Entries in Arkansas (73)


EarFear - "You Don't Count"

607607 speaking at Harvard Law
2009 saw Little Rock rapper and AiMT BFF 607 unleash a small frenzy of flips and remixes on the web. (Download them all after the jump.) This little treasure trove kicked up quite a bit of blog buzz, getting him some shine on Mad Decent along with a chart-topping entry on Hype Machine. Luckily Lord Six tells me that he's wanting to get back on the remix grind, so hopefully we can expect some more eventually.

In his time off from recording remixes, Six hasn't exactly been slacking. He reunited with his brother Bobby (formerly known as Morbid) and recorded two full albums (both of which you can cop over at their Bandcamp page). Years back, they recorded and performed as Trauma Team, but these days they're calling themselves EarFear. Speaking on their two albums, Six describes one as "aggressive" (The Ignit Truth) and the other "calm" (Altar Call). Here's a cut off the former:



Stream both EarFear albums and get more 607 goodies after the jump.

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Ciara vs. Guido [ft. Ludacris] - "Ride (Baby Armie A+B)"

Ciara vs. Guido

UPDATE: So I just discovered (upon Googling "ciara vs guido") that Giographic already blended these two songs back in May. Big time facepalm, but the two versions are different enough that I feel justified keeping this version up. His version seems to use the full version of "Ride," whereas mine just uses the acapella. I'm guessing a proper acapella version wasn't available when he made his back in May. Anyway, freakishly unlikely things happen sometimes. Moving forward.

Just a quick dubstep slow jam blend for that ass. Check out the instrumental source, Guido's "Mad Sax," off his new album Anidea (iTunes, $9.99).

Vocal Source: Ciara [ft. Ludacris] - "Ride"
Instrumental Source: Guido - "Mad Sax"

Speaking of dubstep, I'll be spinning alongside Fayetteville DJ Domewrekka Wednesday night at Fix. It will be an ALL-dubstep night, so—you know—bring ear plugs and stuff. RSVP link after the jump.

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Sleek - Summer 2010 Mix

This summer has seen dubstep spread like poison ivy throughout the state. Central Arkansas has had a strong scene for some time now, but Fayetteville and NWA are beginning to creep into the picture in a big way. From the bass-heavy tents at festivals like Wakarusa, Soulstice, and this weekend's Pronoia to the launch of KXUA's weekly dubstep show, Midrange Optional, to huge nights at Fix with 12th Planet and local Aerosault DJ Domewrekka to countless emerging regional DJs and parties, it's actually getting tough to keep track of it all. (Keep an eye on the NWA Dubstep Facebook page to keep your finger on the pulse.)

Beyond that, West Memphis also has a blossoming scene (and I'll go ahead and assume that Tulsa and Southern Missouri do too, although my connects aren't very deep out there). So all in all, dubstep has become a huge force in the state and in the region at large. I'll be spotlighting some local stuff very soon, but until then, let's shift our focus back to the OGs down in Central Arkansas.

Little Rock-based Cool Shoes homie DJ Shawn Lee has been busy gigging and honing his production skills lately, but he made some time to lay down this solid summer mix showcasing the jarring, aggressive dubstep for which he's known. He even threw a couple of his original numbers into the pot. Catch Sleek alongside myself, Wolf-E-Wolf and Domewrekka on September 10 at Speakeasy. I'll be hitting you up with more info on that really soon.

Tracklist after the jump.

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Tanner Beam's last set in Fayetteville

Tanner Beam & Baby Armie at SpeakeasyRSVP on Facebook
Check out Sayonara Set, a FREE AiMT-hosted party, on Thursday night at Speakeasy. Tanner and I will be doing sets, and Tanner is moving away soon, so this will be his last set as a Fayetteville resident. We figured this would be a good excuse to host a laid-back non-dance party and throw down some mellow joints. So leave your dancin' shoes at home and come out and sip on some $1 wine (until 11:30) and flirt with hawt locals.

Get a teaser track after the jump.

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Diamond Life - "Want Some More (Computer Blue Remix)"

Diamond Life
Quickie from the Bomb City camp. Diamond Life, a project from Fayetteville's own EQ and OKC's Daniel Rockwell, just got the remix treatment from Computer Blue (also out of OKC):


DJ Mel at Fix tomorrow night

photo by John Pesina
EQ and Shorfuze have an epic late spring planned for their Fix Wednesday weekly. We had 12th Planet a few weeks back. Next is Austin vet DJ Mel tomorrow, and Fool's Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs in June. (Little Rock and Tulsa haven't had it this good in a minute.)

All big talent, but let's focus on this week's prize: DJ Mel. He hosts the Swoll monthly as well as a 13-years-deep Monday night weekly at Nasty's in Austin. His style is wildly eclectic, so no telling what he'll throw down tomorrow. Click to RSVP.

The Goodmen - "Give It Up (DJ Mel Edit)"

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Get Mel's latest mix after the jump.

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12th Planet at Fix on Wednesday

12th Planetphoto by Luke Nguyen
This will be Northwest Arkansas' undisputed biggest dubstep party yet, and lucky for us, we've got 12th Planet, who is arguably the biggest name in stateside dubstep, headlining the ticket.

This L.A.-based DJ/producer co-founded the SMOG label in 2006 and has been doing big things for the genre ever since. SMOG is largely responsible for West Coast dubstep's aggressive sound and put L.A. on the map as the genre's domestic capital. Lately 12th Planet has caught major buzz for his collaborations with veteran West Coast rapper Ras Kass.

This is the official Art Amiss 12 afterparty. It's tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Fix. Epiphany and Bizar will be opening along with Fix residents EQ and Shortfuze. Click to RSVP. If you miss this show, you are fully hopeless. That's the only explanation.

Holler at five 12th Planet choonz after the jump.

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Arkansas Bo gets 'Song of the Day' on NPR

Suga City: Goines (left) and Arkansas Bo
The anthemic "Arkansas Sound" by Suga City member and Stuttgart native Arkansas Bo isn't exactly new. I heard it for the first time at a Suga City show back in '06 or '07. Rock Candy suggests it's five years old, which sounds about right. In any case, NPR made it yesterday's "Song of the Day," and that's something to be happy about.

You can grab Bo's latest mixtape over at DJ Booth or check this eight-minute video, which features Bo doing his best impressions of southern rap's heavyweights:

Holler at some bonus tracks after the jump.

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Fayetteville expat directs Javelin video flyer

Director Mike Anderson relocated to Brooklyn from Fayetteville a short while ago. Not sure if this an official music video and/or video flyer (i.e., formally endorsed by Javelin), but either way it's very pretty to look at. It's promoting a release party for No Más, Javelin's latest album. The party will take place on April 22 at Santos Party House in Manhattan. RSVP here.

UPDATE: Mike has confirmed that the project was indeed endorsed by Javelin and that he'll be directing the full music video as well. He tells me it'll be finished before summer.

Speaking of Javelin, I've been positively gushing over this duo since their remix of The Very Best's "Julia" landed late last year, and No Más is shaping up to be album of the summer. Here's one of my favorites off it (but they're all tight-to-death):

Javelin - "On It On It"

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And here's that "Julia" remix because it's a little too good to pass up:

The Very Best - "Julia (Javelin Re-Do)"

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Cop Javelin's No Más on Amazon, iTunes, Other Music.

Designer Drugs in Little Rock Tomorrow Night

Designer Drugs in Little Rock
Little Rock promotion team Cybertribe has booked some impressive acts in the past (most notably Le Castle Vania last year). Tomorrow night they'll continue that tradition by relaunching their Zodiac Series monthly dance party at The Rev Room with Designer Drugs headlining. Click to RSVP.

Now, I could either ramble on and give you a DD bio, or I could share some choonage. I'm opting for the latter. This "Victims" remix showed up on RCRD LBL earlier today:

Villains [ft. Whiskey Pete] - "Victims (Designer Drugs Remix)"

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And here's the new Kevin Calero-directed video for DD's "Drop Down," which turned up in AiMT's favorite tracks of '09 list:

Lastly, check out DD's remix of Annie's "Anthonio." Oldie but goodie.

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