As pedigrees go, Brooklyn collective The Babies have a pretty impressive roll call of members – their leaders are Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls and Woods‘ Kevin Morby, two of the best-loved indie outifts of the recent past. Their latest single ‘Moonlight Mile’ takes noise-pop and adds a large helping of psychedelia to the mix, creating a short but very, very sweet slice of summery garage rock. If you’re looking for a band to fall in love with this year, then The Babies could be your new musical soulmates. Their sophomore record ‘Our House On The Hill’ is out in the fall.
2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, has had quite the interesting come up in the last few months. Although I am still somewhat skeptical, his verse on Mercy put him on my roadmap of artists to follow. He has already worked with Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Curren$y, just to name a few. The College Park native certainly has a unique flow that is raw, unfiltered and full of bravado. At times he delivers flawlessly and at others can come off as almost obnoxious. However, the more you listen, you can’t help but nod your head and feel way cooler than you probably are. When I first heard this in my crappy headphones, I was far from impressed. I am currently on my fifth consecutive listen, turned all the way up on these Bose speakers, with a heavy head nod going. In his verse, Kanye West, who also assisted on the beat, matches the rawness of Deuce, but with the grace and confidence that only he can pull off.
The rise of this kind of coarse, hard-hitting hip-hop is interestingly parallel to that of electronic trap music. A combination of the two styles could be explosive and today’s release of the TNGHT EP further confirms the convergence of the genres. Birthday Song is the second single off 2 Chainz’s upcoming album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, due out on August 14th, and the explicit version can be purchased on iTunes. Don’t listen to this unless you can slap it on full blast.
2 Chainz feat. Kanye West Birthday Song (CLEAN)
I’m pretty sure everyone and their mother has heard Darude’s Sandstorm however, not everyone has heard this edit that transforms one of the most recognized songs in electronic music into a speaker-rattling Trap track. This rework comes from Oh Snap!!, a Maryland based producer that has been pumping out Trap music with influences from Baltimore Club music. This rework is exactly what you expect, familiar synth patterns being pumped along with enormous sub-bass. So keep an eye on Oh Snap!! while you add this rework to your Trap collection.
It is safe to say that G-Unit has been pretty non-existant on the charts, but that doesnt stop member Lloyd Banks from continuing his musical hustle to reclaim that rap spotlight. With his new release “Bring it Back”, Banks pairs with fellow NY emcee Fabolous to drop lyrical heat over indie producer A6′s beat. This track is definitely geared towards keeping that NYC sound and street appeal with a hypnotic, synth line and “street lullaby”-esque instrumental. Coupled with Loso’s punchline verses (even a Ray Allen joke to shoot fire at those Celtics’ fans) and Banks solid flow verse after verse, this track is classic early Banks’ and definitely some heat. Although there is not an official date for his upcoming mixtape V6:The Gift, expect to hear more bangers from the street emcee.
Lloyd Banks (Ft Fabolous)
Bring It Back
Just when I thought this track couldn’t get any better Alvin Risk throws down a Dubstep anthem. The first remix Alvin did doesn’t even hold a candle to this one starting off with a little vocal editing mixed with massive melodic synths that hit at all the right times. The drop is just incredibly massive allowing me to fall in love with “We Are Young” all over again. Featuring flawless vocal splicing with laser infused wobbles that are sure to melt you right into your chair. Today has been an incredible day for music and Alvin Risk decided to drop one of the biggest tracks so far. Please try not to rage too hard, I know it’s tempting with us just pumping out banger after banger. Cheers.
Fun. Ft Janelle Monae
We Are Young (Alvin Risk Remix Part II)
Almost a month after they teased us with a preview, Zeds Dead have finally released the full majesty of their remix of Colin Munroe‘s The Fight Of My Life featuring Pusha T. Their style has become so recognizable with such smooth melodious sections that build into some of the most heart-pounding bass grooves you’ll hear. Nothing beats listening to this jam on a proper sound system where you can capture the subtleties of the dismal strings and the chorus that dwells ever present in the background. Zeds Dead baby!
The Fight Of My Life ft. Pusha T (Zeds Dead Remix)
I’m almost positive that this song is the soundtrack to every single one of my dreams… It consists of elegant echoing vocals, along with perfectly upbeat tempos from multiple instruments and synths. The build up right at the last minute will pull you in, and keep you feeling good long after the song is over. Jonathan Boulet is an extraordinary musician; he writes music, plays a massive number of instruments, and produces as well. The guy simply understands music, and this song is a perfect example. Give it a listen and just try not hitting repeat.
Dads: Oh Life Oh (Jonathan Boulet Remix)