Hip-hop

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After making waves with their first single, “Christian Bale,” a few months ago, London’s collaborative act, YOGI, returns to provide us with another taste of their anticipated debut EP that is set for a May release on OWSLA. Premiered by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam, this second single, “Burial” featuring Pusha T, highlights their original brand of raw and edgy dance-floor-friendly hip-hop beats fit for the forward-thinking listener, while featuring the rap star going in on his well-crafted verses. Have a listen to the new single below and check out their GDD™ Guest Mix after the jump if you haven’t already!

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Those who were fortunate enough to catch Disclosure on tour last year might remember rising hip-hop star Vic Mensa, who landed the task of opening for the then budding production duo. As the come up became real with the Disclosure boys, Vic Mensa rapidly cranked out his own productions, keeping his candle burning closely and similarly to his tour mates. Now that the tour has concluded, Vic has taken the time to release a freestyle to the tune of “When A Fire Starts To Burn” that turns the track into a full on blaze. With no signs of cooling off, it would be advantageous to keep Vic close on your radar.

Here’s how to absolutely nail it:  take everyone’s favorite Outkast songs, cover them (beautifully) over a a beat that sounds more Disclosure than Disclosure themselves, throw in plenty of pitch play, blast out, set blogs aflame.

Z, you hereby have my co-sign.  Whoever you are.

Is it Disclosure trolling us by putting out something so Disclosurey?  Does this mean that they will be performing with not only Mary J. Blige but also with Outkast at Coachella?  In The Pyramid?  Do I know who Z is?

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To celebrate reaching now over 5000 followers on Soundcloud, the deep-driven Mexicali duo Thee Cool Cats are thanking their fans by giving away a VIP from their live sets called “Hold Up.” Fresh off their performances @ BPM festival at the beginning of the month, the boys are on a warpath with forthcoming releases (very soon) on Nervous, Sleazy G, and Amine Edge‘s imprint CUFF. Grab this one for FREE below and be on the lookout for more fire from TCC!

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Following up on his outstanding Santigold remix, Hawaii’s 18-year-old studio wizard, Jacuzzi, continues to make waves around the world with his debut Mizu EP featuring 6 original tracks. From front to back, the EP showcases his unmistakable future bass productions uniting everything from intricate classical compositions to dark and heavy hip-hop beats, all driven by his innovational artistic motivations. If this release is any indication, Jacuzzi is already on his way to becoming a major player in the scene. Listen/download below.

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After releasing their new track, “Christian Bale,” off of their forthcoming debut OWSLA EP, YOGI has come through with an absolutely massive guest mix. Weaving through a refined selection of everything from Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z to RL Grime, Keys N Krates, and Daft Punk, they draw listeners in with their exceptional taste and a high-energy mixing style that would seamlessly transfer into a live setting. YOGI has now proven themselves as a very promising act with expertise both in the studio and behind the decks. Expect big things for the future… Enjoy the guest mix below and see the tracklist after the jump.

If you missed it last week, check out “Christian Bale”:
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As a quickly emerging artist and OWSLA’s latest signee, YOGI is making it clear that his world-class ability should not be overlooked. After amassing over 200,000 plays on his remix of Zedd’s “Stay The Night,” the London-based collaborative act follows up with an inventive original production. In “Christian Bale,” he artfully unifies new-age hip-hop elements, layered melodies, and industrial sounds with a refreshing and unconventional style that is sure to garner worldwide attention. Stay tuned for YOGI‘s GDD™ Guest Mix next week and his forthcoming debut EP that is expected in early 2014, which is rumored to feature collabs with various high profile hip-hop artists.

Watch the lyric video after the jump…
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It’s Thursday, which means another 10 free tracks to put in your pocket from your friends here at GDD™. This week, aRod and I have gathered a diverse selection for you with originals, remixes, and edits all making an appearance. Make sure to hit the zip downloads to grab them all and feel free to browse by previewing each track on the Soundcloud players below.

aRod’s ZIP (5 tracks, 58 MB)
jonah’s ZIP (5 tracks, 46MB)
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A testament to the taste of JeromeLOL, as “Paranoid” starts receiving heavy mainstream attention, and before any other artist puts their spin on the track, Jerome already has a club ready edit suitable for any situation. Hip-hop infused with a four on the floor beat accents these pop hooks with a slower house feel clocking in at 110 bpm. The perfect blend of rap and house music, don’t forget to cop the free download.