Monday, November 29, 2010

Video: Robyn - Dancehall Queen

 Scheduling issues have forced Robyn off the Stereosonic tour :(

However, she has released a video for 'Dancehall Queen' to promote the final album in the Body Talk trilogy :)


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Download: Chris Brown - In My Zone 2 (Free Mixtape)

These R&B guys are really getting up on the mixtape game.  Trey Songz has just released his third joint this year (download HERE), and Chris Brown is releasing his second.  Chock full of remakes and new tracks, it's well worth a listen.

To download, click HERE


Friday, November 26, 2010

Download: Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West - Pretty Girl Rock (Remix)

Keri Hilson has struggled to find her niche in the dog-eat-dog world of R&B/Pop that is currently dominated by the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna.  That doesn't mean she's not trying to be down.  This remix of the already popping 'Pretty Girl Rock' bursts out of the speakers once the 'Umbrella' drums drop at about 0:38 seconds in.  And Kanye drops by too, shouting out to the girls in Stockholm.

Download HERE

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Stream: Cut Copy - Take me over

The aussie dance-punk gods go all funky and fantastic on the new single from the forthcoming 'Zonoscope' album.

Stream HERE

Video: Black Eyed Pea's - The Time (Dirty Bit)

The Pea's take partying into the future, in the clip for their latest single.

Video: Kanye and friends rock the Bowery Ballroom in New York

 Kanye West rocked the Bowery Ballroom in NYC earlier this week, and on stage and off it was a who's-who of Hip-Hop heavyweights.  Some of the highlights are below, but for more highlights and a write up of the eventful evening (including a 9 minute rant about Taylor Swift, George Bush and more) Click HERE thanks to Pitchfork.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review: Robyn -Call UR Girlfriend (album track)

by d.j.bobz

Robyn has been one of the shining lights of the pop landscape in the last decade, and her most winning moments comes when she successfully marries a great pop/dance beat with raw, emotional lyrics.   She's used terse violin stabs to up the ex-boyfriend drama on Be Mine, applied the propulsive ebullience of house music to a sincere tale of a failed relationship in With Every Heartbeat and gave the scum and lowlife of the world an uptempo lullaby with Dream on.

On her latest release, simply titled Body Talk (even though it is the third in a series that began), she gives us another instant classic 'Call ur Girlfriend'.  On the backbone of a stomping dance-floor filling bassline, Robyn is seen to be addressing a potential new beau and outlining his next move "Call your girlfriend... it's time you had the talk".  She continues on with the orders, listing rote break-up phrases one after the other "Say it's not her fault... Tell her you never meant to hurt no-one".  But with Robyn's beautifully aching delivery it's hard to tell whether she is sympathezing with the girl she's advising this guy to dump, or just coldly telling him what do out of sheer lust (or love?).

Great songs in this day and age need to move not only our feet and touch our hearts, they need to make us think too, even if only a little.  Robyn does a little of all of those things and makes something memorable and touching out of it, even if we're not sure who's side we're on at the end of it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Plug: Australian B-boy Championships 4th December, Leichardt, Sydney

For more info, click HERE

Review: Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

by Bob Burt

Call it Revenge of the Douchebag.  Super producer Kanye West has always been known for two things - ground-breaking hip-hop and his rampant ego.  They've become increasingly more significant over the last 10 years, now culminating in a near-perfect album that carefully indulges both without boiling over into a soiled mess.

It so easily could have.  Every song here seems as though it's been stuffed to the gills with idea's. There's more guests than you could point an MPC-60 at and the samples get more far out and obscure at the disc goes on.  The usual suspects appear, like Rihanna and Jay-Z, but it's his new pals, like Nicki Minaj, Pusha T and Rick Ross who show they are more than up to the challenge of overpowering the beats, and not vice versa.

Minaj kicks off the record with an odd british accent, flanked by a heavenly serenade of angelic Rihanna's. West drops in over a club-ready bounce, announcing his return whilst briefly acknowledging his Taylor Swift driven downfall.  'Gorgeous' is up next, with a re-energized Kanye rapping through a filter and comparing himself to Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X.  You believe it.

'All of the lights' is the obvious next single, with a who-who's of music contributing, triumphant cavalcades of horns and the craziest drums ever committed to tape.  It shouldn't work, but like everything else here, it does, because West balances the contributions and uses them when needed.  No need to give Elton John a whole verse, he works great in two bars.  The previously released 'Monster' is a straight-up well, monster of a track, with a career-making verse from Nicki Minaj, while 'So Appalled' finds Jay-Z, Pusha T and newcomer Cyhi Da Prince verbally slicing and dicing over a crazy hard Hip-Hop track.

'Runaway' is in there too, pushed out to seven minutes by a rambling, heavily filtered Kanye fade-out that accounts for half the song.  As good as Runaway is, it's only a warm-up for 'Blame Game', the Aphex Twin sampling collage that is targeted at West's former lover Amber Rose.  It too rides up over seven minutes, and every second is vital.  The vitriolic verses where West again filters his voice, this time making it seems like he's warring within himself, John Legend providing the raspy relief and then a well-worth-the-wait skit featuring a well-known comedian that fleshes out a conversation that may or may not have happened.  It's gripping.

Just for good measure, the Justin Vernon assisted dance blast of 'Lost in the World' finishes off the album, with veteran avant garde vocalist Gil Scott Heron providing a surprising, yet fitting final coda.  West has crafted a vivid, sprawling, lavish album, one that feels complete and yet never settled.  It's a fitting portrait of a douchebag, a douchebag that knows exactly how to turn tragedy into the ultimate triumph.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Video: Taio Cruz and Kylie Minogue - Higher

Taio Cruz and our very own Kylie Minogue go 'Higher' in this Fast and Furious inspired clip.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Video: Bliss N Eso - Addicted

I caught this awesome clip last week, a slick graffiti laden visual feast to accompany Bliss N Eso's album standout 'Addicted'.

Running on Air

Plug: Battlegrounds @ Melbourne 21st Nov 2010

Although the Pure Funk Crew didn't make it this year, Battlegrounds is still chock of full great battle crews from all across Asia, battling for a spot in the world titles.  Crews like the Justice Crew got their rep up here, and it's an extremely exciting and well-organised event if you can get over to Melbourne to see it.

For more info, click HERE

Video: Crocodile Kid dance

This enterprising dude goes by the name of 1crocodilekid1, and whilst he's more of a kid than a croc, he's got some blazing dance moves that y'all need to see.

Just for some entertainment, I trawled the net for some enlightening comments that 1crocodilekid1 had left at various sites.
@1crocodilekid1 its not a pitbull too it is BANDOG mix of pit and mastiffs..
@1crocodilekid1 atom collides with atom

DUDE the size of that cat S**t was like HUGE
wait why am i saying this lol we r all perverted
idk who he is but all i no is that hes a very sad little boy

Monday, November 15, 2010

Download: Girl Talk - All Day (FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD)

This was a nice surprise this morning.  Greg Gillis aka Girl Talk has released his follow-up to 'Feed the Animals' and it's called 'All Day'.   And it's FREE!!!

Gillis is known for his signature mash-up style and he makes use of a unique algorithm to put together his music, meaning that a thirty second snippet could contain up to 4 or 5 samples.

Download it HERE

Here is what Gillis has to says about it.

All Day is intended to be listened to as a whole.
It is broken up into individual tracks only for easier navigation.

This album is a free download.
Girl Talk thanks all artists sampled. A full list will be posted in the future.

Here's a track off his last album

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Kanye has had a rough week what with his ball-busting 'Today' interview where he got in a tizzy when they played the Taylor Swift incident over the top of his interview.  However, it didn't get him ticked off enough to stop GOOD Friday from kicking on.  Talib Kweli and Conequence guest with Q-Tip on the beat.

For the download Click HERE


Friday, November 12, 2010

Video: Chromeo - Hot Mess

The funk Canadian 80's retro funk-synth progenitors have dropped their new video clip on us for 'Hot mess', and it's a hilarious throwback to the dodgy buddy cop movies of the 80's.  The only difference, all their fellow cops are hot women.  I would pay to see that movie.

Their new album 'Business Casual' is out now.

Video: Rihanna feat. Drake - What's my name

Last week we gave you the single, with Drizzy and Ri-Ri getting all lovey-dovey over the pulsing Stargate produced beats, and now here's the clip, which is as much of a lovefest as the track suggests.  Lots of beautiful, young people wandering around New York City, interspersed with cutaway clips of Drake and Rihanna looking at each other lovingly.   Check it out


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stream: Two new Robyn tracks from Body Talk Part 3

Robyn's Body Talk Pt. 3 is almost with us, bringing with it 5 new tracks (plus 10 tracks from the previous installments).  We've already streamed the great new single 'Indestructible', now here's two more tracks, including one produced by legendary pop producer Max Martin 'Time Machine'.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Video: 8 year old B-boy (Lil Demon) does 30 Air Flares

I've seen some amazing kids strutting their stuff before, most notably the 3yr old breaker from Korea and the dancing baby from Brazil, but this 8 year old does 30 Air Flares!  Do you know how hard it is to do an Air Flare?  It's freakin' hard, and this kid does 30.  I doff's my hat to you, lil demon.

The 30 flares come near the end of the short clip.

Video: Cee-Lo - Bright Lights, Bigger CIty

We've all heard Cee-Lo's other song by now, and if you haven't, I'm sorry we cannot be friends anymore.  His new track pulses along with the same relentless groove as his other ubiquitous hit with Gnarls Barkley 'Crazy', although the bassline is sure remind most people of 'Billie Jean'.

Either way, it's a cracker of a tune, with a good-looking video clip to boot.


Stream: Darkstar - Fact Mix 200

by Bob Burt

It's an example of the internet at it's most efficient.  A genre of music like Dubstep can be created, evolve and cultivate it's own superstars within a few short years.  And when I speak of legends of the game, UK group Darkstar are sitting on top of the heap.  Never mind that there are many young upstarts breaking down their already signature sounds and creating their own masterpieces (Burial, James Blake), and hybrid genre's are sprouting from it's branches,  Darkstar continue to evolve along with the genre and turn out extraordinary music. 

This month saw them release their first full album 'North' and to celebrate, they dropped this atmospheric (and funky) mix on Factmag.  Click on the Amazon link below to hear some of Darkstar's awesome new album.

FACT Mix 200 - Darkstar (Nov '10) by factmag

Darkstar - Aidy's Girls a Computer  (Awesome track)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Video: Kanye gives impromptu performance on Delta Airlines Flight

by Bob Burt
Pimpin' ain't easy, so they say, but Kanye makes it look easy.  Whether he's spruiking his new tracks at Twitter HQ or classing up SNL, you can't seem to escape Yeezy and his never-ending self-promotion.  This must have been entertaining though, as passengers on the New York to Minneapolis route were treated to a little 'Good Life' and  'Gold-digger'.  The video captures the end of the second track.  Yeezy's new album is out in a couple weeks. 

Stream: Keri Hilson - The Way you love me

Keri Hilson, of 'The Way I Are' fame, has a bassy new track out, Produced by super producer Polow Da Don.  Check it out.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Video: Shakira - Loca and Waka Waka at the 2010 EMA's

I'm not the biggest Shakira fan, but for pure pop pleasure you could do a lot worse than picking up her latest album.  She was at the EMA's this weekend and performed two songs for an ecstatic crowd.

Download: Looking for Trouble - Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean, CyHi the Prynce, and J. Cole

GOOD Fridays was a day late this week, but I think we can cut Kanye a little slack, what with his new album and all.

Download it HERE

Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Cyhi Da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole - Looking For Trouble by muzik713

Friday, November 5, 2010

Video: Short ESPN B-Boy doco

ESPN have put together a short doco about the recent US B-Boy championships. Always good to see B-Boying get some shine from the mainstream media outlets!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stream: Kanye West -feat Rihanna, Elton John, Fergie, John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson (La Roux), Alicia Keys and KiD CuDi - All of the lights

Here it is, this is the one you've been waiting for - The all-star line-up guesting on 'All of the Lights', the next single off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is amazing, but then again so is the song.  I'll let the song do the rest of the boasting, enjoy!

Kanye West - All Of The Lights by weallwantsome1

Video: Pink - Raise your Glass

We haven't seen Pink for a while (besides when she was here for six months doing shows), and it's because she's been readying her Greatest Hits album.  One of the several new songs off that album is 'Raise your Glass', which toasts the underdogs out there (and not the douchebags).  Crazy video, but you wouldn't expect anything less from Pink

Video: Tough Biker dude dances to Justin Bieber's 'Baby' likes this.

Bieber fever has struck the biker community.  This bloke obviously hasn't heard of camera phones and the like, and thought, ha, here's a laugh for the lads.  Yeah, them and the rest of the world. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

ReelDance on Screen Festival - Adelaide Nov. 4th likes this.

Reeldance is a festival celebrating dance on film, and it's coming to Adelaide from November 4th, after doing laps around the country.  It's a pretty diverse list of cinematic treats that have to show, including a back-to-back showcase of Madonna's Truth or Dare with Paris is Burning, a doco about the history of Vogue culture.   Support Dance and and Dance in Film by heading along, check for details