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This has nothing to do with Amy Winehouse. A movie soundtrack is an album frequently glanced over, save for fans of the movie. This is one of those songs that might be in the ears of everyone before the movie even comes out. Off of The Great Gatsby OST, this tense track of some chilled, slick bars by the great Andre and some beautifully laced words from Beyonce make this the kind of song you want to show your friends. The beat never drops, but it wouldn’t be as coolly eerie if it actually did. There’s tons of other great artists on the soundtrack, including Jay-Z, The XX, Lana Del Ray, Jack White, will.i.am, and Florence + The Machine.

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Not many people have heard this upcoming producer’s take on this soul classic by the legendary Marvin Gaye.

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This past weekend, three artists performed at my college: Royal Clutch, Good Gatsby, and Rockie Fresh.  All of the performances were impressive, however, the song that stood out  to me most was “Bad Motherfucker”, by Colby alumn Good Gatsby.  The slightly solemn, yet proud piece, brings the listener into Gatsby’s world, while also giving them a side of swagger to take for the ride out.  I hope you enjoy.

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This is good.  Really, really good.  I’ve never heard of Johnny Rain but I saw him featured on DJ Booth today, and damn, this dude is talented.  He’s another member of the new, darker, ominous, and much improved R&B style that was conceived with the rise of Frank Ocean.  Another reason to be impressed by Johnny Rain, is the that along with writing his own music, he produces his beats as well.  “Lovely Hallucination” is as beautiful a song as it’s title implies, so get lost in this song and enjoy.

Download his mixtape Lovely of Machine here

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This song is a bit different from the others off of Voodoo, D’Angelo‘s turn-of-the-millennium release. It features the vocal aids of Redman and Method Man, a duo which I have never found to be disappointing. D’Angelo took the primary part in the production of every song in this album. Q-Tip is credited as a writer but doesn’t appear on this song and this is literally because nobody liked the verse he had planned for it. So, under exact circumstances I’m unfamiliar with, Q-Tip bounced and Method Man and Redman took his place. Unexpected and almost unheard of, but it worked out well regardless.

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I wasn’t raised on oldies. Hall and who? No, I was raised on the likes of MJ, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a sound like theirs coming from today’s artists. Fortunately, Vikter Duplaix exists. Ever more fortunately, he has the kind of talent that can recruit the likes of Common to join him on tracks. This Grammy-nominated singer has a mixtape of his best work, For Players Only, available for free download as a sampler of what he is capable of. If you’re a player I recommend downloading this. If not, I’m sorry but you are not allowed.

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Vikter Duplaix & Jazzanova- “Soon” (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)

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Frank Ocean – “Wiseman”

It’s always a pleasure to see a Frank Ocean release, and Wiseman is no exception.  This song reminds me of the work he put out on Nostolgia/Ultra, and I can’t be happier to see it.  Ocean is such an amazing and unique artist, and while I’m one of those ignorant pricks who will listens to an artist less just because they become big, Ocean is someone that I have always maintained a vast degree of respect for.  Listen to this song and let it transform you like most songs by Ocean tend to do.

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I usually don’t post too much R&B on the grounds that I find most of it too sappy.  However, I would never say I dislike the genre, and this song by Amina Bryant confirms this for me.  R&B is just as much about the beats as hip hop is, so I’ve got to give WhiZz K!D the proper recognition as a gifted producer and artist. This instrumental made its way overseas from the UK for our listening pleasure.  It could easily be rapped on, but I think it was an excellent call to send this Amina’s way. Her voice compliments his drums and synths so nicely in a way that reminds me of the Ciara/Ashanti hits I used to get down to in 6th grade but without the cheesy, sellout vibe I got from them.  The instrumental is also available, which I’d love to see someone spit over on a mixtape.

 

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I’m usually not into the whole R&B scene, especially not the emotional/sappy kind, and apart from the Weeknd and Frank Ocean, there are few singers that I really LISTEN to.  The group CharlieRED, however, may be a new name for me to add to the that exclusive list.  This Could Be is off of their newest mixtape entitled “Religion”, and it has a certain jazzy feel to it that I can’t escape.  Produced by Cobain Ivory, the beat leaves the listener melting in their chair with a seductive upright bass and a slightly offbeat slow… monotonous…drum.  Rocki Evans, the singer, is certainly no slouch himself and contrasts the deep sound perfectly.  Enjoy.

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I’m listening to Vikter Duplaix‘s For Player’s Only. Usually when I listen to new music I wait until I hear a song that completely occupies my focus. Duplaix teams with Jazzanova to make this song I find so sick for various reasons. I’ll admit, I hadn’t even heard of Duplaix until a few days ago. So, you can imagine what it’s like to hear a Grammy-nominated artist for the first time, let alone  on a remix by the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, who I featured a while back with Slum Village. So far this collection seams really promising . I say this because as of now I haven’t found a sound that I find displeasing.

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