420 High-Five: Snoop Dogg Drops It Like It’s Hot Again

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | April 18, 2014 Common -- I Want You (Kaytranada Edition) Kaytranada takes on Common’s “I Want You,” a track from his 2009 album Finding Forever. The Canadian producer ads electronic beats and various dance elements for this quality remix. Snoop Dogg -- Drop It Like It’s Hot (Kartell Remix) Who could forget ... Read More >

Swedish acts that cross over into the North American consciousness have tended towards the endearingly twee. But bands like Skull Defekts and Johnossi are exporting sounds and attitudes much more confrontational and viscerally explosive. The latter have an explosive new album, Transitions, being released in the US April 29th by Universal Sweden/Caroline. The duo of John Engelbert (vocals, guita... Read More > Kanye West Feat. T-Pain – Good Life (Ruen & Melker Project Trap Remix) It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to remix a classic like “Good Life,” especially when the artist is known for being particularly vain and uptight. However, I believe Ruen & Melker have done the song justice and have nothing to worry about. Mazde... Read More >

FKA Twigs, So FKAmazing

Music | By. Katie Chow | April 16, 2014

FKA Twigs has quietly become the biggest new star of the UK's R&B-pop scene, following in the footsteps of globetrotting acts like Jessie Ware and Sam Smith. The Gloucestershire-born artist is on her first North American tour (though she’s only stopping in Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York) and her internet buzz for last year's EP2 precedes her–big time. While she could easily skip ahead ... Read More > Le P – History (Feat. Michael Jackson)  The late Michael Jackson carries such bite and strength in his vocals, I find it hard not to grit my teeth while listening to his feature in this track by Le P. Hearing his voice work so well in today’s chillwave atmosphere reminds me of the King of Pop’s immeasurable talent and versatility. Read More >

Highly-lauded instrumental rock band Explosions in the Sky have spent over a decade garnering a massive fan base and winning our affection with their distinctive six-string sound. Known for creating sweepingly cinematic sonic worlds with their albums and film scores (Prince Avalanche), as well as the television shows they’ve contributed their music to—namely Friday Night Lights. EITS achieve... Read More >

Beautiful Danish neo-folk singer CallmeKat (nee Katrine Ottosen) is probably best known here for her brilliant cover of “Love Cats” on the 2008 Cure tribute album Perfect As Cats. But her recent SXSW performance turned many heads and stole as many hearts. Her winsome song stylings have all the cool Euro melancholia of a Carla Bruni, yet with sort the raw soul-baring that might recall Joni M... Read More > Drake – Too Much (Unlikely Futures Rework)  Electronic Trio “Unlikely Futures” have fashioned one of the best Drake remixes circulating at the moment, working in standard trap beats and pacifying female vocals to alter the track’s entire tone. The Hood Internet – Ignition (1901 Remix) (R. Kelly vs. Phoenix)  When ... Read More >

Premiere: VEDAS – Exhume EP

Music | By. Katie Chow | April 14, 2014

Less than a year after their inception, VEDAS have arrived at the release of their debut EP, Exhume. Formed last summer in Washington, D.C., the duo of Alex Lee and Andrew Monborne makes music that's atmospheric, Air-y, and gently uplifting. The classically-trained Lee uses his falsetto voice as an instrument of its own, complemented by swelling synths and compellingly textured percussion. I don't... Read More > Lana Del Rey – West Coast After performing the song yesterday at Coachella—which apparently went much better than her live performance on SNL—LDR released “West Coast” for everyone to hear.  This track is unlike the slow-mo disco heard in the recently leaked, “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight,” and more characteristically atmospheric and fluid.   h... Read More >