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Listen: Ellie Goulding – “High For This (Cover)”

Ellie Goulding, best known for her hit single “Lights” which has been sampled and remixed more times than anyone can count, teamed up with her buddy Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang for an insane cover of The Weeknd‘s “High For This”. I realize that’s a lot to consider in one short sentence so I’ll try and sum it up more clearly: Ellie Goulding + Xaphoon Jones + The Weeknd. One track. Yes.

The pop starlet’s voice meshes perfectly with Xaphoon’s light, twinkling sound to create a cover that actually does justice to Abel’s original version, something that’s arguably very hard to do. You can check it out below or on Ellie’s Soundcloud page here.

MP3: Ellie Goulding – “High For This [Cover] (Prod. Xaphoon Jones)”

Mix: Every Day I’m Studying

Finals are rolling around the bend for me. While it’s very likely that I won’t study for the majority of my finals, I have to deceive myself into thinking I might actually work.

I personally have to listen to music while I study; despite all of the research that proves this is a terrible habit, it’s the only way I can focus. Instead, I try to keep the songs light and keep out upbeat songs or things that have a beat to them. Lyrics also really distract me at times because they can just be so catchy. Here’s a few songs put together for your studying with no real intended flow to the mix.

Study All Day from fanfare909 on 8tracks.

Who doesn’t appreciate a good wolf picture?

Listen: Justin Bieber – “Boyfriend [Remix] (feat. 2 Chainz, Mac Miller & Asher Roth)”

Okay, so this is just crazy dope. For his official remix of new single “Boyfriend”, Justin Bieber enlisted the help of buddies 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, and Schoolboy labelmate Asher Roth. Still don’t believe me? Check out the all-star cast rap all over Bieber’s airy beat for yourself below. Oh and if you weren’t already familiar, the keys and production were contributed by none other than Mike Posner.

MP3: Justin Bieber – “Boyfriend [Remix] (feat. 2 Chainz, Mac Miller & Asher Roth)”

Bieber’s new album Believe, which will be his third studio album, hits stores on June 19th through Island Records. Aside from this official remix, “Boyfriend” was also remixed by the Ying Yang Twins, who contributed two new verses on the song for Bieber. You can listen to that here.

[via Illroots]

Listen: Metric – “Speed The Collapse”

The newest offering from Metric is the extremely up-tempo and energetic “Speed The Collapse”, a brand new song from their forthcoming fifth studio album. Synthetica, out on June 12th through their own Metric Music International alongside Mom + Pop, will contain 11 songs and an additional 5 “Reflections” if pre-ordered on iTunes. Metric also recently worked with composer Howard Shore to score David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and if all goes according to plan, that soundtrack will be released just a little before Synthetica is. For now, at least, you can shorten the wait by jamming to “Speed The Collapse” below.

The xx Announce Summer Tour Dates

Right now, there’s still very little information about the upcoming xx album, but we do know that the band will spend almost their entire summer on the road touring, most likely in anticipation for the album’s release. The xx will spend most of the summer playing at festivals around Europe before journeying to North America for a few quick shows. You can view the entire schedule below.

The xx 2012 Tour Dates:
05/29 – Bordeaux, FR @ Le Rocher de Palmer
05/30 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Phare
05/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/08 – Turin, IT @ Traffic Festival
06/09 – Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
06/15 – Aarhus, DK @ Northside Festival
06/16 – Hultsfred, SE @ Hultsfred Festival
06/22 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/23 – Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/27 – Arendal, NO @ Hove Festival
06/29 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/07 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/14 – Joensuu, FI @ Ilosaairock Festival
07/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
07/25 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
07/28 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
07/29 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
07/31 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
08/02 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
08/09 – Sibinek, CR @ Terraneo Festival
08/10 – Budapest, HR @ Sziget Festival
08/11 – St Pere, FR @ La Route du Rock
08/18 – St. Polten, AT @ Frequency Festival
08/19 – Biddinhuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
08/31 – Laois, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/07 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival

Listen: Kendrick Lamar – “War Is My Love”

Not quite sure how this came about, but the new Ghost Recon game will come with a brand new song by TDE’s Kendrick Lamar. Titled “War Is My Love”, the song features a synth-heavy beat that reminds me of Kid Cudi‘s “Mr. Rager”. As always, Kendrick kills his verses with his lyricism and haunting rhymes. The hook isn’t necessarily the greatest, but considering this was made for a game soundtrack, I guess it’s not too shabby. Give it a listen below.

MP3: Kendrick Lamar – “War Is My Love”

Listen: Blu – “Kiss The Sky (feat. Mela Machinko)”

When it comes to Blu, you know that whether or not his new music is mastered, mixed, or even finished, he’ll come hard with the rhymes. With his newest release though, there’s absolutely no need to be worried as it’s about as finished as can be. Released through Coalmine Records, new single “Kiss The Sky” features top-notch and not lo-fi verses from Blu, a fitting chorus from Mela Machinko, and some vocal samples from Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick, Push”.

I’m still a fan of his glitchy, lo-fi style but I know a lot of you have been waiting for the Below The Heavens-style music to come back. If you’ve been a long-time fan of Blu, this is definitely a huge surprise and a great one at that. Blu hasn’t sounded this focused in quite a long time and it’s refreshing to see that he’s hopefully returning to the style of music that originally got him signed to Warner Bros. Give it a listen below and grab it on iTunes here.


Listen: Asher Roth – “Outside”

Just in time for the summer season, Asher Roth released a brand new song titled “Outside”, an ode to the warmth and greatness of the world that isn’t online and in front of a computer. The song features a highly-appropriate sample of Cults‘s “Go Outside” on the chorus and fresh lines from the former “I Love College” rapper. Instant addition to your summer playlist right here. Asher’s Def Jam debut Is This Too Orange? is currently on the way and there’s currently no word whether or not “Outside” will appear on it.

MP3: Asher Roth – “Outside”

LITS Mix #2: Dynamis

LITS Mix is a weekly mix of five free songs curated by our ears with your ears in mind. With so much free music to listen to out there, we intend to showcase our favorite tunes in an easily digestible  manner, guiding you through the riff-raff to find the music. This week, we present the second edition of our mix, a 20 minute set of songs that’ll have you nodding along whether it’s the chilled-out vibe of Tycho’s “A Walk” or the thumping bass on Y Luv’s “Earthquakes”. Kick back and get lost in the sound.

MP3: LITS Mix #2: Dynamis

(0:00 to 5:14) The Weeknd – “The Morning”
(5:14 to 10:28) Tycho – “A Walk”
(10:28 to 14:03) Skizzy Mars – “Shangri-La”
(14:03 to 18:24) Y Luv – “Earthquakes”
(18:24 to 21:20) Ra Ra Riot – “Too Dramatic (The Morning Benders Remix)”

Animal Collective Announce New Album

Following last week’s unexpected release of “Honeycomb” and “Gotham”, Baltimore four-piece Animal Collective have announced, via a video on their website, that there will indeed be a brand new album this September through Domino. The album, which is a followup to 2009’s fantastic Merriweather Post Pavilion, will be titled Centipede Hz, and the band offers more hints about the tracklisting in the video. Listen to the two new songs below, or pre-order the Honeycomb/Gotham 7”  here. Stay tuned for more info on the album.

UPDATE: The album will be released September 3rd in UK/Europe and September 4th in North America. The words and phrases in the video have also been confirmed to be the tracklisting, which you can view below.

Centipede Hz Tracklist:

01 Moonjock
02 Today’s Supernatural
03 Rosie Oh
04 Applesauce
05 Wide Eyed
06 Father Time
07 New Town Burnout
08 Monkey Riches
09 Mercury Man
10 Pulleys
11 Amanita