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all words: Toni Tileva
In this weekly column, I cover songs for you to nod your head to in the EDM scene [electronic dance music, not extra dancey music, for those not in the know].

In a Crossfade Roulette exclusive this week, we are premiering the first video from rapper Ivan Ives‘ new album “Stranger.” The iconoclastic L.A.-based rapper and film-maker has been toiling in the underground hip hop trenches for a good while, putting out consistently brilliant old school-hip-hop-tinged releases. This track finds him collaborating with super hip hop producer and DJ RJD2: “The RJD2 collaboration came about because he asked me to direct a video for his band Icebird.We became friends and he hooked me up with this track, which I fell in love with as soon as I heard it.”

1. Ivan Ives–8mm

“I shot the entire video on my iPhone with the 8mm app – kinda matches the theme of the song, so I decided to do it the cheap way and use technology to achieve that look. It’s a song in four parts: 1. Love 2. Time 3. Work 4. Fate–each verse exploring a different sense of these lost memories and trying to catalog them on video.”
2. De La Soul–Get Away feat. The Spirit Of The Wu

Mental–the Soul are back! De La Soul release a track off their upcoming “You’re Welcome” album due out in the fall, for free at that, here. The track uses the original sample found on Intro on the second disc of “Wu-Tang Forever.”
3. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell–Get Lucky (David A Remix)
Producer David A gives the feel-good-hit-of-this-spring a high energy boost, lifting it from disco-leaning to a little more bro-steppy, but it’s not a bad thing (yes, I am equally shocked).
4. Cassie–Paradise feat. Wiz Khalifa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a3Hp1u-9mM
Bad Boy-signed, P.Diddy protege and all-around bad girl Cassie released a free mixtape, Rockabyebaby, last week, showing that this medium, previously frequented mostly by emcees, is a valuable marketing strategy. Featuring a score of well-known guest appearances including Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Fabolous, and Jeremih, Cassie is back to doing what she does best–“gritty” posturings over slicked-out futuristic synths, but it is a sound that works really well for her. Inane lyrics and Justin Bieber-pants-wearing aside, this is one is hotter than the hottest (Jennie from the) block.
5. Sade–Jezebel (Finnebassen Og Hansebassen Edit)

A lovely deep bass remix of Jezebel by Finnebassen.
till next time!
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