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10.11.14

#MusicMonday w/ Sango, Little Simz & BenZel

#MusicMonday for 45/52 (2014) | Ses Rêveries

Track List:

Marion Cotillard - Snapshot in LA
BenZel X Ryn Weaver - Touch
Boots - I Run Roulette
Domo Genesis - Under the Influence 2 [Mixtape]
Ryn Weaver X Cashmere Cat - Octahate [Remix]
Jessica Pratt - Back, Baby
Roska X Jamie George - Higher
Ludacris - Nutmeg [Freestyle]
Singularis - Poolin'
Little Simz X Jakwob X Caitlyn Scarlett - Time Capsule
Lupe Fiasco - Deliver
Sango X Kaytranada X Mr Carmack - I1 (I Won)
Omarion X Jhene Aiko X Chris Brown - Post to Be [Snippet]
Fall Out Boy X Lupe Fiasco - Only the Bulls
Siya X Chris Brown X Problem - N---a Like Me
Earl Sweatshirt - 45
Tyrese X Snoop Dogg - Dumb S--t
Nick Jonas X Tinashe - Jealous [Remix]

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Marion Cotillard - Snapshot in LA

Vocalist: Marion Cotillard
Producers: Joseph Mount (from Metronomy), Villaine
Release Date:
Rating: 4/5
Project: (unknown)
Highlights: It's no secret, I love Cotillard; her version of Piaf's La Vie En Rose was brilliant, so I'm glad to see her release more music. This track is beautifully ethereal and atmospheric. If you're not sure how you feel about a sophisticated old-school French indie sound with a touch of that eighties dream pop, welcome to the song that makes up your mind for you. From her eerily detached vocals to the dreamy production, it's a guaranteed winner. The visuals dropped earlier today on i-D.com, by the way.




BenZel X Ryn Weaver - Touch

Vocalist: Ryn Weaver
Producers: Umi Takahashi and Yoko Watanabe [of BenZel]
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: 3.5/5
Project: Men EP
Highlight: BenZel appear to be on a roll after the Cashmere Cat collabo, no? This is quite a good song but honestly, I was slightly underwhelmed. It's entirely my own fault for mentally over-hyping as soon as I saw their names together, but there you go. A good listen, nonetheless. The rest of the EP is available to stream on Sound Cloud as well.




Boots - I Run Roulette

Vocalist: Boots
Producer: Boots
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Rating: 4/5
Project: WinterSpringSummerFall
Highlight: It's aggressive and I like that; he's switched up the usual soulful melodies for a strong bass swathed by his silky voice.




Domo Genesis - Under the Influence 2 [Mixtape]

Artists: Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, IAMSU!, Mac Miller, Tay Walker
Producers:  Hodgy Beats, ID Lab, Left Brain, SAP
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Rating: 4/5
Project: Under the Influence 2 [mixtape]
Highlight: The fact there is an entire mixtape on this list is indicative enough, I feel. It is too smooth and too good to not be on here in its entirety. Just hit play. Like, seriously. I don't even - just hit play, man. Keep an ear out for some D'Angelo/Brown Sugar sampling as well. I kid you not.




Ryn Weaver X Cashmere Cat - Octahate [Remix]

Artist: Ryn Weaver
Producer: Cashmere Cat
Release Date:
Rating: 4.5/5
Project: (none)
Highlight: I remember discovering Octahate on SC and just seeing the number of plays rise exponentially from around the two-thousand mark to over a million! The original production was evident, a Cashmere Cat remix was coming - and he has indeed delivered.




Jessica Pratt - Back, Baby

Vocalist: Jessica Pratt
Producer: Jessica Pratt
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: 3.5/5
Project: On Your Own Love Again
Highlight: I find Jessica Pratt absolutely enchanting. Her vocals, a little on the weird side - always a good thing over here; the lyrics, a tad juvenile in that uncomfortable overemotional-teenage-girl style. But no one can deny there is something about this woman, this air of naïveté and openness that just completes the package, really.




Roska X Jamie George - Higher

Vocalist: Jamie George
Producer: Roska
Release Date: November 7, 2014
Rating: 4/5
Project: Wave EP
Highlight: British Drum & Bass at its finest. I do love a bit of bromance as well; these two have been regular collaborators, and the pairing always comes out beautifully.




Ludacris - Nutmeg [Freestyle]

Vocalist: Ludacris
Producer: Black Moes-Art
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Rating: 4/5
ProjectLudaverses [series]
Highlight: Luda spits white-hot fire over the 2000 Ghostface Killah track, Nutmeg. The adorable throwback cover photo is an added bonus - look at that face!




Singularis - Poolin'

Producer: Singularis
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Rating: 4.5/5
Project: (unknown)
Highlight: "Let that beat drop!"




Little Simz X Jakwob X Caitlyn Scarlett - Time Capsule

Vocalists: Little Simz, Caitlyn Scarlett
Producers: Jakwob
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: 4/5
Project: Time Capsule EP
Highlight: This particular North London Hip Hop sound has never really sat well with me. It was either too wannabe gangster with the 'brap-brap's and 'fam's, or too wannabe Tupac with the mostly-ineffective attempts at being "deep." But like Chipmunk, Little Simz somehow found a way into my music heart amidst the too-similar releases from the capital. She shows off her lyrical finesse and versatility with Time Capsule.




Lupe Fiasco - Deliver

Vocalists: Lupe Fiasco, Ty Dolla $ign
Producers:
Release Date: November 9, 2014
Rating: 4.9/5
Project: Tetsuo & Youth
Highlight: The first release from Tetsuo & Youth, and it is as political and as fiery as you would imagine. The Chi-town native holds nothing back with Ty serving up a haunting chorus. It's a brilliant taster of what's to come from T&Y.




Sango - I1 (I Won)

Producers: Sango, Mr Carmack, Kaytranada
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Rating: 4.5/5
Project: (unknown)
Highlight: Sango samples Mr Carmack's Blackbirds and Kaytra's Killa Cats with bloody amazing results. This is a must listen!




Omarion X Jhené Aiko X Chris Brown - Post to Be [Snippet]

Vocalists: Omarion, Jhené Aiko, Chris Brown
Producer: DJ Mustard
Release Date: Week 46 2014
Rating: 4/5
Project: Sex Playlist (very demure)
Highlight: Um... the fact that it is actually happening? I've missed Omarion, I really have.



Fall Out Boy X Lupe Fiasco - Only the Bulls

Artists: Fall Out Boy, Lupe Fiasco
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Rating: 3.5/5
Project: (unknown)
Highlight: It's an updated "rap 'n' roll" remix of the original 1966 Chicago Bulls anthem by Ira Antelis, Cheryl Berman and Steve Schanwald - and unsurprisingly, Lupe owns it entirely.





Siya X Chris Brown X Problem - N---a Like Me

Vocalists: Siya, Chris Brown, Problem
Producer: Amadeus
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Rating: 3.75/5
Project: (unknown)
Highlight: Siya really couldn't have picked a more perfect collaborator for this track.




Earl Sweatshirt - 45

Vocalist: Earl Sweatshirt
Producer: The Alchemist
Release Date: November 6, 2014
Rating: 4.75/5
Project: Gnossos
Highlight: The beef Michael Fantano caused in the comments section was a pretty big highlight. I love me some good shade. But seriously though, 45 is unbelievably good. Like, you-need-in-depth-lyrical-analysis-to-truly-appreciate-how-good-Earl-is-but-he-blows-your-mind-either-way good.

But - and I know we're all thinking it - who the hell is "dar Qness"?




Tyrese X Snoop Dogg - Dumb S--t

Vocalists: Tyrese, Snoop Dogg
Producer: (unknown)
Release Date: November 5, 2014
Rating: 4/5
ProjectBlack Rose
Highlight: Black Ty is back.




Nick Jonas X Tinashe - Jealous [Remix]

Vocalists: Nick Jonas, Tinashe
Producer: Nolan Lambroza
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: 3.75/5
ProjectNick Jonas
Highlight: Nick Jonas was always my Jonas bae - always. Everybody was all Joe back in the day, they just didn't see what I saw in the curly-haired cutie, musically - and otherwise (#shameless). Now he's blossomed into a buff musical swan and suddenly every tween queen out there thinks they can rain on my parade? Simmer down, children, simmer down.

Anyway, the Jealous remix is pretty damn good. And that is coming from someone who still isn't on the Tinashe train (I'm finding it extremely difficult to let that we can go dumb / then go more dumb line from 2 On slide to this day. I mean, really? How strapped for lyrics were you, boo-boo?). But her vocals were quite a good match - and you can watch them perform it live in Brooklyn here.




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