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
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.”
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).
A lovely deep bass remix of Jezebel by Finnebassen.