By now, you're sure to have heard Elle Varner's smash single with J. Cole, "Only Wanna Give It To You." And don't act like you can't stop humming that ish.
We got some more finger snappables, hip twitchers, and hum inducers for you a la the Conversational Lush mixtape, which you can stream in full below. Ten sassy tracks with Elle's tantalizing smoky vocals. Calm down, guys - just be cool.
Look out for Elle's full length debut, Perfectly Imperfect, out soon on RCA!
Gilles Peterson is one of the most productive DJ's we know. Every week he churns out incredible mixes and showcases some of the best DJ's from around the world. For serious music listeners and crate diggers, his show is a succulent treat filled with scrumptious sounds from deep in the cut. This week's edition of the worldwide show is no exception, featuring Mais Um Discos who tantalizes us with a selection of bossa nova and samba.
Posdnous and Trugoy (Dave) of De La Soul have adopted the monikers of Jacob "Pop Life" Barrow and Deen “D” Whittier to present their newly founded First Serve duo. Above, you can find a characteristically quirky intro to these fine young men.
On April 2nd, First Serve will be releasing a concept album centered around "the story of two young boys from Queens, New York with big dreams and larger rhymes." French production team 2 & 4 will be laying down the beats for the project. Take a listen to the first single, "Pushin' Aside, Pushin' Along," below - smooth like butter. In absolute delight we are.
At the very end of this post, you'll also find The Goon Time Mixtape, which features the duo rapping over reworked instrumentals from Nas, Jay-Z, Jurassic 5, The Beatles, Aloe Blacc, Eminem, Run DMC, and B.B. King.
Our man Lenny Kravitz is in full effect as you may have seen with his "Black And White America" video we posted in November. And today we give thanks to modern mixtape culture for bringing us a free Black And White America Mixtape. A Lenny Kravitz mixtape?! Yep.
Following up to his ninth studio album, Black and White America, the mixtape is essentially a reworked presentation of its tracks mixed and sprinkled with some exclusive re-edits. The work's storytelling is strongly focused on racial integration and sonically melds together both throwback and future sounds. Stream and download the mixtape for free below!
Also, after the jump you can catch Lenny's tour dates as well as his video for "Push."
Gilles Peterson sets the New Year on fire with his most recent Worldwide Show. Starting off the show, Gilles speaks to the live jazz/hip hop trio Bad Bad Not Good, and finds out more about Soundway Records who are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. He also goes in depth with singer Jesse Boykins III, who talks about his plans to work with Sinden, Gold Panda, Machinedrum and Hudson Mohawke this year. Finally, in his Bumps for 2012 mix Gilles showcases his selection of next generation beat-makers that are causing a stir in the underground.