—One of last Summer’s bangers gets revamped by two up-and-coming artists- Xaphoon Jones (of Chiddy Bang) and Ellie Goulding. Here, they brighten up the dark ballad by The Weeknd.
1 Love T.O. does a great feature called “Covered,” which is where I spotted this gem. Personally, I’m not always a fan of cover versions, as more often than not they aim to recapture the original song but fall short in doing so. With that being said, when artists deliver a new perspective on a older track, covers can really bring new life to a song.
Ellie and Xaphoon execute that notion to a tee. It’s nice to hear the female vocals, but Xaphoon’s beat steals the show. His ability to chop up the vocal samples and fit them into the background is quite amazing and really takes this minimal beat to the next level. Grab the track for free over at Ellie Goulding’s Soundcloud page.
With instrumentals produced entirely by Rich Kidd, the Naturally Born Strangers mixtape is a gritty, sonically forward thinking mixtape highlighting cut throat rhymes by Tona, Adam Bomb and Rich Kidd himself.
Considering the situation overseas, perhaps including the word typhoon was not the wisest choice. Other than that, the uplifting orchestra that caresses your ears from this new TxE track is enough to be an inspirational soundtrack to the said tragedy.
A graphic designer turned writer and compulsive rider of bikes, James Greig documents cycle culture in his native London and beyond at CycleLove and blogs about designers-turned-entrepeneur on his own site.
There's two ways you can look at hip-hop. It's either getting old or it's grown up. I prefer the latter. And though the subject matter has been harped on before, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar somehow bring a fresh perspective to it with "Nosetalgia."