No matter where I dip off, musically, it always seems to go back to Drum & Bass. I could give a shit how progressive you feel other forms of EDM are, but Drum & Bass is truly the only all-encompassing sound out there. Survival is a gifted producer who never ceases to amaze me with his DJ technique. The intro tune on this is legend, and he amasses a number of cuts in this one from Octane, DLR, Subterra, Vicious Circle & Need For Mirrors, Halogenix and plenty more. Pure heat.
Archive for 07/01/2012 - 08/01/2012
The boy Small Pro has spent the last year unloaded on a gaggle of instrumental projects, but none of them are as, well, focused as this one. He actually borrowed from the recent craze of dropping cassettes and split this one into two sides; as Pro says: "the first six tracks are built around and on soul samples that have been chopped, screwed, broken and pieced back together. The second half is more electronic based and percussively loose, a nod to the tunes coming from my people overseas and in Cali". They're previews of full-length releases, which will kick off with an album entitled Cool Story, Pro, which is set to drop in the Fall. Grab this ho right now, genius.
Before Thelonious Martin moved out to Chitown, he was one of the darlings of the Jersey underground, fucking with the Tastemakers NJ crew. He's since built up a strong following through a Ruby Hornet connect, and those entities recently dropped this EP, featuring Martin beats under rhymes from the god Topaz Jones and Stan Ross. You already know how Topaz and Thelonious get down together, they cook crillz, and do just that for this quick six-track EP, nahmean? August music, trust we.
Straight and to the point with this one. Break returns with his label's podcast, going in for 40 minutes with a mix thatincludes cuts from the Various Artists album The Other Side, which Symmetry is dropping in late September. Break goes in and this mix is a proper showcase of the future of the DnB scene. Or something.
DOWNLOAD The Audible Doctor ft. Chandon "Success (Part 1)"
Here's a free tape of new Mega Ran material that he cooked up during his Summer Sessions tour: "A Date with a Dream is an ode to the struggles and triumphs that come with life on the road as a musician - and life in general - an undying love for his musical craft and Hip Hop; the culmination of all the hard work that goes into booking and financing an entire tour on the independent level". Features include Jermiside, RoQY TyRaiD and MC Pennywise, as well as a flip of Ludacris' "Area Codes".
DOWNLOAD Mega Ran - Tour: A Date With A Dream
DOWNLOAD DJ Concept - Sonidos Para Tu Alma
DOWNLOAD Mac G Herc - Pretty Ugly Collabos
Dope project from Mighty High Coup and THEFREAKBEAT, featuring some fresh beats from the likes of TRiLLBASS, ADHD, Wes Green and plenty more. Nothing but the best in bass music alongside capable MCs that can ride those kinds of vibes. You already know how RTD fucks with the hybrid sound, and projects like this are exactly what I rock to. Shouts to the cats who helped me enjoy the Mad Decent Block Party this past Saturday. This could've been the soundtrack to my weekend.
Back in May, I posted a video from The 2 Of Diamonds. Ray hit me on the BBM like "I rocked with them at SXSW, we working on some material". I know Ray has a project on the horizon, but linking up with T2OD AND The Jake on the beat? This is straight murder. This shit right here is exactly what I'm trying to mob out to. Once I get some good news, this'll be the cut I throw on. With a tall glass of Blue Moon. Say what, bitch! And if you want more from Ray, peep his feature on Ohini Jonez' "Any Given Sunday", which leaked earlier today. Stay up.
DOWNLOAD Ray Dawn ft. The 2 Of Diamonds "Pimps Up" (prod. by The Jake)
"Since Mos Def's taken, I guess I'm most ill" is the first line this cat threw that threw me. Taking "techno breaks and making operas" was the second. Ohini Jonez is returning to the scene with his The Prelude EP, which Kevin Nottingham is dropping ont he 26th of August (his birthday), and this leak is hard. You know my love of quirk within my Hip-Hop, and this one has a different vibe to it. They really go leftfield with the instrumental on this one, and both of these cats go dumb. Shouts to Fawn Nicole for this one - she warned me this one was gonna be special!
DOWNLOAD Ohini Jonez ft. Ray Dawn "Any Given Sunday"
After hitting Philly for the Mad Decent Block Party this past Saturday, I've single handedly seen crowds who probably wouldn't fuck with 808 heavy shit 7, 8 years ago go absolutely dumb for shit like this. I'm not mad at all, I like fat beats, and the Trap sound is where it's at. Danny Brown knows the shit, and creeps onto the best tracks, doing his own brand of nignorance to these future beats. This collab with Evil Nine is set to drop on Bromance Records, which is ran by Brodinski. Shit just makes sense. I expect the Polo-shirt rocking Frat crowd will be spitting these lyrics to their favorite sorority sisters by the end of next week.
One thing I HATE when shocking things (like the Aurora shooting during the Dark Knight Rises premiere) is when cats just half-ass drop a weak bar relating to the current event. The boy Tom Chase isn't one of those hopalong niggas. This cut, produced by @clawsbeats, essentially fleshes out a narrative based on a story we've heard time and again: someone who has some deep issues, a loner who thrives in the escapist activities like comic book reading and formulates plans to cause real world damage. Accented by snippets of news stories on this case, Chase crafts a thought-provoking cinema on wax. He said the beat just spoke to him and this is the result. And you niggas wonder why I can't put too much into the mindless drivel that passes as entertainment. Shouts to Chidda. #CLDCLB
DOWNLOAD RiFF RAFF "Terror Wrist" (prod. by DJA)
Produced by J. Rawls.
DOWNLOAD Murdah Baby ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Rich Quick "In The Zone" [clean | dirty]
DOWNLOAD blackrasslin podcast, episode 42
DOWNLOAD French Montana "Pop That (Styles&Complete BassTrap Bootleg)"
And if you didn't already know, this track was produced by A Sharp.
New mixtape that Flosstradamus went IN with this mix, featuring a number of Trap flavors from both sides, with cuts from Juicy J, Meek Mill, Madrid, UZ, Major Lazer, Thugli and many more. It also includes the awesome Baauer remix of "Roll Up", which is an odd anthem for me, considering I don't smoke. Rock this one LOUD.
DOWNLOAD Flosstradamus - B⚠NNED [password after the jump]
Not too long ago, I rediscovered my PS2. Long story. I ended up hooking up and in realizing it works just as well as it did damn near 9 nine years since I bought it, I was at Wal-mart and saw they had a three-disc Grand Theft Auto set, with GTAIII, Vice City and San Andreas, all for $20. I threw in GTAIII and that Game Radio was so perfect. That's the last time I remember hearing Agallah. Not sure if DP knew any of this, but he sent this nasty shit in the early morning. He's good for shit I didn't know I was looking for but end up loving. If you fucked with Onyx before DMX made shouting on tracks lucrative, fuck with this. That organ gets me. Be on the look out for the Red Velvet LP, which is said to be coming soon.
DOWNLOAD Agallah ft. Onyx "Dogz" (prod. by Agallah)
Program is a new sublabel from the Ram Records camp (full details over on Dogs On Acid); I've got a feeling this will be for tunes that aren't so dancefloor-bangin'. Not saying they'll be putting out shit tracks, but for producers that might not be as established, or guys that are dope but don't have the "Ram" sound, I think they'll get siphoned to this imprint, with guys like Meth and Wickaman already in line. Bailey got the exclusive play on Frankee's "Firethorn", but my favorite is "Pandorum". This one is due out August 26th, and I imagine Ram already has the next four or five ready to rock. Enjoy.
I hadn't even realized that Rubik Records was a decade old, so big up to them! To celebrate this milestone, they're releasing one free track a week in the month of August. This first one is an unexpecting banger that never saw release from the one like Flaco. Reminds me of a clean(er) take on Paradox's drumfunk. Hypnotic bass and vibes, with the fly amens just dropping from no where. Solid work, something to slip in unsuspecting on the massive. Congrats again, Rubik!
DOWNLOAD Flaco "Serenade"
Back in June, Combat had Prodigy on the show. This week, the other half of Mobb Deep, Havoc, touched down, and shit isn't as sweet as P made it out to be: "A few weeks ago we interviewed Prodigy from Mobb Deep and the conversation was as they say “glass half full” or something like that. But tensions are building with the uncertainty of the legendary groups status. All kinds of allegations being made on the ‘nets. So it was only right that we had Havoc come to the show and get his account on the state of affairs surrounding Mobb Deep. Heavy stuff...". You already know.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (8/01/2012)
DOWNLOAD Homeboy Sandman "Watchu Want from Me?" (prod. by Oddisee)
DOWNLOAD SPKTRM "Sector Depth"
DOWNLOAD Domo Genesis x Alchemist - No Idols
Anytime Artificial Intelligence touches down on Bailey's 1Xtra DnB show, they bring the ruckus. The recently uploaded their 30 minute mix from last week's show, and it's nothing short of awesome. Cuts from Command Strange, DRS, Jayden and more get the drop on this one. Moves from one spot into somewhere a LOT darker. Trust.
DOWNLOAD Khadafi Dub - The Glitch
Still love this track. Still hoping they do a REAL video, doe. If you want to know what I think about this album, peep my part in the Brain Trust review over at TRU. Added note: did they get permission to use all of these copyrighted movies and shit for this video? #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmm
WOW! BBAS x Lessondary on this one, featuring some of my favorite cats doing their GD thing on a refreshing beat from the nigra marink! Looks like the good Doctor has his I Think That... free EP is dropping on the 25th of September. Interesting tale here - that feeling that cats are getting that support from heads but the numbers / results aren't there. Shit's crazy. Grab this one for free then support the shit they got for a fee, you fuckboys. Need more artists to go in on the topic this way.
DOWNLOAD Audible Doctor ft. Von Pea "F.U.B.U." (prod. by marink)
New Starkey is always a win. His contribution to the Fool's Gold Clubhouse Vol. 2 compilation that dropped today is straight murder. Feels like a thousand sun rays raining down on the sound system. Fuzzy funk emitting at 70 BPM. Kind of trappy in it's presentation, but that's mainly because of the 808 flex he employs. No one is doing this kind of sound this well. He locks into a unique groove and it's hard to remove yourself from it, trust.
DOWNLOAD Starkey "Solar Flare"
New to the MTV Video Music Awards for 2012 is the "Best Electronic Dance Music Video" category. Just shows how far EDM has grown, although the clips chosen aren't my favorites of the last year. As you can see by the pause-worthy clip up above, my vote is with Duck Sauce's "Big Bad Wolf", which I'm not even sure got a lot of play on MTV (hell, does regular MTV play videos?). Other artists included are Avicii, Calvin Harris, Martin Solveig and Skrillex. I'm gonna assume Skrillex will win, but hell, go vote now for your fav!
This track hit my radar at the EXACT time. Gridlok released the original "Heatwave" back in 2003, and as he said on SoundCloud, it opened up a LOT of doors for him. I wanna say this might've been the tune that introduced me to how fire his production could be. He let loose the VIP version of the other day, and it's firing. Serious tune to get your day started... or your night raging. Enjoy it, and say thanks to Gridlok, one of the US scene's finest!
DOWNLOAD Gridlok "Heatwave VIP"
I had been looking for the Season 5 premiere all day yesterday, but it looks like it dropped today - without the new Juan Epstein app, sadly. No worries, a dope two-hour, three interview extravaganza in one clip! I've not made it all the way through this one, but I had to get this up NOW so you Juan Ep heads could enjoy the newness. Should be legendary! Congrats to Ciph & Rosenberg for sticking with this. Subscribe via iTunes in the meantime.
Footage from the Philadelphia Get Your Buzz Up Showcase, June 13th 2012. Forthcoming single from H.O.M.E..
DOWNLOAD Waka Flocka x TNGHT "Hard In Da Goooo (DJ Cable Refix)"
DOWNLOAD Meek Mill "House Party (Pase Rock Remix)"
Lovin' this one. Niggas know about Jermiside (I hope) and Brickbeats (I hope!), but do you know they've done their thing as a duo, under the guise The Red Giants? They're dropping their next opus, Supercharged, late August, and I've slept on posting this one for no good reason. Jerm links up with Lessondary affiliate Che Grand and the one like Omar Aura over this magnificent beat. Feels like some proper lazy Summer afternoon shit. Pour a couple of brews to this one and hop in a cipher afterwards.
DOWNLOAD The Red Giants ft. Che Grand & Omar Aura "Wordspray"