, so many things come to mind right?

The beautiful white beaches, the hot weather, the tanned and good looking ladies and gentlemen and maybe, or you should think, an electric music domain.

An artist who calls Miami home just dropped an unbelievable 3-track EP earlier this week for Mixmash Records called Rock This Dream. His name is fairly unknown but his music is far from that. He literally fell into the laps of electric fans everywhere this year with his undeniable banger “Hit It” and has not slowed down long enough for many people to catch his name. But if you are lucky enough to hear his music then you sure as hell should help spread his name; Henrix. A Brazilian who has called Miami home long enough to be a native, is an electronic artist Miami is proud to call one of their own.

His EP starts off with “Rock This Dream” featuring Roland Clark which is an instant fist pounding, body jumping tune full of high energy electric beats and heart stopping drops. Henrix takes us on an electric music journey with this song, telling us how electric music “feeds us all and sets us free…takes us to a place beyond our imagination.” Truth. He follows up with “Viral”, a beat full of amazing drums that feels like you are in an action/thriller video game. With my gun drawn, I wander through the levels as Henrix brings the beats high and then drops them to a dirty low. Time to save the world. His final song, “Losing My Mind”, with Jakob Liedholm featuring Gieuseppe Viola, is a song with a story of a man who cannot get a woman off his mind, hence he’s losing it as we do in this electric music cloud. This song makes me want to close my eyes because I can feel every beat that was put into this tune. Henrix does an amazing job on this whole EP taking his listeners on a journey along with him, never sounding the same but exposing each ear to a new electric sound and feel in each song.

Remember, Henrix, the proud electric artist from Miami who is about to fall into the laps of the rest of the electric music world. Watch out.

Henrix Ft. Roland Clark
Rock This Dream (Original Mix) Preview
Jakob Liedholm & Henrix Feat. Gieuseppe Viola
Losing My Mind (Original Mix) Preview
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Viral (Original Mix) Preview
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Record Store Day: In Celebration of Where Music Becomes Important to Us

I was watching Mad Men the other day with the Mrs. when I had one of those great Netflix moments: I had to pause my X Box to consider what one of the characters, Don Draper said and by extension, what the creators of Mad Men were trying to suggest to me. In a fairly stereotypical scene, Draper was lamenting to one of his subordinates about a troublesome client who wanted a specific piece of music for a commercial. Draper sighs, lights a cigarette, looks over to his younger subordinates and exclaims (to the extent that the character exclaims anything in his monotone delivery): “When did music become so important?”

Indeed.  When?

I considered this as Draper was frozen in motion on the screen. Most of us point to those pivotal adolescent years as when we discovered the anti-establishment bands that we loved so much and defined our musical tastes. For my dad, it was Led Zepplin, Cream, The Who. For my older friends, Black Flag, The Melvins and Neurosis. For me, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Nirvana. For some of my younger friends it was My Chemical Romance and Protest the Hero. Regardless the different styles of music and bands we become enamored with, it seems to happen right around 14 to 16 years old for most of us.

The remarkable thing is that regardless of when music first becomes important, it becomes important almost universally in the same place if you’re an American: The local indie record store.

Some of my fondest memories are in music stores, browsing through endless CDs with my older cousins looking for hidden treasures. I bought The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon in an indie record store. Opiate, Highly Refined Pirates, Master of Puppets, Career Suicide, and Bob Marley’s Legend (not in chronological order, naturally) were all purchased in indie record stores. I picked up A Brief History of Love after wandering into a record store in Soho, London, while traveling. As I walked in, the chorus from that Rancid song rang in my head over and over again: “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby-Soho!”

If music is linked to memory, memory to experience, and experience to our existential purpose, then the indie record store has a quirky sense of divinity, doesn’t it?  The album that we pick up from the indie record store is a packet of emotions that we’ll experience and memories we’ll create while listening to it. It will help form (or reform) our overall musical preferences in some small way. Those preferences will define our identity in some small way. Kinda cool, no?

And in the age of digital music—and yes, I say this as a regular contributor to The Music Ninja which does deal in digital music—I think a day like Record Store Day is all the more important. Granted, we can access music from the internet at any time. Point, click, done. And that’s fine at times. But I think there’s a romance and a ritual to going to the record store: a pause that is longer than a point and a click in our daily life. It is also a place where many of our indie bands wish to have their albums land. Real success is getting their vinyl (containing their blood sweat and tears) in that store. Indie record stores serve as a finish line. A stage for indie bands to celebrate their triumph.

So here’s in support of Record Store Day. Take a minute tomorrow to go see what’s new and hopefully rediscover that awe you felt when music first became important to you.

A servant, author of Geoff and Katie’s Playlist.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #49

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Hey ninjas. I know, I dropped the ball last week, but allow me to explain. In the midst of trying to get ready to head to the desert for my three day bender, better known as Coachella, I kind of lost track of time. I apologize profusely, and I hope you went back and relived some of the banging CFPP’s from yesteryear. I also hope that poor time management skills didn’t hinder your ability to party. I know it didn’t for me, as you can see by this awesome pic of me getting down in the Sahara Tent. (Courtesy of the ever-so-rad Morgan H.)

Anyways, I’ve kicked it up a notch this week to make up for it. Today we have a massive tasty selection of rage inducing tracks that will have you shootin’ tequila at 3 AM. Just don’t curse my name when you wake up with a massive hang. If I may suggest something? Slam some coconut water before you go to bed. It saved my life in Indio.

#danceirresponsibly

Wolfgang Gartner
Shrunken Heads (Butch Clancy Retwerk)
Deorro & Joel Fletcher
Queef (Original Mix)
Zombie Nation Vs. Deorro
Big Kernkraft (Griffo Festival Bootleg)
D Jastic
Up To No Good (Griffo Bootleg)
Krewella
Come & Get It (Jay Cosmic Remix)
Dj Snake vs Junior Senior
Move Your Feet (Parisian Vision)
Channel 42 (Koyote Bootleg)
Wolfgang Gartner//Deadmau5//Lefty//DVBBS//J.Cavalli//Nom De Strip
Bunji Garlin
Differentology (Major Lazer Remix)
Jay Z
Can I Get A.. (Big Gigantic Remix)
Big Gigantic x GRiZ
Power
Dúné
Heiress Of Valentina (Alesso Mix) (Aylen Trap ReFix)
Last Day Ahw Yeah! Michael Woods vs GTA vs FireBeatz FLos MAsHuP
CHRIZZ LUVLY FT CALVIN JAZZ
WINTER MUSIC (ORIGINAL MIX)
One Republic
If I Lose Myself (Kastra Remix)
2 Chainz vs. JayyFresh vs. Enferno
Im Behind (Kastra Bootleg)
Sander van Doorn
Joyenergizer (Kastra Edit)
Disco Fries
Turn Off Your Deception (Disco Fries Bootleg)
Sound of Stereo
Zipper (MAKJ Remix)
Hardwell & Showtek vs. Drake
How We Started From The Bottom (MAKJ Ultra Edit)
Out Of My Mind (Henry Fong Remix)
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[VIDEO] The Freestylers – The Coming Storm

Freestylers- The Coming Storm from BLURRED Pictures on Vimeo.

The Freestylers have covered it all. Massive festivals? Check. Biggest clubs? Check? Top of the Pops? Check. Over a decade of performing live music? Check. Horror film music video? Check. Wait, that one seems out of place. Well, as seemingly odd as it is, it’s is something this dance music duo can tout in their ever growing list of accomplishments.

The London based musicians recently enlisted the help of music film collective Blurred Pictures to help with their new music video. In the snowy mountains of Colorado, Blurred has set the backdrop for this upcoming Rub-A-Duck Records and Black Hole Recordings release. Actors Jon Jacobs, Nancy Pratt and Michael Roberts enter a world of terror set to the reggae infused dubstep track. What ensues? You’ll have to watch for yourself.

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[Indie] London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years

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London Grammar
Wasting My Young Years

UK trio London Grammar continue to impress with each and every release. Like their previous two singles, “Wasting My Young Years” is tranquil yet piercing, with a build up that forces the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up. Hannah Reid‘s lush, powerful vocals often draw comparisons to fellow Londoner, Florence Welch. However, Hannah also has a haunting quality in her inflections that contributes greatly to the quaint but reverberant sound the band has already become well known for. Although the group may only have three songs out, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick a favorite. The band doesn’t plan to release this single until June 16, meaning we’ll have to keep our fingers glued to the SoundCloud play button until then. And, as if you needed more of a reason to fall in love with the band, check out a live rendition of this song over at The Guardian’s website.

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