Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Watch: Skyzoo - "My Interpretation"

Sorry for the lag folks.  I know things have been really slow around here lately, but not to worry.  The time's been well spent.  You can expect to see some changes (i.e. bigger and better things) here soon.  In the mean time, enjoy the premier of the official music video for "My Interpretation" up top, one of my favorite songs from Skyzoo's debut album "The Salvation" (in stores now).

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Listen: Gorillaz - "Superfast Jellyfish" [Unicorn Kid REMIX]

Check out this cosmic, super-electrified Unicorn Kid remix of Gorillaz' "Superfast Jellyfish".  Pretty cool aye?  "Plastic Beach" is in stores now.    

Trackademicks - "The [RE]Mixtape Vol. 3"

Bay Area producer Trackademicks of the Honor Roll Crew is probably best known for his work in rap music-- his most popular track was E-40's "Tell Me When To Go".  Still, his production has helped mold a pretty broad range of music, including work by the likes of Foreign Exchange, J*Davey, Kid Sister, and many others.  "The [RE]Mixtape Vol. 3" displays more of the producer's reach with a couple original Track cuts and remixed songs by Jazmine Sullivan, Zero 7, Janelle Monae, Little Dragon, Zion-I and more.  Much of the music is kin to upbeat electronic/hardcore techno counterparts of originals.  Great stuff here!  Hit the cut for the stream, download, and music video for "Spend The Night" (Track 5).

Happy Record Store Day!

Happy Record Store Day everybody!  I hope you've all gone out and supported your local independently owned record stores today.  If not, there's still time to get out and enjoy the cool events and pick up some exclusive Record Store Day releases.  Click here for more information.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Watch: The Flaming Lips - "Powerless"

Ummm... yeah.  So what we have up top is the music video for The Flaming Lips' psyched-out song "Powerless" from their dark and fuzzy album "Embryonic".  The blindfolded woman tied to the chair in the video represents the song well, but that inexplicable monkey bugs me out a bit.  Video directed by George Salisbury and Lips frontman Wayne Coyne,

Watch: Maxwell - "Fistful of Tears"

I gotta admit, I was never a huge Maxwell fan, but his latest album"BLACKsummers'night" is pretty nice.  Up top is the official video for "Fistful of Tears" (Track 7).  Not exactly my favorite song from the album but it's still a nice track to smooth things on out for the day/night.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Listen: Wale - "Pretty Girls" [REMIX] Ft. Chris Brown and Fabolous + "I'm Ill" [FREESTYLE]

Fabolous sure sounds a lot better than Gucci on this remix of "Pretty Girls", but Chris Breezy? Eh... we could probably do without.  Props to Wale for keeping his homegrown noises alive through Hip Hop. And if you still don't own a copy of "Attention Deficit", I'm going to need you to get it together.  

"Pretty Girls" [REMIX] by Wale Featuring Chris Brown and Fabolous

UPDATE: While we have Wale under the scope, I figured I'd go ahead and add the below freestyle he dropped off to his followers on Twitter today.  Listen as Mr. Folarin goes in and rips apart Red Cafe's "I'm Ill".

"I'm Ill" [FREESTYLE] by Wale

Download HERE<<<

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Daru Jones Feat. Kissey Asplund - "So Good" [FRE.EP]

If you've ever been fortunate enough to witness one of Black Milk's stellar live performances, then you were probably in awe at the 'slap' that Brooklyn based drummer Daru Jones brought to the set.  Also, if you dug Black's 2008 release "Tronic", much praise goes to Daru for his contribution to the album's live instrumentation-- he's made a comparable contribution on the Detroit MC's upcoming release "Album of The Year" as well.  But apparently playing the side lines for Black Milk isn't the only thing Daru is good for.  In addition to performing on countless sets at SXSW last month in Austin, Texas, Daru's been doing a little production for projects of his own.  His latest work includes this new collaborative EP with Swedish singer Kissey Asplund entitled "So Good", which is to be a part of a monthly series Daru calls "Rusic".  The drummer/producer says of the project:
"My mission was to challenge myself by releasing one RUSIC project per month, to showcase indie artists in coordination with the RUSIC sound. Each project has a different theme in order to showcase my diversity, and convey a message, regardless of the form or genre.”
Check for the stream and download below.  Also check out the exclusive Giant Step interview with Daru after the jump.

<a href="">Rat Race &quot;Up &amp; Down&quot; by Daru Jones</a>

Monday, April 12, 2010

Listen: Rick Ross - "Super High" (Featuring Ne-Yo)

Is it just me or is Ricky Rawse gettin' a little better with time?  His verse on the remix of Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" was crazy, no?  Or maybe he's just been on a roll with quality production?  Whatever the case, this song jams.  "Super High" is the first official single from Rick Ross's upcoming album "Teflon Don" set to drop this summer.  Yep, the "Bawse" still stands his ground against all allegations made about his supposed fraudulent street cred.  While I'm all for authenticity, I think it's safe to say that lately I've been enjoying Rick Ross's music a lot more than 50 Cent's. #Kanyeshrug    

"Super High" by Rick Ross Feat. Ne-Yo

Download HERE<<<

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Watch: Mayer Hawthorne - "I Left My Heart In San Fran Sisco"

Never would this song and skateboarding go together, but somehow Mayer Hawthorne makes it work here.  The Ann Arbor retro-soul crooner will be performing in San Fransisco on April 15th for the close of his two-month long U.S. tour.  To highlight the event, his label Stones Throw  and designers  Huf  and Freegums are putting together a package that includes a commemorative T-Shirt and a heart-shaped USB flash drive containing Hawthorne's rendition of Tony Bennette's signature 60's classic "I Left My Heart In San Fransisco" (video up top).  Pre-order here.       

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Listen: Black Keys - "My Next Girl Will Be Nothing Like My Ex-Girl" + "Tighten Up"

New music by the Black Keys is always a plus.  "Tighten Up" (produced by Danger Mouse) and "My Next Girl Will Be Nothing Like My Ex-Girl" are the first two leaks from the Ohio band's new album Brothers, which will be out May 18th.  Both songs bring that classic blues/rock, Hendrix-reminiscent, rock-n-roll twang with a touch of Zeppelin guitar fuzz the Black Keys are known for.  They rock hard!
"My Next Girl Will Be Nothing Like My Ex Girl" by The Black Keys

"Tighten Up" by The Black Keys (Featuring Danger Mouse)

Treat yourself to free downloads of both tracks by purchasing presale tickets to their upcoming summer tour from the band's site.  Check the tour dates below.

*with Mondo Drag
with Brian Olive
§with The Morning Benders
April 10 – Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2010, San Francisco, CA
April 17 – Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak, FL
April 18 – Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami, FL †
April 19 – The House of Blues, Orlando, FL †
May 20 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
May 25 – Late Show with David Letterman, New York, NY
May 26 – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, New York, NY
June 2 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT †
June 3 – The Fillmore, Denver, CO †
June 4 – The Crossroads, Kansas City, MO †
June 8 – First Ave, Minneapolis, MN †
June 9 – First Ave, Minneapolis, MN †
June 10 – The Pagaent, St. Louis, MO †
June 11 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
July 27-28 – Central Park SummerStage New York, NY §

Friday, April 9, 2010

Listen: Panacea - " Revolution World Crazy"

The cosmic Hip Hop duo Panacea is back, as D.C. producer K-Murdock and Philly emcee Raw Poetic have prepped their new album "12 Step Program".  "Revolution World Crazy" is our first taste of the project.  The song is noticeably more basic than the duo's previous work.  Dope nonetheless.  "12 Step Program" is set to hit stores May 5th via Murdock's Neosonic Productions.

"Revolution World Crazy" by Panacea

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Listen: Dwele - "What's Not To Love"

Detroit soul machine Dwele is here to add his name to the list of Neo-Soul artists gracing us with new music this year.  "What's Not To Love" is the first single from his new album "W.W.W. (W.ants W.orld W.omen)", slated for release in June.  The summer's definitely looking up.

"What's Not To Love" by Dwele

Watch: J*Davey - "Outta The Window"

 Here we have more fresh visuals from the trippy soul duo J*Davey.  This video is for "Outta the Window", the last song on their latest EP "Boudoir Sinema: The Great Mistapes".

Listen: Big Boi - "Shutterbug"

Remember that album Big Boi was supposed to drop years ago?  Well it's still coming... supposedly.  The new single "Fo Yo Sorrows" pleasantly refreshed the project on our radars, and "Shutterbug" is the latest leak from the Outkast funkmaster's solo LP "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty".  We probably shouldn't get our hopes too high, but the album is said to be released some time this summer-- meaning within the next ten years or so.  Though "Shutterbug" is a nice banger we could probably sit on through the summer, we still have to wait for this album and Dre 3k's solo joint before we can even begin to think of a new Outkast project.

UPDATE: Big Boi just confirmed today via his Twitter account that "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty" will be released July 6th via Def Jam

"Shutterbug" by Big Boi

Watch: Christian Scott on LNWJF

Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott showed up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week to promote his new album "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow".  Unlike most music guests on the show, Scott actually got a chance to groove with the Roots Crew during the show's intermissions.  But unfortunately, that's about as far as it went.  I was a little disappointed that Scott didn't round out the show with a solo performance.  His trumpet sure sounds great with The Roots though.  Fallon's suggestion of making Christian Scott the newest addition to their band certainly isn't a bad idea at all-- highly unlikely though.  Check out the clip below.  "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow" is in stores now.   

The Roots - "Dilla Jawns"

I guess I made a mistake unsubscribing to Questlove's Tweets.  The afro thunder of the legendary Roots Crew let this one go to his followers back in February.  Roots Crew renditions of Dilla joints jawns are a must 'round these parts.  So what are you waiting for?  Check for the tracklist and download after the jump.

01. Donuts Outro
02. Hot Shit (I’m Back!)
03. World Full Of Sadness
04. Upper Egypt
05. Stereolab
06. The Stars
07. Antiquity (feat. The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Dillchestra)
08. She Said
09. Hall & Oates
10. Eve
11. Look Into Her Eyes
12. Make Em NV
13. Oh! O!
14. Wicked Ways

Download HERE<<<

Monday, April 5, 2010

REWIND THAT: Noisettes - "Atticus"

Happy Music Monday!  The UK trio Noisettes jump start the week on The Music Elixir with "Atticus", from their sophomore album "Wild Young Hearts", in stores now.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Watch: MGMT - "Flash Delirium"

If you thought the song was wacky, get a load of the zany visuals up top.  For a full dose of MGMT's delightful wackiness, be sure to pick up their upcoming LP "Congratulations" when it hits stores April 13th.  You can listen to the entire album or watch the above music video again at the band's site.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Watch: Janelle Monae - "Tightrope" (Featuring Big Boi)

Leave it to Janelle Monae to keep things fresh and outside the box.  The video for her new single "Tightrope" premiered yesterday.  Check it out up top.  Mr. Sir Luscious Left Foot (aka Big Boi of Outkast) joins Monae in her high-water tux fashion at a nuthouse dance party.  The funky jam is from her upcoming album "The Arch Android" which is due out May 18th.  Can't wait!


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