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Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions (Free Covers EP)

May 14, 2011

Mayer dropped this one the other day for free – listen to his ELO cover I posted the other day if you need to know what’s really good.  Six songs on this one with covers from Chromeo to the Isley Brothers.  This is the spring music you need in your life.

Anyways I’m locked down for the next four days catching up on all the studying I’ve supposed to have done over the last two months, but I know the crew will hold it down in my absence.  Special shoutout to M dot A Mang, who will thankfully be posting music here that has a shelf life longer than three or four days.  Rumor also has it that Kelly has been turning the wheels on the long-awaited Big Boi concert review and that the initial draft was so good that he’s already sold the movie rights to it.

Now that I have the tiniest bit of capital, I’m going to be making some major changes to this site and finally start rolling out the master plan that’s been hatching since last December.  I’m also gonna start mixing again – hoping to put out a remastered edition of Yonkers 2 Ibiza and put out Y2I2 along with some other silly summer mixes.  Big plans, y’all.

DL:  Mayer Hawthorne – Mr. Blue Sky (320 kbps)

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Similar:  Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar / Loving You Is Killing Me

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Mayer Hawthorne – Mr. Blue Sky (ELO Cover)

May 9, 2011

B3Sci just killin it today.  Who knew he could kill it even without the falsetto?  Does that make any sense musically?  Whatever, this is too good to care.  I’ve never really listened to ELO but this is real dope.  I feel like this could be the closing credits of a Farrlley Brothers comedy (where they’re showing the montages of what happens to everyone).  IS THAT AN ACCORDION AT THE END??  What is that??  Impressions EP coming soon???  Get A Strange Arragement right now if you haven’t.

DL:  Mayer Hawthorne – Mr. Blue Sky (320 kbps)

BONUS:

DL:  Mayer Hawthorne – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out (128 kbps)

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Similar:  Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar / Loving You Is Killing Me

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Throwback: Sade – By Your Side (Neptunes Remix)

May 5, 2011

Sade, Chad and Pharrell – that’s what it is.  Sade is fucking good.  I don’t even mean that in some dumb revisionist hipster ironic way – Sade is actually just fucking good.  “Smooth Operator” is fucking good.  Where does someone like Sade stand with hipsters?  I know there are the p4k scenesters who are so wrapped up in their > 8.0’s that they can’t bother and of course there are the reactionary hipsters who have to hate on the scenesters.  I don’t even know what they listen to.  Are there just regular music nerds?  I know there are music tech nerds that are still in bands and whatnot, but don’t they* just listen to Mars Volta and Coheed and Cambria?  Is there anybody under the age of 25 who listens to full albums by The Police?  Or have actually dug through the Rolling Stones discography?  Do hipsters listen to Billy Holiday?  Is there a new potential breed of hipsters that can break the glass ceiling of ironic ignorance and claim they exclusively listen to ragtime or Gregorian chanting?  Isn’t that the next step for a culture that’s built entirely around reactionary irony?  Or are we too age-centric (sp?) to care?  Is Panda Bear literally better than Roy Orbison?

Love this song tho.

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SimilarSade f. Jay-Z – The Moon and the Stars Remix

*  Like literally just Coheed and Cambria & Mars Volta??

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Single Review: Adele – Someone Like You

April 27, 2011

Yo bro, a bunch of us are gonna cry to that new Adele, are you down?  Obvi.  Fucking dope ass heartfelt piano ballad, this one is even better than Hometown Glory.  Is Gossip Girl still on?  Shouldn’t someone get killed/married/pregnant/broken up with to this song?  Still waiting for Hov to recruit her for his next mega-hit.  I saw some dubstep remixes of this song; are you kidding me?  There’s literally no way you could touch up this song with mega-bass or whatever, the whole point is that it’s a piano ballad.  Gotta say with all snark removed that I’m absolutely happy for her success, it’s unfortunately a rarity in the industry to see someone succeed with as much talent as she has.  Yes, I know how that sounds.  Go get 21 now.

10/10.

Similar:  Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Original)  (Jaime XX Shuffle)  (dBerrie Remix) / Adele – Hometown Glory (Axwell Remix)

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Estelle f. Rick Ross – Break My Heart

April 19, 2011

LOL, “I can be pretentious but he loves me all the same.”  The bass is dripping off of this one.  Rozay is pretty much allowed on any single in any genre at this point – shouts out to Tom Ford and red snapper fish.

DL:  Estelle f. Rick Ross – Break My Heart (320 kbps)

Bonus:

DL:  Estelle f. Kanye West – American Boy (208 kbps)

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Sade f. Jay-Z – The Moon and The Stars Remix

April 13, 2011

Right off the bat:  I really couldn’t care less about IPO Hov’s appearance on this track.  I imagine that Decoded hasn’t sold as many copies as expected, so Superman needs to put away his ignorant shell and become conscious Hov again to please the whiiite crowd that’s broken his heart recently.  I mean that’s who he’s mourning in this verse right???

But yo, 40 yo.  Just killed the beat.  I know this motherfucker’s not in here sampling Boards of Canada and shit.  I read that some purists were complaining that he slowed down Sade’s voice for so long, but I’ve been in my ignorant cocoon of house remixes for so long that I’ve literally never listened to Sade in my life.  I hope this low-tempo sound stays around because it really can hit hard.  I really think it has a lot of potential and I love The Weeknd, but that album makes me feel like I’m in a brothel at 7 A.M. or on an upstate SUNY school campus.  No pause, I respect Sade’s pipes.  Included “Soldier of Love” which I’m literally just listening to for the first time now as a bonus.

The Moon and The Stars Remix:

Bonus:  Soldier of Love:

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SimilarThe Weeknd – House of Balloons

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The Hood Internet – Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) (R. Kelly x Major Lazer)

March 28, 2011

DJs: add this one to your sets immediately.  You can throw anything over this beat and have it kill, so why not have the best R&B singer of the last twenty years??  Wouldn’t have minded a final drop of the Nina Sky hook but I still love this.  The DJ nerd in me wants to download some amateur acapella packs and see how many mashups I can pull over this beat – you could get Gil Scott-Heron over this one and it would still be more poppin than the latest Dr. Luke jawn.

DL:  The Hood Internet – Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) (320 kbps)

Bonus:

DL:  Major Lazer f. Nina Sky & Ricky Blaze – Keep It Going Louder (213 kbps)

DL:  Major Lazer & La Roux – Keep It Fascinating (320 kbps)

SimilarThe Hood Internet – Real You (Lil’ B x Gold Panda) / R. Kelly – When a Woman Loves