Sorry I skipped two weeks y’all. But in that time, no shockers. Kanye, Ross and Jeezy still the hardest shit out (honorable mention to Vado: slime, it’s your time!), Drake album has its moments inbetween interminable amounts of r&b self-loathing, Eminem “comeback” LP 100% unlistenable – and I’m not trying to hear it about the production credits, I love Just and Khalil’s shit too but even the better tracks could have been Game album cuts if Jayceon was all AY CUZ AY MAKE THIS LIKE METALLICA UNFORGIVEN WITH TOO MUCH ORGAN AND WE WILL ROCK YOU DRUMS but thats a rant for another time. And ultimately a moot point, good beat + bad songwriting = bad music no matter how you attempt to justify otherwise. EXHALE. But why focus on the big dogs, here’s some joints you may have missed. Read More
You probably have heard about the Heaps Decent nonprofit currently fighting the good fight in Australia – if not, here’s the rundown. Last year on a day off from his shows on the Parklife tour, A-Trak went down to the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre and put this track together with kids at the HD workshop.
Read the full story on the HD blog – they are offering the track for free to encourage you to spread the word about the program, and you can also make a donation to ensure that they can continue to bring music workshops like this to underprivileged kids for years to come.
Hit OnSmash to download the new one from Donnis, The Invitation (a prelude to his forthcoming Fashionably Late mixtape), presented by ATL DJs Infamous and Holiday.
You know “Gone” is in there (grab the full single on iTunes) along with guest appearances from the likes of Pill, Yelawolf, GLC and OJ (burrr!), freestyles over classic beats and current hits, and more.
Feenin like Jodeci for new Kingdom? We’ve got a treat for you in the form of “Pathfinder,” an unreleased jam making it’s debut on Rob Wonder’s No Static At All EP on Scion A/V. Go download it here, alongside fresh tunes from Klever, Bok Bok, Kastle and other gents.
For even more music, you can also hit the Scion A/V site to stream Kingdom’s guest set on Blu Jemz’ Turntable Lab radio show.
Electrodiscomaniacs, rejoice! Alexander Robotnick’s new Analog Sessions LP is out this week, courtesy of our pals at This Is Music. If you dug his synthjam YouTube’s we posted (like the one above), this one’s for you: a return to 70s gear (Oberheim Biphonic, Roland TB303, Korg Stage Echo) recorded live over two days and edited down into album format. Download the club mix of “Fun Fare” at Fact Magazine for a taste, and look for the LP at a shop near you (Amazon.co.uk is shipping the CD+DVD combo later in the month).
If that’s not enough Robotnick for you (and of course it isn’t!) grab his Fool’s Gold single “Obsession For The Disco Freaks” on Beatport, iTunes and vinyl, backed by great remixes from Nacho Lovers, Li’ll Bo Tweak and Freeform Five.
In an interview a few years back about his brand Team Works, Neal Santos described his vision thusly: “Quality stuff, shit that won’t fall apart after the first wash. And for inspirations, it’s fuckin’ not even so much that it’s New York shit, it’s just shit that hits home. Enough of the bite of the bite of the bite of the funny logo bite. Show me something real, something heartfelt, something that actually means something. Show me. I don’t care if it’s a full print. Nigga, it could be a oversize full print. I might have to wear a turtleneck but you know, if it’s real, dude hook me up.”
This attitude perfectly sums up why Neal has been a longtime NYC creative fixture (and friend of FG since Fat Beats!), and why we asked him to put together the first Foolcast of the Summer. It’s hot out here!
Subscribe to the Foolcast via iTunes or your favorite RSS reader at the main Foolcast page, where you can also download the download the mix directly (right click and save-as). Hit the jump for the tracklist: Joe Cuba, Hector Lavoe, Tego, the El Gran Combo song that gives the mix it’s name, and much more. Read More
Nacho Lovers’ “Deeper” is rapidly making its way into the nether-regions of the world’s consciousness: Fader and Pitchfork props (“Don’t let that sorta-stupid name fool you: Toronto duo Nacho Lovers make seriously cavernous house music”), an appearance on this great new mix by NYC favorites House Of House, Twitter shout-outs, a Nylon appearance courtesy of A-Trak… and now an appropriately aquatic video put together by Adam Beck and Paul Johnston of Members Only. Full fathom five!
For more from the dynamic duo, check their new Beatport chart and be sure to hit up their “Deeper” release party if you’re in Toronto this Saturday (6/5), featuring sets from Nacho Lovers alongside “Deeper” remixers Azari & III.
Head over to the Federation Sound blog to download the new Lexx-I-Con mixtape, a dope (and very thorough!) primer on the tunes of Mr Lexx, courtesy of Max Glazer and Kenny Meez of Federation. Appropriately enough, this collection of dancehall detonators closes out with Lexx’s Congorock collab “Babylon,” perhaps THE definition of BIG TUNE!