TC had Dog Blood premiere this track at Ultra this year. And to say the least this track live is a complete joke, as i discovered quickly seeing Dog Blood live at Coachella. Last night it also was played in Destroid‘s first ever set in San Francisco. No news yet on the release date but this massive DNB track is sure to get everyone’s feet moving. The vocal edits they do at 1:25 make the song for me, with a creepy whisper mixed with a clean and satisfying drop. Cheers.
Be prepared to hear the most random–and possibly the catchiest–song you’ll hear all year. Featuring the unlikely pairing of Outkast‘s Andre 3000 and NPR’s Frank Tavares, Capital Cities‘ funky new single is a wild ride chock full of pop culture references that includes Frank “narrating” throughout. I put narrating in quotation marks because it seems like they really just got him to say anything and everything they could possibly imagine–basically anything you couldn’t get away with on the radio. “Farrah Fawcett Hair” is a silly tune that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s completely fine, as we’re content with having a fun time right alongside it. To sum things up, “it’s good shit.”
It’s always great hitting Friday on a short week. Just a few days ago you were dancing the night away, and now you’re ready to get after it again. So, don’t let me stand in your way with a bunch of unnecessary words. Press play and get going!
Today we’re proud to bring you Desiderata,the debut mixtape from Chanda Mbao. Most of you probably don’t know who Chanda is, nor how to pronounce his name, but don’t fret as both of those issues will be quickly resolved as you begin listening to the project. To give you a little background though, Chanda is currently a 24 year old (wish him a Happy Birthday today) investment banker operating out of Miami. Looking to make a career move few would ever dare dream of, Chanda decided to delve into the musical realm and pursue his aspiration of becoming a world-renowned hip-hop artist. Why ditch a high-profile and steady profession for the life of a struggling musician you ask? Well the simple answer to that is passion, which is what shines through in each and every one of Chanda’s songs.
Chanda Mbao isn’t your average multi-talented investment banker turned emcee though; he’s fluent in multiple languages as well. Among them are: English, Spanish, Portugese, French, Bemba and Nyanja, with the last two being languages of his native Zambia. That versatility is explored in one of the project’s finest tracks, “Summer In Brazil” which is rapped beautifully in Portugese. Don’t rush to bust out your Google Translate apps though, as Chanda’s abilities are just as profound in English. A few other standouts include the mixtape’s intro, “Open Your Eyes,” a track about being more wary of the world surrounding you, “The Girl From Yesterday,” a song about moving past your ex, and “The Fresh Prince of Zambia,” a tune that allows Chamba to flex his skills on the mic while representing his Zambian heritage proudly. We’ve included a couple more outstanding tracks like “Live On” and “Me & You” for you to sample below, but in order to get a true understanding for who Chanda really is and what he represents, I highly suggest checking out the full tape after the jump, as well as the mini-documentary above.
With Born Sinner nearing release on June 18th, J. Cole decided to hit us up with his latest preview, “Niggaz Know.” Cole provides us with some strong lyrical content on this cut, although we can’t say that wasn’t expected. After recently revealing the tracklist for Born Sinner, it was quickly noted that the record doesn’t contain any rap features at all. We think that was purposeful, as Cole prepares to step out of Hov’s shadow once and for all. Will J. Cole’s sophomore effort be a classic? Find out on June 18th when Born Sinner goes head to head with Kanye West‘s Yeezus.
As the weather begins to take a much sunnier turn (much like our disposition), our souls begin to crave for that Summery, daytime-disco sound fit more for a rooftop party than a sweaty nightclub. It appears East Coast electro-disco revivalists The Golden Pony caught our spirit all the way across the country in Brooklyn, and gave us this playful remix of TMN favorites Carousel and their latest happy-dance single “Another Day”. TGP effectively strips away the playful lead guitar riff from the original while minimally toning down Jackson Philips’ angelic vocal reverberations in favor of letting a lush synthesizer take the lead. Last week The Golden Pony’s remix of Daft Punk and Panda Bear’s Random Access Memories entry “Doing It Right” racked up over 100,000 plays on Soundcloud as well as an appearance on The Hype Machine’s coveted Top-Ten for the week. If The Golden Pony continues to maintain their disco-dance integrity paired with excellent choices in remixing, it’s pretty safe to say we will be seeing more from the duo in the near future. Grab a free download of TGP’s take on “Another Day” above.
Listening to Seven Lions today, also known as Jeff Montalvo, it is hard to believe this California native was once a metal and punk-inclined drummer but then again, all of his pieces have some major drum beats that take over every listener’s body. No exception to this is his recently released “Fevers” featuring the very talented Minnesota and the captivating vocals of Mimi Page. This beautiful song captures the very sound that is Seven Lions, a mix of electronic melodies with haunting lyrics and progressive beats. At 1:30, Seven Lions throws down an explosion of impulsive sound that swirls through the eardrums. Montalvo had a unique sound that continues to amaze and wow the music industry as well as his fans, all of them always excited for what he will bring next.
If you are in Denver tonight, be sure to stop by Cassleman’s for the Global Dance Pre-Party where Montalvo will be throwing down his unbelievably impressive music.