The holidays are the one time of year when I appreciate the fact that my Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with promotional posts. That’s because the holidays are the time for giving, specifically the time when producers dump all of their bootlegs/edits/unfinished tracks on the unsuspecting masses. The quality is generally a mixed bag, but we’ve received a deluge of heat in the past few days that deserves its fair due. On the raps front, Lil B, King Louie, Fredo Santana, Lil Silk and Fabolous have let loose new tapes over the past week or so. All deserve your attention, although save Lil B’s 05 Fuck Em and maybe spend a little more time with Silk and Louie.
The good folks at Mixpak were also kind enough to hand out a bundle of free tracks from their roster and beyond. The Holiday Bundle evokes the grime, dancehall and soca-based riddim culture that Dre Skull has so carefully curated over the past few years. Sudanim, Murlo and Koyote all bring their best to the table.
You’ve likely seen these already as well, but big hitters Flying Lotus, Zed Bias, Ryan Hemsworth Clams Casino all gave bundles of tracks away in the past few days. Casino’s third Instrumental Mixtape is probably the most cohesive attempt of the bunch, but FlyLo’s assorted beats, remixes and bootlegs offer some intriguing insight into the producer and his cohort’s recording processes. The Hemsworth collection is largely edits he’s designed for live play and the “Post-Rock Tears” version of Future’s “Honest” is a real beauty. Two step legend Zed Bias handed over 200 MB of live recording, remixes and production work under both his ZB sobriquet and his Maddslinky nom de plume.
Hit the jump for a jambalaya of free tracks…
By most estimations, last months Sinjin Hawke + Gangsta Boo collaboration, “Yea Hoe”, was a resounding success, providing the former with an established, well-respected MC and the latter with some of the best club collaboration the world over. That being said, I don’t think anyone is mad that we’ve received an alternate/remix version of the song in the form of he “Devils Daughter Mix”. Whereas the original was all braggadocious horn work and Greek Tragedy wails, the new mix strips all of that away (for portions of the song), relying on reverberating, over-the-top synth drums and strapping hi hats. If the original was a club track, then this is a club track. It’s hard to choose between the two, but considering that both are free, expect to hear both in abundance over the coming weeks and months. Stream/download below and catch the original mix after the jump.
There are a lot of producers (from the Northeast and elsewhere) that are making incredible Jersey club right now, but few manage to transcend the sub-genre, twist it around their finger and subject it to their will quite like Newark’s own Nadus. Whether’s he’s trending more towards the aggressive, breakbeat-led end of the club spectrum or whipping out a more subdued, feels imbuing sound, Nadus is straight quality, turning out a steady stream of new music and rarely faltering. His remix of Drake’s “Furthest Thing” certainly falls into the latter camp with a dream-like atmosphere, subdued kicks and drug-haze inducing synth-work. With all these varied remixes, we just have one question: where’s that Pelican Fly EP yung Nadus? We’re all waiting.
In all our excitement over the new Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke tracks on Pelican Fly’s Feathers compilation, we overlooked this masterpiece from the always lovely Zora Jones. “Money Cat” is an often beat-less adventure through swirling orchestral bits, massive bass hits and abstracted vocal stabs. You can almost imagine Zora going in on some drum pads while listening to “Money Cat” and the un-sycopated nature of these tried and true club touchstones works perfectly. Stream the track below and grab Feathers here.
Today marks the release date of Belgian label Pelican Fly’s momentous Feathers compilation, a tape that should elevate the DJ Slow helmed label into the stratosphere of forward thinking dance music outposts. We’ve already featured Sinjin Hawke’s contribution to Feathers, and today we’re lucky enough to get a big one from one of 2012’s breakout stars Cashmere Cat. It’s been an amazing ride for the Norwegian producer, in no small part because a Cashmere Cat song is almost instantly recognizable in its mixture of left-field percussion elements (what up pitched down vocals) and traditional musicality (hey there unexpectedly beatific piano keys). In an incredibly short period of time, Cashmere Cat has become one of the most recognizable names in the ever-growing intersection of contemporary hip hop and electronic music and has impressed with literally every song he’s put out to date. Stream “Aurora” below and Lucid’s contribution to Feathers after the jump. Grab Feathers here.
Can we talk about Pelican Fly for a moment? Only eight releases deep, the Belgian DJ Slow-led imprint has released seminal release after seminal release, proving as influential as anyone in the ever-growing, amorphous realm of “club” music. On February 18, the label will release the Feathers compilation, featuring brand new heat from Sinjin Hawke, Cashmere Cat, Mister Tweeks and more. More than just about any other label (Body High and/or Fade To Mind maybe), Pelican Fly has set the tone over the past few years, predicting the grand cohesion of hip hop and dance music a full year before “trap” came into the popular vernacular and constantly churning out releases that sound nothing like anything that came before. Feathers will surely be another huge leap forward for the label, which should be seeing a LuckyMe-esque influx in fans in the not so distant future. Stream Sinjin Hawke’s especially turn’t “Prom Nite” below and look out for the comp on the 18th.