Young rapper reppin Providence and Brooklyn, Khary Durgans, has hit us with a 6-track EP titled Swim Team. This bite sized sample of Khary’s work is very telling of his progression and growth. For those who were fans of his big release in February Love and Anchors, you’ll find that previous project was a bit more introspective and poetic. Khary spits a little harder on the Swim Team EP, boasting a bit more confidence and asserting himself as a rapper who can balance emotional expression and creating music with production and bars you can jam to. The opening track Swim Team feat. Rome Fortune, is my personal favorite. When you bump this track, bass-heavy production paired with the “Bitch, I’m the captain of the swim team” refrain will have you feelin cocky as hell. The second track, Atmosphere, reminds me of Sting’s Desert Rose, with futuristic space-age vibes. Calypso really got me hooked with the line “How do you love someone who loves something more than you?” It’s a question I think a lot of artists may ask their lovers. How do you balance perfecting your craft and spending time with your significant other? Can they be one and the same? Khary asks a lot of question and shows some vulnerability in these verses. All around, Swim Team is a solid release from Khary, and it’s only got me more eager to hear what else he’ll be releasing in the future. Check out Khary on Soundcloud for more of that intellectual hip-hop and click here to download the entire Swim Team EP for free.
You may recognize Nilo G as 1/3 of rap trio Colossus who we’ve featured on the site. He and his buddy Holborn Circuit just dropped a flip of Who We Are by Golden Coast. The feel-good summer jam is transformed into a delicate, downtempo treat for your ears. You can definitely hear some Cashmere Cat and Lido influence up in there with those cuts and vocal edits. It’s got your reverb-heavy synths, RnB feels, and ambient chill vibes. Check out more of their pop edits on Soundcloud: Nilo G, Holborn Circuit.
Stonewall Klaxon never fails to impress, after the his reputation blossomed from the last two astronomical releases, we wondered how easily he’d be able to keep the momentum going. Mirrors can be your worst enemy when you’re on drugs, or if you’re a girl with low self-esteem, but I guarantee you this title discharges nothing but positive vibes. Stonewall’s signature vocal distortion engulfs the starry-chimes, distant percussion, and epic synth waves; from the heavenly strings to the jazzy up-beat piano solo, everything is arranged ideally. If you’re looking for something to cruise to, roll to, smoke to, or just nod your head to, Stonewall Klaxon has concocted a recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. Cop the free download, show him some love on twitter, follow him on soundcloud, but whatever you do, don’t sleep on this incredibly talented producer.
After receiving great feedback on his last release Let You Know, Aziz has no trouble keeping the momentum going with another lyrically rich track. This time Aziz co-produces the eerie beat with Julian S, flexing some versatility while still maintaining focus on his delivery. A fat bass line is backed by a familiar sample sets the pace for his rampant word play; smoking herb, putting in work, and outperforming the competition are just a few topics he covers in his three hard-hitting verses. Something about the way Aziz spits over this beat just makes you want to get in your zone and grind, the fast yet crisp delivery resonates off the arpeggiating synth. Don’t sleep, Aziz is making big moves low key, cop the free download and throw him a follow on twitter.
As a premiere for his next mixtape Black Sheep, Young Money artist Caskey dropped a heavy hitting track a few days ago to get people jumpin’ early. The Avengerz produced this creeping, piano centered instrumental with plenty of deep kicks and claps to give that rebel feel appropriate for the occasion. Caskey then delivers two fierce verses addressing topics from comparisons to Wayne to his addictions in between a catchy hook which floats effortlessly over the instrumental. Hit that play button one time, download the track and make sure to check back to catch Black Sheep in our library.
We’ve been keeping up with Carneyval for awhile, waiting for a free single like this to fall into our hands. Jackson Breit and Carneyval combine to make a groovy, jazzy, and genuinely funky vibe that’s driven by both of their incredible multifaceted voices. While we don’t share much pop-style music here on UniversityHype, Use Me is just the kind of song that makes you want to vibe out and dance like no one’s watching. Guitar solos, choir-sounding backup vocals, and a beat that sounds like something you’d hear out of highschool musical are all the duo needed to flawlessly sing their risque lyrics. If you’re being used in all the right ways, this song shouldn’t take much deciphering. Enjoy, and follow Jackson and Carneyval on twitter.
Witt Lowry is known for his emotional sample-heavy sound, and this new release encompasses that style perfectly. His unique voice and delivery really pairs well with Tido Vegas’s production. Reverberating piano and yet another unnamed female vocalist sets a somber vibe, an environment that Witt seems to thrive in. He touches a few personal notes throughout the song; lost love, pipe dreams, and fueling his motivation despite the negativity. It’s simple, powerful, yet somewhat elegant, so I’m sure those of you with a soft spot will enjoy this new track. As always, enjoy the free download and follow Witt Lowry on twitter, this surely isn’t the last you’ll be seeing of him on UH.
The Two Friends never cease to impress, since we started following them last year we’ve heard them develop their sound and release track after track of flawless yet unique house anthems. For the first time in awhile, the production duo decided to drop a remix, this time to Urban Cone’s strange, upbeat, and 80′s synth-heavy single Sadness Disease. The ambient atmosphere that envelops the first minute of the track is soon overcome by the subtle snare build up, until finally you’re thrown into an ocean of house synth. Although the remix doesn’t resemble the original in many aspects, they both reach the same ultimatum when answering the questions of how to cure sadness: insanely vibey music. As always, the download is on the friends, so just be sure to reciprocate the favor by following them on twitter and liking them on facebook.
Andrew Luce loves taking overplayed hip-hop tracks and bringing them back in a whole new light. Although we were really feeling his remix to Akon’s 2006 hit I Wanna Fuck You it took a minute for us to find another remix worthy of throwing on the site. Well today we’re blessed with his take on another early 2000′s gem; heavy build ups and drops keep you enticed from start to finish, wrapping their way around distorted Cudi samples. The beat goes from 0-100 constantly, chimes and snares change the pace over a knock-your-face-off bass line. Once again, another gem from Andrew to add to your party-playlist. Keep up with him on twitter and show some love via facebook if you still have one.
You may recognize Majid Jordan as the feature on Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home. If you’re not familiar with his material, you should definitely check out his Soundcloud. And it’s safe to say stwo’s become a University Hype favorite. He’s been consistently dropping new material and remixes, each even more impressive than the next. Stwo’s edit of Her is way mellow, way chill, with some added reverb and a trap backbeat. Majid’s effortless vocals combined with stwo’s syrupy slow sexy production makes for straight baby-making music. I’m hoping this release will lead to a future collaboration from these two very talented artists.