After her controversial performance at last year’s superbowl, M.I.A. has been laying low and relatively quiet with new music. Thanks to her loyal fans and high demand, the rebellious English artist blessed fans with a new track titled “AtTENTion”. Filled with drums, synths and reggae rips, this computerized leak has an experimental funky sound that M.I.A. is known for. Coupled with her sporadic rhyming, she demands your attention by rhyming almost every line with “-Tent”. Although it is not clear whether or not this will be on her upcoming effort Matanagi, due next year, be sure to check out the free track below.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That title does say James Brownand 2Pac. The two musical legends have collaborated from beyond the grave, creating the title track for the Django Unchained soundtrack. This work is the product of Tupac’s engineer Claudio Cueni, who was able to render a stellar mashup between Brown’s “The Payback” and Shakur’s “Untouchable.” I’m usually not a fan of music created posthumously, and think it’s probably time to stop milking Pac for all his legacy’s worth. However, it’s easy to see that this one is more than your average cut and paste job, and shines ahead of most tracks of its kind.
Greyhound 2.0? Definitely has a similar sound design, but anything new from Swedish House Mafia is good news. The title “We Come, We Rave, We Love” is not confirmed yet but it should do for now. The intro is certainly orignal featuring a slow and steady build with random bleeps and sounds. The drop a harmonic melody mixed with some robotic vocal editing chanting, “We Come, We Rave, We Love.” No news yet on the release date, but we will keep you posted. Cheers
Although Kendrick Lamar has been receiving the most attention as of late, it is important to remember just how dope all four members of the Black Hippy crew truly are. The Carson-bred quarter of the group, Ab-Soul, cemented his place in the upper echelon of lyricists last summer with the release of his stellar debut album, Control System. Today, we get a nice little gem from Soul-Oh. No word as to where it will end up, but “Only 1″ is certainly a welcome early-week boost. Stream and download below.
We spotlighted California artist Tom Cascino, aka Broke For Free, back in October when he released the smooth, interweaving sparkler “The Gold Lining”. Now he’s back with a new EP called The Gold Can Stay, which includes yet another laid back electronica instrumental. With its steady pace accompanied by a few atmospherics that somewhat call to mind the ebb-and-tide of the ocean, it’s sure to put you in the right mindset this evening.
GRiZ has been killing it lately and now he decides to collab with Big Gigantic. Between the sexy sax from Big G and the infectious melodies of GRiZ, this one is just flawless. Their sounds couldn’t complement each other better and they deliver a funky soul sample mixed with piercing wobbles that hit at all the right times. Cheers.
Last week at a Spotify press conference in New York City, Frank Ocean played a short set. Before launching into his song “Voodoo,” he sang his own rendition of Radiohead‘s classic “Fake Plastic Trees”. The clip is only a little over a minute, but two tremendous artists incarnated in one song is just too newsworthy to pass up on. We’ve included the original version, off Radiohead’s The Bends, below.