Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 80

Volcano Choir - Byegone

Welcome to Volume Eighty of Monday Blues & Beats, hope you’re all enjoying the day. This week there were a lot of responses towards Kendrick’s verse on “Control,” but not many left me feeling very inspired. However, it clearly sparked something under Lupe Fiasco, who dropped three tracks this past week. In general, it was a busy week for music, in all genres. New material from Volcano Choir, The Weeknd, Big Sean, RAC, Eminem, SZA and much, much more – 21 tracks this week. Let’s get to it boys and girls…

Lupe Fiasco – SLR 2

Lupe Fiasco – SLR 3 (Round of Applause)

As if the sequel to “Super Lupe Rap” was enough, he went and recorded a third instalment. New comers Floss & Fame dropped the beat for Part 2, and Lu goes in with an abundance of clever, intricate lines and jabs. Part 3’s instrumental is courtesy of Lupe’s go-to producer Soundtrakk, as Fiasco chills out over the beat.

Volcano Choir – Byegone

Justin Vernon’s other side project has taken flight for the second time. Volcano Choir’s sophomore album Repave is due out in a couple weeks, which you can Pre-Order Now. Just think Bon Iver, with slightly more upbeat instrumentals but the same beautiful soundscapes.

The Weeknd – Live For (feat. Drake)

As September 10th nears, the hype surrounding The Weeknd’s upcoming album has peaked…at least for now. Enlisting the man who helped him get to this point creates quite the treat for our ears.

Dpat – Above Us (feat. Sango & Isles)

The Houston producer is gearing up for the release of In Bloom, the first taste comes with a side order from one of my favourite producers right now; Sango.

Big Sean – First Chain (feat. Nas & Kid Cudi)

A week from Hall of Fame and one of the most anticipated joints off the album surfaces. No I.D. drops the beat as the NYC legend and former G.O.O.D. Music rapper go in. Pre-Order Available on iTunes

Eminem – Survival (feat. Liz Rodrigues)

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard a new track from Shady, which he premiered over the new Call of Duty trailer. Produced by DJ Khalil

RAC – Let Go (feat. Kele & MNDR)

Portland’s RAC has his Don’t Talk To EP coming October 1st, but until then here’s the first single featuring Bloc Party’s Kele and the NY electronic duo MNDR.

Lupe Fiasco – #DopeFrance (American Trap)

The third track from Lupe Fiasco comes in the form as an official single, we think. You never really know with Lu, regardless though, it’s good music.

Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air (feat. Purity Ring)

Mr. Hopkins calls upon Purity Ring for a spacey, sexy number that’s sure to send you away on a cloud or floating on the ocean.

Malice – Shame The Devil (feat. Pusha T)

Clipse is here y’all…even if just for a brief moment. As Malice prepares for Hear Ye Him, he lets go of the collaboration that’s sure to stir the hype machine. S1 produced this ominous instrumental.

Meek Mill – Lil Nigga Snupe

Coming off Dreamchasers 3, Meek pays homage to the late Lil Snupe. I always appreciate the depth and pain Milly evokes through this intense tracks – produced by Boi-1da & The Maven Boys.

Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Remix) [feat. R. Kelly]

Once again, I thought we were finished with the remixes of “Trying To Be Cool,” but you can’t pass up R Kelly’s vocals on this instrumental. Available on iTunes

SZA – Teen Spirit

Produced by WondaGurl

SZA – Julia

Top Dawg Entertainment’s roster has added even more depth with the signing of SZA. Her unique vocals and artistic approach are a perfect fit for the record label. Produced by Felix Snow & Dave Free

Zeds Dead – Jericho (feat. Memorecks)

Zed’s intensity mashed together with Memorecks soulful approach makes for a fantastic collaboration.

Zola Jesus – Fall Back

I’ve been patiently waiting for new material from Zola Jesus, even if it’s surrounded by the reworking of previous tracks. If you’re a fan of Florence, MSMR and Björk, you should check her out.

B.o.B – Missing

I’m happy to report Bobby Ray has stepped back into the booth to concoct some more actual Hip Hop. This self-produced number hit hard and is accompanied by slick flow.

Reuben And The Dark – Shoulderblade

Arts & Crafts latest edition to the record label comes in the form of a quartet from Calgary. Reuben Bullock and company have taken a slightly darker approach to the indie rock name, and made something harmoniously beautiful.

Lorde – Royals (The Weeknd Remix)

We heard Gilbere Forté’s take on the 16-year old New Zealanders potential radio burner, now The Weeknd adds his take on it.

A$AP Rocky – Thuggin’ Noise (It’s Hemsworth, Bitch Edit)

Ryan Hemsworth takes the aggressive number from the A$AP Mob and chills it out with some movie soundtrack vibin’ piano.

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  1. I don’t know if you’ve heard Joe Budden’s response to “Control” yet but after Joell Ortiz it was the best one and the only one worth listening to (in my opinion). If you want a great laugh look up “Hitler’s response to Control”!!! Funniest thing to come out of the whole Control fiasco.

    I’ve been feeling Lourde for a while now and I’m big on the Weeknd but I’m not feeling this joint with Drake. I like SZA, she’s new to me. I’ll have to look up some more of her joints.

    I like the new look btw.

    1. I’m a fan of Budden’s response, felt like he had bars for days! And thank you for the laughs, just finished watching that video was hilarious. I actually like how whoever wrote that feels the same way about Jay Elec as I do.
      SZA is going to be huge I think, her hooks with KDot, Soul and Rock will be insane – can’t wait.
      And thank you, trying to keep the site fresh and clean.


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