All Good Things has got a new free mixtape for you via datpiff from perennial R&B favorite Cassie. It features unreleased tracks with a roll call of some of the best artists in the urban music scene from the past five to ten years like Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross and more. We've thrown up a sample track featuring the latter so give it a listen and if you want to hear more, it's all for the taking right here.
First formed several years ago on the west coast, when the five members of Panther & The Supafly come together it's like a megazord of sound. Their tracks take influences ranging from tru skool hip hop, bass, jazz and rock, all blended together as you'll hear in their tune "Real Men". Now located in Montreal, they have continued to build a reputation as true showmen in the industry which is obvious from this high energy filled six minutes but I've heard it's nothing compared to experiencing it live. So have a listen and show some love for Panther & The Supafly so they might tour across America where we can see it for ourselves.
I’m a connoisseur of hip hop and this list has taken me a while to comprise because there are some who deserve to be here who aren’t here - because it’s my top 10 – not 12 or 15. That said, I do like some commercial hip hop. I can get down with some Kanye, E40, Jay Z, Whiz, 2 Chainz and all them but my passion is for the underground. In life, it’s tough to go left when the majority is going right but these are the types of auteurs who shape and define counter culture in my opinion. I feel these guys are some of the true geniuses of hip hop regardless of how well they sell. Here's a taste of each of them. Enjoy.
1. Doom – Guv’Nor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW-9TcDTKa8
2. Deltron – Madness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzj9F-ShaHE
3. P.O.S. – Purexed - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JHbUuWzVNE
4. Pigeon John – So Gangster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZdoYCUKk-U
5. Sage Francis – The Best of Times http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA8hzUDXvtk
6. Slug – Happy Mess http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U34i_jmE1Kg
7. Brother Ali – US http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsPaYZ26Cw0
8. F. Stokes – My Simple Town in the USA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWxWfxINlck
9. Murs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hiHi4mLbQU
10. The Grouch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENSWHwyweiE
As I completed this list I realized there are quite a few missing from an arbitrary “Top 10” so I wanna hear some of yours in the comments below. – The X
Another day, another Grown Up remix. But this is one that I had to share because as great as the original by Detroit's Danny Brown is, oOoOO's interpretation makes this chill, tru skool jam into a ruff tru skool throwdown. If you like music by artists such as Aesop Rock or Murs then oOoOO's GRoWNuP will be right up your alley.
The Aristocats and the song was My Favorite Things from the 1959 musical, The Sound of Music. The vision and the song weren’t really related but it was a bread crumb that let me to inquiry. Of course, the version of the song that came to mind was actually John Coltrane’s 13 minute version because the musical was a bit before my time. I remember now, it was just after Halloween and that song’s imagery tends to conjure up thoughts of the holidays for most. Anyway, not being able to get it out of my head, I gave in and did what people in our era do – I “voiced called” it up on YouTube with my iPhone playing through my car speakers. That’s when I first discovered Pomplamoose’s version. I didn’t immediately like it but there was something so charming about this rendition that I had to hear it a few more times. The music was melodic and familiar, like the sights and sounds of Pomplamoose, the San Francisco Bay Area duo comprised of Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte. For me, Pomplamoose are an example of what I love so much about this new era of giving pink slips to the gatekeepers of “cool.” Real talent can be shared with the world via avenues such as YouTube without some A&R rep first giving it the nod of approval. Pomplamoose sold over 100,000 songs to fans in 2009 after performing in 2008 and have continued to find success both together and with their solo careers. They’ve worked with celebrity acts like Ben Folds and Barry Manillow (Dawn) as well as fellow YouTubers like Lauren O’Connell and Wade Johnston. The latter collaboration between Conte and Johnston on Here is one of my favorites. As Pomplamoose, Jack and Nataly create video performances of their songs for their online audience using only two rules: 1) What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice and 2) If you hear it, at some point you see it. (No hidden sounds). For something new and refreshing, give them a listen.
Since I don't know any good Thanksgiving songs, I'll instead be using this as an opportunity to celebrate our native brothers and sisters, without whom there would be no Thanksgiving or even America now as we know it. Native production team A Tribe Called Red technically comes from one of those other countries with native North Americans, but this doesn't change the fact that the cultures which make up those from North American tradition have created some incredibly beautiful works, of which we should all take notice.
A Tribe Called Red often mixes traditional native music with modern synths and beats to make a blend of old and new that is unlike anything else out there. Some of their tunes would fit in perfectly with any dancehall, soca, dubstep or many other types of playlists you already know and love. I especially love the track included here (my neck almost hurts from how hard I've been whipping my head back and forth). So if you like this then there's more, and even better, it's free.
You can download "Electric Pow Wow Drum" and the rest of the album it's from here on their website at absolutely no cost. Then, just maybe, you'll have a new favorite holiday album of your own that you'll be throwing on for years to come. However you celebrate though, have a happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at AllGoodThings.
As November rolls along, the weather is getting darker and chillier for many of us across the country. So what would better complement that than some dark and chilled out music like Get People's new track "Back To Dust"?
It is a perfect example of what to play when the skies are so heavy outside your window that you can already feel the dampness in your bones. If you don't like gloomy days however then that's alright too. Get People has a member specifically dedicated to animation and visuals who's work shines through in the surreal, often kaleidoscope-like presentation found in this video.
It's comforting, it's relaxing and whatever your day is like wherever you are, "Back To Dust" will make it all the better when it's officially available on November 19th.
Did I say hot? Sorry, I meant "cool" because Toro is one of the leading producers in the chillwave movement, which is known for it's smooth synthetic beats. Equally smooth are the vocals performed by Hodgy which makes this the perfect track to throw on when the lights are dim and the company is close.
The remix has more of an R&B vibe to it over their other work or even the original. If that's your thing too, be sure to give "So Many Details" a listen and watch for its official release on January 22, 2013 as part of the album "Anything in Return". Two months may sound like long ways off but if you like this one as much as I have, then it's definitely something worth remembering.