Disclosure – Latch (DJ Premier Remix)

Hip-hop legend DJ Premier remixing one of my favorite tracks of the year? I downloaded this as soon as I heard it. I was at a loss for how he could pull this off, but he does so impeccably, replacing the beat with a slow piano line and some drums that KNOCK. I like this version easily as much as the original. From Disclosure’s new album Settle: The Remixes, which you can get here.


A$AP Nast – Trillmatic f. Method Man

I saw an interview with A$AP Rocky when he first came out in which he said that he thought the other members of A$AP Mob were better than him. So far, Ferg and Nast (and what I’ve heard of Twelvy) have been proving him right. If you live in New York, you probably already know this song, but I couldn’t not put it up. Nast has a couple nice verses, but Mef’s is obscenely good. Let’s hope this is a good leg up for Nast.

Cults – I Can Hardly Make You Mine

This is the single from Cults’s new album Static. “You Know What I Mean” being one of my favorite songs of 2011, but their first album not particularly impressing me, I was intrigued to see if they had charted any new territory. They have. The sound is a lot more guitar-heavy, and garage-y than their first album, but the melody sounds like it could fit on any of their older songs. This makes me want to listen to Static, which you can get here, and see if it’s an improvement.

Ben Allison & Man Size Safe – Jealous Guy

I had the amazing experience of seeing Ben Allison’s quartet play at my school (Knox College) about a month ago. It was one of the best jazz shows I’ve been to. All four members are great musicians, and their two guitarists, Steve Cardenas and Brandon Seabrook, had a fantastic onstage relationship. Brandon’s playing is energetic and passionate, while Steve’s is more laid-back and sparse, but they work together in a way that reminded me of Television in its complexity. This song isn’t with that same quartet, but it still showcases Ben’s remarkable ear, especially since it’s a cover – he brings to it a completely different feel from Lennon’s original.

Check out Ben’s new album The Stars Look Very Different Today here.

A$AP Ferg – Shabba (Remix) f. Shabba Ranks, Migos, & Busta Rhymes

This song is fucking amazing. The original was dope and this remix shits all over the original. Crazy verses from everyone, especially Shabba himself. I saw an interview with Ferg where he says that immediately after they shot the video for the original, Shabba went into the studio and recorded over the entire song, and they just chose the best verse to stick on the remix. The one thing is that I wish there was a new Rocky verse on it too, but I’m still not complaining. P.S. Busta is getting back on his shit, so watch out.

Childish Gambino – Pound Cake Freestyle

A cool little freestyle from Donald. He goes from rapping to philosophizing back into rapping, and sings a little at the end (although I wish he hadn’t). It actually made me want to hear his second album, even though I absolutely hated Camp, because it sounds like he’s grown a bit. I’m sure you’ll hear what I think.

BET Cyphers: A$AP Mob & TDE

The BET awards were certainly a while ago but these two cyphers are definitely worth checking out. Kendrick is still merciless, A$AP Mob are still a lot of fun, and Isaiah Rashad shows he can hang with his labelmates. What I don’t understand is why SZA is just silently there. Give her a verse, even if she isn’t a rapper. I’m sure someone could help her write a quick 16. Anyway…