Earlier in the week Russian DJ group Swanky Tunes released their newest hit, “Blood Rush”, a heavy electro house track. The song itself is a great example of amped up electro house. It’s heavy and hard with this awesome rawness to it that doesn’t let up. The song develops extremley well, it has a great build up but doesn’t get repetitive and boring once it’s going, instead it switches between paces, rhythms and develops throughout the whole track. It adds different sounds and cords throughout all of it and is definitely one of Swanky Tunes best hits. With so many producers and DJs coming out of the east, Swanky Tunes manages to stand out and only get better. “Blood Rush” was released off their label Showland in Collaboration with Spinnin’ Records, and is available on beatport here.
With the release date of Mirage Rock drawing near, Band of Horses have unveiled yet another new track. “Slow Cruel Hands Of Time” is a mellow, gentle song, where the sweet-sounding trademark harmonies are really allowed stand out and shine. Its subdued nature reminds me why I once likened them to Fleet Foxes, but the song’s ’70s folk-pop leanings seem to mostly pay homage to the classic stylings of Crosby, Stills and Nash and Simon & Garfunkel.
Mirage Rock is the band’s fourth full-length album and it comes out September 18th via Columbia Records.
Seventeen year-old Brooklyn emcee, Joey Bada$$, created one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop projects of the summer with his debut mixtape, 1999. Since then, he has received cosigns from countless artists with a smooth style and impressive bars, which exude wisdom far beyond his years. His positive message and old-school, east-coast steez make for pure hip-hop and lyricism at its finest.
As fans eagerly await new material, Bada$$ gives us a collection of tracks that didn’t quite make the cut for 1999. In a statement he released with Rejex, the Flatbush-bred lyricist called these “more experimental” works going on to note that putting together these two efforts taught him a lot about his own “evolution as an artist and individual.” True to Joey’s decription, Rejex features a slightly more eclectic selection and, if you are a music nerd, like us ninjas, you will appreciate the glimpse this gives the listener into his creative process. Regardless, this stands alone as a strong display from a rising star whose potential is truly limitless. Stream a few of our favorites below and download the whole compilation free here: Joey Bada$$ – Rejex.
The ethereal dream-pop of Indians (AKA Søren Løkke Juul) — who we’ve covered in the past — has landed him quite the record deal. Today, the Copenhagen artist announced that he’ll be joining 4AD, a premier indie label housing folks like St. Vincent, Grimes, Daughter and Purity Ring. Basically, he’s rolling with the big kids now. To celebrate the label signing, he recorded a special 4AD Session. In it, Juul performs a few of his songs, such as “Magic Kids” and “New,” once again reminding us how beautifully unadorned his music can be and how well he uses soft, meandering moments. Below you can watch the session and stream the two aforementioned tracks. Congrats to Indians!
The FatRat is a blog hero, everyone loves this guy. Whether he is remixing Chris Brown or Avicii he always kills it. His most recent remix is no different, tackling the newest single from The Knocks, “The Feeling” and propelling into dance floor heaven. His sound design on this one is similar to previous remixes with an indie dance/electro house feel to it with uplifting synths and an infectious melody. We featured the original track, “The Feeling” so im stoked that The FatRat nailed this remix. Just the right amount of remixing on this one, and just in time for the weekend. Cheers.
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.