Here is a track for you deep house Valentine lovers. Chuck Love and Colette have collaborated on a new track called “UR Everything”. The track features Chuck’s signature layered deep house melodies paired with Colette’s hypnotizing sugary vocals. On remix duty, Potty Mouth’s Santiago & Bushido provide a club banger (with hints reminiscent of MANDY vs. Booka Shade “Body Language”) featuring dubbed out / cut up vocals.
This is the first release on Chuck Love’s own Love Network label.
Purchase the release from DJtunes.com
Listen: Chuck Love Feat. Colette “UR Everything”
Posted by: g.win on February 14, 2010 @ 8:10 AM
Posted in: Music
Londoners, Fenech-Soler, have just released their new single and music video for “Lies”. The electro pop wonderkids, have been gaining support in the UK from the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong & Eddie Temple Morris, as well as collaborations with Alex Metric. Ben of Fenech-Soler was most recently featured on Groove Armada’s “Paper Romance”. Looks like we’ll be hearing a lot more of these guys.
Stussy has created a three part documentary celebrating the live of J Dilla. Stussy will also be creating a tee in collabo with Stones Throw and the Dilla estate. The tees will feature Raph Rashid’s classic photo of Dilla working on his MPC3000 from the book, Behind The Beat and will be available at Stussy. Pretty dope!
Posted by: g.win on February 13, 2010 @ 11:04 PM
Posted in: Style
UNKLE have announced the release date and title of their new album. “Where Did The Night Fall” will be released in May and features guest vocalists from Black Angels, Gavin Clark, Mark Lanegan, Sleepy Sun, Autolux, and many more.
To get fans hyped for the new album, they’re giving away a track called “Natural Selection” featuring Black Angels.
Listen & Download UNKLE “Natural Selection” (Via UNKLE.com)
Posted by: g.win on February 13, 2010 @ 8:37 PM
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Big Jess and MaD SoN of the Unknown Prophets are part of the thick web of indie hip-hop woven around the Twin Cities, home of Rhymesayers Entertainment. Out here, if you’re not on Rhymesayers or Doomtree records, you’re on your own — quite literally. But the UPs are like the Switzerland of Minnesota rap — they’re not affiliated and they’re just fine with that, thanks. We sat down with the two MCs who have grown from rappers on the corner to daddies with a mortgage, and here’s what they had to say. Check out the two tracks for free download at the end of this post – “Forever” feat. Swedish MC Promoe is the answer to the UPs first single, “Never” feat. Slug.
Some people say you make rap for grown folks. What say you to that?
MaD SoN: Our music has matured and grown with us throughout the years. Being a great battle MC is not as important as being a great father and husband these days. We have always written music with themes that mattered to us at the time we wrote it. Our fan base has grown with us. We used to see teens to 20-somethings at our shows and now a majority of our fan base is 25 to 35 years old.
Big Jess: I like the fact we’re true to the music we make. We don’t write about a life we don’t live. We don’t party like we used to, so we don’t write about partying like that anymore. Our music tends to be on some “Grown Man sh*t”.
You’re one of the few Minnesota hip-hop groups not on Rhymesayers or Doomtree. Would you call yourselves underdogs?
Mad SoN: Everyone loves an underdog…but it can also get annoying after a while. We are definitely ready to shed that title. I’d rather us be known for making great music album after album. Being able to grow musically but still stay true to our positive message and themes. We are true DIYers. We write, record, mix, promote, and perform our own music. We have fans that stretch from California to Greece, from Canada to Japan and from Germany and Sweden. Not bad for a couple guys from Northeast Minneapolis.
How did you and Jess meet initially?
We met in high school. Jess had been writing/performing rap music since junior high — his dad was a incredible jazz/blues guitarist so he would record using his equiptment. I was a guitar player in a bunch of rock bands. My nick name was “Banger Mike” — ha. Jess hung out with the basketball players and I hung out with the freaks. Around our junior year, we started hanging out with the same crowd — the neighborhood hoodlums — and my rock taste turned towards hip-hop. Jess asked me to play guitar on one of his songs and that is what sparked my interest in making music with him. I wrote a 16-bar verse one day and used a karaoke machine to record my verse on Masta Ace’s “Terror” song. I played it for Jess and he was shocked when I told him that it was me rapping on the song.
So when did the band really start to form?
MaD SoN: Jess had been submitting his songs to rap and R&B station KMOJ’s Rush It or Flush It. He got flushed every time! We ended up writing two songs and submitting them and they were both anonymous “rushes.” Enter the Unknown Prophets. After that, in 2000, we did a song with Slug from Atmosphere called “Never” and the rest is history.
Tell us about the first time you recorded together and how it’s different now.
MaD SoN: We recorded the Prophecy album back in 1996 in Jess’ grandma’s basement (where he was living at the time). It was recorded on reel to reels and was a long process. We loved to record back then, and still do today. Today though, we have the ability to record on our own time without feeling rushed. We can bounce ideas back and forth with each other now when we want. Jess and I both put in an equal amount of writing the music nowadays whereas in the past Jess handled most of the production. Recording the final project at Jess’ home studio is always interesting. When we both combine our ideas it always turns out amazing in the end.
How do you define your style of production?
Big Jess: That’s a hard one. I listen to a bit of everything and somehow a bit of it gets thrown into the creative pot.
Are you happy with the amount of success the UPs have had?
Big Jess: Yes, I’m happy. Of course you want more, but we’ve done this for 10 years with no budget and no label. We’ve done pretty well.
Danish producer Kasper Bjorke has quickly become one of my favorite producers. You may know him from his 2007 hit “Doesn’t Really Matter”. Kasper is back with a new album on hfn music (also home of another favorite, Trentemøller). Standing on Top of Utopia picks up where In Gumbo left off. The album is full of electro-pop tunes along side more bass heavy moody house and indie tunes. On top of Kasper’s own vocals, the album guest vocalist Tomas Höffding (WhoMadeWho), Jacob Bellens (I Got You On Tape), and Louise Foo.
The new single, “Alcatraz” features remixes from Jimpster, Zombie Disco Squad, and more.
“Young Folks” features remixes from the likes of WhoMadeWho (love these guys), Serge Santiago, and Lopazz & Zarook.
Definitely recommend picking up this album and it’s many singles it’s bound to spawn.
Click Here to Purchase From iTunes.
The blogs have been buzzing with the fact that LA based artist, Flying Lotus will have some huge features on his upcoming record including collabos from Erykah Badu, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and the return of ‘Inifinitum’ vocalist Laura Darlington.
Until the new album drops, Warp is giving away three unreleased album cuts.
UPDATED 02/11/10 It’s been reported that Alexander McQueen has passed away. Read the full story at the New York Times. RIP.
We were asking ourselves today who would win in a battle, gorilla or bear? Seems like what we should have been asking is whether crane or tiger would win. British designer Alexander McQueen teams up with PUMA to release a limited edition line that examines the concept of “power”. The line includes both apparel and shoes, however it’s really the shoes that has everyone talking.