Sanctified (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)
It’s already been a busy week for hip-hop so far, but it only seems to be looking up from here. With Rick Ross‘ sixth studio album, Mastermind, set to drop next week, we’re getting an early listen of the most anticipated track from the project, “Sanctified.” Featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Kanye West and Big Sean, “Sanctified” is a soulful banger, crafted through a combined effort between Yeezy and DJ Mustard. All three emcees trade bars interchangeably over an instrumental that features a few trademarks from both talented producers. While this is probably the first single to really move the needle for us on Ross’ latest album, there’s still some interesting collaborations yet to be heard featuring The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Mavado, Scott Storch, and more. Check out the single above, and make sure to get your pre-orders in for Mastermind before it drops on March 4th.
With less than a week away until the release of his first solo album in eight years, Pharrell has decided to give his fans a sneak preview of G I R L through iTunes Radio, as has become the custom these days for most major releases. Revealing the final tracklist through Instagram late last night (which you can view below), the album is set to include exciting features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, with additional contributions coming from Daft Punk, Timbaland, Hans Zimmer, Kelly Osbourne, Leah LaBelle, Tori Kelly and JoJo. Although the only single we’ve heard so far is the insanely addicting “Happy,” we have a feeling Pharrell will have no problem asserting his dominance over the charts with this latest project. Don’t take our word for it though. Follow the link below, and find out for yourself.
Style of Eye
Kids (MAARCOS 'Carnival' Remix)- Out now!
Let’s face it. Unless you’re living the island life, rocking Ray Bans and flip flops, you’re pretty much in the midst of a nasty winter. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, sub zero tempatures and all of the rest of that less than desirable climactic conditions has everyone sporting bulky sweaters, long coats and weatherproof boots.
It’s a good thing we have tasty tunes from folks like MAARCOS to heat up the dance floor, and provide a tropical oasis, even if just for one night. Fresh off the back of his monster hit ‘Blaze’ on Dirty South’s Phazing Records, this Aussie has offered up a real nice ‘Carnival Remix’ of Style Of Eye’s ‘Kids’, which dropped Feb 21st at Beatport via Sony.
Take a gander at the energetic melody progression coupled with some a cinematic strings sample and some hefty kicks. One listen through and you’ll be wishing you were in the club getting your sweat on.
ScHoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky
With ScHoolboy Q‘s long awaited debut album, Oxymoron, finally gracing shelves earlier today, we get a chance to hear one of the Target exclusive bonus tracks, featuring frequent running mate A$AP Rocky. It’s no question that the pair have undeniable chemistry, but unlike previous collaborations “Hands On The Wheel” and “Brand New Guy,” the two up the intensity this time around, rhyming over a hard hitting, synth driven instrumental. While it almost seems blasphemous to include an emcee from Harlem on a track called “Californication,” (rather than opting for one of his TDE cohorts) Rocky brings an unmatched swagger and raw energy that compliments well with Q’s brash, in-your-face attitude. Check out the excellent single above, and if you haven’t already, grab yourself a copy of Oxymoron, available now.
A lot of speculations around this flawless Cover of Outkast, but we finely have an official confirmation from the none other than Pete Tong. Some were saying this could have been Disclosure, so that’s saying a lot of the caliber of this new sensation ZHU. It’s safe to say that everything this guy touches turns to gold, and we can’t wait for more releases. Just in case you missed his most recent Original release “Superfriends”, take a listen. Cheers.
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Moves Like Ms Jackson (Pete Tong BBC Radio 1 Rip)
Kings and Queens
Let me tell you London, keep making talent like this and we will continue to be hooked on everything that is your music scene.
They are a wonderful duo that calls themselves Moonrags or, Cari and Geoff. They began making music together a little over a year ago and their fabulous sound is something worth listening to a time again and again. A mix of jazz, pop, and electronic, these two have a beautiful laid back feel that is good for any day the sun is shining and even the cloudy days. Cari’s voice sounds like a little mix between Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, which basically means she has a seducing voice with a bit of quirkiness mixed in. And their recent release ‘Kings and Queens’ shows just how diverse their sound is and how they make it work just the two of them. Keep an eye out for these two because they are sure to tickle your ears again soon.
Twin Rivers (Not Art LP | 2013)
Let us not debate the irrelevance of time. So, we’re a little late to the party with this one. But if digging up gems isn’t a thing, then they’d be a lot of unemployed archaeologists. Think about that.
A song of the ‘sad ilk’, ‘Twin Rivers’ is the spacious and sparse release from Melbourne duo Big Scary. Reiterating the ‘what’s in a name’ sentiment, Big Scary are actually more maturely morose than large or petrifying.
Subdued and emotive, the male/female alternating vocals commentate on the circulating mundanity of a relationships demise and dailyness. The repetitive nature of the motif is reiterated thematically and cleverly mirrored in the cyclic sound; from opening melancholic piano chords to an utterance of ‘nothing ever happens’, both soundscape and lyricism run in circles. There’s a disjunction evidenced in the vocals, as neither party addresses one another, instead offering isolated narratives on the disintegration of love and the lethargy it produces.
It’s perhaps the underplayed elements and spacious effect, that left room for imaginative re-invention. Indie connoisseurs The Antlers offered a vocally distorted and brass-based re-mix, whilst Dan The Automator, settled on a dreamier soundscape: retaining the delicacy of the original offering.
Adopting a less is more approach, Big Scary demonstrate that complexity can take the most minimalist of forms. With slight reminiscence of early XX releases, Big Scary are in possession of some subtle poetry and understated charms.