#TBT this week takes a look back to 2 years ago with our NYE Mix with our good friends at Okayplayer. Take a listen below and reminisce to some anthems that are holding strong. The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Future, Rihanna, Jamie XX, Bieber and so many others still making the club nights pop. And while you’re bumping this today, make sure you grab your tickets for this year’s NYE bash HERE coming up in a little over 2 weeks!!!
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Veteran dj/producer Statik Selektah is our FOTR (Friend of The Rub) this week as he celebrates the release of his latest solo album, 8. This dude just continues to stay out there and busy at all times. Multiple radio show residencies (including his current stay at Shade45), now 8 star-studded solo albums and too many collaborative projects to really count have all contributed to this consistent hustle. With features from the likes of Run The Jewels, G-Eazy, Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Joey Bada$$, The Lox and so many others, 8 is out now and you can stream 6 tunes from it below.
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We had some tracks lined up for today and then Brent Tactic sent four absolute heatrocks for consideration so we’re highlighting those instead! As always, you can stream these in our That New New Playlist at the bottom of this post, or click the links below for each individual track.
Statik’s the rare producer who has his roots in the MPC era of 90s rap but also has impeccable taste in new hip-hop, and his new album reflects that balance. The list of features is crazy, like a true school version of a DJ Khaled album: Run The Jewels, Raekwon, Action Bronson, 2 Chainz, G-Eazy, The Lox, really too many to list… Sean Price and Prodigy make appearances from beyond the grave, and Malice of The Clipse even comes out of retirement for a verse.
My god, this one is just gorgeous. Stwo is a French producer who found a home at OVO after coming to Noah “40” Shebib’s attention. We highly recommend digging into his catalog, especially “Neither Do I” ft. Jeremih, “Haunted,” and Drake’s “Western Road Flows,” which he coproduced. But back to “Over U,” the bassline reminds us of The Streets “Blinded By The Light” progression, but played on a layered sub / pretty synth combo, while UKG percussion shuffles along and R&B vocal samples bring on the feelings – but words can only do it so much justice, so the thing to do is listen right now.
Bekon sort of reminds us of Tuxedo, with classic 60s-style R&B harmonies, over a more contemporary, yet dreamy, sound pallet. A quick google reveals Bekon to be Dan Tannenbaum, who contributed to several tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Maybe it’s because we’re listening on a freezing Monday morning, but “Cold As Ice” is more or less a perfect song.
What if there was a TLC tribute group that changed all the lyrics to be about marijuana, and they were called THC? Ravyn Lenae’s influences are probably more like Erykah Badu and Georgia Anne Muldrow with a little Santogold, that quirky weirdo R&B lane, but her love song to the sticky icky is just what the dispensary doctor ordered. The off-kilter beat is provided by Steve Lacy, another Kendrick Lamar colloborator (http://www.thefader.com/2017/04/14/steve-lacy-kendrick-lamars-damn-pride), and the youngest member of The Internet.
All these and more from OBillz, Sharon Jones, Big Sean & Metro Boomin:
#TBT this week to our NYE Mix collab with Okayplayer from last year that closed out 2016. Tracks included that are still killin in the clubs from Anderson .Paak, Kanye, Chance, Travis Scott and many more. What will be featured on this year’s year end mix? Gotta stay tuned for that one. In the meantime, get a 2016 refresher today and cop those tickets for #itstherub NYE 2018 right HERE.
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FOTR this week is Nick Hook. This producing chameleon has a new project, 50 Backwoods, dropping next week with DJ Earl on Fool’s Gold and it’s shaping up to be an interesting release. The killer first single featuring vocals from Wiki just dropped last week. Nick and Earl are also heading out on a tour starting this week and hitting 9 cities total through the 23rd. Make sure to peep this new single and project (album is due this Friday!) and catch Nick out on tour.
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Here’s a fairly odd pick for us, a bootleg of Darude’s Sandstorm, with a dark Jersey Club feel. It’s part of a free 23 track compilation from We Buy Gold – Trancework 2.0. We’ve never been big fans of trance, but some of these are really infectious, pairing up the candy rave arps with more aggressive basslines and drums, especially the footwork stuff. Other remixes to check out from the comp are Da Hool “Meet Her At The Love Parade” (Slick Shoota Remix) and ATB “9 PM (Till I Come)” (DJ Paypal Remix).
We’ve been beating the drum for Miguel’s album since he started dropping singles a few weeks back, and he’s just released the highly anticipated War & Leisure.
Z-Ro has a new album which sounds like his old albums, so if you’re into those, you’ll likely bump this.
#TBT this week is a killer recent re-upload from DJ Ayres. Originally made as a Turntable Lab giveaway companion mix for The Roots’ release of “The Tipping Point”, it’s now up on Ayres’ Hearthis.At account for your listening and downloading pleasure. Loaded with tons of their best, more rare records from 2004 and before featuring some remixes, freestyles, Black Thought solo joints and more. Press play on this one asap.
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FOTR this week is one of the baddest (if not THE baddest) DJ on the planet. The resume should be well known already but this dude is as technically gifted on the decks as it gets. 3X solo DMC champ in a row (the only DJ to ever to accomplish that feat), multiple team titles with The Allies and a stack of Youtube vids showing off his skills that millions and millions of views. Not to mention his continued push to play and feature the dopest and most forward thinking turn up anthems in his sets. He’s also one of the dudes running Slow Roast Records, which is an imprint that’s been cranking out killer content for years now. Catch this recent showcase of skills, next level tunes and some Slow Roast catalog in Craze’s amazing Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 from a couple weeks ago. You’ve got just under 3 weeks to stream this bad boy. Check it out and link with Craze on all the socials outlined below.
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Every week we scour the record bins for new music to share with you – it’s That New New! This morning we suffered through the entire Bjork album because we love you, and unless you’re into aimless singing about who knows what over a backdrop of seagulls and someone grunting, you’ll probably do best to skip it and and go straight to these gems:
We still love rappin’ ass rappers, and Fabolous & Jadakiss are two of the best ever. Friday On Elm Street (because Jada’s real name is Jason and Fabo starts with an F, I guess?) has a few clunkers, but also plenty of servicable bars over traditional NY beats. The song with Future feels forced, but overall we give it two claws up.
Frank Ocean has a gorgeous new single called “Provider,” and it has drums! Watch the lyric video above, or stream it here.
At this point either you love Burial or you don’t; his new one is a bit more housey than you’d expect. It’s called “Rodent” and you can listen to it here.
All this plus new music from Cassady Locke, Tory Lanez, and more: