Archive for 07/01/2012 - 08/01/2012
DOWNLOAD Scion A/V Presents Bare: Altitude
Deja vu! As if dropping his first solo 12" on his Innerground imprint wasn't enough to commemorate its 50th release, Marky drops this sly devil of a tune for free... for a like on Facebook. This one feels like a throwback to the DnB sound. Love the hypnotic bass on this one; feels more like something he'd SPIN as opposed to something he'd produced. Wonder if he has more tunes like this in his vault...
In 2012, the best way for EDM acts/artists to get Facebook props is to give away something, whether it's a free tune via their page or RSVPs to events like the Mad Decent Block Party. All of that said, here's the Metro Viper heads getting your love inna social media way. This isn't my normal cup of tea, to be honest, but it's hard to deny a tune like this, especially in the late Summer. Those kids who don't want the Summer to end will solemnly put this one on and lament on the Days of Summer Past. Or, you know, watch one of those girls shake it when it drops. Whatever works. Grab via FB (der).
YES, ANOTHER TRAP TUNE ON RTD. DEAL WITH IT. Thing is, this is what I like to hear. Yes, Trap might be shooting itself in the foot with all of the same-y tunes, but shit, this is something that's going to set your mix apart from the usual barrage of 808 drones. Emynd is a beast on the remix tip, and he incorporated the sound of now into something rather unique and anthemic. I love that term anthemic, and the chords and vocals on this one will drop like a megaton bomb if you use it properly. Proper DJ heat.
DOWNLOAD Misun "Dry (Emynd Trap Remix)"
DOWNLOAD Three Loco ft. Diplo "We Are Farmers" (prod. by DJA)
Now THIS is the kind of shit I need to break up the monotony. I believe Survival gave this one away because a recent mix of his hit 1000 downloads, but for whatever the reason is, it makes me realize how dope of a producer he is. He's mixing up this understated bassline workout with a grinding fuzzbox snippet along with the echo'd beats and ethereal vocals and synths. It's a huge soup and one of the reasons why I'll always fall back on DnB. Roll on, Survival... roll on.
DOWNLOAD Survival "Secrets VIP"
Spooky is a guy who's moved on from the "Spartan" riddim and still knows how to create hypnotic tunes. This cut is from his forthcoming single release for Hot Mom USA, dropping on the 3rd of September. Remix pressure from Star Eyes, Moony & Wheez-ie, this one goes a bit deeper but still maintains the Grime/House vibe (if that makes sense). Truly a masterpiece in simplistic fawnk. My Lord wheeeeeeeeeeeel it!
Something like this might be the anthem for cats who were dubstepped out that just started freaking to the 808 Trap sound over the last few months. They truly didn't give a fuck about T.I. a few years ago, but now site Trap Muzik as their shit. And if you ask them how they can stand Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane, they might repeat the refrain from this tune. Klever is doing his thing on this regardless. Fun with the bounce. Although I almost hope heads would move onto something else, because at the rate that new Trap tracks are dropping, this will be a dead sound by next Summer.
DOWNLOAD Klever "We Don't Give A Fuck"
Trio of Trenton excellence right here, and the title fits perfectly with both this trifecta and the actual output that got put out. I got to see the homegirl Dready at the Jersey Fresh Jam this weekend, where I also met Wade Wilson (not sure if I introduced myself or if he knew who I am, but then again, who the fuck am I), where we definitely had a convo about Deadpool. Homegirl does the damn thing with the beats, and Strife and Wade go ham in their own right. For you cats who definitely like living loaded, you'll appreciate this. Shit, if you fuck with good music, you can't front on this. Hopefully these three have more heat in the bowl, which has to be far from cashed.
DOWNLOAD Ray Strife & Wade Wilson "Soundz Like Drugz" (prod. by Dready Mercury)
Don't think I've heard new heat from Mexicans With Guns, but I fuck with this. I keep hearing this term "trap rave" to describe essentially the Trap sounds that EDM producers are making. This might be one of the tracks that comes closest to blending what I'd consider "rave" sounds in that Trap aesthetic. Love the lurching bass thrown in here as well. Some fun shit to bug out to, nahmean. Turn that woofer in your system up LOUD for this one doe.
DOWNLOAD Lorenzo Vektor "Occupy (Mexicans With Guns Remix)"
Ciph and Rosenberg keep it rollin with the latest episode of Juan Ep, and have brought back Capone (the comedian) for another banger. The one main thing I picked up is that I need to see Snow On Tha Bluff. Been sleeping on watching it but I might have to rock with that one! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes as well.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (8/12/2012)
This past Sunday's edition of Side-B wasn't as Jersey Fresh Jam-centric as I thought it'd be, but it was dope nonetheless. There's of course a new edition of Side Beatz, some Hip-Hop news (looks like Side-B and All Hip-Hop will be partnering up), an interview with Kilogram and plenty more. Word is Side-B will be going down this Thursday from 6PM to 8PM. Keep it locked to @sidebradio42 and wprb.com for more details.
I'd heard about DJ Mag looking into accusations of cheating to get into their Top 100 DJ poll, which I guess helps out DJ's gig rates. I'm all for healthy competition, but you'd think people would utilize skills and contacts, not their fat wallets. Pay to press play, you feel me? EDMSnob.com is reporting that DJ Mag might need to lay low; EDMSnob's investigation into that Top 100 scandal uncovered thousands of GBP spent on "advertising" within DJ Mag, resulting in full page spreads for DJs like Payl Van Dyk, Aly & Fila, Erick Morillo and plenty more. You'd think these guys would keep their mouths shut if they had so much coming in for these "ads", you feel me?
I don't knock anyone's hustle - I've heard stories about some of my blogger peers. I just can't believe that on the one hand, DJ Mag is questioning the practices of some of the DJ poll entrants, but on the flipside are collecting paper for coverage. It's just sad. Where does someone go to keep it real?
And here's the cipher that sparked outside of the Jersey Fresh Jam on Saturday night. Rhymageddon, Emcee Jermaine and a number of Anti-Industry affiliates went in for no other reason than because cats is just tough. Hit the jump for more footage. These cats go in.
I saw that Roads-Art posted up a video of Yasin at the #JFJ yesterday, which you can check after the jump. There's also a grip of footage from the After Party last night. When I get more footage, I'll share.
Shit, word just hit from Jermaine - the Trenton Police shut the music down. I saw them earlier making the vendors move out of the way, but the music had been at a VERY decent level. Might be a permit issue. What the fuck?!?! Hit the FB for images and shit, we'll see what's good.
From Joey Breakdown: "The tunes that make up this set have been sound-tracking my summer of 2012 and I've been anticipating sharing them in the form of a mix. Featuring 35 tracks by the likes of Marcus Intalex, Paradox, Dub Phizix, Break, Skeptical, Heist, Spectrasoul, Lynx, Enei, Subwave, Fracture, Emperor, Jubei, Skitty, Earl Grey, and more. Labels featured in the mix include Metalheadz, V, Soul:R, Critical, Exit, Subtitles, Audioporn, Renegade Hardware, Vibration, RAM among others. Full tracklist coming soon.
As always - mixed in one shot on 2 Pioneer CDJ's. No edits, no software. Huge giant BIG UP to all producers and labels featured in the mix - continuing to prove that drum n bass is not only NOT dead, but just as rad as ever".
With recent news about the Skrillex x Kanye West collaboration, compilations like the This Is Thugstep series are needed now more than ever, if nothing just to say "this shit isn't new: catch-up". While the first compilation showed you a lot of the foundation of this sound (and tracks that exemplified the sound), volume two took it a step further, showing a lot of the refixes that came out after THUGSTEP's formation and how other DJs have freaked the sound. Volume 3 has dropped today, and has a grip of original tunes in this vein. You've got new(er) stuff from Bassnectar (with Lupe Fiasco), Casey Veggies, Cypress Hill & Rusko, Stinkahbell & Psy:am, Heroes x Villains and more, with refix pressure from Santi Junior, Spinstyles and Stratus. Nappy tested, RTD-approved. Artwork again done by @theotisjones, with ClubTapes supporting the movement. It never stops.
DOWNLOAD This Is Thugstep, Vol. 3
Hopefully if you're in the tri-state area, you're goign to be hitting up the Jersey Fresh Jam tomorrow, August 11th, sometime between 10AM and 8PM. I just wanted to break a couple of things down regarding the events that will be taking place...
In another example of "khal been done told us about this", Skrillex recently spoke about working on a track with Kanye West for his next album: "I did some music with Kanye and from what I know, it's actually going to be the first song on his new album". After hearing "Who Gon Stop Me Now", you already should've known that this was the beginning... for 'Ye. We've been off on that THUGSTEP for how long now? More info on this, as well as Skrillex's response to deadmau5, over on Rolling Stone.
DOWNLOAD Black Rasslin' Podcast EP43
With this Saturday being the Jersey Fresh Jam, pardon me for my NJ shit. A Sharp produced this banger, giving room for four truly capable spitters to express themselves. The hook is a pretty astute cautionary phrase, and that throwback flavor in the instrumental does something. This is TallCan rap right here, word to your liquor store.
DOWNLOAD Tone Liv, Arty McFly, Sol Zalez & Nalm Myers "Real Math" (prod. by A Sharp)
First leak from Dom O's Gr8Summer, and it's a doozie. I keep talking about the Mad Decent Block Party, but that Saturday I had heard the term "turn up" all fucking day. I'm with it, though. I'm not as young as the kids in the crowd, but that spirit makes me feel like a nigga can cook and not worry. Love the beat off this one - has that lazy fuzzbox bass, with the throwback drums RIGHT UP IN US FACE. FUCK THE DUMB SHIT!
DOWNLOAD Dom O Briggs "TurnUp" (prod. by BanksOnTheBeat)
This the kind of attitude I fucks with. You heard niggas steady taumbout "revolution", but they ain't really ready to take a post. Don't even say it's time for revolution, just revolt and let the media put the tag on it. Gotta disassociate from the straight line and go left. In all facets, if you're really about it. "They call it revolutionary / But it’s more like necessary".
DOWNLOAD blctxt "Warning Signz" (prod. by AWOL)
Full disclosure: I was underwhelmed seeing RiFF RAFF at the Mad Decent Block Party this past Saturday. I pretty much hung it up when his song was playing but he wasn't rapping. He ended up doing a lot of rapping over his full tracks, but whatever. Dude's definitely in his own lane, and the Mad Decent co-sign has me wondering what he's gonna be doing. This 25-track BiRTH OF AN iCON mixtape is his official Mad Decent debut; it features beats from Caspa, Flux Pavilion, DJA, Paul Devro and more, with features from Action Bronson and Chief Keef. Might need to sip on some lean for this one.
DOWNLOAD RiFF RAFF - BiRTH OF AN iCON
This features Apollo The Great, Chill Moody, Young Savage, Leemazin, Carmen Amare, Big Ooh and Sir.
When I heard that Charlamagne Tha God was on The Combat Jack Show, I knew it was gonna be serious. Dude doesn't hold back, and has his hands in a number of pots, from The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1, Guy Code and plenty more. Per CJ, "This dude is truly fearless. Listen to how he saw the radio game, came, pause, and conquered. And he’s not stopping. I want to be like him when I grow up". They also ask Just Blaze for a grant. #GetReadyForCombat #Newmanati
If you are or have ever been an aspiring artist, the tales weaved over this Sweet Valley High track from the F.D.R. collective should sound like your own story, I imagine. I still wild out when I hear how cats are asked to PAY to perform. Takes money to make money, but I hate stories like this. The Inauguration drops August 14th.
DOWNLOAD F.D.R. "The Come Up" (prod. by Sweet Valley High)
In my household, my wife and I have similar tastes in music. We differ on some shit - I fucks with DnB, while No Doubt and John Mayer get just as much play from her. I imagine this Major Lazer remix of No Doubt's latest single would have us meeting in the middle. Throwing a crowd-rocking Moombahton flex to Gwen's vocal, making this one work well on the floors. Word is this is the first of five remixes to debut from No Doubt in the very near future, with their Push and Shove album set to drop September 25th. The Moombahton sound isn't my normal thing, but after hitting the Mad Decent Block Party last weekend, I can't help it. You know I'm a freak for remixes of Pop tracks. Fuck you want?!
I just realized that one face I wish I'd seen in Philly this past weekend was Starkey's. One of the finest examples of Street Bass on American soil is this guy, and this cut "DPMO" is proof positive of that statement. This one will be dropping on white vinyl on the 10th of September as a special collector's item. This is said to eventually hit digital release at some point, but that'll be for a while, and the instrumental for "DPMO", in all of it's great vengeance and furious anger, will be exclusive to the digital release. This cut features Trim, who is out of East London and is dropping his debut LP on Rinse later this year. Don't sleep.
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.
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)