Contest: Win 2 Tickets to Keys N Krates @ Webster Hall, NYC (Nov. 28)

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On November 28, some amazing talent will be rolling through Webster Hall courtesy of Girls & Boys. Starting off with the Webster Hall residence DJs, we move on up to Christian Rich, Exmag, and finally, Keys N Krates.

If you’re a hip-hop head, you probably have heard tracks produced by Christian Rich. For most of their tracks, you get more of a chill feel to it. Christian Rich has produced for vocalists like Childish Gambino and Earl Sweatshirt. Exmag follows suit with the chill vibes. But instead of the ambient sounds, they’re more about the funk. And finally, we close with Keys N Krates and their live trap. Get ready to turn up, cause this night is going to be insane. If you want to win some tickets to the show, enter below”

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“Slide ” by Owlesque//Sonder

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Owlesque, the new name of Sonder, is a young DJ out of Colorado, who has been producing a number of really sweet new sounding stuff. The first song on this playlist, Slide, has been one of my favorite of his tunes for a minute now, and has been around since the Sonder days. A newer release, Over Me, has some awesome trap influence and drops harder than most. Finally his remix of Nero’s “Guilt” has an awesome intro and picks up quickly. It is an awesome refresh of a classic.

Someone Tweeted A Remix At Skrillex And It’s Now Being Officially Released

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It’s fairly rare to hear up-and-coming producers/artists get recognized through social media sites like Twitter; but apparently, Skrillex occasionally listens to demo submissions through his @ replies. According to FADER Skrillex said, “I found this remix after I got a tweet from someone saying, ‘Hey check out this bootleg some kid did’.”

The bootleg in question is of our good friend Jai Wolf’s remix of “Ease My Mind.” Jai Wolf is a producer from NYC, who’s been on the move in terms of his releases. After a few good listens, there’s definitely no doubt about the fact that this remix deserves a spot on Skrillex’s remixes EP. Alongside Jai Wolf, GTA, Teddy Killerz, and Skrillex vs. Zomboy will have their remixes released as well. Seriously, big ups to Jai Wolf for coming this far.

Release Date: November 24, 2014

“Tools (Louis The Child Remix)” by Yellerkin

Louis the Child bring us another great remix with their take on “Tools” by Yellerkin. Starting the song off with a strong kick, this song has you moving from the beginning. Then comes the steel drum melody, producing a chill, tropical vibe. As the lyrics come in and the song progresses, everyone in the room is bobbing their head. Just when you think it can’t get better the steel drum comes to the forefront, taking control of the song and brightening your mood. This song is exactly what I needed on this cold winter day.

“Get Away”(Remix) by G-Eazy ft. kehlani

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Often referred to as the James Dean of Hip-Hop, Young Gerald has made waves since the release of his debut album “These Things Happen”.

“His sound is the product of a quintessentially hip hop approach: seeing what’s currently popular in the scene, with the addition of a slight twist, aping it. It is an enterprising attitude and one that comes easy to Eazy”.

Set to a slow rhythm, ” Get away”  makes you want to get away with that special someone, in the same way G expresses. Gotta give credit to Kehlani; complimenting the contemplative tone in G-Eazy’s verses. Along with Jay Ant and Kool Jon, these two will be hitting the road in 2015 – “From the Bay to the Universe” tour,  get your tickets here: http://www.g-eazy.com/tour/

Release Date: November 21st, 2014

Throwback Album: “The Keynote Speaker” by U-GOD

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U-GOD, a member of the Wu Tang clan, has hit the jackpot with this epic 19 song album.  The rapper spends most of the album bragging about and explaining the difficulties of his spot at the top of the world, while heavy electronic production keeps the album fresh. Keynote Speaker , the album’s namesake song is a great pump up song for any activity, and  Fire, which features Jackpot and Method Man, is one of the best tracks on the album, with trap-like electronic beeps and some dirty bass that really packs a punch. The skits featuring Vivian Scarlett break up the album and keep it light hearted, while heavy songs like Get Mine bring back the intensity of the album. Days of Glory is a perfect way to end the album,  and the quick, repetitive chorus hammers home the point that these are days of glory, and will turn anyones point of view optimistic.

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“On tha Flo” by Luzcid and Nghtwrk ft. Al Kapone

Luzcid and Nghtwrk bring us “On Tha Flo” featuring Al Kapone. The song starts with a high pitched electronic melody that fades into some rap lyrics. And of course, these lyrics are all about shaking that ass. But never mind the lyrics, this trap beat is out of this world. The first drop is good with that bass whine fading in and out. However, the second drop is far better. Something about the variation of chops in this drop, makes it impossible to stay still. Take a listen, you’ll be glad you did. And if you aren’t at least you saw that picture.