Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chromeo "Don't Turn the Lights On (Video)"

It needs to be said again: This song is just too smooth.

XV "Squares"

Some more music from WB's newest signee. Loving the amount of Vizzy material that is emerging lately. Production by Wiz Khalifa affiliate Johnny Juliano. Check out XV's newly launched website too.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bun B feat. Drake "Put It Down"

A little something off Bun's upcoming album Trill OG. Production by Boi-1da. Really liking this track.

Robyn "Hang With Me (Video)"

Song is great. Video is great. Love the "behind-the-scenes" essence of the video. Spotted at PFoP.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Usher feat. Jay-Z "Hot Toddy"

Hot Toddy- (noun) Hot toddy is a name given to a mixed drink, usually including alcohol, that is served hot. Hot toddies (such as mulled cider) are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet and/or cold weather. They were believed to help cure the cold and flu, but the American Lung Association now recommends avoiding treating the common cold with alcoholic beverages as they cause dehydration.
Thanks to Wikipedia.

I went into this song not wanting to like it. Like the name just sounded dumb. But I'm a sucker for a good R&B/Pop song, so yea...(and it's Usher and Sean Carter, so I kind of set myself up for failure)

Kanye West "Chain Heavy (Video)"

Kanye rapping a new song off his upcoming album at a Facebook event, sans beat. From the sound of it, Ye seems to be far removed from his 808s phase, as he sounds more passionate and hungry than ever. Props to 2DB.

Fabolous feat. Red Cafe "Tonight/Love Come Down (Video)"

Visuals off Fab's classic There is No Competition II: The Funeral Service.

XV "Top of the Roof"

New song from Warner Bros newest signee. Off his upcoming mixtape from Evil Empire V for Vizzy dropping July 30th. Congrats to Vizzy. Kid worked hard, and deserves everything. Production by Seven.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Rick Ross feat. Raekwon "Audio Meth"

And while this is a tad late, here's the bonus cut off Ross' Teflon Don. Not going to lie, this song goes. I was a bit dubious of the "Shook Ones Pt. II" sample (as it is a classic), but it definitely works. Check out Mike's review of the album.

Delorean "Stay Close (Video)"

The visuals for Delorean's lead single off their album Subiza, which is out now. Delorean hails from the Basque region of Northern Spain.

The-Dream "Turnt Out (Video Preview)"

I'm going to be honest, it's going to be real difficult to unseat The-Dream's latest album Love King from my favorite album of 2010. Here's the preview for his video for "Turnt Out." Seriously folks, go out and but this album asap. From first song to last, it is a classic.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lupe Fiasco "B.M.F. (Building Minds Faster)"

Lupe takes his turn over Rozay's "B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast)." As we've come to expect with Mr. Fiasco, he embarrasses Ross on his own track. Apparently this was a gift to the fans who have an ongoing petition to Atlantic Records to release Lasers, which according to Lupe is already finished and in Atlantic's hands, they just refuse to release it. Anyways, you can "sign" the petition HERE, and hopefully we get the album sooner rather than later.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Samuel "Find Your Love (Drake Cover)"

Saw this at Kanye's Blog, and decided to check it out. Really interesting take on the original. Got some guitars and such. Just wish it was longer. Pretty sick. Production by The Knocks.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I'm dead tired, and I've got the Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union in half an hour, so I figured I'd just hit you guys with a mix of things I've been meaning to post, but just haven't gotten around to.

The iTunes pre-order for Mike Posner's upcoming album 31 Minutes to Takeoff came out yesterday, and this song hit the web. To be honest it was a bit too poppy for me at first. I missed the collaborations with Big Sean and the general almost less-polished feeling his mixtapes have. After a few listens though, I'm actually really like this record. That being said, the album drops August 10th, and I'm super pumped for it.

This song comes from mash-up artists Hulk Smash, and it combines The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" with Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed." Now to be fair, I'm pretty sure you could mash the sound of a jackhammer and a baby's cry with "I Want You Back" and it would still sound good. And Ms. Goulding's debut album will probably find its way onto my much anticipated "Best of 2010" list. So the building blocks are there to create a great mash-up. And it is. Definitely a great song to listen to in the car on a hot day.

Jackson 5 vs. Ellie Goulding- "I Want You Starry Eyed" (This isn't the "official" title, but I decided to use it to avoid redundancy.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Few Reviews and a New J.Cole Song

The highly anticipated album Teflon Don from Rick Ross dropped today and I am nothing but stunned. I wish Ross hadn't released some of the tracks before the album dropped. However, I am nothing but happy with this album. Ross does his usual thing with his simple yet intense flow. The features on this album are incredible with Drake, Chrisette Michele, T.I., Jadakiss, Ne-Yo, Erykah Badu, Diddy, Yeezy, and Gucci Mane just to name a few. Overall, I think that Aston Martin music is the best song, however Free Mason is pretty ill as well. I would definitely check out Teflon Don.

Second is a review of Curren$y's debut album Pilot Talk. I love this album so far. The beats are so much different than normal just synth beats. They are jazzy and just overall unique. Curren$y straight up kills all of the songs. I think my favorite is Example or Life Under the Scope. Try to go out and buy this album to support Spitta. That is if you can find it in a store....

Lastly, I'm going to leave you with a new song that I found the other day from J. Cole. I cannot wait to hear what this guy is going to put out for an album. Check it out.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kanye West "Flashing Lights (Videos)"

So yea, this is pretty old, but I find myself astounded every time I watch these in a row. Plus, I don't think a lot of people know there are three videos for the same song, all relating to a different segment of the song. Sheer brilliance from Kanye again.

m83 "We Own the Sky (Video)"

I've been really into M83's fantastic album Saturdays=Youth lately, and this might be my favorite song off of it. The visual goes perfectly with the song. It has a light and airy feel, and I love the use of light and scenery as well. Just awesome all around.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sorry for the Lack of Updates...

Hey guys, I'm sorry for the lack of updates lately. There hasn't been too much music flowing out other than a few albums. I'm waiting on some new singles. Over, the last two days, two new singles came out, which I am pretty excited for.

First, is a new song from XV. The song is called Gettin' BiZZy, which is going to be his first single off of his upcoming mixtape known as Vizzy Zone. I'm pretty excited to see what else XV will be coming out with in the future.

The second song which came out is M.I.A. by Game. This song is supposedly the first single off of Game's upcoming mixtape, which will be called Break Lights.

The Hood Internet "Trillwave"

We've posted some Hood Internet before, and pretty much everything they do is extremely dope. Welp they've come through again, this time with a full-length mixtape set to be the soundtrack to your summer:
NEW MIXTAPE! Brought to you by the fine people of Mishka, TRILLWAVEis ergonomically designed for your summertime: the soundtrack to the partyafter the afterparty or maybe to a sun-drenched backyard barbecue the next day.

Download it HERE.

Drake "Do It All"

New Drizzy off a new unoffical mixtape titled No More Thank Yous. As usual, Aubrey comes through with some sick new music. Produced by Rob Halloday.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Miguel feat. J. Cole "All I Want is You (Video)"

A little late on this one as well, but I saw the video on MTV Jams last night at like 3am, and I've had it stuck in my head all day. Really dope record.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Curren$y Day

In honour of the release of Curren$y's debut EP Pilot Talk, here's a whole lotta Hot Spitta:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rick Ross Featuring Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa - Super High Sativa Remix

All I can say is this video is insane and the song is one of my favorites...and it may even be better than the original.

Rick Ross feat. Drake and Chrisette Michele "Aston Martin Music (Official Extended Mix)"

So you may have heard the original "AMM" which leaked a few days ago. Song was nuts. Well take that song, and add an almost four minute long verse from Drizzy as well as a bit more singing. Sounds good right? Well it is. Oh and btw, this is one of the best verses I've ever heard Drizzy spit. Period. Teflon Don in stores July 20th.

Oh and here's a bonus, the video for "Blowin' Money Fast" which is also on Rozay's upcoming album.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Crystal Castles "Celesitca (Video)"

I'm a little late on this one, but I've recently become obsessed with Crystal Castle's sophomore album (also self-titled). And this song is a big reason why. I have a feeling the album will end up as one of the year's best. We'll see.

Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and John Legend "Free Mason"

New leak off Teflon Don, dropping July 20th. Looks like we may have a classic on our hands.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

4 Albums You Need To Hear

So I noticed a lot of sites are doing their top 10 albums of 2010 (so far), as this is the mid-way-point of the year. As much as I would love to do this, I figured it would be far easier to just give you guys four albums, in no particular order, which I feel are among the years best so far. Hopefully you haven't heard them yet, and if you have, you better agree with me.

Sleigh Bells- Treats
I noticed this on almost all top 10 lists, so I figured I'd give them a listen. The Brooklyn duo represents a new genre of music known as "noise pop." Basically, it's just what it sounds. Lots of noise (guitars, drums, synths) combined with the airy vocals of Alexis Krauss. Sounds pretty bizarre. And it is. However, the sheer contrast between the very pop sounding vocals combined with the cacophony of instruments creates an extremely unique sound. Admittedly, it took me a few listens to begin to like it. But just listen to "Crown on the Ground" a few times, and try to not have it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Big Boi- Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Yes I'm aware this just came out Tuesday. But it is just so fantastic, I had to make sure everyone was aware of it. Take Big-Boi from Outkast, add some RIDICULOUS funk/soul/r&b influenced beats, sprinkle in guest appearances from the likes of Janelle Monae, Gucci Mane, Jamie Foxx, and T.I., and you've got a recipe for one of the year's best albums period. Nothing else can really be said. You've just gotta listen. (Sidenote: The skits are hilarious.)

Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels
I know I've already posted about Marina Diamandis, such as her fantastic video for "Oh, No" but she deserves a little more focus. The Welsh born singer of Greek decent is equally adept singing on both slower piano led ballads ("Obsessions") as well as more poppy electronic songs such as "Oh, No" and "Mowgli's Road." With one of the most distinct voices in the ever growing electro-pop genre, Marina delivers a wide-variety of songs on her debut, showcasing her immense talents.

Theophilus London I Want You
Yes, this isn't really an album, it's a mixtape. Good for you, cause you can get the whole thing for free. London flows lazily, while still remaing razor-sharp with his rhymes, over some of the most eclectic beats ever assembled. You've got Marvin Gaye, Discovery, Ellie Goulding, and Vampire Weekend, which London glides over with tremendous skill. Definitely something you're going to want to pick up before your hipster neighbor starts claiming he found it first. And it's ridiculously good.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Album Leaf

In a Safe Place (2004)

Into the Blue Again (2006)

Ambient, experimental, soothing, layered, airy, dreamy, contemplative, introspective, emotional, melodic, depressing, uplifting, awesome instrumental music. Put this as background music or rock it on those late night drives. Highly recommended. I would compare them to Explosions in the Sky with a more focused approach and sometimes easier to digest song structures. Favorites from these two albums - Over the Pond & Streamside off of In a Safe Place and Red Eye off of Into the Blue Again.

Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - DANZA III (2010)

Well don't rule out metalcore just yet...DANZA III chugs along the lines of Dillinger and The Red Chord, not to mention the Meshuggah influence throughout the breakdowns....yes breakdowns, deal with it. Crazy rhythms and catchy thrashy verse riffs make DANZA's 3rd installment an easy and fun listen. Either low tuned 7 strings or 8 strings = brutality. Truly a Series of Unfortunate Events.

DANZA III - The Series of Unfortunate Events

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Big Boi feat. Vonnegut "Follow Us (Video)"

Some visuals off that upcoming Sir Lucious Leftfoot, which drops July 6th. Btw, I heard it's really really good.

Tinie Tempah feat. Snoop Dogg "Pass Out (Video)"

Tinie Tempah and Snoop perform Tinie's smash hit (in Britain at least) "Pass Out" at the Glastonbury festival in the UK a couple weeks ago. Looks nuts. And I guess I can throw up the mp3 as well.