Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I can't believe I forgot to throw this one up for you guys...Sex Ray Vision released this about a week ago, and it's hands down their heaviest, dirtiest remix yet. The growls on this track could probably scare many commonly known jungle animals. Okay, that was corny as hell, but you get the point. Listen as they help out Katy Perry defend herself against all her past sour romances (cough cough Russell Brand).
Still going strong on their promise to distribute new music every Tuesday, Timeflies gives us their rendition of Gym Class Heroes' "Ass Back Home" (yes, GCH released another track besides "Stereo Hearts").
Kanye lends a few verses to Tony Williams for this well-prepared collaboration off Tony's album King or the Fool, which is out now.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
If you aren't a naturally observant person, then shame on you, because you wouldn't have to sit here and keep reading this post. You should have already inferred from the title of this edit that George Monev reconstructed "Levels" completely (or almost completely) in reverse. Aside from the vocals, Monev transposed every synth chord to bring you a reminiscent track, yet somehow, very different.
Mashup | Michael Woods & Duvall - Because It's The Last Day On Earth (Third Culture & Sean Johnson Rework)
Third Culture. Sean Johnson. A dextrous duo indeed when it comes to managing a production board. They form a mashup of two individual house songs and lace them together with a killer piano interlude. It's a long 7.5 minute investment, but at the finish, I think you'll be content that you stuck around for the entire track.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Maybach Music goes absolutely HAM on perhaps the most popular track off Drizzy's Take Care....but that goes without saying because whenever the words "Wale" and "freestyle" are in the same line, you know shit's about to go down. Two big names, one big song.
Cris Cab posted this on his Facebook page with the caption "I feel like half my fans haven't heard this song." I took this as a personal hit on my music knowledge, because he called me out...I haven't heard this song. So I'm gonna save you any future embarrassment by showin' it to ya. Prophetic is a hip-hop artist out of Milwaukee, who recruited Cris Cab to sing the hook on this track. The final product is a beauty, and even though it came out in November of '11, I think you'll definitely wanna add this to your library.
ANTLER'S UP! The dazzling duo from NYC, release this 12 track EP which summates to about 45 minutes of pure, unadulterated production talent. These two beautiful women make 12 equally beautiful tracks, using samples from pretty much every well-known song from the past 6 months. After listening to the songs "No Love Stories Without Pretty Girls," "I'm Glad You Raised Your Weapon," and "Young Hearts Wanna Beat On Their Own," you'll understand why I'm headed to the jewelry store right now to pick out rings for my marriage to Claire and Jen. As Yeezy said "Love is cursed by monogamy."
Sunday, February 26, 2012
A long, long intro so typical of a house track, that builds into a drum-based progressive anthem. Arnar Ingason recreated Coldplay's exact sound, but with a spicy twist that I think you'll enjoy.
All you heavy dubstep fans out there: take a bite out of this. Daniel Simmons, producing as DanielofSparta, is a Media Writing and Production major at the University of Miami. With influences ranging from Skrillex to hip hop producer Boi 1da, Daniel leverages his classical music training to create high impact dubstep remixes with an original, studio produced sound.
Cudi brings us a dose of (aside from dopiness) his old, highly admired style. I wasn't a huge fan of WZRD, his collaboration with Dot Da Genius, but this is a great track reminiscent of the Man on the Moon era. Enjoy...let's hope Cuddler follows this train of thought and keeps droppin' these kinda tracks.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Samples from Skrillex, Bingo Players, Basto!, R3hab, and much more, this track is bound to be a party starter. After releasing #Bassmob, 5 & A Dime has been on a roll, crankin' out quality mashups left and right...I'll be sure to post a few more in the next few weeks. Send out the last Saturday in February with a bang!
Shouts to DML for the picture. So in honor of reaching 50,000 pageviews, I am presenting you with a collection of my favorite progressive house jams from the past month or two. Lets explore the term "progressive house" (beyond just "Nikky's favorite music genre")...Wikipedia what do ya got for us??
"In electronic dance music the term progressive is often used to denote a novel stylistic development within a specific genre of dance music.The tempo generally ranges from 120 to 135 bpm (which is faster than typical earlier house). Such structure is intuitively described as consisting of three major structural elements: (1) build-up; (2) breakdown ; (3) climax. These three structural elements are expressed either temporally or in their intensity, if not both." --Wiki
Okay enough with the boring stuff, go rage.
I fed you that 20 second preview of this song, but this completely transcends expectations. These two have just capped off one of the best songs I have ever heard. The instrumental mix was fantastic by itself, but wow. This vocal mix is unbelievable. They dropped this directly following their stunning performance at Penn State, and I couldn't be more pleased with the product. Here's a must download for the weekend.
Well, it's 3 days before the official release of Cudi and Dot Da Genius's album WZRD, but KnackForTracks got you hooked up, because cmon'...I know you wanna be that guy who tells all your friends you had it first. Get WZRD right HERE.
Friday, February 24, 2012
My boy Santiago from Jersey just dropped this 40 minute mix via SoundCloud, I thought I'd share it with you, in case you were lacking in some jam music for the weekend. It's got plenty of goodies for your pregames, parties, and even post-party pass outs. Drop some comments if you're diggin what you're hearing, Santi's down for some quality feedback so he can continue to provide mixes and tracks you wanna hear.
This will probably be my last post that involves the song "Levels" because 2012 is a new year for new anthems to arise. This Avicii's cover came out a long long while ago, but Mr. Hoerner advised me to reincorporate it into the party playlist so I thought it's worth sharing with you. It's quite a short jam, but it packs a frat-rap vibe that's too good to pass up.
B.o.B. goes HAM. (I love me some good acronyms.) This track features some fantastic sampling upon which B.o.B. can work his magic, both vocally and lyrically. This is off the his upcoming Sophomore project entitled "Strange Clouds."
Here's 6 minutes of pure trance/progressive bliss from the Swiss beauty, Dinka. The chords strike perfectly in unison with each other and the whole product makes you think "wow, this is just...right." And it's true, everything about this track (and her) is right. This includes a blending of three tracks: (1) Purple (Original Mix) (2) Here I Am (Original Mix) and (3) Lotus (Original Mix). Such a versatile track, because whether going to sleep or hitting the gym, this'll get you in your zone.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Timeflies just unleashed this remix upon the world 30 minutes ago via their Facebook page, and it is some heavy stuff. The intro was just as the original, but come 1 minute into the song...shit hits the fan. Cal drops the base hard...like running into a rock wall kinda hard. Take a gander and pass some judgement...grab a download HERE if you're diggin' it.
Here's a soundtrack of which you don't hear too much remixing. The main reason: the soundtrack itself is so goddamn incredible. But behold this bootleg...it harvests the progressive house goodness necessary to revamp, remix, and remaster any track, even one of Hans Zimmer. With a steady beat and the resolute orchestral sampling, Audible achieves perfection. Shouts to Jeff Cohn for the find!
A good buddy of mine who's at Temple University just dropped this mashup that's chalk-full of great track and great transitions. Including the work of J Cole, Calvin Harris, Krewella, and more, this jam gives off the right party/pre-game vibe just in time for Thursday! Be sure to check out his SoundCloud to grab the rest of his dope mixes.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Basto! has proven himself a force to not be reckon with in the progressive house genre, and this remix to Flo-Rida's party song only further confirms that. He escalates Flo-Rida's party song into a larger-than-life jam that'll keep you bobbin' your head long after the song has stopped.
Some Timeflies for you post-Fat Tuesday. The duo hits their local bar and construct a jam with four major components: Grey Goose, Malibu, Jim Bean, and Tanqueray. The instrumentals from Cal are flawless (as per usual) and Rez just throws in that extra swag we all love so much. Download link is pending, so check back for sure!
Styles&Complete deliver a shock of hard electro and and a twinge of dubstep to one of Gambeezy's best tracks off Camp. It's got a great progressive build up and then hammers you with some pump-up basslines. Great track to throw on the gym playlist to get you absolutely amped.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I'd like to preface this post by urging everyone to put your iTunes libraries on shuffle every once in a while...you'll never know what gems will pop up in the play bar. As perfect proof, I present to you this Madeon remix of a silky smooth French pop song. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Madeon will be attending Ultra Music Festival in March, as his name was just officially added to the Phase Two Lineup. This 17 year old has already accomplished so much (with over 100,000 FB fans), but still, he has so much potential at such a young age. Can't wait to see the live set!
Here's a small collection of previews of HUGE upcoming tracks to look out for. The first is SHM's opening track for all of their lives shows "Greyhound" which to me, sounds like a take on Hans Zimmer's "Time" from the Inception soundtrack. Next, after admitting to a lack of productivity in past few months, Deadmau5 drops this preview upon the world along with a promise to have a big studio ear in 2012. Finally, don't let the artist of the third tracks name deter you from giving it a listen. "DubVision" has nothing to do with dubstep (or at least not in this track). This one's an all-around, solid progressive house jam.
Swedish House Mafia -- Greyhound
Deadmau5 -- Get in the October Cart, Pig
DubVision -- All By Myself
This duo outta Bloomington, Indiana gives us a fantastic hip-hop track with a very Kanye-esqu feel. Jupiter Jim and JO absolutely go HAM on the mic...I hope we'll be hearing a lot more from them in 2012. For now, HERE is a link to their most recent project.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Two remixes of the same song, both of the progressive house genre, but two distinctly different sounds. One features more deeply-set electro synths, while the other showcases an array of repetitive uplifting chords. I'll leave it up to you to decide which is which and to pick which one you like better!
This. Is. Unreal. I know what you're thinking: ugh, who could ever remix such a great song? Well folks, Eliot Lipp & The Cru add a special punch to Jay-Z/Kanye's track that takes it to a whole new level of "bass-blowin." In all honesty, Yeezy and Hov should consider the changes made to their original in this remix because a little drum 'n' bass never hurt anyone. This is the perfect addition to any gym/workout/pump-up playlist. This is one beat you're not gonna wanna pass up.
Some great work from the duo outta Toronto. They've done a lotta remixes (which I will try to post more of) but here's one of their original mixes...my favorite one, if I might add. It features a catchy progressive melody that'll keep you feeling happy long after the song is done.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I don't think I can stress my admiration of Xaphoon enough. I mean, we all know that Chiddy is an animal; he is constantly going HAM in his tracks. However, Chiddy wouldn't have his flow without Xaphoon's incredible talent on the production board. Yeah, track after track, Xaph makes those nasty beats that Chiddy murders, and this one is no exception. He delivers a smooth, sexy sampling of Big Sean's huge song for which he definitely deserves some charddonay. The upcoming project, Breakfast, is going to be dope.
First of all I wanted to express how much I adore the picture above. With that said, I'd like to thank Sir Zach Kurfirst for the heads up on this filthy dubstep production that features none other than "He Who Shall Not Be Named." Yep, The Mask samples Voldemort's lines from the final Harry Potter film and quite frankly, I'm impressed at the final product. Even if you shutter at the thought of dubstep, give this one a listen (or at least the first minute or so) to see how creatively The Mask preserves J.K. Rowling's work, long past the ending of Harry's Hogwarts happenings.
Here's a look at what we can expect from Tyga's project entitled Careless World: Rise of the Last King. Not only does Tyga slay it, but he's got a swaggy cast of features of back him up. #BitchHesTheShit
Believe it or not, Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex) had a life before the womps and wobbles for which he is now world-renowned. He was the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and a rhythm guitarist for the Alternative/Rock band "From First to Last." This is one of their more recent songs (without Sonny), but below is a picture of him [left] singing at one of their shows. Just thought I'd take some time to enrich your musical intellect.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Due to all this nonsense with the RIAA, I'm trying out a few different players (as seen below), so bear with me; if you have any feedback or preference with the players, don't be afraid to say so! Anyway, here's DJ Trademark prescribing his occasional doses of mashup madness. One thing I admire in Trademark's mixes is his coverage of 3 or 4 genres in just one song! Download and drag to "party" playlist.
Well, my prayers have been answered. KAM royal is back in full-force with new material. Creating a great balance between catchy beats and veritable lyricism, the 21 year old from Tulane University drops this 14 track album along with a statement: genuine hip-hop isn't dead, it's just hard to find. Thankfully we've been graced with this abundance of it. Grab the entire album HERE after sampling it below. Be sure to hit up his Facebook page and show some love.
Skrillex fan or not, put your distaste for dubstep aside and just watch this dang video. Like many other blogs have said, I don't understand how people still cannot like Skrillex. Not only is his music rapidly evolving, but these visuals are goddamn brilliant.
I give to you a collaboration of huge rhythmic magnitude. The full track (releasing February 20th) is gonna be a tune you're gonna be humming for a long, long time.
Unfortunately for me, I did not get tickets to this event, but fortunately for pretty much everyone else in Miami, Drake started his Club Paradise Tour in the 305. Playing not only his older classics, Drake apparently killed his tracks off Take Care, ending the show with "The Motto" and "Headlines." Here's a live snippet of "HYFR" from the show, the venue: the Bank United Center on the University of Miami's campus.
Friday, February 17, 2012
This duo from Turin, Italy has stolen my heart with this bootleg. As if this song wasn't incredible enough, they better it with the likes of some progressive house chords that are downright addicting. I can't get this out of my head and I urge you to pleeeaaassse listen and download this. Melodic house at it's finest, with the proper preservation of the original heart-wrenching song.
A visually mind-boggling trailer for Logic's upcoming musical endeavor...can't wait to see what's in store after a great project like Young Sinatra. The Visionary Music Group has seemingly endless young potential .
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The track of the month right here. TheFatRat inverts Avicii's chords to create a Levels 2.0 to satisfy your weekend soundtrack needs. Every walk to class starts with this song, every time I open my laptop I play this song, every party is going to start with this song. The infusion of electro, house, and even funk makes this track into pure perfection. FatRat may have just edged Skrillex for the #1 spot on the "Levels" remix list.
This is an offering from one of the best young unappreciated white rappers out there in the game today. What does it take to achieve a dream in the music world? Hi-Rez, the 18 year old out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL shares his story. "I live and breathe for hip-hop. I do it for the love of it, nothing else."
K4T's showed you Xristo before, but now his close friend (and also a good friend of mine) Santiago Garcia makes a guest appearance, with some production talent of his own. These two guys collaborate on this track as part of a competition; they were given only these vocals along with high expectations, so this duo from Randolph, NJ immediately decided upon molding a progressive house/bigroom anthem track. Show some love: give it a listen and a like.
Remixers welcome! The Cataracs present a track that is just begging to be used in club mixes around the world. It already comes with a dope beat, but this one is just dripping with potential. DJ's: not a bad song to have in your arsenal.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I posted KAM Royal way back in the day when K4T was first established, and I haven't heard much from him lately, so I was quite shocked to see this track pop up in the blogosphere. Featuring addictive instrumentals, "Gone" verges more on mainstream hip-hop; I think you'll agree the moment you hit "play." While the lyrics aren't anything to brag about, I'm following through with my personal goal (as of late) to post more hip-hop tracks for you all.
I didn't find a track appropriate enough to tribute to Valentine's Day yesterday, but this...this is definitely what I was looking for. Here is a fresh Timeflies Tuesday in honor of not only the day of love, but also of the late Whitney Houston, who's song they sample beautifully. Rez freestyles off the romantic messages from candy hearts, while Cal absolutely nails the instrumental production. Dynamite.
I humbly offer you the EDM mashup of the week, hands-down. Great song selection, high production quality...Third Culture never fails to create and send over incredible bootlegs. Downloading this song qualifies you as the Wednesday night party starter with some help from Axwell, Feenixpawl & Ivan Gough, and Archie. V. Enjoy!
A flawless combination of emotional vocals and sharp verses, this track showcases the incredible talent of Urban Noize, a versatile duo of twin brothers straight outta Miami. This is their 3rd single off "Brooklyn. Chicago. London." which debuted back it October, but it "remains one of the most relevant releases to date." I'll dig up more of their tracks for you, since I think Urban Noize deserves to be shared with the whole world.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I've said it a million times before, and I'll say it again: Wale's freestyles are the weapons in his rap arsenal. His mix tapes and albums are good, don't get me wrong, but they just don't size up in comparison to the work of some younger rappers'. These 2-3 minutes of pure, unadulterated hip-hop however, are tracks you should go out of your way to listen to. Maybe it's just me...go ahead and see for yourself.
With a vibe much like Madeon or Justice, Uppermost presents this gem to the world. Masterful sampling and funky synths summarize this feel-good electro track. I don't know what I'm doing on my computer on this beautiful day, so I'm just gonna cut this post short.
Another reputable performance from Mike Stud, who in my mind, is re-creating himself completely with meaningful songs about his own life: endeavors, ordeals, and successes. If I was the critic, he'd get my two thumbs way up.