Treasure Fingers & BOSCO – Names



Cardo – My Old$chool

A quality sound system is to a quality hip hop beat as glasses are to a near-sighted person.  Without the glasses, objects present their essence but their full value is not clearly defined.  Similarly, pumping hip hop beats through a sound system without enough amplification or clarity will inevitably cause the production’s integrity suffer.  Sure, producers tweak and mix their tracks for a very, very wide range of speakers and headphones, but the closer you can get to hearing them through studio quality products, the more the ultimate intention of the mix starts to really shine through.  Here’s an example for you: hip hop producer Cardo‘s new single My Old$chool.

If laptop speakers are your only listening resource at the moment, better hit up your friend with the Beats headphones.  Should he decline, offer him donuts and a turn to listen.  It’s worth it to ingest this track that’s fresh off Cardo‘s new Everything is Gold EP, released on the reliable hip hop/electro/progressive Fool’s Gold record labelMy Old$chool is delivered in pristine condition, offering up glistening MPC-manufactured synthesizer samples and big bass.  Though instrumental hip hop beats might seem dime-a-dozen these days, the production on this particular piece has a mood that breathes pure hip hop luxury.  When the beat drops at :28, crisp green $100 bills rain down with odors of lit grape blunt wraps filling the air.

Though its tempo is a relaxed one, clocking in at around 70 BPM, the instruments quicken the pace by filling in the empty spaces. Particularly the omnipresent bass synth that carries through the mix, and the high notes repeating staccato at a pace to quicken the listener’s heart beat;  they all contribute to a head-nodding beat with low tempo and high stakes.

Being the typical hard-working prolific producer, Cardo has supplied numerous hip hop artists with beats that include Wiz Khalifa at their most prominent and notable.  His collaborations also include Mac Miller, Nipsey Hussle, Mikey Rocks, Young Jeezy, Wale, Rockie Fresh, Slim Thug, and even Chief Keef.  Sit back, press play, and you’ll understand why he’s in such high demand.

Cardo – My Old$chool


Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Decembre

That’s right fool, it’s December 1st and that means a new version of your favorite mixtape maker’s favorite mixtape: Steph Lund’s Le Miel du Mois: Decembre edition. I haven’t told Steph yet but she’s outdone herself yet again. There are so many different spices, seasonings and flavors in this that I think Raekwon is going to have to share the Chef nickname with someone from the new generation, enjoy.

Le Miel du Mois: Decembre

Le Miel du Mois: Decembre features some of my favorite artists, some I have loved a long time (Bloc Party, Sebastien Tellier, Phoenix) and some new favorites (Telepathe, Delorean, Neon Indian). Four artists featured are French, in anticipation for my trip to Paris this month, enjoy and ecoutez: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sebastien Tellier, Phoenix and Soko. Soko is a French model/actress. I included her song “I’ll Kill Her” which first debuted in 2007, but came back in my life recently when listening to DJ AM’s “Elton John Part 3,” I can’t stop listening to it and wanted to include it on this month’s mix, because, well the lyrics are just kind of amazing: s’amuser.”

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1.    Telepathe – Chrome’s On It (Gold Panda Remix)
2.    Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait (Feat. Beck)
3.    Sébastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)
4.    Mystery Jets – Half  in Love with Elizabeth (Delorean Remix)
5.    Glasser – Apply (Tanlines Remix)
6.    Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)
7.    Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Three Fingers Remix)
8.    Soko – I’ll Kill Her (JD7’s Killer Mix)
9.    Neon Indian – 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know)
10.    Fool’s Gold – Nadine (Memory Tapes Version)
11.    Holly Miranda – Waves
12.    Kasper Bjørke – Young Again (Edit)
13.    Bloc Party – Hunting For Witches (Crystal Castles Remix)
14.    Freelance Whales – Starring
15.    Glass Candy – Computer Love
16.    Natureboy – Heart to Fool