Good morning and welcome to Volume 67 of Monday Blues & Beats brought to you by ahealthymedium. This past week Jay-Z was in the studio cooking up a new jam, Empire Of The Sun has resurfaced, Big K.R.I.T. dropped another mixtape, Poliça sets up for a new record and much more.
Here is folks, King Hov back in the studio. We got the third instalment of the Blueprint series, a collaborative album with Kanye, a sentiment for his daughter, and now an absolute ripper off presumably a new project. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz muster up a heavy cinematic banger of a beat.
Yes, that’s great; Empire Of The Sun are back! I’ve missed their carnival synths, glorious bridges and overall feel good vibe. Pre-Order their sophomore album Ice On The Dune (June 14)
The mysterious Cocaine 80s have dropped yet another perfect representation of the “HipHop/R&B” crossover. No I.D. on the beat, Jhene Aiko on the seductive hook, James Fauntleroy adds some soul, all while Common delivers a long-winded story I wish would never end. Just sit back and revel in the glory of raw talent.
Oh Lawdy, Wayne and Milly go in hard. Apparently this was left off the IANAHB2 for unknown reasons, my guess is Meek recycled this verse on/from Ace Hood’s “It’s Going Down.” This doesn’t sound like the “latest” style from Wayne, so who knows when it was originally recorded.
Sound Remedy never ceases to amaze me with their ability to not only craft up remixes to perfection without tinkering with the integrity of the song, but their creativeness when it comes to original compositions. So here’s one of those originals, and does the title ever speak volumes for the artistic direction of the track. Just listen and fall into it.
The latest offering from Pusha T, off his upcoming debut solo album My Name Is My Name. Produced by Kanye West and Don Cannon, with a short sample from Jay’s “A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More.”
Poliça are set for their sophomore album, which will apparently hit the airwaves later this year. The first offering of the project is deep, funky and includes Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). The single is available on iTunes
KRIT delivered his 11th mixtape this week, and if you haven’t already, I advise you check it out. A perfect beat for Wiz to chill out on, while DZA turns it up and goes in. Produced by Big K.R.I.T.
My favourite number off King Remember In Time, produced by KRIT himself. A heartfelt sentiment, over M83’s triumphant “Wait” sample is an untouchable combination.
The four-piece from North London are gearing up for their debut LP. Ellie Rowsell and the boys serve up just enough sentiment, all while keeping the post punk anthem in tact.
Kendrick hops on the Salaam Remi produced soulful joint from Miguel’s Grammy-winning Kaleidoscope Dream.
Another mixtape dropped this week, this one from Cassie. Diddy’s arm candy has re-entered the studio with some heavy hitters. Now I can’t say the tape as a whole is fantastic, but there are definitely a few gems. Features include Rozay, Wiz, Push, Loso, Meek, Jeremih and more, plus good production from Da Internz, Mike Will, Knotch to name a few. This drooling beat is courtesy of The Fr3shmen.
Produced by Mike Will
Produced by Noel Cadastre of OVO