Harlem’s Smoke DZA first caught hip-hop fan’s attention back in 2010 with his impressive mixtape, George Kush Da Button. Since then, he consistently released strong projects, joined up with New Orleans veteran Curren$y’s Jet Life Recordings and put out one of the strongest hip-hop albums of the summer with Rugby Thompson, entirely produced by Harry Fraud. DZA is a talented lyricist with a gritty east coast flow and certainly has created his own brand of lifestyle raps.
The self-proclaimed “Kushed God” released his most recent project yesterday boasting a star-studded tracklist. With features and production from Big K.R.I.T., Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, King Chip, Ski Beatz and Harry Fraud, just to name a few, the expectations for K.O.N.Y. could not be higher and Smoke DZA most certainly does not disappoint. This is not a project you want to miss. Check out a few of the standout tracks below and grab the whole thing for free over here: Smoke DZA - K.O.N.Y..
G.otham F._ckin C.ity (Feat. Joey Bada$$) (Prod. By J Dilla)
Smoke DZA Diamond (Feat. Ab
Soul) (Prod. By Kenny Beats)
K!NG (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.) (Prod. By Ski Beatz)
If you are a gamer this is all we have been waiting for since Dubstep first came onto the scene. Massive bass heavy tunes to rage to while shredding through Halo, killing grunts and elites. This first track from Alvin Risk is a remix of “Nemesis” and features his classic high intensity filth that could scare small children. Now those small children will have no choice as they listen to this insane Electro banger in Halo 4. He even drops some “killing spree” and “infected” samples, enough said.
The next track is from KOAN Sound and features a much more mellow and melodic approach to their remix of “Green And Blue”. Using a sound design similiar to scoring for a movie, delivering uplifting and unique chords. And can’t leave out the incredible Drum work that they are so well known for. Cheers
Nemesis (Alvin Risk Remix)
Green & Blue (KOAN Sound Remix)
When you think of blending together reggae, indie rock and synth pop together, you probably don’t expect to get much out of such a concoction. Most would assume it’d be disastrous and distasteful, a misguided attempt at an unusual recipe. But Wild Belle defy the odds and convert the skeptics. The duo sprinkles elements of the aforementioned genres all over “Keep You,” and damn does it taste good. They’re currently on tour with Tennis, so keep a look out, ’cause it’s worth keeping an eye on these guys.
Soon the only thing we will have to remember Swedish House Mafia will be remixes of their massive tracks. Today Promise Land dropped a incredible preview for their remix of SHM’s newest single “Don’t You Worry Child”. This is hand down the best take on this track to hit the blogosphere, and it bring even higher energy then the original. Being as SHM supports this one we can only hope to hear it Live during the #onelasttour. Cheers.
Swedish House Mafia
Dont You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix)
Release date in the UK is October 7th
Earlier this week indie folk troubadour Dan Mangan and his 2011 record Oh Fortune picked up three Western Canadian Music Awards: Songwriter of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Independent Album of the Year. With that said, it’s safe to assume this newly surfaced song, “We Want To Be Pleasantly Surprised, Not Expectedly Let Down” is a winner. And with its rich, sprawling, rockin’ nature, complete with Mangan’s gravelly, pained vocals, the track — which is an outtake from the Oh Fortune sessions — sure is deserving of attention (and probably a trophy of sorts).
The song, along with a cover of Yukon Blonde‘s song “Stairway,” will appear on a 7″ called Radicals, out October 16th via Arts & Crafts.
We Want To Be Pleasantly Surprised, Not Expectedly Let Down
“Fuck You All The Time,” by R&B artist Jeremih featuring Natasha Mosley, gets twisted into something real dirty, dark, slithery and sexy thanks to remix connoisseur and producer Shlohmo. Whether it’s a bright afternoon or well past midnight, this track’s got all the right moves.
Fuck u all the time (Shlohmo Remix)
“Night Light,” by Brit powerhouse Jessie Ware, gets the remix treatment at the hands of Hot Chip‘s own Joe Goddard. He takes the sensual pop-ballad and pumps it with some uptempo beats and blinking bleeps, instantly turning it into a dreamy dance floor anthem.
Jessie Ware’s Devotion is out now on PMR.
Night Light (Joe Goddard Remix)