M.I.A. - 'Come Walk with Me' off "Matangi"

I kind of lost all the respect I had for M.I.A. a couple of weeks ago when she unleashed the news that she's been collaborating with the women hater Julian Assange for his sorry excuse for a TV-show. Assange is under the investigation of two accounts of sexual assault/rape over here in Sweden and no, you simply don't work with men like that until he's been found not guilty. But then, on the other hand, it's not M.I.A.'s fault that even great men like Assange turns out to be rotten eggs too.

Anyway politics aside, a couple of hours ago M.I.A. unleashed a teaser off a new song called 'Come Walk with Me' and dropped the news that her upcoming album would be named "Matangi". Have a listen to the 1:46-long clip below:


Wiley & Ms. D - 'Heatwave' (prod. by Rymez)‏

Wiley links up with Ms. D (Dayo Olatunji, the singer who joined Chipmunk on 'Oopsy Daisy' back in 2009) for the summer smash 'Heatwave' produced by 24 year old producer/songwriter Rymez. Rymez is currently working with artists including Wretch 32, Kyra, and Preeya Kalidas and is recording his debut EP and he has previously worked with Wiley on a number of releases, including the Scorcher & Wiley track 'Terms of Agreement' in 2010.

Have a listen below:
Rymez ft. Wiley & Ms D - 'Heatwave'

Yes, after last year's success the people behind Scandinavia's premier club festival are doing it again and this time with names like Lady Leshurr, Benga, M.O.P, Marcus Nasty, Marcus Price & Carli, Little Jinder and many many more among the 100 performing clubs, djs and artists. Peep all names on the flyer below and DON'T MISS THE BOAT! Purchase your tickets here.

See you on Friday!

Win tickets to Estelle Live at Alcazar, Stockholm Tuesday the 1st of May

Fresh off the release of her third album "All of Me" Estelle now finally comes to Sweden for three shows. On Tuesday the 1st of May she will be performing live at Alcazar, Stockholm and here's a chance to win two tickets (375:- SEK á piece) to the night.

The only thing you'll have to do is drop an e-mail to felicia@firstup.se with your name and and contact info so I get get hold of you. Please note that you have to be 18 years old to participate, winners will be drawn the 29th of April. Update. there's been a change of venue, from Nalen to Alcazar, bought tickets are still valid.

RoxXxan - 'Too Fucking Facety' (prod. by Mikey J)

RoxXxan is finally back with some new music with her new banging tune 'Too Fucking Facety'. The lead single off her forthcoming mixtape is produced by none other than Mikey J and this time he really went in.

Rox's mixtape is due at the end of May, enjoy 'Too Fucking Facety' below:

RoxXxan - 'Too F**king Facety' (prod. by Mikey J)

DJ Fresh ft. Dizzee Rascal - 'The Power' Official Video

As I've previously posted DJ Fresh has teamed up with Dizzee Rascal for another possible chart topper in with his new single 'The Power', set to drop on Ministry of Sound the 3rd of June. The single comes with an extended instrumental and mixes from Datsik, Andy C, East and Young and more and this is the official video, shot in Miami during the Winter Music conference 2012 and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat:


Archeo - 'Glass Half Empty' Single Release & Remix ft. Scorcher Premiere

Say hello the official world premiere of one of the remixes of 21-year-old London based singer, songwriter, producer Archeo's helium-voiced single 'Glass Half Empty' before it goes live to the rest of the world. The single is a homage to Archeo’s vast array of influences and to the mash-up culture we live in today, where he says he feels obliged to mix it up and describes it himself as an ”intergalactic-future-funk-crunk record”.

'Glass Half Empty' is set to drop on 7th May through Archeo's own label Music Mantra, serves as the follow up to his debut single ‘Mr. General’ and comes with remixes by Arveene & MiSK as well as this one featuring Scorcher who adds a more of a urban touch to the track.

Archeo ft. Scorcher - 'Glass Half Empty' (Remix)

Archeo - 'Glass Half Empty'

Bonus: The Free DL of Donea'o's remix of 'Mr. General':
Archeo - 'Mr. General' (Donae'o Remix)

Archeo is currently in the studio working on his debut album, scheduled to be released later this year, with producers like Mr. Waltmann (No Doubt, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry) and The White N3rd (Loick Essien), but with Archeo at the helm throughout.

Gotye ft. Kimbra - 'Somebody I Used To Know' (Grime Syndicate Remix) Free DL

Grime Syndicate is a bass heavy tag team crew hailing from Washington, DC and this audio gangbang is made up of DJ Myst, DJ Atticus, and Them Granny Slappaz. GS’s diverse mix of musical backgrounds shows in their genre bending sets which boasts a healthy dose of grime, dubstep, drumstep, drum and bass just to name a few and here comes their banging dnb-oozing remix of Gotye and Kimbra's 'Somebody I Used To Know' available for free download below.


Gotye ft. Kimbra - 'Somebody I Used To Know' (Grime Syndicate Remix)

Teddy Music - 'Hoods Up' Official Videos & Single Release ft. Lady Leshurr, Roachee, Tre Mission & More

To be honest there's so far only two valid song on the topic of Hoods made 'til this day; Lil Jon's 'Put Your Hood Up' from 2001 and Lady Sovereign's 'Hoodie' from 2005. But Sunday's grime producer Teddy Music finally dropped his huge 'Hoods Up' which is like the perfect mix of them both as he actually samples the phrase from Lil Jon's now 11 year old masterpiece as well as he enlists more or less the whole grime scene on the release, if you loved Mizz Beats remix of Sovie's 'Hoodie', well you in for a real treat.

2012 will definitely be the year for Teddy, in January he dropped his "Grime (The Compliation)"-album (buy off iTunes & stream via Spotify), a 22-track big compilation of his featured productions, among them Tempa T's 'Spray Dem' & 'Doomed' ft. Newham Generals to name a few and last week we saw the release of his instrumental project "Selectah Vol.1".

The 'Hoods Up' single release (buy off Amazon or iTunes) includes the explicit and radio edit of both the original (ft. Ruff Sqwad, Ghetts, Roachee & Stutta) and the remix (ft. Lady Leshurr, Lil' Nasty, Double S, Scrufizzer, Dot Rotten & Tre Mission), as well as the instrumental. Watch the official videos for both edits directed by Simon Dewey & Chas Appeti below:

Mz Bratt ft. Khalaeliah - 'Falling Down' Official Video & Remixes

Mz Bratt will, as I've previously posted, drop her Naughty Boy-produced single 'Falling Down' featuring Khalaeliah on the 6th of May. The EP release of the track that was co-written by Emeli Sandé will include three massive remixes from T-Star ft. Krept & Konan, Shogun Audio and Donae'o, who's remix is absolutely mental.

Stream all below and also have a look at the official video that just landed:

Mz Bratt ft. Khalaeliah - 'Falling Down' (Donae'o Remix)
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Mz Bratt ft. Khalaeliah - 'Falling Down' (Shogun Audio Remix)
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Mz Bratt ft. Khalaeliah - 'Falling Down' (T-Star Remix feat. Krept & Konan)
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Queff & Denniz Prime ft. Little Jinder - 'Midnight In Moscow' Free DL

Fresh off the release of her 12th Planet & Flinch-produced single 'Keep On Dreaming' that dropped on Trouble & Bass a couple of weeks ago (cop here) now Little Jinder teams up with one of Sweden's best male producers right now Denniz Prime on his and Queff's first offering from their upcoming EP release "Midnight In Moscow".

The "Midnight In Moscow" is set to drop the 14th of May on MMD the but already now you can download the title track (courtesy of SF) below:

Queff & Denniz Prime ft. Little Jinder - 'Midnight In Moscow' (.zip) ↓ Direct DL via SF

Major Lazer ft. Amber Coffman - 'Get Free' Free DL

Let's start this week fresh with brand new material from Major Lazer as Diplo and Switch's don dadda unleshed som new material together with Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. The track is called 'Get Free' and just as the title suggest it comes as a free download together with a remix by none other than Bonde do Role.

Listen and download below:

Major Lazer ft. Amber Coffman - 'Get Free'

Major Lazer ft. Amber Coffman - 'Get Free' (Bonde do Role Remix)

Major Lazer ft. Amber Coffman - 'Get Free' (.zip) ↓ majorlazergetfree.com

Princess Nyah ft. Wiley - 'Soldier' Official Video & Single EP Release

Princess Nyah is set to drop her huge Ill Blu-produced single 'Soldier' featuring Wiley taken off her "Destroy & Rebuild" EP tomorrow and the single EP will feature 6 tracks, among them remixes by Filthy Fiction, Major Notes, Flava D and July 5th Music (pre-order off iTunes here).

The official video is really a master piece from the 1:20 and forward, I love who ever directed it, nice to see women to be both serious and sexy for a change, watch below:


Princess Nyah ft. Wiley - 'Soldier'

Princess Nyah ft. Wiley - 'Soldier' (Filthy Fiction Remix)

Chippy Nonstop - "#GlobalSkoolofTwerk" EP Free DL

I don't know if I'm repeating myself but acts like Chippy Nonstop sort of embodies everything I wanted with this site when I first started First Up! back in late 2004. I wanted to give fresh talent a platform to be seen, I wanted to explore new music and I wanted the rest of world to explore it with me. Watch them grow and evolve.

What once started with Chippy Nonstop's and Stunnaman form The Pack's 'You's a Chote', collaborations with Andy Milonakis, Metro Zu and Grizzly Music has now grown to being featured on Kreayshawn's upcoming album debut "Somethin’ bout Kreay" as well as Major Lazer's upcoming second album, getting contacted by major producers like Lex Luger and today our beloved kicked out the club-queen drops hers "#GlobalSkoolofTwerk" EP produced by Michael Solorzano aka NanosauR.

The EP features six tracks in total, peep the official tracklist below:

Chippy Nonstop - "#GlobalSkoolofTwerk" (.zip) ↓ Bandcamp

Chippy Nonstop - 'Kicked Out Da Club'

Chippy Nonstop - 'Shake That A$$'

Chippy Nonstop - 'Bitch, I Bought it Out!'

Also as a bonus, grab a free download of Chppy's feature on Big Baby Gandhi's 'All Over These Titties', taken off his "No1 2 Look Up 2"-mixtape (that you can grab in full for free here):

Big Baby Gandhi ft. Chippy Nonstop - 'All Over These Titties' (prod. by Mike Finito)

Sway - "Level Up" Reloaded EP ft. Lady Leshurr, Childish Gambino & BBK (prod. by Flux Pavilion)

At first I thought it was really ironic that Sway's new single that dropped the 2nd of April had the title 'Level Up' and I burst out into a big laugh when I read that it was sold with the following line: "Never one to conform to the norm" with a production by Flux Pavilion. I mean come on, jumping on dubstep _is_ the norm nowadays.

However, 'Level Up' is a proper tune, I give Derek da Safo that, he hasn't sounded this good since he and Rednek dropped that 'Big Bad Wolf'-track 9 months ago and I reckon 'Level Up' has the potential to be Sway's biggest commercial hit so far esp. the huge drum and bass-oozing remix by Blame featured on the new "Level Up" Reloaded EP release that dropped on 3BEAT during the weekend (cop it off iTunes here).

Besides Kelsey the "Level Up" Reloaded EP features verses from Lady Leshurr, Childish Gambino and JME and remixes by Blame, The Next Room, Slowjob, DCY & BBK as well as the instrumental. Have a listen below:

Sway - 'Level Up' ft. Lady Leshurr (Blame Remix)

Sway - 'Level Up' ft. Childish Gambino (International Remix)

Sway - 'Level Up' ft. JME (DCY & BBK Remix)

Elro ft. The D.O.T - 'Bad News' (prod. by Mike Skinner) Official Video & Single Release

Normally I would not even press play on some male rapper that describes himself with the words "pretentious white boy who who's main influence is getting rejected by women" in the promo mail, instead it would go straight to the bin. BUT since I actually rate Mike Skinner as a man with good taste I gave this 22 year old rapper from Chepstow, Wales, a chance. And I'm glad I did, Elro is to my happy surprise bloody good.

The story goes like this, Mike Skinner found Elro after his F64 for SBTV that quickly became one of the highest viewed videos in the channel's history with 1.5 million views and Skinner felt finally there was a rapper in Elro who could live up to the standards of The Beats. As part of their new project The D.O.T. Mike was in the studio with Rob Harvey and after reaching out to Elro, a studio session was swiftly booked in. It soon became clear that 'Bad News' produced by Mike, was a track finally worthy of The Beats seal of approval, and the label was re-born.

'Bad News' dropped Monday's and you can cop it off iTunes and watch the official video below:


Chase & Status - 'Flashing Lights' ft. Takura & Sub Focus (Mac Miller Remix) Free DL

Last week Chase and Status dropped the deluxe version of their "No More Idols" album featuring 'End Credits' ft. Plan B, 'Let You Go' ft. Mali, 'Hypest Hype' Tempa T, 'Blind Faith' ft. Liam Bailey, 'Time' ft. Delilah, 'Hitz' ft. Tinie Tempah and 'Flashing Lights' ft. Sub Focus & Takura, plus videos and remixes from some of the hottest names on the global scene including Brookes Brothers, Feed Me, Trolley Snatcha, Wilkinson, 16Bit, Dillon Francis and Nero - Chase And Status protégés who are signed to their own MTA record label.

Now the duo gives away a nice remix of 'Flashing Lights' featuring none other than Mac Miller, grab it off the soundcloud below:

Chase & Status - 'Flashing Lights' ft. Takura & Sub Focus (Mac Miller Remix)

Also, by signing up to Chase & Status mailing list here you also get a free copy of Dillon Francis remix of 'Hitz' featuring Tinie Tempah taken off the release.
Chase & Status ft. Tinie Tempah - 'Hitz' (Dillon Francis Remix)

King Fantastic - 'G Sharp' off "SocioPoliticalPimpTalk"

Finally, here comes the first taste off King Fantastic anno 2012 as Killer Reese and DJ Troublemaker just unleashed the lovely slapper 'G Sharp' taken off their upcoming EP "SocioPoliticalPimpTalk".

Cop the single and the instrumental off iTunes now and stream the track below:

King Fantastic - 'G Sharp'

Iggy Azalea ft. T.I. & Chip - 'Hustle Gang' (prod. by S-X) & 'Murda Bizness' Viral Video

Just introduced on XXL's "2012 XXL Freshman"-mixtape comes T.I.'s new little setting (that consists of himself, Iggy Azalea and Chip) into life in form of the S-X-produced 'Hustle Gang'.

Personally I find it kind of amusing really that T.I. actually sees something in Jahmaal Noel Fyffe aka. Chipmunk or just MC Chip as he wants to call him now on the new market, not even as Wiley's former protégé Chipmunk managed to make power moves and that was in the UK-market... I mean come on, don't try to fool me that you remember more of 'Chip Diddy Chip' and 'Oopsy Daisy' other than they were the hits of his album debut back in 2009? Well, well, it will be interesting to see if T.I. manage to make something out of him, right now he bores me the hell out, the world has already too many standardised rappers, I simply don't see the use.

Iggy Azalea on the other hand, completely different story, even if I don't see that T.I.'s making the right use of her yet, will be really interesting to see how her "The New Classic" album turns out when it drops, hopefully it will contain more of the 'PUSSY' and "Ignorant Art"-mixtape kind of songs rather than what T.I. has cooked up for her yet.

That said, listen to 'Hustle Gang' below:

Iggy Azalea ft. T.I. & Chip - 'Hustle Gang' (prod. by S-X)

Also. here's a viral video for Iggy's debut single 'Murda Bizness' featuring T.I. that was shot in the studio together with Chip as well:


Shystie - "GoldDust" Mixtape & 'Bad Gyal' Single Release

Shystie is gearing up top drop her huge new single 'Bad Gyal' the 7th of May (listen below) on Beat Camp, her "Pink Mist" release produced by P Jam and LZBeatz and the collaboration she did with the production unit Time Takers that resulted in the massive track 'Move' are slated to drop in the coming months. The former Dubplate-drama-star, recently starred in a 14-min long short film "Illegal Activity" (watch here) and here's something from Shystie to say thank you to the supporters.

The "GoldDust"-mixtape consists of 14 tracks, productions from Redlight, Lz Beatz, Harry Shotta and a bunch of nice remixes like Shystie's take on M.I.A.'s 'Bad Girls' and Iggy Azalea's 'My World' to name a few. Peep the whole tracklist here:

Listen and download below:

Shystie - "GoldDust" Mixtape (.zip) ↓ Direct Link

Shystie - 'Big Gyal' (prod. by Redlight)

M.I.A. ft. Shystie - 'Bad Girls' (Remix)

Shystie - 'Bad Gyal' (prod. by P Jam & LZBeatz)

Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz - 'Beez In The Trap' Official Video

I would be very surprised if Nicki Minaj's second album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" didn't debut at the number 1 spot on the selling lists next week, and here goes the official (and dirty) video for one of the best songs off the release, the Kenoe-produced and the 2 Chainz-featured 'Beez In The Trap'. In regular order, get ready for a big booty bonanza directed by Benny Boom:


Nicki Minaj - 'Beez In The Trap' (Flubba Remix)

FKi ft. Iggy Azalea & Diplo – ‘I Think She Ready’ Official Video

Wow, the official video that just premiered on Ssense for FKi, Iggy Azalea and Diplo's ‘I Think She Ready’ taken from their "Transformers N The Hood"-mixtape takes product placing in visuals to a whole new level. ‘I Think She Ready’ serves as the world's first interactive shoppable music video, that means that every item featured is available to purchase directly through the video.

So, press play and get ready for the interactive shopping bonanza shot and produced by Alex 2Tone below:

What do you say? Do you like this new type of videos, would you like to see more of this concept in the future or are they just plain annoying?

DJ Fresh ft. Dizzee Rascal - 'The Power'

Following the guest vocal from Rita Ora on their UK smash No 1 hit ‘Hot Right Now’, DJ Fresh now nabs one of the UK's finest, mr. Dizzee Rascal on his new single 'The Power' set to drop the 3rd of June on Ministry of Sound. Besides the king of Grime (and semi-cheesy summer tunes like this), Fresh has collaborations with the likes of Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks, The Fray and Juliette Lewis in the pipeline, that all will feature on his eagerly awaited new artist album to be released this summer.

Zane Lowe world premiered the audio yesterday on Radio 1, have a listen below:

DJ Fresh ft. Dizzee Rascal - 'The Power' - (Zane Lowe Rip)

Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah - 'R.I.P.' Official Video & Single EP Release

As you know, Rita Ora aka. the new girl order will drop her debut solo UK single, 'R.I.P' the 6th of May. The single, that's currently on of my fave tunes right now, features Tinie Tempah and was produced by Chase & Status/Stargate comes with remixes from Gregor Salto, Seamus Haji and Delta Heavy, stream them all below and pre-order the single EP off iTunes here.

Today the official video recorded in Hackney premied on Vevo, enjoy:


Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah - 'R.I.P.' (Gregor Salto Remix)

Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah - 'R.I.P.' (Seamus Haji Remix)

Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah - 'R.I.P.' (Delta Heavy Remix)

Schlachthofbronx ft. Gnucci Banana - 'Singstar' off "Dirty Dancing"

Friday's Schlachthofbronx dropped their second studio album "Dirty Dancing" on Disko B (cop it off iTunes). The album is a great collection of 12 booty bass tunes the Schlachthofbronx way, influenced by ghetto tech, juke, UK bass, cumbia, dancehall/reggae and features guests like Warrior Queen, DJ Assault, Puppetmastaz, Doubla J, Natalie Storm and the Swedish pride and joy Gnucci Banana on a nice tune called 'Singstar'.

Have a listen below and while I'm on topic, go like the new and official Gnucci Banana Facebook-page here:

Schlachthofbronx ft. Gnucci Banana - 'Singstar'

Spank Rock ft. Santigold - 'Car Song' (Shabazz Palaces Remix) Free DL off "E.I.B.A.E.I.A.F.L."

Spank Rock gearing up to drop their upcoming "E.I.B.A.E.I.A.F.L." Remix EP the 10th of April on Bad Blood Records, and now Naeem gives away the remix made by the Seattle-based hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces Remix of the 'Car Song'-single that dropped last year.

Just as the original the remix features the amazing Santigold, give your new week a great start and download off the Soundcloud below:

Spank Rock ft. Santigold - 'Car Song' (Shabazz Palaces Remix)