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Ellie Goulding · Starry Eyed (Penguin Prison Remix)

The DUBSTEP Queen RMX'd with Theophilus London

Goulding is still the DUBSTEP Queen, but a nice change of pace sets this “Starry Eyed” night right. The remix brings in vocals from Theophilis London’s cover of “Starry Eyed” and the two mix well.

Can’t wait to see her in Minneapolis this August… since she cancelled last time :(

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Big Sean (feat. Rick Ross & Pusha T) · 100 Keys

What pushing a 100 Keys sounds like.

Is it the incredible beat or the fact that the BOSS is on this that makes this track so dope. I have a feeling it is a little bit of both. If you didn’t know, Big Sean is the truth and is one of the cooler artists in my book simply because he just released his entire debut album, Finally Famous, for stream on his Soundcloud. I listened to it.. and again.. and again and came to the conclusion that “100 Keys” with Rick Ross and Pusha T is by far the stand out track on the album. Each of the rappers kill their verses and the beat is unlike any song I have heard lately. This is what pushing a 100 keys sounds like. Get money […]

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The Weeknd · The Birds (Part 1)

You ready for the new Weeknd?

Another track released for the upcoming mixtape, Thursday, by The Weeknd. Gotta imagine this is gonna be on the mixtape, like “Rolling Stone“, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to move beyond House of Ballons quite yet.

I do like what Abel is puttin out – still bringin that powerful, high-pitched soul, yet still giving us something new by varying up his vocals. However, the beat doesn’t bring all that much for me. It ain’t all that bad, but it sure as hell doesn’t compare to most of the tracks on House of Ballons. It’s good to hear a more upbeat Weeknd, but I’m still stuck in the dark ‘n’ grimey one for now.

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Kenton Dunson (feat. Ryan Kellie) · Firestarter

Dedicated to the one's who burn your heart and a trail of guys after you.

We’ve all come across one of these or know someone who has, albeit under a different name – more commonly known as heartbreakers, Kenton Dunson calls them firestarters. The one’s who burn your heart and a trail of guys after you. As Kenton says, “I feel bad for the next guy.. and the next guy,” you should be cautious around these ones.

Nevertheless, they make for great song material as Kenton gracefully demonstrates over a harmonious piano and synth melody. The chorus will have you hooked from the beginning, but the verses from Kenton really make […]

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The Hype Machine Should Go Green

And when I say green, I mean organic... in which I really mean automated.

The Hype Machine allows you to manually subscribe to the artists, blogs, friends and search terms of your choice. As helpful as it’s been to create a more customized playlist, it becomes increasingly harder to keep up with and subscribe to all the stuff you like. Therefore, Hypem should start building an automated recommendation system to do the task for you. Before we can figure out what to recommend and how to display it on Hypem – which’ll be covered in a later post – we’ll need to find out where to pull the information from. Luckily, it’s right at the heart of The Hype Machine… literally, the Hypem Heart […]

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Kanye West · Mama’s Boyfriend

A throwback to that pre-Dark Fantasy vibe

After Kanye hit up Facebook headquarters in July of last year with an a capella of “Mama’s Boyfriend”, we finally get to hear the track with full productions from, who’s rumored to be, Madlib or Q-tip (but who knows).

This is definitely a throwback to Kanye’s older sound and is probably the reason why it wasn’t on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whatever whoever is sayin, it’s good to hear this style of Kanye pop up over his progression in music.

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DJ BAHLER · Love Me

Mashin' up GAYNGS & about a dozen more tracks

Can’t believe how many tracks are weaved into this, but even so, it comes out sounding like one solid mashup. With a heavier bass, ominous tunes and even more experimental sounds than GAYNGS’ original, “Faded High”, BAHLER’s “Love Me” is one heavy mashup that doesn’t rely on pop vocals to make it a success – a success that it is.

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Elzhi · Lifes a Bitch

Elzhi's tribute to the legendary Illmatic

In 1994, one of the best debut albums of all time, Illmatic, was dropped by Nasir Jones, aka Nas. World renowned producers DJ Premier, Q-Tip and Pete Rock all took turns in the studio making beats that have become anthems for most hip-hop lovers across the world.

Jason Powers, better known as Elzhi from hip-hop group Slum Village, decided to pay tribute to the legendary rapper’s first studio recorded album by referencing all the same beats and even some of the same lines, but over the stories and struggles of an emerging 21st-century artist […]

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Uzi Octopus · Let It Fall Aside (feat. Raw Poetic)

Another side project from Restoring Poetry in Music

Uzi Octopus is a side project from a long admired hip-hop band of mine, Restoring Poetry in Music (RPM). Not quite sure when the project’s gonna drop or really any more information about it – they really need to get their ass goin’ on the whole online marketing thang – but I know it just finished up, so expect a release date soon.

“Let It Fall Aside”, the first single to hit the ‘net, features RPM’s very own MC, Raw Poetic. I gotta imagine he’ll be on the entire album and, hopefully, P-Fritz will lend some backup vocals, as well (amazing voice).

Until the release, check out a few of RPM’s stuff and another side project gone legit duo, Panacea.

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Warrior Music (feat. Ekko) · Chasing Sky

Kinda like that Ellie Goulding dubstep-esque sound

Always impressed by a talented beatboxer . . . but over a drum & bass beat Wow, what a combo. Stumbled across Warrior Music’s Soundcloud a few months back and was blown away by every track, “Chasing Sky” in particular (along with “Middle of the Night”, so be sure to check that one out too!)

I love dubstep, but (personally) always to a certain point – here, Warrior Music has a really nice balance of integrating dubstep/drum & bass/vocals within one another, which kind of lightens the heavy load. However, I do wish he used Ekko’s beatboxing a bit more here, but hey, at least he got the ball rolling on a new trend […]

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