K-os Mixtape Download: The Anchorman Mixtape

Loads of impatient hip-hop fans are now pacified, since the Canadian rapper K-os has finally delivered The Anchorman Mixtape as promised long ago. It features Drake, Eliayh, Scuba ‘Steve’ Krecklo, Gadget, Saukrates Inc, Stephen ‘Calcutta’ Murray, Spock, Ryan Dahle, Sebastian ‘Sir Bastard’ Grainger, Roger Swan, Phantogram, Cirkut & AG, Illangelo and muse S.E.M. Besides the slew of special guests, the album incorporates your favorite Will Ferrell sound bytes too, naturally.

Download it here or directly here (zip).

K-OS – “Faith” ft Drake
 

Global Compilation from the House of Gilles: Brownswood Electr*c

The guys from Brownswood have put together a new compilation album; Brownswood Electr*c will be available June 28th. In the international spirit of the World Cup season (shout out to the USA and England’s move to the next round), it features some of today’s most promising electronic artists from all over the globe, ranging from Estonia and Norway to Iceland. The Brownswood Electr*c album commemorates the music that occupies the grey areas, the sounds that blur the boundaries between so-called hip-hop, house, techno, and dubstep. This album, like every release, has the stamp of approval from Brownswood label owner and BBC Radio show host, Gilles Peterson. A sample of the tracks are streaming in the video above, and you can see the full track list after the jump.

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New Single by Bilal + MP3

Bilal, the Philadelphia born, Grammy nominated artist who has collaborated and performed with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu (he performed on her tour June 8th in Philly), and The Roots, is releasing his third studio album, Airtight’s Revenge,  on September 14th. Although classically trained and jazz-influenced, Bilal says this next album will be an eclectic mix of “jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music.” To tide us over before the release of his much anticipated album, here’s a free MP3 download of his song, “Free.” The song will not make an appearance on Airtight’s Revenge, but it’s the first time the fully mixed and mastered version of this song has been released for download. Check it out and see what you think.

Bilal – “Free” [MP3]
 


Reflection Eternal is Really Back

After so many teasers, Reflection Eternal, the duo of Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, is really back on the scene; they’ve now premiered their second video, “Strangers ft. Bun B.”  Thanks to Okayplayer for the video, and check the previous video, “In This World,” here.  Look out for the upcoming full length, Revolutions Per Minute … soon.

The Heavy Sound Presents Mind. Body. Soul.

image11The Heavy Sound, a collective of artists, DJs and musicians, presents a night of music to raise awareness of diabetes this Wednesday, January 20th. Actor Michael Rapaport is hosting the event with Phife Dawg. As a diabetic, Phife recently received a long-awaited kidney transplant and this event will mark his first appearance in New York City since the surgery.

A fantastic line-up including Ghostface Killah, Jay Electronica, Consequence, Talib Kweli and more will perform at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. D-Lyfe is set to DJ for the evening – expect surprise appearances both onstage and in the DJ booth.

Various diabetic support organizations will be on-site and donations are highly encouraged.

Free with RSVP before 11:00pm
rsvp@theheavysound.com
$25 after 11pm at door.
21+ w/ valid ID to enter.