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Tuesday
Aug122008

Dude 'n Nem – "Sound Sexy"



This is by no means the greatest track ever, but we couldn't resist the opportunity to show that Chi-Town favs Dude 'n Nem are enduring the untimely hiatus of TVT, their would-be record label.

"Sound Sexy" has been getting some airplay in their home town, but sadly a true leak hasn't surfaced yet, so we'll have to put up with this crappy MySpace rip for now:


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Dude 'n Nem's forthcoming album, tentatively titled Tinted Incubators(?), has no set release date, but hopefully the new Orchard-owned TVT will get it together sooner rather than later.

Tuesday
Aug122008

The Shortwave Set – "Now 'til '69 (Aeroplane Remix)"



We aren't above spotlighting the occasional buzz band, especially when they've got their remix roster on lock, as London-based Shortwave Set certainly does.

Belgian duo Aeroplane flips the latest Shortwave single into a dreamily mature disco pleaser. A degree of the original version's pop quirkitude is lost to a house backbone and airy, pulsing synths, but we're pretty much okay with that.


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Buy the "Now 'til '69" single from iTunes.

Bonus Track: "No Social (Optimo Espacio Remix)" [YouSendIt]


Bonus Video: "Now 'til '69"






Monday
Aug112008

A+B: The Ants in My Trance Mash-Ups Compendium, Vol. 2



A+B is a Luminfire mash-up anthology. Read the original post for a full description. Please report broken or misplaced links here.

Pharrell [ft. Gwen Stefani] – "Can I Have It Like That (Kelley Polar Mash Edit by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFWextended version available upon request
• Vocal Source: Pharrell [ft. Gwen Stefani] – "Can I Have It Like That"
• Instrumental Source: Kelley Polar – "The Rooms in My House Have Many Parties"

DJ Blaqstarr [ft. Rye Rye] – "Shake It to the Ground (Dirty Minds A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: DJ Blaqstarr [ft. Rye Rye] – "Shake It to the Ground"
• Instrumental Source: Dirty Minds – "Life of Brian"

Rick Ross– "Hustlin' (Dr. Dog Mix 'n Mash by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only]
• Vocal Source: Rick Ross – "Hustlin' (Clean Version)"
• Instrumental Source: Dr. Dog – "The World May Never Know"
• Additional Production by Luminfire

Outkast – "B.O.B. (Christopher & Raphael Just A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Outkast – "B.O.B."
• Instrumental Source: Christopher & Raphael Just – "Popper (Discotown Mix)"

50 Cent [ft. Mobb Deep] – "Outta Control (Manhead A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: 50 Cent [ft. Mobb Deep] – "Outta Control"
• Instrumental Source: Manhead – "Show Me the Way"

Kelly Clarkson [ft. Grand National] – "Walk Away ('Playing in the Distance' Glimmmash by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only]
• Source 1: Grand National – "Playing in the Distance (Glimmmix)"
• Source 2: Kelly Clarkson – "Walk Away"

Download all six tracks in a zip.

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Friday
Aug082008

FEELINS IS LIKE BOOTYHOLES #28

Friday
Aug082008

Neon Hitch – "My Book" [prod. by Benny Blanco]



The press release of one Ms. Neon Hitch insists that she is the current flatmate of Amy Winehouse. I'm not quite sold on that claim. However, this picture makes the case a bit more convincing.


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No word on when we can expect the album, but it's rumored to have beats by Mike Skinner, Think Tank and more from Benny Blanco.





Thursday
Aug072008

T.I. [ft. The-Dream] – "Like I Do" [prod. by Jazze Pha]



It's "My Love" 2.0, y'all:


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From what I've heard off Paper Trail, it's sounding like T.I. is ditching the trap and shifting his subject matter to more uplifting themes. Like girls. It makes me wonder if this all has something to do with his court agreement. (Just a thought.)

Paper Trail out on September 30.

Related:
• T.I.'s Paper Trail Album Cover

Thursday
Aug072008

Bun B [ft. Rick Ross, David Banner, 8Ball & MJG] – "You're Everything" Video

Wednesday
Aug062008

M.I.A. [ft. Jim Jones] – "Paper Planes (Remix)"



It took a while for this to register with me, but all the recent "Paper Planes" brouhaha can be attributed the new Seth Rogen flick, The Pineapple Express. Oddly enough, the song isn't even on the film's soundtrack, but it does appear on the trailer. As a result, the general American public thinks "Paper Planes" is kinda neat, so much so that it peaked yesterday at #2 on the U.S. iTunes store's "Top Songs" chart. (Today it's back down to #3.)

In any case, the song's unfashionably late indoctrination into mainstream American pop culture has made it suddenly cool with several household-name rap dudes, including Freeway and now Jim Jones:


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Perhaps this sudden spike in sales will prompt Maya to rethink her alleged retirement from music?

Related:
• M.I.A. [ft. Freeway] – "Paper Planes (Remix)"

Monday
Aug042008

A+B: The Ants in My Trance Mash-Ups Compendium, Vol. 1



This has been a long time coming. A+B is a Luminfire mash-up anthology of sorts. The plan is to release a new "volume" each week. Each volume will consist of six or more tracks, and you'll be able to download the volumes as individual tracks or as zip files. When it's all said and done, there should be seven volumes in all (or eight, depending on how much I scrape from the bottom of the barrel).

To make a long story short, I have been harboring my mash-ups for over three years, and I figured it was high time I got them out into the world before they erode on my hard disks. Some of these mash-ups have been made available before on the web. Some have gotten radio play. Some I've played in DJ sets. But for the most part, this particular stash has never seen the light of day.

The concept behind the title involves my own process when it comes to making these mash-ups. I habitually make them in the most simplistic way possible: putting an acapella source (A) atop an often stylistically opposite instrumental source (B). This usually involves a nominal amount of audio editing to make the sources more compatible or, as I like to say, to make the Legos click.

These mash-ups are usually intended to be nothing more than DJ tools. They're neither meant for deep headphone listening nor to be appreciated for any sort of production wizardry. The challenge in making them doesn't stem from rigorous production—it comes from the patience involved in successfully pairing two sources in terms of key-matching, tempo-matching and general compatibility. Sometimes I succeed in the process of pairing A and B—other times I fail miserably. You'll get to hear examples of both.

This is definitely a quantity-over-quality endeavor. There are several mash-ups in this master stash of which I'm genuinely proud, and there are some that I have no love for at all. I'll let you be the judge. My hope is that you'll find a handful you like.

Please report broken or misplaced links here.

Missy Elliott – "Lose Control (Gerd Blend by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Missy Elliott – "Lose Control"
• Instrumental Source: Shirley Lites – "Heat You Up (Melt You Down) (Gerd 4Lux Edit)"

Ce Ce Peniston – "Finally (M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade Mash Edit by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only]extended version available upon request
• Vocal Source: Ce Ce Peniston – "Finally"
• Instrumental Source: M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade – "Body Language"

Nelly Furtado [ft. Timbaland] – "Promiscuous (Heil Inst. Mash by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only]
• Source 1: Nelly Furtado [ft. Timbaland] – "Promiscuous"
• Source 2: Johannes Heil – "Freaks R Us"

Mike Jones [ft. Hurricane Chris] – "Drop and Gimme 50 (David E. Sugar A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Mike Jones [ft. Hurricane Chris] – "Drop and Gimme 50"
• Instrumental Source: David E. Sugar – "The Big H"

Spank Rock – "Rick Rubin (Lester Mendez A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Spank Rock – "Rick Rubin"
• Instrumental Source: Jessica Simpson – "A Public Affair" [prod. by Lester Mendez]

Kevin Federline – "Poporubin (Spank Rock A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Kevin Federline - "Popozão"
• Instrumental Source: Spank Rock - "Rick Rubin"

Download all six tracks in a zip.

Monday
Aug042008

Jay Smooth Speaks on Ludacris/Obama

I usually don't care much about what this Jay Smooth character has to say, but his thoughts on Ludacris' highly tasteful/helpful Obama rap resonate with mine own.



Related:
• Rappers Continue to Provide O'Reilly Factor Talking Points
• Obama Namechecks Lil' Wayne, Gives the Right 10,000 Orgasms