This Is The Year (EP) – Jeremiah Taylor

by thedean on May 15, 2016

This Is The Year (EP) - Jeremiah Taylor
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Jeremiah Taylor is no stranger to the hype, and it sounds like he has every intention of keeping his momentum going this summer. This entire project is loaded with bangers, which, in our opinion, is where Jeremiah shines the brightest. The singer/rapper/songwriter flexes all over these trap-style instrumentals provided by his producer of choice, DRVMRBOY, and the two artists seem to have figured out a system to create catchy, hard-hitting tracks with unfathomable ease.

The topics range from women to money, but overall the EP is about the transition from everyday life in favor of a more risky, more difficult, and more profitable route pursuing music full-time. The production is Toronto-esque; fat percussion, ambient synths, and enticing melodies in an eerie key. That being said, the quality of the work that these two are capable of without any sort of financial backing is phenomenal, and this final project is absolute fire.

Although this is merely a teaser of what’s to come, this is by far the best work that either of these two have put out to date. If you aren’t following Jeremiah Taylor on Twitter or Soundcloud already, I suggest you catch up and go check out some of the other material we’ve posted.

Eventually – Wingtip

by thedean on May 14, 2016

Eventually - Wingtip
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I don’t post enough indie-electronic material on here, and hopefully this is the start of a new trend for me. NYC’s Wingtip is a great artist to start with; he’s not huge yet, and his music is extremely chill. The oldest song he posted is 10 months old, so hopefully he’s new to you too. After skimming through his feed, I can confidently say that this man makes nothing but beautiful, head-nod inducing jams.

Although Wingtip dabbles in remixes, this is 100% original, and it reminds me of something out of the movie Drive. The looping synth melody, the airy explosions, the ambient sound effects, and the panning percussion make up the majority of the song, and provide an elegant setting for the single lyric “Eventually” to be sung and repeated.

I’d be going on a tangent if I tried to tell you what I thought the meaning of this song was, but Wingtip wrote “And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. For her, put your dancing shoes on.” Maybe it doesn’t need to have a deeper meaning, maybe this is just the kind of song that makes you want to dance with the girl you love and make her feel special.

It’s a great track, and if you’re just now discovering Wingtip like me you should throw him a follow on Soundcloud and Twitter.

Good Love – Brasstracks & Jay Prince

by thedean on May 13, 2016

Good Love - Brasstracks & Jay Prince
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Have you ever listened to a song and thought, “Man, this song is great, but a saxophone/trumpet solo would really make this song better.” If not, it’s cool, you probably wouldn’t know what to do with a brass instrument if you had one anyways. Thankfully, Brasstracks is a team of incredibly talented brass players and percussionists, and they’ve been adding flavor to tasty tracks for over two years now.

A lot of their material is on iTunes, so I haven’t been able to share them with y’all until just now. Thankfully this collab with Jay Prince was a free drop, and it’s as awesome as it can be. An expertly produced brass line up erupts over some organic percussion — make sure you catch the sick drum solo at 2:15 — making a perfect setting for the London based rapper to flow over. Jay Prince first came across our radar when we started keeping up with the Soulection collective, and since then he’s grown into his potential in a huge way. The majority of his songs have over 100,000 plays on soundcloud, and his following has been growing across the globe.

Both of these artists are great musicians all around, and I highly recommend you give both Brasstracks and Jay Prince a follow on Soundcloud if you like what you hear.

Sweet Talk Stole The Show - ACADEMY & Kygo
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ACADEMY has yet to announce their release date for this project, but with every song they drop I get more and more hyped. This collaboration/sample/mashup probably isn’t going to be on the project, but it’s definitely worth a listen. The tropical instrumental from Norway’s most beloved producer is a perfect fit for this LA duo and the first single from their forthcoming album Sweet Talk.

Personally, I think mashups are either hit or miss, there’s not really a gray area. This is one of those remixes/mashups that fall under the hit category. You’ve probably heard Kygo’s track Stole The Show, especially since it accrued over 100 million plays on YT alone in less than a year. Although the original version is much deeper, sentimental, and introspective, ACADEMY’s light-hearted vibe turns the instrumental into something entirely new. It’s happy, it’s vibey, and it’s much more energetic than their original acoustic jam.

This might be a great track, but if you haven’t heard ACADEMY’s other material yet you need to go check out some of our older posts. If you like what you find, be sure to throw the guys a follow on Soundcloud, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to show some support.

 

For Real – Tory Lanez

by thedean on May 11, 2016

For Real - Tory Lanez
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Tory Lanez is one of those artists who’s career was destined to take off from the start; he founded this trappy Toronto auto-tuned sound, and despite the fact that other rappers are replicating his technique he’s managed to build his lead and drop enough world renowned material to keep it.

‘For Real’ is a two-part track, whereas the first half is about running the rap game and flexing on his rivals, the second half is much more sentimental. He explains how “pressure” has turned his streets-raised mentality caused him stress, caused him to flip drugs, caused him to rob people and keep a tight circle. It’s a story that the rap industry has glorified, from Biggie Smalls to Tory Lanez, the idea of being able to make it out of the ghetto and become a rich ‘rarri driving trap star is a common dream in America’s impoverished cities.

Production by Tory himself and his long-time compadre Play Picasso makes for an elegant yet explosive instrumental, perfectly molded to Tory’s vocals. As always, there’s a free download for you above. If you aren’t already following the man on Soundcloud and Twitter you’ve been sleeping, so wake up and show him some love.

A Milli – Lil Wayne (Y2K Remix)

by thedean on May 10, 2016

A Milli - Lil Wayne (Y2K Remix)
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In an era where record labels are suing everyone and their mom over copyright disputes, and many electronic artist’s are losing their social media accounts, followers, etc. due to reported material, it’s a bold move for Y2K to sample this entire song from Lil Wayne’s The Carter III. That being said, I love Y2K’s remixes, and when I saw that he had put his spin on this song AND released it for free, I had to put it on here for y’all.

The song starts with the familiar “A milli, a milli, a milli” loop that we were all bumping back in 2008, but when Lil Wayne starts his first verse the production starts to evolve. A menacing cymbal roll erupts into a sea of claps, a grumbling bass line, and an extraterrestrial synth lead until finally dropping off into an insane percussion sequence. Chopper-esque high-hats, something that sounds like a cowbell, and a booming baritone. The song gets progressively more ludicrous when Y2K applies a Megatron sounding filter to the hook, and inserts an oddly fitting SpongeBob sample into the last verse.

As far as I’m concerned, this song needed a face lift, and as long as it’s free online it’s free here. Cop it if you’re feeling it, and be sure to throw Y2k a follow on Soundcloud and Twitter too.

2090’s – Ambré

by thedean on May 9, 2016

2090's - Ambré
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We fell in love with Ambré’s voice when she first graced us with her aggressive, emotional, and poetically flawless single Paradigm. She dabbles in topics that other vocalists won’t touch, and makes the subject palatable with her exceptional vocal range, addicting melodies, and unique production.

‘2090s’ is the first project she’s dropped since her debut project Wanderlust came out last year, and already we’re hearing a significant difference not only in the quality of her writing, but the overall sound is of a much higher caliber than we anticipated. Having not released any material leading up to it’s debut, the project came as a bit of a surprise, and came out on the worst date for any artist’s album to drop — the same day that Drake released ‘VIEWS’.

The entire 15-track tape is down tempo and seemingly melancholy. The songs cover a wide range of topics from love to lust, and the instrumentals were provided by a plethora of different NOLA based creators. I’ll let the project speak for itself, but definitely give Telly, Nintendo $hawty, and Free a listen. If you like what you hear, make sure you show some love by giving Ambré a follow on Twitter, Soundcloud, and Instagram.

Fool For You – Big Z & Jackson Breit

by thedean on May 8, 2016

Fool For You - Big Z & Jackson Breit
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This isn’t the production we’re used to hearing underneath Jackson Breit‘s smooth summertime vocals, but the electronic symphony that Philadelphia composer Big Z created is absolutely marvelous. While I was hesitant at first, within the first ten seconds of listening to this new release I knew I had to share it with y’all.

An enticing piano chord progression is coated with airy synths, mystical sound effects, and hollow percussion as Jackson makes his entrance. The melody sounds like a jazzy pop jam, but the snare build-up at the one-minute mark transitions the song into a tropical house breakdown. The genre-blending ambiance is surprisingly amicable; Jackson Breit’s versatility allows him to go from New Orleans’ style funk-revivals to acoustic serenades to heavily produced electronic gems like this.

The song is easy-going, free spirited, and depicts a strong infatuation that’s pulls you out of your comfort zone. It’s a song to dance to, a song to party to, and a song you can download for free. Although this isn’t the sound we expect to hear from Jackson Breit all summer, it’s definitely worth checking out. If you like what you hear, be sure to show some love by giving Jackson a follow on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram.

Draft Pick – Ace Hood

by thedean on May 7, 2016

Draft Pick - Ace Hood
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Tis’ the season for rappers to come out of hiatus and showcase how hard they were grinding in the winter. While Ace Hood hasn’t been a prominent name in the hip-hop industry for awhile, and hasn’t had a charting single since 2013, so needless to say he’s looking to make a comeback. A few weeks a go I posted his single The Type, and it sounds like we’re in for more of the same with this hubristic release.

With expertly delivered lyrics, and a flow that has yet to be copied, it’s no wonder why Ace is still able to pull hundreds of thousands of plays on seemingly effortless creations. ‘Draft Pick’ was released in sync with the NFL draft last week, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that these well-versed lyrics are centered around the Florida native’s rise to fame, fortune, and being everyone’s “number one draft pick.”

The production is a simple, hyphy beat from Miami’s Smash David, who’s also been handling Jason Derulo’s material for the past few months. It’s a good song, and as per usual it’s a free DL, so cop it if you like what you hear and show Ace some love on Soundcloud and Twitter.

Why Don’t You – Ben Owens

by thedean on May 6, 2016

Why Don't You - Ben Owens
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Ben Owens hasn’t dropped a new record in a couple of months, but this definitely isn’t what I was expecting to hear after his brief hiatus. The eerie key and stuttered pace of this new release seems like a regression, given that his last three releases featured Felly, Matt Burton, and the upbeat high-quality production of Cavalier.

‘Why Don’t You’ might not be my favorite Ben Owen’s track, but it still has all of the qualities I look for in a hype-worthy single. MKSB is an Alaskan producer who’s been behind the boards of more than a couple Ben Owens singles, which makes for a consistent and coherent sound, but doesn’t flex the versatility that we hoped to hear from Ben, and definitely doesn’t showcase the summertime feel-good sound that most music listeners are yearning for.

That being said, the lyrics are a healthy combination of poetic euphemisms and suggestive bars, and Ben’s vocals are as airy and soothing as they’ve always been. The female vocal sample is unnamed, but it adds a certain sensuality to the track that was surely needed. The pace is slow, but the percussion still slaps and the bass still kicks. By all means it’s a great release, just maybe out of season? Regardless, give it a listen and show the boy Ben some love on Soundcloud and Twitter if you like what you hear.