In “Reconsider,” an excellent bonus iTunes track off The xx‘s Coexist, a simple but luring and curling guitar line rings out, rearing its head to break the otherwise hushed ambiance. The ghostly effects amidst spans of silence, dueling male/female vocals, and a heavy, unceasing feeling of yearning make this an especially haunting and moving song.
Make sure to revisit our coverage of other tracks, such as “Chained,” “Sunset” and “Angels.” Coexist officially comes out Tuesday, September 11th on Young Turks, but you can stream it in its entirety via NPR here.
Lupe Fiasco is no stranger to dubstep. He’s already laid down some slick bars over production by Bassnectar and Nero before. It can even be said that he’s the most dubstep-friendly rapper out there now, paving the path for fellow emcees like Kanye West, B.o.B, and Childish Gambino to follow. With that in mind, it shouldn’t shock you that his latest song plays around with some of those same dubstep elements. Lupe first leads us in with some inspring piano riffs, before dropping the hammer on us with the hook. The song itself is a unique departure from the previous iteration(s) in the series. Although released out of order (“American Terrorist III” came out sometime late last year), the focus of the songs remain on certain political commentary related to warfare. Of the three, “American Terrorist II” simultaneously bears the most uplifting and most hopeless message, mentioning idealistic youngsters who want to save the world, juxtaposed with a hook that cries out “Where are those heroes/Where are those superheroes.” Like most Lupe tracks, it effectively gets its message across.
There’s no telling if this leak will be on Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1, but we should cherish every release we get from here on out, as the masterful lyricist recently announced his retirement on Twitter.
The last time Kanye West and Jay-Z hopped on a Hit-Boy instrumental they created an enormous chart-topper in “N**as In Paris.” With the third single from the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer, they link up for yet another massive hit that easily matches the quality of the two previous singles, “No Mercy” and “New God Flow.” Hit-Boy delivers a surrounding, captivating stadium instrumental and Big Sean, Yeezy and Hov all go to work bringing a level of confidence and luxuriousness that is unmatched.
“Clique” marks the third straight epic effort from the Kanye’s team. Stream this instant classic below and look out for Cruel Summer, out September 18th.
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
Sandro Silva and Oliver Twizt feat. Elleah Pull The Trigger (Gladiator) OUT NOW!
Today, Pioneer announced all the details on their new flagship DJ controller the CD-J2000 Nexus. In the original teaser video released less than a week ago they used prominent DJ’s Laidback Luke, Eats Everything, Armin Van Buuren, Kissy Sellout, and Steve Angello to explain just how this new player will change the landscape of the live performance as we know it. Now, everyone gets their first look at how the new product will make this happen. Here are some of the CD-J2000 Nexus features:
1. Master Sync – This feature allows you to set one deck as master. All the other decks will then automatically sync up to that deck.
2. Connect over WiFi to rekordbox – The player can connect to an iPhone or Android and through the Rekordbox app can take the track from the phone then play it directly on the CD-J.
3. Tempo Slider Sync – This will allow all four decks to be in sync when one deck’s tempo slider is being used.
4. Slip Mode – Keeps the music playing silently in the background, while still being in sync, when a DJ is using the deck to scratch with
Now of course the big controvery is over the master sync button. I’ll leave you to the A-Trak perspective for that. Taken from his Twitter account: “Put it to you like this: have you ever seen a DJ and thought, ‘Wow the way he matches the tempos of those songs is pure art!’ Hahah…” Check out the video below for a 5-minute demonstration by mix master himself Laidback Luke as he showcases the new CD-J 2000 Nexus.
For the past few weeks, it seems that female emcees have been winning. With Azealia Banks latest video release “1991,”Missy Elliot debuting new tracks, Nicki’s feature on the long-awaited Alicia Keys single “Girl on Fire” and the rise of newcomers Rapsody and Nitty Scott MCrap godesses have been on the come up in a time where gender diversity is scarce. Joining the trend is the South African bred, NYC underground nerd rapper Jean Grae, who dropped her latest single “Kill Screen” today. This self-produced track is the first single off her upcoming Gotham Down album and features plenty of arcade samples, bath salt puns, and references to the documentary The King of Kong. Coupled with a dark and stirring vibe, this single is one of the stronger releases of the week and has us ninjas hype to hear more from her upcoming efforts.
Hit single “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding gets the video treatment. It’s set on a magical, futuristic beach, with scenes of Goulding draped in ghostly white and rushing tides in epic slow-mo fashion — kind of a perfect setting for this chilling electronic track.
“Anything Could Happen” (which you can also stream below) is off Ellie Goulding’s forthcoming album, Halcyon, out October 9th.