Black Van – Inside (Oliver Remix)

Oliver

Oliver is the newly formed duo of producers U-Tern (real name Vaughn Oliver) and Oligee (real name Oliver Goldstein).  After making an appearance on A-Trak’s new Tuna Melt EP, they’ve taken on remix duties for Black Van’s “Inside”, a funky disco edit with a beautifully done intro.  The track is available here on Beatport.  Oliver will be dropping their first EP on Fool’s Gold Records come January.  You can peep a sample of their original track below as well, the electro-funk headbanger “MYB”.

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DyMe-A-DuZiN – Swank Sinatra (feat. Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, & Capital STEEZ)

A Portrait of Donnovan

Check out the youngblood DyMe-A-DuZiN, 20-year-old emcee from Brooklyn with raw talent and potential.  “Swank Sinatra” brings together Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, & Capital Steez for the first video/single off his debut mixtape A Portrait of Donnovan set to drop January 9th.  A new deal with Warner Bros. combined with the old school, 90’s NY hip hop vibe his music inflicts, this kid could be one to watch out for in 2013.

A-Trak – Piss Test [REMIX] (feat. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P, & Flosstradamus)

Loosies

Love drugs?  Good chance you’ll love the remix of “Piss Test”, A-Trak’s single from the past summer.  He brings on Flosstradamus to transform the tune 360 degrees with a powerful trap beat.  Although Danny Brown wasn’t included this time around, Juicy J sticks around and merges with a massive entourage that includes Jim Jones, the eccentric Brooklyn crew Flatbush Zombies, and El-P.  The most latter member of this remix lineup delivers the best bars on this beat by far – unfortunately, you have to hear everyone else first as he’s the last to come on.  Not to diss JJ and the Zombies, but he really steals the show.

This will be part of a upcoming compilation album titled Loosies from the Fool’s Gold family.  The record’s inaugural released will include 22 tracks personally curated by the label founders, A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs.  Coming December 18th.

Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven (Major Lazer Remix)

Locked Out of Heaven (Major Lazer Remix)

Let me first make it clear that I am NOT a Bruno Mars fan.  That being said, I think Major Lazer just made me one.  At least for this song.  The reggae rework of “Locked Out of Heaven” is as uplifting as it is relaxing.  Although it may err to far on the pop-electronic side for some, especially those ML fans who long for the old moombah sound they came to epitomize, this remix is nothing short of infectious.  Coming out on iTunes soon – for now, listen below.

Steve Aoki – Transcend (feat. Rune RK)

It's the End of the World As We Know It

Regardless of whether or not you’re preparing for the supposed incoming Mayan apocalypse, Steve Aoki seems to be.  He just dropped a 3-track EP yesterday titled It’s the End of the World As We Know It.  My favorite of the three is the delightfully happy “Transcend” featuring Rune RK, a progressive EDM song that will serve well to help me ignore any chance of the world being blown into oblivion.  Grab the EP here on iTunes.

Pusha T – Blocka [VIDEO]

Blocka

Last week I posted the new jam from Pusha T featuring Popcaan & Travis Scott, “Blocka”.  He was in Jamaica at the time filming the video and just like that, the video is here for the public.  You’ll find Pusha in the Jamaican slums surrounded by native gangsters, a chilling image when you realize a few of them don’t look any older than 13.  Still no release date for his Wrath of Caine mixtape, only that it’s coming soon.