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Ski Beatz – 24 Hour Karate School Pt. II (Review)

August 11th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

With all of the hype about Watch the Throne, producer Ski Beatz just released a sick album completely under the radar. 24 Hour Karate School Part II has the same format as its predecessor, where Ski cooks up his typical brand of jazzy, underground hip-hop, then invites some of the game’s fastest up-and-comers over to spit. It’s good shit.

If you remember from the last album, Ski had Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, and Stalley spit, all of whom had tremendous years so far. Ski has been in the game a long time and not only can he create great music, but he’s also serving as a tastemaker to feature artists that he likes, that a lot of people haven’t heard.

24 Hour Karate School part 1 had a few songs that were a little too out there for me, but Mr. Beatz’ latest work is full of solid tracks with none that I want to skip over. Each track features beats that you can’t hear anywhere else except from the man himself, and some of the hottest rappers killing it on each track. Highlights of mine are:

Ski Beatz – Illegal (Ft. Freddie Gibbs)

Ski Beatz – Moon Walkin’ (Ft. STS)

Ski Beatz is definitely a hidden gem in the hip-hop game and I highly recommend everyone go cop the album on itunes and follow the dude on Twitter to support.

Introducing Madeon *Upbeat Dance Jams

August 9th, 2011 by | Dance, House |

I don’t know much about 17 year old French Producer Madeon, except that he’s absolutely killing it. I found him through our friends over at Vacay Vitamins and his music is unreal. Madeon plays upbeat dance party jams unlike anything you’ve heard before. He’s kind of like The Knocks on steroids.

The kid caught serious attention with his hundreds of thousands of soundcloud plays and is now signed with William Morris, but don’t expect him to come to stateside soon, because I’m pretty sure he has school. Check out some of my favorite tracks from Madeon below:

Madeon – Shuriken

Alphabeat – DJ (Madeon Remix)

Madeon – For You

Check out more tunes on his Soundcloud page, follow him on Twitter, and stay tuned for big things from this kid.

Guest Mixes by Dave and Carter of Aer

August 5th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Guest Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap |

If you’re a frequent Before the Bigs reader, you’ve heard a lot of awesome music coming from up-and-coming hip-hop duo Aer. Their laid-back style is reminiscent of bands like Sublime and Pepper, and they’ve been making some major moves around the blogosphere in the past couple of months. If you haven’t given these guys a chance, check out our posts about their music here.

Right in time for the weekend, Aer, consisting of Dave (pictured left) and Carter (pictured right), gave us a sneak peak into their itunes by each creating chilled-out playlists in honor of the end of summer. Each playlist gives a look into these guys’ influences and what has brought them to create their own mellow style. The playlists are pretty different, but each one is perfect for posting up by a pool, grilling, and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Check out the playlists after the jump:


STS – Cliche (Prod by the Knux)

July 30th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Underground and hidden gem rapper STS just dropped the first single, “Cliche” off his upcoming album album titled The Illustrious. I’m always impressed with STS’s flow and his seriously unique flow over pretty industry standard beats. The beat, produced by The Knux, is chilled out and sparse, but STS goes HAM and absolutely kills it.

STS has been in the game awhile, yet he remains out of the spotlight. Follow the dude on Twitter and Facebook and keep an eye out for The Illustrious.

Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed (Star Slinger Remix)

July 29th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

In the DJ game, there is no one who can touch UK DJ/producer Star Slinger. He has carved out his own path, and there is absolutely nobody near him in terms of combining originality, creativity, and fat beats. His latest track, a remix to Washed Out’s “Eyes be Closed” transforms the mellow indie campfire swaying into a breakbeat dance track.

Download: Washed Out – “Eyes Be Closed” (Star Slinger Remix)

Right now, Star Slinger stays slaying dance-floors overseas in Europe, but rumor has it that he’ll be touring the US in the late fall/early winter. Follow him on Twitter for updates. If he comes to your city, go catch him live. I promise, you’ve never heard anything like this dude.

The Magic Beans – The Magic Beans (Free Album)

July 28th, 2011 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae |

When you talk to jam band fans, most will tell you that they never listen to studio albums. You go see bands like Phish and Umphrey’s McGee for the energy and live improvisation that takes the music to a level you just can’t reach in a studio environment. However, the Magic Beans, out of Boulder, Colorado, just released an album that will have you thinking a little differently.

On the Beans’ self-titled debut, they bring you tighter, more polished versions of the songs they’ve been playing live for almost a year now. On the album only one song dips below 5 minutes while the rest around right around 10 minutes long. Now, that does not mean noodling by any means. They went into the studio with a purpose. They wanted to jam hard but without losing focus. On each track, there are solos, quick changes, dips, and massive peaks, all coming together to create a real mellow listen top-to-bottom.

Highlights for me from the album are the chilled out vibes of “Adonde?” the bluegrass flair on “Mountain Sky” and the space funk of “Gefiltefunk.” The entire album is full of mellow vibes from a band that loves what they do.

Check out the Magic Beans free album below:
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Last week, the Magic Beans killed it at the Fox Theatre in Boulder for their official album release party, and you can find all of the pictures on their Facebook.

J_Mal – Earthquake

July 27th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

When you think of big hip-hop cities, one of the last places you’ll think of is Boulder, CO. However, J_Mal, AKA Kendrick Celestine is trying to change that. A football player at the University of Colorado in Boulder, J_Mal is developing a huge presence out there being one of the only local hip-hop acts in Colorado.

Working with Nu Productions, J_Mal dropped “Earthquake,” a serious dance party club jam. The song is fun and super catchy, and I could definitely see this being played in clubs across the country. Good looks.

Follow J_Mal on Twitter and you can check out his newest 5 song EP/Mixtape here.

Fly Union – TGTC (Mixtape)

July 26th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Fly Union out of Columbus, OH, are some of the sickest rappers to fly under the radar. Their latest mixtape, TGTC: The Great Than Club is one of the tapes you play when you’re mellowing out or driving around nodding your head. Their as smooth as butter. These guys have been getting co-signs from some serious industry heads and the mixtape also features a bunch of dope collabs including Pac Div and Dom Kennedy, yet these dudes are still far too unknown.

Download their mixtape and get in the know:

Download: Fly Union – TGTC

Follow Fly Union: Facebook/Twitter

Logic – Mind of Logic (Video)

July 25th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Logic, the newest artist to sign to Chris Zarou’s Visionary Music Group, home of Tayyib Ali, just dropped the visuals to his latest track, “Mind of Logic.” The beat is simple boom bap stuff, but Logic is so lyrical and skilled with his wordplay, that he absolutely kills the beat. Logic is a seriously talented, technical rapper, as can spit super quick and tight while still adding in tons of internal rhymes. Check out the video after the jump:


OCD: Moosh & Twist – Dream On (Video)

July 22nd, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Young spittas Moosh & Twist just dropped the visuals for “Dream On,” the first release off their upcoming mixtape. The beat has a real hard, avant garde piano line, and the dudes murk it. The lyrics start with Twist going hard and getting real serious, but after the first chorus, it gets back to typical OCD jumping on the couch, dance circles, and keeping it way more chill. Check out the video after the jump


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