Sunday, December 25, 2011

Top 7 Free Releases of 2011

It's that time of year where every website you go to is putting together their "year-end lists", well, TOTR is no exception. Oh except for the fact that these lists only include free releases from the artists. I was on hiatus for a few months so there's a good chance I missed some great releases. If you feel like I left something off the list, please leave a comment. Well, with no further adieu, I present Top Of The Roof's Top 7 (because why not?) Free Releases of 2011.

1. Childish Gambino - Freaks & Geeks EP
Freaks & Geeks was actually my introduction to Childish Gambino's (aka Donald Glover) music. I was absoultely blown away. The production was impeccable, the lyrics were on point, and on top of all of that, it really gave the listener of sense of "this is who Donald Glover really is". Ludwig Göransson is also due a ton of credit for the beautiful backdrop to Glover's vocals. Great production can really help set you apart from everybody else. I can't tell you how many times I listened to this whole EP on my way to work and then get off work and listen to the whole EP again on my way home. This came out in March (at least that's when I found it) and it never got old throughout the course of 2011. I had trouble narrowing down this list however, I had no trouble figuring out that Freeks & Geeks would be #1. If you've been living under a rock and still haven't heard it, check it out HERE.

2. The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
Canadian singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye dominated 2011 releasing 3 full length FreeLP's with each one being met with critical acclaim. None, however, garnered quite as much attention as his debut, House of Balloons. Teaming up with fellow Canadian producer, Noah "40" Shebib, The Weeknd delivered what was easily the most unique, and yet still, top shelf releases of 2011. Breaking the norm for standard R&B, The Weeknd crafted epic 7 minute tracks that didn't stick to any standard song structure and definitely broke the profanity barrier rarely crossed in todays R&B scene. There's no better album (retail or free) that is better suited to be played in it's entirety while driving at night, and driving in the rain. If there was a "Sexiest Music of 2011" list, this would be #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. Check out House of Balloons HERE.

3. XV - Zero Heroes
TOTR All Freshmen Team representative continued his strong showing releasing yet another great FreeLP with Zero Heroes. When I first heard Zero Heroes, I didn't expect it to end up being one of my favorite releases of 2011. But as I continued to listen to it, I continued to be more and more impressed by the sheer awesomeness of XV. Vizzy made some great moves by enlisting long time collaborator, Seven to handle a large portion of the production. Nobody knows how to help the Kansas native shine quite like Seven does. He's come a long way since 2006 and with Zero Heroes, he only further solidified his spot as one of my favorite "up-and-coming" artists. "Pictures On My Wall" literally gives me goosebumps everytime I listen to it. Check out Zero Heroes HERE.

4. The Airplane Boys - Where've You Been
The Toronto duo followed up their great 2010 year by delivering one of the years best relesaes in Where've You Been. They're really in a league of their own and this release really showcases the group's unique sound and identity. I don't feel like you can listen to them and go "Oh yea, these guys sound like..." because nobody is doing what they're doing. NOBODY. I'm usually not even a fan of hip hop groups because often times you have one quality emcee surrounded by mediocre ones. That's not the case with The Airplane Boys. Time and time again, they manage to deliver memorable verses with each member taking turns with spotlight. Where've You Been really provided the group with an opportunity to show off their range and versatility and they totally capitalized on it. I think my 3 favorite tracks on this are "Sleep", "Escape", and "Gold Ribbons". Check out Where've You Been HERE.

5. Phil Adé - A Different World
DMV representative Phil Adé led into his LP by releasing a track every Friday as a part of his #PhilAdeFridays series. Genius move on his part. The problem most artists have with a weekly song series is their inability to put out that much quality music. Not a problem for Phil consdering he manage to drop all of those tracks and then still put out a full length FreeLP that was better than you favorite rappers album this year. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Phil Adé is the emcee Wale should have been but never will be. At the time of writing this, "Second CHance" is likely the favorite to win Song Of The Year. Easily the most played song of the year for me. I love how Phil Adé manages to write amazing bar after bar without ever dipping in the quality. My only knock against A Different World is the guest appearances. I'm sorry but nobody hold their own on tracks with Phil. Check out A Different World HERE.

6. Chiddy Bang - Peanut Butter & Swelly
Hands down my favorite release from the former Drexel students, Chiddy & Xaphoon Jones. Peanut Butter & Swelly saw Xaphoon Jones at his best production wise and Chiddy at his best on the mic. In short, PB&S is the result of when it all goes right. The groups last big hoo-rah before they release their debut album next February, Chiddy Bang pulled out all the stops and gave us one of the most enjoyable albums of the year. The music really speaks for itself with this one. Check out Peanut Butter & Swelly HERE.

7. QuESt - The Reason: A Defense Mechanism
The Reason was actually the first FreeLP TOTR posted in 2011. Prior to it's release, I had zero exposure to QuESt so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. What I managed to stumble into was mix of Lupe Fiasco  and Kendrick Lamar. That should really be all I have to say about this to make you want to check it out. Track 2, "In My Defense" was a song I played literally every morning on my way to work at TSA for the 3 months that I worked there and yet, I never grew tired of it. There are quite a few tracks on here so I'd be lying if I said I loved all of them, but truthfully, this release was probably better than 90% of the retail hip hop albums that came out this year. I love when an emcee can be super lyrical and yet still craft songs. It seems to be a lost art to balance the two but Miami's QuESt acts as if there's no alternative. Check out The Reason: A Defense Mechanism HERE.

Sunday Girl - Where Is My Mind? (Pixies Cover)

Broxbourne-songstress, Sunday Girl, cooks up a chilling cover of The Pixies classic, "Where Is My Mind?". If this doesn't invoke some sort of reflection or introspection, you're dead inside.

Download: Mediafire

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Allen Stone - Unaware (Video)

Just went to Allen Stone's free show at The Book & Stage at The Cosmopolitan in Vegas. It was amazing. After the show, we got actually got to go kick it with Allen in his hotel room. Also, got a physical copy of his amazing self-titled album (which, for the record, he did NOT sell to me), currently only available on iTunes. You need to go make that purchase. For those of you who aren't familiar, check the video above from the Chewelah, WA soul/r&b singer. He's a cool dude to say the least.

Buy Allen Stone on iTunes

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Championship Vinyl: Week Of 12/18/11 - 12/25/11

It's been a while since I've made a Championship Vinyl post. Bought some new cds this week so, lets get back to it. Only got about 8 tracks deep on the Common album, so far, it's cool. No regrets there. Couple of nice tracks. Haven't listened to the Pac Div album yet either. I bought it because I was in Zia Records and I was like "Oh shit! They dropped an official album?" and I had to buy it. I love Pac Div (see Sealed For Freshness). By far my favorite purchase of the week is K.Flay's self titled EP. It was literally the best $5 I've spent. I'd say it's a must buy.

K. Flay - K.Flay EP

Genre: Hip Hop/Alternative Hip Hop/Electronic
Release Date: 10/12/10
For Fans Of: Kid CuDi, Grieves, (hard to say, nobody really sounds like this)

Common - The Dreamer, The Believer

Genre: Hip Hop
Release Date: 12/20/11
For Fans Of: Common (come on, you know whether or not your fan by now), No I.D., Kanye West

Pac Div - The Div

Genre: Hip Hop
Release Date: 11/8/11
For Fans Of: The Cool Kids, Fly Union, TiRon

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dog & Panther - Giant Hands

Michigan based band Dog & Panther released this track almost a year ago (12/21/2010) but I"m only just now finding out about it. "Giant Hands" is really an amazing track and I think the best way to categorize it is Indie-Pop. For more Dog & Panther music, check out their BandCamp.

Download: Mediafire

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rockie Fresh - Driving 88 (Trailer) x Prom King

Rockie's "Driving 88" project is schedule to drop on January 23, 2012. I'm always excited to hear more from Rockie Fresh. If you still haven't listened to The Otherside, then fuck you. Below is a sample track from "Driving 88".

Phil Ade - A Different World (FreeLP)

Shortly after drifiting of into music blog obscurity, Phil Ade released his free LP, A Different World. I apologize for not sticking around long enough to post this album. The thing that I love about Phil Ade is how he seems to treat each bar with the mentality that it may be the last bar you listen to from him so he really makes it count. Bar for bar, he's got to be one of my favorites doing it right now. Anyways, I'm sure you know who he is and what he does (HE SPITS HOT FIYA!!!) so just download this album and enjoy. SIDE NOTE: "Second CHance" may just be my favorite track of the year.

Download: Mediafire
01. ADW Intro ft. Laura Song (Prod. By Mark Henry, Q-Heff, Dre King)
02. King (Prod. By Bink!)
03. Monte Carlo Dreams ft. US Royalty (Prod. By Sunny Norway)
04. Cloud 9 ft. Tracie Josephine and GLC (Prod. By Sunny Norway)
05. High On Life ft. Raheem DeVaughn (Prod. By 9th Wonder)
06. Otherside (Prod. By Mark Henry)
07. A Different World (Prod. By Oddisee)
08. Scoreboard ft. Black Cobain (Prod. By Bink!)
09. The Let Out (Interlude) (Prod. By Sunny Norway)
10. You're The One ft. Killa Kyleon (Prod. By Sunny Norway)
11. The Weekend ft. U-N-I (Prod. By Sunny Norway)
12. Second CHance (Prod. By Mark Henry)
13. See You Again ft. Kevin Ross (Prod. By Nieze)
14. Incense ft. Mac Miller (Prod. By Sunny Norway)
15. Your Hand (Prod. By Mark Henry & Dre King)
16. Coming Home (Prod. By Sunny Norway)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Saint Motel - At Least I Have Nothing

Saint Motel is an indie pop band from L.A. whose members actually met in film school. Maybe thats why their first EP titled ForPlay had 6 songs with a video accompanying each track. Anyways, this track is off of their upcoming 7" vinyl ep titled, "7"1". Pre-orders are available at their website. Fortunately for us, this track is their free single.

Download: Mediafire

Yuna - Decorate (Video x Audio)

Recently stumbled upon this 24 year old Malaysian songstress by the name of Yuna. This track (which I kid you not, I played about 7 consecutive times) is the title track from her Decorate EP. You can stream the rest of her EP for free at Yuna Music and if you like what you hear, be sure to purchase the EP on iTunes. Thankfully, Yuna has made this track available for free download. Audio below.

Download: Mediafire

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mayer Hawthorne - Dreaming (Video)

Some visuals from Mayer Hawthorne's "How Do You Do" album, available now. Definitely one of the best releases of 2011.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Artist Spotlight: K.Flay

While taking my "sabbatical" from blogging, I came across an artist that was NOTHING that I was expecting her to be. You all know (if you don't, you should know) I'm not really a fan of female emcees but every now and then, I'm left in awe by one of them. This time it's Stanford graduate, Kristina Flaherty a.k.a. K.Flay. Not only does she rap but she also makes all of her own beats which are not only unique, but awesome combinations of Hip Hop, Indie Rock, and Electronic music. Lyrically, she's legit. Content wise, I don't think there's anybody else doing what she's doing. She rocks out on each track with a certain swagger-filled-vulnerability that allows the listener to feel like this is somebody they hang out with. Granted, somebody extremely dope that they hang out with. For this Artist Spotlight segment I only posted the two mixtapes I downloaded from her website but she also has a self-titled EP available in physical form from her site and in digital form on iTunes. Honestly, you just need to check her out. SIDE NOTE: On "PARTY" she says "Party with the Hurricanes, Party with the Seminoles" and it was then, that I fell in love. Go 'Canes.

Doctor Don't Know (From I Stopped Caring in '96)

Mason Jar (From I Stopped Caring in '96)

PARTY (From I Stopped Caring in '96)

CRAZYtown (From MASHed Potatoes)

boom boom pow KUNG FU (From MASHed Potatoes)

ON the bridge (From MASHed Potatoes)

Release Date: 4/1/11
Download: Mediafire

Release Date: 9/16/09
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Jose James - Trouble (AllSaints Basement Sessions) (Video)

Born and raised in Minneapolis, singer Jose James offers a soulful mixture of hip hop and modern jazz."Trouble" is his first single from his forthcoming 2012 album, "No Beginning, No End". Unfortunately, no free link for this one but you do get an awesome video.

Available Now on iTunes.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mansions On The Moon - Leaves Fall

MOTM just made this track available for free in an effort to promote their upcoming Lightyears EP. I think it was last year that I was first exposed to MOTM when I saw that Diplo co-signed their Paradise Falls mixtape. After hearing this, I definitely have to go back and revisit that release. Don't be surprised if you see that up here on TOTR later tonight.

Download: Mediafire

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Steffaloo - Covers (FreEP)

Stephanie Thompson, also known as Steffaloo, recently released her FreEP, Covers. This ep is filled with beautiful, lo-fi, Ukulele renditions of some pretty awesome songs. Covers really showcases Thompson's range as she effortlessly goes from covering Bright Eyes to Justin Timberlake, with every cover being injected with a dose of gleeful sincerity. I know, I know, "gleeful sincerity"? But trust me, there really isn't any other way for me to describe the sound. It just fits. Get off your high horse and stop judging me. What are you? A bunch of pretentious hipsters trying to find the next big..wait a minute...

First Day Of My Life (Bright Eyes Cover)

Download: Mediafire
01. Believe (Cher Cover)
02. Wake Me Up Before You Go (WHAM! Cover)
03. First Day Of My Life (Bright Eyes Cover)
04. Neon Roses (Jesse Woods Cover)
05. My Love (Justin Timberlake Cover)
06. All The Wild Horses (Ray Lamontagne Cover)
07. I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry Cover)
08. Let It Die (Feist Cover)
09. Over The Rainbow

Saturday, December 3, 2011

14th - Hide Youself EP

London duo, 14th, released their 4 track EP on 11/14/11. Blending Electronic/Minimal beats, with soulful pop vocals, this duo offers up one of the more unique sounds of 2011. I wish I could post these tracks for free because they're pretty awesome, but as of now, you have to purchase them on iTunes. But for now, you can stream it in it's entirety via 14th's SoundCloud.

Buy: iTunes

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

XV - The Kick x BITSU (Freestyle)

Here are two songs that you may have missed while I was taking my sabbatical. Vizzy posted these on his own blog within the last couple of months. The first ("The Kick"), samples the theme from Inception and actually uses the concept of the movie to describe how he's living out his dream. I literally get goosebumps every time I listen to it. Side note: dopest cover art for a single EVER. The second ("BITSU"), samples Jai Paul's "BTSU" and XV totally kills it. I guess there's really no better way to return to TOTR than with XV and Lupe Fiasco.

Download: Mediafire

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Coeur De Pirate - Wicked Games (The Weeknd Cover)

I have to say, I had no idea what to expect when I say that 22 year-old Beatrice Martin covered one of my favorite (definitely top 3) songs from The Weeknd. She really does a breathtaking job of breaking down the song and giving it a chilling, raw sound. Backed by only a piano, Pirate Heart really does an amazing job of covering an amazing song.

Download: Mediafire

Mike Posner - The Layover (Mixtape)

Mike Posner linked up with Don Cannon to bring you his 3rd mixtape installment. Another quality mixtape from Posner only further solidifies my opinion that his mixtapes are much, MUCH, better than his album material. This mixtape features him sampling Elton John's "Rocket Man", Oasis' "Wonderwall", The Knocks' "Blackout", Adele's "Rolling In The Deep", Coldplay's "The Scientist" (previously posted HERE), and I think theres even a James Blake track in there. In addition to the awesome covers, Posner also provides a healthy dose of original material. Guest appearances include: Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, Bei Maejor, Elzhi, CyHi Da Prynce, and more. *I know I usually only include 3 songs to stream but I had to add a 4th for this one. "Shut Up" is too awesome to not include in the streams.

Download: Mediafire
01. The Layover ft. Don Cannon
02. Wonderwall ft. Big K.R.I.T. (Drive To This)
03. Shut Up ft. Rusko (Drive To This)
04. Henny & Purple ft. Slim Thug (Smoke & Drive To This)
05. Looks Like Sex [Snippet] (Pull A Bad Bitch To This)
06. Rocket Man ft. Bun B (Fly To This)
07. Blackout Remix (Pre-Game To This)
08. Hey Lady ft. Twista (Fuck To This)
09. Marauder Music ft. Blackbear (Drive In The Dark To This)
10. Long Time (Vibe To This)
11. They Call Me ft. Bei Maejor (Ride To This)
12. 21 Days (Chill To This)
13. Attitudes ft. Casey Veggies (Blaze To This)
14. Travelling Man (Reminisce To This)
15. On Fire (Drug Dealer Girl Pt. II) ft. Machine Gun Kelly (Rage To This)
16. Room 925 ft. CyHi Da Prynce (Fuck To This)
17. Mittens Up ft. Elzhi & Dusty McFly (Represent Your Shit To This)
18. A Perfect Mess (Think To This)
19. Rolling In The Deep (Fall Asleep To This)
20. The Scientist (Fall Asleep To This)
21. Echo ft. Michael Franti & Rjd2 (Fall Asleep To This)

Lupe Fiasco - Friend Of The People (Mixtape)

Don't let the cover art deceive you, this is an awesome mixtape. Took some time for Lupe to release this seeing how he was originally going to drop it before his Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, but then delayed it for obvious reasons. It seems he's updated the tracklisting considering he raps over a few new songs from the Justice album, "Audio. Video. Disco." which were pretty cool. Anyways, this was definitely a solid outing for Lupe and anybody who was beginning to think he'd fallen off, will probably change their opinion after giving this a listen. My favorite line on the mixtape comes from "SNDCLSH In Vegas" when he says:
"Yeah, Atlantic on the fritz
Cause I might not step foot back in that bitch
You disgust me, Jerry Sandusky
Goodness gracious pedophiles and rapists"

Download: Mediafire
01. Introduction
02. Lupe Back
03. Friend Of The People ft. Dosage
04. Double Burger With Cheese
05. Joaquin Phoenix ft. LIl Ronnie
06. WWJD He'd Prolly LOL Like WTF!!!
07. Lightwork
08. LIfe, Death & Love from San Francisco
09. SLR
10. SNDCLSH In Vegas
11. Super Cold
12. The End of The World

Friday, July 15, 2011

Rockie Fresh - Duckin' N Dodgin' ft. Casey Veggies (Video x Audio)

We got the audio to this track back in April but now with The Otherside Redux getting ready to drop, Rockie Fresh gives us the video to it. Audio below.

Download: Mediafire

Phil Ade - One In A Million (Video)

Phil Ade's upcoming FreeLP A Different World, will be dropping next Tuesday. Can't wait to hear more from the DMV representative. I can't lie though, I was really hoping he was going to be rapping over the Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth track at the beginning of the video.

Theophilus London - Girls Girls $ (Video)

New video from London's upcoming Timez Are Weird These Days album, dropping 7/19/11. I already pre-ordered my copy off of Amazon and I suggest you do the same.

D-WHY - Shooter McGavin (Video x Audio) (Freaks & Geeks Remix)

West Virginia native D-WHY recently released this video of his track over the Childish Gambino "Freaks & Geeks" instrumental. I'm usually not a fan of hearing somebody rap over a beat that somebody else already killed but this was pretty cool. Audio Below.

Download: Mediafire

Monday, July 11, 2011

J. Nolan - Whatever Works (Prod. By Todd Jordan)

This is a track I've been really excited to post. J. Nolan teams up with Vegas producer, Todd Jordan (you may know him as Jordan) to bring you the next single off of Chaos Theory, due out 8/16/11. I love tracks like this.

Download: Mediafire

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Dean's List - All My Troubles x Everything

A couple of freebies courtesy of the Boston collective's website. These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite up-and-coming acts. If you still haven't checked out their latest release, The Drive-In, do something positive with your life and get it now.

Download: Mediafire

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Frank Ocean - DreamKilla

I'm not sure if this will be on the retail release of "Nostalgia, Ultra" but if it is, I will take down this post immediately. I did some research and I couldn't find any info on this track. It's a pretty awesome track and at this point I'm just excited to hear new music from Frank Ocean.

Download: Mediafire

Friday, July 8, 2011

Theophilus London - Why Even Try? ft. Sara Quin (RAC Remix)

The Remix Artist Collective tackled the job of remixing the already awesome "Why Even Try?" and really did a great job. Found on Theophilus London's twitter account today. Don't forget, Timez Are Weird These Days drops 7/19/11.

Download: Mediafire

Azeem - Hurricanes + Tornadoes ft. Carlos St. John (Prod. By Azeem)

NYC's Azeem dropped a new track today, this time with the assistance of Carlos St. John. I've only heard two tracks from Azeem and so far he's 2/2. How does this dude only have 63 followers on twitter? People, start following him @azeemmusic.

Download: Mediafire

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Knocks - Sunshine (Video x Audio)

The production duo known as The Knocks released this video at the end of June. If you know me then you know I love the Knocks so I'm always excited to get some new music. Audio below.

Sean Rose + Gilbere Forte - SMMERTME ∇ SUNSHNE ∇ NGHTFALL (FreEP)

Philly emcee Gilbere Forte and Vegas' Sean Rose teamed up to bring us this 11 track FreEP. Always looking forward to new music from Gilbere Forte. The production on this EP is really the perfect backdrop to Rose and Forte.

Download: Mediafire
01. My Dear Tomorrow
02. Hangin' Out The Window
03. When The Nghtfall
04. Money Deux
05. Raw ft. Selina Carrera
06. All For You ft. Selina Carrera
07. HERfection
08. Here We Go Again
09. Maria Juana
10. Dreamin' Out Loud
11. So Far Away ft. Brian Underwood

QuESt - Applause

QuESt releases another track presumably off of his upcoming How Thoughtful 2 project. He's one of the few artists whose music I eagerly anticipate.

Download: Mediafire

Fly Union - Nothing New

Fly U decided to drop a leftover from TGTC. Not really sure why this didn't make it considering how awesome it is.

Download: Mediafire

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Phil Ade - Monte Carlo Dreams (Prod. By Sunny Norway)

Phil Ade leaked another track off his upcoming FreeLP, A Different World. A Different World drops 7/19/11. Sunny Norway on production.

Download: Mediafire

Ced Hughes - Lights! (Prod. By Xaphoon Jones)

This is only the second song I've heard from Ced Hughes it's probably one of my favorite tracks that I've heard this week. He kind of reminds me of XV. This track will be off of his One Day We'll Wake Up project. Coming soon. Produced by Xaphoon Jones (of Chiddy Bang).

Download: Mediafire

SeDrew Price - Gotta Have It All ft. S-U-Preme

This track is actually from 2008 and it's just a personal favorite of mine from SeDrew. No real reason for posting it other than the fact that it's awesome and I felt like everybody should check it out. Too bad he doesn't rap like this anymore. Always nice to hear somebody do Camp Lo's "Luchini" justice.

Download: Mediafire

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Jesse Boykins III - Way Of A Wayfarer (FreEP)

Jesse Boykins III first showed up on my radar when he was featured on Mickey Factz' Heaven's Fallout "mixtape" (quotations were necessary beacuse I feel like it was more of an LP but whatever). Since hearing him on "You Remind Me" I've been eagerly awaiting a solo project from him. Maybe he's dropped something since then, maybe not, but this is the first solo project I've seen him release. It's a short 6 track EP but it's a delightful 6 tracks. Think Andre 3000 on The Love Below, that's what it reminds me of. Well enough reading, go check it out.

Download: Mediafire
01. I Can't Stay
02. Back Home (Mermaids & Dragons)
03. When You're Ready
04. Light To Dark
05. Zoner (Demo)
06. B4 The Night Is Thru (Afta-1 Remix)

Thelonious Martin - [Super] (LP)

Producer Thelonious Martin released [Super] on 6/27/11 via his BandCamp and even offered it for free. This was my introduction to Martin and I was really impressed. I don't post a lot of instrumental music but I really enjoyed this, so here it is. Oh yea, feel free to support [Super] by purchasing for $5 from his bandcamp page. Mediafire link below (the link that Thelonious provided).

Download: Mediafire

Skylar Grey - Dance Without You (Video)

First video from Skylar's upcoming debut cd, Invinsible. Invisible is slated for a fall release.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Dean's List - The Drive-In (FreeLP)

Boston-based collective, The Dean's List, released a free LP back in February of this year. I had "heard of" them but never actually "heard" them until today and I was just blown away. I love the lyrics, the delivery, the content, the production (the production is ridiculously good), and just the overall vibe that The Dean's List project in each song. This may have earned them a spot on next year's All-Freshmen team. Check them out.

Download: Mediafire
01. The Dream
02. BreakFast Talk
03. Morning Skit
04. The People
05. Dear Professor
06. All Systems Go ft. OnCue
07. Troy
08. The Toast (Interlude)
09. Misery ft. Jordan Brown
10. Mainstream
11. Light Up The Sky ft. Dani Ummel
12. La Vie (The Life)
13. Girls Skit
14. No Sleep ft. Dani Ummel
15. The Beast
16. Burn It All
17. K2YL

Mathien - The Night I Was An Alpha Male

The Chicago collective led by Chris Mathien, released their first single from their upcoming album. Sounds a little like Mika in my opinion but that's not a bad thing. Here is an excerpt from their website:
"Merging calm, funky soul, rock, and a strong hip-hop aesthetic, singer-songwriter Chris Mathien (MAY-thee-in) conveys the passion of reggae and soul vocal stylings, the free experimentation of Parliament-Funkadelic Rock, while incorporating the unconventional hip-hop attitudes of A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots."
Make what you will of that.

Download: Mediafire

Most Unpleasant Men - How We Dance

Just found this on BandCamp. No info was really available other than the fact that it was free and that it was released in 2010. You can check out more of their music on their BandCamp page.

Download: Mediafire

Shwayze - Love Letter ft. The Cataracs and Dev (Video)

CHALLENGE! Try to listen to this song without enjoying it. Go ahead, I dare you. Off of Shwayze's upcoming Island In The Sun album.

Josie Stingray - Got To Get It (Video x Audio)

Watching this video and all I could think of was, "Fresh". I can't really put it into words, it's just cool as shit to me. Love the wordplay. Audio below.

Download: Mediafire

Championship Vinyl: Week of 6/26/11 - 7/2/11

I purchased two new releases this week with Big Sean and SBTRKT's albums dropping on the 28th. If you haven't bought Big Sean's album yet, I highly recommend purchasing the Deluxe Edition, you won't regret it. Of the 16 tracks, I listen to 13 of them regularly. I finally purchased Saigon's album. And then I re-discovered Plushgun and felt like "Why don't I already own this album?" Then I fixed that problem and purchased it.

Big Sean - Finally Famous (Deluxe Edition)
Release Date: 6/28/2011
Genre: Hip Hop

Release Date: 6/28/2011
Genre: Electronic/Future Garage

Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told
Release Date: 2/15/2011
Genre: Hip Hop

Plushgun - Pins & Panzers
Release Date: 2/17/2009
Genre: Indie/Synthpop/New Wave

Championship Vinyl: Week of 6/19/11 - 6/25/11

Due to my busy schedule, I wasn't able to post last week's edition of Championship Vinyl, so that just means you get 2 Championship Vinyl posts this week. Only new album in this bunch was from Mr. J. Medeiros.

Mr. J. Medeiros - Saudade
Release Date: 6/14/2011
Genre: Hip Hop/Indie

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
Release Date: 3/9/2009
Genre: Indie Rock/Synthpop

Quadron - Quadron
Release Date: 3/23/2010
Genre: Electronic/Soul/Indie Pop

Phoenix - United
Release Date: 9/19/2000
Genre: Indie Pop

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Chill Moody - My Eyes ft. Cody Kahmar (Video x Audio)

Philly emcee, Chill Moody, links up with Cody Kahmar to bring us a very heartfelt track that's a perfect fit for the summer. I've never heard of either of these guys but I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more. Audio below.

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Kendrick Lamar - Section.80 (Album) *Autographed Physical Copies AVAILABLE NOW*

Just found out today that LIMITED EDITION AUTOGRAPHED PHYSICAL COPIES of Section.80 are available now through TDE's website. For some of you, this may not mean much, but for me, this was HUGE news. So much so I had to type with way too many capital letters to express my excitement. Anyways, the link is below.

Common - Ghetto Dreams ft. Nas (Prod. By No I.D.)

This track is amazing. I never thought I'd hear Nas rap like this again. Had me feeling like "What year is this?" This will be off of Common's upcoming album "The Dreamer, The Believer" which was originally suppose to drop in June, but is now scheduled for a November release date. The best part, Nas gave it away via his SoundCloud.

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Apollo Brown - Tao Te Ching (Video)

Truthfully, Apollo Brown's "Clouds" has to be one of the best instrumental albums I've ever heard. You can listen to it in full at Mello Music Group's BandCamp. Physical copies of "Clouds" are also available through Amazon.

The Airplane Boys - Gold Ribbons (Video x Audio)

Toronto duo, The Airplane Boys, released some visuals to accompany their track from their Where You've Been EP. Glad to see these TOTR Freshmen are doing well for themselves.
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Rockie Fresh - Sour (Prod. By The Cartoonz)

New Rockie Fresh? Awesome. Rockie is getting ready to drop The Otherside Redux on 7/27/11 which I believe is different versions of tracks from "The Otherside" along with a few new tracks. can't wait to hear new Rockie Fresh music.

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The Knux - Run ft. Kid CuDi

The Knux team up with CuDi to bring us a new track from their upcoming album, Eraser. This is an awesome summer song that will end up on countless mix cd's.

Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite - Your Tragedy (Video x Audio)

Vonnegut's Kyle Lucas and collaborator, Captain Midnite, are working on their 2nd release and dropped this free single complete with visuals. Off of The Sky Is Falling And I'm Fine.

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Drake - Marvin's Room (Video x Audio)

To be honest, I refused to buy "Thank Me Later" because I felt like it was a far-cry from the Drake we knew from "So Far Gone". "Take Care" on the other hand seems like everything a Drake album should be. Drake is definitely at his best when making "indie hip hop". I couldn't think of a better way to characterize it. It breaks your typical song structure, there is rapping, singing, interludes, no catchy hook; Drake seems to be reverting back to making music as an art form instead of making commercial friendly music.

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