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Coming straight from the hustlers of Belgium collective Folie Douce is their third compilation titled Cold Confessions. With nine near stand-alone tracks, Folie Douce rounds up every hitter they could get their hands on for what could be anyone’s 2014 Freshman list. Familiar faces include P. Morris (formerly Morri$ of Fade to Mind), S-Type, and DJ Paypal, but it was PC Music head honcho A.G. Cook‘s euphoric “HAD 1 (Club MIx)” and Kon‘s take on Ariana Grande’s “Honeymoon” that came through as the sleeper cuts. Jumping from footwork to rnb edits to jersey club, let Cold Confessions be your 2014 music chaperone. Stream/download for free Folie Douce’s Cold Confessions through soundcloud below and for more goodies from the Belgium braniacs check out Folie Douce Compilation Vol. I and Vol. II.. 

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After releasing a couple songs together, Water Boy Kenshin Travis and TeamSESH headmaster BONES finally give us a complete mixtape (coming in just under 19 minutes) titled SeaBed. The tape flips between romance-leaning tracks like opener “FijiFalls,” which features BONES’ crooning, “I just hope you’re safe and sound” and darker cuts like “FallenLeaves,” which (after a build featuring a rain stick) sees Travis’ monotone finishing the track off with, “yeah I make a killing, just by killing.” The two flaunt designer water and murder without discretion, cutting themselves off mid-bar to let haunting beats from soundcloud producers take over. This project allows the two to fully realize their Solomon Grundy-like return from the grave and similar in more ways than not, Travis and BONES’ embrace their anti-hero role on SeaBeds. Download here and stream the full project below.

iamsu-grill-1 Coming out with his first official single, the Richmond, CA native Iamsu! enlists 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemeni for “Only That Real.” Over low synths that ooze between sparse hi-hats from producer P-Lo, Su gives us an account of where he’s been (New Orleans strip clubs) and what he’s been doing (throwing money/making it back) before giving it up to veteran 2 Chainz who has apparently been doing the same. But it’s Sage the Gemini who comes through with the best verse on the track with a voice sounding something like a gravelly Ty Dolla $. “Only That Real” will be the first single from Iamsu!’s Sincerely Yours LP due April. Stream below.

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The kids from New York, RATKING, delivered another merciless, murderer of a track this morning. “Canal” sees emcee Wiki challenging anyone to piss on the city over a beat that sounds like a car alarm through a smashed-in window. RATKING takes on New York’s hip-hop history without letting it burden them and instead come through as brash but aware. “Canal” is the first single off the group’s debut album So It Goes set to come out April 8th. With a tracklist including production from the legend Young Guru and features from King Krule, Wavy Spice/Princess Nokia, and Salomon Faye this album is one of my most heavily anticipated of the year. Stream “Canal” below and view the So It Goes tracklist after the jump.

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22-year-old Teklife hitta DJ Earl released his TEK x TAR Vol. 2 ep as a follow-up to last October’s TEK x TAR Vol. 1 from label mate DJ Manny. Only three songs long, this ep finds its energy on the short and simple “Get Da Hoe” but reaches its footwork climax on “WTF?!? Life Sent It Up.” Starting off slow, DJ Earl feeds the listener repeated vocal samples, interrupting each other in a wash that becomes a prayer to Teklife. With sharp, morse code-like bleeps riding over doubled up pads on the bridge, DJ Earl gives us the impression that he’s sending this footwork straight to space. Stream TEK x TAR Vol. 2 below.

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With the second remix album of Seattle duo Cock & Swan‘s impressive album, Secret Angles, releasing on January 28th, Hush Hush Records let loose one of the more exciting tracks to be included, Chants’ spin on “Animal Totem.” From Wisconsin and working within Hush Hush’s Seattle network, Chants has created a sound indebted to winter nights and bottled up excitement. Accompanied by a fitting animated clip, this remix of “Animal Totem” pulls the listener out of the drowsy synths with short cuts of Ola Hungerford’s vocals. Stream the remix below and hit the jump for the video.

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Last week, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) released the European version of last year’s murderous self-titled album. Along with a Dave Sitek remix of “Sea Legs” and an all-new RTJ song “Pew Pew Pew”, this version of the album sees Seattle production duo, Blue Sky Black Death, taking on “36″ Chain“. Instead of indulging the original’s war-lust, BSBD flip it with their tried-and-true cloud stilo giving it a slow progression that shapes “36” Chain” into an underdog victory epic. Stream the remix below.

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Last weekend, Warp-signee, Patten, let loose a small collection of edits spanning from FKA Twig’s “Ultraviolet” to Burial’s “Untrue“. Although he didn’t make it easy to download the pack, once you maneuver his newly designed website (click on the perforated circle symbol) you will be rewarded by the kind of experimental, drowned out edits that the London producer has come to be known for. These songs will have you grasping at trails of familiarity before they ultimately wash over you, leaving you stranded somewhere unexplored. With a new album, ESTOILE NAIANT, due out February 24th, these loosies will do more than tide us over.  Download the full set from Patten’s website here and stream below.

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Yesterday, Harlem-bred Princess Nokia (formerly known as Wavy Spice) delivered a dreamy new song/video, titled “Dragons”. Only releasing a few efforts to the public at this point in her short career, this may be her strongest, most fully realized project yet. Slowly fading in and out over a hardcore-indebted beat from OWWWLS (producer of Azealia Banks’ “Atlantis” and Wavy Spice’s “Versace Hottie“) Princess Nokia drops her fangs and delivers an intimate love song. The video for “Dragons” sees the Princess and her baby boy Wiki (of Ratking fame) trading off at arcade games and sharing a forty in the shower between shots of DBZ and X-Men. Stream below and hit the jump for the  video.

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After a triumphant 2013 during which Tink let loose her Boss Up mixtape and lent vocals to new club super group Future Brown’s “Wanna Party” (earning the #3 spot on our favorite songs of the year list), the Chicago singer/emcee is back with Winter’s Diary 2. While her last tape included a Versace remix and Young Chop production, Tink transitions into the territory of smooth bedroom jams that her 2012 project, Winter’s Diary showcased. She may not be exploring untouched ground, but Tink’s return to conversational R&B is exactly what we want. Look out for the wax-dripping “Freak Like Me” and “Talkin About“, which features Lil Herb and offers a taste of Chicago drill. Download Winter’s Diary 2 for free over at DatPiff and stream “Freak Like Me” below.