[Remix] Portugal. The Man – Modern Jesus (Charli XCX Remix)

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Portugal. The Man
Modern Jesus (Charli XCX Remix)

Alaskan alternative band Portugal. The Man released one of the strongest projects of the 2013 with Evil Friends and have continued to keep their fans engaged while on tour with some pretty unique remixes from the likes of Alt-J, Danny Brown and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. The latest re-work, posted to the band’s YouTube page this morning,  may be the best yet as the U.K.’s Charli XCX transforms PTM’s “Modern Jesus” into a minimal, airy electronic masterpiece.With drums that could easily originate from a rap instrumental, the verses gain a certain groove and smoothness working to compliment their content. Meanwhile, there is a distinct progression that culminates in a stellar closing to the song. Peep above or check out the video, which features a sketch being made over a picture of Charli, below.

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[NEW] Just Blaze & Sinjin Hawke – One

Just Blaze & Sinjin Hawke

One of the most honorable things veteran artists can do is support young musicians and new genres through collaboration and mentorship. While stars often have trouble humbling themselves enough to do this, legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze has displayed a particularly open-mind already working and touring with EDM Trap’s Baauer. 

Today, continuing in that vein, Just Blaze, as part of a Red Bull Music Academy session, teams up with up ‘n coming Montreal-bred, Barcelona-based producer, Sinjin Hawke, for yet another absolute banger. Hawke’s style, while certainly incorporating trap EDM elements, leans more towards the electro side of things making this a slightly more difficult collaboration to pull off. However, “One” displays near perfection showcasing the potential when hip-hop and EDM elements are combined in a competent and well thought-out manner. Make sure to slap this one at full volume.

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[Mashup] Treezus – Love Lockdown x Electric Feel (Kanye West x SeventhWonder)

Kanye West x SevnthWonder
Kanye West X SevnthWonder

Mashups are a difficult art to master. The idea of blending two ostensibly compatible songs together seems simple enough in theory, but rarely does it ever work in execution. Often times they can sound forced or lazily mixed, leading to something that ends up being less than the sum of its parts. A truly great mashup should feel like a completely original composition on its own, something that sounds exceptional independently from its source material. There are very few producers who can accomplish this, but we may have to consider adding Treezus to that short list. While not much is known about the young producer, this mashup between TMN mainstays Kanye West and SevnthWonder certainly caught my attention rather easily. “Love Lockdown” has never been one of my favorite entries in Kanye’s vast library, but once mixed with “Electric Feel” it transforms from a sparse, melancholic love song, into a wondrous electronic joyride. After you stream/download the track above, feel free to checkout out some of Treezus’ other mashups as well, which you can listen to below or find on his official SoundCloud page.

Day N Night X Seperate
Aaliyah X 12th Planet
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[Instrumental Remix] AbJo – Exhibit AbJo

Exhibit AbJo

If you were a hip-hop head like I was back in 2008, then Jay Electronica‘s “Exhibit A” was one of the greatest things to ever grace your eardrums. As a certified hip-hop classic at this point, looking back it’s easy to see why Jay Electronica was able to garner the hype that he did. Of course that resonant Just Blaze instrumental played an integral part in the single’s success as well. Why mention all of this? Sometimes to better understand a song’s meaning, you have to revisit the history behind it. This brand new remix from San Diego’s AbJo is already mind blowing on its own, but if I’d never heard “Exhibit A,” I don’t think I’d attach so much sentimental value to it. The talented young proudcer was able to properly capture the essential elements of the original composition, while adding in his own unique backbeat and snares to provide it with new life. It’s a wonderful blend of both old and new, and I don’t think I’d be the only one curious to see what Jay could do with this instrumental.

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[Indie Rock] Real Estate – Talking Backwards

Real Estate
Talking Backwards

It’s only January, but it might as well be June now that Real Estate has finally returned. It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since the indie rock outfit released their sophomore album Days. With their follow-up Atlas now set to drop on March 4th, the band has given us a taste of what to expect on their upcoming effort. Longtime fans of the band will find the sounds of “Talking Backwards” all too familiar. A bright combination of wispy guitar riffs and forlorn lyrics, this dreamy tune promises to be a three minute escape for anyone who presses that play button. Watch the band hit the road and the studio in the video below, and look out for more from the group in the coming weeks leading up to the release of Atlas.

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[Hip-Hop] Dag Savage – The Warning Tape


When Exile and Johaz first united as Dag Savage back in 2012, it was abundantly clear that they’d be a force to be reckoned with. While that promise didn’t exactly hold up in 2013 due to a lack of releases, it’s now become clear that’s only because the duo was entrenched in the studio perfecting their sound. With their new album, E&J, on the horizon, the California twosome are finally ready to properly unveil themselves to the world, dropping The Warning Tape this month to put the rest of the game on notice. Sporting features from a diverse group of artists that includes Blu, Co$$, ANTHM, Aloe Blacc and more, the 13-track effort explores a multitude of different sounds, putting to light the versatility of both Exile as a producer, and Johaz as an emcee. You can find a download link to the mixtape below, as well as a few of our favorite selections from the project. Dag Savage’s E&J is set to drop on Februrary 4th, and pre-orders can be found here

DOWNLOAD: Dag Savage – The Warning Tape

Dag Savage
Heavenbound ft. Anthm, Co$$ & Nanna B
Dag Savage
Better Believe ft. Tristate
Dag Savage
Been LOL ft. Blame
Dag Savage
Smoke the Pain Away ft. Aloe Blacc
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[We’ve Been Waiting For This] Max Elto – Taped Rai EP


Well, ninjas, we’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time. Way back in April of 2013, we got our hands on “Shadow of the Sun,” and completely fell in love. In fact, if you go back to that post, you can see that we labeled it perfectly with a bracket containing the words,”Beyond Words.”

Nine months later, we’re the proud father of another post featuring these ethereal vocals from Swedish duo, Max Elto. With this newly released EP, we’re offered up not only both of the versions of “Shadow of the Sun,” but an additional three new tracks.

Leading things off for this EP is an original production, “Backyard Animals.” A slow, repetitious singular guitar note is coupled with interspersed percussions, paving the way for a bouncy bassline and some subdued vocals. At about 1:20, we’re instantly reminded of the chills we received from hearing those vocals for the first time, as that glorious vocal range is put on display. As a whole, this tune has a lovely poppy electronica feel that is extremely infectious, and absolutely ready for radio.

Next up is “City Lights,” which features an achingly-long (in all the best ways) progressive build that you would maybe expect from the intro to a Deadmau5 album. Epically cascading synths slowly walk their way up to a calming beat, accentuated properly with understated and simplistic vocals.

“Daniel,” changes the pace up with a deep house feel, with pitch-down vocal samples and an engaging piano melody. This tune definitely has club appeal, especially at a time where deep house is in such high demand. It’s the perfect lead in to what was easily one of our top 5 favorite tracks of last year, “Shadow of the Sun.”

As a whole, this EP is a well diversified venture into the EDM world. The range that’s displayed is impressive, leaving us wanting to hear what’s next on deck for this destined for greatness duo. Until then, we’ll gladly press play, again and again.

Backyard Animals (Original Mix)
Citylights (Original Mix)
Daniel (Original Mix)
Shadow of The Sun
Shadow Of The Sun (Original Club Mix)
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