Fresh off compiling a banging mix for the XLR8R Podcast, Fiskars, Sir Nenis, and Flipperi–who collectively make up the Top Billin crew–lace XLR8R with this track off their recently released EP. Tales from Top Billin Vol. 2 finds the Finnish trio pushing six new tracks of pure party music, perfect for the club or house shindig. "Willing" features bold handclaps, upbeat synths, and a distinct disco flavor that should induce some serious ass shaking.
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Temposhark lives up to its name on this track. The group of Brighton, U.K.-based rockers has been praised for its energetic tracks over the last few years, but in the hands of Welsh rapper Akira the Don, "Bang" becomes a whirlwind of slamming beats and hotly spit lyrics, with a few distorted guitars to finish things off. The original can be found on Temposhark's debut album, The Invisible Line, recently released in both the U.S. and Canada.
Alex Newman and Shawn Jackson combine their talents (as well as names) to comprise New Jack Hustle, a two-man musical team that hails from Los Angeles. Newman might be more known for his work with Giant Panda, but this project leans more towards that throwback, sample-heavy sound that earned them a reputation. The record is, a bit surprisingly, out on a new Irish label called All City Dublin, but there isn’t a doubt that this is coming from the West Coast.
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There's no better way to support an artist than by directly paying them for their music, and 23-year old Los Angeles-based producer Sam Baker, a.k.a. Samiyam, has made that concept easier than ever. A couple weeks ago, Sam announced that he would sell his Rap Beats Vol. 1 release through paypal, directly from his MySpace page, where a few more choice selections from the disc can be heard. For a mere 10 bones, fans get a handmade CDR with custom artwork and 23 dusty hip-hop beats as only Sam can make them. He has asked that anyone purchasing the release take a photo of the artwork and post on his blog. Photo by Pinkee.
Even though Silje Nes studied classical piano, she doesn’t touch the instrument much anymore, opting instead for ones she has had less conventional training, with, which lends a pleasant naivety to her home recordings. Her songs exist in a charming, bedroom world of lightly strummed guitars and gently tapped rhythms. “It’s the recording that I enjoy,” she says, “and I can’t separate that from the songwriting.” Nes, a Norwegian-based artist, is playing her first set of U.S. dates this week, hopefully translating this sort of homespun intimacy into the club setting.
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