[Soul] Jessie Ware & BenZel – If You Love Me

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I tend to get a little carried away with my Jessie Ware posts, so I’ll try and keep it short here. The British soul singer collaborated with young Japanese duo BenZel to cover “If You Love Me,” a ’90s hit by R&B group Brownstone. It’s a melancholy, heart-is-tearing-at-the-seams kind of track, and as usual, Ware conveys vulnerability beautifully as she pleads for her significant other to show how much he really cares. The song’s emotional robustness especially shines during the chorus as a choir sings out, as though from the mountaintops: “Say it! Do it! Show it! Prove it!”

The video above was directed by Kate Moross, who had previously worked on Ware’s “Wildest Moment” visuals. Stream & download the track below:

Benzel & Jessie Ware
If You Love Me

Jessie Ware’s excellent debut, Devotion, is out now via PMR/Island.

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Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (Monsieur Adi Remix)

Parisian producer Monsieur Adi layers on some creeping synths, dramatic strings and funky guitars to the already arresting original “Born To Die” by Lana Del Rey, giving it a darker, groove-filled demeanor. Contrary to the accompanying picture, the remix isn’t a patriotic anthem, but is definitely worth more than one spin. So put it on loop, even as you wait in line to rock the vote. Check it out and grab a free download below!

Lana Del Rey
Born To Die (Monsieur Adi Remix)

Be sure to visit Monsieur Adi’s Soundcloud for more remixes and originals.

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[Download] Star Slinger – Jet Jam Mixtape #2

While getting geared up for his “Jet Jam Meets Chew The Fat!” event in London later this month, UK’s producer extraordinaire Star Slinger dropped this epic AND excellent 40-minute sonic burst dubbed the Jet Jam Mixtape #2. Check out the packed tracklisting and then download the entire thing below:

1. BONDAX – I GOT THAT
2. CHRIS E. PANTS – PASS IT AROUND
3. PERSEUS – SEYCHELLES
4. STAR SLINGER – 4 CHRIST SAKE
5. LOL BOYS – CHANGES (STAR SLINGER REMIX)
6. SWEATER BEATS – MLLN DLLR
7. DISCLOSURE – LATCH (T WILLIAMS CLUB EDIT)
8. ELLE VARNER – REFILL
9. DIAFRIX – HELICOPTER (STAR SLINGER REMIX)
10. BONDAX – YOU’RE SO (STAR SLINGER REFIX)
11. KW GRIFF – BRING IN THE KATZ
12. DESTINY’S CHILD – SAY MY NAME (CYRIL HAHN REMIX)
13. MILLION DOLLAR MANO – LADY
14. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – THE END

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Jet Jam Mixtape #2 *JET JAM x CHEW THE FAT. LDN. 16th NOV @ CABLE*
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[Electronica] MØ – Maiden (Yen Sleep Remix)

After winning many blogger’s hearts during CMJ a few weeks ago — we actually featured her on our list of “Must See Acts” — and garnering impressive comparisons to Purity Ring and Grimes, the 23-year-old Danish electro pop artist is back in the headlines. Yen Sleep retunes her wonderfully slick and dreamlike “Maiden,” turning it into a shadowy, tantalizing dance track, equipped even with a little wub-wub. Check out the remix and the original below, and show MØ some love on Facebook.


Maiden (Yen Sleep remix)

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Maiden (Original Mix)
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[Hip-Hop] Harry Fraud – Mean (ft. French Montana & Action Bronson)

Although you will never ever catch this ninja riding around in a Scion, I must admit that they are on top of it with their enlistment of up ‘n coming artists. Their collaboration with Danny Brown on “Grown Up” still stands as one of my favorite tracks of his. This time around, they recruit the seemingly omnipresent emerging New York based producer Harry Fraud to create a characteristically laid back instrumental with fellow NYC-bred French Montana (who actually spent the first thirteen years of his life in Morocco) and TMN favorite Action Bronson hopping on the mic.

On “Mean,” Montana kicks things off with his “Stay Schemin”-esque gangster crooning paving the way for the always lyrically creative and comic Action Bronson whose verse proves fitting for the song title. Stream the track below and head over to the Scion A/V site for a free download of both the track and its chill, east-coast instrumental.

Harry Fraud
Mean (ft. French Montana & Action Bronson)
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[Anthem] The Prodigy – Breathe (Zeds Dead Remix)

It doesn’t get anymore classic than this track. Zeds Dead drops a mind altering remix of The Prodigy’s track “Breathe”. We were recently blessed with a filthy remix from Noisia remixing “Smack My Bitch Up”, but Zeds take this one to a completely new level. Enhancing it all the right ways, starting with a grimey intro which then drops into the relentless wobbles they are so well known for. Nothing more needs to be said, just turn up the bass and prepare yourself. Cheers.

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Breathe (Zeds Dead Remix)
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[Folk] Branches – Thou Art The Dream

Formed back in 2010, California band Branches are developing into quite the folk rock group, slowly carving out their own corner amidst like-minded artists Mumford & Sons and Freelance Whales. Their latest album, Thou Art The Dream, released earlier this year, is full of riddling banjo, affecting vocals, and vivid imagery. The songs wince, but still have whimsy, are poignant without ever being melodramatic. There’s a certain authenticity about their music that makes it irresistibly appealing. Check out two tracks from the album below. Stream & purchase the entire thing via their Bandcamp page.

To The Desert

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