Sam Brookes – Kairo [Album Review]


With an intro as chillingly beautiful as one could have hoped for, we were sold on Kairo in the first thirty seconds. While we would have been perfectly happy only enjoying the 2:00 minute intro to Sam Brookes upcoming LP, there’s a whole other world of exploration to delve into.

We’re all waiting for albums that timelessly populate our speakers for years to come. They need to have the dynamic ability to capture your heart and captivate your imagination. With absolutely stunning soundscapes providing an illustrious backdrop for Brooke’s ethereal vocals, we’re left hopelessly daydreaming, carrying away to a much more cerebral place. Varying from haunting tales, articulately told over subdued finger picking, to upbeat folk gems that induce irresistible toothy grins, this is an album that fits that aforementioned description.

While the older version of “Numb” is listed below, one can feel the immense weight it carries in sheer vocal beauty, flawlessly displaying a gorgeous tone and range from Brookes. The instrumentals are understated, featuring a splashy jazz style drum pattern and light finger picking, which allows you to intensely follow the vocals word for word. Boasting associations of Patrick Watson and James Vincent McMorrow, “Numb” will have you feeling anything but, carrying an ominous electricity with every verse.

“Frequency” offers a much more instrumentally-driven sound, combining playful melodies of strings, piano keys, and an almost new-age feel. Utilizing some vocal percussion in addition to the instrumentals, this softly sung tune is are given a unique sound, playing effortlessly with enchanting harmonies. On the other side of the spectrum, you have songs like “This is The Place” and “James” that features a much more upbeat tempo. With a big bass kick, endearing lyrics and some playful guitar work, you can instantly feel yourself throwing these playful songs on in the car during your next road trip.

As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.

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Errands (Prod. BoatHouse)

Jarred A.G. has been featured pretty heavily on our pages since dropping his Luxury Tax EP last spring, however we’ve experienced some radio silence from the Chitown … Continue reading »

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[Hip-Hop] Skizzy Mars – Pace (Mixtape)


Nearly a year after impressing us with his debut mixtape, Phases, Skizzy Mars is back once again with another brand new project, Pace. While Phases featured a broad array of assorted tracks that helped showcase Skiz’s diverse skillset, Pace seems to be a far more focused project, keeping a nearly singular sound throughout, with the central concept concentrating around women and relationships. For a fast-riser like Skizzy Mars, Pace could also signify an attempt to hit the brakes and take back the reins of his life, as he tries to determine the trajectory of his career.

Keeping the features to a minimum (Jon Waltz, Ms. Jones), Skizzy thrives in the spotlight, proving he can carry an entire album’s worth of material on his own merit. Production comes from longtime collaborators Michael Keenan and 6ix, who together, craft a vivid soundscape that allows the young 20 year old freedom to experiment, while still playing well to his strengths. As we’ve mentioned countless times before, Skizzy has a knack for creating songs that are as equally addictive as they are thought provoking. We’ve lined up a few examples for you below, but in order to get the full experience, you should check out the entire mixtape for yourself.

DOWNLOAD: Skizzy Mars – Pace

Skizzy Mars
All Say (prod. Michael Keenan)

Skizzy Mars
Numb (prod. Michael Keenan)
Skizzy Mars
Summer11 (prod. Michael Keenan)
Skizzy Mars
Make Sense
Skizzy Mars
Half Past Three
Skizzy Mars
Drink & Dance (feat. Jon Waltz)
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The Trap Dojo #64 [100+ Track MP3 Playlist]


The Trap Dojo went on a quick hiatus, and but don’t worry we made up for it with these 90+ heaters. Starting off with 3 tracks from Mr. Carmack, featuring his remix of “Aerosol Can” and recent Seppuku EP with Jacuzzi. Next up is a FREEbie from none other than Zeds Dead, and they remix Son Lux‘s track “Flickers”. ODESZA just dropped off this epic take on Pretty Lights track “Lost And Found”, both tracks being featured on the Divergent Soundtrack. Night Kruise is hailing from down under and brings some serious vibes with this track “Sunsets”. Falcons is killing it in 2014 and this remix of M.I.A.’s track “Yala” is very on point. Milo Mills also coming through with some vibes, in this track titled “Ocean Gang”. Penthouse Penthouse though….my god this track “MIAMI” is the future, don’t sleep. Dog Blood decided to drop a hand full of “Middle Finger Pt. 2 Remixes”. We featured the anthems from DJ Sliink, Alesia, and S-Type.

Make sure not to miss the other gems from: Rusie, AGO, Aylen, Kayzo, The Hood Internet, Vinata, ISLND, Peking Duk, Stwo, Vaski, 100s, LIZ, S-Type, Mr. Carmack, Skrillex, Dog Blood, Diplo, Flume, Sable, Shackles, Insightful, Maxx Baer, Salute, GANZ, ASAP Rocky, Gesaffelstein, PHAZZ, Fakear, Paper Diamond, LOUDPVCK, ESTA, Kid Kamillion, Wave Racer, Ryan Hemsworth, and many more.

major lasers, pharrell
Aerosol Can (carmack refix)
Son Lux
Flickers (Zeds Dead Remix)
Torture feat. Mr. Carmack
Twilight feat. Mr. Carmack
Pretty Lights
Lost and Found (Odesza Remix)
Night Kruise
Yala (Falcons remix)
Milo Mills
Ocean Gang
Penthouse Penthouse
Starttt (Preview) BBC Radio 1 RIP
Syn Cole
Miami 82 (Kygo Remix)
alt J
Breezeblocks (Beshken Remix)
Schoolboy Q
The Purge / Rapfix Cypher (20syl Remix)
A$AP Rocky x In Distress Ft. Gesaffelstein
Sir Sly
Gold (Phazz Remix)
Back Seat Ho (Rustie Remix)
Cashmere Cat
Wedding Bells ($aturn X Hekmah Remix)
Dont Wait (Giraffage Remix)
Ellie Goulding
Hanging On (I See MONSTAS Remix)
Just A Gent
Stars Beyond Stars (Vindata Edit)
The Weeknd
Or Nah (Stwo Edit)
F. U. All The Time (Illo Remix)
Janet Jackson
Love Will Never Do (Two Can Remix)
AGO (feat. Waldo & Joose) (prod. Sango & Mr. Carmack)
Shot Caller (Aylen & Kayzo G Flip)
The Hood Internet
Fall In Cake (Drake & Jay
Kanye West
Bound 1
Royal Oats (ft. Waldo) (prod. Sango)
All I Really Need (Featuring Kenzie May)
Open Up Your Eyes (ISLND Remix)
S Type
Flyp City
The Nile
Ten Freaky Hoes
Dont Say (feat. Tyga) (Prod. by Djemba Djemba, Colta and Mike Parvizi)
Aluna George (S
Type Version)
Y 2 K
Not Sad
Bruno Mars
Locked Out Of Heaven (COFRESI Remix)
Thinkin Bout (Doin U)

Last Two Weeks:

Peking Duk
High (ft. Nicole Millar)
Wave Racer
Streamers (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Mr. Carmack
Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding
Dog Blood
ID (Jurassic)
Mr Carmack
Rock Dem (Maxx Baer Re
Cornell Haynes (Unreleased KNK 100 Remix)
Feels So Good
Flume x WKND
Hyper Paradise
drunk n luv (diplo remix)
Major Lazer ft Pharrell
Aerosol Can (HaveThat Glued On Remix)
Sleepless (Fakear Remix)
Cut Your Teeth (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
I Tried It
Maxx Baer
Low Pros
100 Bottles feat. Travi$ Scott (Prod by A
Baby Bash
Biggie Bounce (Kid Kamillion Remix) (feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter)
Hermitude x Flume
Hyperparadise (GANZ Flip) Free Download
Hamertje Tik
Sleepless Nights (GANZ remix)
Sun Models ft. Madelyn Grant
Wave Racer
Cashmere Cat
Wedding Bells
Smalltown DJs
See Thru feat. Lisa Lobsinger (Thugli Remix)
Steve Angello
KNAS (Dillon Francis Remix)
Chris Brown
Fine China (Royal Refix)
Shlohmo $ Jeremih
No More (VXNYL Remix) (DL in description)
The Cuban Brothers
So Sweet (Slumberjack Remix) feat. Mica Paris
Pony (salute Remix)
Electric Mantis
Ticking And Tocking
Maribou State
Scarlett Groove (Hexes Remix)
Rebirth (Alizzz Remix)
Trippy Turtle
slow it down bb  ❤
Cashmere Cat
Rice Rain (Twinztrack Remix)
Want You
Love You
Love You (Just A Gents Edit)
Drippy  Dolphin
Swimming Slow (Sweater Beats Remix)
Oliver Heldens
Gecko (Willy Joy Remix)
Prom Night (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
DJ Green Lantern & Valentino Khan Know About Me (Remix) feat. Iggy Azalea
Identical by $aturn
Ta ku
When I Met You (noï remix)
Rook Milo
Mr. Carmack
free baby
Penthouse Penthouse
it aint over
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[Hip-Hop] De La Soul – Dilla Plugged In (Prod. J Dilla)

De La Dilla
De La Soul
Dilla Plugged In (Produced By J Dilla)

25 years after the release of their debut project 3 Feet High & Rising (an album everyone should have after the band gave away their entire catalog for free last month), De La Soul are looking to commemorate the occasion by releasing a brand new tune rapped over a previously unheard J Dilla instrumental. There’s simply no better adjective to describe “Dilla Plugged In” than dope. Listening to the track is almost like taking a trip to an alternate timeline, one where De La Soul is still a prominent force in hip-hop, and Dilla is still producing ill beats. Lucky for us, moments like this are sure to occur more frequently, as “Dilla Plugged In” is just the first single from an upcoming mixtape by the group entitled Smell The DA.I.S.Y. which will consist exclusively of Dilla produced beats. Right now there’s no release date for the project, but we’ll be eagerly anticipating its arrival.

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[Hip Hop] Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze

Kate Tempest
Lonely Daze

What do you get when you combine South-East London, the spoken word, and one bad ass girl?
One female rapper with a killer accent.

Kate Tempest ladies and gentlemen is by far one of the coolest, yes coolest, artists I have ever written about.
She started off as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years, and now works as a poet and playwright too. I mean, why settle for one thing when you can have it all?

And let me tell you, this girl knows how to throw down words and use them. Her recently released ‘Lonely Daze’ is a song off of her upcoming album later this summer on Big Dada and just gives you a hint of the talent behind this girl’s mouth. Her accent is strong but that doesn’t take away from the power of her voice and her clear ability to make you hear her. This is quite a different sound, a mix of beats with Kate’s talking voice to combine for an addictive movement that leaves you ensnared to her will and her conversation.

Don’t worry, Kate’s words will find you and make you listen.

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[Synth-Pop] Great Good Fine OK – Not Going Home

Great Good Fine Ok
Not Going Home

It’s hard to believe that with such a gigantic blogosphere buzz storm behind them last year that Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine OKs latest bubblegum sweet offering “Not Going Home” is only their second official single. Nevertheless, we’re thrilled to finally ring in 2014 with them, especially on the heels of undeniably alluring single “You’re The One For Me”, which racked up over 500k plays on Soundcloud and spawned a few incredible remixes as well. GGFO’s sound is surely in its infancy, but the pair no doubt emit an electric ability to pull a smile and head-bouncing nod on the same level as any of their bouncy pop contemporaries. “Not Going Home” tugs on that same quality, but is immediately commanding in the most lovely of feelgood indie-pop ways. An airy synth paces the emotive jaunt to the first bridge simultaneously serving as an aural tunnel into their first atmospheric chorus like Sonic the Hedgehog sprinting the barrel in an 8-Bit Emerald bonus round. About the tune the duo was quoted as saying  “Not Going Home’ was written in a similar way [to “You’re The One”] . This time about not taking chances on being happy and living your dreams. You’ve got to fight for it. This song means a whole lot to us and we couldn’t be more excited to share it!” Hop on this one before anyone else above, and you can bet we’ll be all over any future releases from Great Good Fine OK.

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