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Notorious B.I.G. · Going Back to Cali (Viceroy Remix)

Going where not so many remixers have gone before, and I like it.

At first I just chalked this off as just another BIG remix, until I realized who was remixing him. Viceroy has remixed some known vocals into some freshly chilled tunes and has even created some stellar originals.

What I like best about this “Going Back to Cali” remix is that it goes for a completely different vibe than most remixers are going. The beached out, Jamaican vibe isn’t heard by many remixes, let alone with BIG’s lyrics thrown on top, and that’s what makes it so fresh & so clean (clean).

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Gabriel Teodros · Blossoms of Fire

Hip-hop beyond one's self and one's own personal struggles.

It’s good to hear from some of the hip-hop that got this blog goin. I got to know of Gabriel Teodros through his group, Abyssinian Creole, which created one of the most soulful hip-hop albums I’ve stuck with, Sexy Beast.

In his most recent solo work, Teodros teams up with Bean One for “Blossoms of Fire,” which is in reference to the 2000 documentary with the same name. The documentary covers a society in Mexico where women are empowered to create their own businesses. Check out the video which clearly gives homage to the movement and its greater potential impact on the world.

The full album, Colored People’s Time Machine, was released a few days ago, which I’ll be checking out.. soon as I find it.

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Adventure Club · Do I See Color

Free music never sounded so good

Over the past 12 months, Adventure Club has wowed us again and again with there smooth dubstep remixes of indie rock songs. Recently, the duo released their second original, “Do I See Color,” a track that displays pretty much everything we’ve come to know and love about Adventure Club: nice vocal chops, sexy basses and a sound universal enough to be liked by most, yet unique enough to soundly occupy its own niche within the genre of dubstep (possibly sharing some space with Flufftronix and Dirty South Joe’s ‘Love Step’ series) […]

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Zeds Dead ·· Adrenaline EP

Showing of their progressive, alternating style

Zeds Dead’s Adrenaline EP starts off with some ghoulish tunes, moves into the moobah and slices it out with their signature sound. Definitely some unique shit on here and shows their progressive, alternating style.

Check out the previews below and hit it up on Amazon if you’re feelin it.

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XV ft. Wiz Khalifa · Gobstopper (Figure Remix)

These guys need to legitimately get together

First time I listened to this I got so hyped. See, I had some sort of a brain fart and thought that XV, Wiz Khalifa & Figure got together to make a legit dubstep // hip hop collab (overlooked the “remix”). Well, even though this is just a remix, it’s a damn good one at that. Sill not topping my favorite Khalifa remix, but I’d love to see Khalifa & XV go in the dubstep direction.

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Miike Snow · Paddling Out

Love making up my own words to the chorus

What makes “Paddling Out” so catchy are those happy electro-piano beats with the not quite as boisterous vocals. The chorus is what really tops it all off here, though – it’s those backup vocals you can’t quite make out, so you make up your own words and then realize it’s the title of the damn song!

Happy To You is set to drop in March – who’s ready for it

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Kool & The Gang · Get Down On It (Remix)

Alexandre Louvré DiscoEdits this Funk classic

Ya ever having a shitty day and a new track comes on and almost instantly turns it all around Well, Alexandre Louvré’s Disco Edit of Kool & The Gang’s classic “Get Down On It” did exactly just that. Props to Alexandre for putting this out just in time when I needed it most, though I should give mucho credit to Kool and his gang.

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Ryan Enzed “Shuts the Door”

A lesson in Complextro

A relative newcomer to the scene, Ryan Enzed has demonstrated his mastery of creating and combining synths in his numerous youtube tutorials about vsts and DAWs, such as Massive and Logic Pro. He champions the newest style of electro, ‘complextro,’ characterized by complex bass and melody lines made up of multiple synths.

With a few solid beatport releases, and an official remix of Martin Solveig’s ‘Hello’ (as well as a banging bootleg of Nicky Romero’s ‘Toulouse’), Ryan Enzed appears ready to show the EDM world what he can do in 2012.

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Red Tails Dubstep Trailer

featuring Porter Robinson's "Unison" (Knife Party Remix)

When I first heard the new dubstep trailer for Red Tails it sure as hell got me going! I wasn’t the biggest fan of Knife Party’s remix of “Unison,” but throw in some hair-raising fly footage and it makes for one hell of a match.

Some of you don’t like this new style of dubstep the kids are calling “brostep.” And as much as I agree with you to a certain extent, there’s no doubt that the dubstep (or brostep) makes this Red Tails trailer. I watched one of the trailers with out it and it wasn’t NEARLY as heart racing. Hell, it didn’t seem interesting at all. Which makes me wonder if they’re going to use it for the actual movie… Doubt it.

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Theophilus London Live in Minneapolis

with Gigamesh, Katy Morley & Astronautalis, Greg Grease and Venus X

This Saturday I got the chance to go see Theophilus London play for the first time in Minneapolis. I don’t go to too many shows to review them, mostly because it’s far more fun to watch the crowds and also because I tend to drink, which usually leads me down a path to no good.

My biggest problem with drinking is that I lose my memory, so covering the event proves difficult. I tried to hold off as much as I could for this show, but what the hell is my job there anyways …well, I guess to remember it is one thing […]

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