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Joywave – Tongues (feat. KOPPS) [The Hood Internet Remix]

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Sometimes you just feel like an alien. What was once familiar feels more foreign than ever. It’s like returning to a place and realizing that it will never hold the same feeling as it once did, no matter how deeply engrained it is in your memory. You want to reconnect and communicate what you’ve learned, but the effort proves futile. You no longer identify with certain relics of the past, no matter how much you wish you could.

The palms are down, I’m welcomed back to town.
Sometimes I feel like they don’t understand me
I hear their mouths making foreign sounds
Sometimes I think they’re all just speaking tongues.”

Everyone undergoes periodic phases of nostalgia: little triggers activate old patterns of thinking and your mind is flooded with past associations, continuously being reconstructed and looping incessantly through your mind. Reminiscing is a wonderful part of human experience but the simple truth is this: the past is the past and change is constant. Your perfect little snow-globe representation has shattered and you realize it’s up to you to sweep up the shards of glass and carry on. The time’s are a changin’ and will never feel quite the same again.

This track by Joywave perfectly embodies the feeling of inevitable displacement– in a really upbeat way. The lyrics are stammeringly eloquent, and this Hood Internet remix is a booty shaking guarantee. The Chicago based mash-up duo demonstrates their ability to actualize groove potential once again. It’s a jammy kind of jam with an infectious hook where you’ve got no choice but to get up and shake it off.

Sometimes you just have to pull a Curtis Mayfield and “move on up”.

Change is inevitable. Change is daunting. Change itself is the only constant; this is precisely why it is so wonderful. What was familiar becomes foreign and what was foreign becomes familiar. The spontaneous nature of life rests upon the wisdom of insecurity, and sometimes there’s nothing to do except embrace the uncertainty.

They say I’m the only one who can be brave
That I am the chosen one
But there’s no way, that I am the only one
And there’s no one to save
If there’s nowhere for them to run.”

Joywave – Tongues (feat. KOPPS) [The Hood Internet Remix]

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The Hood Internet – Pyramidspeak (Purity Ring x Frank Ocean)

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The first time I listened to Channel Orange, I knew that Frank Ocean was three levels ahead of his contemporaries. The whole work blew me away. It was enthralling. Each track deserves its own recognition and praise, but “Pyramids” is what “Back to Black” was for Amy Winehouse. Pure, raw artistry. It’s a true gem of a track and one hell of a story. It’s Ocean’s opus, really, and his production skills are on fire. The moment the chimes and rocking beat drop out and in drops a huge filthy synth melody is his shining star. I remember hearing it for the first time and immediately stopping what I was doing, threw my hands up and screamed “Yass honey yass!” That moment — those brief ten seconds are what sold me on Frank Ocean.

I’ve spent a good couple of months searching, waiting, hoping for a remix of “Pyramids” to surface. There were a couple, but they never really worked with those ten seconds, the one part that mattered to me. It’s such a unique and unexpected moment that Ocean was smart to ruin too much of a good thing and continue it through the whole ten minutes, but it also had such potential for a remix. And just as I was about throw up my hands (for a different reason now) and resign my hope Chicago based duo, The Hood Internet, drops this heavy hitter in my lap and twirl away (well, at least I imagine they’d twirl away).

This track is op-u-lence (say that while clapping on each syllable  please). I doubted the title, but right out of the gate comes Ocean’s brightest moment guns hot. In a way only The Hood Internet can do, Purity Ring’s hauntingly dark “Belispeak” jives with Ocean’s powerhouse beat. Megan James’ ethereal voice floats as the music pounds through us. I’ve always thought there was something sexy about the dissonance of the melody James sings. I can’t place my finger on the word, but I’ve always pictured a Lolita-looking twentysomething girl teasing someone over her sunglasses. I digress. The two worlds of Ocean and Purity Ring merge so elegantly that you’d think it was the original version. They sound made for each other. It’s a perfect sonic marriage.

What’s so solid about this track is The Hood Internet’s approach to the mash-up. We all know that putting a bunch of tracks together that have a relatively similar beat works (those year end pop mixes, anyone?), but it’s to hear something like this.  This mash-up is only two tracks, one instrumental and the other vocal layered on top of one another. They work in harmony like a soul mates. It’s something that only The Hood Internet can do; something like proving you don’t need fifteen tracks to make an incredible mash-up.

The Hood Internet – Pyramidspeak (Purity Ring x Frank Ocean)

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The Hood Internet – Critical Captions (Only Children Remix)

There’s nothing worse than being really stoned and with a bunch of really drunk people and feeling like no one around you is at all on your page. Last night, I went out with the intention of having a great time at a club I like and found myself completely out of place.

“Does anybody out there feel like I do, does anybody out there, feel like me-ee?”

Unable to carry a conversation over the ruckus and unable to find a groove between all the Butabi Brothers, I entered my car and was greeted by Only Children, finding comfort in both the solitude and the groove. The sexiest production duo in the Midwest possess an uplifting sound (think Tiger & Woods meets Bit Funk) and consistently deliver. When I saw they remixed The Hood Internet, an act I associate with rap and mashups, I was confused.

Then I pressed play, and everything immediately snapped into focus. I know what kind of music and what kind of people I’m meant to be around, and this song sums up this emotion. While we won’t always find ourselves in the perfect setting, odds are that if you gravitate towards the right kind of music scene, the right kind of atmosphere will probably fall into place. And this is definitely my scene.

The Hood Internet – Critical Captions (Only Children Remix)

The original is quite chill as well:

The Hood Internet feat. Class Actress & Cadence Weapon – Critical Captions

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The Hood Internet – Kaputting It Up (Raekwon x Destroyer)

Yea I’m out that Brooklyn Harlem, now I’m down in TriBeCa
right next to Deniro, but I’ll be good forever
I’m the new Sinatra, and since I made it here
I can make it anywhere, yea, they love me everywhere…” – Empire State of Mind

I tell you, LA is killing it with the healthy food, great weather, Prius invasion and good vibrations but man does it feels good to be back in my stomping grounds. In honor of the city I’m posting this Hood Internet mashup of Destoryer’s Kaputt & Raekown’s Cutting it Up. These songs are polar opposites and I love that the Chicago boys put them together. Some people out there are what I like to call auto-haters, these are cats who don’t give music they can’t immediately identify with a chance because it’s not familiar to them. They deem themselves objective but only within the styles they consider good which is so backwards I won’t even get into it. Mashups like this are a great way to trick those people out of their closed mindedness so props to all the mashup kings for helping to destroy all lines…

Well, tell me then which of these various styles you think is the best then huh?
The best I hear is the combined, the best of all styles. Put them together.”

Anyways, I’ve been working with some very cool people out in Cali and we’re all aspiring to take this music thing to new levels so expect something fresh to develop in the future. In more immediate news we’ve finally locked in June 23rd for the return of our Noctambule series so stay tuned for the official announcement because we’re coming back strong, peace.

The Hood Internet – Kaputting It Up (Raekwon x Destroyer)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Septembre

A lot of exciting things are happening this month, Hear No Evil continues to lock in clients, EMPT did over 2 Terabytes of traffic last month which is flat out ridiculous for this underground baby, and moves are being made on a daily to keep things in motion – We get’s busy ya’ll. On top of all that I woke up not too long ago to work on this mixtape and I was in pure delight when I finally got to listen to this months LMDM. Steph and I call ourselves twins when it comes to music and the song selection, vibe, energy and good times represented in this tape couldn’t make that little inside joke more true. To put it simply, she killed it. All the haters who showed up last month, this tape is going to be tough to deal with so…

Don’t hold on too long cause that’s how them stories start out, and all the girls that played me eat your mother fucking heart out…- Drake (Unforgettable)

All the other mixtape makers who’ve followed our blueprint, we’re flattered but remember…

I’m We the best at, you know I ain’t no apprentice to this
Me and my ni%&a# we invented the shit
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We came into the business with this, The Originator, none greater
Jaz Steph-O finish this shit…” – Jay-Z (Jigga What, Jigga Who)

“There are a ton of amazing new indie and electro acts out right now. Lefse Records and Arcade Sound are two labels I always watch closely because they just seem to know how to pick em.

This month’s LMDM highlights a lot of new breakouts including Brooklyn based Bronze (unsigned), San Francisco’sBlackbird Blackbird (Arcade Sound) and Dominant Legs (Lefse Records), Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings (Old Flame Records), 19 year old Brooklyn based Oberhofer (7″ out on InSound now), Hamburg’s Dirty Disco Youth (Dim Mak) and Chicago’s My Gold Mask (unsigned). And with summer (sigh) over, these artists give us a lot to look forward to with a breath of fresh air in their respective indie and electro genres. Go get your hands on as much of their stuff as you can, support them and buy their EP’s/albums.” -The O.RI.GI.NA.TOR

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Tracklisting:

1. The Meters – Hand Clapping Song
3. Cloud Nothings – Hey Cool Kid
4. Au Revoir Simone – Tell Me (Clock Opera Remix)
5. Oberhofer – I Could Go
6. Bronze – Deep Freeze
7. Dominant Legs – Clawing Out At the Walls
8. Blackbird Blackbird – Pure
10. Bill Withers – Who Is He (Henrik Schwarz Edit)
11. My Gold Mask – Bitches (The Hood Internet remix)
13. Summer Camp – Ghost Train
14. Dirty Disco Youth – Minds Off (Teen Symmetry Remix)