OMG! Canadian West Coasters WMNSTUDIES get their hands into one of the best 90’s/R&B/songs maybe ever; (& because it’s WMNSTUDIES you know it’s going to be fresh) remixing Tamia’s 1998 classic “So Into You” to 100% perfection. “So Into You”!!
Yuksek is one of the most consistent remixers in the game right now. Here on his latest mix for C2C, the French producer does go for that big anthemic floor-filling sound but manages to do so without falling into the same tropes and cliches such a sound is often littered with. The mix sounds fresh and immediate and great and will make you want to re-live 2009 all over again (that and starting your own personal dance circle). Go ahead, do it. We won’t judge (too much).
Remixers Recycle Culture take How To Dress Well not to the club or to the cruise ship or the beach but to the roller rink with their new remix for “& It Was U”. Stacked wall to wall with “funky drums” and an instrumental that sounds lifted from the “King of Wishful Thinking” video shoot wrap-party, Recycle Culture’s mix should be your “go-to” for that next rollerblader date with yr shorty.
Misun’s impressive run of singles continues with new release “Darkroom”. The same D.C.-based cast from “Harlot” and “Battlefields” are your primaries again on “Darkroom” with rising newcomers Misun teaming with the equally skilled producer Nacey. “Darkroom”‘s blend of tight as tight hooks & instrumentation with just the slightest tinge surf rock in the guitar & drums is very very good and it may well be Misun’s best track yet (which is saying a lot).
UK based Chad Valley flips the fan fave from Ghost Beach. Peep his remix of “Tear Us Apart” and keep an eye out for Ghost Beach’s Modern Tongues Remix EP, which also features remixers like Penguin Prison, Gigamesh, Summer Heart and Shook, expected to drop this April.
Lady, the duo of 90’s R&B-stress & BlakRoc collaborator Nicole Wray and UK singer Terri Walker that we first hipped you to back in November, delivers a second single perhaps better that their first. The minor-keyed “sneaky groover” “Get Ready” is a different look as compared to that first single (the sunny skipping “Money”) for the Truth & Soul Records artists but its definitely one we’re into, like REALLY INTO. Excellent.
Big K.R.I.T. superior skill as a producer shows out on new single “Shine On”. Sampled here from his upcoming King Remembered In Time LP, the Mississippi producer/MC selects on the track for a Curtis Mayfield “Pusherman”-esque ride out and gets a serviceable sixteen bars-assist from Uncle Bun B.
Big K.R.I.T. – Shine On feat. Bun B (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
Hip Hop was born on innovation. People hadn’t heard anything like it before and so they flocked to it. They couldn’t help but enjoy originality. Not only was Hip Hop different, lots of skill was involved. Fans respected Hip Hop artists for doing things that they couldn’t, and they were enlightened with a new, refreshing culture.
Most of these pioneers have run their course. New generations seem to rarely relate to the sweat and blood these human beings initially put into this style of music. Seldom will todays generation notice that legendary rappers were going against all odds. Today flashiness and personality make Hip Hop look easy with many artists boasting about the things that fans would love. These are the same individuals that frequently “make it” via the highly accessible Internet… and the over-saturation ensues.
In opinion, the Hip Hop industry needs to revert back to a time when every song had to be a hit, a new sound, more lyrical, more passionate, etc. What’s special about a Hip Hop artist that follows trends and only makes one type of harmony? These artists won’t be remembered beyond ten years if their albums cannot generate the need to press repeat. Yes, we’re talking the whole album from start to finish.
As a child, I believed the mainstream was my only road to great rap music. I pondered, ‘if this rapper isn’t famous, then it’s because he is not good.’ However, wisdom comes with age and today I see talented underground emcees doing things right, the way that our Hip Hop fathers did. That is, fighting against the brick walls and working hard to develop something with lasting appeal. They’re generating projects that may be overlooked at first in today’s bombardment of new media and flash based Hip Hop. But talent can only be ignored for so long.
Growing up in Philadelphia, I saw that the city’s musicians (as a whole) were commonly neglected by radio/TV. I remember people saying things like “Just a battle rapper” about my favorites. Yesterday’s Philly rapper may have been that. But, today’s hates that and has dedicated their life to proving that statement wrong. Mont Brown is clearly one of the best in the game and he’s been making music in Philly for years. He is surely debunking said stereotype, along with his go-to beat smith Pace-O Beats. Check out these examples:
The track “Hi Top Fade” screams emcees that know their roots. Mont and Pace most likely said “Let me show some love to the greats and blow out some speakers with big bass.” And, also “Let me be original enough to let listeners understand that it’s not a gimmick.”
“Fantastic” is Pop music for sure. Mont and Pace don’t want to just make street anthems. They want to go platinum. So, they created a soothing beat as a backdrop to feel good lyrics, without sacrificing the quality of the song. That’s something that is so rare these days. “Let’s have a good time, I’m on cloud 9.”
“Rent” proves Mont and Pace didn’t forget about the strippers. They can use auto-tune just as effectively as your favorite rapper and indeed make them asses clap, while doing so.
“All I Had” is Mont and Pace letting out the pain and suffering. There is meaning here. And you can’t compare the beat to anything you’ve heard before. It’s distinct, something that is lacking far too much in rap. These guys came from the bottom and still are at the bottom. What’s crazy is, as you can see, they’ve had plenty of hits before this one.
Finally, “All Tied Up” is Mont and Pace recognizing that songs for the ladies can’t always be strip club bangers or pop-tunes. You have to make some baby making tracks too. They once again showcase you can make music for the masses without watering down anything.
You don’t have to keep downloading one or two songs from everyone’s albums, when you have someone that never releases bad music. Mont Brown and Pace-O Beats did all of this independent. I’m interested to see what they do with the proper recognition.
Stay tuned for my take on more of the best underground Hip Hop for your speakers.
Dublin-based dark and atmospheric Garage producers Kevin Gleeson and Padraig Ryan dropped “WLVS EP” today on Champion Sound Recordings. Stream “The City” below for a taste of Ghosts’ superbly produced mournful, late-night rumblings. By Nathan Hetherington
Here is the first official single from Bowie’s return album, The Next Day due March 12th. The single follows up the slow-moving track “Where Are We Now”, which some loved and and some didn’t. “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” sounds more like what you’d expect from a mid-tempo Bowie song, and the title is of course appropriate for a single that dropped on the night following the Oscars. By Bruce Rave
Have you ever woken from a dream, questioning whether what you’d seen had really happened? A disconnect from what is real, and what is imagined? Enter Diaries, the newest work of fast rising Irish producer MMOTHS, who at only 19, is adept at rendering reality from the lack there of.
Diaries’ lead track, appropriately titled “One”, lulls and pulls you into a hypnotic state, with a gentle progression from simple cymbal to something much more emotionally dense. “One” feels like when the dusk meets the dark, a proposal of possibility without certainty. Another stand out song on the EP is, “For Her” featuring Young & Sick. The track showcases a level of depth from the collaboraters with its colorful pallet of glittery clicks and sounds, abounding only the best types of memories. With verse lyrics like “Earth is an ocean, a feather in flames”, the track builds an image of elemental perfection, as well as destruction. The music speaks of an all-consuming beauty summed up with the lyric, “There’s nothing like us, nor like you.”
Jumping from lust to sadness, tracks like “For Her” and “Losing You” bleed into “No One”. Calling up a wide range of emotions which deals with the gain, loss, and the odd places in between those you’ve cared about. The single release from Diaries, “All These Things” features Holly Miranda and surfaces late in the EP and offers a welcoming uplifting vibe, further highlighting Diaries clearly well devised range of moods. Miranda’s vocals sing, “you’ve been on my mind, now let me get in yours” with urgency, yet never hitting desperation showcasing a beautiful restraint.
“Too Real” winds the EP down with a glassy look at yearning, happiness, and notably sadness. MMOTHS makes emotions that are so very hard to identify, glaring with this track and the entirety of Diaries. By Phoebe Anne Severin