Fortunes – Angel

Melbourne AU act Fortunes turn in seriously impressive new stream “Angel”. Very accomplished melodically (the track reminds us a bit of Raheem DeVaughn or even D’Angelo in that department) and expertly framed-up by a spare set of 808’s and cycling loops of vocal and additional rhythmic samples, “Angel”‘s emotive impactfulness is enormous and immediate.

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THEY. – Back It Up (Fortune Remix)


LA producer and Flo-fi label co-founder Fortune retouches superb slow-burner They track “Back it Up” to a stunning result. (We marveled at the original from the LA-based duo in October and noted their immense rising-star promise.) We really appreciate the vintage vibe soul chorus sample Fortune adds in for the intro and we think he also does a fantastic job at enhancing the duo’s outstanding r&b-dipped vocals with a provocative sense of cool understatement. Excellent remix. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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KALEIDA – Detune


The London-residing duo of Christina Wood and Cicely Goulder, KALEIDA, return on track “Detune”, the first stream from upcoming sophomore EP. An icy/glacial lumbering number “Detune” moves with a cool measured pace and features a set of melodies that seep in and throughout the mix in a sort of symbiotic “whole-music” (I’m sure there’s a fancy German loan word for this) that is quite powerful overall. “Detune” is an excellent almost cinematographic approach to pop writing that adeptly uses vast swaths and characteristics of the tune and recording to create a encompassing and very potent listen.

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Fortune – Rotation


Lose yourself in the quiet groove, sweltering beats and textured percussion of new chill track “Rotation” from LA producer and Flo-fi label co-founder, Fortune, off his new “Venha Conmigo” EP. Reviewed by Erin Shay

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Mavis Staples – Your Good Fortune


Favorite vocalist and legend Mavis Staples will release a new EP for Anti Records. Listen to the Son Little-penned and produced (and excellent) title track “Your Good Fortune” below.

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Usher feat A$AP Rocky – Hot Thing (Prod. The Neptunes)

Usher… A$AP… Neptunes?! Could B3SCI ever lie to you? Press play!

Usher feat A$AP Rocky – Hot Thing (Prod. The Neptunes)

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Rating 8.4


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tUnE-yArDs + Angelique Kidjo, ?uestlove & Akua Naru – Lady (Fela Kuti Cover)

“Lady” by tUnE-yArDs, Angelique Kidjo, Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson & Akua Naru is not just a mouthful but quite the earful too, in a good way of course. This interesting collaboration pulls together African singer Angelique Kidjo’s and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs’ vocals with rapper Akua Naru and The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove for a blinding re-make of “Lady” by the Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. What’s more – this is just the first track from the forthcoming album (RED) Hot + FELA as part of an AIDS awareness initiative. To support the course you can download Lady from the iTunes link below. By Nathan Hetherington

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Rating 8.4


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tUnE-yArDs – Gangsta (Ad Rock Remix)


We caught tUnE-yArDs at Outside Lands in SF this past weekend. The band drew a huge crowd for their side stage performance. The actual set was just awwwright. Anyway, (segue), Beastie Boys royalty Ad Rock turns the t-ys blogosphere smash “Gangsta” from a bouncer to a stunner. Now watch while we stunt.

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Pusha T – Raid (Feat. 50 Cent & Pharrell) (Prod. The Neptunes)


Not gonna front, kinda sounds like the Clipse. (which is freaking AWESOME). Great beat, great rhymes, and even a (sorta) great 50 feature. Get psyched, “Fear of God” is due March 21.

Pusha T – Raid (Feat. 50 Cent & Pharrell) (Prod. The Neptunes)

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Rating: 8.1


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THROWBACK SATURDAYS: Sade – By Your Side (The Neptunes Remix)



Sade – By Your Side (The Neptunes Remix)


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Floating Points – Last Bloom

Artist: Floating Points
Track: Last Bloom
Release: Crush LP
Label: Ninja Tune
Location: London UK

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Jordan Rakei – Say Something

Jordan Rakei will release his third LP Origin on Ninja Tune on June 14th. The cool compact soul of “Say Something” is the first preview from Origin and we’re digging it in a major way.

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