East Atlanta’s DJ Holiday has released Let Me at Em, the first single off his upcoming EP, entitled God Bless The Mixtape. The street-ready record features guest spots from French Montana, Problem and Wale.
L.A. lyricist Blu is breathing new life into his 2014 double LP release, Good To Be Home. He just released a limited-edition vinyl, also available in digi form, celebrating the GTBH single, “The Return.” This new EP release features the OG version of “The Return,” a Haz Solo remix of the GTBH track “Rap Dope,” assorted instrumentals, and this non-album bonus track “Thriller” featuring Sene, Definite, and Cashus King (fka Co$$). Check the new sounds above and let us know what you think of the track.
Skateboard filmmaker and traveler of far away lands, Patrik Wallner has just released his latest video, The Edge of Arabia. “While the turmoil in the Middle East doesn’t seem to have an end in sight, the Visualtraveling project zigzagging around the Eurasian peninsula has somewhat concluded. Exploring the nations on the edge of the Arabian peninsula was mandatory even while Yemen was going through a coup and was swept with chaos. But considering the past ventures such as taking a ten thousand kilometres trek on the Trans-Siberian, meeting the ‘stans, turning ginger in Bangladesh, taking the Mandalay Express, circling the Black Sea, traversing Iran and the Caucasus in the Persian Version and various other smaller journeys, the dedication to explore this last pocket of Eurasia with the mysterious Dragon blood trees lurking on the island of Socotra was intriguing.”
Madlib dropped a massive compendium of rare African grooves last week in the form of his latest installment of the Mind Fusion mixtape series, dubbed African Earwax. And it’s chock-full of choice and scrumptious psychedelic funk and soul from all over the great continent, all sliced and diced with The Beat Konducta’s patented touch. 30 copies have been pressed, each with individually hand-drawn covers by Jason Jegel, and were quickly dished out and sold at Rappcats’ Doomsday show in LA last week. Fear not, Lib has established his own Mixcloud with African Earwax being its lead-off mix. Stream Madlib’s one-hour-plus mix of choice African rhythms, grooves and melodies above, and be sure to keep your head on a swivel for all of the illness he’ll be letting loose through his new channel in the months ahead.
Compiled by DJ Rhude and VIBE editor in chief Datwon, the new “Naz: The Flyest Essence” mixtape invites you to imagine a world in which Nas and AZ continued collaborating at the height of their powers and put together an entire album. Going much further than just “Life’s A Bitch,” the playlist is a beat junkie’s dream, incorporating cuts from some of the greatest producers that collaborated with both Nas and AZ. In Rude’s own words:
Nas and AZ’s chemistry in the booth is undeniable as evidenced by their body of work over the years. Despite said chemistry, the two Arists have never collaborated on a full length album despite the fans pleas for it. While it probably may never happen, Datwon (Vibe EIC) and I brainstormed about putting together a mixtape as a way of imagining how an album between the two could sound. As a result Naz: the Flyest Essence was born. Featuring beats from The Alchemist, Pete Rock, Large Pro, Sid Roams, Midi Mafia, Salaam Remi and many more.
Sims of French music collective NOw FUTUR has thrown down the electro gauntlet. His latest “Sims Samples” is a tribute not only to the legendary Daft Punk, but the French Touch dance movement at large and features some of the most crucial tracks in the entire genre, both modern and not-so-much. Opening with a textbook “then and now” blend of Daft tracks and the cuts they chopped up, the hour-plus set is perfect kindling for your next funky dance soireé.
The Originals – Down To Love Town
Daft Punk – Burnin’ (Edit Version) 1
George Duke – I Love You More
Daft Punk – Digital Love
Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman
Daft Punk – Face to Face
sister sledge – il macquillage lady
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
Eddie Johns – More Spell on You
Daft Punk – One More Time
Black Magic – Freedom (Make It Funky) (Color 1 On & On Strong Vocal Mix)
Ian Pooley – Chord Memory (Daft Punk Remix)
Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby
Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Breakwater -Release the Beast
Daft Punk – ROBOT ROCK
vaughan mason & crew – bounce, rock, skate, roll
Daft Punk – Da Funk
Chaka khan – Fate
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Fresh Band – Come back lover
Bob Sinclar – My Only Love
The Jets – Crush On You
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro
George Benson – The World Is A Ghetto
Thomas Bangalter – Spinal Scratch
Chic – Soup For One
Modjo – lady (hear me tonight)
Donna_Summer – If It Hurts Just A Little
Cassius – 99 Remix
Grant Green – hurt so bad
Etienne de Crécy – Prix Choc
Gwen McCrae – All This Love That I’m Givin
Cassius – feeling for you
The fatback band – put your love (in my tender care)
Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat
Dynasty – Strokin’
Dj Mehdi – Signature (Thomas Bangalter Edit)
Bb & Q Band – The Imagination
Dj Mehdi – Tunisia Bambaata
Earth Wind & Fire – Brazilian Rhyme
Minos Pour Main Basse (Sur La Ville) – Le Patron Est Devenu Fou!
Gap Band – I don’t believe you want to get up and dance (oops!)
Demon – You Are My High
Curtis Mayfield – Right On For The Darkness
Silicone Soul – Right on 4 tha darkness
Freddie Hubbard – Little sunflower
Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt
Yasiin Bey (the Artist formerly known as Mos Def) has been popping up on a number tracks over the past month, dropping gems over cooled-out, throwback-ish productions. Today he’s resurfaced on a very special one-off, transforming Kiwi r&b renegades Electric Wire Hustle‘s “Chaser”, into something new and beautiful and full of atmospheric goodness. Bey rides the low-end with ease, dousing the track in fluttery whistles and bird calls before unleashing some cool, cold verbal. The result is something he likes to call “Marigolds” and something we like to call “dope.” Stream Yasiin Bey & Electric Wire Hustle’s “Marigolds”, and keep your ear to the ground cause you never know when or where Bey’ll pop up next.
Pete Rock, long heralded as king of the remix, has lent his distinctive touch of boom-bap brilliance to countless cuts, both conventional and otherwise. Here’s a taste of what he can do with the latter, bringing his patented, vintage drum-breaking styles to Panda Bear‘s dreamy, psych-pop wizardry, resulting in a fairly potent blend that should have your head knocking in all of the appropriate ways. The track comes to us from Panda Bear’s forthcoming PBVSGR remix EP out on June 30th via Domino Records. If you’re in the NYC area tonight, check out the mighty Pete Rock at Radio City Music Hall reuniting with CL Smooth for what will surely be a historic moment for the Golden Era heroes.
While we wait for the release of The Game‘s latest full-length, The Documentary 2, the Compton native has released a new single. The Cardo and Johnny Juliano produced 100 is a joint venture which could be a hit for the west coast veteran. No release date has been set by the label for the eventual album drop, but we expect Game’s 10th studio album to arrive before the end of summer.
The Internet’s latest single, Girl, is a smooth piece of neo-soul produced by electronic beatsmith Kaytranada. Vibe out to this record, which will be included on The Internet’s upcoming Ego Death album, scheduled for release on June 29. Towards the end of the track is a hidden track called In the Moment, which is produced by Jameel Bruner. Check both tracks and let us know what you think of The Internets new music.
Statik Selektah has worked with hundreds of Artists over the course of his career. On the latest single off his forthcoming studio album, the producer/DJ/tastemaker recruits three familiar names, all of which could arguably be in Hip-Hop’s Top Tier. Joining the headliner on the follow-up to previous single Beautiful Life are veteran emcees Sean Price, Bun B and Styles P. Available for pre-order now, Statik’s Lucky 7 LP is scheduled for a July 7 release.
Dam-Funk is prepping a new, full-length release for the late summer. The modern-funk general just dropped a blazing new boogie-blessed joint in “We Continue,” once again capturing the sequins-stitched nostalgia of early-80s synthesizer funk. It’s a mid-tempo, synth-heavy specimen that’ll have you two-stepping the day away. Dam-Funk’s new LP Invite The Light is slated for release September 2nd via Stones Throw Records with a massive list of guest spots, including Q Tip, Snoop Dogg, Junie Morrison, Ariel Pink and more. Put your ears to the lead-off single “We Continue”, and peep his forthcoming tour dates below.
Fri 9/04 || San Diego, CA || The Casbah
Sat 9/05 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram Ballroom
Sun 9/06 || San Francisco, CA || The Independent
Tues 9/08 || Portland, OR || Doug Fir Lounge
Thurs 9/10 || Vancouver, BC || Venue
Sat 9/12 || Jackson, WY || Pink Garter Theatre
Sun 9/13 || Salt Lake City, UT || Urban Lounge
Tues 9/15 || Denver, CO || Cervantes
Wed 9/16 || Albuquerque, NM || Sister
Fri 9/18 || Las Vegas, NV || Bunkhouse Saloon
The Chocolate Boy Wonder, Pete Rock, has released Petestrumentals 2, the follow up to the heralded original 2001 release. Just in time for the start of summer, these 20 instrumentals from Rock should fill in nicely at your next cookout, block party, or just the next time you feel the need to bump something obnoxiously loud on your system. Stream it in full, and make that purchase via Mello Music Group.
Early next month, Planet Asia and veteran producer DJ Fresh, both west coast natives with a shared history, will release a collaborative album. The first taste off the forthcoming release is Twist One, a throwback joint highlighted by Fresh’s trademark sound and PA’s colorful lyrical display. The Tonite Show: Starring Planet Asia will be available for digital download on Tuesday, July 7.
Here we have Bilal’s “Money Over Love” featuring Kendrick Lamar with Adrian Younge on the production. We’ve already gotten “Satellites” and the Big K.R.I.T. jawn from Bilal in recent weeks. If you’re not hyped for his In Another Life LP at this point, I don’t know what else you need. Look for Bilal’s latest LP to hit stores on June 30th.
XXL Freshman Vince Staples has certainly positioned himself over the last few years with some bangin’ songs, a well put together EP, and some show stealing features to have one of the most anticipated LPs of 2015. Summertime ’06, the debut LP from the Cali emcee is set to hit stores on June 30th. In advance of that, NPR’s ‘First Listen’ series gives us a listen to Staples’ full album before it drops. Summertime ’06 has production from No I.D., DJ Dahi, Clams Casino, and Christian Rich with features from Daley, Jhene Aiko, Joey Fatts, Kilo Kish, Snoh Aalegra, A$ton Matthews, and more. Stream it in full above, and make sure to cop it when it touches down on the 30th.
Fresh off the presses comes Ghostface Killah and Vince Staples‘s newly-minted collaboration track, a fidgety soul-rap piece dubbed “Get The Money.” Over organs and live drums ripped straight out of a 70s crime thriller, Ghostface and Staples take turns self-asserting, promising they’re “out here to pillage loot.” It’s all made possible by the track’s producer, Adrian Younge, whose signature use of acoustic instruments has become a paradigm unto itself lately, what with his numerous high-profile collaborations. The Twelve Reasons to Die II LP, a full-length collaboration between Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge is due out on July 10th.
“This is the last show of the season on FM radio Studio Brussel. It was a pleasure and my duty to give you all the exclusives, sessions, forthcoming and unreleased songs throughout this amazing season. This show contains a great 45 mix from Adrian Younge but also my favorite session of the year with Rejjie Snow. I also have new material for you from Thundercat on Brainfeeder, new The Milk on WahWah45s, new Jungle By Night, new stuff from rapper Frank Nitt, upcoming material from Gossamer on Innovative Leisure, Clap! Clap!, new Débruit, Owiny Sigoma Band and Tom Blip. More music from french band Whateverest on BlackMilkMusic, a world exclusive from the Henry Wu Trio, new Bilal ft. Kendrick Lamar, a new Christian Rich w/ Goldlink, new Tuxedo remixed by BBNG & Kaytranada, new Claude, Glenn Astro and amazing 2000Black on Rush Hour and Boddika w/ Joy Orbison to end the show… Hope you enjoyed it this season and I will be back in September and might drop random mixes on here before :)”
SiR – “Jay Z”
Rejjie Snow In session for Lefto
Thundercat – “Them Changes”
The Milk – “No Interruptions”
Jungle By Night – Pangea”
Frank Nitt – Classic”
Sun Ra – Space Is The Place”
The Internet – Special Affair”
Gossamer – J-Cruise”
Clap! Clap! – Fever”
Débruit – Transverse”
Owiny Sigoma Band – Luo Land”
Pamela Samiha Wise – Ancestors”
Tom Blip – “Wrong Guanco”
Whateverest – GGSTA”
Henry Wu Trio – Untitled”
Jordan Rakei – A Tribe Called Government”
Makaya McCraven – Requests”
Bilal ft. Kendrick Lamar – Money Over Love”
Adrian Younge In the mix for Lefto
Christian Rich – “Compromise ft. Goldlink / Sinead Harnett”
Tuxedo – “The Right Time (Kaytranada / BBNG Remix)”
Claude – That Jazz”
Glenn Astro – A Bit Warmer”
2000Black – “Make It Hard”
Boddika & Joy Orbison – “TMTT”