As fans patiently wait for M.I.A.‘s new album MATANAGI to drop this April, she teases them with a new mix. The track, which serves as a prequel to her upcoming effort, is a collaborative effort with fashion house Kenzo. Mixing some tribal sounds, Hindi chants, heavy drums, the Sri Lankan artist jumps on about 4 minutes into the track and switches up the beat for a hip-hop mix coupled with a “thankful” rap. Although the track is 8-minutes long, it sounds like a perfect mash-up of multiple songs and rhythms that make for an infectious listen. Check out the dance track below.
What’s up, party people? We’re sure you’re counting down the calendar days right now, because we sure as hell are. Miami is right around the corner and we’re getting more and more excited. As it gets closer to Ultra and WMC, we’re going to bring you more and more content to get you pumped up.
Today we’re excited to share and exclusive extended clip of the UK born and Australian bred Helena’s remix of Jono Fernandez & Pauls Paris’s track “Let it Out.” This anthemic progressive house gem has driving basslines, gorgeous vocals from fellow Aussie Amba Shepard, and energetic melodic synths. This will most definitely get playtime in Miami at all of Helena’s shows, which include the following:
03/15 – Ultra Music Festival
03/15 – SET
03/22 – Bamboo
03/23 – Avicii Hotel
03/24 – National Hotel
‘Let It Out’ is out on One Love Music on March 15th , the same day that she makes history as the first solo female DJ to play the main stage at Ultra Music Festival. Make sure to catch her set!
Jono Fernandez & Pauls Paris ft Amba Shepherd Let It Out (HELENA Remix) (Onelove)
It’s that time of year again when MTV releases its “Hottest MCs in The Game” list, which is always bound to stir up some controversy. A plethora of rappers have already expressed that they feel slighted by their rank, including Kanye West and A$AP Rocky. Now Danny Brown‘s stepped up to give us his two cents. Rather than phoning into any radio shows though, Danny demonstrates why he belongs to be mentioned amongst the top emcees with this brand new Harry Fraud-produced track. Brown comes packing heat on this one, leaving no doubt in our minds that he’s one of the best rappers out there right now.
It’s been quite awhile since Alvin Risk has blessed us with an original mix of his own. With “Skyclad,” he assures us that it was well worth the wait. “Skyclad” is a dichotomy of sorts, a song of epic proportions with two drastically different sides representing the same coin. This may sound lame, but envision the song as a heated battle in Dragonball Z for just a second.
The minute and a half build up would represent the training and preparation needed for the huge duel. Once you hit the break though, you’re nose diving into the heart of battle, and all hell breaks loose. Risk pretty much removes all bars from there until about two and a half minutes in when the song calms down again for just a moment. That would be the period when Goku prepares his finishing move and then proceeds to unleash his entire strength on the baddie, finally ending the fight. I now expect any future fan videos to provide credit to me for bringing up the idea. Honestly, you could imagine almost any heroic scenario there, but the point is that Risk is able to create an atmosphere unlike anything else with his music. If you want to relive that fight again, I’d suggest purchasing the track, available now on iTunes.
Alternative band, The xx, have an awesomely minimal, genre-fusing sound and a recognizable somber style. The group recently played a live set for BBC Radio 1 including this cover of the Kings of Tomorrow‘s “Finally”. While not technically an original song, The xx truly make it their own with a pulsing beat, heart-wrenching vocals and airy guitar melodies. Hit play below and relax your mind state.
Earlier today, Chi-town’s Sir Michael Rocks let loose a dope new track as he prepares to drop a project in the coming weeks. “Money Came” is a pretty encompassing representation of Sir Michael’s talents from his bravado-filled vocals to his simple, but meaningful and original, lyricism. The addicting, 808-backed production of Choo Jackson drives this one keeping your head nodding through out. Enjoy, grab a free download below and look out for Banco, out soon.
Ciara‘s remained relatively quiet since the release of 2010′s Basic Instinct. With her new single “Body Party” though, she’s proving she’s back and better than ever. Contrary to what you might believe based on the name, the song is not a party anthem at all. Rather, it’s a slowed down, seductive number that allows the sultry songstress to really showcase her vocals. Co-penned with boyfriend Future, “Body Party” will certainly evoke feelings of passion and nostalgia (maybe this will sound familiar) made possible through the ethereal production from Mike WiLL Made It. Ciara’s new album, One Woman Army, will be available some time in June 2013.