Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tracklisting for 'new' Jimi Hendrix album unveiled

Tracklisting for 'new' Jimi Hendrix album unveiled | Nov 27th 2012 8:54 PM

'People, Hell & Angels' will be released on March 4, 2013

The tracklisting for 'People, Hell & Angels', the forthcoming album of previously unreleased studio recordings by Jimi Hendrix, has been revealed.

The album will be released on March 4, 2013 and features 12 'new' songs, which see Hendrix experimenting with horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar.

The tracklisting for 'People, Hell & Angels' is:

'Earth Blues'
'Hear My Train A Comin''
'Bleeding Heart'
'Let Me Move You'
'Easy Blues'
'Crash Landing'
'Inside Out'
'Hey Gypsy Boy'
'Mojo Man'
'Villanova Junction Blues'

The tracks were recorded in 1968 and 1969 and were meant for 'First Days Of The New Rising Sun', the follow up to 'Electric Ladyland' that Hendrix was working on when he passed away in 1970.

The legendary axeman's set from the 1969 Woodstock festival is set to receive a cinematic release. The show will be screened on November 29 and December 4 at more than 30 cinemas across the UK, and in movie theatres globally.

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Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 and died on September 18, 1970, aged 27.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Elzhi: "Deep" (Sourface Remix)

Elzhi: "Deep" (Sourface Remix)

Elzhi's "Deep" was released over two years ago, but that didn't stop UK producer Sourface from dropping his interpretation of the track this weekend. ... Read more

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rihanna Is Unapologetically Leading An Era Of Epic Pop Music

Rihanna Is Unapologetically Leading An Era Of Epic Pop Music

Rihanna's latest LP Unapologetic — her seventh album in seven years — will debut number one on the Billboard ... Read more

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Get Your Music Career to the Next Level!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

INTERVIEWSKanye West Cuts Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Remix with 'Fresh Prince' Theme

INTERVIEWSKanye West Cuts Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Remix with 'Fresh Prince' Theme

by Chris Martins,
November 16th 2012 6:13 PM

Throw up your diamonds / Photo by Getty Images

Also: Brad Pitt, Hurricane Sandy, and shower sex

As it turns out, "Diamonds" is a girl's best friend. Rihanna's latest single, which she recently performed on Saturday Night Live, has sparked a seapunk uprising, inspired a Zola Jesus cover, and helped to fuel her airborne 777 Tour. Not bad for a little old "happy and hippie" song, but why not add one more accomplishment to the list? Kanye West has now put his own spin on "Diamonds" and, no, he didn't use the opportunity to rap revisit "Sierra Leone." Instead, he begins at a soiree: "We in this party and nobody invited me / We going crazy and I always use my best sense / But that don't matter cause I stay on my Fresh Prince." From there, he spirals into My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy levels of crazy, sounding increasingly angry and conflicted about wealth and lady-relations ("Voices in my head, I need choices in my bed.") before shouting out Brad Pitt, Hurricane Sandy, and shower sex. His contribution is just one long verse, but it could be the buffest we've heard from the G.O.O.D. Music CEO in a season or two.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Joey Bada$$ f/ Ab-Soul – “Enter The Void” | New Music

Joey Bada$$ f/ Ab-Soul – "Enter The Void" | New Music

by Michell C. Clark,
November 14th 2012

Two of the biggest rising names in the rap game link up, as Pro.Era's Joey Bada$$ and Top Dawg Entertainment's Ab-Soul release an imaginative song called "Enter The Void."

Ab-Soul's album Control System, which featured standout tracks such as "Terrorist Threats" and "Pineal Gland," released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Joey gained notoriety largely for his lyrically dense delivery over classic hip-hop beats on his 1999 mixtape, but this song finds him rapping alongside Ab-Soul to a more futuristic instrumental characterized by heavy bass and whispering vocals. Buying into the concept of a 'third eye,' both stars warn listeners to "keep their mouths shut and their chakras open."

"Enter The Void" is now available on iTunes.

Listen: Joey Bada$$ f/ Ab-Soul – "Enter The Void"

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Monday, November 12, 2012

15 Anticipated Albums That Will Close Out 2012 (LIST)

15 Anticipated Albums That Will Close Out 2012 (LIST)

  As the year is quickly coming to a close, some of our favorite artists are ending out the year with some true ... Read more

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

What is Trap? Then and Now – From Southern Rap to EDM (Flosstradamus, Baauer, Gucci Mane)

What is Trap? Then and Now – From Southern Rap to EDM (Flosstradamus, Baauer, Gucci Mane)

by Computo,
November 9th 2012

The growing popularity of trap music in North America has been one of the biggest stories in electronic dance music in 2012. Dubspot writer Computo explores trap's DNA…

UNDERGR☢UND ANTHEM by Flosstradamus

The summer of 2012 saw the rise of trap music in the North America. With DJs and producers like Flosstradamus, Diplo, The Gaslamp Killer and TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke and Lunice) spreading the sound, and major hip hop artists like Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and Gucci Mane releasing trap-influenced hits like "Mercy" and "Birthday Song," the the stripped-back 808-dominant style has an undeniable surge in popularity. With its short detuned hip hop vocal loops, the classic 808 sub kick creating low-end pressure and short squeals of pitch-shifting synths supplying the melodies, trap has been one of the most-hyped sounds of 2012, but where does it come from?

Origins of Trap

The current trap music revival draws on several different sources of musical inspiration.

Part of the DNA of trap music goes all the way back to the early hip hop, electro and Miami bass of the late 80s and early 90s, relying heavily on the classic sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine.  Electro tracks like "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa introduced the 808 sound to dancefloors, and Miami bass tracks like "My Boo" by the Ghost Town DJs were anchored by some of the same 808-heavy beats and crushed-fill drum patterns that would later get slowed down and become associated with trap.

Ghost Town DJs – "My Boo" (So So Def, 1995)

The pitched-down and chopped style of hip hop vocal editing that we often hear in recent trap tracks can be traced back to the work of the late Houston-based artist Robert Earl Davis Jr. a.k.a. DJ Screw. Davis would create mixes of existing hip hop tracks and slow them down dramatically to create new versions for friends, often at their request.  This soon translated into a widely popular style, credited largely to Davis, and the slowed-down mixes were said to be "chopped and screwed."  (Little known fact: DJ Screw has been honored by Texas Governor Rick Perry as a "Texas Music Pioneer.") Other DJs working in this style later took Davis' approach and extended it further.

DJ Screw – "Southside Groovin"

The more recent template for modern trap comes from the southern hip hop scene emanating from Atlanta, Georgia.  While the label "trap" seems to have first appeared in the mainstream with the release of T.I.'s Trap Muzik (2003), it was Gucci Mane's Trap House (2005), produced by Shawty Redd and Zaytoven, that set the pattern for recent trap tracks. These producers and a few others are widely considered to be the first wave of the trap music scene, and their stripped-down productions with half-time feel and minimal melodic or harmonic content are early representations of what has become the trap sound.

Gucci Mane – "Trap House" (Big Cat Records, 2005)

This sound continued to develop into what we hear in some of the most popular hip hop tracks of 2012, from Kanye West's "Mercy" to 2 Chainz "Birthday Song," still demonstrating the minimal, half-time aesthetic of early trap while showing a club-friendly, energetic refinement, with increasingly aggressive synth riffs and crushed drum fills.

Kanye West – "Mercy" feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz (G.O.O.D Music, 2012)

Trap and EDM

In 2010, some artists and producers in the electronic music underground also began to adopt the sound, albeit in a more track-oriented and less song-based form.  Sampling heavily from the southern rap style of tracks like "Trap House" and combining this with elements of electronic music, artists like Baauer and UZ have taken over sound systems all over the US in the last year.

This is something like the culmination of years and years of hip-hop…and dance music came together. It didn't happen because someone had a master plan, it just happened naturally.

- "Dirty South Joe" in the documentary Certified Trap

Baauer – "Harlem Shake" (Jeffrees / Mad Decent, 2012)

Promoted by DJs like Diplo (whose Mad Decent sublabel Jeffrees has put out releases from Djemba Djemba, UZ and other EDM-oriented trap producers), the new trap sound has proven to have wide appeal among many dance music fans. The recent Hard Day of the Dead festival in Los Angeles, for example, featured some of trap's fastest-rising DJs on its main stages including UZ, Baauer, and Foreign Beggars, and trap's influence could be heard on many other performers at the festival including  AraabMuzik, Diplo, Tittsworth, Bro Safari, and Dillon Francis.

With equal attention to heavy bass, dub influences and hip hop aesthetics, this latest wave of trap music has rapidly gained wide acceptance among EDM fans.  The popularity of this new wave of minimalist dance music is at least in part a reaction to the musical excesses of post-Skrillex dubstep, in the same way that the stripped-down bass-heavy sound of early UK dubstep was itself a reaction to some of the overwrought rave music of of the early 2000s.

We asked Harvard musicologist and Beat Research (Monthly Boston club event) resident Wayne Marshall (aka Wayne and Wax) about his thoughts on the recent developments in Trap music…

I do think it needs to be noted that the production style — basically mainstream southern hip-hop — that has inspired all the Soundcloud #trap music is a few years old now, though obviously a new legion of producers (coming more from EDM worlds) are infusing it with new life and some new stylistic turns too.

- Wayne Marshall (Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wayne and Wax)

Future of Trap?

Now spanning the club and festival circuits, trap has had a meteoric rise in popularity in 2012. Aided by both mainstream and underground artists who have combined the Dirty South sound with elements from electronic dance music, trap is rapidly morphing into new hybrid forms and it is anyone's guess what will come next in this musical evolution.  With varying emphasis given to trap's hip hop, EDM and dub elements depending on who is producing, the trap sound still seems to be mutating and changing everyday. While longtime fans of southern rap may take issue with the manipulation and reinvention of their style, ultimately this latest spin on the trap sound should bring greater attention and recognition to trap's originators.

TNGHT – "Higher Ground" (Warp Records / LuckyMe, 2012)

Kuedo – "Work, Live & Sleep in Collapsing Space" (Planet Mu, 2012)

Additional reading:

The Commodification of Southern Rap's Drug-Fueled Subgenre – Complex Magazine

Quit Screwing with Trap Music: An Interview with Lōtic – Vice Magazine

What the Hell is Trap (and Why is Dubstep Involved)? – LA Weekly

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

[Listen] A Preview Of Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ Album

[Listen] A Preview Of Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' Album

by Necole Bitchie,
November 7th 2012

It's just 12 more days before Mary Jane Riri drops her new LP, Unapologetic and already her album snippets have made their way online. Judging from the first listen, she successfully infuses Hip Hop, Pop and Dance on the album and it still manages to sound cohesive.

Out of 14 tracks, there are five features that include Eminem, Future, Mikky Ekko, David Guetta and (surprise! surprise!) Chris Brown.  The melody and beat on the Chris Brown track actually sound like a 90′s throwback with Rihanna singing, "Ain't nobody's business, just mine and my baby!"  I can imagine they jumped in the studio and made this track around the time that Rihanna was spotted in various New York City nightspots cuddled up with Chris.

The album starts off with "Fresh Off The Runway" which has a beat similar to Nicki Minaj's "HOV Lane". On the track, Rihanna lets out her inner ratchet while singing lyrics like, "I bet you n-ggas gonna be like 'B-tch this my f-cking song' and 'Now I'm standing in the bank line throwing up my gang signs."   Another Hip Hop highlight and a guaranteed smash in the clubs will be the song, "Pour it up" which has a beat similar to Juicy J's "Bands a Make Her Dance."   On the track, Rihanna sings: "Valet cost a hundred bills, (still got more money), golds all up in my grill (still got more money), who cares how you haters feel (still got more money), call Jay up and close a deal ( still got more money) [...] All I see is signs, all I see is dollar signs. Money on my mind."  Folks are gonna be in the club with their drinks up, losing their mind to this one. Guaranteed.

Of course, a Rihanna album isn't a Rihanna album without some pop tracks and those highlights come from the songs, "What Now", "Diamonds" and "Stay," which is a beautiful duet with Nashville musician Mikky Ekko.   There's also the reggae-infused, "No Love Allowed," and a track titled, "Love Without Tragedy," which revolves around her relationship with Chris Brown. On that record, she sings, "Who knew because of this one drive, injured us fatally, You took the best years of my life, I took the best years of your life. What's love without tragedy? Red lipstick, rose petals, heartbreaks I was his Marilyn Monroe."

Peep the tracklisting and take a test drive below:

Standard edition:

1. Fresh Off The Runway
2. Diamonds
3. Numb (Feat. Eminem)
4. Pour It Up
5. Loveeeeeee Song (Feat. Future)
6. Jump
7. Right Now (Feat. David Guetta)
8. What Now
9. Stay (Feat. Mikky Ekko)
10. Nobody's Business (Feat. Chris Brown)
11. Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary
12. Get It Over With
13. No Love Allowed
14. Lost In Paradise

Deluxe Edition:

15. Half Of Me

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

LL Cool J Redeems Himself On “Take It”: Listen

LL Cool J Redeems Himself On "Take It": Listen

by Christina Lee,
November 3rd 2012

This summer, LL Cool J announced his return to hip-hop with "Ratchet" — his first new music since 2008′s Exit 13 and, to be honest, not what we expected. Peppered with easy-to-catch references to D'Angelo and Lady Gaga, the rap icon's remorseful screed of gold-diggers ("Can I get some cash? A little money for gas?") wasn't as deserving of the title he's lined up for his forthcoming album: Authentic Hip Hop.

But in his new song "Take It," LL Cool J attempts to right his wrongs with lines like, "LL got the remedy, intervention divine / I gave you the gift, listen to me, it's all by design." He's spitting of the pressure that comes with returning to hip-hop — he feels like an underdog now — but, as his rap story segues to a steamy hook-up in the hood, LL makes clear that he doesn't dwell in self-pity for long. Check out "Take It," featuring guest vocals by Joe and production by Trackmasters, after the jump.

LL Cool J, "Take It" (feat. Joe)

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

by Sam Gould,
October 31st 2012

Beverley Hills producer is having a busy year. Having already dropped a studio album (Russian Roulette) and having crafted the beats for Domo Genesis' No Idols LP, the underground legend has just released another free project for us to feast our ears on.

His new project, Yacht Rock is the result of a partnership with eye-wear brand 9FIVE. The two parties have teamed up to create a limited edition frame and a seven-inch vinyl with some choice Alchemist beats, over which artists such as Action Bronson (with whom Alc has another project in the works), Blu and Roc Marciano drop some raps. Split into sides A and B, the 12-minute mix is hazy, luxurious listening and you can download it for free, via the 9FIVE site, just click here.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kanye West unveils ‘Cruel Winter’ short film trailer [Video]

Kanye West unveils 'Cruel Winter' short film trailer [Video]

by Eric Christianso,
November 1st 2012

Details on Kanye West's forthcoming short film Cruel Winter and the associated G.O.O.D. Music album are still murky but he's just released a 54-second trailer for the visual project which should build anticipation for what's to come.

The short clip, directed by , features the almost demonic voice of George Bush Snr making his "New World Order" speech, as the world prepared for the Gulf War in '91. Combined with sombre instrumentation and shots of the natural world facing a cold winter, it has a powerful effect.

Whilst the Illuminati crazies will rant that this finally proves Kanye is privy to some nonsensical international conspiracy only insane people know about, it mostly just reveals that Cruel Winter (album and film) is likely to be a darker affair than Cruel Summerbut hey, the title could have told you that. Watch the video trailer below:

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No word yet on the status of the Cruel Summer film.

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