[Electronic] San Holo – Light (Taska Black Remix)

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San Holo
Light (Taska Black Remix) [NEST HQ PREMIERE]

There’s no doubt that “Light” was a major hit for those who enjoy the melodic and future bass sound of San Holo and the exciting part is the track has only gained momentum as the Bitbird label continues to release the remix package. Bringing us a heavier version to the euphoric vocals while adding instruments including guitar, piano and more Taska Black, a resident Bitbird artist, has given new light (pun intended) to this airy track.

San Holo did a great job on the melody. I wanted to do something with that and make the climax as wide as it could possibly get. The blend with the opera-like voice is what makes this remix stand-out in my opinion.

Taska’s rendition adds edge to the slightly softer original making this a sharp comparison and giving those who enjoy a heavier beat a taste of what they’re looking for. Taska has surely joined our radar for artists to keep an eye on in 2017. Check out the track and stream or purchase the remix here

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[Psychedelic Rock] Shadowgraphs – Countryside

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Shadowgraphs
Countryside

Shadowgraphs could honestly be a time-traveling band. Seriously. “Countryside” might as well have been plucked straight out of the 60’s. After a pair of EPs, these North Carolina natives are on their way to giving us a full length album in April of this year, and this first taste of it already evokes a tantalizing mixture of new and old.

You may here a little bit of The Doors, Tame Impala, and possibly even some Beatles influence throughout “Countryside”, and it just feels right. Every element of the song, from the organ to the reverb-soaked vocals, coalesces into something of a dream, reminiscent of warmer and better times. While we’re stuck in the middle of winter at the moment, Shadowgraphs is already providing the soundtrack for the spring, so don’t miss out on the pre-order for their album (due out April 7th) on the Golden Brown Bandcamp.

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[Giveaway] Fox Stevenson Offers Up VIP Service At Webster Hall

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’Fox Stevenson & Curbi – Hoohah (VIP Edit)’

Webster Hall is one of the top venues in the United States. It would make sense that some of the world’s most creative artists would pass through. This happens all the time, but not always are you going to get the chance to see Feint and Varien open for the headlining Fox Stevenson. These three heavy hitters are taking over New York’s hot stop and they’re offering you the chance to get in free.

More than that, they’re offering to give a fan the chance to experience the show’s VIP service, which will include an artist panel, where you can ask the artists whatever questions your mind can muster, as well as a dinner. If you are buying tickets to the January 15th show, it is good to note that a ticket does not mean VIP; you’ll have to get both to get the full experience. The good thing is, this contest is for both!

Don’t miss out on this grand opportunity. Enter into the giveaway below while you enjoy Fox Stevenson’s “Hoohah” VIP that was released on Spinnin Records if you haven’t clicked play already. For more information surrounding the show, you can find what you need at the ticket page. If you’re more interested in finding out about the VIP service, you can do so at the campaign’s page, which includes some extra goodies. Most importantly, enter the contest!

Fox Stevenson x Webster Hall VIP Service (Contest on Hive.co)

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[Hip-Hop] Kaiydo – Jumpin (Prod. By Josh December)

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Kaiydo
Jumpin (Prod By Josh December)

After dropping a song that even Kate Hudson was bumping, Kaiydo is setting himself up for a massive 2017. You may know him from “Fruit Punch”, but his new tune flips the script yet again for the versatile young artist into a slight throwback sound that’s once again orchestrated by his partner-in-crime, Josh December. It comes as no surprise that he’s already playing festivals like Governors Ball, and this kid has nowhere to go but up from here. Throwing on “Jumpin'” at your next party is a guaranteed win, and if you missed out on his Colors & Sounds project, you’ll want to catch up immediately. Keep your week moving in the right direction with new Kaiydo and be ready for his debut mixtape Kartoons on the way!

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[Hip-Hop] Charles Jane LaFlare – 50 Shades of Jane

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Charles Jane LaFlare
Fifty Shades Of Jane (prod. Johnytiger)

There’s a new wave moving through Miami, a one-of-a-kind cut “50 Shades of Jane” courtesy of a first-class future music odd couple – the braggadocious R&B singer/songwriter Charles Jane LaFlare and the grungy, admittedly anti-social beat architect Johnytiger.

Though their collision on this track is potent, these Magic City natives appear to come from disparate backgrounds. Johnytiger gets out there on production, filtering wrecking guitar chords, 808 drums, and wide, low synthesizers through a grunge aesthetic. In fact, Johnytiger plays guitar with the durable hardcore band I Set My Friends On Fire. We were delightfully surprised to hear him cook up a saucy wave beat for LaFlare, an up-and-coming glamorous R&B cat who can really turn a phrase.

“You know I’m a savage / Why you flexing on me like you think you have it?” asks LaFlare. We’re not, you have it, guy. The back end of the tune gets dirty, with the white noise dropping off and LaFlare rhyming assertively over pure bass and drums, with a sardonic sampled vocal leading the track to its conclusion. I can’t remember hearing high-pitched, higher energy, innuendo-laced R&B rhymes over an electronically constructed quasi-rock song before, but I’m damn glad I heard it today.

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[Album Review] Kiante Robinson – Love For Rap, Rap For Love

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Kiante Robinson is up next from New York with his first mixtape Love For Rap, Rap For Love. With authenticity and lyrical precision, the young Bronxite presents vivid tales and relatable tribulations from his life, along with a few ill boasts and party jams. In the new horizontal musical culture, it’s becoming slightly easier for a kid with skill and drive to get recognized in the rap game without the patronage of a major music label. Mr. Robinson, whose tape is out thanks to Gold Expectations, shows ample amounts of both.

Right off the rip, Robinson demonstrates his poetic prowess while offering advice only a fellow NYC youth could understand.

This that mood music / when you gettin’ pushed, homie, this that pull through it / I made this for that kid sittin in the school clueless / you ain’t gotta know what they know, that’s from a true truant

This tune, “Intro”, sets the tone for the tape – complex rhymes that ultimately relate simple truths. Kiante encourages his listeners to follows their dreams, use their minds, and rap for love, not for attention. He’s rapping about what he knows, not what’s popular or cool, and that’s what makes this tape so cool. The kid radiates realness. In a rap game where hot new artists spend so much time talking about and cultivating their image but can barely freestyle, “Love For Rap” is as refreshing as a bottle of beer from a bodega on a summer day.

The beats, more lo-fi boom-bap than 808 trap and covered in stylish samples, give the tape a vintage vibe. He pays respect to the greats, memorializing Phife Dawg at the beginning of “Move Along”, and naming a tune after Lauryn Hill. The final track, “#Win”, makes use of a classic soul sample “You Can’t Blame Me” by Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Burr, again paying homage to the past. “I wanna see my community win … if you fall, pursue it again.”

The tape’s first single, “Greatest of My Time” is rare braggadocio from someone who “don’t like to brag a lot”. That single has racked up over 2.5 million plays on Soundcloud. With Kiante’s words flowing like water over a true head-bopping beat, it’s easy to hear why this cut is finding favor. With little marketing or promo, no major record deal or co-sign, Kiante is simply showing and proving. A quick lyric from “Move Along” helps to illustrate the community Kiante comes from.

Always close to the cliff, but no big step off / it’s hard growing up watching all the rich get more / takin’ his and yours to make the kids less poor / bad parents but we ain’t jealous of the kids next door

The triplet rhymes run throughout the album. His syntax spills out so quickly sometimes that one needs two or three plays to get the full spectrum of what he’s saying.

The sheer density of his lyrics stands out in a hip-hop scene which has been putting greater and greater emphasis on intricate production and catchy hooks. Passing on these trends, he reminds us of Dave East, another true MC with lighting quick lyricism out of New York City.

“There’s something deeper in the music / but you gotta listen to find it,” Kiante says on “Level Headed”. That’s just how we like it, Mr. Robinson, and we’ll be listening for a long time to come. Grab your free download of this fantastic hip-hop music here.

’Intro’
’Soon As We Enter’
’Kiante Robinson – Poetry (Featuring Taina Rain)’
’You, You & You’
’Dreams’
’Intermission’
’Kiante Robinson – Greatest Of My Time’
’Move Along’
’Level Headed’
’Kiante Robinson – Lauryn Hill’
’Kiante Robinson – #Win’
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[Trap] Infuze – Alive (Ft. Brave)

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Alive ft. Brave

The thunderous trap producer Infuze is back with the single “Alive” on Fools Gold featuring the golden pipes of singer/songwriter Brave. We have always loved the Bushwick-based trap and dance producer Infuze for his on-point arrangement ability and willingness to execute some serious left-field sound design, as we first heard on his remix for Bassnectar’s “Mystery Song”.

The same low-down, razor sharp synths that caught my ear on his remix for Nectar creep into “Alive” during the booming, spacious, traditionally-trap drop. During the buildup, Brave’s thematically simple but emotionally captivating lyrics layer well over the warm synth tones and arpeggiated melody laid down by the producer.

Often, and perhaps this goes without saying for some, a trap drop can sound played out. Yet Infuze keeps it fresh in his mix by infusing complex or unorthodox sounds which contrast well with more traditional trappings of this genre like the booming kicks and high-pitched lead melodies. Brave’s contribution also powers this track. We’re confident we’ll hear from her again at least a few times throughout 2017.

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