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Passion Pit · Sleepyhead (Abstrack Remix)

A taste of the more tranquil side of dubstep.

I have to be totally honest with errbody. It’s not often that I find remixes that I like. I almost literally rip my hair out when I hear one – in fact, my roommate has often scolded me for yelling at my speakers – “THOSE LYRICS DON’T GO THERE. THEY DON’T EVEN FIT.”

But I couldn’t resist enjoying this one. It’s probably just because Passion Pit’s the shit, but still [...]

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JAYBeatz · Dirty Diana (Mashup)

featuring The Weeknd & Michael Jackson

Any Weeknd mixer/masher should be all over this. Combining an artist with potential that hasn’t been seen since MJ, as well as the legend himself, makes for one dirty mashup.

JAYBeatz is the first on deck with a “Dirty Diana” collision that carries the two well, but doesn’t live up to what I’d think combining these two would bring. At times, I can barely tell MJ from The Weeknd, JAYBeatz plays off the two nicely, but also doesn’t bring anything spine-tingling to the mix, like his Weeknd/Drake mash. Still like the direction and the ideas he’s bringing, can’t wait for more.

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K-Def · Night Owls

featuring the smooooth MC, Raw Poetic

Raw P is one of the most underrated rappers. I’ve followed him for some time and he always impresses, always. He’s usually lending those smooooth raps to Panacea or RPM, but it’s nice to hear him on a fresh beat. I haven’t heard of K-Def much lately, but those tunes are right up Raw P’s alley.

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Lou Rawls · Let Me Be Good to You (Disco Tech Edit)

Hunker on down with your sexier half and let this be good to you both.

Lou Rawls is one sexy beast and Disco Tech takes full advantage. Check out a fine edit of “Let Me Be Good to You” for the cozy season and hunker on down with your better half.

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fuckmylife aka Deadmau5 · Xmas Stuff

featuring those beaut.a.ful Kaskade vocals from "I Remember"

A nice little Xmas treat from fuckmylife aka Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5. I like how these EDM stars are getting more into downtempo and Joel’s retake of “I Remember” relaxes it even more with a simple, light-hearted beat. Who’s up for an album like this

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Best Music of 2011 (Part 4) : MASHUPS

Ten creative mashups with style and finesse

I categorize mashups in two ways. First is the “supermash,” where you take a grip of samples and lace em all together. The other is just two or so tracks twisted into each other to make one. Either way, it’s to bring vocalists into a new style & genre.

So in this Best Mashups of 2011, we’ve got about five of each. With styles ranging from rap to nu-disco, the only thing consistent in this mix is the amount of soul… basically, they’re not inspired by Glee ;)

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The Weeknd ·· Echoes of Silence

Just a taste of Abel's vocal potential, but the whole fucking platter lyrically.

I keep on thinking that Abel’s albums after House of Balloons will live up to their predecessor, they won’t. I’m not saying Abel will never top it, it’s just not gonna happen in this trilogy. The problem isn’t Abel’s vocals or lyrics, it’s the production. Doc Mckinney & Illangelo are fine producers, I just don’t think they stepped up Abel’s sound in the last two albums. There is a shitload of producers that could do something completely different, completely original with his voice and it’s gotta be Abel’s next step.

That said, it’s still a damn decent album with lyrics that are evolving through simple honesty. Abel has one interesting story, not just because of his quick rise to fame, but how he’s taking it all in. Make sure to check out his “Dirty Diana” cover, as well as the rest of the album (shit.is.poetry). I still can’t believe I never thought up Abel covering MJ, so obvious now.

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Best Music of 2011 (Part 3) : Dubstep Remixes

The year that gorgeous vocals got turned onto that wobble

Dubstep remixes were dominated by b.e.a.utiful vocals this year…. Or maybe it’s just I’m obsessed with these beauts mixed with dirty, dirtay dubstep. Either way, this style has ruled SNG for the last half of the year and hope it rules for many months into next.

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Paul McCartney · My Valentine

And I bet you can't guess who's lending a hand with this.

McCartney is releasing another album in February of next year and here’s your first sneak peak. “My Valentine” couldn’t come at a better time, other than Valentines. What a perfect tune for this magical Christmas time, but what I love most isn’t those icon vocals of his, but the just as iconic guitar strumming done by the one and only Eric Clapton. Is this the first time the two have gotten together for a song since “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

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Best Music of 2011 (Part 2) : Remixes to Rave ‘n’ Rage to

Technically, they're mostly mashups, but I like how this sounds better

Moving on from the Best Ghetto Funk of 2011 (whatever that is), we get 12 mixes & mashes that will pump you up from 2011 all the way into 2012. Most of these are mashups of Progressive House // Raver type music with a bit of something else sprinkled on top. A few have their flaws, but the’re all the best to go buck wild to and ring in the New Year, baby!

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