Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 68

Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Good morning and Happy Tuesday to all of you. I took a short trip to Alberta to visit the FamJam over there, so I caught up on a week of music in a few hours last night. What a week! The Great Gatsby soundtrack information surfaced along with a single from Ms. Del Rey, and a couple snippets from the Carter family. Daft Punk and Pharrell’s mysterious single has finally surfaced in all its electronic glory. DJ Khaled links up with the usual suspects for another anthem. New stuff from Ryan Hemsworth, Disclosure, Drake, The Neighbourhood, London Grammar and lots more.

Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell)

Here it is folks, the curtains have been fully drawn back on Daft Punk’s latest single “Get Lucky.” After a little snippet, the anticipation was growing for both DP fans, and just general music fans. Word on the street is that this track broke Spotify records for streaming…impressive for two helmet-wearing French guys. Download the single on iTunes

DJ Khaled – No New Friends (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

Call it “Started From The Bottom (Remix),” “I’m On One (Part II),” or just a loaded gun cocked by Mr. Khaled. The three heavy weights deliver the usual good over a Boi-1da/40 beat, creating a highly addictive anthem. Get it on iTunes

Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful

As if I wasn’t already excited enough for the film, The Great Gatsby franchise had to go and muster up a A+ soundtrack, which includes but is not limited to Jay-Z, Beyoncé, The xx and Florence + The Machine. Lana adds her nostalgia inducing voice to a very cinematic instrumental. Pre-order the soundtrack on iTunes

Marco Polo – G.U.R.U. (feat. DJ Premier & Talib Kweli)

In memory of Guru (Keith Elam), Marco Polo pays homage with this track, which dropped April 19 (3 year anniversary of his death). It’s only right DJ Premier be on here, along with the legendary Talib Kweli. If you are a fan of Guru/Gang Starr, this track will sit well with you. Grab it on iTunes

Ryan Hemsworth – Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely

If you’ve been following AHM for awhile, you know I can’t get enough of Mr. Hemsworth’s work. This time around, the Canadian producer/DJ takes us back to 1999 with a Backstreet Boys sample.

Statik Selektah – Bird’s Eye View (feat. Raekwon, Joey Bada$$ & Black Thought)

The feature list alone throws my mind into a whirlwind of depth, not to be outdone by the incredibly soulful beat. Statik Selektah is gracing the Hip Hop world with a self-produced album; Extended Play (June 18).

Mac Miller – Money Team (feat. Ab-Soul, Smoke DZA & Da$h)

Courtesy of Mac’s Showtime mixtape that dropped this past week. The beat is definitely something else (in the best way), not to mention the “undergound” all-star features go in.

Mac Miller – S.D.S.

We’ll keep the Miller-time rolling with the lead single to his sophomore effort Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Summer 2013). Busy vocals over a Flying Lotus beat…”Somebody Do Somethin”

Disclosure – You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle)

The UK brothers have dipped their hands in the infectious cookie jar once again. Look out for their debut album Settle set for June 3.

Travi$ Scott – Upper Echelon (feat. T.I. & 2 Chainz)

The 20-year old has made quite the name for himself in the last year; signed to Epic Records as well as T.I.’s Grand Hustle (imprint) and Kanye’s G.O.O.D. as a produced. So here’s the official re-instatement of Scott’s debut album Owl Pharaoh, which after being shelved is finally going to surface on iTunes May 21. Travis himself on the ridiculous beat, which TIP completely murders and leaves in the streets.

Drake – Girls Love Beyoncé (feat. James Fauntelroy)

A freebie from Drizzy, released the same day as Khaled’s “No New Friends.” Right-hand man 40 cooks up the beat, that includes the ironic “Say My Name” sample, along with Mr. Fauntelroy’s soulful vocals to help out.

London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years

AHM brings you another beautiful song courtesy of the 3-piece indie/dream pop heartthrobs. This serves as the title track to an album I eagerly look forward to; Wasting My Young Years will be ready June 16.

Ludacris – Raised In The South (feat. Young Jeezy)

There was some uncertainty as to when I would post another Ludacris joint, at least under the “Hip Hop” umbrella. When I clicked play on this one, I was taken back to the Word of Mouf/Chicken-n-Beer days. Luda’s raw flow, aggressive hook/bridge, along with Jeezy’s verse/contagious laugh makes for some Southern Hip Hop. Produced by Metro

Gold Panda – Brazil

Gold Panda is gearing up for his next album, Half Of Where You Live, and here’s a taster. The mellow, intricately placed puzzle piece might throw you in a chilled out trance.

The Neighbourhood – Female Robbery

After teaching us about “Sweater Weather,” The Neighbourhood have just released their debut album I Love You. “Female Robbery” was part of iTunes ‘Free Single of the Week,’ which should help with the promotion for the album. Download it on iTunes

Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu)

Ms. Monáe enlists the veteran Ms. Badu for some real funk. This serves as the first single to her upcoming album The Electric Lady.

Download Volume 68



  1. any way you could add “Throwin’ My Money” by Twista featuring R. Kelly on the next Blues and Beats?


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