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Ive heard Guilty Simpson go over a Four Tet song remixed by fellow Detroit native J Dilla, but I had never known that the rapper had worked alongside the DJ from the UK. It’s an interesting song that I had to get used to for the first bit but after that I was definitely feeling it. Four Tet has this style that I’ve just begun to get acclimated to, and that is the zone of crazy Euro DJ’s.  Guilty is as charged as usual with the charge of dropping words to match the beat so accurately whilst still retaining the same style, if that makes any sense.  It’s a cool video, too, with the same retro vibe as the video for As Serious as Your Life.

Check out J Dilla & Guilty Simpson- As Serious as Your Life (Remix)

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The Beatspill debut of British DJ/musician/producer Bonobo is not due to slacking off on noticing his works, I’ve familiarized myself with some of his earlier work and I can say that his heart and his head encompass nearly every visceral reaction that music can have on a person. A past favorite of mine being the very different “Days to Come”. This, being his newest track, is available for download off of his website, and also available via his website is the opportunity to pre-order his new album, The North Borders, which features “Cirrus”, and is due out this April.

This video alone is enough to keep your eyes fastened to the screen, but the song, with its slowly ascending tempo, fascination, and vibes just make you forget where you are by the end. This one is a must see.

 

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I’m usually quick to dismiss any songs simply titled Marijuana, because there are just so many that I think are going to be awesome, and then just swing and miss. I’ve finally found one that is satisfying for me, through the electro-chillwave beauty that is Chrome Sparks’ doing. It’s just one of those really chill indie-electronic type instrumentals that just make me feel like I’m floating away. It has sounds that are bubbly, shimmering, ambient, all tied together by a real nice drum rack.

Chrome Sparks opens up for RJD2 and Com Truise at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City tomorrow night in what will surely be a thrilling New Year’s Eve spectacle.

His newest work –  a remix of Gemini‘s Robots below

Year: 2012

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Not rap, but amazing still. I’m a big fan of RAC (Remixed Artist Collective). They always put a jolt of happiness into every song they touch, and this one just made my day. On this bleak and grim December afternoon, the end of the world is near, but this song is making me think…hey, is death so sad a thing? Remix of MNDR‘s “Feed Me Diamonds” this track will make you close your eyes and think to a sunnier day. This is the title track off of her debut album by the same name, and it’s worth looking into. Oh yeah, and MNDR is beautiful too.

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So, similar to my previous post, this song involves the same Boom Clap Bachelors’ sample.  Producer Star Slinger decided to get in on the fun and make his own interpretation of Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.  With no pun intended, this song gives a tremendous vibe; both chill, relaxed, but at the same energetic.  It fills me with a mindset that few do.  It reverts the world from the monotonous place it tends to become – into the beautiful, simple, and energetic place it should be.  If you’re stuck in a cycle ridden spell, I welcome you to join me and turn this track on and vibeout.

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Earlier in the year TronDon posted about Danny Brown‘s Grown Up.  Since then, I’ve given the song multiple listens and have become quite a fan.  Danny Brown has that brashness that makes him intriguing, but still lucid enough to make him a personality you want to listen to.  Not to mention his unbelievable unique voice.  Distinction, a production group hailing from the UK, certainly feels the same and decided to take another attempt at the song by recreating it with a new beat.  The new song is more melodic and continuous.  They replace the classic rap kit with a quieter, more serene one.  Also, instead of using common hip hop sampling and choppiness, they integrate fluctuating synths with a four-on-the-floor drum kick.  It’s a great song, and a great compliment to the original.

Enjoy

Also, follow their soundcloud to download.

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I’m not going to sit here and talk about just how good the XX is. If you don’t know them, you have some amazing ambient music waiting for you. The original song, “Fiction”, is off of the young London trio’s sophomore album released earlier this year, called Coexist. The spin on this track by French DJs Synapson is dope as it has these lively, silky-sounding upbeat tones over an otherwise slow, atmospheric track. Yet, it still pays homage to the original vibe.  Synapson‘s newest album, Standhal Syndrome, is set to drop November 5th, and is a much anticipated production.

Download this song via soundcloud here

Synapson‘s Standhal Syndrome

Listen to XX’s “Angels”, off Coexist

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Geographer, not to be confused with Vacationer, is another band that has absorbed me in their music. Their genre is hard to nail down, but has been described as a combination of ‘dream pop’ and electronic rock; and what a sweet, sweet combination it is. This song is off of their newest album, Myth (2012), a much anticipated follow up to their 2008 release – Innocent Ghosts. Their sound is how I would imagine indie rock from space to sound like. They consist of Michael Deni (vocals, guitars, synthesizers), Nathan Blaz (cello, synthesizers) and Brian Ostreicher (drums, vocals), and yes you saw that right, they use a cello. Seriously unlike any music I’ve ever heard and will definitely be an artist to look out for in the future.

Download this song here

Other songs to listen to are Verona and Original Sin.

 

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As much as I love listening to, dissecting, and posting about hip-hop and rap, I have to show some love for the other genres in my life. This song, by the Australian-based Cut Copy, has pretty strong nostalgic and emotional ties to me. This song is off of their second album, In Ghost Colours, which peaked at number one on the Australian music charts in 2008, and not without reason, obviously, because they are crazy good. I first started listening to them back in high school, and it marked one of the first times I really noticed that my musical tastes weren’t as restricted as I thought. As for the emotional and nostalgic ties, this song and ones like it made me feel like those media-driven, heavily romanticized visions of high school were yet to come. They didn’t, but what does a man have if he doesn’t have hope?

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Crazy chill track off of Little People‘s first album Mickey Mouse Operation.  The album is worth a peep for fans of chilled-out electronic instrumentals.  You can actually download half of the album free on his website as well as a few free EP’s.  His second album, We Are But Hunks Of Wood was just released this week.

Other notable songs on Mickey Mouse Operation: Basique, Above The Clouds, Last Fare, Gravitas.

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