Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Stream: Re-up Gang (Clipse, Ab-Liva, Sandman) - Imeem Album Preview

The Re-Up gang are back, promo'ing their new album (which is separate from the Clipse album that is scheduled for release later this year). The beats are strong, but it's the Re-Up, so what did you expect?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Download: Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Kris Menace remix)

This track is just gorgeous, if I can still say that whilst pulling my ugly face. Kris has not been around for too long (unless the last few years counts as long), and first came to my attention with his stellar remix of Stars on 33's I feel music in your heart.

Download: METRONOMY - "HEARTBREAKER" Kris Menace REMIX via Circle Square Triangle

Video: Lil Wayne & T-Pain - Got Money

Yes they have, or they should have loads of dough after the hits these two have run through in the last couple years. Weezy and Teddy Penderass on a track which was hardly the strongest of a stellar Wayne album, but one which has grown on me.

Lil Wayne - Got Money Video

Monday, July 28, 2008

Video: The Game feat Travis Barker - Dope Boyz

The Game drops the video for his 2nd single off L.A.X. with collaborator and former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. It's a hot song, of that there is no doubt.

The Game ft. Travis Barker - Dope Boys Video

Download: MSTRKRFT - Easy Love (Hydroz Remix)

I had not heard of Hydroz before today, but he has definitely got my attention with this thumpingly sick remix of Easy Love. These Miami cats have dropped some pretty fresh remixes.

Download: MSTRKRFT - Easy Love (Hydroz Remix) via DancefloorMayhem

Download: Justice vs Wu Tang Clan - Cream your friends

I've been digging on the Wu-Tang's last album 8 Diagrams for a minute now, and am impressed that the Clan can still muster the energy of their early records. Though not as boisterous as their debut, it's consistently grimy and the lyrics are definitely lively and on point. BTW, I heard this track today and instantly liked it.

Download: Justice vs Wu Tang Clan - Cream your Friends via Pasta Primavera

Krumping: Too Legit to Quit?

The debate rages over the legitimacy of Krumping. Crumper-Haters denounce the merits of style, saying it's not a style at all, it's jsut aggressive chest beating.

Krumpers say that these haters a just misguided fans and probably dislike Krumping because the people they've seen doing it aren't doing it the correct way. I'll let the people decide this one.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

So You think you can Dance Top 8 results

So the loser this week was wonderboy Will Wingfield. There is much debate about whether it was justified or not, but, this being a popularity contest (you thought it was all about dance?), Will walks. Here's a montage of this great dancer.

And here's Katee and Twitch doing the contempary thing. Choreographed by Mia Michaels, they both look right at home with this one.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Download: Murs & 9th Wonder - Sweet Lord

Murs has teamed up with former Little Brother producer 9th Wonder to make a new album called Sweet Lord. Why am I so excited (beside the fact they are both amazing artists)?

Because its available on their website for FREE.

Get it here

Download: Santogold and Amanda Blank - I'm a lady (Diplo Mix)

I'm almost getting sick of all the Santogold posts, almost... but she is popular and also so damn talented. Amanda Blanks guests on this album tracks, and drop the lyrics to LL Cool J's I need love for good measure.

Sheez, if Cool J was p.o'd at Girl Talk for flogging his songs, how mad he gonna be now!

Download: Santogold and Amanda Blank - I'm a lady (Diplo Mix)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Download: JZ/DC - Back in Dirty Black

After watching Hova rock out at Glastonbury a couple of weeks ago, one question lingered in my mind grapes... Why hadn't anyone thought of mashing Jay with AC/DC earlier?

Well, turns out someone had thought of it, and one visit to the myspace page of JZ/DC should be enough to prove that fact. What surprised me is how well Dirt off your shoulders does go with Back in Black.

Download: JZ/DC - Back in Dirty Black

Download: Farley Jackmaster Funk - Love can't turn around (Boys Noize Remix) via DiscoDust

Legend Farley Jackmaster Funk provides the foundation for FADER favourite Boys Noize to build around, and he doesn't disappoint. Clipped cymbals against a pulsing bassline and some oft-repeated and eerily familiar vocal samples transform this from a house favourite to a floor filler. Thanks to Discodust

Download: Farley Jackmaster Funk - Love can't turn around (Boys Noize Remix)

Stream: Goldfrapp Little Bird (Animal Collective Remix)

Alison Goldfrapp is remixed here by the Animal Collective, and it's every bit as eclectic as it sound. It's also entrancing and embracing.

Nas - Sly Fox (Live) via Hip Hop Galaxy

Nasty Nas is a rebel to america. So went the lyrics all those years ago, and now it's the Sly Fox lyrics that has seen that rebellion re-imagined. Here's a live version of the track that describes what it's like to be black in america, and be controlled by the all-consuming fox network.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dr Dre eyes November or December release for Detox

This just in from Pitchforkmedia, Dr. Dre has announced he looking towards a November/December drop date. It was also noted that he said this would be his ideal release date "in a perfect world," so we better not get ahead of ourselves. I've been hurt before.

He confirmed Nas, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne will be on the Album.

Video: Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West - Put On

Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West - Put On

Jeezy and Kanye flossing over clips of delapidated houses and clapped out vehicles. I think that's called juxtaposing.

Download: The Who - Baba O'Reilly (Seabastian Remix) via Welcome to dance club

Baba O'Reilly was a song custom build for sold-out stadiums, and Sebastian's remix tips it's cap without losing the arena-sized appeal of the original.

Download: The Who - Baba O'Reilly (Seabastian Remix) via Welcome to dance club

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Vintage Video: Wildstyle - Grandmaster Flash

I hate to mention Joe Strummer twice in one day, but I wanted to post about Grandmaster Flash, and tell the following story. When Flash opened for the Clash in the early 80's he was roundly booed by the predominantly punk (and therefore white) crowd. When Strummer and the Clash finally hit the stage, he remonstrated and scolded the crowd for booing such an important artist. I can't imagine a group today bringing someone from a totally different genre to open for them, let alone dissing their own fans for slagging them off, it just wouldn't happen these days.

Download: Santogold and Diplo - Guns of Brooklyn (Doc and Jon Hill Dub)

Santogold and Diplo are releasing an album together, well it's a mixtape actually, but that's still exciting news. Just to confirm it (it seems), this track has popped up, taking it's name and beat from Joe Strummer and the Clash. I originally thought that transferring the location from Brixton to Brooklyn didn't uphold the ideals that the songs promotes. However, after seeing the Joe Strummer doco The Future is Unwritten, I'm starting to think that Joe's out there somewhere bobbing his head right along with the rest of us.

Download: Santogold and Diplo - Gun of Brooklyn (Doc and Jon Hill Dub)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Video: Feist on Sesame Street - 1,2,3,4

Not Hip Hop or Dance, but cute nonetheless. Feist appeared on Sesame Street with a slighty educationalised version of 1,2,3,4. I think even Oscar the grouch may have harmonized a few bars.

Download: Eric Prydz - Pjanoo (Fred Falke Remix)

I love Fred Falke, in a strictly 'brothers from another mother' way, don't get it twisted. He gives the people what they want, and what they want are pulsing basslines, the lifeblood of all good dance music. He is a frequent collaborator with another genius, Alan Braxe.

Download: Eric Prydz - Pjanoo (Fred Falke Remix)
Video: Kelis - Bossy (Alan Braxe and Fred Falke Remix)

Video: Clipse - Fast Life

Pusha T and Malice put out a cheapish looking vid for their excellent latest single from their forthcoming album.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lil C - Guest Judge on So you think you can dance

Who is Lil C? A good primer would be the critically acclaimed doco that introduced Krumping to the rest of the world 'Rize'. Lil C is a phenomenal dancer who's risen through the ranks and garnered much respect in the dancing community. He was also seen in Madonna's "Hung Up" & "Sorry" videos.

So you think you can dance (top 10) Twitch and Comfort Hip Hop

Lil C called it buck, and I would have to agree, if I knew what buck really was. It was some great Dave Scott choreography, and they both nailed it. Great costumes too.

So you think you can Dance (Top 10) Jessica's out, Comfort is back in

Comfort was back in for Jessica King, but found herself dancing for her life after a lacklustre partnered waltz. Luckily she brought her A game for the solo and was saved for another week.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nas - Untitled (did I mention this was out now??)

Okay, the album is out, so I will be toning down the Jones love for a while. The has gotten some strong reviews, though it's critics have pointed to the lacklustre beat selection as it's downside (although I read one that said 'whiny lyrics). Anyhoo, Nasir is going out on tour with 'The Jones Experience' featuring Talib Kweli and Jay Electronica.

Interview: July 10 Rolling Stone interview

Video: Fonzworth Bentley feat. Kanye West & Andre 3000 - Everyobdy

Fonzworth Bentley, the one-time personal assistant of Puff Daddy aka Sean Combs, and childhood friend of Andre 'Outkast' 3000, is releasing an album through Kanye West's G.O.O.D. music label, and brought a couple of those blokes along to star in his video for the track Everybody

Monday, July 14, 2008

Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens Injured in Motorcycle accident?

The National Enquirer (only the most reliable sources here!) reports that Rapper turned Hollywood A-list actress Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Her brother actually died in a motorcycle accident and she wears a motorcycle key around her neck in his memory.

Download: Queen Latifah - Ladies First

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Download: Pharcyde - Passin me by (Hot Chip Remix)

The geniuses down at Delicious Vinyl decided to get their back catalogue remixed. Uh yeah, who the hell is delicious vinyl. Well, they were home to such 90's staples as Tone Loc and Young MC, who had big hits with Wild Thing and Bust a Move respectively..

They've been able to assemble quite an impressive list of participants to flex their muscles on this double cd entitled remixology including Diplo, Peasches and Hot Chip. Hot Chip have decided to take on a track that is dear to not only my heart, but to the hearts of many in the hip-hop community, and to their credit, have done it justice. They've fleshed out the sound, making the song even more disparate than it was upon release in the Pharcyde's 90's heyday. Thanks to

Download: Pharcyde - Passin' me by (Hot Chip Remix)

Pnau - Embrace (Fred Falke & Miami Horror Remix) via Trashbag kids

Being an aussie and all, I love Pnau, and their latest album only gave me more reason ot love them. I also love Fred Falke, especially when he and Alan Braxe get together and reimagine dance music in their own disco drenched image. So, how could I resist a Fred Falke remix of Pnau's stellar track Embrace. I can't, I couldn't, I didn't. Via Trashbag Kids

Download: Pnau - Embrace (Fred Falke & Miami Horror Remix)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nas - Sly Fox (official video)

Yes, I am aware that every second post this week has been a Nas post, but dude has his album coming out, so cut me a little slack. After the Hero video came out (see earlier posts), I thought that would be it. However, a new vid has popped up for the incendiary track Sly Fox, which is my favourite song on the album so far (Untitled drops 15/7, go buy it).

Nas drops verbal grenades on Fox News and Bill O'Reilly, with the same intensity that he used to burn Jay-Z back in the Ether days. You think O'Reilly will respond with his own diss record?

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 12 - Katee Josh go Bollywood

The Nike Air 2015 Mcfly HyperDunks are (sorta) real

This is kinda awesome. Anyone who bugged out on the original Nike's worn by Marty Mcfly in Back to the Future(designed by Tinker Hatfield, inventor of the Air Jordan), would be stoked at the news of a 'inspired-by' design that will be released soon. I would like to say more but Wired say it so much better, and have video footage:

SYTYCD: Top 12 - Courtney and Gev - Cha Cha

Choreographed by former contestants Pasha and Anya! It's a cha cha, very well executed, I must say.

So You Think You Can Dance: Top12 - Katee and Josh viennese Waltz

Joshua and Katee perform a Viennese Waltz choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux. I'm by no means an expert on this style, but this is beautiful.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nas feat. Keri hilson - Hero (offical video)

Nasty Nasdaq, Dow Jones or whatever you want to call him, has released an official video for the single Hero. I urge you to pick up Untitled on 15/7.

Stream: Killer Mike '10 G's'

Killer Mike has a new album about to drop called I pledge allegiance to the Grind. The ballistic MC showcased this track on his Myspace as a taste of things to come.
Here's That's Life, the incendiary track that schooled many (including myself) throughout 2006Thats Life (produced by smiff and cash) - Killer Mike.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Estelle feat. Kanye West - American Boy (Kill the Noise Remix)

I wasn't a massive fan of the original, because although it was a shimmering summer song, with Estelle flowing seamlessly over the top, it was a little too slight. Enter Kill the Noise, who've chosen to put a little more bump in the trunk, with great results.
This link thanks to Gorilla vs. Bear

Saturday, July 5, 2008

d.j.bobz' Top Ten Albums of 2008... so far

I know what you're saying. Mid year 'best of' lists go against the social coda, it's uncool and there's really no need for it. Why can't he hang out till the end of the year and purge then? I agree they are all valid points. The problem I have, is that by the end of the year I've forgotten what I was listening to at the start of the year, and then you topload you best of list with albums that were released in the second half of the year. I ain't letting that happen again.

So, I'm doing this for me.

1. The Hold-Steady: Stay Positive - As descriptive and chaotic as their earlier releases, with a sound that encompasses more of the musical spectrum, America's best bar band comes up with another triumph that delivers lyrically and musically, and show's a group that knows exactly where they are.
Magazines - The Hold Steady
2. Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours - This thing just sounds glorious. A throwback to new wave bands of the 80's, it's layers of production and instrumentation give the sound an atmosphere that is rarely heard. Even the squall, which is being compared to My Bloody Valentine, is harmonious and inviting. And while the lyrics won't win any pulitzer's, they capture the intention of the music, adding to the final ghostly product.
Lights And Music - Cut Copy
3. Lil Wayne: Carter 3 - With Nas and The Game yet to release their album's, and Snoop snoozing through his, this year has been left for Lil Wayne to reap the benefit, and breathe life back into wack MC's. The album is not surprisingly sprawling (Wayne isn't the most focussed dude), but this fact adds to the entertainment. From rapping about being a martian, a doctor, flirting with cops and telling us what it's like to be a millie-an-air, Wayne win and they lose.
Lollipop - Lil wayne Feat Untitled
4. Girl Talk: Feed the Animals - The Mash-up king takes even more from pop culture, from the cringe-worthy to the creative and slaps them together in the edit-fest to end all. Sometimes it doesn't hit, but given the fact that the tracks change up every 30 seconds, you'll have forgetton the missteps very soon. If you've ever imagined what Jay-Z and Radiohead would sound like together, now's you chance.
Set It Off - Girl Talk
5. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago - Soft and slight, it lifts and pulls, it's trevails put across to you in such a beautiful way that you forget to be sad. About as much as you can get out of a softly strummed acoustic guitar.
Creature Fear - Bon Iver
6. Hercules and Love Affair: Self-titled - Another DFA produced dance classic (they produced Cut Copy too), and another throwback to an earlier time. Taking disco throbs and chucking Antony's high-pitched wail atop them was a stroke of genius.
Blind (Radio Edit) - Hercules And Love Affair
7. Nick Cave and the bad seeds: Dig, Lazurus Dig! - Another spectacular outing from the man who may soon have a statue of himself riding a horse, in his hometown of Warracknabeal in Australia.

8. Santogold: Santogold - Sandi White has graduated from ghostwriting to star with flying colours. A great mix of dance, pop and rock.
Your Voice - Santogold
9. Vampire Weekend: Self-titled - Don't think I forgot about these guys, I'm one of the few that does give a f**k about an Oxford Camera. They bopped their way from their East Coast colleges and into our hearts.
Walcott - Vampire Weekend
10. Bun B: 2 Trill - Did I say that Lil Wayne had the only good hip hop album this year. I lied.

My Block - Bun B
If you like what you hear, chase up these cd's and do yourself a favour.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Download: Malik Yusef - What u made me (Kanye Approved)

Kanye has asked us all to post this download link to Malik Yusef's new track. Malik is an artist on the G.O.O.D. Music label. Am I gonna argue with Mr West?

Not Hip Hop or Dance - Huey Lewis - Pineapple Express theme song

From time to time I like to deviate from my usual agenda and highlight snippets of pop culture that deserve your attention. Why I've then decided to post a link to a Huey Lewis song is something I will have to think about for some time and possibly regret over the course of the day. Not that I didn't love The Power of Love back in the day, but that was over 20 years ago.

The song is however, the theme song to the new David Gordon Green-Seth Rogen-Judd Apatow-james Franco comedy Pineapple Express, so save your commentary 'til after you've seen the movie, or at least the trailer. For the purist's, M.I.A's Paper Planes, one of the top tracks of 2007, has featured heavily in the trailer.

So you think you can dance July 3rd Edition

A couple of the more impressive performances from an overall average week. As you probably know, Matt and Kourtni were voted out *sigh* , and I was hoping that they would hang around for a couple more weeks at least. Oh well.
Mark and Chelsie doin Jazz and Foxtrot. About the only time I'll tolerate a Mandy Moore song.

Will and Jessica do the lyrical jazz thing. The shirtless thing is pimp.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Nas - Untitled... Yes, it has leaked

I was kinda hoping that it would make it a few more days before leaking. Hopefully the word gets out and Nas makes a mint from this one. I'm not going to point out where to find it though, but look, it ain't that hard to tell where it is... lol!

Uncut Hip Hop Music Video: Lil Wayne - A Millie

Here's the clip for Weezy latest single off the outstanding Carter 3 album 'A Millie'.

Irina Baronova - Last of the `Baby Ballerinas' dies

She was one of the leading Ballerina's of the 20th century. Baronova was the only survivor of a trio that achieved worldwide fame in the 1930s as "the baby ballerinas".

It was that she displayed such artistry at such a young age that made her one of the most publicised ballerina's of her time.
She died peacefully at her home in Byron Bay, Australia aged 89.
She is on the far right of this pic.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Nas - New track from Untitled 'Queens get the money' STREAM

Nas's new release Untitled is due to drop on July 15th. I'm trying not to get caught up in the hyperbole like I usually do with Nas album's, because they never live up to the hype (though they still deliver).
Prejudice's aside, this is another great track, a simple piano loop for Nas to jewel's over, courtesy of Jay Electronica. Also, I've included a New York Magazine article about the man called Nasir Jones. Shout out to Baron Davis.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008