Friday
Jul232010

Skream [ft. La Roux] - "Finally"

La Roux

Feeling this not-quite-dubstep collab between Skream and Elly Jackson. Actually it's technically full-on dubstep, but it's much closer to the more subdued, cerebral strain popularized by Hyperdub than the wobble-rific thuds of Rusko or 12th Planet. (But make no mistake—Skream can wobble with the best of them.)

In any case, this is a grade-A collab. Elly turns out a stunning vocal performance. She's obviously come a long way in harnessing her voice since the La Roux sessions back in 2008. And Skream's track is perfectly bleak and apocalyptic. Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but I'll go ahead and say that this is the best collab of its nature since "Teardrop."

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Skream's Outside the Box is out in early August.
Friday
Jul162010

Jammer [ft. Boy Better Know & Camalot] - "10 Man Roll" [prod. by Mumdance]

Jammer
Jammer's Jahmanji has been in heavy rotay around here lately, and it might just be the best UK rap album since Boy n da Corner. It's an essential glance into the current UK urban music scene. UK funky is ever present, and touches of Hyperdub-approved dubstep peak through here and there, but grime is still the core of it all.

Of course, there will always be those of you who have listened to the same half dozen southern rap acts for the past 10 years and claim that "grime died in '05" or some such nonsense. All I can say to you is that A) you're wrong, and B) don't bother listening to this. Jammer will not turn your head because you've already made up your sad mind.

Anyway, Jammer is a part of the Boy Better Know crew along with JME, Skepta, and Frisco, all of whom turn up on this Mumdance-produced grime posse anthem, which is the latest single off the album. Jammer's brother, Camalot, also guests.

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Cop Jahmanji: Amazon ($8.99), iTunes ($9.99).

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Wednesday
Jul142010

Designer Drugs - "Drop Down (Savage Skulls Remix)"

Savage Skulls

Here's a remix of one of my favorite songs of 2009, "Drop Down" by Designer Drugs, who came through Little Rock a few months back:

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Tuesday
Jul132010

Florrie - "Call 911 (His Majesty Andre Call Me Instead Remix)"

Florriephoto by Paul Scala
La Roux debuted via a "Quicksand" remixes EP on Kitsuné back in late '08. Now look at them. "Bulletproof" is getting played hourly on just about every Podunk Top 40 station across the states, and it's still floating around the Billboard top 15 alongside Ke$ha and Katy Perry. The duo is getting serious stateside exposure, including a performance on Good Morning America. Pretty soon they'll be opening for (or even co-headlining with) Gaga and making further rounds on the talk show circuit.

Florrie is poised to be another potential UK pop sensation, perhaps the next link the La Roux/Ellie Goulding chain. Her debut single, "Call 911," (which is also a remix EP and also on French label Kitsuné) dropped today. Her sound is actually more accessible than La Roux—she even lowers herself to some Ke$ha-esque rapping—and her (seemingly) high budget could easily spell eventual crossover success.

But for now, her team seems content on breaking her as an underground pop darling by commissioning remix artists like His Majesty Andre, who turned out this minimal filter-house-leaning version:

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Cop the "Call 911" remixes EP: Amazon ($3.96), iTunes ($3.96).
Tuesday
Jul132010

Paul Wall [ft. Bun B & Kid Sister] - "Imma Get It" [prod. by Travis Barker]

Kid Sisterphoto by Mark-Edward Jenko
Paul Wall stays tethered to his Texan rap roots on his new LP, Heart of a Champion. Many of the guest spots are taken by Houston heavyweights (Slim Thug, Lil' Keke, Chamillionaire, Z-Ro, Devin the Dude), as well as some of-the-moment non-Texan southern talent (Yelawolf, Jay Electronica, Yo Gotti). All in all it's nothing out of the ordinary, except for an unusually gully verse by Fool's Gold first lady Kid Sister. No idea how this oddball collab came about, but it definitely works.

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Heart of a Champion is out today: Amazon, iTunes. And seriously, if you haven't checked out Kid Sister's Ultraviolet (Amazon, iTunes), please do. Really solid pop album—ignore the Pitchfork bull and give it a whirl.
Tuesday
Jul062010

M.I.A. [ft. Nicki Minaj] - "Teqkilla (Lost My Fone Out Remix)"

Nicki Minaj
♥ u, Nicksta.

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/\/\ /\ Y /\ is out tomorrow.
Friday
Jun252010

Chromeo - "Don't Turn the Lights On"

Chromeo with Daryl HallChromeo with Daryl Hall at Bonnaroo | photo by Morgan Harris
Brand new single off the duo's forthcoming LP, Business Casual. Really smooth, easy-going pop number here. You can really hear the Hall & Oates influence seeping in like never before. Perhaps the recent collabs are taking effect.

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"Don't Turn the Lights On" will drop on the 29th.
Wednesday
Jun232010

Owen Pallett - "Lewis Takes His Shirt Off (CFCF Remix)"

CFCF
I've had a huge producer crush on CFCF since forever, so it was only a matter of time before I threw one of his tracks up here. Better late than never:

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Cop Owen Pallett's Lewis Takes His Shirt Off remixes EP: Amazon ($5.94), eMusic (6 credits), iTunes ($3.99).
Tuesday
Jun222010

Serocee & Rukaiya Russell - "Sound di Vuvuzela"


Sorry. If it hurts to think about vuvuzelas, just look away.

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I know nothing about Serocee and Rukaiya Russell except that they made this jumpin' song about global unity (via vuvuzelas). Not often that you hear dancehall artists shouting out Iceland and Denmark. I'm pretty sure that if we blow these horns for long enough, we will effectively eliminate all notions of war. So keep it up.
Monday
Jun212010

Nick Catchdubs at Fix on Wednesday

photo by Brendan Smith
Fix is goin' hard again this week. Headlining will be Brooklyn-based DJ, producer, Fool's Gold co-founder, and all-around doer of big things Nick Catchdubs. He's arguably the biggest name to play Fix this summer, and that's saying a lot. Click to RSVP.

Alongside A-Trak (Kanye's tour DJ and 1997 DMC champion), Catchdubs founded Fool's Gold, the label that launched the careers of Kid Cudi and Kid Sister, in 2007. He's also done mixtapes for Wale, Mark Ronson and Mishka. Get tunage:

Kanye West - "Champion (Nick Catchdubs Jeep Mix)"

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Kidz in the Hall - "Flickin' (Nick Catchdubs x Proper Villains Remix)"

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Get Catchdubs' latest mix, Pink Lemonade, over at Asian Dan.

As far as the Fix gig goes, you know the deal. $1 wine for ladies and $5 domestic buckets. Support by resident DJs EQ and Shortfuze. Luckily, Fix is now 18-and-up on Wednesdays, so all you freshmen and high school seniors can come out and jerk and D-town boogie like us grown folks.

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