Archive for the ‘Hip Hop’ Category

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Bone Crusher – Tha Trickaz

May 18, 2016

Tha Trickaz

I post a lot of chill trap. Here’s some trap that is definitely not chill. Tha Trickaz named this track “Bone Crusher” and from that you can rightly expect aggression and loud sound. It’s a trap track that draws more from aggressive and angry hip-hop instrumentals than from the electro tradition, but the electro is there. It sounds like someone made a hip-hop instrumental but wanted more distortion, more edge. The vocals are deep and rough and threaten, or perhaps promise, to crush your bones. If you’ve been looking for some powerful and slightly misanthropic music, this is the track for you.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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RGF Island (Mayhem Edit) – Fetty Wap

March 30, 2016

Mayhem

Just a quick post today because I’m running late. Fetty Wap’s distinctive vocals (sort of a cry out to the night, mostly just one tone yet weirdly catchy) meet an excellent and engaging trap beat with the assistance of Mayhem. I’m definitely sold on this version. Are you?

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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Birthday Cake (Liquid Stranger Remix) – Rihanna

February 17, 2016

Liquid Stranger

First off, I love this Rihanna song and always want it to be longer and featuring only her. I first heard it dropped at a rave in the woods in the west of Virginia and the crowd really went wild for it. In the midst of dubstep and drum & bass, this Rihanna song seized the crowd’s attention. So it should be no surprise that it also caught the attention of one of the original ravers, Liquid Stranger. If you want to get a sense of what’s going through the mind of Liquid Stranger, I present this interview to you as recommended reading, and Big Dub as the recommended festival. This remix is dark and dirty, filled with hints of dubstep, 808s and claps that evoke trap without actually deigning to be trap,  a couple stark big room synths to convey a sense of vast empty space, and a rhythm that flirts with moombahton. It’s a genre amalgam that feels original and innovative. So happy birthday, my fellow Aquarians; enjoy it.

To download from the artist, click here.

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Make Me Fade – Vanic X K.Flay

January 27, 2016

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Ok you had better know this song by now. I’m blogging it because it’s wonderful and free. If you haven’t heard this yet, consider it required listening. Vanic has been making waves with his production and K.Flay has been making a name for herself as a vocal talent, but I think I first heard of both of them with this collaboration last year. This track presents both in the best possible light. K.Flay’s distinctive alto takes turns flirting with rap, throatily talk-singing, before committing fully to more traditional crooning, reverb pushed way up. Beneath the vocals, Vanic’s instrumental is catchy, layering a trap drum rhythm with a simple piano hook and a simple whistling synth line. This unobtrusive yet rather catchy, instrumental breaks into the foreground and presents an impressive and distinctive hook with a sliding treble synth. A liberal use of reverb gives the hook a massive feel. I’m sure it will stay a favorite for quite some time.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop) – DJ Earworm

January 1, 2016

Earworm 2015

Happy New Year everybody! How better to welcome in a new year of music than with a retrospective of the last year’s top music? DJ Earworm holds a special place in my heart for mashups and he even got a term about end of year mashups coined – the “yearworm”. 2008 was pretty universally greeted as his best yearworm, probably because Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” provided such a good backing instrumental to work with. This year starts out a little shaky but pulls together quite well. He’s taken the difficulty up a couple levels; this year he mixed together the top 50 tracks, not just the top 25. I think it was around the 3:00 mark that I really started jamming along and unreservedly enjoying this mashup. Tell me what you think!

To download this track from the artist, visit SoundCloud and click download.

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Priorities – OHD

December 25, 2015

Alan Watts

“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.” OHD opens their track, “Priorities,” with this lovely quote from Alan Watts. As the intro finishes, horns take the fore and lead a relaxed, jazzy track with a simple hip hop drum beat. The piano gets its time in the spotlight before returning to the repetition of the core of the song. This song is entirely instrumental apart from the voice of Alan Watts, and it works. It’s a wonderfully relaxed song that is easy to sink into and enjoy.

After considerable searching, I’ve concluded that OHD no longer exists. I found YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and SoundCloud accounts all with similar 404 messages of no longer being active. I feel like if they had decided to change names, they wouldn’t have simply deactivated their accounts. As it is, I’m using a version of the song rehosted by Holy Chill, where you can find lots of other excellent chill music.

To download the track from Holy Chill, click here.

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Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXX

January 9, 2015

A heart, love of music, edm at its best
Good lord! Has it really been a year since my last mashups post? Clearly this is sorely needed. And Friday is the perfect day for mashups – a time to hype up with pop music in a new fun format. Ready for the weekend? This should help.

Let’s start with something a bit ridiculous and party friendly! Titus Jones combined Avril Lavigne, Lesley Jones, a Cash Cash remix of Katy Perry, 50 Cent, and Spice Girls for to make a hyper-powered pop mashup. It’s beautiful, girly, and over the top in all the right ways. I would totally dance like a doofus to this one. What about you? Check it out!

Wannabe At My Birthday Party? – Titus Jones / Or from SoundCloud

Trademark also utilized a bit of Cash Cash in this lovely mashup. Trademark knows how to make a beautiful mashup, pulling together gorgeous female vocal hooks from several songs and placing them according to their differing moods to shape a song. All of this is coordinated while maintaining consistency with a gorgeous progressive house instrumental. Enjoy it.

Take Tonight (Cash Cash x Zedd x NONONO x Nico Cipriano) – Trademark / Or from SoundCloud

Now let’s chill it out for a bit with a mashup from the Fabulous Beatmashers. This beat from Mr. Probz made the rounds this summer and while simple, it is really catchy and exudes a casual cool. Snoop Dogg’s West Coast rap style is a good fit for it and the samples from Fatboy Slim put it over the edge. Check it out.

Drop Mr. Probz Waves (Champion Sound) – Mr. Probz vs. Snoop Dogg / Or from Facebook

Here’s another laid back mashup from Kosher Kittens. Combining Passion Pit with Milky Chance effortlessly, this is one of those mashups that just works. Guitar sample meets vocals. Give it a listen.

Stolen Away (Passion Pit X Milky Chance) – Kosher Kittens

Next up, lobsterdust has a funky mashup for you. With a fun and funky instrumental from Alex Metric & Oliver, lobsterdust adds Trey Songz’s vocals with just the right combination of smoothness and attitude to fit. When sings his hook of “Na Na Na” it lines up perfectly with piano hook from the instrumental. Enjoy the sexiness.

NaNaxy (Trey Songz vs. Alex Metric & Oliver) – lobsterdust / Or from SoundCloud

Building upon a relaxed yet alert instrumental Mashup-Germany pulls together material from seven different tracks and adds instrumentation to even it all out. The snippets of Eminem and and Coldplay complement each other perfectly while the drama of the instrumental grows. Check it out!

Call it magic – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

One album this year that made me very happy was Porter Robinson’s. Apparently the The Hood Internet agreed. They brought Porter together with Beyoncé in their signature style of unlikely pairings that work better than you ever might have thought and make you start dreaming of impossible collaborations. Both Porter and Beyoncé put out albums that fly in the face of pop conventions, or at least ignore many of them, and they combine here beautifully. They both rise and fall an impressive range and that is lined up flawlessly for display here. Give it a listen!

DiviniXO (Beyoncé vs Porter Robinson) – The Hood Internet / Or from their Website

BONUS: Here to help you celebrate the new year and wave farewell to the old is Mashup-Germany‘s mashup of 2014. 70 songs in six minutes, not bad. I hope your New Year is wonderful and your weekend is ushered into awesomeness with the discovery of some of these mashups. Enjoy and have a good one!

Top of the Pops 2014 (Days and Nights) – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook