[MP3] Heems – “WOMYN aka HITCH (Demo?)”

yo i think they don’t usually like violence, they like to roll their eyes when i tell ’em i be rhymin’

♫ Heems – WOMYN aka HITCH (DEMO?)

As the half of Das Racist who doesn’t already have a side project, Heems gets up to some stuff. And thank goodness that he does because as a result the Hitch-obsessed hip-hop-head has bestowed this gem upon us (curious punctuation included). Heems waxes poetic about the many virtues and facets of the fairer sex, giving dudes everywhere an anthem to sing to their ladies. And sing loud and proud we shall. Thanks womyn. And thanks Heems. Das Racist’s first official album will be out September and appropriately titledRelax.

(And thanks to Stereogum for the album art)

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[MP3] Shabazz Places – “Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)”

boogie woogie let your body feel free, my mind loses connectivity

♫ Shabazz Places – Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

Shabazz Places are a Seattle based hip-hop group who have been getting quite a bit of buzz lately. They keep their group details a secret, preferring for the music to be the focus. Well, when your music sounds like this I can get with that. Their new album Black Up is out now and album-closer “Swerve” is a jam. It has an epic thump and groove that get pounded with what sounds like a typewriter beat, creating a smooth vibe for the verses to play off of. The two other tracks I’ve heard are more experimental and odd, I guess. You guys heard it? Recommended?

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Joel’s Summer/Birthday Mix 2011 [Calvin Harris, LMFAO, Empire of The Sun, Lady Gaga, and more…]

Ahhh the wonders of summer.  A time for great tunes, butterflies, unicorns, puppies, summer flings, confetti birthday cakes, cookies and all your favorite things.

Maybe most importantly, its for Getting Nurdy and Party Rock Shuffling your faces off.

This special time of year begs for a soundtrack.  So, I thought, what better day to post something as monumental and life altering as my summer mix, then on the most important day of the year.  MY BIRTHDAY!


For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow my newly launched Twitter @JoelAlbers

♫ Calvin Harris Feat. Kelis – Bounce

♫ YACHT – Dystopia

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Brandon’s TBE Digest 24 – [7.6.2011] New Jams, Remixes, Mashups & Covers!

If you thought I died then that’s silly. I been here, just busy as all get out between work and then holidays and then the Open’er Festival. I’ve had this digest simmering for an extended minute now so cool kids take a chill pill if you are already up on these. Rock on folks and expect vol. 25 sooner than soon.

Right-click to download mp3s /// ZIP file below /// For more jams by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!


♫ J. Cole – Work Out / Another smooth jam from J. Cole. I like this guy’s flavor.

♫ Portugal, The Man – Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now) / New Portugal! Not my favorite of their tracks but their stuff is generally on a different level anyway.

♫ Hercules & Love Affair – Painted Eyes (Radio Edit) / I’ve heard a few of the new Hercules tracks and while they are no “Blind” this one definitely has Read more

[FOCUS] The Weeknd – “The Birds (Part 1)” “Rolling Stone” “Wicked Games” & Remixes

don’t make me make you fall in love with a n***a like me

♫ The Weeknd – The Birds (Part 1)

♫ The Weeknd – Rolling Stone

Sometimes there is an artist who storms the scene so strongly that we might need to take an extended look at what they are up two and what pies they have fingers in. Ever since taking the Internet by storm earlier this year, Toronto’s The Weeknd has been riding a wave of attention that has got him countless praise (including here) and even his track on the series finale Entourage trailer. I’ve been meaning to publicly swoon more over his debut mixtape House of Balloons (free here) but just got distracted. Now that he has 2 excellent new tracks out (above) it’s a perfect time to encourage you all to get into this guy. The Weeknd is like a lovechild of The xx and Drake, mixing haunting and minimal production with slanted R&B stylings for a hungover-sunrise kind of effect. Also like his Toronto cohort Drake, his honest lyrics can catch you off guard at first, until you start really listening and get at the deeper essence of what is going on. And a lot is going on. Sex, drugs, and broken hearts mix with searing introspection and hollow debauchery, resulting in a gritty fuel is both slick and grainy.

“The Birds (Part 1)” adds a marching drum beat to the mix for an epic twist on The Weeknds vibe. “Rolling Stone” continues with the same acoustic guitar line and settles in for a cavernous vocal session full of all kinds of sounds only The Weeknd (and few others) can pull off. I hear he has another mixtape coming out soon but the guy (21 year old Abel Tesfaye to be exact) is not exactly a fountain of information so I’d recommend getting comfortable with these jams as we wait. Oh, and wait we will.

♫ The Weeknd – Wicked Games / House of Balloons mixtape, 2011

Since you already have the stellar “House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls,” grab another track off of that mixtape.

♫ Drake – Trust Issues feat. The Weeknd (OPM Remix)

And then get into this track in which The Weeknd added his own verses and flavors to Drake’s latest leak and then the whole thing got remixed by OPM.

♫ The Weeknd – Rolling Stone (Tate La Rock and Troublemaker Remix)

And lastly there is this bonus ss seen in the last Dubstep-Roundup.

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[MP3] Luck-One – “Sounds Of My City”

told him that’s not what i came for, and you should ride the train more

♫ Luck-One – Sounds Of My City

Somehow the whole world seems to sleeping on Luck-One and I don’t know why. I tipped off his track “More” last fall and now it looks like we are the first to get behind this city-repping summer jam that gets me in a good mood every time I hear it. Portland’s Luck-One sounds smoother and tighter than ever and I’m loving the old-school flavor and crisp lyrics. I feel like this is what people talk about when they praise early hip hop’s storytelling. Time to track down his debut, True Theory, which came out in March but, big surprise, nobody was talking about it. A damn shame. Cheer up with the simple yet fun video below. Read more

[MP3] Celebrity Traffic – “Significant Other”

she put her summer on hold, she quit her day job for you

♫ Celebrity Traffic – Significant Other

Celebrity Traffic are an analog electro band from Victoria, Canada, and have a member named Brandon. Any one of those things are enough to pique my interest but all 3 rolled into one and topped with the special sauce that is “Significant Other” gets me salivating. Fuzzy and groovy at the same time it slides around my speakers making me want to dream and dance at the same time. Scope their Soundcloud for more free gems. “Busted Lips” is particularly rocking and spacey.

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[MP3] Chad Valley – “Fast Challenges”

Chad Valley – Fast Challenges 

Chad Valley is a pop artist hailing from Oxford, UK. Just calling this track “pop” doesn’t quite cut it for me though. “Fast Challenges” is an ambient  track for those times when you just want to go back to simpler days. This track plays just like a slideshow of good memories. The swinging vocals and the swelling synths just want you to explore the depths of your imagination.

Chad Valley’s EP Equatorial Ultravox was released just weeks ago, and though I haven’t had the chance to listen to the entire EP, I’m willing to bet it’s more spacey goodness.

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