No-one will ever criticize Kool AD of being unambitious. 2 months since leaving Das Racist, and less than a month before the release of his new band Party Animal's debut, he drops a double mixtape. 63/19 runs over 2 hours, and falls prey to the same unfiltered uncensored id that often typifies mixtapes of this ambition; in other words, it might a little too much of a good thing. But taken as a whole—as one 2 hour and 10 minute song—63/19 is a challenging, vibrant, and sometimes…Continue
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As a fan of the bands on the edges of the DIY world (I don't need to hear another band that sounds like Bad Religion, when I already have a perfectly good Bad Religion...) I spend a lot of time thinking about bands with pop aspirations who have embraced DIY ethos. Does the fact that an artist probably couldn't rattle off their top 10 favorite Dischord bands diminish them in our artificial hierarchy? “Oh, that's not punk rock, that's pop!” We say with a dismissive air about bands…Continue
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A special trick AND treat: “Fela Kuti + Ginger Baker: LIVE! Remixed” (free download below), produced by Teck-Zilla of Nigerian artist collective Str8buttah.
Here's the skinny: “Inspired by the urgency and need to share Fela's legacy from a Nigerian's point of view,” Teck-Zilla combines snippets of rare interviews with Fela, Ginger Baker and Fela’s musicians with sound bites and remixes of the live recordings from his 1971 “LIVE!” album, which featured Africa70 and Ginger…
Self-proclaimed gayngsta rapper LE1F continues his ongoing quest for world domination with his new video for 'Wut.' The single from his brain-melting mixtape Dark York is all sex appeal and come-ons, and the video delivers no less. It's an inversion of hip-hop video cliches crossed with a 4-Chan aesthetic. The whole video is an animated gif waiting…Continue
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Pretty much since the first five minutes of Kool Herc's first party, rappers have been describing the urban decay of New York. But on experimental rapper LE1F's self-released (and self-packaged!) debut “Dark York,” he makes music that sounds the way urban decay looks. The young openly gay rapper (self-described gayngsta) has been kicking around on mixes and mash-ups for a while. He notably collaborated with Spank Rock and Das Racist, but on 'Dark York' he really comes into his…Continue
Once the grilling is done, the beer is almost gone, the fireworks are over, and it's just another balmy summer evening, get mellow with electro-soul singer TeresaJenee. The St. Louis native's latest mixtape is the terminally chill Electric Yellow. The thick breezy retro synths might as well come with ice cubes and mood lighting. I'll wait for you to fix…Continue
While you wait for Azealia Banks' debut LP 'Broke With Expensive Taste' (coming in September) and her mixtape 'Fantastic' (due out July 4 - get a free track here), here's her brand-new 4-track EP '1991'. It includes '212', the song that made her an Internet…Continue
Self-proclaimed lyricist/bitch/comedian/cutie pie Azealia Banks revealed a track off her upcoming 'Fantastic' mixtape. It's called 'JUMANJI', with production by Hudson Mohawke & Nick Hook.
Check it out below and download it too if you fancy it! It's…
Keeping it real but always fabulous (no small feat), electro-funk-rock artist Gordon Voidwell is going to make you dance with his new mixtape 'MalcolmXXXMclaren'. Here's what his camp said: "Bronx-bred style child Gordon Voidwell releases the 22-song MalcolmXXXMclaren mixtape this February, just in time to coincide with (or rather to “complicate,” as Voidwell puts it) the onset of Black History Month. The highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s Voided Checks mixtape finds the…Continue
AP member Fashionfreak hits them real hard with the free mixtape 'Hardcore' by Beauty & The Street x DJ K-Styles. With a tracklist including cuts by Jimi Hendrix, Bad Brains, Vanity 6, Straight Line Stitch, Nas, Deftones, D'Angelo and many more (see full list below). "That's right ladies and cunts!…Continue
Today's free downloads will rock your socks off baby, starting with NJ Street Klan's new mixtape 'Kool Kidz Of Kolor'. The collective is causing a commotion in the hip-hop/punk department, and this release is no exception (see more of them in our CMJ video recap).
Next up: UK funk/rock band Sabatta is…
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