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new White Mandingos song from RSD 7″

White Mandingos are dropping a limited 7″ for RSD for album track “Mandingo Rally”; 3 minutes of Murs unloading grievances against current rap culture and the world at large over a raw, soulful Bad Brains sample (Darryl Jenifer is in Mandingos, appropriately)

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John Grant announces US tour + shares Hercules & Love Affair remix

MP3: “Black Belt (Hercules & Love Affair Remix)”

After releasing his new album Pale Green Ghosts to rave reviews in the UK, John Grant is preparing for the forthcoming May 14th release of the album today by sharing Hercules & Love Affair’s remix of early single “Black Belt.” Hercules & Love Affair give the track a simple yet effective rework – flipping the already-bouncy track into an even more club appropriate affair complete with handclaps and cowbells. This comes in conjunction with the announcement of a proper run of US tour dates for John Grant, kicking off with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City next week. Check out the new track above and see below for all upcoming live John Grant dates.

TOUR DATES

04/18 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique – Orangerie
04/19 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradiso
04/25 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
05/02 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Marquee – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
05/03 – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar St.
05/04 – Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Avenue
05/05 – Kilkenny, Ireland – Watergate Theatre – Kilkenny Roots Festival
05/07 – Bath, UK – Komedia
05/08 – Oxford, UK – Academy 2
05/09 – Birmingham, UK – Institute – The Library
05/11 – Leeds, UK – Metropolitan University
05/12 – Edinburgh, UK – Queens Hall
05/14 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
05/15 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
05/16 – Brighton, UK – St. Georges
05/18 – Cambridge, UK – Junction
05/19 – Norwich, UK – Open Up – Norfolk & Norwich Festival
06/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
06/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
06/20 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
06/21 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06/22 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club
06/25 – Minneapolis, MN – The Dakota
06/26 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
06/27 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
06/29 – Washington, DC – U Street Hall
07/03 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel

JOHN GRANT

PALE GREEN GHOSTS

(PARTISAN)

MAY 14, 2013

1. Pale Green Ghosts

2. Black Belt

3. GMF

4. Vietnam

5. It Doesn’t Matter To Him

6. Why Don’t You Love Me Anymore

7. You Don’t Have To

8. Sensitive New Age Guy

9. Ernest Borgnine

10. I Hate This Town

11. Glacier

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Disclosure to release singles EP

The UK pop leaning garage duo Disclosure, made up of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, are excited to announced their first official US release DISCLOSURE -THE SINGLES on Cherrytree /Interscope Records on April 30th. The multi-instrumentalists are bringing their infectious UK garage and 2-step sound stateside and are finishing up their current US run of dates which included well received sets at SXSW, Ultra Music Fest and Coachella

The four song EP will feature previously released singles including their breakout single “Latch” featuring British singer Sam Smith, their hit “White Noise” with AlunaGeorge and the future-bass heavy HudMo remix. Also on the EP will be the brand new track ” You and Me” with songstress Eliza Doolittle. DISCLOSURE -THE SINGLES will come in digital, physical and 12-inch formats.

” an exuberant, glowing show” –

NEW YORK TIMES

” impeccable knack for structure” –

PITCHFORK

“…at the forefront of forward-thinking dance

– DAZED AND CONFUSED

DISCLOSURE -THE SINGLES TRACKLISTING:

1) Latch ft. Sam Smith

2) White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge

3) You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle

4) White Noise – HudMo remix

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Mat Zo pens deal with Astrelwerks Records, new remix EP with Porter Robinson

Astralwerks, the ground-breaking New York-based record label devoted to developing genre-defying new artists, is pleased to announce its latest signing of the multi-faceted producer and remixer, Mat Zo. At a mere 22 years of age, Mat Zo is the hotly tipped British electronic music star championed by everyone from Pete Tong, A-Trak, and Swedish House Mafia to Skrillex, Lifelike, Above & Beyond and more. His diverse Beatport hits on the legendary Ajunabeats label include “Bipolar”, “Superman” and “Frequency Flier.” High profile global tours, collaborations with fellow talent Arty (“Mozart”), and a reputation as one of dance music’s most acerbic wits has seen his star climb ever higher in the past 12 months. 2013 will see him release his debut artist album on Astralwerks – which will cover everything from glitchy hip-hop and electronica to UK garage and big room club bangers.

On May 7th, 2013, Mat Zo and American producer Porter Robinson team up for “Easy,” a big room melodic house anthem that weds feel-good soulfulness with massive contemporary dynamics. The track has already reached #1 on Beatport and Hype Machine and was premiered to great acclaim on Radio 1 by Pete Tong. This eclectic 6-track EP will feature a range of new remixes of “Easy” by such luminaries as Belgium-based Modek, indie darlings Lamaitre and drum n’ bass legend Andy C. The track began life as a demo for Zo’s album, until Robinson brought him on the road to tour for his successful single “Language” which sold more than 250,000 copies and hit #1 on Beatport and iTunes Dance charts. While on the road, the solo effort turned into collaboration between two of the world’s hottest young electronic music talents, and together, Robinson and Zo have created one of the most incendiary crossover dance records of the year.

“a well-produced, feel good, and universally catchy track.”- Dancing Astronaut

“…beautifully brings together the styles of both producers. ‘Easy’ supplies a sound that is both melodic and energetic, bringing shiny piano progressions that combine with powerful synth behind a pounding beat to create an uplifting track that is sure to put hands in the sky at the biggest of EDM events.” – Elektro Daily

“Easy” Remix E.P. Tracklisting:

1. Radio Edit

2. Andy C Remix

3. Modek Bright As Day Remix

4. Botnek Remix

5. Lemaitre Remix

6. Extended Remix

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Kid Cudi Indicud new album being released earlier

Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer, and actor KID CUDI has officially bumped up the release date of his anxiously awaited third full-length album, Indicud, one week to April 16. His countless fans couldn’t wait, and he’s giving them exactly what they want, unveiling this sonic trip early for them. As soon as the iTunes pre-order went live last week, it immediately shot up the charts to the Top 5 of the site’s Overall Albums Chart, and it’s currently at #4 on the Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Chart. The record will be available in stores and through all digital retailers via Republic Records.

Speaking directly to his audience, he personally broke the news today on his Twitter writing, “Ok so, INDICUD will be released April 16th now. Physical and digitally!! SPREAD THE WORD!!”
There’s been a veritable flurry of anticipation building up to Indicud’s release. Already, he’s dropped three singles that have lit up the internet. When he unveiled “King Wizard”, the track immediately trended worldwide on Twitter, and it’s racked up more than 4.9 million YouTube/VEVO views to date, while “Just What I Am” is over 7.4 million views.

The song has also reached nearly 1 million plays on Soundcloud. CUDI’s latest single “Girls” ft. Too Short, is currently the #1 most added song at Rhythm stations across the U.S.
Recently, with only 24 hours’ notice, CUDI performed on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and drew an overwhelming crowd of over 1,500 fans to the outdoor stage. There, debuted a brand new song, “Mad Solar” and performed “Immortal” for his fans.

Once again, he’s delivering for his audience. Are you ready to feel Indicud?

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as 3 Doors Down, Amy Winehouse, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Owl City, The Voice (NBC-TV), Gotye, Of Monsters & Men, Mayer Hawthorne, among many others.
It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including Republic Nashville (The Band Perry), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), Lava Records (Jessie J, Black Veil Brides), Aware Records (Mat Kearney), Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), XO (The Weeknd), Loma Vista (Soundgarden, Damian Marley) among others.

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Eddie B. & Harry Fraud – Horsepower free download

Eddie B. & Harry Fraud are excited to release their brand new free EP, Horsepower. The project, which includes instrumental versions for each of the tracks, also includes features from Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Apathy, Maffew Ragazino, Adrian Lau, and Shabaam Sahdeeq. The tape, out today via Man Bites Dog Records, in conjunction with SRF SCHL, can be downloaded for free exclusively via DatPiff.

Eddie B. & Harry Fraud are longtime childhood friends and collaborators, with the rapper/producer pair having previously collaborated on 2011’s The Lucky 7 EP. Their collaborative efforts have continued since, and while Eddie & Fraud will release a retail album, Paper, Piff, And Polo, via Man Bites Dog Records this summer, this Horsepower EP serves as a warm-up, a way for fans to get familiar.

And Horsepower, at 10 tracks, is a perfect introduction for the uninitiated. Fraud, who’s produced for the likes of French Montana, Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Action Bronson, and plenty more, pulls no stops on Horsepower, serving up a collection of hard-hitting, soulful yet gritty tracks, and Eddie B. takes full control of the tracks, ranging from a silky laid-back flow on tracks like “Courage,” and flipping that easily to a quick-time whisper flow on tracks like “Marvelous.”

Download Horsepower here

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Doomtree emcee Dessa announces new album Parts of Speech

DOOMTREE EMCEE DESSA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘PARTS OF SPEECH’ 6/25

On June 25th, Dessa will release her new album Parts of Speech on Doomtree Records, the label arm of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree. The 12-song collection finds “one of the most diverse and talented artists in indie rap” (URB) perfecting the sound she’s been honing for nearly a decade — “a combination of Jean Grae and William Blake, or maybe Drake and Emily Dickinson,” as MTV Iggy describes it.

As Doomtree’s first (and only) female emcee, Dessa established herself as a highly literate and imaginative lyricist with debut full-length A Badly Broken Code, which earned praise from NPR and The Seattle Times and made The A.V. Club’s top 20 albums of 2010. Follow-up Castor, The Twin comprised an “enchanting” (Chicago Tribune) reinterpretation of many of those previously released songs through chamber orchestration. Now, on Parts of Speech, the Twin Cities native strikes a compelling balance between the electronic and organic, combining innovative hip-hop beats with multi-layered instrumentation and laying the groundwork for her uniquely expressive rap-sing and whip-smart songwriting.

Armed with a University of Minnesota philosophy degree and experience as a college lecturer on songwriting, Dessa often finds ways to extract meaning from the mundane. On “Call Off Your Ghost,” she alternates between quick lyrical patterns and longer, soulful vocal passages to describe making peace with a former lover’s new partner, admitting to her ex that when she crosses paths with her replacement, “It’s just a lot to ask to watch your future walking past me.” “Skeleton Key” represents what might be the evolution of that situation: “I haven’t met a locked door yet that I couldn’t beat,” she sings, and when she insists “don’t waste your worry on me, I always find what I need,” you don’t doubt her.

Her unique perspective and verbal prowess — she’s also a spoken-word artist and author of a volume of essays and poetry — earned Dessa an invitation to appear at last year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum, where she spoke on misogyny and homophobia in hip-hop. As for her concerts, “there’s something fascinating about her performances,” says Details Magazine, who heralded Dessa following a set at this year’s SXSW. Her “Early Words Tour,” which includes a New York City residency, kicks off this month (dates below, with more to be announced soon).

Parts of Speech is also available for pre-order: http://store.doomtree.net/

Dessa 2013 Tour Dates:
4/30 – Buffalo, NY @ The Ninth Ward at Babeville
5/01 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
5/03 – Burlington, VT @ BCA Center
5/04 – Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live at The Queen
5/05 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
5/06 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
5/07 – Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears
5/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
5/09 – Fairfield, CT @ StageOne at Fairfield Theatre Company
5/10 – Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club & Café
5/12— Carrboro, NC @ Local 506
5/13 – New York, NY @ SubCulture Arts
5/14 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater 1894
5/16 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot (Pike Room)

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Illogic & Blockhead Debut RJD2 Remix; Capture The Sun Drops Next Tuesday

Next week, Illogic & Blockhead will release their first collaborative full-length album, Capture The Sun. The album, which includes features from Slug, Blueprint, Abstract Rude, and more, will be released on TK via Man Bites Dog Records, and today, Illogic&& Blockhead are debuting a non-album exclusive remix of album track “Live From the Horizon.” The song was remixed by fellow DJ/producer, and Columbus, Ohio, native, RJD2 and was premiered by Rolling Stone.

RJD2’s remix is a complete reimagining of the song. The song gets transformed from a punchy and aggressive vendetta into a trippy reflection. “I was really excited with the direction RJ took the remix,” remarked Blockhead. “It’s cool when someone flips the entire vibe of a song on it’s back, ’cause it basically feels like creating an entire new song.” That sort of 180-degree change is possible because of the songs subject matter – mistrust and falling out with friends. “When close friends treat you like crap for a while then songs like Live from the Horizon are born,” Illogic explains. “Blueprint told me most great art can’t exist with out Pain.” For RJD2’s part, the collaboration was a nice reunion with Illogic, the two having spent years working in the same underground scene. “Illogic and I cut our teeth at roughly the same time in the Columbus underground,” recalls RJ. “We’ve know each other for a long time, and it was cool to reconnect on this remix.”

Stream “Live From The Horizon” here

The Background:

With collaborative history dating back to 2000, two established independent artists in Illogic and Blockhead are teaming up for their first full-length, Capture The Sun. The Columbus, Ohio emcee/poet and Manhattan artist/producer agreed to the project during a creative intersection in their solo careers: Illogic wanted to “step outside of himself” to focus more on storytelling and relaying the feelings of his present, as he pursues his dreams while serving as a father and husband; Blockhead, fresh off a string of instrumental releases that followed extensive work with Aesop Rock earlier in his career, wanted to once again collaborate with rappers. Through virtual sessions, Illogic picked through hundreds of Block beats, and began bringing the long-developed theme of Capture The Sun to words. Over 40 songs were recorded, with two free EP’s released prior to this album. Now, on April 16th, Illogic & Blockhead will release Capture The Sun, along with features from Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, Abstract Rude, and more, will be released on TK via Man Bites Dog Records.

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Ill Bill – The Grimy Awards album review

If there was ever a trophy to be handed out for raw, unpretentious boom bap, Brooklyn Vet Ill Bill would be nominated, so it’s fitting he stake his claim on The Grimy Awards (Fat Beats Records), his personal gritty gala.

On the early standout “Acceptance Speech” Bill pays homage to his career’s influences over Junior Makhno’s shrill symphonic chops. He plows through shout outs, from god to snakes in the grass to “Ace London studios for letting us rehearse when we ain’t have nothing.”

Ironically (on an album named Grimy) these reflections are where the album shines. Bill can certainly hold his own in a no holds barred cipher, but the lyrical funnel cloud his free-association flow creates pales in comparison to the openhearted, borderline vulnerable recollections and analyses that set the project apart from the typical 100-boasts-a-minute boom bap CD. “Paul Baloff” is a strong song in a vacuum, yet in the context of such a thoughtful album that and a cacophony of other overly sinister content falls short.

Over El-P’s venomous bass guitars on “Severed Heads of State”, Bill verbally acknowledges his artistic ascension by noting it’s “time to clean our house and take our corner back, put a message in the music –this is more than Rap.”

The album features legends of production, who pillar dusty drums under sophisticated samples and provide a strong sound scape for Ill Bill’s weathered growl.

On “When I Die”, he delivers on a majestic Pete Rock backdrop to discuss appreciation for his grandmother and uncle Howie, who he notes as the namesake for his record label. DJ Premier comes through to receive his own roses-while-you-can-still-smell-them moment on the thumpy “World Premier”, and DJ Muggs and Large Professor also provide vintage boom bap with “Power” and “Acid Reflux/Canarsie High” respectively.

Features wise, the Awards’ guests are beacons of “griminess”. Vinnie Paz and Lil Fame help turn up the energy on “120% Darkside Justice” and “Vio-Lence”, and Cormega and OC come through on the aforementioned “Power”, which is both introspective and motivational.

Power” is an example of another tone this album takes successfully, as tracks like “Canarsie High” and “Exploding Octopus” which discusses over-consumption and reliance on electronics, displays Ill Bill’s penchant for analysis and observation (most importantly) with solutions.

They say with age comes experience, but Bill is proving that it’s not just experience, but the ability to meaningfully articulate them that grows with age. The Grimy Awards is a versatile excursion through Ill Bill’s mind that in itself is worthy of award consideration.

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Bonnaroo Music Festival Partners with Paper Diamond & Christian Rich With An Exclusive Premier of New Single XIX

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival offers more than just a 4-day experience. By distributing exclusive content and connecting artists to fans throughout the year, they continue to build a reputation as a trusted and spirited tastemaker. As the excitement builds around the Boulder based, genre defying Paper Diamond’s first ever play at Bonnaroo in June, Bonnaroo is excited to partner with Paper Diamond by offering this exclusive premier of the new single XIX as a free mp3 download. Paper Diamond comments, “I have such great memories of being at Bonnaroo as a fan years ago, and I’m truly looking forward to playing on stage alongside many of the artists I admire.”

XIX, the new single from the forthcoming EP Paragon, is a collaboration between Paper Diamond and the much celebrated LA production duo Christian Rich that features vocals from Scottish songstress Angela McCluskey of Telepopmusik fame. According to Paper Diamond “It’s a darker, moodier song which is a bit of a different direction than other pieces on Paragon”, but he’s thoroughly excited with the outcome and we trust that you will be too.

The collaborative production work on XIX yielded the velvety, expansive cut into something dark and nightlife-approved, laquered with glossy tones and pulsing rhythms. “XIX” script-flip oozes post- electronic minimalism, and highlights McCluskey’s aching vocals. Think dark rooms with flashing lights, narcotized conversations shrowded in a cloud of smoke, a dance party in slow motion.

Taiwo ‘Christian’ Hassan and Kehinde ‘Rich’ Hassan are on the same magical, symbiotic wavelength in the studio – the kind that can only be leveled by two talented producers of the twin variety. Dubbed Christian Rich, the brotherly duo has an impressive year behind them producing tracks like Earl Sweatshirt’s stuttering, lo-fi cut “Chum” plus collabs with Rye Rye and N.E.R.D.

Paragon will feature a range of production, instrumentation, and collaborators all weaved into Paper Diamond’s signature style. While “genre-defying” is an overused word, Paper Diamond is one of those rare artists who truly pulls it off, seamlessly weaving together genres as diverse as electro, trap, funk, dubstep, house, moombahton and hip-hop. During the past two months, while on tour with Excision, Paper Diamond has been dropping some of the new songs on stage, including another single “They Can’t Tell Me Nothing” which has caused crowds to get all railed up into a frenzy. According to Paper Diamond, “It’s one of the rowdiest parts of the show.” The single features original verses from Texas rapper J Fresh. Last week, Paper Diamond exclusively partnered with This Song Is Sick who offered up this first tasty sampler and boasted, “This has all the signs of being a festival anthem. The song starts with a peculiar stabbing synth that sets the mood of the track. It builds more energy and drop in some chopped up rapping adding the perfect touch. The drop hits and doesn’t let up, then bringing in the eerie synths once more.”

As the 2013 festival season is upon us, we can expect several more leaks, songs, and releases from Paper Diamond’s Paragon including the video for XIX which will be making its premier with Bonnaroo Festival this Thursday March 28th.

Paper Diamond continues his nationwide tour with Excision. The remaining tour dates are below.

Remaining Tour Dates Paper Diamond and Excision:
3/27 – Ottawa, ON @ LS Live
3/28 – Montreal, QC @ Telus Theater
3/29 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
3/30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
4/04 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
4/05 – Richmond, VA @ The National
4/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

More about Paper Diamond:

Paper Diamond is making quite a name for himself, and it comes as no surprise to those familiar with his endlessly creative music that the name Paper Diamond itself carries. As he simply put, “Paper Diamond draws from an origami concept in that If you have a piece of paper, whatever your diamond shape is (simple or complex), that’s YOUR art. For me musically speaking, whether it’s simple or has a lot of layers, it’s my self-expression. Paper Diamond is art”.

Skill and versatility has landed Paper Diamond on stage with some of the biggest names in the game, as he has been personally selected as an opener by the iconic Bassnectar, newly-minted superstar Skrillex, EDM mainstay Pretty Lights, and now dubstep heavyweight Excision. The hip-hop community has also welcomed Paper Diamond with open arms – recent collaborator, Big Boi gave him a shout-out in Vibe Magazine, and his track “The 40 Thieves” had an exclusive premiere on Jay-Z’s Life + Times. In an interview with Life + Times, Paper Diamond said “I’ve been taught that music is a conversation. I personally use music to express my voice”.