Kanye West: "Street Lights"
“I know my destination, I’m just not there” I know I’ve already posted something on ‘Ye today but this just played in the office and I remembered that this is my favourite Kanye track, even though he rarely ever does anything like this. Street Lights is simple, uplifting and from the heart…and for me its his best. Obviously a big part of the draw of Kanye is...
Live: Jay-Z & Kanye West at Victoria's Secret...
Stronger Ni**az In Paris Jay and Kanye took to the stage at last months Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and finally some good footage has surfaced on youtube (as it was aired on CBS recently). First of all ‘Ye performs Stronger while the angels rock some superstar poses and then Big Hov joins ‘Ye on stage for Ni**az In Paris and ish goes off.
VIDEO: Hoodie Allen x Tour Life
I have a lot of love and time for Hoodie and I thank him for always coming through and showing some love back with a little ‘like’ when I post up on him. The video up above is a little taster of what goes on bts a Hoodie Allen tour…this just makes me want a tour over here in the UK even more…so man you down? Hoodie...
Future Islands: "Balance"
Synth pop from Baltimore care of Future Islands. This is another one that I found on the How To Make It In America Mixtape. I just love the intro and driving rhythm of this one, with that synth popping up to keep it all together. Something special with this one. Future Islands - Balance by thrilljockey Balance is from is from On The Water, available here. Future Islands:...
LIVE: Coldplay "Til Kingdom Come"
My favourite Coldplay track, just really beautiful.
Zak Downtown: "Rock The Show ft. Hoodie Allen"
Saw this cause of the Hoodie Allen feature and you know I like it. Upbeat, fun hip hop these boys are all about having the best time of their lives, I’m down. Rock The Show (feat. Hoodie Allen) by Zak Downtown Zak Downtown: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
VIDEO: Adrian Lux "Alive ft. The Good Natured"
Here’s the brand spanking new video for one of favourite tracks of the moment, Adrian Lux’s Alive featuring The Good Natured. All neon lights and big synths, Alive gets me up and ready to go when that drop…drops.
disCOVER: Birdy "1901 (Phoenix Cover)"
I didn’t jump on the bandwagon with Birdy’s rendition of Skinny Love. At first I just didn’t listen to it on some kind of twisted principle, then I gave it a justified try and just didn’t like it. Since I’ve kept a wary distance while she went on to cover The xx and Cherry Ghost. Another cover has just been released from her upcoming album of covers, and this time...
VIDEO: Bon Iver "Hinnom, TX"
The deluxe edition of Bon Iver, Bon Iver is out tomorrow and TIME have an exclusive sneak peek, including this video for Hinnom, TX (which is one of my favourite songs from the album, perhaps due to this remix by Neon Lights) The deluxe edition includes nine videos/short movies that are breathtakingly beautiful, just like pretty much everything Bon Iver does. Pre-order the deluxe edition...
INTERVIEW: Summer Camp
Last week I went to see Summer Camp play in Oxford and needless to say they were amazing. Starting off in the middle of the crowd they launched into Better Off Without You and kept that level of energy up for the whole set. It was a great gig and really showcased why they’re one of mine, and A LOTE of other people’s favourite picks for the year. After the show, I caught up with...
LIVE: Adele "Live At The Royal Albert Hall"
Adele’s live album/dvd from The Royal Albert Hall is out today and you can stream it live now before you buy over at The Guardian, right here. It actually is amazing. Order the DVD here (includes the CD).
disCOVER: Florence & The Machine "Take Care (Drake...
This needs to happen for real, its no secret that there is a lot of fan love between Drake and Flo, Drizzy even wanted her on his new album but it didn’t happen this time around. Flo and her well oiled machine stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge today to play six tracks from her sophomore album Ceremonials. As per the Live Lounge tradition she also performed a cover and she picked a...
Amy Winehouse: "Halftime"
Here’s the latest track that has been released from Amy Winehouse’s upcoming posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures. Its soulful, its chilled…its Amy. Pre-order Lioness: Hidden Treasures here, released 5 December.
VIDEO: The Weeknd "The Knowing"
The Weeknd - The Knowing (Official Video) from xoxxxoooxo on Vimeo. The Weeknd has dropped their first official video this thanksgiving for The Knowing from the first mixtape House of Balloons. Like everything The Weeknd does its enigmatic, deep and makes you want to know and listen more. Look out for the third part in the free mixtape trilogy Echoes of Silence dropping hopefully before the end...
LIVE: M83 "Midnight City (Live on Jimmy Fallon)"
Jimmy Fallon has a great eye for music and its fantastic that artists have this spotlight and its even more amazing when M83 comes along and knocks it out of the park on this live performance of Midnight City. Oh its good. Midnight City is from the new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Blood Orange: "Sutphin Boulevard"
This is so cool that it might make you feel more cool just by association. As you’re rocking Blood Orange in your headphones, you’ll find a smile playing on your lips as if you’ve got a good secret cause no one knows how effing cool the track that is playing in your ears right now but you know it…yeah you know it. That’s kind of how I felt this morning on the tube...
How To Make it In America Mixtape: Volume Two
So I’m hooked on HBO’s How To Make It In America, its like Entourage but set in New York City and I actually like these guys, its a cool show so watch it. What is also super cool about it is its music selection. Music Supervisor Scott Vener (who also did Entourage and CW’s 90210) is so on point on his music selection its like he’s reading my mind. All the best up and...
LIVE: Adele "Turning Tables"
Adele’s got a live dvd coming out just in time for Christmas, and usually I’d pass on this but you know I might get this one, I mean its Adele. From the famous Royal Albert Hall, Adele gives a show stopping performance of her new album 21 and tracks from her debut 19. The dvd is out November 28 and seeing as Adele is recovering from her throat surgery it could be while til we get a...
Album Spotlight: Kanye West "The College Dropout"
Mr. West has come a long way from his College Dropout days, but then again hip hop has come a long way since then and many the directions the genre has taken in the last ten years have been care of Mr. West. Recently I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s amazing debut The College Dropout again and even though it doesn’t sound much like commercial hip hop right now, it still...
Bristolians MAYANS hit me up with this track Fitzpatrick and I really like what they’re doing, it has tones of The Editors and 80s indie like Echo & The Bunnymen or Joy Division. The track is clearly in its first stages and once mixed all nice its going to sound even more amazing. So give MAYANS a try. Fitzpatrick by MAYANS MAYANS: Facebook…Soundcloud
Tru Fam: "All We Need ft. Dinner and A Suit"
Here’s Tru Fam making upbeat and dope hip hop. Fresh off playing 21 dates with 2011 Vans Warped Tour, their new EP Bowties & Applause is very nearly coming out soon. Tru Fam: Website…YouTube
Drake: "Take Care ft. Rihanna"
Whatever went on between these two, you can’t deny that they make some good music together like What’s My Name and now Take Care from Drake’s new album of the same name. Over a Jamie xx produced beat which sounds very early 90s UK dance (and fits well into whats going on commercially right now think We Found Love), RiRi really shows off her voice and Drake shows off his...
Album Stream: And the Giraffe "Something for...
A couple months back ITYLTS featured the beautiful escapism that was Summertime Kids, the brainchild if Nick Roberts. When I chatted to Nick he mentioned another project he had been working, And the Giraffe, that was a collaboration with Josh Morris. Here’s the finished project which is as beautiful as what was found on Summertime Kids. Like Nick’s earlier project, And the Giraffe...
Friendly Fires: "Hurting"
Some awesome dance synth pop for you today care of Friendly Fires Hurting. Get this involved next weekend. Friendly Fires - Hurting by The Triangle Boy Friendly Fires: Website…Facebook…Buy
NEWS: Beyonce's Live At Roseland is available to...
Beyonce performed a few nights at NYC’s famous Roseland this summer to celebrate the release of her new album 4. Fresh after her amazing performance at this years Glastonbury, Bey took it down a notch from the 100’000+ strong festival crowd to play four much more intimate shows at the Roseland that has a capacity of 3200. The shows celebrated the journey of Beyonce from her...
Maximum Balloon: "Tiger ft. Aku"
Dave Sitek f TV On The Radio came out with his solo project Maximum Balloon last year and it was dope. I heard Tiger today on a friends video and absolutely loved it, so here it is for you. The album was one of Rolling Stone’s top 30 albums of 2010 and features appearances from Theophilus London, Little Dragon, Karen O, David Byrne and many more. Maximum Balloon - Tiger (Feat. Aku) by...
Mash Ups: Vico Ono "Drop It Like A Ghostwriter"
So as you can see from the post below that I’ve just been listening to a lot of Vico Ono’s mash ups, and oh they’re good, especially this one. Putting together the fantastic instrumental Ghostwriter from RJD2 and Snoop D O double G Drop It Like It Hot, this is dripping cool. Drop It like a Ghostwriter by Vico Ono Oh and this Jack Johnson vs Skee-Lo is pretty tight too.
Mash Up Double Shot: Kanye West/M83, Childish...
Shout to Pigeons And Planes and Bootie Mashup for putting us on these super duper cool mash ups. Both Kanye and Childish Gambino have been mashed up before (here and here) and they’ll be mashed up again but these two slices are hot. Vico Ono mixes together Bonfire from CG’s Camp with the classic RCHP Under The Bridge and it goes together extremely well, chilling out Childish but not...
The Good Natured: "Skeleton"
Discovered The Good Natured through their feature on Adrian Lux’s new floor filler, Alive. Really liked the sound so went delving on the internet for some more and found this amazing track Skeleton, which starts off all minor key and then turns into such a catchy and upbeat chorus it will be stuck in your head for days, its been stuck in mine for days. With comparisons to La Roux and...
Teen Daze: "Winter Sun"
Its been a while since there’s been a Teen Daze post. Here’s Winter Sun from the upcoming Cultus Vibes (his record label) collection Cultus Vibes: Together. Winter Sun is another atmospheric synthy slice of goodness. Teen Daze, “Winter Sun” by The FADER Teen Daze: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Buy
Remix Baby: Drake "Over My Dead Body (Star Slinger...
One of my favourite songs from the new album Take Care and now one of my favourite remix artists Star Slinger has put his magical touch all over it. As soon as it starts you can tell its Star Slinger, who hasn’t changed much with the track but added some heavy dance beats and some extra synths. Its good. Drake - Over My Dead Body (Star Slinger Jetlag Edit) by Star Slinger
VIDEO: Justin Bieber "Freestyle"
He did it again…and he’s getting better, dangnabbit. (thats if he wrote it…but man does that kid even have time to learn a whole rhyme?)
NEWS: Bon Iver releasing a deluxe 'Bon Iver, Bon...
November 29th Bon Iver is set to release a deluxe version of their summer release Bon Iver, Bon Iver. There’s no new tracks listed as of yet, but it promises to be a visual delight with videos for each track. Not sure if its a Christmas ploy or not, but hey ho you can pre-order here, and who doesn’t love more Bon Iver in their lives.
disCOVER: Enna "Michicant (Bon Iver Cover)"
Now I’m not the biggest fan of Birdy and her version of Skinny Love, while it seemed to hit home for a lot of people, it did absolutely nothing for me (and I did give it a chance, I really did) so I feel like a bit of a hypocrite getting behind another sweet voiced singer/songwriter doing a Bon Iver cover, but hey ho I regret nothing. Germany’s Enna has a soundcloud full of sweet...
Cults: "Bad Things (Remix) ft. Freddie Gibbs)"
Back when Cults said they were working on a hip hop (re)mixtape some of us thought that it was all talk. It wasn’t, cause here’s Bad Things featuring Freddie Gibbs, adding swag to the already fairly cool album track. When more deets pop up on the (re)mixtape, they’ll be here… Hypetrak Premiere: Cults featuring Freddie Gibbs - Bad Things (Remix) by Hypetrak
Remix Baby: GIVERS "Up, Up, Up CSS Remix)"
Seriously whenever I see a photo of these guys they always look so so happy, bless their cotton socks. Posted up on GIVERS a whiles back with the original of this remix. CSS came along and threw their magic pixie dust all over this and remixed the hell out of it. Givers - ‘Up Up Up’ (CSS remix) by Stayloose Click on the down arrow to download.
Summer Camp: "1998"
Last night I got to see the amazing Summer Camp live at Oxford’s Jericho Tavern. They played a fun and enjoyable set to a backdrop of clips from 80s classics such as Breakfast Club, Footloose, Say Anything and Pretty In Pink that really got the crowd going, cementing their place as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands. I got to catch up with Elizabeth from the band after show and...
Childish Gambino: "All The Shine"
“I got fame, my A&R’s a computer” Childish Gambino’s Camp is out now, i reckons you should go get it…don’t worry I’m just going to sit here while you do…got it? Good. Its a great hip hop album, lyrically and musically and there are some fantastic moments on there and at its at its best when there’s less bravado and more vunerability, so...
Remix Baby: Foster The People "Call It What You...
Here’s The Soundmen Remix of FTP’s brand new single Call It What You Want. This track, both the remix and the original, has been something of a grower for me but I bloody love them now, especially the breakdown and those ‘oohs’, you know what I mean. Foster The People - Call It What You Want (The Soundmen Remix) by The Soundmen
Adrian Lux: "Alive ft. The Good Natured"
Lux’s Teenage Crime is my dance track of the year (for me, it was released last year) and now he’s hit us with Alive with The Good Natured, another high energy feel good dance anthem that will get your night right. Turn this one up super loud for the drop. Adrian Lux feat. The Good Natured - Alive by Adrian Lux Adrian Lux: Website-Facebook-Twitter-Buy
Rihanna: "Drunk On Love"
It’s not as good as the original, but Rihanna’s take on The xx’s Intro is pretty good. Drunk On Love, from the new album Talk That Talk, turns Intro into a thumping rnb track that ignites when the chorus drops. Talk That Talk is out 21 November, pre-order here.
LIVE: Emeli Sande "Heaven (Later with Jools...
I want her album to be out right now, but its not out til February, sadface. Tide yourselves over with this amazing performance of Heaven on Jools Holland.
GIVERS: "Up, Up, Up"
Paul Simon paved the way to mainstream afro-pop, Vampire Weekend made it hipster cool and now GIVERS are making it super fun. Up, Up, Up is a lovely, fun loving (perhaps a little rockier than VW) track from this Louisiana band. Their album In Lights is out now, and its really really good. (Also, check out this CSS remix, it’s GOOOOOD GIVERS Up Up Up by Glassnotemusic GIVERS:...
Remix Baby: Steppenwolf "Magic Carpet Ride (Philip...
I was watching Friends With Benefits last night (was awesome by the way) and was really loving the soundtrack. It had Foster The People, Semisonic, Kriss Kross, G. Love, Janelle Monae and Fitz & The Tantrums, a mixture of the old, the new and the classics. This tracck, a remix of Steppenwolf’s sixties classic Magic Carpet Ride by Philip Steir got into my head which brings this hippy...
St. Lucia: "We Got It Wrong"
Heavy Roc’s St. Lucia is on a roll, I have absolutely loved everything this guy has released so far The Old House Is Gone and All Eyes On You and We Got It Wrong is no exception. Bringing his trademark upbeat electro pop, this time with a vaguely tribal (think a slight Vampire Weekend) feel to it. Keep your ears locked on St. Lucia. We Got It Wrong by St. Lucia (click that down arrow...
Heavy D & The Boys: "Now That We Found Love"
R.I.P Heavy D
Drake: "Over My Dead Body"
Take Care leaked yesterday, a week before its release and your boy Drake ain’t even mad, kids got class and a classic album in the works. Take Care is very good and showcases Drake at his best, collaborating with Nicki Minaj, Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Rihanna (sounding amazing) and Andre 3000. Here’s the opener Over My Dead Body, check out this review over at...
LEANN GRIMES: "More Fat Than Muscle"
Always love a good remix, and Leann Grimes never disappoints. Sampling Luke Temple’s More Than Muscle, here is LEANN’s latest remix offering, cutting and pasting and splicing into a sweet as electro indie track. More Fat Than Muscle by LeannGrimes LEANN GRIMES: Website…Facebook…Twitter…Soundcloud
Album Stream: Childish Gambino "Camp"
NPR is streaming Childish Gambino’s full album debut Camp before it drops 15 November. Go and stream it now right here.
Work Drugs: "Flying Zambo"
Work Drugs’ debut album Aurora Lies is out today (listening to it right now, very very good) and they’re giving away the opening track Flying Zambo away in celebration. If you’re Monday morning/afternoon is looking a little dull, grab this free download as it will bring some tropical sunny yacht rock chill wave into your life. Get Aurora Lies here (and you can stream before...