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Les Sins · Grind

Girl I gotta

Just another one of those ponder your life type nights and what tune to top it off. Toro y Moi’s other project, Les Sins, has one smooth little shit of a song, ‘Grind,’ which turns especially smooth when the vocals kick in.

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Outerattik · Nineties Man

Experimentations with jazz + tronic

‘Ninties Man’ starts off as a sombre jazztronic track to tune out to, but intensifies at just the right moment (wait for the drop it) to turn into one growing acid [jazz] trip. It’s one experimental ride, so don’t cling to it too tight… then again so is most of this site.

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Wick-it the Instigator · Grey Sky (feat. Heather Jones)

From mashups to this? Oh, happy daze.

I’ve known Wick-it for making some superb mashups & bass’d out remixes, but creating shit from scratch is a whole new ball game. I’ve seen many cross the line from mashups to originals and it’s not usually pretty. But the Instigator puts down one pretty piece this time.

‘Grey Sky’ over takes Wick-it’s Weathermaker EP with a whole new level of strange bass. The jazz influenced, soul samples combined with that abstract bass is more than enough to praise, but slap down Heather Jones on the mic and her hymns bring this beyond praise.

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Four80East · Wake & Bake

from the Snoopadelic Files

Found this on Snoop Dogg’s SoundCloud and loved every minute of it. I had no idea who it was at the time, Snoop like too many other SoundClouders didn’t put up the info, but I finally dug it up. What a smooth jazzy, downtempo piece that’s perfect for a good morning sesh. Best way to start your day!

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Dave Greening & Dave McKeown · Bliss

Step back & appreciate the wonder in even the simplest moments

David & Dave’s “Bliss,” kinda makes me sad, ironically, but in a good way – one that lets you step back and appreciate the wonder in the ethereal.

Glad we got a sax in here ’cause otherwise I don’t know where I’d classify this, Jazz is still quite iffy. But I’d love to see more like it, it’s the only way we’ll keep modern music classy.

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Metallica · Enter Sandman (Smooth Jazz Version)

You won't believe it until you see hear it!

Wait until the vocals kick in and damn does it hit Sogood! Most wouldn’t think you could pull off a smooth jazz rendition of Metallica’s “Enter the Sandman,” but Andy Rehfeldt sure the hell did. Plus, the video on top makes it all the more clever.

I wonder if Lars Ulrich is trying to get his “fair cut” off this…

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DJ Deckstream – Life is Good Remixes

featuring Mos Def & Talib Kweli

I was looking at my ‘tracks to post’ when I ran across Mos Def & Talib Kweli. For a second I was confused on why they were there, I haven’t heard anything new from the two in a while and didn’t think anything recently emerged. Then I saw who produced the tracks, DJ Deckstream, and realized why I need to post these up.

Deckstream is one of my favorite nu jazz producers from Japan. He’s got a shit load of good tunes to chill to, but up until recently lacked good rap support. In Deckstream Soundtrack 2.0, the producer steps up his rap game featuring some talented rhymers, including Mos Def on the original “Life is Good”. But on the two remixed versions that dropped last year, Mos Def gets some support by the other half of Black Star […]

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Illegal Cookin DJ – Paid in Full Tool (Edit) 104 BPM

De La Soul, Stevie Wonder, Beast Boys... what a mashup!

There’s nothing better than a sax leading a classic De La Soul number. Mix it with Stevie’s “Sign, Sealed, Delivered” & a little Beastie Boys and this is mashup perfection for that funkified crowd. Learn it, love it, get more of it.

Also, if ya know of anything else sampled here hit it up in the comments below. And for some reason that “Sign, Sealed, Delivered” beat reminds me of a Beatle’s song. hmm…

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Even Dirt Off Your Shoulder After All (KMT Mix)

- Jay-Z vs. Finley Quaye -

I’ve become a mashup madman, lately! I’ve found about a half dozen mashups in the last week and I’ll be throwin ’em up on here for the next month.

Now before any of y’all start bitchin’ about how old this is, don’t worry, I’m well aware! But if you haven’t realized yet, I could give a shit how old a song is. If it’s good, I’m gonna post it. And this shit is gooood.

Waterproof London is a dogpile of good smashups. I’ve been simply amazed by some of the good rhymes laid over chill beats. I might end up featuring a couple more […]

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Sweet Child O’ Mine by DJ Deckstream

"She's got eyes of the bluest skies"

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I’ve come across a few covers songs lately, so I thought I’d contribute a favorite of mine from DJ Deckstream’s Music Castle. Deckstream is a DJ/producer from Japan who could be classified in either hip-hop or jazz depending on the song/album. In Music Castle, Deckstream covers quite a few different oldies, all with a nu jazz style. Some famous songs include Tom’s Diner, Tripping Out, Just the Two of Us and my personal favorite, Sweet Child O’ Mine.

I chose Deckstream’s remix of Sweet Child O’ Mine because of its dreamy, relaxing take on a classic by Guns N’ Roses. One thing I would’ve loved to have seen on the track, along with a few others, is the original vocals included. It would’ve been interesting to hear Axl Rose’s voice over these instrumentals, but as this album is more intented as background music that may have been why Deckstream had chosen to leave him out.

This song actually brought up an interesting question in my mind: would you consider this a cover or remix What are the differences I think of a remix as cutting up a song, rearranging it, adding or removing parts and really making it your own. Compare this to covering a song where the song is relatively kept in its original form, but the performers put a little of their own style into it. As you can tell I marked this as a cover. What do you think

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