We haven’t dropped an official UniversityHype sponsored mixtape in awhile, so this is long overdue. To make up for missed tracks, and to kick off the summer with a nice long free project, we compiled the 22-track long West Coast Dreams mixtape. Full of good vibes that’ll have you seeing palm trees and cold drinks, each song was hand selected by our staff writers to portray the sounds and artists we love to listen to in the summertime. Cop the free download and share it with your friends. Enjoy.
I’m so happy I discovered both of these talented female musicians today. CAPPA is a pop-singer from Nashville, with gentle and hypnotic vocals, and on-point style to match. Eau Claire, producer and DJ from DC, flipped her track “Killin’ It” into a future-indie-dance banger. It’s the kind of track you listen to as the day’s about to end, but you can still see the sun in the horizon. You can’t help but dance and groove to this one. CAPPA and Eau Claire’s individual styles both complement each other harmoniously. I’m hoping to see these two in the studio together sometime for a future joint release. CAPPA’s dropping her new EP on May 26th, so go pre-order that shit after you snag this free download.
I’ve been wanting to share this original from Post Malone ever since I heard it, but this bootleg from Y2K is — to my surprise — even better. With some downtempo percussion, oriental strings, and various fitting-samples, this remix has been tweaked just enough to still retain the aura of the original while still adding some funky flavor from Y2K. His style is extremely unique, very detailed, and beautifully branded. Just from looking at his soundcloud, you can tell this producer has developed a way of doing things that’s unique; from his music to his profile picture, everything is congruent in that it all flows together and represents Y2K. Enjoy the free remix, show some support and share his track via twitter or facebook below.
Nicolas Haelg, electronic music producer out of Switzerland, teamed up with pop vocalist Megan Davies to create a reimagined version of Lana Del Rey’s hit “Summertime Sadness.” And although yes, the track is way overplayed and remixed countless times, I gotta say I’m really vibin’ to this interpretation. Haelg imbued some tropical-house beats beneath the harmonious vocals of Davies and male singer Keelan Donovan, adding a new dimension to the originally solo piece. The guitar riffs are happy and carefree, the production is crisp, and I’m feeling way more of that happiness than sadness. Get that free download and cruise into the summer sunset with this solid rework.
You might remember Everett Orr from his debut original single we posted back in February. The downtempo, intricate, and instrumentally flawless production on this new track from Everett Orr sets some amazing vibes, and it’s the perfect compliment to Netaji Lamont’s voice. Netaji glides across this track with a catchy hook and a couple verses that play into the melancholy aura of the instrumental; mature lyricism, delivery, and vocals are like the cherry and sugar to an old fashioned, topping it off tastefully. Sip slow, take this smooth jam in, and enjoy some alone time. Be sure you follow Netaji Lamont and Everett Orr on soundcloud if you’re feelin’ their new release, and share it if you want to show some support.
Carneyval is no stranger to UniversityHype, and after doing an interview with him over the phone last week (coming soon) I discovered this gem that I missed from him that he released at New Orlean’s BUKU project. You’re probably familiar with the hit-single Retrograde from James Blake, but I promise you’ve never heard it like this. William Carney does a phenomenal job at implementing his own funky electronic sound into this rendition of James’s track with Celeste Stoney. The instrumental originally hit me as Michael Jackson-esque, but quickly transformed into a hyped up dance track; waves of keys, synth, and groovy guitar keep the momentum going from start to finish. Cop the free download if you like what you hear, follow Carneyval on soundcloud and twitter, and share the track to show some support.
From Palestine to Canada, Belly has built a career for himself in Ontraio that’s yet to receive proper recognition in the States. Up For Days, however, is built to change that trend. With features from several notorious artists — The Weeknd, French Montana, & Travi$ Scott — it’s no wonder why this tape has been taking over the airwaves these past few weeks. As an affiliate of the label XO, branding is a priority, and in Belly’s own words, this project isn’t just another chapter in his career “it’s a completely new book”. Fat bass, ambient vibes, and hard-hitting quality production is consistent throughout the entire mixtape. Although every track is in the hip-hop realm, versatility is still a prominent characteristic as he flexes his ability to sing, rap, and write lyrics that touch on a wide spectrum of topics. If you’re looking for some highlights, my favorites were Might Not (feat. The Weeknd), Masion, and Who Am I. This is an artist you need to keep your eye on; not only is he talented, but he’s also extremely connected and motivated to leave his mark on the industry. He’s not going away anytime soon, so cop the free download, follow him on soundcloud and twitter, and bump this tape while it’s still hot.
I’m really happy to introduce y’all to a new artist to the UH library today: Landon Sears. This guy’s an 18-year-old singer and producer out of Nashville, who dabbles in feel-good acoustic goodness and a little bit of hip-hop. His most recent track “Night Trippin'” employs the on-point and wavy production of slomdug; he plays with the delicate balance of electronic bass vibes and a nostalgic blues-inspired trumpet sample. Landon’s voice goes down so smooth, with a sound and sense for rhythm well beyond his years. He sings about that feeling of just needing to hop in your car and go on a night drive to clear your head. And yes, this dude can rap too. Get that free download, check out some of his YouTube videos, and follow him on Twitter so you can be the first on the jump.
Wiz doesn’t just share his day-to-day life with his fans via his youtube series DayToday, but his lyricism in tracks like this provides the imagery you need to get a peek into his hazy lifestyle. No Permission is centered around his favorite topic of choice, Mary Jane, and a dream girl that’s down to smoke, listen, and do shit without permission. The spacey slow jam instrumental from Taylor Gang’s Big Jerm is form fitting to Wiz, as you might expect; the pace is catered to his style of flow, while the light saxophone in the backdrop gives the track an extra dose of sensuality. Enjoy.
You’ve gotta love Matt DiMona. His remixes are always concise, creative, and tend to do the original tracks justice. This is his most recent creation, and thankfully it’s a free bootleg of the amazing collab between Blackbear & G-Eazy. The original track was great, but if I’m being honest, the lightweight-house style that Matt has perfected is just ecstasy to my ears. From the distant percussion to the blaring synth-lead, everything comes together to create this dream-like aura over the Cali-centered vocals. Amazing work, definitely worth a listen, and if you haven’t already you should follow Matt DiMona on soundcloud and twitter.