Earlier this year, Drake shocked the hip-hop world by dropping an album without prior announcement. The album, really pretty weirdly titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, completely blindsided us and has dominated our iPhones since its release. Like any Drake release, it also spawned thousands of remixes from SoundCloud producers, eager to craft a triple-fire-emoji-IRL-flame-thrower-Yeezus-All-Day-performance-GIF-dope-ass-swag-ass remix that gets passed around the blogosphere like Rachel Green sexually among the friend group in that show about friendship. I noticed that I had a lot of these remixes in my iTunes, and so far James Blake is the only producer to get a Drake remix onto a Tape Tuesday.
Most of these tracks are remixes from If You’re Reading This. Some of them are remixes of older tracks.
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*The SoundCloud playlist is missing track 9, “Madonna (OG Ron C & The Chopstars Remix).”
This is the last Tape Tuesday before school starts back up again for me. Every summer I try to make that one mix that the few of you who religiously follow my mixes will look back and say, “That music defined my summer.” I think Rare Occasions is that mix. Looking at it from a strictly musical point-of-view, you can clearly see that R&B ruled summer 2014. It’s not even a question. From my personal point-of-view, I am hoping this mix will remind me of the rowdy nights in my new apartment that I only partially remember now. I hope it will remind me of the moments I shared with the people in my life. I hope in the future I will know which moments were significant and which were insignificant because in the moment, the view can be blurred. Maybe I will listen to this assortment of songs in ten years and regret something–or feel some type of way. That’s the beauty of songs. They are like vials for your bottled up emotions that can spill over at any given time. For example, when you are at the perfect level of drunkenness and “0 to 100” comes on at your own party or when you are driving in the rain and a song comes on and you suddenly feel like you are the main character in a TV drama. In the moments when the rhythm of the music syncs up perfectly with the pace of your life, you get flooded with lost emotion and develop a true connection with a song. Those are the moments that will stay with you forever and give you perspective on the rest of stuff going on in your life. Those are the rare occasions.
For realla, baby
*Missing track 1 (“Her” by Majid Jordan) and track 3 (“On The Way” by Kilo Kish), not available on SoundCloud.
Over a beat sampling Banks‘s Shlohmo-produced, slow-burner “Brain,” OnCue croons about his lust for a girl, and his words are so relatable–it is almost sickening. For example, listening to this song right now, I am getting this devastating feeling at the pit of my stomach, which I am pretty sure is the feeling of a burning angst for someone and not the after effects of the weird chicken I ate for lunch.
Because I love it so much, check out the sample.
So… this song is sexual. I don’t know if it’s NSFW or what. It’s NS for something. I’m pretty sure Shlohmo and Jeremih just got together (as part of that Yours Truly and adidas Originals “Songs from Scratch” series) and consciously decided to make the most sexual song possible based off a nursery rhyme just to challenge themselves. I guess after a certain point, you have to sexualize nursery rhymes; there’s nowhere else to go with sexual things. And in a way, nursery rhymes are the most sexual rhymes there are.
I’m gonna do u right girl.
1. Kanye West vs. Kavinsky – Protolife (Carlos Serrano Mix)
2. DMX – Ruff Ryders Anthem (B.Dolla Remix)
3. The Hood Internet – The Thing U Do (Miguel x Shlohmo x RL Grime)
4. Viceroy – Dream Of Bombay (feat Chela)
5. Flux Pavilion – I Feel It
Music that allows you to hear sounds in a new way really fascinates me. It’s almost an overwhelming takeover of your senses that is unprecedented and jarring, but at the same time intriguing and satisfying. In this Nicolas Jaar take on a Shlohmo song, I’m hearing the crackles of walking on a countryside rocky path become musical, and magically it becomes an incredible sound. It becomes smoother and the song treads on, and the crackles morph into something that sounds water-logged and drowsy. It’s hard to put this song into one story, because it holds so many different narratives tied together beautifully by Nicolas Jaar and Shlohmo. I’m 100% captivated.
The 12-inch version of Shlohmo’s Vacation EP will include this remix along with others. It will be released February 28th via Friends of Friends.
First of all, let me just say that I can’t spell “weekend” right anymore, and it’s becoming a problem.
Second of all, this remix is fire. A few days ago Abel posted a live video of it, pleading to Shlohmo to “please release an official version” of it. Now, just two days later, Abel’s request has been fulfilled as he dropped the official version of the remix on his Tumblr just minutes ago. The production here takes “Crew Love” to an entirely different place. The original song was already pretty airy and screwed, but Shlohmo takes it even further with an atmospheric backdrop and a manly-sounding Drake (wait what?). I think it’s really cool to see The Weeknd and Shlohmo interacting. A collaboration between the two (past this) would make a lot of sense to me. But anyway, check out the remix below and look for more music from both artists in the future.
That OVO and that XO is everything you believe in, I know…