Cousin Cole Shares New Year's Day 2019 Mix

While many will drop all of the "new year, new me" and "(insert year) is mine" tweets, IG posts, and FB statuses around the New Year, many of us like to let the work do the talking. When it's time to work, you need a proper soundtrack. For anyone looking to get their mind, body, and spirit right for another year around the sun, Cousin Cole is back with his annual New Year's Day mix.

"Since 2014," Cole shared, "I've been making a mix each year for New Year's Day, comprising spiritual jazz, soul, folk, disco, funk, etc. Originally my idea was to provide something positive to ease you out of your hangover and into a new day / new year. Over time my goals expanded to choose songs that subtly address today's problems, usually with a voice from 30 or 40 years in the past. Since 2016, it has been hard to conceptualize anything that would look towards the era of Trump's presidency with any degree of hope, and I almost gave up on the idea. This year has been no different, but I still managed to make something. All the best to you & yours..."

Press play and power through.

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Relive the Year in Hip-Hop With DJ Cable's '2018 AD' Mix

It wouldn't be a year-end without DJ Cable's massive recap of the year that was in hip-hop, would it? For 2018 AD, Cable goes in—we're talking 120 tracks at over three hours length. We're talking big tuns from the likes of Pusha T, Drake, Jay Rock, Sheck Wes, Meek Mill, Skepta, Pac Div, Nines, Cardi B, and many others. This is the perfect NYE pre-game set, and the best way to look back at 2018. Stream the full mix below, and download it via Cable's FB page.


DJ Cable’s School Of Influencing [Intro]
Chance The Rapper - I Might Need Security
Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake - King’s Dead
Casanova - Gripped Up
Pi’Erre Bourne Feat. Playboi Carti - Yo Pi’Erre
Tiny Boost Feat. Giggs - Round 1
Meek Mill Feat. Rick Ross & JAY-Z - What’s Free [JAY-Z Verse]
Rick Ross Feat. T-Pain & Kodak Black - Florida Boy
YFN Lucci Feat. Meek Mill - Street Kings
J.I.D. Feat. J. Cole - Off Deez
Asian Doll - Hardest Doll
Drake - Mob Ties
Nines Feat. Jay Styles - Trapstar
KIDS SEE GHOSTS Feat. Louid Prima - 4th Dimension
Pac Div - Players Of The Year
XXXTENTACION Feat. Joey Bada$$ - Infinity (888)
Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz - My Block
Freddie Gibbs Feat. 03 Greedo - Death Row
French Montana & Remy Ma - New Thang
Lil Durk Feat. Future - Spin The Block
Asco - So Litt
Bas & J. Cole - Tribe
Coops - That Jazz
Royce Da 5’9” Feat. Eminem & King Green - Caterpillar [Eminem Verse]
Swizz Beatz Feat. Giggs - Come Again
Flatbush Zomies - Headstone
Meek Mill Feat. Miguel - Stay Woke
Swizz Beatz Feat. Nas - Echo
808INK - Blessed Up
Problem Feat. 03 Greedo - Put It Down
Kenny Allstar & Headie One - Tracksuit Love
Rich The Kid - Plug Walk
6ix9ine Feat. Tory Lanez - KIKA
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
SOB X RBE Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Paramedic
Nipsey Hussle Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Dedication
Tinyman - The Mountains
M Huncho - Elevation
Tyga - Taste
Lil Wayne - Uproar
Tyga - Dip
Wiz Khalifa Feat. Problem - Gin & Drugs [Problem Verse]
Aitch - Straight Rhymez
MIST - Game Changer
Donaeo Feat. Belly - Chalice
23 Unofficial - Ain’t Bothered
Mostack - What I Wanna
Skepta Feat. WizKid - Energy (Stay Far Away)
Jevon & Berna - Wagwarn
Nas - Cops Shot The Kid
Kanye & Lil Pump - I Love It
Tyga - SWISH
Stay Flee Get Lizzy Feat. Fredo, Young T & Bugsey - Ay Caramba
J Hus - Dark Vader
Mr Eazi Feat. Giggs - London Town
Loski - Cool Kid
Nines - I See You Shining
Diggy Ustle Feat. Shellington High Road - Bad Chune (DJ Cable Dubplate)
Anderson .paak Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Tints
Joey Purp - Elastic
A$AP Ferg - Harlem Anthem
Lil Baby & Gunna - Drip Too Hard
Kojo Funds Feat. Giggs - PNG [Giggs Verse]
Che Lingo - Same Energy
Zoey Dollaz Feat. Ricky Remedy - Switch It Up
Denzel Curry - SUMO
Quavo Feat. Lil Baby - LOSE IT
Dave Feat. Fredo - Funk Friday
A2 Feat. Octavian, Yxng Bane & Suspect - Flair
Ambush Buzzworl - Jumpy
Asco - Pink Notes
Cardi B - Money
Aaron Cohen - See Red
Joe Grind Feat. Deep Green - GO!
67 - 67
Jay Rock - Win
Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott - Big Shot
Bas Feat. A$AP Ferg - Boca Raton [A$AP Ferg Verse]
slowthai - Drug Dealer
Frank Casino - Black Metalic
Mac Miller - Programs
Migos Feat. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B - Motorport [Cardi B Verse]
Blocboy JB Feat. Drake - Look Alive
Blocboy JB Feat. 21 Savage - Rover 2.0
Young Thug - Chanel (Go Get It)
Blac Youngsta - Booty
Sheck Wes - Live SheckWes Die SheckWes
Kalash Criminel - Cougar Gang
Ocean Wisdom - Dizzee Rascal - Revvin’
Migos Feat. Drake - Walk It Like I Talk It [Drake Verse]
DigDat - Air Force
Headie One Feat. RV - Know Better
Russ - Gun Lean
Unknown T - Homerton B
Sheck Wes - Mo Bamba
French Montana Feat. Drake - No Stylist
Dizzee Rascal Feat. Skepta - Money Right
Flipp Dinero - Leave Me Alone
Famous Dex Feat. Lil Baby, Jay Critch & Rich The Kid - Nervous
J. Cole - Motiv8
Dave East - I Found Keisha
Westside Gunn - Versace Will Never Be The Same Again
Benny Mails - Buried Alive
Suspect - F-About
Drake - Nonstop
Travis Scott - STARGAZING
Travis Scott Feat. Drake - SICKO MODE [Pt. 3]
A$AP Rocky Feat. Skepta - Praise The Lord
Ty Dolla $ign Feat. 21 Savage - Clout
Headie One Feat. M Huncho - Secure The Bag
YG  - Suu Whoop
Theolophious London Feat. Giggs - Bebey (SN1 Remix)
Action Bronson - White Bronco
Snoop Dogg & Dave East - Cripn 4 Life
Smoke DZA Feat. Joey Bada$$ - The Mood
Curren$y - This and That
Pusha T - Infrared
Drake - 8 Out Of 10
Pusha T - The Story of Adidon
Meek Mill - Championships
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Download the 31-Track TEKLIFE VIP 2019 Compilation

The TEKLIFE camp has been solid this year; albums from DJ Taye, Heavee, and others have helped me personally get by, and truth be told, the TEKLIFE stamp of approval is all I need. That said, I woke up this morning noticing some cuts being thrown onto their YouTube page, and low and behold, they've dropped a massive 31-TRACK COMPILATION on SoundCloud. The whole squad is here, from the aforementioned names to DJ Manny, Jana Rush, Traxman, DJ Earl, DJ Spinn, DJ Chap, DJ Paypal, and many, many others, including combinations of the mentioned names.

You can stream the full project below, and download it for free via the TEKLIFE website. Best way to end a fucked up year.

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Download Patrol The Skies' 2018 Holiday EP

The Patrol the Skies camp is putting on for stateside drum & bass, but you should've known that already. For the holiday season, they dropped a four-tracker featuring fire material from arQer & Realtime (haven't heard material from them in a WHILE), Fineprint, DJ Deffcon, and Ashflo. There's something for everyone here, and it's all available today; you can grab them for free via SoundCloud. Enjoy that!

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Download Mixpak's 2018 Holiday Bundle

As you should know, Mixpak drops fire material year-round. They always tend to cap off the year with a splendid holiday pack for the free. Their 2018 holiday bundle is no different, with edits of Cardi B, Kanye West, and Skepta saddled alongside originals from Ikonika, Don Sinini, and more. You can stream a few down below, and grab the full project via Mixpak's website.

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Download Main Course's 2018 Holiday Pack

Like they always do around this time, the Main Course crew is back with their massive 50-track 2018 Holiday Pack. The homies Neoteric, Astronomar & BOT drop marvelous material all year long, and for the holidays they give some original bangers along with some DJ-friendly edits to the people for the free. You can stream all of the cuts that won't get their SoundCloud taken away below, and grab the whole enchilada over on Bandcamp. If you're a DJ working this season, you're welcome.

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Monty "Nothing Wrong"

Over the last year or so, I've become a huge fan of Monty's material. Dude's just got this hypnotic neuro style that has me open each and every time he drops. Dropping on December 7 is his Spatia EP on Alix Perez's 1985 Music imprint, and to celebrate its release, they gave away this intoxicating number, "Nothing Wrong." This cut is only available on the vinyl version of the release, and is very necessary.

You can stream and download this one below.

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Trenton Makes: How 'Analog Trenton' is Capturing the Sound of the City

Heading out to Bill NobesDirty Old Robot Studio on a chilly fall evening can be downright scary. While some of the brightest stars in Trenton’s local music scene head down there to contribute to Nobes’ Analog Trenton project, you get the feeling that Nobes wants it that way.

The reason for my trek to this quiet part of Jersey was to see the punk-rock outfit PISSED! record a special version of their song “Hands Up” for Analog Trenton, a project that Nobes describes as “capturing the Trenton music scene in 100% analog.” Without understanding the scope of the project, I recall seeing images of the likes of Molly Rhythm and Black Collar Biz recording at spots like Champs in Trenton (as well as a special recording session during Art All Day 2018 at Trenton Coffee House & Records featuring Skelly, Nikki Nailbomb, Josh Adair, Bern the Bastard, and more) for this compilation, which aims to feature 30+ artists from a number of genres into this compilation that’s being pressed to vinyl (with CD and digital versions also being made available). Additional acts that have recorded for the project include Roebus One, DATA_WOLF, and Wade Wilson, among others.

Analog Trenton cover created by @BayronIllustration

Analog Trenton’s Indiegogo campaign is set to end on Black Friday (aka November 23, 2018); more than half of the $12,000 needed to complete the project has been raised, but they are still looking for funding. Perks for backers include everything from pre-ordering the vinyl, CD, and digital versions of the compilation to producer credits, chances to attend recording and mixing sessions, and more.

Amidst the theremin and Moog keyboards and tape decks and massive multi-track mixers sitting in the dining room area of Nobes’ home (“a real dorm room feel,” Nobes described), Bill shared the genesis of Analog Trenton. The concept for a compilation of this size started out roughly two years ago, around Thanksgiving while Bill was on his “way to Nikki (Nailbomb)'s birthday party at Abdul's. At that party it was just all musicians just playing to celebrate Nikki's birthday, together. It wasn't about anything other than that. I was like, ‘we should probably record this, this whole thing.’ I think that might be the first night I came up with the idea.”

Like many collaborative projects in the art and music scenes in Trenton, it snowballed from there. Nobes would speak about it to one person, and they’d be interested in the idea. Slowly, it morphed into the series of recording sessions that not only went down at Champs, but Trenton Coffee House & Records as well, that is numbering over 20 acts, and is set to wrap in late December of 2018.

This isn’t a project Bill dived into on his own, though; while it’s his vision, he recruited Nikki and Griff Sullivan to act as co-producers on Analog Trenton. They both are mainstays in the Trenton music scene, and help bringing in talented individuals that truly highlights what Trenton makes. “It's extremely important that we represent as much as we can the city of Trenton and all of its diversity,” Bill explained. “It wasn't just about what we like. It's about a true snapshot of what makes Trenton music right now. We have way more than will fit in a vinyl so what we're gonna do is sit down with the tracks and figure out which ones create that best snapshot.” Don’t fret; while the vinyl release might be limited to 20 or so artists, the CD version will add more acts, while the digital version of the compilation will feature everything recorded.

For music lovers, especially fans of music recorded before the dawn of the digital age’s impact on music, the idea of recording straight to analog might not be foreign. For those who just love a good song, it might be a tad confusing. Seeing Bill—a true renaissance man who’s done everything from directing his own stage plays to managing events in the New York and Hoboken scenes—in his element, guiding PISSED! through their roughly two-hour session, it’s an amazing sight to see. Bill’s doing everything, from troubleshooting instrument levels to picking the exact moment to stop the recording (hopefully those seconds of vocal+resonating cymbal sounds stay in the final version). There’s a sense of performance to his producing, with his ever-present hand signals at the start and end of each recording. Even if he’s just speaking aloud, making sure that all systems are go before pressing record, you get the sense that Bill has a particular way of producing, a true passion for committing the sound of Trenton to analog tape.

Bill’s also learning on the job. He shared his experience recording Jersey hip-hop luminary Roebus One and his unique way of recording vocals. “He did every third verse,” Bill explained, “and then he did two tracks fill in here, fill in here, fill in here. We had five levels of fill in.”

“When [Roebus] writes,” Bill continued, “he overlaps the words. When I was listening to some of his tracks, I was like ‘how are we going to do that in analog?’ We had him doing some crazy stuff for the final fills. At one point I had him stand eight feet away from the mic and yell stuff. Then the next one I put in a ribbon which is very sensitive and have him get right next to it and whisper.”

The spirit of experimentation is alive and well in his studio, although with PISSED!, the session was much more straightforward than you’d imagine for a bunch of Capital City punks. The four-man outfit began the session working out some of the changes in this special version of “Hands Up,” and after two run-throughs of the song in full, they laid down two takes on the song (which questions the issue of police brutality) before doing individual takes of each instrumental and vocals. Bill was always willing to try something new, making sure the musicians felt comfortable with their take before moving to the next step. It was collaborative, and fun; a truly welcoming environment to record in (or just be a fly-on-the-wall of).

In the end, Bill made sure to point out that while this compilation will highlight the sound of Trenton, Analog Trenton’s mission runs deeper than that. “[The] idea started as a snapshot of Trenton music,” Bill shared, “but it's turned into a snapshot of Trenton community.” He recalls one session where the family vibe of the scene was alive, with Nikki and company working on vocals while chilli was being served to those in the session. Anyone who’s worked near the art and music communities in Trenton have had that moment, where the family vibe of the scene makes these events about more than the music. It’s people coming together and building something, or just watching out for their peers. It’s the spirit of Trenton that gets lost in the salacious headlines about the city. It’s what true Trentonians (and those who’ve been adopted into this patchwork community) see, feel, and experience on the regular.

After PISSED! completed their session and took off into the November night, Bill and I parted ways. Stepping into the cool evening air, I felt like I’d truly experienced...something. Going to see music performed live can be a life-altering experience. Dropping by Dirty Old Robot and seeing a piece of Analog Trenton be constructed right before my eyes? It puts a different spin on the concept of live music, and more importantly, what makes up the Trenton music scene. For such a historic town, committing that excellence to analog tape is fitting, and should be a part of every true Trenton music scenseter worth their weight in pork roll.

Interested in contributing to Analog Trenton? Head over to their Indiegogo campaign page TODAY!
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Supper Club "Fall Back"

While he might be everpresent on IG, it feels like it's been forever since I've gotten new material from Fresh Daily. This week, he sent over "Fall Back," a cut from his new group, Supper Club. Story is, upon moving to Cali, Fresh would link up with fellow emcee Stanley Ipkuss and producer Chris Keys on Wednesdays to get creative. A year later? We're getting the fruits of those Supper Club sessions.

The first, "Fall Back," is a chilled dose of blunted bounce, all hypnotic keys and precise lyrics. You know that sample, and you should be ready for this project. I know I am. Where the munchies at? Stream "Fall Back" below.

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Kemba ft. Smino "Exhale"

Seeing Kemba mature into the Republic Records-signee that he now is has been one of the best things about maintaining this blog. And while he might not feel pressure from niggas like me, he might not need to—judging by the Smino-featured "Exhale," which dropped not long after the news of his new deal, Kemba's on the right track.

In speaking to The FADER about the new song, Kemba said that this track "is the feeling of being pulled in every direction by the people in your life. You have your family telling you to be more like them, your girl saying be like what she wants, and the pressure you’re putting on yourself to follow your dreams. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and breathe."

That last line will hold true to everyone, everyday, but for Kemba, this next phase of his career should be the best phase. If he can't do it, no one can; he just has to breathe in, exhale, and ride the wave.

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