If you’re like me and live on the East Coast, you might be able to empathize with how I felt upon hearing that Outkast would be headlining Coachella 2014. At first I was like “damn, that’s awesome! I have to get over there.” Then I was like, “damn, that’s far. Damn, that’s expensive. How will I get over there?” Well, rest assured, East Coasters, there is hope. Outkast will also be headlining this year’s Governor’s Ball from June 6th to 8th at Randall’s Island Park in New York. The festival will also feature over 80 other artists. Get. Excited.
With Outkast back in the headlines for their huge festival tour and 20th anniversary this year, hunger for new material is probably at an all-time high. Urban Noize and Pigeons&Planes have delivered a remix EP entitled Everlastin’ that is not new material, but is well worth the listen. Steven of Urban Noize explains, “The project is to . . .
James Blake remixes are often in a world of their own. Take his latest, a remix of Outkast and UGK‘s “International Player’s Anthem.” The original featured an iconic, unmistakably vibrant and upbeat soul sample. Stream James Blake’s “International Player’s Anthem” via BBC‘s website, at the 20:30 mark of the program. Also check out Blake’s earlier . . .
As one of the smoothest, most melodically inclined emcees in the game, it should come as no surprise that Smino is well equipped to mesh with Terrace Martin’s jazzy acoustics on “Pecans.” The bouncy St. Louis native’s bouncy delivery is supplemented by horn, drums, and bass guitar that sound like they’re being performed live instead . . .
“I like to vibe different, I need me a girl that sees the entire vision.” Bugus has been consistently releasing one fire record per week for a minute now, and his latest drop, “House Lights,” lives up to the standard that he’s set. The Paul Maxwell-produced record features a soulful sample and lyrics that touch . . .
“They’re gonna do it, anyway.” N.E.R.D.‘s “Don’t Do It” has a light vibe to it, but it addresses some heavy topics related to being Black in America. The Kendrick Lamar-featuring single carries a rock edge to it, and has plenty of energy to match. Kendrick goes absolutely bananas on his verse, as you would expect. . . .