Pigeons and Planes wanted artists that weren’t rappers to make mixtapes. Jhameel accepted the challenge and dropped this gorgeous track using Dre’s instrumental from Jay-Z’s “Lost One”. As usual Jhameel blows me away. His voice is just unbelievably intoxicating. It’s like he’s using his bedroom voice. Jhameel owns this track and if you’d never heard this Jay track you would never have known he didn’t put this entire beat together himself. Trust me this is awesome. Enjoy!
Archive for January, 2012
First off, I apologize for the lack of posts last week. Laziness compounded with being very busy moving conspired to keep me from the blog; hopefully this week will run smoother. Parable vs Mac Soto sent me another track and I really like it! I get a lot of submissions to my email so it is really gratifying when I get more music from an email submission and it too is great. Soulful vocals lead this track in accompanied by a simple piano riff until a drum drop pulls guitar and rap in. Perfect. Enjoy!
So I’m pretty busy but I want to put this out there. Mansions on the Moon are dropping a free song a week and this particular track is gorgeous. Guitar and vocal harmony that evokes the ’60s and ’70s in a lovely way dominate this short little song. It’s sweet and a little sad but entirely enjoyable. Check it out!
Here’s another rare exception to the rule, a Daft Punk remix that’s actually good. Bright Shades remixes Daft Punk’s Derezzed, leaving it with a interesting choppy sound and even some vocals mixed in. Unlike some of the Tron Reconfigured mixes, this track actually retains the sound of the original as well.
J. Lye has recently put out a music video for his track ‘Is She Needing Me?’ off of his Compete Until Success mixtape. The video tells a story that has been told before, but it fits well with the song and is told artfully so I don’t really mind. I appreciate the synchronization of song with certain parts of the video, such as when J. Lye punches out Melanie X.’s boyfriend and when she bumps into the guy on the street. The only part I take issue with is the interlude bit in the car, where the music fades and some dialogue takes place. I think it would have been a bit better to keep up a loop of the main beat and have the arguing, car stopping, and eventual beating be actually silent. Still, the video as a whole works and is as good a marketing technique as any to get the song to a wider audience. Check it out, I think you’ll like it.
Happy Friday folks, are you ready for the weekend? I am, but if you’re not, here’s some songs to send you in the right direction.
Here’s that other track Mashup-Germany dropped last week. This one is much slower and quieter. Stilller decided to turn Sia’s “Titanium” into a slow ballad, and it’s beautiful. I love Sia and with her powerful voice, a ballad makes a lot of sense. Check it out!
The Jane Doze also have a quieter song here. Since they jumped on the Gotye train that seems fairly reasonable. As far as being dance music goes, this doesn’t. It’s interesting though, and it draws cool elements together in a pleasing way. Listen for yourself.
The Leaving Scene is new to me, but this is a smooth mashup of the Weeknd. With some dramatic drums in the background the vocals really shine. It’s hard not to like the darkness of this. Enjoy!
The Hood Internet have another one for us. I really liked M83, then I got sick of it, but I think I like this song again. Maybe it’s just because the Hood Internet used it well. Maybe not. If that distinctive vocal trill from M83 annoys you, I think you should skip it. Everyone else should check it out.
I’m glad I’ve heard of BL455 because he’s putting out some excellent stuff now and I wouldn’t want to miss it. Neither should you. Starting out without a beat, BL455 puts the fastest rapper alive (at one point) above a slow rolling beat. The added hook is lovely as well. Give it a listen.
Doug Bogan decided he needed some new samples so he tried to find some that hadn’t been used before. I like the result. Sure some of these are samples that others have used, but the new ones make them all sound fresh. The beat… sparkles (that’s as good a description as I can think of) with high synths. The end result is a stellar track that really stands out. Enjoy!
DJ Foxfire isn’t using a Beach Boys sample on this one. It’s pop in the best way possible. With an electronic beat and various pop vocals this mashup just works. Nothing sticks out as atonal or missing the beat. Good production goes a long way. I especially enjoy the gentle electro break. Check it out!
David Austin chose some quality songs when making this mashup. Beautiful synths meet beautiful vocals meet a beat. It’s trance-y and progressive house. Very fun. Give it a listen.
I’ve saved a recommendation from my good friend Ron Burgundy for the final song. Settipalli Productions has his stamp of approval, so it must be good. And it is. I really enjoy the background track. Both tropical and electronic, it reminds me of the early aughts (yeah that’s right I’m using that silly term for ’00s) and the fun dance music we had then. While the producers are doing some odd things to the pacing of some of the vocals it all sounds good. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Gramatik pulled together another stellar track. This one is very funky but in the hip hop tradition. I’m hoping that someone is moved to rap on top of this because it would make a pretty hot beat. Definitely something you can nod your head to. Spotted this over on Earmilk. Enjoy it.