Crystal Castles are returning home this saturday and a few of Space Pack’s writers are lucky enough to go see them! Last time I had the opportunity to see C.C. live, I was witnessed to a strobe light heavy, whiskey spilling, synth extravaganza. I’m expecting nothing less this time!
Here’s one of my favorite tracks off their second album: Intimate:
Shawn Chrys’ third tape in the I Wear Glasses series is here. I’m digging this guy the more and more I listen to his stuff. Beats that are easy on the ears with the chill down-to-earth rhymes from Shawn. Major swag.
Neat little video for the track ‘Glass Table Girls’. If you haven’t heard House Of Balloons yet, I’m personally recommending it like a New York Times Bestseller. It’s a good listen. But is it really good? Or just the byproduct of everyone liking one okay product at the same time? Drop a line, let me know what you think.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of last week’s Thrashing Thursday, it returns today in the form of a Thugstep post! Thugstep is essentially rap over grimy bass lines, Thugs + Dubstep = Thugstep. That’s the easiest math I’ve done in months. Without further adieu, here’s your weekly fix bassheads.
First track here is a Diplo remix of a Travis Barker song released from his solo debut album Give the Drummer Some. A star-studded rap line-up is featured in this song, with hooks from Swizz Beatz and verses from The Game, Lil’ Wayne & Rick Ross. There’s a whole lotta boom when the drop hits (1:02).
Amazing tune featuring verses from two-time BRIT Award winning rapper Tinnie Tempah and melody from the golden-voiced Ellie Goulding. This remix rips the original track apart and threads it back together with grimey string.
Trap or Dub is a project taken on by producers and musicians The Kickdrums. “I put together “Trap or Dub” one weekend last March. The whole concept was to make a Dubstep mix from a Hip Hop mixtape point of view. I paired the instrumentals with rappers Jeezy and Gucci because it had an overall dark grimey feel. I tried to make all the mixes make “sense.” Good call fellas, Jeezy and Gucci have some of the thugest flows in the game and the dark basslines provide a perfect background for their street hardened raps. To download the entire mix for free, click http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/12386/trap_or_dub.html
I’m withholding one key song from this mixtape so if you dig what you hear, keep checking in on SpacePack and it’ll be posted.
Last track for this post comes from a group that’s bigger than hip hop. I always associate that sliding bass hook with Dave Chapelle’s entrance music in his show. Man, I wish that dude would keep making us laugh, where is he nowadays anyways?
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New tape from Rich Nil and Nero. After some early listens, I can tell you that I’m definitely feeling how this collection bumps. The alternative sounds have a rough feel about them which vibes perfectly with the simple beats that are layered on top. Rich Hil and Nero lace some nice wordplay on the mic to tie the set all together. Check a couple of the tracks below.
What can I say about this song? Fantastic OG piano back beat provided by R&B hitmaker Bill Withers that is perfect for summer cruising. Great verses from a young Dr. Dre and the street nasty female rapper Queen Pen, a verse so nasty in flow that it would make Nicki Minaj blush. It also usurped the “Macarena” as #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1996, so it’s got that going for it too, which is niiiiice. Play on playas.
It’s not a remix, it’s not an edit, it’s a re re re Re-Rub!
Mike Balance provides us with a smoooooth remix of this Phoenix track that blends bassline, drums, guitar and vocals harmoniously into a smooth, spirited and dementedly catchy chune. The re-rub stays pretty consistent with the original version of the song but the hard hitting bass line and subtle build ups between choruses makes this a definite standout. It’ll have you saying “Falling, Falling, Falliiiiiiiing” all day. Chea
Here’s the full video for Autoerotique’s hit track ‘Turn Up The Volume’. After being treated to the teaser vid about a week ago, the Toronto production duo showcase their film-making skills with this chaotic collision of colour. Pretty dope.
New track from XV featuring the electro-pop act Miami Horror. The song has nice summery feel to it which it pulls it more towards pop than hip hop. Still a good listen and Miami Horror always seems to freshen up whatever track their own. Listen in below.
Randy (Pat Roach) & Mr Lahey (John Dunsworth) from the Trailer Park Boys will be doing a stand up comedy routine at Vinyl night club in Guelph tonight. I’m sure they’ll bring the same drunken disfunctionality to the stage as they do on the show. My bet is Randy (the cheeseburger walrus) will inhale 15 or so cheesburgers during the course of the night. Mr. Lahey (that kermit the frog looking ma fucka) will probably will get drunk, talk about shit hawks, piss himself and pass out. Well worth the $14 to go see them!
My favorite character by far in the show has got to be the J-to-the-R-O-C. J-Roc (aka the microphone assasin) knows all about the trailer park life. “We live in the park man, it’s real gangsta. You know what I mean, you gotta keep it gangsta. Keep it real.”
In honour of Randy and Lahey’s appearance tonight, here are some Maritime heroes keeping it gangster.