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Jaxtella - Rainy Dayz


With the Indian Summer finally breaking over here on the East Coast, Jaxtella returns with a massive boost of liquid drum & bass for your speakerboxes.

The Trenton-based DJ is still working through months of dnb releases, and turning them into sixty-plus minute rinseouts. This pack is from the month of August, and includes a number of Degs "sprayouts" from his impressive Hospital mixtape, as well as bits from Friction, Pola & Bryson, Danny Byrd, Villem & McLeod, Djah, and more.

For those of you looking to get your weekend off on the good food, Jax's got you covered. Stream and download this mix below, and be sure to check out that full tracklist.


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A Boogie ft Davido "Way Too Fly (Benja Styles "KING OF ROCK" Remix)"


Benja Styles always comes correct with his blends. His latest remix finds a way to take A Boogie's "Way Too Fly" and throw it over Run DMC's "King Of Rock," which sounds like it shouldn't work, but turns out to be a serious banger. Stream and download the clean version below; just make sure you have fire extinguishers on hand for the fire that'll be flying out of your speakers.


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Reckonize Real & Guilty Simpson ft. Georgia Anne Muldrow "Got Your Back"


The other day at work, heads were talking about loyalty and the lack thereof these days. Listening to this Reckonize Real & Guilty Simpson track from their forthcoming album Carved From Stone, I think back to that convo. Something about getting older and trying to be a better man, themes like being loyal and protecting your day ones get deeper. Press play on this one down below if you don't know what I'm talking about.

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DJ Ends Serves Up Some Piping Hot 'Kraut Juke'


I couldn't tell you any real facts about Germany, especially German music. I mean, Kraftwerk is German, and they are the shit, so maybe I just lied on myself. Either way, Munich's DJ Ends recently linked up with District160 to release Kraut Juke, which does exactly as it says on the tin. Ends took a number of German songs and gave them a 160 BPM jukeout. Don't ask me to identify any of the original tracks. Just press play and turn up to these.

You can download this five-track release via District160's Bandcamp, and stream it in full down below.

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Zack Fox "Square Up (Ase Manual Remix)"


If you're not up on Zack Fox, your social media timelines are hella dry. Over the last month or so, he's been killing it with his #squareupchallenge, so much so that he dropped a whole Kenny Beats-produced track. A viral moment wouldn't be authentic if it didn't get the Jersey Club treatment, so shouts out to Ase Manual for being quick to the draw with his new "Square Up" remix. Stream and download that bad boy below, via Bandcamp.

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J.Lately "Fun's Up"


The guy J.Lately's always down for some fun, and even though the fall's creeping in for most of us (weather-wise), J's latest Space Cadet-produced single "Fun's Up" is, in his words, "a reminder to cherish the good times and keep the party rolling." Learn the words now, as we imagine he'll be performing this during his next tour.

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Small Professor Returns With Some 'Free Jawns'


Longtime readers of this site should be up on Small Professor. He's worked with some of our favorite emcees—literally everyone from Zilla Rocca to Guilty Simpson—but some of our favorite releases from the producer are in his Jawns series. His latest, Free Jawns (which was premiered over on Passion of the Weiss), is a project he worked on while working on his forthcoming LP, and is proof positive that he's just as capable of making cohesive songs sans rappers than he is as giving these emcees fire instrumentals.

Seven songs, available for the low price of $4. Stream below, cop via Bandcamp.

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DJ Chap Blends All of the Genres In New Release, 'El Mundo Es Tuyo'


Feels like it's been a minute since we've heard from DJ Chap, but realistically, we rocked to Saint Elsewhere back in May. Since then, his Baile Furioso EP has been getting some love, and this week he also dropped El Mundo Es Tuyo. A "mixtape" featuring material he's made over the last year or so, Chap says the project was inspired by "r&b, jungle, ambient music and progressive rock." If you know what time it is with Chap, that still doesn't dive into the meat of this project.

What's wild is, I had just been asking about the lack of bootleg dance remixes, but then realized that they just hide in footwork releases, under different names. Not only does Chap flip Kanye West and Lil Pump's "I Love It" on this release, to this hypnotic SWV rework that I forgot I'd been sitting on for a WHILE.

Releases like these make me remember why I love when capable producers start to question what's been given to us, putting their own spin on these gems. You can stream El Mundo Es Tuyo down below, and cop it over on Bandcamp.

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Enter M-Dot's "The Empathy" Remix Contest


M-Dot's 2017 album Ego and the Enemy featured a Large Professor-produced banger, "The Empathy." While he's hard at work finishing Ego and the Enemy 2, his Own Lane Music imprint linked with Vinyl-Digital.com to sort out this "The Empathy" Remix Contest. Think you can top what the legend Extra P did to that beat? Now's your chance.



The complete instructions are on the flier below, but essentially, you need to download the acapella for "The Empathy" (which is around 91 BPM). You have from today (October 1, 2018) to 11:59pm (EST) on October 15, 2018 to finish your remix and email it to theownlanemusic@gmail.com, subject line "Remix Contest." Only one entry per producer.

First place winner gets a placement on an Own Lane Music compilation and an "Ego" bundle (which includes an autographed CD, t-shirt, poster, and stickers). Second place gets an "Ego" bundle, with third getting stickers, vinyl and the CD. Check out the official rules below; good luck!


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Here's What 2 Chainz and the Wu-Tang Clan Would Sound Like Together


Not sure if I've ever thought about 2 Chainz rapping over Wu-Tang tracks, but DJ Critical Hype did, then made a whole ass mixtape about it. Word is every member of the Wu will be down in Atlanta for A3C, so this mixtape even more sense. Stream Wu-Chainz (36 Trap Houses) below.

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Sincerely Yours "96"


Sincerely Yours is another one of those artists who has been riding with the site for a minute, and hsi RD-produced promo cut is something of a monster. He's also keeping it a buck; he acknowledges that he's slept-on, but then provides a promo cut that showcases why he SHOULDN'T be slept-on. That's quality material there.

Sincerely Yours and RD are working on a collaborative project, but for now, you can stream and download "96" via SoundCloud.

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Five Steez & Mordecai "True Original"


Following up their 2016 release, HeatRockz, Five Steez and Mordecai return for "True Original," which is a precursor of sorts to their Love N Art LP, which is slated to drop in 2019. This cut's chock full of head-bopping jazzy beats and Steez's real talk.

Stream the full cut below, and grab it via Bandcamp.

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Neak "Legacy"


Artists like Neak make me remember why I still do this. His new, self-produced single "Legacy" is one of those records that will no doubt get slept on by the crowds who flock to whatever you call "mainstream rap" these days, but it's one of those subversive cuts that speaks to people like me. Hell, he drops a line like "black dads matter" super early into this. It's tailormade for my mental.

This is a glimpse of what you'll get from Neak's forthcoming album, KWESBAAR. You can download "Legacy" right now via Bandcamp. Do that.

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Jaxtella - Indian Summer (August 2018)


As per usual, Jaxtella came through with ruckus for this month's edition of rockthedub radio. Now I know that a whole two-hour podcast full of music can be a lot, especially if you love drum & bass and just want those bits. So, we made sure you could stream and download Jaxtella's mix, which features cuts from Kid Drama, DJ Andy, The Upbeats, Urbandawn, and many, many more. Stream and download this one, and check out the full tracklist down below.



Tracklist:

Redpill - Hold It Like That
TR Tactics - Vision (Disphonia Remix)
Prolix ft. DC Breaks - Beat Down
Vowel - Pulse
Kid Drama - Dredger
Urbandawn - Roundabout
Fa11out - Necronaks
Kusp - Shook
Black Sun Empire & State of Mind - Ripsaw
The Upbeats & Rockwell - Gamma Ray
Stoner - 1984
King Of The Rollers - Running Man
Zombie Cats - Reflection
Rizzle - Memory Glitch
Benny L - Rough Edge
Chase & Status ft. Cutty Ranks - Retreat2018
TC - Test My Gangsta
DJ Andy - Keep Rolling
NC-17 ft. Replicant - City on Fire
Proxima - Localize
Mob Tactics - Crazy Hype (Annix Remix)
Dossa & Locuzzed - Cargo VIP
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K. Sparks "Midnight Drive"


By the time K. Sparks drops Note to Self, wise fans would've heard most of it. Case in point: his fourth single, "Midnight Drive," is here for your listening pleasure. "Feeling like I'm free now, and slavery was not a choice," Sparks says. And he's correct. Stream the full, Kurser-produced single below, and pre-order Note to Self before its November 6 release.

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The Cause Invites You to His 'Release Party'


The Cause is one of the many artists I remember from the Garden Variety series in Trenton many moons ago. From afar, I've seen him continue to push forward, growing as a solo act. This week, he sent over his latest, Release Party, and I'm loving how cohesive this project is, especially when you consider there's different cats producing each track. The final track, "Flower Town," also features the impeccable Valona Denise as well as the legend DoItAll from Lords of the Underground.

Stream the full project below, and download it today from Bandcamp.


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rockthedub radio (August 2018)


I don't care how late these episodes are; they stay dropping. That said, here's the latest episode of rockthedub radio, featuring our favorite cuts from August of 2018. We kick it off with a mixed bag hip-hop and electronic beats, featuring Armand Hammer, Murlo & S-Type, Silkie, Black Collar Biz, and plenty more. Jaxtella hops on for the second half, dropping a gaggle of drum & bass from the likes of Kid Drama, Vowel, Prolix, Chase & Status, and plenty more. You know the routine.

Stream below, download via iTunes, and check the tracklist down bottom.



Tracklist:

01/Travis Scott ft. Drake - Sicko Mode
02/Black Collar Biz ft. Dame Dolla - The Get Back Is Amazing
03/Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz - Decisions
04/Armand Hammer - Hunter
05/Milo & Elucid - Milk Drunk
06/A$AP Ant ft. A$AP Rocky - Mario Cart
07/Quavo - W O R K I N M E
08/6LACK - Nonchalant
09/Kodie Shane - Sing to Her
10/Young Thug - Chanel (Ase Manual Remix)
11/Murlo & S-Type - Make Believe
12/Nuff Pedals - Hang Glide
13/Gorgon City ft. D Double E - Hear That
14/Silkie - Reevea
15/Tsuruda ft. Alix Perez - Heat Wave

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Jaxtella In The Mix:

16/Redpill - Hold It Like That
17/TR Tactics - Vision (Disphonia Remix)
18/Prolix ft. DC Breaks - Beat Down
19/Vowel - Pulse
20/Kid Drama - Dredger
21/Urbandawn - Roundabout
22/Fa11out - Necronaks
23/Kusp - Shook
24/Black Sun Empire & State of Mind - Ripsaw
25/The Upbeats & Rockwell - Gamma Ray
26/Stoner - 1984
27/King Of The Rollers - Running Man
28/Zombie Cats - Reflection
29/Rizzle - Memory Glitch
30/Benny L - Rough Edge
31/Chase & Status ft. Cutty Ranks - Retreat2018
32/TC - Test My Gangsta
33/DJ Andy - Keep Rolling
34/NC-17 ft. Replicant - City on Fire
35/Proxima - Localize
36/Mob Tactics - Crazy Hype (Annix Remix)
37/Dossa & Locuzzed - Cargo VIP

one to grow: Rich Quick "Real Rugged Raw"
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The Rich Quick Memorial Show (Oct. 12, 2018)


The NJ scene is still reeling from the passing of Rich Quick, but one of the best ways to heal is to link up with your community and celebrate. That will be happening at the Voltage Lounge in Philly on Friday, October 12.

The bill features the likes of Reef the Lost Cauze, the CORFU crew, Skrewtape, and even Rich's student, HeemFuquan. There will also be a cypher with featured MCs like MiilkBone, Ren Thomas, and more. Even the homey Leon Rainbow will be doing some live painting.

Tickets are available now; $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. There's also an Art History 101 exclusive Rich Quick shirt on sale only at the event, as well as raffles and a silent auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Rich Quick Scholarship Fund.

Rest in power, Rich.
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Accidents Happen: Silent Dust Dissects Their Latest, 'Listen to the Night'


When I sit back and think about how many artists from the drum & bass scene I've personally seen flourish, it makes me proud. One duo in particular went by the names Hobzee and Zyon Base. For a period from about 2007 to 2011 (give or take a few years), they saw their material end up on imprints like SGN:LTD, Fokuz, L Plates, Samurai Music and Inside Recordings, back when there were a litany of labels to drop tunes on. At some point, they realized that their respective sounds fit together (so much so that they needed a proper name, Silent Dust), and in 2011, they started their own imprint, none60, which not only highlighted their own work as a duo, but has featured gems from the likes of Sinistarr, Dexta, Sina., and many others.

It's been roughly seven years since they dropped their self-titled album, so it only made sense to link up with Andy (Hobzee) and Dan (Zyon Base) about their latest album, Listen to the Night, which features rockthedub alum like Zilla Rocca alongside DRS, Jon1st, SelfSays, and Illingsworth.



One of the biggest changes between when I first discovered these two and their roles as producers and label owners now is the evolution of their sound. Many might chalk that up to the overall collective shifting of definitions of what "genre" truly means, but to Dan, he says that it's more due to "having a label" itself, which he says "really changes the way you approach making music."

"Even subconsciously," Dan continued, "if you are always looking to impress someone else you will move your sound towards the accepted norms or whatever is currently in vogue. It's a lot harder to take risks and have them come off. It's just human nature when you are trying to get exposure for your music that you will create something that sounds marketable. I guess it's the alternative for us now, and that works for me, as I feel I could create tracks that 'work' with little effort these days—and that just doesn't provide much satisfaction. I try and set up situations whereby chance things happen—unexpected things in the studio—and use these to work off. It's generally the accidents or mistakes in tunes that are my favorite parts."

The idea of "happy accidents" in creativity fueling some of our favorite (and most memorable) moments is definitely not new, and has sparked innovations, like how Grand Wizard Theodore accidentally created the "scratch." When it comes to hip-hop, Silent Dust has always made sure that they included emcees in their productions. In my experience, I always figured it would've been harder to get rappers accustomed to their sounds, but Dan explained that these things came together rather easy. "I think the best hip-hop is pretty spontaneous and that's how we've approached these tracks. All the 'hip-hop' tunes on the album were pretty much completed in a couple of hours, and MCs just worked off those initial drafts."



It's also intriguing when you consider that aligning themselves with each artist came from their different dealings in the music scene. Andy says that they got their third track with MC DRS—one of which being a track on DRS' 2015 album Mid Mic Crisisthrough the late Marcus Intalex back when their first album was penciled in to be released via Soul:R. Self was an emcee they spotted on a Submorphics track and reached out independently. They credit their longstanding relationship with Philly's Zilla Rocca to Jeff Weiss. "Jeff was a fan of our first album and thought our styles would compliment each other," Andy says, and that turned into the magic they've made over the years, which has since bridged into remixing the likes of Curly Castro and Has-Lo.

They also worked with Detroit's Illingsworth, who dropped his "mostly-instrumental" album, You’re No Fun (with the Denmark Vessey-featured "DnD") on the same day as Listen to the Night.When Ill explains how he ended up on "Beat Fate" from Listen to the Night, it definitely sounds more casual than you might imagine, with SelfSays being the connection. "I think they might have contacted him about us both working on it. I don't remember if they sent a pack of beats or that specific one but, I really enjoyed the one we ended up using for the song. It's a slower beat, which presented the opportunity to potentially write a fast rhyme. It's something that I can do but, it's not my favorite way to rap so, I don't really do it super often."



This seems to be how Silent Dust approach working with emcees; " We didn't really direct them towards subject matter or style," Dan explained. "We wanted their input to stimulate and challenge us, so trying to micro-manage everything works against that idea. There wasn't a conceived concept to the songs on the album really, so the themes evolved pretty organically. The MCs we worked with are really talented guys, and we knew that before sending anything to them, so it's easy to be this relaxed about their input. It was just a pleasure to have them put some words to the music."

So, there you have it. Talented producers picking talented emcees to craft a truly forward-thinking project. It sounds simple, and if you're creative enough, it more than likely is.

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Silent Dust's Listen to the Night is available for streaming and purchase via the none60. You can grab Illingsworth's You're No Fun via Mello Music Group.
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Juke Bounce Werk Presents JBDUBZ Vol. 6


Outside of the Teklife crew, I think Juke Bounce Werk has a great handle on the growing juke/footwork scenes across the globe. Their sixth JBDUBZ compilation is no exception, featuring new material from DJ Earl, Hesk, Neuropunk, Kush Jones, Sonic D, Teep, and plenty others. 19 tracks in total, all available for free via Bandcamp. Get your tracks up!

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Marlowe "Vagrant"


Real talk: I didn't know that L'Orange and Solemn Brigham linked up to become Marlowe, but based on the sounds of this free single "Vagrant," I need to go back and run through their self-titled album, which dropped back in July. I won't spend time trying to let you know who these two sound like when they form as one; I just know that Solemn's styling over that thumper of an instrumental is working wonders for my fall mood. Download this single for free via Bandcamp.

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Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz ft. Royce Da 5'9" "Timberlan'd Up"


It's officially hoodie season on this side of the globe, so that also means that those Timbs get pulled back out for the daily journey. This hard-hitting new single from Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz's Mona Lisa album, "Timberlan'd Up," feels ready for my morning attitude. Actual facts. Royce is a perfect addition to this one; two of my favs from the Slaughterhouse squad.

Stream this banger below, and cop it via Bandcamp today.

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Chuuwee & Trizz "See Today"


Chuuwee and Trizz are dropping their collaborative album, AmeriKKa's Most Blunted 3, on September 28, and to get you ready, they unleashed the chilled horn-driven "See Today." If you wanted something to set off your own smoke session, just press play. Shouts to Money Montage & Chris Rose on production.

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Jaden Smith "Ghost (R3ll Remix)"


The beauty of the remix is that it can make you give a fuck about something you'd never bother rocking with. Case in point; Jaden Smith is an enigma, but that doesn't mean I'm trying to hear him make music. That said, when Jersey's R3ll is on the boards, I'm all for it. Maybe I'll listen to the original (shouts to Christian Rich). Or probably not.

Stream this banger in full below, and download it for free today.

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Rasheed Chappell and Kenny Dope Link Back Up For 'First Brick'


There was a time when I was on my dean as a blogger. At that time, I stayed hearing new Rasheed Chappell. At some point, I got a day job that kept (keeps?) my mad busy, but he's always been one artist I'd been looking out for, so it's dope that, in my own weekly game of catch-up, I get to experience a project like First Brick, which finds Rasheed linking back up with the legend Kenny Dope, seven years after Future Before Nostalgia.

For those looking for that real hip-hop shit, Ra and Kenny have you. This isn't just boom bap for boom bap's sake; Chappell is weaving tales, dropping jewels, and all-around making me proud to have been a fan back then to hear this right now.

You can stream (and download!) the full First Brick project (which features everyone from O.C. to Lil Fame) below, via Audiomack, or stream it through the usual suspects.

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Manny + Rolow "Find Ya Wings 2020"


The TEKLIFE camp can't miss. Even their freebies are fire flames. For the footworkers out there, DJ Manny has a new one for you to sink your teeth into. In collaboration with Rolow, he dropped "Find Ya Wings 2020," which is in the pocket of luscious jazz loops and frantic bass and percussion. A true headbanger.

Full stream and download of "Find Ya Wings 2020" below.

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Mija Gave Away Her Latest EP, 'Just Enough'


About a month after dropping Mixtape_02, LA's Mija is back with a new two-track EP, Just Enough. It dropped ahead of her tour of the same name, and finds her really expanding on the worlds of house music and electronica in general. I normally hate using the term "electronica," but this EP specifically reminds me of the mid-to-late '90s dance music craze, in how free-form it could be. There are house grooves, spoken word, and more all throughout this release.

Stream a snippet below, but you can either check it out in the usual digital outlets or download it for free.

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Hesk Returns With 100% Footwork On His New EP, 'My Jeep'


For a while, I was mad concerned for Toronto, Ontario's HESK. After covering a lot of his material over on DoAndroidsDance? (RIP), he'd seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth the internet for a while. We're talking like three years of no word from this prolific producer. This past June, he returned with a bang, literally dropping 100 tracks spanning a massive amount of time, and it looks like he's far from done.

This week, he posted My Jeep, a six-track footwork EP spanning material from 2015 to 2018. It does exactly what it says on the tin, giving you 100% footwork for 100% free. Stream this thunderous release below, and download it for however much you want to pay for it over on Bandcamp.

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Ren Thomas "In The End"


Ren Thomas is one of the nicest in the Garden State doing it. Hopefully a cut like "In The End," which caps off his #RensDay series with a heavy dose of real talk, can get some of those sleeping heads to wake up.


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Jean Grae & Quelle Chris "My Contribution To This Scam" (Video)


If you're talking best albums of 2018 and not mentioning Jean Grae and Quelle Chris' Everything's Fine, your list is off. One of the best tracks from the project, "My Contribution To This Scam," gets a dope visual, animated by Crackbunny. It does a great job of playing off of the fuckery in the hip-hop game that Chris and Jean bring up. And it's also just a beautiful piece of art. Watch it in full below.


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UllNevaNo and Illien Rosewell Suit Up for 'Confidence Is Everything 3'


"Playing every day like it's game seven" is a great way to look at life, and is the mantra that runs through the first track on UllNevaNo and Illien Rosewell's third project, Confidence Is Everything 3. Feels like it's been forever since we've dropped new material from Bmore's UllNevaNo, and it's great to hear that he's still at it, churning out these tracks.

You can stream the full project below, and grab it via Bandcamp.

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Homage CVG and Waldo from Cincinnati ft. Jermiside "Power Windows"


After only becoming familiar with Homage CVG's material via his recently-released Hacienda LP, it's great to see that CVG's back with another one. CVG's next project, Used Cars, which was made in collaboration with Waldo from Cincinnati; it's a sequel to their 2017 smash Grocery Choppin'.

Kudos to them for linking with Jermiside on the lead single from Used Cars, "Power Windows". It's just as dope as you'd imagine it'd be, all light and airy and hypnotic. Run this one back multiple times.

You can stream "Power Windows" in full below, and cop it via Bandcamp today.

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Valona Denise "Love Jones" (Video)


To close out 2017, Trenton's own Valona Denise dropped SBTP, which we loved for its intoxicating effect. Roughly nine months later, she takes one of the more gorgeous and soulful tracks from that release, the Iamnobodi-produced "Love Jones," and dropped a dope visual for it. Check it out below.

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Jett I. Masstyr Returns With 'The Upside Sessions'


The homie Jett I. Masstyr is no stranger to this URL. We've seen him grow and evolve for a while now, and each new project feels like the next chapter in his sound. The Upside Sessions, which dropped roughly a week ago, is no exception.

"The Upside Sessions," Jett shared, "is a collection of tracks made mostly in 2017. They remained unused until now. I always use where I am at in life to guide my inspiration behind projects."

"Once you reach certain levels in life," the Houston-representing producer continued, "you can find yourself at a new bottom, and another level in front of you to achieve. There's a level of optimism needed to be successful. Even when things aren't the most positive around you...you can control that. I'm definitely searching and looking forward to the upside."

Deep, motivational words for a truly intriguing project. Stream it in full below, and download it from one of these digital retailers today.

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Heavee Releases New Album, 'WFM'



Not sure if Fall is truly made for Footwork, but the Teklife camp definitely drops some superior releases during the chiller months of the year. Keeping with that tradition is Heavee, who unleashed his long-awaited album WFM this week; it was truly worth the wait.

Clocking in at eight tracks, there's truly no fat or filler on this release. Many of you will remember his DJ Rashad collab "It's Wack" from Grand Theft Auto V, but that just scratches the surface of this release. "Cloud Ride" (featuring DJ Phil) is a ready-made club anthem, while his Sirr Tmo collab "What U Waiting For" is the space-y footwork trip that the newer school of Teklife producer specializes in.

You can stream WFM in full below, and cop it today. Heavee also dropped a mix for Rinse FM, which you can stream (and download) right now.



Photo credit: Desmond Penn
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Cymarshall Law ft. AceWonda & DJ Phillip Lee "The Warning" (Video)


Cymarshall Law breathes Jersey hip-hop swagger. We've been covering him for a while, and his latest album, Imperfectly Perfect, finds him in peak form. Just press play on the video for "The Warning." With that hypnotic sample and those razar sharp bars, along with Cymar's styling, this is one cut you'll keep on repeat.



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Drake and Meek Mill Celebrated the End of Their Beef With a Game of Ping Pong


For the last three years, Drake and Meek Mill haven't fucked with each other. I want to say it started when Drake didn't tweet something about a song he did with Meek, but I don't know. I just remember Meek calling Drake out for not writing his verses (which, who was actually surprised, then or now?), and then Drake overcoming the odds by handing Meek his own ass. Twice. Meek took forever to respond, and when he did, the shit was trash, and he got turned into all of the memes.

While the beef peaked during that OVO Powerpoint Fest of Meek memes, there have been stray shots and trolls since, but it felt like their situation was a) dead and b) a warning for anyone trying to beef with somebody in the Internet Age. For example, the clock is on Eminem to respond to MGK during whatever this thing is they are engaging in currently.

While no one was thinking of whatever this Meek/Drake beef has turned into (especially since Pusha T made Drake a fool in their situation), Drake decided to bring Meek out during his Boston show last night, effectively deading their beef. Drake had Meek perform, but also spoke on the situation: “This right here is a long time coming. This right here is important. This one of my favorite rappers, for real for real."



So, their beef is over. If you don't believe that show of solidarity, don't worry: someone had their phone ready to record this epic $20,000 ping pong game between Meek and Drake. "This is how we will teach kids to settle their differences" one caption read.



Hey, if you like it, I love it, but wasn't ping pong called "honkey ball" in South Central? Do kids in the hood play ping pong like that? And what if they get into a heated $20 ping pong battle and the beef isn't squashed? Do they go to the basketball court NBA 2K19? When are jokers allowed to take it to the streets ala Rocky and Tommy Gunn? That's how Philly bols do it, right Meek?

Fair play either way; just don't throw up no brick when the inevitable collab drops.
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GRIP ft. Tate228 "Jail Pose" (Video)


ATL spitter GRIP is slowly becoming one of my favorite up-and-comers in the game. Pigeons & Planes put me onto him over the summer, and I've been a fan of his PORCH release ever since. This week, he dropped another thought-provoking video, this time for the Tate228-produced "Jail Pose," which is a great way to get introduced to his sound. Watch the visual down below.

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Mr. Mitch "Settle"


The UK-based producer known as Mr. Mitch has been dropping heat for Planet Mu in the form of two albums over the last four years, and is now ready to "settle" back at his imprint, Gobstopper, for his next EP, Primary Progressive. Get it? Not funny? I'll stop.

Either way, this is a truly intriguing look at how electronic music can do more than motivate your ass to the dancefloor. Sure, Primary Progressive is set to be more club-friendly than a number of the recent Gobstopper releases as of late, but it'll also find Mitch dealing with the emotions he's felt during his father's journey with MS into beautiful tracks.

The first single from this EP, "Settle," is available for download now. Stream it in full below, and cop the full release when it drops on October 26.

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Lando Chill ft. Swansuit "Dah Vapor"


There's something about Lando Chill's music that gets me every time. Something about the mixture of hazy cool and a tinge of quirk that sets me on a cloud each and every. Take "Dah Vapor" as exhibit A. This Black Ego cut is set off on a breeze of melodic vibes, and even Swansuit's more brash flow still sounds perfectly at home.

Stream "Dah Vapour" in full below, and be sure to download Black Ego when it hits on October 12.

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TT the Artist and UNIIQU3 Are Your 'Club Queens'


When it comes to the infectious sounds of Baltimore and Jersey Club, TT the Artist and UNIIQU3 are two of the artists really waving the flags for their respective moments. It makes sense that they'd link up for Club Queens, Vol. 1, a project that also serves as the debut release for TT's Club Queens label. It's also a tribute to the OG Bmore club queen, DJ K-Swift, and is a dope blend of the Bmore and Jersey club sounds.

You can stream the full seven-track EP below, and then head over to iTunes to download it.

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RIP Rich Quick


The rap game just lost a real one. While details are scarce, social media has lit up with word that Rich Quick, one of the nicest and most memorable artists in this area, has died. If you've been rocking with this site, you've definitely come across a post we've done on his music.



I want to say I first got introduced to Quick back in 2011, during one of the many Garden Variety shows in Trenton. I'd continue to run into him in Trenton, and we struck up a rapport. It was his I'm With the DJ tape that really made me appreciate what Quick did as a lyricist for the area, but it went deeper than that project. He just felt like he was always on the pulse. He was one of the first I remember migrating to SoundCloud. One of the few taking the time to craft songs with live instrumentation, even after cats started making beats at home. He just thought different. Might be why, over the last few years, he was doing way more painting and way less writing.



I guess we won't be able to hear what Quick's pen would sound like after this hiatus. I'd love to know what his next chapter would've included. All I have are these tracks, all of those daps and laughs, his warm greeting whenever we ran into each other in the Town. I'm genuinely going to miss this dude, just like anyone who entered his cipher during his way too short time on this Earth. So while we all try to pick up the pieces, lets loudly blast the music Quick left us. Rest in power, Rich.

A GoFundMe to help out Rich's family is here; you can also read his obituary

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Jaxtella: 60 Minutes of Madness (Aug. 2018)


With the return of rockthedub radio, we got Jaxtella back on the decks for the first of what's becoming many drum & bass sets. His secret is also out: Jaxtella is the dnb alias of Patrice McBride, and from what I'm being told, he's set to really go in with this Jaxtella sound. That appears to be including regular mixes, which you can stream and download to your heart's content.

Need something to help you return to work and/or school? Here's a power hour of insane drum & bass from this summer. Featured artists include Phace, Signal, Hamilton, Heist, Cod3x, and many more. It's a belter. Full tracklist below.


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Cashmere Cat ft. MØ & SOPHIE "9 (After Coachella) (R3LL Remix)"


While R3LL might not have been able to drop his Certified Club Music mixtape when he wanted to, he more than made up for it with the release of this Cashmere Cat remix.

R3LL is one of the few Jersey Club artists bringing the sound to the masses, and his Dim Mak affiliation definitely helps when it comes to the wider EDM audience; this is remix should be blasting out of everyone's daddy's Prius come the end of the year. Or at least throughout Indian Summer.

Stream this rework below, and download it ASAP.

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K. Sparks "Systematic"


Did you dig the last gem from K. Sparks that we shared but needed more? Here's the latest single from his next album, Note to Self, "Systematic".

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HI$TO "INVASION"


The homey HI$TO from Bmore has been on my radar for years; during the tail-end of the DoAndroidsDance? days, we were steady supportive. He's got a new EP on the way, and this week, he gave away the title track. If you're footworkin', you're in need of this. Stream and download below.

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Cymarshall Law "The Same Guy" (Video)


If you missed this year's Jersey Fresh Jam, don't worry; this new video from Cymarshall Law will make it feel like you were there. He shot the clip for "The Same Guy" during this year's Jam, and released it just in time for the release Imperfectly Perfect, which drops on September 7th.

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RIP Spirit


The drum & bass community has been rocked by word of the death of Duncan Bisto, better known to fans as Spirit.

For anyone checking out drum & bass from '96 onwards, something Spirit has done has to have rocked you. While a number of his earlier productions were released via imprints like C.I.A. and Timeless, it was his material with Digital that really cemented his legacy early on, with cuts like "Mission Accomplished," "Remote Control," and the absolute anthem "Phantom Force" coming from their collective studios. Over the years, Spirit not only released material through some of the finest imprints in the scene (Metalheadz, Commercial Suicide), but also set up his own imprint, Inneractive Music, which he continued to drop material on.



News of Spirit's health issues hit less than a week ago, with Digital (who had just recently dropped an EP he did with Spirit over on Phantom Audio) recently sharing that Spirit was in the hospital in critical condition since August 13. He shared that Spirit had suffered a cardiac arrest, and that there had been irreparable brain damage. The family was told to prepare for the inevitable. On Sunday, Digital shared the tragic news that Spirit had passed.

It's also sad when the drum & bass community loses one of their own; last fall, Spirit released a single he produced with Marcus Intalex, who himself passed in May of 2017.




For those looking to remember Spirit, there's no doubt going to be a number of tributes on the way. For starters, check out this interview UKF did with Spirit back in 2017, which looks back at the reasons why he's regarded as one of the best and most prolific producers the scene has ever produced. Spirit was also very active in remastering and re-releasing the Inneractive Music back catalog via Bandcamp; take some time reminiscing through those classics, especially his stellar 2005 album Puzzle Box.

For now, here's a three-hour set Spirit did back in 2016. We also put a bunch of his gems into this Apple Music playlist. Or just check out the mixes we've thrown down below. Rest in power, Spirit.


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Lil Pump "Esketit (Kozee Edit ft. Stormzy)"


One day, Kozee asked me if I realized how grime-y Lil Pump's "Esketit" was. I hadn't, because I don't rock with Pump's music like that. Sure enough, I peeped the track and agreed. She's since double-backed and hit the world with an edit, complete with some Stormzy bars, to prove how grime-y this new school cut is. Stream below, and make it yours via Bandcamp.

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