Archive: November, 2009

Kelis Goes Acapella


Last week, Kelis took to her Twitter account to leak “Acapella”, the lead single off her upcoming album. The album, which is “pretty much finished“, will include tracks produced by David Guetta (“Acapella”), Boys Noize and Major Lazer (aka Diplo and Switch).

The singer was recently featured on “Scars”, the title track from Bassment Jaxx’s latest album, and also collaborated with Crookers on the track “No Security” for their upcoming release, Tons of Friends. With that top-notch roster of producers, it’s safe to say that Kelis is going in a more electro-dance direction for her upcoming album. The record is set for a spring release through Geffen Records via Will.I.Am Music Group.

Check out “Acapella” below, click through to listen to Basement Jaxx’s “Scars” and the video for Crookers’ “No Security”.

Kelis – “Acapella”

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Contest: Win Tickets for Glimpse at Cielo


Acclaimed British DJ, producer and label manager, Christopher Spero, better known as Glimpse, will make his long-awaited NYC debut this Thursday at Cielo. With the release of three well-received singles and a nomination for producer of the year in DJ magazine, 2009 has proven to be a good year for Glimpse. He has also been working on Runner, his debut studio album due in February 2010.

The multi-tasking music impresario will showcase a wide range of skills with both a live production set and an all-vinyl DJ set. Thursday’s performance at Cielo will be his only stop in the US for the next six months, so don’t miss your chance to see the master at work. We’re giving away two tickets to this landmark event, enter the contest after the jump…

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Win Tickets for Timo Maas at Santos

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This weekend the folks behind the award winning Cielo nights bring us the grand opening of Dance.Here.Too. at Santos Party house with Timo Maas. Once a resident at New York’s infamous Twilo club, Timo now drops funky beats everywhere from Circoloco in Ibiza to the Love Parade in Berlin. We at The HiFi Cartel would like reward one lucky reader with a pair of tickets to see Timo bring his twisted techno and tech-house.

Details below…

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A Match Made in Pop Heaven: Terry Urban’s Lady Stardust

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After getting a taste of Lady Stardust last Monday, we couldn’t wait to hear the full album when it was released on Friday. Now that it’s finally here, we can tell you that Terry Urban is back with another expert mash-up, one that does justice to the original music of both Lady Gaga and David Bowie. With the help of guest producers Apple Juice Kid, 6th Sense, Double O, and nVMe, along with vocal contributors Freebass 808, OnCue and Colby O’Donnis, Terry Urban brings a refreshing take on the phrase “old meets new”.

“Love Under Pressure”, produced by Apple Juice Kid and 6th Sense, is a great example of how well the two artists combine. While I wouldn’t dare say that the remix surpasses Bowie’s original “Under Pressure”, it does give Gaga’s “Love Game” a chiller, more sophisticated vibe. The Double O-produced “Papparazzi People” is another standout track, adds a more danceable beat to Lady Gaga’s “Papparazi” and David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)”

The mixtape also weaves a few interludes with quotes from both artists, as well as Christopher Walken’s hilarious take on “Poker Face”. Remixes of all of the songs are also included in the mixtape, which you can download for free here.

Listen to “Love Under Pressure” below, and be sure to come by the release party on Tuesday night at Le Poisson Rouge. Click here to RSVP, details after the jump.

Lady Stardust Featuring OnCue – “Love Under Pressure” (Produced by Apple Juice Kid & 6th Sense)

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Kid Sister Celebrates Debut at Griffin

Last Wednesday, Fool’s Gold Records celebrated the release of Kid Sister‘s Ultraviolet with a party at Griffiin. With music by label founders A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, it was refreshing to hear good music in a regular club setting. Dave 1, Diplo, Theophilus London, Spank Rock, Amanda Lepore and even Mrs. Macklovich (A-Trak and Dave 1′s mom) were in the house to celebrate Kid Sister’s big debut.

Nick Catchdubs was manning the decks when we arrived. He spun a good selection of pure hip-hop, possibly in anticipation of A-Trak’s electro set that followed.

A-Trak started off with a short speech congratulating Kid Sister and “aNYway” by Duck Sauce. The beginning of his set was dominated by electro, leaning more towards commercial club tracks before moving on to the good stuff. He played Jack Beats’ dubby remix of La Roux’s “I’m Not Your Toy”, an electro mix of Kid Sister’s “Big n Bad”, and his own remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll”. He later moved into hip-hop, dropping crowd pleasers like Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and Puff Daddy’s “Bad Boy For Life”.

Click here to view the photo gallery, and check out Jack Beats’ remix of “I’m Not Your Toy” below.

La Roux – “I’m Not Your Toy” (Jack Beats Remix)

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On the Rise: Theophilus London


After weeks of anticipation, Theophilus London finally released his first single, “Humdrum Town”, on Green Label Sound. Since the debut of This Charming Mixtape in January, Theophilus London has made considerable strides in both his work and his career. Not only has his music matured, he is also a member of Chauffeur, a supergroup that also counts Mark Ronson, Sam Sparro, and The Dap Kings’ Victor Axelrod and Tommy Brenneck as members.

Last month, the up-and-coming artist packed in a whopping six appearances during CMJ’s five-day period, including the Green Label Sound party at the Brooklyn Bowl on October 23. Rocking a pair of sunglasses, Theophilus London’s presence on stage is decidedly cool. He made good use of the large stage, engaging the audience with his slick dance moves. Set highlights included “Humdrum Town”, “Ultraviolet”, and remixes of Amadou & Mariam’s “Sabali” and The Very Best’s “Julia”. He closed with his catchy rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Always Love You”.

It was clear that his sound developed considerably since the mixtape’s January release, evident in the drastic reimagining of “Ultraviolent”. The original version on This Charming Mixtape is punk rock fused with hip-hop, in a manner reminiscent of N.E.R.D. The new version, renamed “Ultraviolet”, retains the punk influence in the bass line and drums, but adds a synth-pop melody that gives the song a completely different feel. A silvery hook and smoothed-out vocals complete the transformation. Listen to the two tracks for yourself:

Theophilus London – “Ultraviolent”

Theophilus London – “Ultraviolet”

If you think Theophilus London’s music isn’t enough evidence of his growth, look no further than his latest incarnation, Chauffeur. Described by Mark Ronson as “a fictitious supergroup”, Chauffeur was commissioned to record a song to tie into the release of Mark Ronson’s new line of shoes for Gucci. There are very few bands that are fronted by both a vocalist and a rapper, proven to be a winning combination when Chauffeur performed at the Levis/Fader Fort on October 24.

With one original song under their Gucci belts, Chauffeur’s set only consisted two songs: a cover of Sheila E’s “This Glamorous Life”, and “Soles on Fire”, which has a soft electro melody over a subtle hip hop/funk beat. With lyrics like “Guccis on my feet, it’s about that time” and “I ran so far, my soles’ on fire”, Chauffeur does a great job of producing a solid track while tying in the brand. Gucci is giving away an exclusive 12″ vinyl of “Soles of Fire” with the purchase of Mark Ronson’s shoes.

Chauffeur has shown a lot of promise in their debut track, and we have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve seen of their unique collaboration. As for Theophilus London, based on what we’ve heard in the past year, there’s no doubt in our minds that we have a lot to look forward to.

After the jump, check out a few photos of Theophilus London’s recent CMJ performances, and be sure to click here for a free download of “Humdrum Town” from Green Label Sound.

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Kid Sister: Worth the Wait


After a long wait – two years to be exact – Kid Sister (aka Melissa Young) has finally released her debut album. Originally titled Dream Date and set for a July 2008 release, Ultraviolet came out this week with beats and synths from Fool’s Gold Records founders A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs. With the help of XXXChange, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Rusko, Herve & Sniden, Yuksek and Spank Rock, Kid Sister creates flows with lexical quirks that makes Ultraviolet an enjoyable listen. The Chicago native joined the coveted club of female rappers in 2007 with her breakthrough billboard chart single “Pro Nails”, featuring Kanye West. Kid Sister got her start while touring with Flosstradamus (her younger brother, Josh Young makes up half of the duo), when she caught the attention of A-Trak, and the rest is nothing short of bumping erotic beats and warranted dancing.

The release of Ultraviolet makes it clear that Kid Sister has grown into a persona, taking the time to harness the interests that she garnered from her collaboration with Kanye West.  Many artists take their brink and rush for the glory, but by allowing herself the time to mature, Kid Sister yielded a magnetic and fun album of polished dance tunes and charismatic lyrics.

Tonight (Wednesday, November 18), Fool’s Gold Records will celebrate the album’s release at Griffin with DJ sets by A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, DRek Martinez and others (click here to RSVP). You can also catch her live with Flosstradamus at Webster Hall on November 27th.

Update: Click here for photos from the release party

Check out Rusko’s dubalicious remix of “Pro Nails” below, and click through for the “Right Hand Hi” music video and track list for Ultraviolet.

Kid Sister – “Pro Nails” (Rusko Remix)

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Bassnectar Causes a Frenzy in NYC

Bassnectar stopped by NYC last Friday for a sold out, ear-shattering performance at Irving Plaza. Along with opening acts Nosaj Thing and Joro Boro, Bassnectar quenched New York City’s thirst for dubstep… at least for the time being.

Joro Boro kicked things off with his worldly set that drew from a wide range of music. With oriental, indian, and even polka influences, it wasn’t surprising to learn that Joro Boro has toured with gypsy band Gogol Bordello.

Nosaj Thing took over at 11 PM with a more subtle, low-key sound. His set-up was simple – a laptop and a MIDI controller – but his hands were in constant motion. Just when I was beginning to liken him to Flying Lotus, he dropped his own remix of Flying Lotus’ “Camel”, solidifying the comparison. Other highlights included a bass-heavy remix of Busta Rhymes’ “Dangerous” and an interpretation of Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon” instrumental.

True to his name, Bassnectar leaned heavily towards dubstep and drum & bass, amplified by the wall of subwoofers lining the front of the stage. While he played genre staples like Emalkay’s “When I Look at You”, “Eastern Jam” by Chase and Status, and his own “Cozza Frenzy”, he also used songs and samples from every genre imaginable, including electro (Justice “Phantom”), reggae (Buju Banton “Walk Like a Champion”) and even rock (Led Zeppelin “Kashmir”). Hip-hop and dubstep have seen a lot of crossover lately, and Bassnectar didn’t shy away from putting in his two cents, dropping reworked versions of The Fugees’ “Ready or Not”, Missy Elliot’s “Work It”, and Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says”. Bassnectar’s set, which lasted nearly three hours, was coupled with a wide variety of visuals that included tripped-out animations and seemingly random video clips projected on a large screen behind him.

When he needs a change of pace from the bass-heavy goodness that is Bassnectar, Lorin Ashton turns to his side project, West Coast Lo-Fi, a more downtempo outlet for self-expression. After the jump, check out the West Coast Lo-Fi Remix of Bassnectar’s “Heads Up”.


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Check Out Pretty Lights at The Fillmore

This Thursday Pretty Lights drops by The Fillmore to give New York City a dose of the future. Leading the jaunt into beats unknown is Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith who brilliantly fuses organic rhythms with robust, soulful samples. Accompanied by live drummer, Cory Eberhard, this ensemble conjures a diverse sound that infects dance floors across the country.

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BBC’s Essential Mix: DJ Zinc


This week Radio One brings us DJ Zinc, an East Londoner who made a name for himself producing hip hop laced drum & bass in the mid ’90s. Throwing the genre mask on him would be a big mistake however, as he is always about hybrid sounds and fusing new elements into his productions and DJ sets. His versatility is what sets him apart from other DJs, jumping effortlessly between breakbeats, electro, two-step and grime. Listen out for quality re-rubs of Passion Pit, Laidback Luke, Major Lazer and Emalkay.

DJ Zinc – Essential Mix

Full tracklisting and download after the jump.

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