Here are some Hypem Highlights before I head off to bed.
I will be posting something about The Weeknd here soon. The House of Balloons mixtape is absolutely phenomenal. Seriously. Listen to The Weeknd now, or be the one whose out of the loop in a few months. House of Balloons is one of the few mixtapes that creeps into my playlist between my Odd Future and Kendrick Lamar listening sessions these days.
I’ve heard ‘Love Lust’ by King Charles before, I can’t tell you where, I can’t tell you when, but I loved it. For some reason I forgot about pretty soon after that though, but now that its back hanging around in my consciousness I’m sure I’ll be listening more in the near future.
First up, the new Cool Kids single. The provide the same bass heavy, booming and smooth style that can inevitably be described as nothing else but, cool. This track is gonna generate some heat for their springtime release, “When Fish Ride Bicycles”. Check the dopeness.
Check out this song from the Black Angels. They’re a blues-psychedelic band from Austin, Texas. I had never heard of them until tonight, but they’re great. “Bad Vibrations” begins with a three minute long, bluesy, soundtrack tinged drone before screaming into a high tempo guitar assault for the last minute.
Adele’s soulful, thick bluesy voice is impossible to refuse. Her cover of the Stroke’s “Last Night” has been receiving some attention, and while her lad back vocals doesn’t force over the guitar as powerfully as Julian Casablancas’ croons, this cover is still worth a listen, as its still easy to fall for her velvety voice.
Just because I know Courtney hates She & Him, here’s M. Ward’s Rave on featuring Zooey Deschanel.
Slum Village is a Detroit rap group featuring legendary producer J Dilla, as well as Baatin and T3. This is a dirty remix featuring Slum Village raping over Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic”.
Gil Scott-Heron is a legend in music and poetry and a fundamentally important predecessor to rap, especially those rappers lyrically conscious of social plight. In 2010 he released his first album in 16 years, “I’m New Here”. The album was a huge departure from his sound, but still received positive reviews. Several days ago he released a collaboration with Jamie XX, a remix album of “I’m New Here” entitled, “We’re New Here”. The mix for “New York is Killing Me” is definitely worth a listen.
I’m calling for a Jack Johnson, Drake collaboration after hearing this mashup. I hated the original Forever by Drake, but add a touch of Jack Johnson and watch this song get 1,000x better.
In other news, Nas recently released a track using the instrumental from Swizz Beatz’s “Top Down”. While Swizzy’s verses are okay at best, producer first, rapper second, Nas tears the track apart.
One more for you. Dubstep DJ KillaGraham released a nasty remix of Kid Cudi’s “Cudi Zone”. Also featured in the blog below is his remix of “Say it Ain’t So” by Weezer.
Oh and here’s a nice frat party banger too: Paris Blue (Death to the Throne Remix) – Lykke Li