With his Don’t Flatter Yourself mixtape now having a general release date for “the end of summer,” D-WHY unleashes another hip hop-indie fusion with his remix of Grimes’ “Vowels = Space and Time.” His love for Kate Upton couldn’t be more evident than in the self edited video that features shots from her Easter promo, and should be enough on it’s own to get you to listen to the track. If you like this, make sure to track back to “Kate Upton Is The Motto” for a similar effect.
D-WHY x Grimes – Young Mariah | Download
D-WHY also just stocked his store with a few new designs, so if you’re interested in a “sarcasm orgasms & fashion” T-shirt (why wouldn’t you be?), you can hit up the store here.
When I was looking for a good picture of Cascada for this post, it hit me – she’s just not as hot as I thought she was when I was younger. With the help of CRNKN’s trap reworkings however, she just might be sexy once again. His “Middle $kool” remix of “Everytime We Touch” brings me back a good 5 years to when this was the undeniably the dance song, but with an added gangster edge.
Cascada – Every Time We Touch (CRNKN Middle $kool Remix) | Download
Portraying the journey of a newly married man through his disturbingly erotic dream turned nightmare, this video for Skrillex & Wolfgang Gartner’s “The Devil’s Den” follows suit with the recent unofficial film for “Internet Friends” as another outstanding independent interpretation of a big time track. Written and directed by Spy Films Arev Manoukian, the NSFW visuals fit the themes and sounds of the song with incredible precision, and should come as a welcomed sight for Skrillex fans who would agree some of his previous videos were a little too abstract. The only question now is when does this become official?
For the better part of his career, Thomas Pentz, better know as Diplo, has acted as a behind the scenes figure more than a solo artist. Besides being the founder of the Mad Decent record label and making up half of the new-age dancehall duo that is Major Lazer, Diplo has been on the production end of huge tracks from artists like M.I.A. (“Paper Planes,” among many others), Lil Wayne (“Two Shots“), Wale (“Slight Work“) and most recently Usher (“Climax“). To quote the maniacal mind of Riff Raff, “He (Diplo) is basically the white pop version of Dr. Dre – the more universal/underground version of that.”
Acting as his first solo release since 2004’s Florida, Diplo’s Express Yourself EP is described by Mad Decent as…
a product of the artist’s fearless endeavors of exploring and unearthing new music from around the world.
With an exciting list of collaborations including the likes of Datsik, Lazerdisk Party Sex, Elephant Man, Nicky Da B, and Sabi, the extended play features an eclectic grouping of sound to say the least. The international influences are indisputable, and the six erratic tracks touch on just about any sub-genre of electronic music you could come up with.
Apart from the tracks I’ve already posted, (“Express Yourself” and “Set It Off“), “Barely Standing” jumps out to me as my early favorite. Datsik’s impact is made unmistakable by the sporadic womps, wobbles, and lasers that hit around 50 seconds in, and Sabi’s rhythmic vocals on the more melodic portions of the track make for a welcomed contrast.
Taking an almost hypnotizing Middle Eastern approach, “Butters Theme” is another standout, purely based on it’s ability to really embody the diversity of the entire EP itself. Also not to be missed is “Move Around,” which features dancehall pioneer Elephant Man and GTA on a more reggae influenced song that reminds me of a grittier version of “Pon De Floor.”
With every piece of the puzzle making a lasting and unique impact, Diplo’s Express Yourself is an EP not scared of constraining itself to one particular sound, and should stand as a benchmark for those looking to redefine what we know as genres today. You can stream the entire set below, and purchase the EP on iTunes, Beatport, or Amazon from the links provided.
Diplo – Express Yourself (feat. Nicky Da B) | Stream Only
Diplo – Barely Standing (feat. Datsik & Sabi) | Stream Only
Diplo – No Problem (feat. Flinch & My Name Is Kay) | Stream Only
Diplo – Move Around (feat. Elephant Man & GTA) | Stream Only
Diplo – Butters Theme (feat. Billy The Gent & Long Jawns) | Stream Only
Diplo – Set It Off (feat. Lazerdisk Party Sex) | Stream Only
Childish Gambino is “definitely in his zone” (Kanye voice). Each new drop sees Glover come back with a heightened sense of focus, taking a serious approach to each song like he’s on a mission to prove anyone who’s doubted him wrong. For “Silk Pillow,” he recruits Beck (yes the same Beck responsible for classics like this, and this) for a heavily alternative-influenced track that will serve as the third official single off the tape. Get caught up with “Black Faces” and “We Ain’t Them,” and get ready for what’s shaping up to be one hell of a release.
I used to rap about nothing, now I rap about nothing, but that nothing was something that ain’t nobody was bumpin’
Childish Gambino – Silk Pillow (feat. Beck) | Download
In the midst of all the buying fans and followers controversy, Avicii has hit his 2 million milestone on Facebook and solidified himself as the face of electronic dance music in the United States (literally). Coming off remixes for Madonna and Lenny Kravitz, as well as his Pitchfork best new track in “Silhouettes,” it seems the sky is the limit for the young and talented Swede, who has granted his faithful with this new free original, aptly titled “Two Million.”
It’s a grittier Tim Berg than what you may be used to, but the pulsing big room sound is a nice change of pace and the “Alcoholic” sample toward the end is a nice touch. Besides, who can pass up free Avicii?
Avicii – Two Million (Original Mix) | Download