Archive for February, 2012


Snimbe (The Polish Ambassador Remix) – Tama

February 29, 2012

UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that this song is not in any way from Mali and that, while it is originally performed by Tama, it was written solely by Tama’s drummer, Djanuno Dabo. He is from Guinea-Bissau and the song “Snimbe” is current and treats on themes of “independence of Guinea-Bissau [and] life after the wars for liberty”. It seems like this song was the victim of Westerners exoticizing a song they could not understand. [/update]

I have to keep this short because of the ridiculously busy nature of my schedule today. This is a week or so old. I’ll let the Polish Ambassador talk about this remix on his own.

When I first heard the original of Snimbe by Tama, I was blown away by how powerful and emotional a song could be, given that I don’t speak or understand the language of the lyrics. This track is a true testament to music being a language of it’s own that can transcend genre, geography, and culture. Here’s a remix of the the African ballad. A bit more dance floor friendly, but maintaining the heart warming, emotional integrity of the original.

I second what he said. The mood of this track is very chill but with a recognition of sadness. Enjoy it.

Snimbe (The Polish Ambassador Remix) – Tama / Or from HulkShare

UPDATE: Here is a video with Djanuno Dabo singing “Snimbe” and talking about these misconceptions. The interview begins at 7:05.


Blown Away (ft. Philly G) – Matt Clarke

February 28, 2012

I got this track in my email and my initial thoughts were, “Hmm… Matt Clarke; I’ve heard him somewhere…” then, “Whoa! This rocks!” Matt Clarke raps crisply and cleanly over this excellent and energetic beat. A lot of the time I’m more taken with the instrumental of a hip hop track than the lyrics. While I really enjoy this beat, I’m also actively enjoying the rhyming, rhythm, and lyrical content of this song. I eventually remembered that I had blogged a Matt Clarke track awhile ago, but the number of contributing artists had made me forget it was specifically his. I think this song is even better than that one. Check it out!

Blown Away (ft. Philly G) – Matt Clarke / Or from HulkShare


Other People’s Heartache [Mixtape] – Bastille

February 27, 2012

When I saw the name Bastille while browsing about, I was immediately interested. Bastille’s cover of City High was amazing, so when Earmilk said Bastille had a mixtape out, I stopped what I was doing to listen to it. It is fabulous. Before I go any farther, here’s where you can download the whole mixtape.

Bastille follows in the footsteps of hip hop artists in making this mixtape. Like their mixtapes, Bastille’s pulls from other artist’s content and gives it a new spin. I’m not sure calling this a “cover” quite cuts it. There are sometimes multiple tracks that Bastille pulls elements from to make a track. The first song on the mixtape is an amazing version of “What Is Love”, full of background vocal harmony and epic drums. Eventually Bastille adds elements of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” with the help of Maiday. Thematically speaking it makes a lot of sense. Stop reading and start listening!

Adagio for Strings (ft. Maiday) – Bastille / Or from HulkShare

On this track, Bastille combines content from both “Rhythm is a Dancer” and “Rhythm of the Night”. The vocal harmonies are more apparent in this track, and I approve. This may be my favorite track on the mixtape. Enjoy!

Of the Night – Bastille / Or from HulkShare


Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. XXXXVII

February 24, 2012

Happy Friday folks! I didn’t post mashups last week, so I’m determined to do it this week. Here we go!

Will Smith! I haven’t heard his stuff and really gotten into it in ages. But Kosher Kittens turns this into a pretty epic dance-able track. All I have to say is that this is great and and I can’t get enough of it. Spotted on the Music Phoenix. Check it out!

Party Coastin’ (Will Smith vs. Zion I) – Kosher Kittens / Or from HulkShare

I was skeptical when I first saw this pairing. But Bumper chose well when pairing these tracks. I honestly don’t know where I came across this song first, but it’s about a year old. Enjoy it if you haven’t heard it yet, and if you had, enjoy anyway!

Toxic In The Deep (Bumper’s Mash) – Adele vs Britney Spears / Or from HulkShare

Whitney is really gone. I know this because there are so many mashups of her being made. This is the best one I’ve heard yet. Of course it’s made by the Hood Internet! Give it a listen.

When The Night Knows (Whitney Houston x Chromeo) – the Hood Internet / Or from HulkShare

DOSVEC has decided to make Owl City feel harder and more macho. I’m not sure he succeeded, but I really like it. The heavy backbeat pushes for another mood but the vocals haven’t changed. I must say I chuckle every time that the shotgun sample goes off in response to Owl City vocals. Check it out!

Not Afraid of Fireflies (Owl City vs Eminem) – DOSVEC / Or from HulkShare

It’s time to get some of the funkiest bass I’ve heard in awhile and throw some Luda on it. Jimi Needles knows exactly what he is doing. And I am eating it up. Listen to this with some good bass and try to tell me you didn’t enjoy this. Or instead you could just listen and enjoy.

The Ludacris Savior (Jimi Needles COM64 Bootleg) – Jimi Needles / Or from HulkShare

ZHU shared this with me ages ago, and I’m sorry I haven’t posted it before now. But it’s really grand if you’re a progressive house fan, which I am. Calvin Harris usually doesn’t have the stamina to rock out this long but progressive house synths can prolong anything. Give it a listen!

Embrace and Hold Me (Calvin Harris vs. EDX) – ZHU / Or from HulkShare

Here’s another for you. Simple, yet elegant. The Fabulous Beatmashers live up to their name yet again. I find the way the vocals fit snuggly with instrumental almost soothing. Check it out!

We Found Domino (Jessy J vs Rihanna and Calvin Harris) – The Fabulous Beatmashers / Or from HulkShare

This track has far too many contributing artists to actually list (somewhere around ten). But Settipalli Productions manage this plethora of artists and songs and crafts a beautiful master track out of it. This is worth listening at high volume. Enjoy!

Kick Down on Me – Settipalli Productions / Or from HulkShare

This track has so many satisfying moments in it that I had to give it to you last. White Noise Mashups are new to me, but I like what I hear. This track moves from track to track without feeling ADD. The songs flow into each other effortlessly with a unifying under track kept for most of the track. Spotted on Good Music All Day. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Broke Phi Broke – White Noise Mashups / Or from HulkShare


Begun – Octavion Xcellence & Just Plain Ant

February 22, 2012

This song sounds like I feel, wrapped in cotton. It’s pretty and sleepy and strange and I love it. I got this in an email from the folks at RespectThisFresh, here’s what they have to say about Octavion Xcellence. He has an

…upcoming project entitled “No Cool Points For Dying”. The EP will be released on February 24th and presented by us here at… After releasing the first leak from No Cool Points For Dying last week, Richmond’s own Octavion Xcellence decides to unveil another one before the actual release of the project. “Begun” features a sample of Télépopmusik’s “Tuesday” and consists of a little use of the vocals from Octavion on the hook.

I have to say the production from Just Plain Ant is just stellar. Check it out for yourselves!

Begun – Octavion Xcellence & Just Plain Ant / Or from HulkShare


Count On It – Dunson

February 22, 2012

Sick today. I’ll keep it brief. This track is hot. Fun rapping and a sample from back in the day. The sample is what really makes this track from Dunson so pumped up. He is really taking advantage of the energy this track gives him. Heard it on Sunset in the Rearview first. Check it out!

Count On It – Dunson / Or from HulkShare


Heartbeat (Justin Faust Remix) – Childish Gambino

February 20, 2012

I spent my weekend celebrating, then recovering from my birthday. It was fun. I’m taking a break from homework to put this up, so you should appreciate it that much more. Childish Gambino has never been remixed satisfactorily for me before. But Justin Faust finally does it. Adding some French Electro violin synths and a steady beat made this song sound surprisingly different. I love it. Spotted on Earmilk. Enjoy!

Heartbeat (Justin Faust Remix) – Childish Gambino / Or from HulkShare