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Pharrell remixes a Tron Legacy instrumental and collaborates with Odd Future

1 Apr


Pharrell has added a little personality and finesse to the robotic theme of Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack in this new remix entitled “The Game has Changed”. I’ve always thought of Pharrell as a very fickle, fluid rapper, but this track displays his versatility as a producer, as well as some classically nice Pharrell flows. I really recommend this one:


Speaking of Pharrell’s production, it was revealed earlier in March that Pharrell and Chad Hugo’s DJ combo, The Neptunes, would join forces with Odd Future…needless to say I’m excited. Apparently, after having worked with Tyler on two tracks from his upcoming Goblin, album, the rest of Wolf Gang wanted in. Written by Tyler himself, his description of the studio time expresses a lot of respect for Pharrell (read it with a Tyler voice in your head and its way better than it looks):

“so, im at diddys house today, and you know, i ask him about the neptune tracks that didnt make the fucking Press Play or LTTP shit. this nigga played me like 8 fucking beats. and got damn, were they fucking tight. its was some that sounded like hell hath no fury type shit, and then some shit that sound like young girl/the beat goes on then some shit that sound like the Yummy type shit the beats were realllllllly goood. i asked him if they would see the light of day, he said ” yeah, one day”

“yeah, and chad. i asked him a bunch of shit, im trying to get the sooner or later instrumentak and the cassie hide track. i might even get to hear some In Search Of Sessions!!! ( i played chad locked away and he was like WTF? that was suppse to be on insearchof.)” “right now as i type im in the studio with P and Chad. this shit is fucking crazy. we’re making a beat. o my fucking atheist god. my fucking Hero, the nigga that shaped my life ( no homo) is a Fan of me, like, is a legit fan.”

Look for more from both of these groups in the near future.

Thom Yorke and MF Doom will “end up doing a whole record together”

21 Mar


Just after his announcement that he would be working with Four Tet and Burial for his next single, Radiohead lead Thom Yorke revealed today that he will be collaborating on an album with MF Doom. When asked about this speculation, Doom responded, eloquently I might add, “We’ve got some ill ass ideas.”

The two have been working on some duets, and an album seemed like the next logical step. Until we pick up anything from this album, enjoy Thom Yorke’s remix of Doom’s “Gazzillion Ear.” We’ll keep you updated on what is to come…

Wiz Khalifa – Rooftops (ft. Curren$y)

21 Mar

Another track off Rolling Papers, which is set to release on the 29th, “Rooftops” features Wiz with long time collaborator Curren$y. As it is Wiz’s first release on a major label (Atlantic Records and his typical label, Rostrum Records), there are high expectations awaiting the Hottest Breakthrough Hip Hop Artist of 2010.

Anticipations aside, this track is fun. If you are a Wiz fan, this song definitely stays true to Wiz’s normal subject matter, but it has a very comfortable, relaxed melody that is easy to slip in to. This young Pittsburgh rapper’s effortless and conversational style and Curren$y’s flow compliment the rhythm very well. Give this a listen:

Jay Electronica – Prelude to a Freestyle

17 Mar


As I have been a long time fan of Jay Electronica, I’m excited to present this little tune. Although its lacking in stellar production value, its clear that Jay just wanted to have some fun in his fickle freestyle over the soulful beat from “Devil in a New Dress”, from Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

While he waits for his next major production, enjoy this video, with clips from his recent tour, which stays true to Jay’s sweet wordplay, and equally thrilling rhymes:

 

Hellfyre Club – Prometheus

14 Mar

Hellfyre Club recently assembled an All-Star team of underground MC’s and told them to experiment with beats from glitch producers like Flying Lotus, Baths, and Mono/Poly. If Prometheus isn’t a successful experiment, then I don’t know what is.

After reading about this label in the L.A. Times, my expectations for this album were very, very high; a good rap/glitch album seemed like a perfect mixture (which I don’t see as often as I should…). Needless to say, this L.A.-based label greatly exceeded my long-time expectation. Although I’d never known any of these rappers before, they have made an excellent first impression. With a very creative combination of technical, precise lyricism and abstract rhythms of glitch hop, I believe this album has definitely achieved a “Pure Face.” Here are a couple of the tracks (and you can click on the “Hellfyre Club” artist link to take you to the soundcloud page with all of the tracks):

Sweatshop Union — The Bill Murray EP

4 Mar

The Bill Murray (EP) Cover Art

This Tuesday, Sweatshop Union, a rap quartet out of Vancouver, released their brand new The Bill Murray EP. Although jazzier and lighter than Brother Ali’s style, this rap collective has a relaxed feel that is a complete change up from the recent OFWGKTA buzz.
I don’t know much about this group, but all I have heard is praise. Here’s a link to the album, and also check out one of the songs off of their Water Street album:

http://sweatshopunionpresents.bandcamp.com/album/the-bill-murray-ep

Let the Children Techno (tracklist included)

28 Feb

Last week, French record label Ed Banger released its much-anticipated Let the Children Techno EP.

After its white-hot rise in popularity in 2007 following its release of Justice’s D.A.N.C.E single, and following album, this label has once again struck gold with LTCT. Featuring a mixture of different electronic artists, such as Duke Dumont, Siriusmo, Para One, and Tacteel, this album has a very palatable variety of electro, ranging from the simple, yet complex polyrhythms of Flying Lotus, to the Fatboy Slim-esque grooves of DJ Mehdi, even featuring a performance (although lacking) by classic dub artist, Skream. It’s not a perfect 10, (this album DEFINITELY has its duds) but be open-minded, sit back, and enjoy as Ed Banger flexes its “electro” muscles.

Flylo – Caravan of Delight:

Siriusmo -Idiot (this one’s a sleeper):

Here is the complete tracklist:

01. Mr Oizo – Let The Children Techno
02. Busy P – Procrastinator
03. Duke Dumont – Hipgnosis
04. Siriusmo – Idiot
05. Para One & Tacteel – Infinity Riser (remix of Bernard Fevre’s Dali)
06. Breakbot – Shades Of Black
07. Sebastian – Enio
08. Mattie Safer (ft. Telli from Ninjasonik) – Is That Your Girl?
09. Gesaffelstein – The Voice
10. Cassius – Shark Simple (L-VIS 1990 & The Neon Dreams Remix)
11. DJEdjotronic – The Invisible Landscape
12. Discodeine – Grace
13. Feadz (ft. Claude Violante) – Far From Home
14. Brodinski & Tony Senghore – Anagogue
15. Bobmo – Control
16. Zombie Nation – Relax
17. Riton – One Night Stand
18. Skream – Boat Party
19. DJ Mehdi – TragicoMehdi
20. Flying Lotus – Caravan Of Delight