[Download] Heems – Wild Water Kingdom

Today, Heems released his latest project, the Wild Water Kingdom mixtape. The collection is packed with 17 tracks, including a cameo by Childish Gambino and production by some elite talent like LE1F, Harry Fraud, Crookers, and Lushlife. Check out one of its standout tracks “Cowabunga Gnarly” below, and then listen/download the whole thing for free!

Rolling Stone recently did an in-depth interview with the Das Racist member about the mixtape and his Indian American identity, which you can read here.

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Cowabunga Gnarly

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[Hip-Hop] Angel Haze & Lunice – Gimme That

Over the summer EDM trap-pioneering production duo, TNGHT, helped define an explosive subgenre with their self-titled EP and several massive mixes. Both members, Lunice and Hudson Mohawke, expressed their desire to reach out and work with rappers. Thus far, we have seen Mohawke work with several hip-hop acts, most notably Kanye West on Cruel Summer.

The Montreal-based half, Lunice, has also been hard at work producing for several up ‘n coming emcees. His latest release, “Gimme That,” features NYC’s Angel Haze, yet another example of a quality female artist in a genre that has traditionally lacked them. The trap influence on Lunice’s instrumental is evident through out with 808, kick-driven percussion and epic synth melodies. Haze delivers an absolute verbal assault continuing the compelling case for further collaboration between EDM trap and hip-hop.

“Gimme That” is part of Yours Truly’s “Songs from Scratch” series and serves as a great pick me up to get you over the Wednesday hump. Stream it below and head over to Yours Truly to watch a dope documentary on the making of this one.

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Gimme That

Bonus: Check out another recent Lunice-produced hip-hop cut with Deniro Farrar and Shady Blaze, a sort of trap ballad with an effective autotune chorus and some pretty solid verses.

LUNICE x DENIRO FARRAR x SHADY BLAZE All I Know (Prod. Lunice)
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[Chill] Postiljonen – How Will I Know/All That We Had Is Lost (Whitney Houston Cover)

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The best part about scouring the internet and devouring music all day like a rabid beast is discovering that diamond in the rough. Here is one such gem. The ’80s R&B-pop anthem by Whitney Houston gets slowed down to a chill, dreamy electro track. It moves along so leisurely and tenderly, it sounds as though it’s floating away, off to some ethereal atmosphere. By entirely downplaying the power ballad and stripping it of its pop flash, mysterious Swedish trio Postiljonen turn it into a real heartbreaker as they elevate, emphasize and embrace the song’s emotional sentiment. After watching the above video, download the mp3 for free below.  Also, connect with the band on Facebook to stay updated on new material.

How Will I Know/All That We Had Is Lost

via The Line of Best Fit

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[Hip-Hop] Cities Aviv – Black Pleasure Mixtape

Rising Memphis rapper Cities Aviv has the suave swag, smart flow, and creative mind to make it big. Need proof? Today, he released a brand new mixtape via Mishka called Black Pleasure. But instead of trying to encapsulate what it sounds like and what it means, I’ll let Cities do it himself. Check out “Forever,” one of the standout tracks, his explanation, and then ALL 15 tracks.

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Forever

Cities Aviv new album doesn’t imply fetishistic experimentation, but it does explore some dark sounds and unsettling ideas. There’s sonic shoutouts to the high age of musical black pleasures—the 80s—with nods to depressive new wave atmosphere, black romantic melodies, and heavy Rick Jamesian bass. There’s also some references to the rap tradition of Cities Aviv hometown (Memphis) with distorted, echoed vocals and stuttering drums. It’s an entirely different kind of trippy over here though, man. If you really want to get to the highest levels of subversive joys on this release there’s the lyrics that openly question the nature of reality, and our pursuit of pleasure. Heady, adventurous stuff for an album that (must) share a title with countless pornos.

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[Trap] Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Bird Peterson Remix)

Bird Peterson aka Drankenstein deciedes to tackle one of the biggest Hip-Hop tunes of the year, “Swimming Pools” by Kendrick Lamar. Adding a heavy dose of 808′s and funky synths, this one is sure to be on repeat for a minute. A bubbly intro leading into some hot an heavy chords and bleeps that hit at all the right times. Fall in love all over again, Faded….Drank. Cheers.

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Swimming Pools (Bird Peterson Remix)
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[Dubstep/Glitch] 501 – Smash EP

Over the years Never Say Die Records has become notorious for showcasing some of the most diverse and talented producers in all of EDM. Earlier this year, NSD debuted finnish producer 501′s hit single “Headrush ft. Belle Humble” which propelled 501 into an extremely successful year. After releasing spectacular remixes and original tracks on labels such as Big Beat and Circus Records, 501 decided to close out an immensely successful year with the release of his latest Smash EP. The EP consists of 4 original tracks which clearly embody what makes 501 so impressive as a producer. His sound design is bar none, combining profound bass with meticulously crafted melodies and synths. 501′s creative genius fuses genres and clearly knows no limits. The title track, “Smash!” is an impressive glitch-hop tune that personifies 501′s unparalleled ability to imbedded high energy wobbles with harmonious melodies and vocals to create a truly unique original tune. Another track off the EP and my personal favorite, “Letting Go”, showcases beautiful top-line vocals overlaying a truly anthemic bassline. “Letting Go” is a masterpiece and a must listen for any fan of dubstep. The other two tracks, “Broken Notes” & “Feel For You” are fantastic as well bringing a refreshingly original sound to 140 BPM.

All in all, the Smash EP is a fantastic piece of work which clearly represents that 501 is a name every EDM fan should  begin getting acquainted with if not already. Give the entire EP a listen, download a copy of “Smash!” which 501 released for free, and make sure to show 501 your appreciation for all of his hard work on Facebook.

Download a free copy of “Smash!” here!

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Feel For You
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Smash!
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Broken Notes
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Letting Go

The Smash EP released on November 12th on Never Say Die Records.

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[Indie] HAIM – Send Me Down

The new song from Los Angeles-based HAIM starts off with trickling bursts of percussion, sounding like newly lit firecrackers. It then eases into a bit of a start-stop, indie pop crawl lined with dark, heralding synths, which are perfectly balanced out by the lovely and strong vocals of the sisterly trio. After sharing the irresistible synth pop track “Don’t Save Me” about a month ago, and now “Send Me Down,” the buzz around the three piece is at an all-time high and we eagerly await to hear what’s next.

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Send Me Down
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