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Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Feat. Santigold)

“…that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

-Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, 2006.

Oh yes. Next week marks the beginning of New York Fashion Week. For many, this is a week of discovering the new and the outrageous, the unimaginable and the unobtainable. The taste makers of the industry will all flock to Lincoln Center once more to admire the work of fashion gods.

I understand that not all people are moved or inspired by this (arguable) holiday of  delight, but in the words of Miranda Priestly, it will undoubtably affect you. Perhaps the fashion will not get to you first, but the music will. Each year, shows play new tracks from artists and some old tracks which they have dusted off and given new life to. Much like that of the recycled trends in fashion. Each show has a soundtrack which is made to strut to, to make a statement to. Many of which even publish their mixes after the show making the experience available to the masses.

Whether you are in to the clothes or the scene or none of it, you will likely hear some of the songs played next week off the runway. I, personally, can’t wait.

Here is a song which was played during NYFW Fall 2013 DKNY show. A tasty mix of the Beastie Boys and Santigold creating a track which is a perfect harmony of hip-hop and reggae inspirations. The playful vocal details brought in with Santigold’s sweet vocal styling draped over the horns and classic Beastie Boys anthem make this a timeless piece to add to your playlist. This is a song which rounded out last year’s season and lays way for the fresh tunes to be released next week, which will undoubtably have the trend spotters of the world tapping their toes and strutting around town months after the tents close.

Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Feat. Santigold)

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C2C – Happy feat. Derek Martin

Well, seeing as I just danced for like two whole minutes at my cat to this song, I think it’s only fitting that I write about it. I also want to talk forever and ever about their live show which I attended on Thursday at Irving Plaza. But I won’t talk forever, I promise.

There’s a lot to say but let me begin by saying that The Knocks were a fantastic opener for C2C. We’ve talked about them before, and I understand the hype now. They’re so much fun live, with an excellent selection of songs and a fair gauge of what the crowd is into. Seeing as a lot of the audience at this show was French, they played a lot of funky electro, and even managed to get live edits of a couple of Justice’s tracks.

I was kind of turned off by the amount of pushing there was in the crowd, more so than usual, but I was quickly distracted from that once C2C entered the stage. Four turntables set up on top of boxes that played a variety of animations and light shows over the course of the performance.

They opened with The Cell, which is the first track on Tetra. Perfect opener, high energy and the smiles on each of the men’s faces were priceless as they watched a New York crowd go absolutely bonkers for their music. The moment that I heard the opening notes for Happy, I knew that things were about to get a little more wild. At that point, I turned to my friend, huge smiles plastered across both of our silly faces, and said, “They wanted to make a song about happiness, and they just happen to have a room filled with really happy people.” And that was true, as I looked around. All night, my friend and I were dancing next to this one dude whose sole intention was to move his body all night long. He arrived alone and left alone, wearing a fedora and simple clothes, he was the embodiment of what C2C’s music is about. It’s about art, craft and technique, sure, but it inspires such an overwhelming amount of happiness in so many people. It’s an instantaneous amount of happy, like when you’re sitting in your living room and your roommate puts on Down the Road and you hear the first ten bars, immediately smiling and asking who the eff this is? Because you’ve never heard such a happy balance of sound and music.

As a former turntable DJ (I took classes and have since not been able to practice, but I would still know what to do if given the opportunity), I was absolutely floored by the tricks that they pulled on stage. Everything from trading places, to working as four on one turntable with one person scratching while the other worked the cross fader. These are standard tricks for them, but me being the rookie that I am having enough trouble with simple looping, it was a magical sight.

These Frenchmen do a pretty excellent job of creating sound that embodies a good feeling, and then pairing it with a video that matches that visually. So if you haven’t seen the video yet, look below.

The show ended with an incredible tribute to the Beastie Boys where the members of C2C took turns rapping their own verses to Intergalactic. As some of you know, there’s a lot of overlap between Hocus Pocus and C2C, and I was secretly hoping that they would break out into rap earlier in the show. Nevertheless, this dose of rap was enough to leave the crowd really pleased in a high energy way, the perfect way to leave a crowd after a great night.

That said, this track should give you a lift if you’re down and keep your spirits up if you’re up! Enjoy.

C2C – Happy feat. Derek Martin

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The Beastie Boys – Get It Together

When I wasn’t on tour somewhere or busy with music, I use to spend every second of my free time with my cousin Brian riding around New York City on my BMX. We’d be out from dusk till dawn causing havoc, bunny hoping sidewalks, slicing through cabs, showing off for girls and hanging with all the skaters down at Battery Park. 90% of the time I’d be listening to the Beastie Boys. They embodied the vibe and energy of New York City in the 90s, you will be missed. EMPT wouldn’t have that Manhattan swag if I didn’t grow up listening to you. R.I.P. MCA.

Keep it on and on…”

The Beastie Boys – Get It Together

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Mash-Ups Music Remixes

Beyonce vs. Beastie Boys – Girls on Girls (Captain Cuts Remix)

Take an unstoppable force like Beyonce already mixed with something as dancey as Major Lazer, and then throw some Beastie Boys in there. Two songs that already have a knack for getting stuck in your head, placed together to give you the beauty that is a modern day mash up with all the right ingredients. Mind you, I’m very picky about mash-ups, but this one just can’t do any wrong. This track just bleeds summer happy. I’m a sucker for songs that put me right in the mood to dance. But not just dance. I mean like jump up and down, smiling like an idiot, with your hands moving in every direction. It’s just the kind of joyful song that you want everyone to hear. There’s not too much else to say about this track because it’s just pure gold, so turn up the speakers in your house, dance around in your underwear, and do whatever else you need to do to spread the good cheer.

Girls On Girls (Captain Cuts Remix) – Beyonce vs. Beastie Boys

-Ashley

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Make Some Noise

The Knicks in the playoff, Beastie Boys sounding as good as ever. New York City in full effect!

Yes! here we go again give you more nothing lesser,
Back on the mic is the anti-depresser
Ad Rock – no pressure
Yes we need this, the best is yet to come and yes believe this!”

All my friends are abandoning the big apple just when I feel the city coming back into full swing, it’s all good though, everyone whose still rockin’…

Make some noise if you with me!

Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise


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