[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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Band of Horses – Knock Knock (Official Video)

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A few weeks back, Band of Horses released their sneak-peek single, “Knock Knock,” off their upcoming fourth album, Mirage Rock. Without any further prolonged ado, I present to you the quirky homage to retro wilderness television programs that is the “Knock Knock” music video. The perfect combination of throwback and wild, it’s entertaining and humorous to hear this fun and groovy clap-anthem set to a lecture hall VHS.

Remember. New album, Mirage Rock, comes out September 18th.

Band of Horses
Knock Knock
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[Hip-Hop] Johnny Astro – Goodnight America (ft. Adele)

Everyone and their brother has sampled Adele, so it takes someone pretty special to make a contribution from her memorable. Johnny Astro is that someone. ‘Goodnight America’ kicks off with a poignant intro from none other than Denzel Washington, before Astro works his magic. Adele’s soulful vocals add to Astro’s flow, creating an incredible track which will delight his fans. ‘Goodnight America’ is the opening track for Johnny Astro’s ‘TheWorldEnds’ mixtape, out soon.

Johnny Astro
Goodnight America ft Adele
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[Dubstep/Electro/Moomba] Skrillex & Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley – Make It Bun Dem After Hours EP

Earlier this year, Skrillex, OWSLA founder and arguably the biggest name in the dubstep scene, released a reggae infused dubstep banger with the help of Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley. Now after a few months of letting the original bask in its well-deserved glory, Skrillex and his cohorts have prepared six diverse remixes of “Make It Bun Dem” as part of the Make It Bun Dem After Hours EP. The EP features remixes from the likes Culprate, David Heartbeat, Flinch, Brodinski, French Fries, and the elustrious Alvin Risk. All of the tracks are refreshingly unique interpretations of the original ranging in genres from trap to acid-house, so make sure to give the entire EP a listen to decide which is your favorite.

Skrillex & Damian Marley
Make It Bun Dem (Culprate Remix)
Skrillex & Damian Marley
Make It Bun Dem (Brodinski Remix)
Skrillex & Damian Marley
Make It Bun Dem (Flinch Remix)
Skrillex & Damian Marley
Make It Bun Dem (Flinch Remix)
Skrillex & Damian Marley
Make It Bun Dem (David Heartbreak Remix)
Skrillex & Damian Marley
Make It Bun Dem (Alvin Risk Remix)

Also, as a bonus, I’ve included Poisound’s moombahcore remix of the original, which wasn’t featured on the EP but definitely packs a punch!

Skrillex & Damian Marley
Make It Bun Dem (Poisound Remix)
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