[Hip-Hop] A$AP Rocky – Wild For The Night (Feat. Skrillex)

Probably the most intriguing collaboration on Long.Live.A$AP, “Wild For The Night” represents a departure from the rapper’s traditional syrup-driven rhymes. With young artists like A$AP Rocky continuing to show an eager willingness to experiment with their sound, it was inevitable that a combination like this would happen. Contrary to what you might expect, the electronic elements of the production actually don’t overwhelm the listener at all. This might be due to the fact that Skrillex opts to use more crashing synths versus the roaring womps we’re used to hearing from him. Then again, Sonny has proven that he does have some versatility in the past. With all that being said, this brand new Rocky track accomplishes exactly what the title suggests, meaning this won’t be the last time you’ll be hearing this one. Make sure to pre-order A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, in stores January 15th.

A$AP Rocky
Wild For The Night Feat. Skrillex.mp3
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[Indie Folk] Noah Gunderson – Middle of June

Now this song isn’t new or recently-released. It’s not by one of those buzzy acts or trending artists. “Middle of June” is just a damn good track by an immensely talented and underrated artist. Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen has such a cool, coaxing air to him, much like Damien Jurado, the seasoned troubadour also from the Pacific Northwest. Gundersen guides listeners through his folk-tinged music, holding them closely through every strum and hum as though he’s divulging a long-kept secret. His vocals are soothing to the soul, but have just the slightest bit of rasp to give his words that added bit of rawness that resonates deeply. But that’s not to say that his lyrics on their own are without depth; on the contrary, listen carefully to his truthful phrases for tales brimming with emotion.

Noah Gunderson
Middle of June

Check out Noah Gundersen’s Bandcamp page for a ton of music.

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[Electro] Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For (3.A.M. Bootleg Remix)

At this point, it seems as if Toronto-based 3.A.M. can do no wrong. From Florence + The Machine to Gwen Stefani, 3.A.M. has demonstrated that they’re able to capture the absolutely essential portions of every song they tackle before tossing the rest out the window and replacing it with some monstrous, gritty basslines and blazing synths to create a truly massive ear shattering experience. Trust me, I’m going to have hearing loss for at least a week after mistakenly blasting this through my earphones. The scariest part about all of these remixes is that it seems like 3.A.M is refining their sound with each and every track they release, proving that they’ll definitely be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.

As a bonus, we’ve added 3.A.M.’s “Wake Up Call Vol. 1″ mix, full of plenty of original tracks and remixes to get any party going.

Gwen Stefani
What You Waiting For (3.A.M. Remix)

Wake Up Call
Vol. 1
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[Download] Hype Machine’s Top Tracks Mix 2012 – Alt-J

As you know, our friends at the Hype Machine have taken this year-end-list thing to a different level. Instead of ranking the tunes like everyone else, they’ve enlisted the help of some artists, asking them to make a mix of their own featuring the Top Tracks as well as their own favorites. You’ve heard Major Lazer and Ellie Goulding‘s contribution, the last one we’re highlighting here comes from Alt-J. Check it out below, it’s a FREE download!

Alt
J vs The Hype Machine
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[R&B/Soul] Ro James – Neon Lights

When we last heard from New York native, Ro James, he was expressing a new found patriotism towards the idea of love. He’s back yet again with another fervid ballad to help soothe the soul. “Neon Lights” elicits some of the same raw passion associated with classic R&B. It’s actually incredibly tough to listen to this new track and not draw comparisons to late 90′s crooner, D’Angelo. Like those great singers before him, James keeps the song’s entire focus rooted in his soft, ethereal voice while he serenades his lover over a simple, echoing bass line. It’s easy to find yourself drawn in from the very first second, with eyes closed and head bobbing all the way through. As 2012 comes to the end, it’s become increasingly clear through artists like Ro James and Miguel that R&B isn’t dead yet.

Ro James
Neon Lights
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[Preview] Dillon Francis – Denver, CO (Ogden)

Idgafos (if you don’t know what this means kids, look it up).
There is one artist everyone can thank for this little gem and he is about to grace the mile high city. Thursday night at the Ogden, Dillon Francis will be bringing his moombahcore to take over the bodies of the already sold-out show’s audience. Only twenty-four years old, this Los Angeles native has recently exploded onto the electronic dance scene where he is best known for being a pioneer of moombahton. Dillon was first noticed back in 2010 by a certain artist who constantly encourages us (specifically the ladies) to express ourselves, ahem, Mr. Diplo. From there, Dillon has worked on such labels as OWSLA, Dim Mark and Mad Decent. Whether he is dropping mad dubstep bass, making our bodies get low with trap beats, or hypnotizing our minds with electronic melodies, Dillon is an artist who is going to keep dominating the music world.
A major bonus to this show? The opening artists are the highly talented Kill Paris and Denver’s own AViVA. Let me just put it this way, my own mother who really doesn’t understand the whole “dubstep” thing, loves Kill Paris and that is because Paris takes old school jams and mixes then with intoxicating melodies. He is, hands down, one of my favorite artists out there today and I am just waiting for him to take over the music world. Also, AViVA is a young one but this girl has talent. She made the right choice when she decided to follow her heart and pursue her music. This show is so full of talent; you would be a ninny not to go. Throw on those boots with the fur and get ready to rage, see you there Denver.

Nicky Romero Ft. Nervo
Like Home (Dillon Francis Remix)
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[NEW] Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha)

“You” (Ha Ha Ha) is a stellar new song from the young English artist Charli XCX. Debuting on BBC 1 Radio just the other day, it is built around Gold Panda‘s instrumental tune “You”. Everything from the shaky, flickering effects to her honeyed pop vocals makes this love-lost track so worthy of hours of replay. If you want more of her, be sure to check out our post on her recent Super Ultra Mixtape.

Charli XCX
You (Radio 1 Airplay)
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