[Hip-Hop] Closed Sessions Vol. 2 (Mixtape)

Just like they did with Closed Sessions Vol. 1, SoundScape Studios teams up with RubyHornet.com to provide us with some sweet unreleased music recorded in their Chicago studios. The project includes local artists like Sir Michael Rocks, GLC, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, and Rockie Fresh, as well as some other prominent names like Raekwon, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, Blu, CyHi The Prynce and many many more. With phenomenal production provided by DJ Babu, Thelonius Martin, and a few others, this is definitely the perfect hip-hop project to wind down the last days of summer. You can catch a few samples down below, but make sure to grab the full project over at the Ruby Hornet SoundCloud page. Also, if you’re interested in getting an inside look on these closed sessions, head on over to RubyHornet.com to watch some of the documentaries.

Keep It Politics feat Raekwon (prod by DJ Babu)

Good For Me feat CyHi The Prynce (prod by Nascent and QB)

Comfy In The Truck feat Blu (prod by DJ Babu)

Something New feat Freddie Gibbs and YP (prod by Million $ Mano)

So Stupid feat Sir Michael Rocks and Vic Mensa (prod by DJ Babu)

Game Face feat Scheme and Alex Wiley (prod by Thelonious Martin)

Dear Heather feat Action Bronson, Rockie Fresh, and Macie Stewart (prod by Thelonious Martin)

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[Hip/Hop] Mac Miller – Someone Like You (prod. J. Hill)

Mac Miller, The American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released his latest track “Someone Like You” on his recently created Soundcloud page a few hours ago. Slowing things down to a crawling pace, the J. Hill produce track delivers a smooth track channeling The Weeknd over an exepermintal and ultimately relaxing beat.

Someone Like You (prod. J. Hill)
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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #18

Well ninjas, after a long week of an aching back, tired eyes, and a general sleepiness that never goes away, Friday is finally upon us. This isn’t just any Friday. No, this is a special one. This is the type of Friday that you really look forward to, and one that only happens a few times a year. Yes, it’s the ever-so-coveted Friday before a three day weekend. Now, a lot of you are probably going camping, going to a lake, or planning a BBQ. All of those options are fine, so long as you promise me one thing. Throw a little ragin’ in on your holiday weekend plans. You’ve earned the right to dance like an idiot, make a fool out of yourself, and wake up looking at nonsensical texts you sent at 2:13 a.m. And we’re only citing that as something we’ve heard from other people certainly not because that’s something we’ve ever experienced. We’re ninjas, remember? We’re so sneaky, people don’t actually remember us embarrassing ourselves.

Alright, enough with the typity-type-type. Lace up your dancin’ shoes, and get after it already. Oh yeah, and don’t forget. #PleaseDanceIrresponsibly

Download: Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #18

Ray Charles
Hit The Road Jack (Bombaclat Bootleg)
This Is How We Praise You (Bootleg)
Fatboy Slim & Hardwell vs Labrinth & Knife Party
Touch The Gifted Bells (Bombaclat Mashup)
Kanye West v Albin Myers
Smack That Daddy (Bombaclat Bootleg) Akon vs Tag Team vs Iio vs La Riots vs Eddie K
Shapes of Light
Eclipse (Original Mix)
Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero
Sparks (Streetcleaner Remix)
Rihanna
Where Have You Been (Streetcleaner Remix)
Beats Inside My Head (Revolvr VIP Remix)
Thomas Bangalter
Ventura (TJR refix) (tape stop)
La Fuente vs Starkillers (TJR Mashup)
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[Trap] Fur Trade – Don’t Get Heavy (Sleepy Tom Remix)

Sleepy Tom, hailing from Vancouver B.C., is a producer who really hasn’t garnered too much attention yet for his remixes and original productions. Needless to say, a little bit ago Sleepy Tom released a massive remix to Fur Trades’ “Don’t Get Heavy,” and man did he make a statement. Tom’s rendition of the original tune is a sensual trap remix which features heavy 808’s and plenty of hi-hat while masterfully blending in the hook and chorus of the original throughout the entirety of the track. In addition to the release of the track, Sleepy Tom also released the official music video to his remix, which is nothing short of brilliant. Do yourself a favor, snag this free download and don’t forget to give the video a view after the jump.

Fur Trade
Dont Get Heavy (Sleepy Tom Remix)

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[Rock] Cat Power – Sun (Album Review)

After the hype surrounding her sensational comeback single “Ruin,” Cat Power’s first record in six years is finally dropping this Tuesday on Matador Records, and we’re already head over heels in love with it. From the sultry intro to album opener “Cherokee,” you know this is going to be something special. Sun is somewhat inspired by Chan Marshall’s split from actor Giovanni Ribisi, but it’s not all doom and gloom on this album. Despite Marshall’s introspective and often poignant lyrics, there are moments of sheer musical euphoria, such as the anthem to partying solo “3,6,9″. The title track is a dark electro belter, while “Silent Machine” has all the soul and power we know Cat Power possesses. An album worthy of all the “Best of 2012″ lists, Sun signals a much-needed return to the scene by one of music’s most innovative.

For a limited time, Sun is streaming in its entirety on NPR. Listen to “Ruin” and “Cherokee” below.

Cat Power
Ruin

Cat Power
Cherokee
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Study Claims Pop Music Has Gotten More Depressing

Don’t you love when music, math and science come together? Err, personally, anything involving numbers and equations has the tendency to stump and anger me. But, thankfully, there are many out there who are not numerically challenged and can perform studies and draw conclusions like this: over the last 50 years, pop music has become more depressing.

In this study, published recently in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, And The Arts, the tempo and mode of the most popular 1,010 songs between 1965-2009 (based on Billboard‘s charts) were analyzed. The results imply that the number of minor-mode songs (thought to be “sad” or “melancholy”) doubled in the last five decades. There’s also evidence pointing to a rise in slower tracks ever since the ’90s.

What do you think, ninjas?

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The Black Keys – I Got Mine (Tobacco Remix)

I have been a fan of The Black Keys for awhile now. With their cool but relatable demeanor, infectious garage-punk sound, and their many collaborations with top rapper/producer Danger Mouse, the duo have been on steady replay on playlist. So, when I came across this Tobacco remix to their track “I Got Mine,” I just had to take a listen. Although this remix has remained unreleased for over four years, the Black Moth Super Rainbow member leaked it on the web today for fans to rejoice in the added mix of a bass line and almost psychedelic vibe.

The Black Keys
I Got Mine (TOBACCO Remix)
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