Your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ is back at it again. Summer time inevitably means a new “Get Right Radio” mix installment from LA-based edit dealer Benzi, and for the 10th anniversary edition of his running mix series, the Girl Trapzproponent has definitely pulled out all the stops. Famous for his endless trove of personal edits, mashups, underground exclusive VIP cuts, and unheard gems that might never see the light of day, Benzi has become the plug for the LA dance scene over the years, but he always finds time to share his goodies with the rest of us.
On this year’s edition of “Get Right,” Benzi whips up a mile-long tracklist of trap, hip-hop, bass, and pop, bringing Drake, Jauz, Calvin Harris, Falcons, Childish Gambino, Nitti Gritti, Zeds Dead, Post Malone, and Outkast to the mix, along with so many more. Spanning nearly 50 tracks, Benzi laces dance music’s top power players with mainstream pop and rap’s most in-demand authorities, all glued together by a slew of Benzi’s famous personal edits. Originally premiered on Benzi’s longtime home of BBC Radio 1, the “Get Right Radio” series continues to age like fine wine, and we’ll undoubtedly be reaching for this mix all summer long. To celebrate this year’s session, Benzi and collaborator Blush have also dropped off a new remix of Youngboy NBA’s “No Smoke” via Atlantic Records. Tune in here.
It’s a sad yet exciting time. Die Antwoord announced their final studio album, 27. The duo formally announced the album would be called, The Book of Zef. They released a statement through twitter, giving fans some clues about their forthcoming album including one of the singles, “Golden Dawn.”
2️⃣GOLDEN DAWN7️⃣ #1stSingle#HiddenTrack Yo our final DA album is going to be released unusually over the next year or so. Our final album is called 2️⃣7️⃣ and will feature 27 songs and many collaborations with our favourite artists in the world. pic.twitter.com/TilI9Cb9jd
The South African alternative, hip-hop duo also announced their collaboration intentions for the album, teaming up with unknown artists from South Africa as well as some of their favorite artists in the world. The album will contain 27 songs along with a feature film.
They also mentioned the album will be released “unusually” in 2018. Coming from one of the most counterculture, weird, hip-hop duos in the world, “unusual” must be something out of this world.
Australia’s Listen Out lineup bears a name that festival goers haven’t seen on a lineup for quite some time now.
Electronic veteran Skrillex tops the touring festival’s 2018 lineup, scheduled to make four stops in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney in September. Petit Biscuit, A$AP Rocky, KLLO, Fisher, and more join the event’s diverse yet hip-hop leaning lineup.
Tickets to Listen Out are on sale now and can be purchased, here.
Yellow Claw is cruising their way into a massive summer, setting up the season with the release of another party-primed collaboration, “Fake Chanel” featuring A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz. The new drop comes hot off the heels of the Dutch duo’s recent joint effort, “BITTERSWEET” featuring Sofia Reyes.
The new tune packs a bumping dose of Yellow Claw’s signature heavy bass, laying down an aggressive trap beat as the backdrop for catchy bars from Ferg and the Boyz. Coming through with some high-octane set list ammunition, Yellow Claw is gearing up for the release of their upcoming album New Blood, available on June 22, and if “Fake Chanel” gives an accurate preview, we’re in for an exciting new LP from the Barong Family mainstays.
Club circuit mainstay DJ and producer Borgeous is constantly adding to his teeming collection of dance hits, and his newest EP Dear Me lives up to his versatile reputation. He masterfully blends future bass with pop-inspired house and infectious vocal accents on the EP’s titular track, setting the tone for the compilation. Switching gears multiple times across the short extended play, Borgeous offers a hip-hop leaning “Alive,” featuring Iamsu! of “Gas Pedal” fame, and even dips into hectic trap territory on “All That I Need.”
Borgeous’ new EP is a well-rounded embodiment of his breadth of production abilities, as well as an inside look at his interests as a musician. The “Sweeter Without You” producer has taken a more experimental approach to his output in recent years — a theme that comes together cohesively on Dear Me.
Bishu has released a heavy-handed trap remix of Comethazine’s single, “Bands,” that definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s a festival trap build that culminates in growling bass, industrial percussion, and flanger play. From hip-hop to hard trap, this Bishu remix flips the chill disposition of the original mix upside down as the drop divulges into high-energy, sinister trap replete with robotic, purring low-end blows.
Known for his versatility in style, Bishu has produced varieties of EDM from electro pop to heavy trap. The young Canadian producer has a stacked list of credentials, with releases on Monstercat, Trap Nation, and Elysian Records along with collaborations featuring Quix and Nina Sky. This time, he’s worked from a piece from St. Louis rapper Comethazine’s catalog for his first hip-hop vocal project.
In a day when memes can become rappers — where the Bhad Bhabies and Big Shaqs of the internet are out here scoring major record deals (honorable mention, Mason Ramsey) — somehow living meme incarnate Oliver Tree is actually flipping the already wild idea on its head. Although signed to a major label himself, he’s warping indie-rap into something completely new, and ultra-contemporary, and considering the rhymer’s hilarious aesthetic, it’s ironically working, really well. Putting on his own blend of tenacious electro-punk/hip-hop, his latest,”Movement,” falls right in line, with a lo-fi gut-punch anchored around Tree’s fearlessly swaggering versework.
The Whethan-produced track lays down a plucking bass line with the beat building into a thundering glitch-hop backdrop on which the Alien Boy wunderkind delivers his latest bars. Proving to be a formidable pairing with Whethan once again following “Enemy,” Oliver Tree adds another rinse-worthy hybrid cut to his arsenal with “Movement.”
Nowhere in the Pulitzer Prize’s 101 year history of recognizing the most impactful cultural milestones in literature, journalism, and music, had the esteemed designation ever gone to a piece of hip-hop — that is, until DAMN. For those that never thought hip-hop would take it this far, Kendrick Lamar has now provided the fork to eat those words with. For the first time ever, the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded to a rapper, and ironically, it came before he could add an Album of the Year Grammy to his credentials. At this point though, suffice it to say that Kendrick’s grandeur has surpassed that of a golden gramophone anyway.
Now, as if there was conceivably a shred of doubt left, Kendrick Lamar has undisputedly cemented himself as one of contemporary music’s most prolific writers. What’s more is that this isn’t just a landmark music award going to a more than deserving musician, but a signal to the changing of the times. Rap is more than rhymes and 808’s, it’s an art form, and with a young crop of artists on the rise directly influenced by Lamar’s masterwork on DAMN., the future of hip-hop looks especially bright.
Destructo‘s Rolodex of rappers just grew by one legendary associate — Busta Rhymes. And while Gary Richards normally recruits his favorite rhymers for his signature G-house products, this time around, the pair go all in on a apologetically through-and-through hip-hop beat, aptly titled, “F**king Sh*t Up.” The title leaves no room for subtlety. The track is a mean-mugging, elbow-throwing trap piece with Busta locked in to delivering his characteristically gruff super-spits over tight hi-hat rolls and snappy snare hits. The track comes in conjunction with an exciting announcement from the LiveStyle president’s camp.
Debuting on SiriusXM on April 12, Destructo’s new AMFAMFAMF Radio program will launch on the newly christened Diplo’s Revolution channel. The weekly radio show, slotted for Thursday nights, will showcase the new AMF brand and presumably include numerous cameos by Destructo’s legendary friends circle. Keeping a packed itinerary as per usual, Richards’ All My Friends road stretch is now on sale as his summer tour dates begin to heat up. With a new radio show launching, a tour nearly underway, and a brand new hit to rinse out all summer long, expect Destructo to be in your line of sight at almost every turn.
Diplo has dropped off his first solo project since 2013’s Revolution, the new seven-track collection, California.Don’t let the title fool you — random white dude still be everywhere, though nowadays the Mad Decent head leans much more west coast than anything, and lately he’s enjoyed some time in the studio with a batch of rap’s most in-demand young up-and-comers. Recruiting work from Lil Yachty, Desiigner, DRAM, MØ, Goldlink, Trippie Redd, and controversial rhymer on the rise Lil Xan, the new EP sees Diplo reaffirm his status as one of today’s top A&Rs, all rolled up and tightly packed into a wrap fit for pop music’s most ambitious force behind the console.
The EP includes previously released material, including “Look Back, “Get It Right,” and “Worry No More.” Each track on the EP features Diplo’s chameleonic style wrapped around different lyrical deliveries, with each rapper and vocalist obviously inspired by their Californian surroundings in different creative ways. One listen through California highlights just how far the Major Lazer frontman has come since his 2004 debut, Florida — and it’s a lot further than just coast to coast. Florida was the beginning of Diplo’s grind, and California plays a lot more like the type of music one could sit back and watch a young man’s game unfold to. And 15 years after his studio debut landed, its safe to say Diplo has undoubtedly earned that right.