Previously featured as the secret track on #AcidRap, “Paranoia” is Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper’s contribution to Yours Truly and adidas originals “Songs from Scratch” series.
Artwork by Mario Hugo
Watch/Listen to previous “Songs from Scratch” episodes from Shlohmo, Jeremih, Araabmuzik, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Angel Haze, Lunice, Jacques Greene and Tinashe at http://yourstru.ly/songsfromscratch/
Clams Casino x DOOM - ‘Bookfiend’
As far as musical collaborations go, This is the hip-hop equivalent to Burial and Thom Yorke working together. Geniuses.
Chance The Rapper - Smoke Again Ft. Ab-Soul
Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge a rapper from his name. With so many young rappers emerging it’s hard to dedicate your listening time to each one especially when you know not all of them are going to be decent.
I had seen the name Chance the Rapper pop up on a few blogs, but got slightly put off by the name. I was then sent a remix of Tinashe’s ‘Ecstacy’ where Chance drops a verse with a pretty cool and unique flow. Since then i’ve listened to a few tracks from the Chicago rapper and enjoyed them all. Perhaps my favourite so far is the above track ‘Smoke Again’ featuring TDE member Ab-Soul.
Nicolas Jaar Boiler Room NYC LIVE Show
Nicolas Jaar is one of the most creative minds in electronic music and watching him live is like watching a chef cook up a culinary masterpiece. His timing is impeccable, his ideas are limitless and his experiments pay off. He is the Heston Blumenthal of the DJ world.
Last month Nico played a live show at NYC’s Boiler Room and it is one of the best DJ sets i’ve heard. Big statement, but every bass rumble, every vocal sample, every beat, everything about the set is beautiful.
Above is the video of the Boiler Room set and watching Nico produce is almost as satisfying as hearing him produce. One flaw would as usual be the Boiler Room douchey crowd (check the asian girl with obnoxious flashy spinning hat thing at 30:19). But then i’m just extremely jealous I wasn’t there… and of that hat.
the fact he tunes in and out of radio stations throughout his set;
the bass drop at around 7:23;
the vocal samples at 10:11;
the drop at 15:15;
the piano samples along with the haunting vocals at 21:36;
the drop at 30:00
the swirling bass sounds at 30:52
the ribbeting ‘what’ vocals along with the drop at 32:57
ALL OF IT!
Stay Positive (aka Stay+) - “You Hate Me” Feat. Cooly G
Hot on the heels of the breakthrough success that was last year’s single ‘Crashed’ on Black Butter Records, Stay Positive -the primary creative vessel of producer Matt Farthing- returns with maybe its most colossal tune to date. Featuring none other than Hyperdub’s acclaimed leading lady Cooly G on vocals, ‘You Hate Me’ is a high-octane demonic rave-monster of a record. It takes you from nought to 60 in zero seconds, on a journey starting off in the sweaty throngs of an early 90s M25 free-party, and ending up in the darkest doldrums of 2013 bass culture. Defiant, malevolent, bone-shakingly dance-able, and hypnotically hooky, this is Stay Positive to a tee, but this time turned up to 11, and then some…
The explosive maiden release from the new Stay Positive Industries label, ‘You Hate Me’ is the first single release to be taken from the upcoming ‘Blood Brother EP’, which will mark the first Stay Positive collection since last year’s celebrated ‘Arem’.
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3rd May @ Les Nuits Botanique, Brussells 17th May @ Get Me, Peckham Palais, London May 16th @ Antwerp Mansion, Manchester June 7th @ Point Ephemere, Paris
‘Sleeping Ute’ is one of the highlights from Grizzly Bear’s last album Shields, and there is a lot happening in the track which made it hard for me to picture a remix of it.
If there is ever a man that can picture a remix where no one else can though it’s Nicolas Jaar, and he has once again proved himself as the least predictable and best experimental producers of today.
The above remix was a Record Store Day exclusive that not surprisingly sold out instantly because it is beautiful.
Funkmaster Flex drops the first volume of his mixtape, Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?
The double disc tape has 53 tracks from artists including; A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Cam’ron, Smoke DZA, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Young Jeezy, Waka Flocka, Schoolboy Q and lots more.
Listen to Rocky and Ferg’s Ty Beats produced track ‘Max Julien’ above.
Nothing more needs to be said really, you want it so download here
MellowHigh - ‘Troublesome2013’
If there’s any artists I have a love/hate relationship with, it’s the members of Odd Future. They’re essentially a bunch of bams that everyone would probably hate and avoid if they weren’t making a lot of music that people love. Hodgy Beats and Left Brain (the two members probably most likely to end up in jail for being bams) form the splinter duo MellowHype and have produced 3 decent studio albums.
MellowHigh on the other hand is made up of Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis, and I can only assume from both the name and the video for this track ‘Troublesome2013’ that the majority of MellowHigh’s content will be mainly weed orientated.
‘Troublesome2013’ is a great track though with a swirling beat from Left Brain and some pretty cool verses, particularly from Domo Genesis.
When Danny Brown makes a song for the ladies to twerk to produced by Trampy and inspired by Diplo’s ExpressYourself track and the accompanying fan made images of girls… expressing themselves. You can be sure it won’t be one your mum wants to hear.
Now we can only wait in hope for a video to go.
#ExpressYourself produced by Trampy Shouts out to Diplo/MajorLazer for inspiring this song
Ripped from the BBC Radio 1 Show with Benji B (14th March 2013). New track by James Blake entitled “And Holy Ghost” which is the flipside of “Voyeur (Dub)” - forthcoming on his own label 1-800-Dinosaur.