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Wifey Wednesday: Club Edition? Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris, Avicii vs. Lenny Kravitz, Nina Sky, AlunaGeorge (Bondax Remix) + Gotye (Chuck Inglish Remix)

You know how it is, girls just wanna have fun. They like pop music and that pointless up-beat shit. I can’t really be mad at that though. Some of it actually takes me away from my usual deep state of conscious realization of how fucked up everyone/everything is. So is it really pointless music or does it in fact serve a very important purpose? As indirect (and probably ineffective for that matter) as it may be, does pop music actually make our world a better place by uplifting our women’s spirits, which in turn forces us men to pretend to be in a good mood so that ultimately we get what we want from them? I’m half kidding. Well, not about pop music making the world a better place; that I’m whole kidding. In all seriousness though, this shit does actually do a good job of bringing about a better mood. Wifey included, of course.

Did the Biebs release this album yet? Either way, I gotta believe (you like what I just did there?) this one is gonna blow the fuck up. But by me sharing this illegal free download, I feel as though I am contributing to the “save a young talented dude from becoming an overly rich, arrogant, condescending douchebag fund.” Well, maybe that’s unfair to assume. It never happened to Justin Timberlake. But just like the difference between MJ coming up in the 90’s and Lebron coming up in today’s new instantaneously needy social media and news era, it’s a whole new level of exposure and ludicrous (boom. 2 for 2) adoration famous people have to survive through. And let’s be clear on one more thing; JB, regardless of his insane level of future fame all around the world (stop it!), will never be the OG JT. Just like LBJ, regardless of the rings he will win at some point, will never be MJ.

Download: Justin Timberlake – All Around The World (ft. Ludacris)

This is a jam, plain and simple. Starts out slow, but give it a second and let the beat build biiiiiiiiitch. (sidenote: remember when Lil Wayne didn’t suck?). The Lenny sample is pretty key. Did I mention how much I hate strictly instrumental club jams? That’s right. Deadmau5 does about as much for me as Cameron Diaz or Reese Witherspoon. Not a whole lot.

Download: Avicii vs Lenny Kravitz – Superlove (Original Mix)

Where the fuck has Nina been? Welcome back, I think? I don’t know, I haven’t really been paying attention. But nice lil joint here.

Download: Nina Sky – Heartbeat

This one should be in an Arby’s commercial or something; good mood music. I can do without some of the distortion, but lovin the piano portion, of course.

Download: AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax remix)

This one isn’t as hype as the rest, and maybe doesn’t fit so well under the “club” mantra. But I have heard the original song played at bars, which is really weird and kind of depressing. I mean, I like the song too, but at least play the Chuck Inglish version or another more up-beat remix. Thank you in advance. Err, you’re welcome?

Gotye – Somebody That I Use To Know (Chuck Inglish Remix)

 


Soft-Ass Sunday: Josh Jakq, Ellie Goulding, The XX, Dean Blunt + Lemonade

This post is all about that baby-wipe-soft music that makes you feel like a real man. I mean, you have to be pretty secure with yourself (or just really soft) to rock out to this shit. No but for real, don’t throw these songs on with your dudes around. As a matter of fact, it’s nothing to “rock out” to at all. Just something serene to keep the peace in private. In fact, I’m indoors on a beautiful day, alone making mac n cheese right now and it’s just perfect.


I really like this dude’s voice, and the accent works too,  but boy does he need to do something about that look of his. Musically, the simple drum and echo combo in this one is literally hypnotizing.

Josh Jakq – See You Later

Ellie does her best impression of The Weeknd with the cover of his break out jam “High For This”. Ellie really can’t fuck with the original vocals, and the mood of the beat is way too light in this one, but I’m still diggin it.

Ellie Goulding – High For This

Now this one is on some Weeknd type vibes. Gil Scott Heron comes to mind as well. I spent a minute trying to look into this Hype Williams (?) product and what this Narcissist II project is all about, but only a minute, so I’m still kinda confused. Regardless, the aura built in this song is kinda/super intense. I like that. That’s why it was really sad to see the Celtics exit from the playoffs and, ultimately, the end of KG in Boston. Man, would I love to see him in red. Sorry if you felt that was random. Just a natural stream of thought.

Dean Blunt – The Narcissist ft Inga Copeland

This is another one where the beat just takes me to a peaceful place. The vocals aren’t bad either.

Lemonade – Neptune

Haven’t really come across anything from The XX in a while but this one really caught my ear. Nice little kick Bruno (I’m assuming that’s his name, unfortunately for him) added to this mellow jam. Good vibes.

The XX – Infinity (Bruno Be Remix)


Wifey Wednesday: Major Lazer, Florence + The Machine vs Calvin Harris, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Usher + The Hood Internet

Being that it was unfortunately probably my most popular weekly post, I had to bring it back. But I don’t have much time to rant about pointless shit (you’re welcome?) so I’ll just get right into it…

Ursher baby. Dude is like the Tim Duncan of R & B. He quietly keeps coming back to kill this shit! Add a bunch of “HWUH” courtesy of Ricky Ross and you got yourself a hit.

Usher – Let Me See (ft. Rick Ross)

Majah Lazah! More mellow than what we’re use to hearing from these dudes, but amazing nonetheless. I wish I knew how to describe electronically produced sounds, because I would be more specific. But all in all, I love the sounds in this song. Soft female vocals always a plus as well.

Major Lazer – Get Free (ft. Amber of Dirty Projectors)

I went to the Calvin Harris show in Chicago a couple months back…let’s just say I did not fit in. The wifey really likes this one. Me too. Gets the people goin!

Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)

I like to think that I discovered Miguel because I fell in love with that “Sure Thing” joint when I heard it off some obscure new school mixtape back in 09 before anyone gave a shit. Obviously, that is ridiculous. But still, I knew dude had talent right from the start. Well, seems like that talent is growing, and “it’s just a matter of time”, literally, before he get’s it all. This one works really well in the motivation department.

Miguel – …ALL

This is the first single/popworthy song I’ve heard from Frank, and I’m not mad either. I do like the obscure dark sounding shit from Mr. Ocean slightly better, but dude has gotta eat, right?

Frank Ocean – PDA

Just in case you weren’t feeling the electronic R & B vibe, you might like the indie.

The Hood Internet – See Youth (Usher // Santigold)


Non-Rap Remixes: Gotye ft The FatRat + Martin Solveig ft. A-Trak

So I found some extra time today to scrounge through a bunch of blogs and round up some new music. Not my most satisfying 3 hour binge, but that’s not to say I didn’t discover a handful of keepers. That’s not including all the untapped mixtapes I just downloaded as well. I felt like today was a good day to throw up a couple indie/electro/whatever-the-fuck remixes I was digging.

A-Trak has made some real solid remixes in the past, so I always gotta take a listen when I see his name pop up. This one gets a little more un-vocal than I would like at some points, but overall, it’s a solid remix to get some sloppy cock bumping started up in the club/homemade rave sesh.

Martin Solveig – The Night Out (A-Trak Remix)

I came across at least 10 different remixes to this Gotye song. I’m really diggin the original, but if you’re looking for a lil change of pace, uptempo to be specific, this one was my favorite.

Gotye ft Kimbra – Somebody That I Use To Know (The FatRat Remix)

 


This.Is.The Remix: The Hood Internet (Wale vs Kavinsky), Ted Smooth (Drake ft. The Weeknd) & Trae Tha Truth ft. Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., + more

…or I guess it should read, “THESE. ARE. The remixES.” If you didn’t know, I am quite fond of “the remix.” Even when it’s not quite as good as the original, it’s still refreshing to hear a good song in a different light, or from a new perspective.

First up we got a quality mashup from one of the best. The Hood Internet takes Wale’s Chain Music and throws it over some dark, whiteboy electronic instrumental courtesy of Kavinsky. Never heard of dude(?), but….diggin it.

The Hood Internet – Nightchain (Wale // Kavinsky)

Next we got this simple Ted Smooth remix utilizing some slowed down percussion from Biggie’s “I Got A Story to Tell” mixed in with Drake’s “Crew Love.” Pretty subtle addition, but new life nonetheless.

Drake ft. The Weeknd – Crew Love (Ted Smooth Remix)

Lastly, we have a classic example of the hip hop remix. Whenever someone is lucky enough to snag a beat/hook like this, it’s inevitable that they’ll be at least 10-15 rappers trying to jump on that shit. The original was star studded enough with the likes of Wale, Wiz, Lupe, and Big Boi, but it just got another lift with some even NEWER schoolers (K.R.I.T., J. Cole, Kendrick) and more importantly, the REAL Mark Morrison! WHOOOOOAAAAAAAAAOOOOHHHH!

Trae Tha Truth – I’m On 2.0 (remix) (ft. Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B, Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Bun B, and Mark Morrison)


Wifey Wednesday: Iggy Azalea, Drake & Rihanna, Vybz Kartel ft Pusha T, The Knocks, Flo-Rida ft Christina Aguilara, De-Lor + Nicki Minaj

It was nice getting back to finding music this weekend. It was especially nice to have about 3 weeks worth of material to choose from, just made my post organization that much easier. Of course I came up on enough decent material to get my hungry rap fiends their weekly dish on Sunday. I was also able to pull together a handful of quality mashups that were just made for Monday, alliteratively speaking of course. (side note, I can’t believe alliteratively is a real word and I have no idea if I just utilized it properly.) Tuesday was filled with some different solid weird shit, and here we are on Wednesday with a plateful for the wifeys. And by wifey material I just mean common ground I could see myself sharing with some lady friends from the past and present….It just so happens I know a lot of white girls.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m kinda down with the Aussie white girl swag. I don’t know all about that “mean” intro, but this beat is nice and she actually flows pretty decent in the second verse. I like Azealia Bank’s “212” better, still. But then again Iggy does advise, “this is for the bitches getting money up in here.” I’m disqualified in more ways than one.

Iggy Azalea – My World
(right-click, “save as” to dl)

Forget the wifey, this is my jam right here. Think Gyptian, Serani, or any amazing reggae jam. I literally have trouble not winding it up immediately when this song comes on.

Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (remix) (ft. Pusha T) (right-click, “save as” to dl)

I think I’ve shared my fondness for Drake for various reasons in the past, so I’ll leave all that alone. But I do like his response to people calling him soft in “Lord Knows” and feel like pointing it out….

“I’m hearin’ all of the jokes, I know that they’re trying to push me
I know that showing emotion don’t ever mean I’m a pussy
Know that I don’t make music for niggas who don’t get pussy
so those are the ones I count on to diss me overlook me”

Drake – Take Care (ft. Rihanna) (Syko Remix) (right-click, “save as” to dl)

The Knocks just put me in a good mood. All their music is just so happy, it’s really nice. Especially with most of the depressing shit I usually listen to. Personally, I like this remix better than the original. Lucky me (and you), the remix is free……..I’m just waiting for dreading the day someone figures out how to really end online sharing, or finally make it profitable and therefor non-inclusive.

The Knocks – Brightside (TheFatRat Remix)
(right-click, “save as” to dl)

I have never heard one song go through so many official makeovers in my life. This is actually a pretty good remix. Christina’s got quite the voice on her.

Flo-Rida – Good Feeling (Official Remix) (ft. Christina Aguilara) (right-click, “save as” to dl)

So whenever I write a post I just continually listen through the list songs I plan on sharing over and over while I think of things to write (this usually lasts at least an hour or two). I’m not going to lie; I’m already sick of this song and not sure what really made me want to download it in the first place. But I figured it kinda sounds like a Taio Cruz song so some of my white girls gotta dig it, right?

De-Lor – Your Body (Sexy Ray Vision Remix) (right-click, “save as” to dl)

I found these a while ago and threw them on a playlist, but I never actually shared the links. Enjoy free remix music while you still can people!

Nicki Minaj – Moment 4 Life (ft. Drake) (DJ Kue Remix)
(right-click, “save as” to dl)

Captain Cuts – Dancing With Avicii (Avicii // The Knocks) (right-click, “save as” to dl)


Mashup Monday: “Black and white music?! Now nigga that’s a mix-tape”

First of all, let me say this; rappers need to do something with the N word. Seriously, I want to be able to write/sing lyrics to songs and not feel the need to censor myself from what is almost definitely the most used word in the hip hop vernacular. Now, if they don’t want to get rid of it altogether then at least make some sort of declaration that it’s okay for a white dude like me to repeat the word when referring to lyrics. I know Chris Rock already told me its okay, but I’d prefer a representative from the hip hop community set the record straight so I don’t feel awkward.

Anyway, that Childish Gambino line from “Bonfire” ironically makes sense of why I like mashups. I really don’t like putting labels on things, especially labels like “white” & “black” to distinguish what each perspective race listens to. But in very general terms, up until this point, most people would call rap/R&B music “black” and rock/indie/alternative/electro as “white.” So in those very general (not to mention extremely stereotypical while completely ignoring all other races) terms, that Gambino line reminds me of the way most of my favorite mashups seamlessly combine the aspects I love from both “black” and “white” music into perfect harmony. The promising thing to think about is how in 20 years or so that Gambino line wouldn’t even make sense. We’re well on our way to creating a beautiful blend that supersedes all labels. This is why music will save the world, btw.

This one features the aforementioned lyrics from Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” over the beat, and with the hook, for T.I.’s “Bottle Poppin”. I’m not a big fan of the “Bonfire” joint, mainly because the beat is wack. T.I.’s beat on the other hand? Dope. So it was nice to get a fresh perspective of Gambino’s lyrics over music I can stand to listen to. In an unrelated observations, Donald’s verses kinda make T.I.’s version seem a little lazy, imo.

DJ 21azy – Make That Fire Go Pop (Childish Gambino // T.I.) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

This one comes from same dude above, DJ 21azy. I’m pretty sure that’s pronounced “too lazy” but I’m not sure. It’s definitely written as the number 21, but I think he’s just being clever. I like it. And with this next one, not only does he continue batting 1.000 but he provides a great example of that whole white/black thing I was rambling about earlier.

DJ 21azy – Can I Get Those Colours (Notorious B.I.G. & Skizzy Mars // Grouplove & Xaphoon Jones) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

I don’t know how I can still stand to listen to these vocals, but it’s a problem similar to the way I’d start vibe-ing HARD if “Turn my Swag on” ever came on in the club/at a party…smh. This definitely has not happened enough since I left college. I really need to hit a dance floor again soon!

Waka Flocka // Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso – Hands Free Calling (DJ Spryte & Benzi Edit) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

I don’t know that I even really like the Zeds Dead part of this song. Well, I guess they mixed the whole thing, so that doesn’t make sense. To be more specific, I don’t like the hardcore dubstep vibration part at the 1:20 mark. I guess I’m just not a big fan of dubstep? I don’t get it. Because I like some light, simple dubstep sounds. But sometimes that noise just sounds like…horrible noise. Seriously, they always have so much good going for them. Why do they always have to fuck it up with that crazy noise? The beginning? Perfect. Why not just keep it at that? Btw, I am actually a big fan of that Blue Foundation song “ Eyes on Fire.” Shout out L Boogie for putting me on.

Zeds Dead – Eyes on Fire // Jackie Boy (Zeds Dead VIP Remix ft Omar Linx) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare


Omar Linx ft Blue Foundation – Jackie Boy (prod. Zeds Dead)
(right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare

I threw this one in just for the hell of it. Definitely fits the theme of the day. Unfortunately, classic rock is not my favorite “white” music, but I can dig it.

KO – Classic Rock vs Dirty Hip Hop (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare