Ta-ku – American Girl feat. Wafia

“American Boy” took the radio and our American hearts by storm a few years ago, thanks to the talented artist Estelle (and Mr. Kanye West, of course). It’s a slight wonder that it’s taken this many years to have a taste of the perfect cover of the track, but the time has officially come. Thanks to Ta-Ku and Wafia, “American Girl” is everything a cover song should be. The song isn’t quite the catchy, upbeat funky track like the original, but instead a beautiful slow ballad. Wafia manages to hypnotize listeners with soft, sensual vocals and create an entirely new atmosphere for the well-known tune. This is one cover song that should not be missed. Check out the gorgeous rendition below.

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[Download MP3] Childish Gambino – Telegraph Ave + Ta-ku Remix

New Childish Gambino!

I just had a conversation with my dad about Grand Theft Auto V. He argued that it was one of the causes for the mass shootings that have happened in recent history and that games like it should be further regulated by government. I agreed that it is part of the reason the youth is desensitized to violence and nudity but argued that the root cause of desensitization was because the Internet, and that the focus of regulation should be on gun control and not video games (which he agreed with). It felt really great to get that reference in without him noticing. That is all. It was a great argument, and I totally think I won.

Okay, so I guess I’ll explain what I know about this song below. It’s about a relationship that Childish Gambino had with this girl from Oakland and how different that lifestyle was from LA. It’s my favorite single so far (in front of 3005, Worldstar, and Sweatpants [below]). The .zip also comes with a chopped up mix by Ta-ku.

Download Childish Gambino’s new single “Telegraph Ave” + its Ta-ku Remix here


Related: Check out the track list of Childish Gambino’s new album Because the Internet, out 12/10

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[Video] AlunaGeorge – Best Be Believing (Ta-Ku remix)


Some things just happen to be on fire and this remix of AlunaGeorge’s amazing tune “Best Be Believing” just happens to be a perfect example of that. Ta-Ku takes an already addictive track and makes it a bit spicier than the original. It’s got some serious flavor and I can’t say I’d mind hearing his one in the clubs. Make it happen DJs? Listen to the incredible remake below.

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The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week

This week’s best jams from EDM land is kind of remix heavy, but don’t worry, it’s worth it. Honestly, the likes of Viceroy, Ta-Ku and Gigamesh can really do no wrong.

Hit play below to stream a playlist of the five best dance songs of the week.

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Songs of the Week: August 19 – August 25

Another week, another batch of fabulous tunes that’ll have you feelin’ good.

1. [MP3] Lolo – Year Round Summer of Love

(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!


2. [MP3] Ta-Ku – Closet Drake Fans

(Posted by Dusty)

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.


3.[Stream + Lyrics] Sam Smith – Nirvana

(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.


4.[MP3] Jaymes Young – One Last Time

(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.


5.[MP3] Lorde – Royals (The Weeknd Remix)

(Posted by Arjun)

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!

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[MP3] Ta-Ku – Closet Drake Fans

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.

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Tape Tuesday: Voyeurism

New Tape Tuesday!

I recently started doing “freelance graphic design” work (in quotes because what). Part of me hates it. Selling stuff that you make is an odd business and perhaps an even odder reason to call a mixtape Voyeurism. As soon as money is involved, people are suddenly interested in your process and want to overlook your creative reaches. I’ll be the first to admit that I make horrible covers all the time, but I know that and put pressure on myself to improve. Added, exterior pressure is completely unnecessary.

I promise this mix isn’t as self-involved as its title. It includes a super fun Snoop Dogg/Oliver Tank mash-up made by Oliver, a solo track by Yeezus producer Arca, an interlude by one of my favorite beatmakers Ta-ku, the best song from Observer Drift‘s free album, a hilariously out of place Death Grips song, and the most hardcore closing tracks of all time. Voyeurism is a freakin’ adventure.

  1. Wise Blood – Alarm
  2. Oliver Tank – Drop It Like It’s Beautiful
  3. Arca – Love You in Chains
  4. Ramsay Almighty – Vampire
  5. Ta-ku – Chop
  6. SAFE – Normal Needs
  7. Ang Low – Life Goes Down
  8. Sleeping At Last – You Are Enough
  9. TV Girl – My Girlfriend
  10. Observer Drift – Binary Love
  11. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Old Yes
  12. Death Grips – Bitch Please
  13. GROUPLOVE – Ways to Go
  14. Bipolar Sunshine – Blossom
  15. Raleigh Ritchie – A Moor
  16. Jack Magma – SuperPowers
  17. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
  18. Young Fathers – I Heard

Sometimes we live too fast as it seems, we don’t even look around


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