Good evening and welcome to Blues & Beats Volume 72, I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend (for us Canadians). If you missed it, there were giant Kanye faces projected on buildings around the world this weekend to promote his brand new single. Unfortunately the track didn’t surface today, but we do have new material from The Weeknd, The Dodos, Banks, D-WHY, Hit-Boy, Gilbere Forté, Mayer Hawthorne, Nipsey Hussle and much more.
The Joy Formidable hails from the UK, originally from North Wales, and is back for a second round, here’s the first taste.
A.C. New-minus Pornographers is ready for a third solo effort.
Also new singles from the Freelance Whales, Busta Rhymes, Rita Ora, Common and more.
Here we are, it’s Monday.
Lupe Fiasco is hyping up all his lasers with another single from the upcoming Food & Liquor II.
Top Dawg Entertainment showed some love for their fans. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul aka Black Hippy, all dropped free tracks this week.
D-WHY dropped his first official all-original project, Don’t Flatter Yourself. Give it a full listen if you haven’t already.
New singles from Ryan Leslie, A$AP Mob, Picture, India Shawn and more.
It hasn’t been that long since we’ve heard from the most recent indie pop queen, but it feels like forever. Lana Del Rey’s debut record was Born into success. With the singles heating up charts, radios and blogs everywhere, it was bound to find itself at the top, good or bad. Born To Die was indeed a great pop record. In the last few days, her name has caught fire once again. She is re-releasing the album in “Paradise Edition” form. It will contain 7 unreleased tracks, 5 of which were posted on Soundcloud for download (100 max each unfortunately). I happen to be online at the right time and was able to download them. So if you missed out, here they are, give them a listen, download or just pass on by.
There is something to be said about demos, they hold that raw sound that you often miss out on when it has been produced and mastered.
From the creator of “Ni**as In Paris,” comes a true story about a mixtape. The unstoppable producer Chauncey Hollis who goes by the name Hit-Boy, has done the unthinkable. A incredibly talented producer gone successful rapper. You’ve all heard of a man name Kanye West right? Well he first gained acclaim from his productions off Jay-Z The Blueprint. Now West has platinum rap records and has ventured into the movie directing scene. Needless to say, do not stop at one dream. Hit-Boy has be turning out banger after banger for a long list of A-class artists. 3 weeks ago, Hit dropped a track called “Jay-Z Interview,” and for the first time, we got a taste of what he could do, minus the keys. After hopping on a track with fellow G.O.O.D. Music artist CyHi The Prynce and another with D-WHY, it was clear to see the Boy was comfortable behind the mic. Now we are here, August 7th, 2012 and it’s time to download HITstory, the free mixtape from Hit-Boy. It features Kid Cudi, Big Sean, John Legend, Bun B, Chip Tha Ripper & Stacy Barthe.
Good afternoon and welcome to Monday. Stay fresh and excite your day with some new tunes.
A couple intricate remixes this week, one on a Frank Ocean track, the other Bon Iver. The posthumous Aaliyah project rumours have been put to rest. Domo and Alchemist dropped their joint venture. Mariah Carey doesn’t just dabble her foot back in the game, she dives right in. Freelance Whales are back for seconds and D-WHY hooks up with one of the hottest producers turned rapper.
Wake up and tune those ears in to the Monday morning beats.
Rick Ross dropped the most highly anticipated collaboration on not only his record, but perhaps of the year. Two legends, and one in the making.
Talib Kweli is showing everybody he’s still relevant, while G.O.O.D. Music’s CyHi The Prynce is trying to get his footing.
2 Chainz dropped his highly anticipated single featuring verses and production from Kanye West.
New singles from SBTRKT, Two Door Cinema Club, Digits, JoJo and Danny Brown.
Shake off those Monday hangovers with some fresh new music.
No Doubt has finally released their highly anticipated single after weeks of teasing.
Kendrick Lamar, The xx, Band of Horses, Domo Genesis, Ne-Yo, Nas and Stars have new projects on the way and have graced our ears with promotional tracks.
It’s Monday July 9th, 2012, and summer is here.
I am incredibly happy to announce Bloc Party is back in the lab, and have signed a distribution deal with one of my favourite labels, Arts & Crafts.
Frank O isn’t slowing down with the Channel Orange movement, he hooked up with Pharrell for the latest single.
It feels like forever since we’ve heard from the charismatic, carefree couple Matt & Kim.
Childish Gambino released his much anticipated Royalty mixtape and it does not disappoint. I highly advise you download the whole tape.
Hope everyone enjoyed their Canada weekends. If you’re just getting back in to the swing of things, start your week off with Vol. 29 of Blues & Beats.
The G.O.O.D. Music compilation album is shaping up to be a doozy.
Angus Stone leaves out his sister Julia for some solo work.
Rick Ross drops another single from the highly anticipated God Forgives, I Don’t.
Paul Banks of Interpol just released his second solo project entitled Julian Plenti Lives… via Matador Records.