Aside from being Dr. Dre‘s latest protégé, Kendrick Lamar now has something else in common with Eminem. As only the second hip-hop artist to collaborate with Dido, Kendrick tries to recreate some of the same magic the British songstress conjured with Slim Shady twelve years earlier for 2000′s “Stan.” Just as the title suggests, “Let Us Move On” is all about recovering from the effects of a tragic breakup and leaving the past behind. It’s a compelling song filled with inspiring imagery brought to life through Dido’s angelic vocals. While the transition to Kendrick’s verse seems slightly awkward, it’s undeniable that he adds a whole different dynamic to the track with his powerful bars. Make sure to look for this one on Dido’s upcoming fourth studio album, Girl Who Got Away, in stores on March 4th of the new year.
Foals released the second cut from their forthcoming album Holy Fire. Just like its preceding single “Inhaler,” “My Number” grabs you right from the first few bars. The bouncy rhythm laced with lofty guitar riffs juxtaposes some angst-laden lyrics. This song turned my anxious anticipation of the new album into an unwavering optimism that it will be a 2013 must-hear.
Hopefully they’ll give us at least one more before Holy Fire drops Feb. 11th.
For years to come The xx‘s music will be prime targets for remixes, edits, covers you name it. The latest track to get reworked is “Chained,” and the maestros behind it are electronic producers John Talabot and Pional. They masterfully give it a new, livelier pulse inspired by the beat in The Streets‘ track “Blinded By The Lights”. At the heart of it, it’s still a sad song of course, but the expanded, 8-minute remix sure gives it new vibes, a new life, and dare I say, it might even be better than the original. What do you think?
The xx Chained (John Talabot & Pional Blinded Remix).mp3
Ohhhhhh shit, ninjas! We’re sure you have a weekend filled with holiday parties, and we want to make sure you have some fresh n’ filthy jams for your festivities. While these probably won’t be appropriate for your family or work functions, you can always throw them on before and after. May we offer a word of advice though? Watch how much you imbibe at your office function. While we always love a good party, no one wants to wonder through the weekend if they still have a job. Don’t be that guy. Save your raging until after you depart from the people who decide whether or not you have a paycheck. Once you’re free and clear, feel free to lace up them dancin’ shoes, throw back a fireball or six, and get loose.
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Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party Antidote (DJ Fresh Direct Remix)
Ever listen to music that just scares the shit out of you? Breakout hip-hop artist Angel Haze is frightening…in a good way. She has no filter; she spits whatever she thinks, the second she thinks it — no hesitation. In addition to that unbridled, blunt mouth of hers, she’s got a raw, fierce character that makes every word she says — with flawless, swagger-filled flow — feel like a literal fireball to the face. It hurts. So, here, when she takes on Chief Keef‘s hit “I Don’t Like” (and kills it), be prepared to get burnt.
It’s been quite some time since I last watched Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. How great was that film? And that “Time After Time” scene with Alan Cumming? Even if you don’t recall it, there’s no forgetting that ’80s Cyndi Lauper hit. Tegan and Sara haven’t. The two sisters cover the song as part of Billboard’s Candid Covers series, and given that the duo are well-versed in pop (see “Closer,” “I’m Not Your Hero”), they tackle it pretty well. Check it out above (via Stereogum) and be sure to pick up Tegan and Sara’s new album Heartthrob, due out January 29th.
This, this, this. Although Wake Owl‘s original version of “Gold” is, err, gold on its own — a resplendent and rousing folk rock tune — this remix by Noah Hyde/Magic Sword takes it to a different level. The rework builds up with smoky synths swirling around the “ooooh ooooh ooohs” until it launches full-force into that saccharine chorus we know and love. Treat yourself today.