Happy Leap Day everyone, and welcome back to another edition of #HipHopHumpdays. This will be the last time you hear some fresh new hip-hop on February 29th for the next 4 years, so let’s make it a good one! Between Chiddy Bang’s Breakfast (which I highly recommend checking out), Tyga’s Careless World, and Cudi’s unique WZRD project with Dot Da Genius, this week was full of big releases.
XXL also unveiled their rather disappointing Freshmen List of 2012. To touch on that real briefly, I’m real glad to see Macklemore, Hopsin, & MGK make the cover, but I don’t think Future or French Montana were deserving of it. The rest were also questionable to me. Not that they aren’t talented artists, but look at the artists who were nominated and didn’t make it. XV, A$AP Rocky, Sam Adams, ScHoolboy Q, and so many more. But anyways, I have a lot in store for you all, let’s get to the post.
Jon Connor – Broken Mirrors
First off, we have a brand new video released today for Jon Connor‘s song “Broken Mirrors” which sees Jon Connor getting very introspective with a realest ish I’ve ever wrote type song. The video is shot in black & white and really paints the picture that he’s depicting with this track.
Download: Jon Connor – Broken Mirror
Read on for another video, and 5 more new tracks!
If M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” wasn’t bad enough for you, Monolith has gone and twisted it into a dark synth filled grindhouse of a remix. The end product sounds a lot like a Justice production to me, and the slightly modified vocals are the perfect cherry on top to my new favorite remix of this track.
Denmark native Faustix and his partner in crime, Canadian DJ/Producer Imanos, just put out this incredible remix of Niki & The Dove’s “DJ, Ease My Mind.” The track has just the right blend of uplifting progressive builds and vocals to match the absolutely face melting drops that are made for that hands up festival mayhem. The remix is offered as a free download from the ImanosFacebook page or from the link below if that ever expires, but be sure to support these guys from the social links at the bottom.
Following their collaborative success with ‘I’ll Wait For You’ on John Dahlbäck’s Mutants Records, Faustix and Imanos return from the studio with a sensational new remix for Swedish pop act Niki & The Dove. Featuring powerful, uplifting synths combined with heavy drops, the track is another belter from the duo that highlights their impressive production ability. Bringing together the raw energy of a dance floor with the soaring vocals of singer Malin Dahlstrom, the pair delivers a surefire hit that will blow you away.
A few weeks ago I posted J. Rabbit’s “OG Fresh EP” which hit hard in the electronic paint, which I imagine would be sporadic colors of neon. Escorted by J. Rabbit, the beloved 90′s theme song for “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” introduces itself for the first time to the electronic arena. Leave it up to something only a clever rabbit could conjure.
Download: J. Rabbit – Fresh Prince Remix
Tristan Garner’s latest track serves as a tribute to Daft Punk, and what a fitting compliment it is to the French duo. With tons of space aged progressive melodies worked in, a breakdown at 3:00 reminiscent of “Around The World / Harder Better Faster Stronger” from Alive 2007, and even a little Deadmau5-esque sound around the 30-50 second mark, “Punx” has some “major festival potential” (Dancing Astronaut), especially once it gets some quality bootlegs…
Beatport: Tristan Garner – Punx (Original Mix)
While Belgian-Australian pop artist Gotye continues to ride the success of “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a few other tracks off Making Mirrors are finally making their way into the mainstream market. Most recently, “Easy Way Out,” which just got a spectacular stop-motion video with help from Oh Yeah Wow, and depicts Gotye going through a rather mundane daily routine with a quirky twist.