Lontalius is Eddie Johnston. He is friends with Lorde, but that’s not why I’m writing about him. He makes music and does lo-fi covers (often of hip-hop songs). They are hazy and distorted and just frickin’ majestic. It’s like he lives in a mystical forest and is pals with centaurs. It’s like he swims with dolphins and dines with lions. He must live in a castle on an undiscovered island and own human-sized cat servants and collect vintage Furbies. I don’t want to beat this into the ground, but it’s like he bathes in rivers of gold and ejaculates ice cream sundaes.
Ellie Goulding‘s cover of alt-J’s “Tesselate” is already enchanting. Add some glitchy, screwed up vocals and a fours-to-the-floor backing, and you know you got a smooth jam to get down to on Kastle’s remix. The remix of Drake‘s “Too Much” is another gem.
Hit play below to get a dose of this week’s best from the world of EDM.
Right on the release of his third album Nothing Was The Same, Drake decided to give us the video to his soon-to-be radio hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” While the track finds Drake crooning about what we assume to involve the current object of his affection that decided not to return the feelings, the video is… quite different. Like “Drake and A$AP Rocky kill some dudes in ski masks and have automatic weapons” different. If you ask me, it’s the Video Of The Year just for that fact alone. But no one ever asks me, and that’s okay.
What a pleasant thing to come home to on a rainy Thursday night: a brand new Drake track to cry to. With the release of his third studio-album Nothing Was The Same coming up in 12 days (9/24 for the math-impaired), Drizzy decided to bless us with a smooth 40-produced track ripe with lines to text that one person around 12:30 this Saturday night. You can buy “Wu-Tang Forever” on iTunes if you’re so inclined.
Summer’s gone, and school has started. It all sounds about as depressing as it feels, and as we embark on the ongoing cycle of school, weekend, school, etc. it almost feels as if something is being stolen from us. So we go out on weekends and wreck shit up and engage in behavior our parents’ would probably not be proud of. So this tape, like almost every Tape Tuesday before it, is sort of a toast to being young. It’s about the lasting effects of summer and lots about love. Also, I’ve totally been playing Grand Theft Auto IV again lately. It’s a problem.
- Obey City – Reflect Effect
- The Coopers – Summer’s Child
- Antonio Paul – Coloured Screens
- Zak Waters – Penelope (Radio Edit)
- Mikky Ekko – Kids (Max Martin’d by Djemba Djemba Trollmix)
- Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
- Budo – Barcelona
- Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday (ft. Frank Ocean)
- X Ambassadors – Power Trip (J. Cole Cover)
- San Mei – Brighter
- Thief – Broken Boy
- Whinnie Williams – Break Hearts In Your Sleep
- Mikal Cronin – Weight
- Party Supplies – Love Song
- Moonlight Mask – What’s That? (Gimme That)
- Jaymes Young – Northern Lights
- Enth Degree – I Heart You
- Seekae – Another Girl
I would tell her all these fairytales, the ones I tried to write
Another week, another batch of fabulous tunes that’ll have you feelin’ good.
(Posted by Alicia)
Is Lolo a serious star in the making? I’m going to go ahead and say yes. “Year Round Summer of Love” is sassy, pop goodness. It’s basically impossible to not adore. I’m personally always ready for more powerful female artists, so let’s have some more of this!
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We all love a bit of Drake deep down, whether we like to admit it or not. This revive of Drake’s “Over” is something anyone would probably go insane to in the club. It brings the original to life in a new way, in the best way possible. Thank you Ta-ku, you did this some serious justice.
(Posted by Andy)
Will Sam Smith ever disappoint? Sure he only has a couple of songs but DAMN are they amazing. “Nirvana” is sexy, smooth and just beautifully perfect. Anyone else want to be serenaded by this man? I know I do.
(Posted by Lydia)
Jaymes Young has been getting our attention for the last couple of months and it’s not stopping now. He’s got that cool vibe and it definitely shows in a more tender way in “One Last Time”. It’s a calming, mesmerizing track that you can find on his equally awesome mixtape.
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I think we can all agree “Royals” has become the soundtrack of the summer. Lorde is blowing up so it only makes sense someone remixes some of her pop anthems right? The Weeknd just happened to step up with this one and it sure did work out well. He takes “Royals” and gives it a new twist and flavor. Oh boy, do we love it!
Ta-Ku, a Red Bull Music Academy product, has quite the ear for club anthems. Infusing pitched up Drake vocals with massive snares and thundering 808s, Ta-Ku successfully revives “Over” (really the only good single off Thank Me Later) in an effort that would surely shut down any club scene.
Peep the results below, and um, turn this one up to 11 please.
First off, happy Monday. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Mashup Monday, but I hope yall can forgive me. Now that that’s behind us, here’s our first mashup. It’s by our dude Ricky Cervantes and it got Drake, Krewlla, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem all on one track and it sounds amazing.
Second, bet you never thought you’d hear Kendrick and Katy Perry on the same track? Particularly not after meeting angry kid Kendrick on “Control.” Ah but alas, The White Panda wanted it to happen, so it did.
Third, Arjun sent me this little gem today, in perfect time for Mashup Monday. The Tutankhamun Brothers found a way to blend Kanye West and The Beatles in a way that sometimes (and frankly more times than I would have expected) actually sounds decent. Not quite Danger Mouse/The Grey Album status, but this is good stuff.
Highlight: What’s a Black Beatle
I just moved in with three of my best friends, so obviously The Weeknd‘s lyrics “this the shit that I live for with the people I’d die for” is pretty relatable. Man, this is the second post about Abel in two days–right when I was about to write him off, too. So Kiss Land comes out September 10th (a week before Drake‘s Nothing Was The Same); hit the jump to read the tracklist.
“We think to dance, and dance in thought. But to hibernate in the mind, is to bring upon us an apocalypse of the Soul.”
- Ilyas Kassam
The way the world works as I know it is that we perennially make fun of Drake, and he keeps coming through with hits. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” finds the Toronto legend in full-on pop mode, somewhere in between Solange and Michael Jackson. Nothing Was The Same will be out on September 17th.
Just hold on we’re going home…
Check out Kanye West and Drake (re)uniting at OVO Fest last night.