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Friday Free for All: Pools + Freeway + Girl Talk

Posted April 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 589 views]
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Pools – “Innertubes” Mix
Breathe a sigh of relief. You made it, Los Angeles.
The chill of those 50 degree evenings are but a distant memory and it is time for us to put collectively away our hoodies for safekeeping for another 8 months.
The arrival of Coachella foretells the dawn of another season of pool parties, weekend barbecues, and way too many options every weekend.
Just in …

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Friday Free for All: Goldbloc + De La Soul

Posted March 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,720 views]
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Goldbloc — “Black Gold” EP
Boston-based duo Goldbloc have been a group I’ve had my eye on ever since I heard their track “Runaway” a couple of months ago. This week they released a stunning four song EP called “Black Gold“. I’m a sucker for bass-heavy beats and sultry female vocals and Goldbloc bring it on both counts.

One of the main things that really leaped …

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Friday Free For All: Must-Hear Covers of Neil Young and Billy Joel

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,256 views]
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On the surface, the work of Neil Young would appear to have little in common with today’s electronic music (leaving aside the fact that Neil Young did record an electronic album in 1982 called “Trans” that is well worth seeking out) and yet the past couple of years we’ve seen his work covered brilliantly by contemporary groups like Poolside and Chromatics, proving once again …

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Friday Free For All: Big Boi + Menahan Street Band and Temples

Posted February 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 937 views]
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Big Boi + Menahan Street BandLast month when Outkast announced they would be playing virtually every big festival in the world this summer, speculation immediately turned to the question — will we finally see a new Outkast album this year?

No.
Big Boi put the kibosh on any hopes of an Outkast reunion album this week in an interview with Diddy’s Revolt TV.
If it’s any consolation …

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Friday Free For All: De La Soul and Juan MacLean

Posted February 14, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 978 views]
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De La Soul
Next month will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of De La Soul’s seminal “3 Feet High And Rising” album.
Although 3 Feet is widely considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, it’s been conspicuously absent from most digital music platforms due to the complicated legalities having to do with sample clearances (and there are a ton …

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Friday Free For All: Duck Sauce and Tree

Posted January 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,012 views]
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Duck Sauce –”Quack” EP
Duck Sauce, the dance duo comprised of house music legend Armand Van Helden and legend-in-the-making, A-Trak, had an unlikely worldwide pop hit in 2010 with their song “Barbra Streisand” (here it is if you need a refresher).
The song was fun, catchy and brimming with unbridled bombast, which is a pretty apt description of most every song in Duck Sauce’s (small-ish) discography.
This …

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Friday Free For All: Vampire Weekend Remix (feat. Danny Brown) + Thee Mike B’s Notorious B.I.G. Mix

Posted January 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,512 views]
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Step (winter-time remix) Vampire Weekend, Danny Brown, Heems and Despot
The first entrant into the Best Single of 2014 race came to us a day early via this tweet Vampire Weekend on NYE:
wintertime remix of Step featuring Danny Brown, Heems & Despot. Happy New Year from Vampire Weekend. http://t.co/0K3nzouzCV
— Vampire Weekend (@vampireweekend) December 31, 2013
Vampire Weekend’s Souls Of Mischief-inspired track, “Step” was my favorite cut …

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Friday Free for All: Downloads from Clams Casino + Holy Ghost! Remix Blood Orange

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 1,955 views]
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Clams Casino — Instrumentals
Clams Casino came onto most people’s radar in 2011 with his work on A$AP Rocky’s game-changing “LiveLoveA$AP mixtape”.
Even though Rocky’s name was on the front of the release, it was every bit the showcase for Clams’ production work (as well as that of Spaceghost Purrp) as it was for A$AP Rocky’s effortless flow.
Seemingly overnight Rocky and Clams went from virtual …

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Friday Free For All: Downloads from Todd Edwards, Flying Lotus, Q-Tip + Busta Rhymes

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,281 views]
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Todd Edwards –”Essential Edits”
New Jersey-bred, LA-based UK Garage pioneer Todd Edwards had a banner year in 2013. From guesting on Daft Punk’s Grammy nominated “Random Access Memories“ album to reestablishing himself one of the most in-demand remixers in dance music, the level of public interest in Edwards’ work has never been higher.
This past summer Todd “The God” was commissioned by the BBC to do …

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Friday Free For All: Downloads from William Onyeabor and Pizza Time

Posted November 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 1,208 views]
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Luaka Bop recently put together an excellent compilation of enigmatic Nigerian disco king William Onyeabor, entitled “Who Is William Onyeabor?”
The back story of the hoops the label had to jump through in order to procure the rights to release Onyeabor’s work took on almost SugarMan-esque proportions as detailed in this article in the Guardian.
To celebrate the long-gestating release of their Onyeabor compilation, Luaka …

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