From his extra heavy music choice, to his energy filled sets and metal like hair and headbanging, Bassnectar is without a doubt the metalhead rock figure within the electronic world. This makes this newest bit of news all the more fitting as Bassnectar just shared a photo of himself with Tom Morello of iconic rock metal band Rage Against The Machine in the studio with the caption:
"In the studio with Tom Morello, raging against machines!!!"
He has played various bass infused metal bootlegs over the years, even including a remix of Rage's "Killing In The Name Of" in his live sets, so this is quite a natural collaboration. As we sit and patiently wait for whatever magic the two have cooked up you can get an idea of what it might sound like by listening to Bassnectar's remix of "Seek & Destroy" by Metallica below.
Big Sean, Drake and Kanye West all link up for the video for “Blessings” which is taken from Sean’s recent studio album Dark Sky Paradise. We get a very minimalistic video done in all black and white with all three rappers delivering their verses with not an ounce of fucking around, fitting with the serious tone of the track. Watch the powerful video below. Enjoy!
Diplo's dancehall group Major Lazer has been riding the success of their huge Free The Universe album released last year; a year that saw them headlining countless festivals and Mad Decent Block Parties across the globe. Well they have a new record coming out this year and today they've linked up with DJ Snake for what could be one of the biggest dance anthems of 2015. "Lean On" is both reggae, trap, pop and more for a unique and instant hit. From the organic reggae drums to the insanely catchy melody the track is tied together by MØ's perfect vocals. Listen to the full version below and pick up your copy and be prepared to hear this one a lot this year. Enjoy!
Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ) | iTunes
One of TSIS's favorites Logic has been riding the success of his massively successful debut studio album Under Pressure complete with a near sold out world tour he is currently in the middle of. Well today he drops off his first new song since the album's release with "Top Ten" featuring Big K.R.I.T. The song features some laid back production from 6ix which sets the tone for Logic to spit some non stop lines reflecting on the past year. Listen to the song below and no details on a free release. Enjoy!
Logic – Top Ten (Ft. Big K.R.I.T.)
Climbing Toronto / Austin rapper Tory Lanez has been on our radar for years now and has not been short on releases the past few months including songs "Diego" and "Mama Told Me" produced by Ryan Hemsworth. Today Tory has teamed up with London based production duo Snakehips for a very unexpected but incredible collaboration titled "Dímelo". Snakehips step out of the box on this one and lay down a synth-fueled, 808-heavy, hip-hop meets R&B beat which Tory proceeds to step up and destroy bouncing from singing and rapping seamlessly. The song was made in one night as part of the "Songs From Scratch & Yours Truly" campaign, which spawned tracks like the GoldLink x Chet Faker heater last year. Stream the full song below and we will keep you posted on a download. Enjoy
Snakehips x Tory Lanez – Dímelo
The always incredible Australian beatmaker Ta-Ku has just unveiled his latest release which appears to be an unlikely collaboration with Jaden Smith. The 16 year old son of Will Smith displays some lyrical prowess over these three new songs that are uploaded as one continues track titled “Beast Mode.” Ta-Ku utilizes a classic hip hop vibe on these beats with smooth melodies, solid percussion, and even manages to work in a sample from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory's “Imagination” song. Jaden displays his versatility and potential to truly be considered a very legitimate rapper. Enjoy!
Ta-Ku x Jaden Smith – Beast Mode
To make your Valentines day complete, Diplo has just shared the full version of his monstrous collaboration with Madonna alongside Nicki Minaj, appropriately titled "Bitch I'm Madonna". Diplo links up with booming newcomer producer Sophie to create a high energy production full of wonky synths that is the perfect background for both Madonna and Nicki to deliver some infectious verses. This is going to be released on Madonna's forthcoming album Rebel Heart due March 10th.
Madonna – Bitch I'm Madonna (ft. Nicki Minaj) prod by Diplo | Preorder Album
Kanye West has been building a heavy amount of buzz around both his upcoming album and the debut of his newest shoe collaboration, the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost. The shoe was revealed at a presentation in New York hours ago that was also streamed to 50 theaters around the world.
The presentation also managed to debut a brand new song, “Wolves”, from his upcoming, still untitled new album. The song features an auto-tuned Yeezy alongside rising Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and indie singer Sia for a perfect combination. Cashmere Cat has also just revealed via Twitter that himself and Sinjan Hawke are the ones responsible for production on this upcoming tune.
You can hear the new song via a fan’s video of most of the presentation below.
Chicago trap kings Flosstradamus are back on our radar with the much anticipated release of their new single "SOUNDCLASH" featuring London based producer TroyBoi. This is a step back in the hype direction they are known for, a change up from recently released extra-chill songs like their original "Rebound" or remix of Raury's "God's Whisper". "SOUNDCLASH" brings a newer sound from Floss thanks to Troyboi, carrying out a gritty video game inspired twist. Stream the full song below and grab it on iTunes as it released today through Ultra Records. Enjoy!
Flosstradamus & Troyboi – SOUNDCLASH | iTunes
French producer / DJ Madeon is just over a month away from releasing his highly anticipated album "Adventure" which we have been informed, will feature collaborations with bands Bastille, Foster the People and even Passion Pit. Today we get our hands on the song with Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit; it's a disco infused production with the perfect blend of organic upbeat indie influence. It will be hard not to keep this song on repeat so stream in full below and most of all. Enjoy!
Madeon – Pay No Mind (ft. Passion Pit) | Pre-Order on iTunes
The collaborative efforts of DJ Mustard and Cashmere Cat have produced an amazing new track “Ice Rink.” This massive collab brings Cashmere's future bass sounds to Mustard's hip hop vibe providing for a perfectly rounded out track. This is the first release from the two talented producers, but we can expect to hear more material as Cashmere Cat has stated "me and mustard started this song in his studio in Burbank January last year.. very excited to let u hear the first of many beats we did together.. <3 cc.” You can definitely hear the influence from each artist on the track as they offer their very recognizable, signature sounds. Enjoy!
Cashmere Cat & DJ Mustard – Ice Rink | Free Download
Skrillex has been known to work with some massive collaborators over the years like A$AP Rocky, Fatman Scoop, Chance the Rapper among many many others, but his latest is sure to surprise everyone. Over the past year Skrillex has been playing the 80's band Toto's iconic hit "Africa" during his sets, Inspired by his Australian friends What So Not. The track added a flashback to a timeless classic and a nice change of pace during both artists' high energy sets.
Well now it has been revealed that these hugely accredited producers are working with the LA based 6 piece band, over 30 years since the original hit was made. This should lead to some very interesting things given the polar opposite differences in their musical styles. We are looking forward to seeing what they both cooked up. Here's Toto's facebook status and more in depth thoughts about working with the producers below.
Here is what Toto had to say about Skrillex being such a nice guy to work with and how working with What So Not was a meeting of 2 generations.
"It is VERY melodic and Joe and I sang and the band is very cool and Skrillex is a very nice guy and very creative as are the team "What So Not' It was a 'love fest' right away and we created something from a germ of an idea they had and it was a meeting of 2 generations.. NEVER would have thought it worked.. they called US and we went and ended up writing and recording a VERY cool piece. It will be interesting to see what they do with this. I love a new fresh challenge. We all walked away happy on both sides. Great experiment that worked. Dont worry.. Toto is NOT going dubstep haha It was fun session and we made some new friends."
One of the heaviest and biggest names in bass music, Canada's Excision, has linked up with Scandinavian duo Pegboard Nerds for a massive bass collaboration to set the year off. "Bring The Madness" brings out the melody driven high paced edge you can expect from the nerds meshed with the signature overly brutal sound you can expect from Excision. The vocals from Mayor Apeshit provide an interesting touch and help offset the intense rollercoaster ride of a production. Enjoy!
Excision & Pegboard Nerds – Bring The Madness | iTunes
Jeremih continues his comeback sprint following his collaboration with producer Shlomo on the No More EP, being featured on "Party Girls" with Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa and Cashmere Cat, and his other recent, and successful singles. Today we get Jeremih's nex single with a song featuring J. Cole, titled "Planes".
This song originally surfaced months back at a Chance The Rapper show; the track was supposed to see a feature from Chance himself but it looks like things have changed and J. Cole has taken on the role. I can imagine based off the clip we featured of the original Chance version that it must have been dope, but J. Cole did manage to step up here and kills it. This song blends hip-hop and R&B seamlessly for a song bringing out the best of both artists. Listen below and we will keep you updated on the official release. Enjoy!
Jeremih – Planes (Ft. J. Cole)
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