So this would have to officially go down as my first favorite thing of the new year. BBC’s Radio 1 linked up with DJ Benji B & composer Grant Windsor to put together a fantastic string ensemble accompanied mix of dance and hip hop of the past few years.
Its 52 minutes well spent.
Dwele – A.N.G.E.L
Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
Ossie – Love Crazy
D-Malice – Gabryelle Refix
Bok Bok – Silo Pass
Wiley – Highs n Lows
S-X – Bricks
Timbaland – Ayo Technology (Instrumental)
Africa HiTech – Out in the Street (Snippet)
TNGHT – Higher Ground
Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique
Drake – Headlines
Jeremih – All The Time
Raphael Saadiq – Skyy Can You Feel Me
James Blake – Love What Happened Here
Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place
I’m upset at myself for letting this sit for the past couple days, without letting it out to the masses; though if you know Sound FX you’ve got other outlets to pick up the latest. Titled Medusa, it is the latest mixtape from the Los Angeles duo, and brings a little more experimental sound to their catalogue to hear them tell it:
Medusa is about life situations that leave us immobilized; and women who make it difficult to love. While working on our debut album “The Sunset LP” we often times get side tracked and distracted, as is the nature of creative arts, Medusa is the outcome those random thoughts and unforgettable life experiences.
Get with it folks, Big K.R.I.T. has just released his most recent tape “4eva N A Day” for the free. Get yours. I’m a K.R.I.T., no doubt, he’s been consistently putting together top quality work without putting out any major or for pay release thus far in his career. The man can’t lose. Tracklisting below & Download HERE.
I was late on the first one of J. Cole’s “Any Given Sunday” mixtape series, but that one was fire. Now he drops the second release aptly titled “Any Given Sunday #2″ Switching our MJ for Ali, J. Cole gives the people what they want.
As the mystery of The Weeknd unravels this comes through the bay door. Previously in his career The Weeknd, Abel Tesfaye, was part of Canadian production team The Noise. The tracks below are from that period in his career, though perhaps not over yet, he is definitely taking on a greater presence as The Weeknd.
As the story goes, the track “Birthday Suit” is/was a demo for Drake; we’ll see if some version of it pops up on Drake’s follow up Take Care. Also look out for 2 more mixtapes by The Weeknd to follow up his outstanding R&B kick in the balls House of Balloons, the first of which title Thursday coming soon.