Kanye West: “Lord Lord Lord” (feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson)
Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Friday—his drop of free new music every Friday until the release of his fifth album—has been racked with epics, gifting us with a couple major posse cuts. There is nothing too out of the ordinary (i.e. no Bon Iver feature) on this one seeing as it’s loaded with friends he’s been collaborating with forever. But sometimes it’s a little surprising when Swizz Beatz is on top of something smoothed out instead of a rap fire alarm call. It’s just five guys laying it down over a beat appropriate for a Sunday afternoon drive, sun shining, but even better for an at home listen, since everyone is coming with it on top of their lyrical games. And who doesn’t want to soak in every single one of Kanye West’s ridiculous punchlines?
Ski Beatz:“Go” (feat. Jim Jones & Curren$y)
In the 90’s, Ski Beatz was one of the trusted few producers crafting the sound of the Reasonable Doubt-era Roc-A-Fella. These days, he’s been behind the boards of a creative renaissance breaking ground at Dame Dash’s DD172 gallery in Tribeca, affectionately dubbed the 24-Hour Karate School for it’s growing family of emcees like Curren$y, The Cool Kids, Mos Def, Jim Jones, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz and Stalley that see it as a second home. Rumors of a mixtape to unify the tribes has been swirling for months, but judging from the flood of leaks lately, it looks like the project might finally see the light of day.
Restless People:”Days Of Our Lives ” (Primary 1 Remix)
Even by today’s post-mash-up, post-generic, iPod shuffle standards, the list of influences Restless People sent over is awesome—in their world, Operation Ivy can happily sit side-by-side with small upset mammal man Phil Collins, that bird woman Nelly Furtado and Gorilla Biscuits. Ska meets souless soul meets Timba-pop meets hardcore? Not really: this Primary 1 remix of “Days Of Our Lives” actually coming on more like something LCD Soundsystem and David Byrne might knock into shape together. Restrained and quietly morose, the track is a world away from the music Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen make away from their new bandmates as the mighty Tanlines.
Travis Barker: “Jump Down ” (feat. The Cool Kids)
When we heard erstwhile Blink 182 member Travis Barker had his own record, we couldn’t help but think ‘adulteration.’ We feared the water in which so many great drummers had drowned when trading the sticks for the spotlight. But in this sly-beated jam, Barker stays more than afloat. He stays true, producing a murky percussion that simmers under The Cool Kids’ slack-jawed verse. Other skin-hitting soloists, take note.
Surfer Blood: “Floating Vibes” (Twin Shadow Remix)
We just put ‘Surfer Blood Futureheads’ into Google and apparently We’re the only one who sees the connection between the East Coast lo-fi troop and Sunderland’s post-punk yelpers. This Twin Shadow remix of “Floating Vibes” kind of sounds like The Police and Everything Everything too—is Florida a lot like North East England? We guess there’s something about heartfelt melodies delivered with mechanically tight rigour that blinds you to the differences between fake and real tan.