Ta-ku and Jaden Smith are not two names I would expect to see together, but both their names are indeed on the project “Beast Mode”. I have not been a fan of Jaden Smith’s work up until this point, but the verses he spits on this 8 minute track (or continuous multi-track?) are really solid. Ta-ku’s silky smooth production also pairs surpisingly well with young Smith’s surprising flow. It’s an extremely enjoyable collaboration and I look forward to seeing if Jaden can keep up this kind of quality. Both artists have been on their grind lately; be sure to check out Jaden’s new EP “This Is The Album” and Ta-ku’s remix of George Maple’s “Talk Talk.”
Marz Leon not only has an amazing soulful voice, but a great ear for beats that pair well with it. There is no better example than the track “W H I T E L I O N Z.” It features a menacing beat co-produced by Marz Leon and go to producer High Land. The beat, with thumping bass that creeps along dark production, creates an ominous soundscape perfect for Marz Leon’s sultry voice. Be sure to check out Marz Leon’s other work and download the track for free at her SoundCloud.
Crooning vocals float along overtop a thick wave of static in this tranquil piece of electronic soul by Parisian artist 123Mrk. “Gotta Choose” is a part of Teen Idols: A Future Classic Compilation, which can be streamed here.
This hypnotic instrumental remix of Pusha T‘s “Numbers On The Boards” pulls the most recognizable elements from the original beat (produced by Don Cannon, Kanye West and 88-Keys) and slows them down to a ghostly creep. It’s every bit as unsettling as the original, but the new trance inducing pace dives even deeper into evil genius territory.
“Samurai” was one of 17 tracks found in Djemba Djemba’s SoundCloud set “If You’re Listening To This It’s Leftover Beats.” But don’t make the mistake of seeing “leftover” and assuming sub par content. On the leftover spectrum, this track (and really all 17 of the beats) are Thanksgiving leftovers. The King Henry assisted track contrasts plucked strings and a flute riff with some thumping drums and ethereal synths. The result is a killer “leftover beat” that you’ll be more than glad to throw in the microwave and enjoy again.
I can assure you that this guy Lege Kale is going to blow up. His Drake remix was one of the best I’ve ever heard, and he just recently released this gem; a remix of Mr. Carmack‘s “Free Baby”. It slaps a fresh coat of paint on the original, transforming it from a laid back beat into a crystal clear trap banger.
New Jersey indie/alternative rock duo, Brick + Mortar are responsible for this maniacal cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”. It was made for the Hitman: Agent 47 movie trailer. The band uses more electronica than usual in this beast, and it serves to crank things up to a whole ‘nother level.
If you’ve listened to this, it goes without saying that you’ll want to experience the Jimi Hendrix original.
No Sleep took to the internet to share his remix of the sleeper hit (pun intended), “This Could Be Us” from Rae Sremmurd‘s debut album. The Pittsburgh producer has been on a hot streak lately (his remix of Drake’s “How Bout Now” just hit a million plays), and this remix will only serve to prolong it. No Sleep adds some bouncy drums and shimmering synths to his flip, and the result is an injection of energy into an already catchy track. Download it for free on his SoundCloud here.
This one feels so good that it must be wrong, feel me? Sweatson Klank loops an intoxicating R&B sample over top of cracking snares and skittering hi-hats to create a seductive soul jam that will make you want to either a) dance or b) make sweet, sweet love. Download it for free here.
Ta-ku blesses us with another remix, this time in the form of fellow Aussie George Maple’s “Talk Talk.” He slows things down on this one, playing with the pitch and even singing a verse of his own. The result is a haunting track with shuffling drums that immediately had me hitting repeat. It’s reminiscent of his “Songs To Break Up To” project and will definitely have you feeling things. If you need proof that the Australian music scene is killing it right now, look no further.