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Funk Hunters & SkiiTour · Candyman

Dubstep & Halloween must've relocated from the same hometown

Brink’s ‘This is Halloween‘ & his Beetlejuice remix were my first good glimpse into dubstep’s favorite holiday, but I haven’t heard much more that combine the two so well. But finally just in time for Halloween I found Funk Hunters & SkiiTour’s ‘Candyman’ remix. Not only does it chill to the core, but the dubstep is solid brass to boot.

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Miguel · Adorn (Sammy Bananas Adlib Dub)

Leave it to Bananas to bring out the best in Miguel's voice

Bananas may call this the “version for those who like less singing,” and as much as that’s true, it’s more like the version that picks the best vocal parts in ‘Adorn.’ Miguel’s voice is undoubtedly powerful in more ways than one, but Sammy Bananas’ “Adlib Dub” highlights the best of it. He can really hit those notes at times.

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Cry Wolf · Play (David Banner Cover)

This is not for conservative ears [seriously]

Oh holy god this is wrong, and yet so on. There’s nothing I love more than beautiful vocals gettin dirty with the wordage and Cry Wolf gets real dirty with David Banner’s ‘Play.’ How the hell did Banner ever get away with this shit anyway
Love it.

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Foster the People · Pumped Up Kicks (Reggae Cover)

Cris Cab covering this messed up pop joint, reggae style

I first heard Cris Cab on ‘One Thing,’ a collaboration of his with Pharrell Williams. I don’t know how Cab pulls off this reggae pop so well, but even my soulful ways can get into the pop slop for kids like Cris.

In his cover of Foster the People’s infamous ‘Pumped Up Kicks,’ Cab twists it well with that feel good jam style of his. If anything, it’s a pretty damn good reggae cover for a white boy from Miami.

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AlunaGeorge · Your Drums, Your Love

The next "auto tune" is here and I'm lovin' it!

This electro distortion of vocals displayed in ‘Your Drums, Your Love’ is sure to be the next auto tune craze, but I’m lovin the hell out of it for now. And the nice thing with this compared to other distortionists is that Reid (producer) doesn’t mess with Aluna’s fiine vocals, but leaves the chopping & skewing for the chorus. As for Aluna, I’m still on the fence with a few British accents, but I warmed up to her’s quicker than most.

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Chris Malinchak · So Good To Me

I was in love from the very first listen.

I hardly ever fall in love from the first go, but Malinchak’s ‘So Good To Me’ hit right from the start. It’s one of those tracks you know will stick by you for the rest of your life (yea, it’s that good).

‘So Good to Me’ starts off slow, but keeps you intrigued until the heart of it all. Once the vocals kick in, however, it’s full flavored bliss. Although it’s hard for me to describe exactly what makes this so special, it’s quite clear to see once you listen in.

Make sure to check out the rest of his music as well and let me know what you think. I won’t listen to anything else of his until I’m sure sick of this (it’s gonna be awhile), it’s just something I do.

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Justin Bieber · As Long As You Love Me (Remix)

Louis La Roche puts everything else Bieber to shame [mostly his music]

It took me 20 minutes to find a damn decent picture of Justin Bieber [and let's just say I settled]. But now that we’re past that, we gotta get past my posting of the Beibs on Silence. Soon as you check this ‘As Long as You Love Me’ remix though, you’ll understand why. Louis La Roche simply samples bits of Bieber and transforms his sound with such a distinct pattern, yet my tongue can’t quite wrap its name up. La Roche is calling it Garage, so apparently I need to study up on that (I’m not an expert on every sub-genre!)

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Lenno · ‘Mighty Love’ vs ‘Sweet Disposition’

Mashing up Pryda and The Temper Trap

I just had a real rush of awe-inspiring-ness while listening to Lenno’s mashup of ‘Mighty Love’ & ‘Sweet Disposition,’ mostly because I remembered I still have two tacos in the fridge. (best.feeling.ever) But also because of this remarkable mash of house & those rememberable vocals from the late 00’s — even though it takes a bit for the vocals to kick in. And make sure to wait for it [3:40].

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Catching Flies ·· The Stars

An audio trip for those ears of yours

Catching Flies lays out for us a four-track EP, titled The Stars, and my is it electro mastery. Vocal manipulation is almost becoming a necessity for my ears and I haven’t heard such fine manips since Madeux or TIP. Catching Flies borrows from a few fine vocalists for all four songs – Coldplay, Bajka, Mt. Wolf & the last which I couldn’t find credits for (credit your samples, people). In the end, some tripworthy tracks that’ll definitely be in my next beats to blaze to edition.

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Frank Ocean · Scared of Beautiful

Produced by Midi Mafia

Here’s a demo we got ahold of recently, but which actually leaked late 2011. ‘Scared of Beautiful’ houses Frank’s always straight-forward, heartfelt words. Production is provided by Midi Mafia and holds well with Frank’s vocals.

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