Let's forget all about Sweden's and Israel's hostility towards eachother for a bit... It's time to unleash Soulico!
Comprised of four DJs from Tel Aviv, DJs Sabbo of Mad Decent fame, Rob, Shimmy Sonic and Wido, Soulico’s sound combines their trademark eclectic blend of energy-charged beats with a masterful fusion of everything from hip-hop, reggae and dancehall to Israeli folk and disco.
Yeah, it's sound strange and is quite... strange but not that hard to digest actually. They are now set to release their US debut, called "Exotic on the Speaker" on JDub Records October 6th.
The album features guest appearances by Ghostface Killah (on 'El Nur'), Del the Funky Homosapien, MIA's protege Rye Rye (on the album title 'Exotic on the Speaker'), Pigeon John & Ceci Bastida (on S.O.S), MC Zulu (on 'Queen of Hearts') and Middle Eastern MCs Tomer Yosef (of Balkan Beat Box), Onili, Saz and more.
It took me about 1 minute to adjust to Rye Rye on Israeli folk, 2 to find Ghostface Killah + Israeli rap + disco a good combination. Soulico are a very strange encounter indeed, but yet so loveable!
Soulico ft. Rye Rye - 'Exotic on the Speaker' YSI | zShare Soulico ft. Ghostface Killah - 'El Nur' YSI | zShare Soulico ft. MC Zulu - 'Queen of Hearts' YSI | zShare
Let's forget all about Sweden's and Israel's hostility towards eachother for a bit... It's time to unleash Soulico!
'Whatever U Want' (produced by KanYe) is the first single from the upcoming album "Cons TV" which is set to be produced by KanYe and Q-Tip and it's slated for release in October on G.O.O.D Music and Universal Motown.
Here's the official video and is it just me or has Hype Williams totally lost it?
First the 'Forever'-video and now this? Can someone please pitch better ideas than a swirling ponytail?
|Consequence ft. John Legend & KanYe West - 'Whatever U Want' YSI | zShare|
It's a damn shame I haven't had time to post anything about the singer/songwriter/rapper - Jovi Rockwell from Kingston, Jamaica before (except for that small mention in the review of the Major Lazer album) cuz the girl is true fire!
Actually, her feature along with Mr. Vegas on "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do" in 'Can't Stop Now' is my least favourite track of hers...
Her previous singles 'Tonight' (produced by Madd Scientist) and the track that started the buzz 'Rizzla' are both so much better, but the best of the bunch is this brand new, hot out the kitchen single called 'Killin Dem' from her upcoming "Psycho Therapy" mixtape that will drop on October 19th. Absolutely LOVING it!
Jovi Rockwell - 'Killin Dem' YSI | zShare Major Lazer ft. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell - 'Can't Stop Now' YSI | zShare Jovi Rockwell - 'Tonight' YSI | zShare Jovi Rockwell - 'Rizzla' YSI | zShare
Posted that tagged up version in the previous post, but here's finally the official version of the huge Young Money single called 'Bed Rock' featuring Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, Jae Millz & Lloyd.
And while we're speaking of Miss Nicki Minaj, today a new mixtape of hers surfaced on datpiff.com called "It's Barbie Bitch!".
32 tracks long and with a Barbielicous cover as always:
Except for 2 new exclusive tracks the mixtape features gems like 'Strippin' In Da Club' ft. DJ Diamond Kuts, Ron Browz & Latif and one of my current favourite tracks (Nothing complex about it what so ever, just super catchy): 'Handstand' ft. Shanell (prod. by Bangladesh).
|Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, Jae Millz & Lloyd - 'Bedeock' YSI | zShare|
|Nicki Minaj ft. Shanell - 'handstand' (prod. by Bangladesh) YSI | zShare|
First up, the official video for that 'Forever'-joint ft. Drake, KanYe, Lil Wayne & Eminem from the "More Than a Game" OST. Directed by none other than Hype Williams:
Second, 'Girl You Know' was supposed to be the next single from Young Money (of the upcoming collaboration album to be released on November 24th) but since Omarion got dropped from the label it will now instead feature Lloyd and be called 'Bed Rock'.
Love the production from Kane Beatz and LOVE LOVE LOVE Nicki Minaj's verse.
The (still unfinished) 'Bed Rock' version below is from Evil Empire's "Interstate Trafficking 9" mixtape and has some tags.
|Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, Jae Millz & Omarion - 'Girl You Know' YSI | zShare|
|Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lloyd - 'Bed Rock' YSI | zShare|
Sorry for the hate, but Kano seriously, this is just feeding fail blog with material cause the only thing that's looks decent about this video is the girl:
And gah, a black leather jacket? Are u fucking kidding me? Fashion clone wars here we go! Please, get ur fash'on back on, sack that stylist if u got any.
Official single drops the 26th of October but I'm not gonna buy it and hopefully no one will so Kano can realize that this shit is just in fact shit and get back to doing proper music. If Kano's whole new upcoming album gonna sound like this I'm afraid all hope is lost, for ever, no matter how doable Kano might be.
The official remix below is ripped from radio and Westwood's overly excited voice makes me wish I was deaf. Devlin sounds okay thou.
|Kano ft. Devlin & Chipmunk - 'Rock N Roller' (Remix) YSI | zShare|
Good morning! Have had the worst morning in months but hope ur all good? Anyway, my morning got better as soon as I opened the lil' inbox of mine and found this gem from Drew & Sean of Team EZY, an Electronic Dub-Hop music production team from Los Angeles, CA.
Seriously, 'Pursuit of Happiness' still manage to grow on me, absolutely wonderful!
And if u like Team EZY, check out their megamix as well:
Team EZY - DANCEiSM Set [09.04.09] by Team EZY
KiD CuDi - 'Pursuit of Happiness' (Team EZY Remix) YSI | zShare
That Major Lazer-remix competition is soon over people (last day of submission: October 1st)! So if u still haven't submitted ur hot remixes, head over to remix.majorlazer.com and get busy!
Cold Blank did this remixes one week before the competition started and has already revived mad love from Kissey Sellout, Miles Dyson among others. Down below u'll find the 320 and if u like go over here to vote for it.
On other Major Lazer related news, Jahdan Blakkamore who featured on 'Cash Flow' (my least fave track of the album), has been hard at work with his Dutty Artz family lately, putting together his own debut solo album "Buzzrock Warrior" (featuring productions from DJ Rupture, Maga Bo, Modeselektor, Matt Shadetek & more) which was released the 15th on Gold Dust.
Sorry to say I haven't had time to listen it through just yet so I can't give u a review (I need a PA, and if we could combine that task into a man and a masseuse I would be ever so lucky, efficiency FTW?), but I love the single 'She Said', 77Klash is on fire and 'Mesmerized' has Durrty Goodz!
Since grinding is fundamental, the Durry Artz crew have also laced hungry fans with the "Bazooka Shot mixtape": 30 minutes of heat including dubstep, dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, and even exclusive productions from Shadetek and Rupture.
1. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'More Life' (All The Above instrumental)
2. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Walkie Talkie' Freestyle (Digidesign riddim)
3. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'The Best I Ever Had' ft. 77Klash
4. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Dem Nuh Like It' ft. 77Klash & Spoek Mathambo (produced by Matt Shadetek)
5. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Turn The Other Wa'y (Flo Rida 'Shone instrumental')
6. Noble Society - 'Forgiveness'
7. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Never Gonna Stop' (produced by DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek)
8. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Like This' (Reggae Got Soul Riddim)
9. Major Lazer ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Cash Flow' (Dutty Artz Move It Refix)
10. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'How We Gonna Get There' (produced by Ova Ground)
11. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Dubplate For Moonraker' (skit)
12. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Bad News' (Rockin' That Shit riddim)
13. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Cali Field' ft. 77Klash
14. Lee Scratch Perry & Dubblestandart - 'Blackboard Jungle' (Subatomic Sound System Remix ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore)
15. Nate Mars ft. Jahdan Blakkamoore - 'Above & Beyond Dem'
|Major Lazer - 'Pon De Floor' (Cold Blank Remix) YSI | zShare|
|Jahdan Blakkamore - "Bazooka Shot" Mixtape Direct Link|
|Listen to Jahdan Blakkamore "Buzzrock Warrior" via Spotify | Buy album Here|
Dizzee Rascal's back with one of the most longed-for album releases of 2009 and his fourth studio album; "Tongue N' Cheek" (released today) is not a grime album. If truth be told, Dylan Mills left grime long time ago and "Tongue N' Cheek" is his biggest departure from grime yet, it's a full on dance record.
Dance... Yeah, on paper things sounds a bit iffy to say the least. First, If you read the production credits you'll find the name Tiësto, the Dutch Euro trance master and I can't think of anyone that screams more "Ibiza Uncensored" (the worlds greatest trash TV-show ever), just the very thought of that track makes my skin crawl. Second, the album is only 11 tracks long, clocks in at a total of 41 minutes. Third, the upcoming single is a cover of The Adventures Of Stevie V's 'Dirty Cash (Money Talks)'...
So, how does "Tongue N' Cheek", Dizzee's first own album release on his own independent label Dirtee Stank, sound then? Well... as said, 11 tracks are one, two, three too few. By numbers the album feels a bit thin, kinda like low-fat gravy and I want thick cream in my sauce! But listening to it, it's not that bad at all actually, it's... Dizzee Rascal.
Honestly, I don't care what genre Dizzee fits in nowadays. I don't care if hardcore grime heads thinks he sold out back in 2007 with his previous album "Maths + English". I can even go that far and say that I'm sort of glad that Dizzee left grime, don't get me wrong I pick "Boy In The Corner" over "Tongue N' Cheek" any day, but grime as it is today, with artists like Chipmunk making big moves, is just one sad story.
Hands down, Dizzee makes great music. For me Dizzee always sounds like Dizzee, there's no one like him. Whether it's making cheesy disco with Calvin Harris in 'Holiday' or pop with the BPA and David Byrne in 'Toe Jam'. Genre really doesn't matter when it comes to mr. Rascal.
"Tongue N' Cheek" is the perfect example that Dizzee can rap over any beat, over anything, it shows his talent as a rapper as he has the ability to make everything his own. Take that second track, 'Road Rage', produced by Aaron LaCrate (I'm so glad for this team up once again, that b-more/dubstep-thing Aaron LaCrate & Ripley did on 'Live Large N' In Charge' was mad) for example. It's one big b-more slash grime slash mayhem. Correlates well with that incident when Dizzee road raged and approached another motorist with an baseball bat last December.
I love the cute pass to booty bass and DJ Funk in 'Freaky Freaky' as well. Laughed my ass off hearing the lyrics where Dizzee lays out his recent sexual history with his banana like showing a holiday photo album for grandma on a regular Sunday dinner.
'Money Money', produced by Dizzee himself in collaboration with Cage, is one of my fave tracks of the album. probably because it's the one track that is closest to his old grimy self but it's also fun, bouncy, interesting and just a huge mental bragging hype of money, girls and cash.
So, what don't I like about the album? 'Can't Tek No More', produced by Shy FX is so damn annoying! It's Shy FX' and the sample of Aswad's 'Warrior Charge' fault. Ska/reggae is one genre I never liked, those brass band instruments like trumpet or saxophone (sax = the worst instrument ever, can you spell to anything that just oozes more cheesy 90's sex on pearl pink stain sheets?!) makes my head hurt. They stress me out (when Lisa Simspson plays on her sax I press mute). Dizzee is on fire, sure and it's one of the tracks of the album that stands out the most, but them ska vibes ruins it for me. Probably not a track Shy FX should keep on his CV.
Let's move on to brighter things, I thought I would hate 'Chillin' Wiv Da Man Dem' from that snippet featured in the AM90 video but hearing the full track (produced by Cage) Dizzee on r'n'b actually make sense, how strange it may sound.
I don't know where I stand with 'Leisure' just yet. The production from Cage and Footsie sounds like something from a Super Mario Nintendo-game, typical cloud/sky-track on time collecting golden coins while Lakitu throwing evil Spinies at you, which makes it stunning, but still, I don't know. My guess is that it will grow on me?
Then at last, at track number 11 we find that dreaded Tiësto production on 'Bad Behaviour'. I'm not gonna tear it to pieces, the fact is I'll dance to it if I clean or if I'm drunk but that's pretty much it. It falls in the 'Bonkers'-category, definitely Ibiza-material, even if it's better than 'Bonkers', way better.
So to sum up: quality tracks like 'Money Money' and 'Road Rage' are well mixed with them cheezy disco-ish #1 hit-ones such as 'Holiday' and 'Dance Wiv' Me'. Makes the album like a good juicy cake; it got different levels, a different taste in every bite but yet, held together as a whole.
It's not French chocolate cake but it's not dry super market cake with a base out of sponge cake either, it's somewhere in between. If I would grade it on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the greatest) I'd give "Tongue N' Cheek" a 3 and an half or maybe maybe a weak 4. With 2-3 tracks more such as them b-sides from the huge singles 'Holiday' & 'Bonkers' and some more interesting guest features aside from the production side it would have been a solid strong 4.
ps. Promo ad-s like this is reason enough why you should buy it:
Buy album over at 7Digital, Amazon or via iTunes.
|Dizzee Rascal - 'Money Money' YSI | zShare|
|Dizzee Rascal - 'Dirtee Cash' (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Tour) YSI | zShare|
Oh lazy Sunday! I'm sitting on my balcony, sipping coffee, just enjoying the warm sunny weather and watch elderly people taking their walking frames for a stroll down to the voting booth for the Swedish church election. But I'd rather see elderly people acting like this, yepp, in some strange way I'm in love with this video:
And in case u've missed it, still quite cheezy but still good.
|Crookers ft. Kardinal Offishall & Carla-Marie - 'Put Your Hands On Me' zShare|
That buff Muff with pink hair and a tarty mouth is back people!
This time she has Gucci Mane on her side on yet another production from Bangladesh. First listen this track was just so-so, it's not 'Gone Hate' but the second time: w to the ow.
There's certainly not a need for yet another catchy track about shoes but I love Muffy and I do love them shoes so, I'm hooked.
Muffy ft. Gucci Mane - 'Get Em Girls' (prod. by Bangladesh) YSI | zShare
Fool's Gold keeps yanking them remixes of KiD CuDi's 'Make Her Say' out! This time around it's Sammy Bananas turn to get it all in and If u like mr Bananas he will perform in Southampton tonight and tomorrow in Milan (more info).
CuDi visited Peter Rosenberg on HOT 97 a couple of days back and did a pretty Cuditastic freestyle over some tired old Dilla-beats (seriously, Dilla = sleeping pill, I've never understood the greatness and no u don't have to comment on that) and he also tried to update Naughty By Nature's 'Hip Hop Hooray' to a 2009 standard, did he succeed?
KiD CuDi - 'Make Her Say' (Sammy Bananas Remix) YSI | zShare KiD CuDi - 'CuDitastic' YSI | zShare KiD CuDi - 'Hip Hop Hooray! 2009' (Frestyle) YSI | zShare
Earlier today, on the fourth day of the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge-tour with the ever so lovely Jo Whiley, Jo and the BBC crew tore up Dizzee Rascal's studio in South London for a treasure hunt among gold records, old childhood photos and a letter from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Of course Dizzee also performed his number one singles, 'Holiday' and 'Bonkers' as well as the new upcoming single, the cover of 'Dirty Cash (Money Talks)' originally by The Adventures of Stevie V. He also took the chance to play some drums...
|Dizzee Rascal - 'Holiday' (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Tour) YSI | zShare|
|Dizzee Rascal - 'Bonkers' (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Tour) YSI | zShare|
Meanwhile Lil Wayne's slippery slope rock album "Rebirth" remains postponed until November 24th, he keeps teaming up with them Queens of Pop. Last time it was Britney Spears, now it's Madonna who gets graced with a verse from the greatest rapper alive on a track so sweet and catchy it should be named 'Caries' instead of 'Revolver'.
Don't get me wrong, ever since the rumours of this track started to spread like a wildfire and all demo recordings leaked months back I've been in love with it, even if it's hella corny. Just the:
My Love's a Revolver
My Sex is a Killer
Do You Wanna Die Happy?
Do You Wanna Die Happy?
-part alone... And Weezy's verse... I'm not even going there. But haha, I must say I love Weezy like this, it's just funz and far from pretentious rock shit no one (me) wants anyway.
'Revolver' can be found on the Double Disc Edition of Madonna's third greatest hits album "Celebration" that will be released tomorrow. I really dig the cover of the album as it's an homage to that iconic pop art-piece Andy Warhola did on Marilyn Monroe.
Madonna ft. Lil Wayne - 'Revolver' YSI | zShare
Dizzee Rascal's fourth studio album "Tongue N' Cheek" will be released next Monday (the 21st) as u all know by now, but tomorrow Friday some other Dizzee-goodies will see the light of day, these:
Yepp, Dizzee has created (in a special partnership between Nike Design and long-time Dizzee collaborator and amazing creative director, Ben Drury) an super exclusive version of the Air Max 90 in super light red/beige-pallet (my two hate colours), with a pink tongue and some transparent areas like the swoosh and the sole.
Love Nike AM 90 but actually I think these are so damn ugly they're hot as hell:
Dizzee describes his Nike Air Max 90 as "Stylish but simple. The Air Max 90 is pretty much THE street shoe, 'innit? It’s quite sporty, but when you get the right colours you can wear it with anything. But with this one we tried to keep it quite plain so it could complete any outfit. It’s functional and there was a pretty deep design process involved"
What u lot say? Yay or nay?
And quite inevitable when featuring that much talked r'n'b-tune 'Chillin Wiv Da Man Dem' in the video above, here's the snippet. Dunno where I stand on this yet, Dizzee and r'n'b? Hmm? Good vibes, love the censoring with sounds instead of words, but well, one thing is for certain, Dizzee should probably not aim to become the next R. Kelly... Even if one post-grimy "Trapped in the Closet"-saga would be really amusing to say the least.
One last thing, if u pre-order the album over at HMV u get an extra additional CD called "Foot & Mouth", jam packed with exclusive interviews/freestyles/tracks from the entire Dirtee Stank roster (hosted by DJ Semtex and features Dizzee Rascal, Newham Generals: D Double E & Footsie and Smurfie Syco).
|Dizzee Rascal - 'Chillin Wiv Da Man Dem' (Snippet) YSI | zShare|
It's kinda hard to review an album when the only words you have to say about it is positive worn out ones like: "Brilliant", "Masterpiece" and "Historic". But them words describes exactly what Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi's debut album is: A brilliant historic masterpiece.
Well, out of them 15 tracks slated for the regular version, the album consist of 15 good tracks. 15 out of 15... I honestly don't know if that has ever happened in my book. 'Pursuit of Happiness', 'Make Her Say', 'Solo Dolo' & 'Soundtrack 2 My Life' all have a place extra close to my heart (favouritism is hard when everything tastes divine), but every single track completes the other, it's just perfectly tailor made. Usually I'm head over heels in love with 3 tracks (often the odd numbered ones like track #3, #7 & #11 for some strange reason) and I have at least 1-3 tracks, that I simply hate and wanna dissect like cow eyes at a high school lab why they are so terrible, but they are completely missing.
It feels strange to have nothing to complain about actually. Or wait, perhaps that narrator voice rubs me the wrong way sometimes. Narrating is for movies and books, music is supposed to be music, let the music tell the story.
I'm not gonna lie, as some of you know at first I hated Cudder's guts, thought that "oh well, another hipster rapper jumping on house, no need for him". I was quick to judge. So quick I gave that "A Kid Name CuDi"-mixtape one listen then binned it. But one day 'Day N' Nite' got me hooked, 'Man on the Moon' made me an complete cudderholic.
Sure, "Man on the Moon : The End of Day" sometimes just oozes KanYe West's "808's & Heartbreak" as it's very emotional and melodramatic but CuDi actually pulls it off better than KanYe. The album is more held together, it's one story. Productions are more interesting and them features from MGMT, Ratatat and others also plays a big part.
It's also cause of CuDi's ability to work with almost everyone I rate him so high as I do. He makes me listen to thing I would never ever hit play on, such as 3OH!3's 'Don't Trust Me'. CuDi's verse on that Benny Blanco remix is amazing.
If I rated albums on a scale 1-5 (with 5 being the greatest), I'd actually give "Man on the Moon: The End of Day" a solid fiver. It totally deserves it. Dunno how many times I've listened the whole album through now, I still find new things to love about it.
KiD CuDi proves that hip-hop is far from dead, he just turned it smart and beautiful again, in other words, your pretty stupid if you don't buy this!
ps. In case you haven't peeped this over at MBFIMG yet: Swedish rapper Pato Pooh does a pretty nyce job over my fave Cudder-track of all time 'Man on the Moon', this production still makes me eyes tear up (no joke).
KiD CuDi - 'Soundtrack 2 My Life' (prod. by Emile) YSI | zShare Pato Pooh - 'Man on the Moon' YSI | zShare Listen to the whole album on Spotify | Buy album here