After a well received tour and drop of her much anticipated album, Half Shadows, on Ultra Music, TOKiMONSTA has released some collaborative remix efforts of initial single The Force.
The original version of The Force had many take notice of how effortlessly her beat skills were able to match up with and contain the energy of featured artist Kool Keith. Continuing along that line, the remix package drops with remix efforts by legendary house producer Miguel Campbell, NY based producers, Nick Hook and Branchez, UK producer, Star Slinger, and LA based A.Chai. Each producer lends a different sound to the track, which makes for some interesting listening …
Cubez are fun, and their music is eclectic, intricately orchestrated and combined with an incredibly skilled live performance. They are a sampling and drum playing powerhouse. Showcasing Angelo Tursi’s mastery of tonal exploration and Eric White’s (aka lil Panda) 808 beat crafting skills, Cubez is hot on the scene with their debut EP Skams (released on SpinSpinNYC just a few days ago and receiving tons of love), featuring a dark, minimal remix by Philadelphia’s Starkey.
A couple of weeks back we shared Paul White’s collaboration with Danny Brown for the song entitled “Street Lights” from Paul White’s forthcoming single dropping April 15th (UK) / April 16th (US). The 12″ Vinyl and digital single also features an amazing remix from Dabrye, named as “one of the most influential underground producers of the last 15 years” by Fact Magazine.
Today, enjoy the stream to Dabrye’s remix to “Street Lights” and look out for the forthcoming music video for the original track coming out next week.
‘Passing the headnod test.’ That was enough to convince my column cohort, DJ Bluz, to nominate this track for our SWTF (Sick with the Flip or Son, WTF?!? or whatever you want to call it) column this week.
Catching this kid at a beat smith jump off, we were caught off guard that he was a local kid. Count him in the class of producers and musicians helping to redefine the SF Bay Area as a legitimate hot spot for home grown talent breaking out through the blogospheres and interwebs galaxy wide.
Getting back to tonight’s track. Take MIA’s Galang and give it a straight gangsta re-rub by flipping Clipse classic, What Happened To That Boy on top of it. What that first Bass drop hits, the initial feeling is to throw your guns up and rock …
We were first introduced to Darwin Deez through the video for the original version of this track, You Can’t Be My Girl. Charmingly quirky, we felt the video and song’s (almost irreverent) take on unrequited love was imaginatively engaging and hard not to watch or listen to.
Darwin has ingratiated himself to a quickly growing fan base because of his knack for ‘blurring the boundaries between band and beat culture.’ Pushed even further alongs these lines with his collaboration with Kitsune’s Is Tropical on this remix, the two sides seem like the perfect match to reinvigorate the song. The remix remains the charm and quirkiness of the original, keeping much of the chordal progression intact, but works it into a ‘hands in the air’ anthemic piece, …