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Shana & The Hooligans – Get Gone

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Summer is approaching, and Shana & the Hooligans are ready.

After premiering the anthem “Get Gone” on Vibe last week, Shana Halligan (Thievery Corporation, Bitter:Sweet) and Chuck Wild (Captain Planet, The Beatards) found fan love in the form of a send-off video to soon-to-be former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling. The video features news grabs from the Sterling controversy cleverly edited to “Get Gone”. Meanwhile, “Get Gone” is now available on iTunes, and to celebrate, here’s a FREEmp3 of the remix, by Chuck Wild.

It’s been a busy week for Shana. Currently on tour with Thievery Corporation, Consequence of Sound just premiered the video for “Depth of My Soul,” her song with Thievery Corporation.  The stunning video features Shana as a star-crossed lover.

Most well known as the lead singer/songwriter of the pop group Bitter:Sweet, Shana Halligan’s debut solo EP, Paper Butterfly charted at #3 on iTunes when it was released in 2012, and became a Top 5 Most Requested on KCRW. She has collaborated with artists ranging from Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) to dance guru Morgan Page.

Collaborator Chuck Wild is the producer / DJ behind Captain Planet and The Beatards. Captain Planet’s mixtape, “Mystery Trip Vol. 1” was included in Sasha Frere-Jones’ “Best Music of 2012”, and his new album, Esperanto Slang, coming this summer on Bastard Jazz Records, features the single “Poquito Mas ft. Chico Mann”. Chuck Wild has done remixes (both official and bootleg) for Lorde, Banks, Little Dragon, Katy B, Alice Russell, Ana Tijoux, Mayer Hawthorne and many more. Chuck also runs the popular music blog & online radio outletMixtape Riot.

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New Brother In Arms – All This Love

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Here is a ridiculously tasty clubby deep house gem from Brother In Arms.  If you’re unfamiliar with these guys, BIA is made up of Deejay Theory and J Boogie. You should know Theory from our Major Lazer feature, and J Boogie is kind of a legend in the West Coast downbeat scene as he’s got a number of incredible releases with his Dubtronic Science project.  Together as Brother In Arms, they’re just scary.  The impeccable taste and production talents are always on full display as they most certainly are again here with “All This Love.”  ’90s club feels with layers of gorgeous synths and pianos making the mix soar to euphoric heights.  If you can’t tell, I think these dudes are the real deal and this new freebie just in time for SXSW should show you why.

 

Raggabund’s “Luchando y Cantando” ft. Captain Planet, Clan Urbano & Sarmiento [GLOBAL]

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Raggabund are Paco Mendoza and Don Caramelo, two South American brothers (born in Argentina to Peruvian and Paraguayan parents) who live in Berlin, Germany, and play mestizo reggae en español.

If that’s not global enough for you, they hooked up on this new track with Spain’s Sarmiento and Peru’s Clan Urbano to do some ragga toasting with positive, uplifting lyrics over a riddim provided by Mr. Global Dance Fusion himself, Los Angeles’ Captain Planet. Oh, and they shot the video in Lima, Peru!

After Captain Planet remixed Ana Tijoux’s “Shock”> a few years ago, I’ve been impatiently waiting for him to do more work with Spanish-speaking artists. I say keep ‘em coming Oh Captain, My Captain! Let the intercontinental reggae good vibes take over.

Check the VIDEO

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Double Kotch: Major Lazer + Deejay Theory Take On QQ’s “One Drop”

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Double dose of pure winery here from two formidable camps in the taking-dancehall-to-the-next-level department. On the right you have those guys Major Lazer who you’ve possibly heard about, and on the left our own Deejay Theory, who’s been on an absolute tear lately. They’ve both taken arguably the biggest party song in Jamaica right now, and juiced it up in all different directions to make the dance get buckwild. The original from QQ ft. Venomus is a little ironic in itself, considering QQ first buss on the scene as a likkle youth during the one-drop revival era with a nyabhingi single called “Poverty” on the Serious Times riddim. Fast-forward some years and have the same voice—all grown up now—charting a massive dance tune called “One Drop” that’s a far cry from traditional one-drop reggae. Nevertheless the tune is madd, and a surefire reaction getter at any dance right now.

Major Lazer work their magic on the remix with some help from Australia’s Swick at the boards, turning the 100bpm original into another of their signature festival and big room anthems. Nothing but energy on this one. Stream and download below:

https://soundcloud.com/majorlazer/qq-major-lazer-swick-one-drop]

Theory flips it a different kind a way, keeping more to the same tempo as the original but giving it a dutty 808 facelift with spooky synths and drops. If you’re a dancehall DJ ready to turn it up a notch this one is a no brainer. Ladies you know what to do…. Stream below, download

Daft Punk “Get Lucky” [ft. Pharrell] Daft Life Limited / Columbia

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“We’ve come too far, to give up who we are.” So goes the hook for the first single from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, which first existed as a ten-second loop (eventually extended to a more DJ-friendly length of ten hours), then a 70-seconds-long bi-coastal ad that premiered at Coachella and on “Saturday Night Live”. You can scan the lyric as a line about empowerment or emancipation, but coming from Pharrell, it very well could be just about emancipating some Eres thongs on a Saturday night.
“Get Lucky”‘s real elegance lies in the hands of Nile Rodgers, which is no doubt the Robots’ intent. With that sprightly, ageless platinum guitar riff, “Get Lucky” emulates the type of choppy lines Nile once gave to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” thirty-plus years ago. The vocodered break from Daft Punk thrills as well, but Rodgers is the reason that ten seconds of “Get Lucky” could dilate into minutes and hours of pleasure without tedium ever settling in.

By Andy Beta; April 19, 2013

Captain Planet ‘Bokazo’ [Download]

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Stemming from his hip-hop background, producer Captain Planet flips and samples a vast arsenal of vinyls from ’round the globe (he used to be the host of WNYU’s international music show “Passport”) to create a blend he calls gumbo funk. “Bokazo,” the first taste off his upcoming cassette Mystery Trip Vol. 1 on Bastard Jazz Recordings, is a ”heavy and pulsing journey into Ghana mixed with deeper modern dancefloor vibes.” Grab the track below.

DJ Vajra Dub Step Mix now available !

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DJ Vajra has been busy in the lab working on yet another power mixtape. This time he get’s dirty and grimy with an all new dub step mix. You’ve heard him shred hip hop and soul on the tables , but we all love the new direction with this mix tape. It’s hard and heavy so be warned ! Free DL so cop it now !

http://soundcloud.com/djvajra/dirty-vaj-a-dubstep-mix

You can also catch DJ Vajra on tour with Yelawolf coming to a city near you soon ! http://www.songkick.com/artists/603881-yelawolf

HELLFIRE MACHINA ‘GOOD LOVE’ EP OUT NOW ON LIFTED RECORDS

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Tom & Jody aka Hellfire Machina have been busy with recent remix and production work for Wu Tang, Brand Nubian, The Beatards, SDUK, collaborations with Proper Villains and Tremourz, on top of that they run NYC’s biggest Dubstep and D&B monthlies with their event promotion engine that powers much of the bass culture in the Big Apple. The highly anticipated debut EP is out now on Beatport, itunes, amazon, and features remix’s by Falinox, Soundkeepers, Vibesquad, and Twist.

http://hellfiremachina.bandcamp.com/album/good-love-ep

GOOD LOVE ON UKF

NEW BEATARD’S DEBUT LP, “I’M THE DJ” AVAILABLE NOW ! FREE DOWNLOAD!

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The Beatards album I’m the DJ is out now available for free download! After releasing remixes of tracks, “Tamp”, “Don’t Step On My Sneakers”, and “Get Lite” – by the likes of Clockwork, Hellfire Machina, Emynd + more – the trio is excited to give away the full13-track original album to their fans. The Beatards blend a popular variety of hip-hop, electronic, punk, and international sounds that mirror the bands’ diverse individual backgrounds and collective global experience. They have shared the stage with Drake, MGMT, Mike Posner, ?uestlove, Kid Cudi, LMFAO, Far East Movement, and many more. Check out The Beatards full I’m the DJ album below, it’s an instant classic!

The Beatards – I’m The DJ

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