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Basic Physics – Saxobeat Swagger

Chris Brown & Alexandra Stan Mashup

Basic Physics straight up dropped some swag lines from Chris Brown on Alexandra Stan’s “Mr. Saxobeat”. As much I’d love to have seen this cut up and altered a little more, they really found a perfect match made for the Salsa Club (or anything Spring Break) – and isn’t that why we love mashup artists so much

Also, make sure to check out Basic Physics mashup of Lil’ Wayne & Pretty Lights, one of my favorites of all time.

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Blackmill · “Miracle”

Who would of thought dubstep could be so relaxing?

First fell in love with Blackmill when he did a dubstep remix of Ellie Goulding‘s “Your Song”, originally by Elton John. Now he’s gone and done it again with his own “Miracle”. I never knew dubstep could be so melodic, but Blackmill sure as hell does it with both of these tunes.

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Music that Got Me Blogging About Music (Part 1)

The Midwest - with a little East Coast & Florida mixed in

I decided to compile a list of 25 artists that I discovered (or rediscovered) in college and was the driving force to get this music blog up and running. The list is broken into five categories – Midwest/East Coast hip-hop, West Coast hip-hop, International/non hip-hop music, Bay Area hip-hop and finally my top five. I plan on posting one per week for the next five weeks (each Sunday), but you know how that goes. Make sure to stay tuned in.

For the first part I decided to go with the Midwest because that’s where I’m from. Unfortunately, my Midwest & East Coast influences are lacking on this list, probably because I went to college in Arizona, heavily influenced by the West Coast. Anyways, I think you’ll enjoy these six musicians from the heart of America – some you may know and some you’ll get to know (you better!) […]

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The Weeknd ·· House of Balloons

Continuing with the sexiest shit you've never heard!

Abel Tesfaye’s vocals are touching on holy in House of Balloons, backed by Doc Mckinney & Illangelo’s deep ‘n dirty beats and this is an experience into the dark side of soul.

When I heard The Weeknd’s first single, “What You Need“, about a half a year back, I remember thinking that this is some of the sexiest shit. Well, I wasn’t quite sure where Abel would take it next, but House of Balloons has a grip of tracks that are equally as impressive, spewing even more […]

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Paper Diamond – Electric Smile

Some electric happynasty (whatever that is)

In for some more glitchy/choppy breakbeats by Paper Diamond. I gotta say, “Electric Smile” is one of his best so far – seems to keep me more in tuned than a lot of his tracks off Levitate. Wish there were some dirty pop samples put in, but sometimes it’s good to keep those out (for integrity’s sake).

Make sure to check out my post of Paper Tiger’s Levitate on SFCritic.

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KeithCharles Spacebar – BeforeCommonEra

Sounds like... help me out with this one.

When I first heard KeithCharles Spacebar’s “PrettyBrownEyedGirl”, I thought it was a prank. His flow just reminded me too much of a fairly well-known East Coast/Midwest rapper, one I couldn’t put my head to. The whole vibe reminded me of AbCreole, who are actually from Seattle, but knew I was thinking someone more nationally known. It’s frustrating as hell, but I still can’t figure it.

But besides that, KeithCharles vibe is smooth as hell, especially with those neo-soul beats behind ’em. The beats actually remind me of a couple of my favorite producers, though these I can name.

Besides his minor references to video games classics, KeithCharles’ BeforeCommonEra is also similar in sound to D.C. producer K-Murdock. Both posses beats with a forward-thinking, experimental style that incorporates […]

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Tim Gunter – Electric Hustlin’

Mord Fustang & Rick Ross Mashup

Yea, I’ve been posting a lot of shit hip-hop, lately. But these mashup mavericks craft fine electro-beats around rappers who may not be the most relevant to our lives, but have something that many rappers overlook, a personality.

I see too many well versed rappers concentrate too hard on the meaning and not on how the rhyme flows with the beat – remember, you’re not rapping to a beat, the beat’s rappin’ to you (… you get what I mean). As much as hip-hop is about meaning, the first thing to music is feeling – and Rick Ross with the help of Tim Gunter’s mashup of Mord Fustang’s “Electric Dream” is nothing but feel (good) music.

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Ellie Goulding DUBSTEP Remixes

Never knew Ms. Goulding could get so grimey

Goulding has got a damn sexy voice, as we all know, but pair it up with some top notch dubstep RMX’s and ya got trip-hop’s worst nightmare unleashed. When I first started searching for Ellie Goulding dubstep remixes, I didn’t think there would be this many well done, but there were, all with their own flavor.

Enjoy ’em as much as I did putting ’em together. If you have any other Goulding’s gone dubstep, make sure to hit ’em up in the comments below.

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Zedd – Legend of Zelda (Original Mix)

Zelda's about to pop that thang against Lord Zedd's power house

First Zedd remixes a pop song to perfection. Now he’s taking Zelda’s classic theme song and electro housing the shit out of it. Big things are a comin’ from this Mighty Morphin PR villian – looks pretty jacked in that pic, too ;)

The track officially drops on the 21st with a bonus electrixx remix. Follow me on Facebook and I’ll hit you up with it when it releases.

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Atmosphere – She’s Enough

The Family Sign is inching closer with a second single release

Here’s the second single off Atmo’s upcoming album, The Family Sign. Slug’s down to earth rhymes seem to be consistent in “She’s Enough” and all of his latest work – I guess that’s what comes with age, more stories to tell and less ideologies to preach. Whichever Slug you’ve grown to love, it’s good to see the MC come to age.

Verdicts still out till the album drops April 12, see you then.

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