M.I.A.'s Vicki Leekx Mixtape

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M.I.A. just dropped her latest mixtape, Vicki Leekx, as a free download on her site. Being the political person she is, M.I.A. chose the name Vicki Leekx due to the fact that it’s a play on the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks that’s been in the news recently.

The mixtape is definitely reminiscent of her most recent studio album Maya, which means that I’m a little disappointed. There’s a noticeable lack of catchy beats or lyrics; the whole thing just sounds rather flat, which is definitely surprising. You’d think that with fellow producers Diplo, Switch, Rusko & Blaqstarr helping out on the mixtape, the result would be nothing short of amazing. Check it out and decide for yourself.

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Behind the Scenes with DJ/Producer Diplo

DJ/Producer Diplo Major LazerThomas Wesley Pentz, better known by his stage name Diplo, is one of the hottest DJs/producers in the hip-hop/dance-funk genre today. To most people, he’s known for producing the 2007 smash hit single “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. But to others, he is one half of the collaborative side-project Major Lazer with fellow DJ Switch. Diplo is also owner of the Mad Decent record label, which has signed such artists as Blaqstarr, Boy 8-bit, Crookers, Rusko, and Toy Selectah.

Recently, Diplo sat down for an interview with Creators Project at Bob Marley’s legendary recording studio down in Jamaica. Check it out.

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Remix Fridays: MGMT, Drake, Justice, Wu-Tang, Kid Cudi, Ratatat, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Imogen Heap, Feist, Yeah Yeah Yeahs & More

remix-fridays-5For this week’s Remix Friday, we’ve got some tight jams that are sure to make their way onto your weekend playlist. The remixed tracks are songs originally done by MGMT, Drake, Justice, Wu-Tang, Kid Cudi, Ratatat, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Imogen Heap, Feist, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The remixing artists are Chiddy Bang, Matamatics, Starters, Benny Benassi, DJ Slink, Alex Metric, Diplo, and A-Trak. Listen to all of them and enjoy.

[audio:remix-friday-5/Phoenix - Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Chiddy Bang - Kids (Feat. MGMT).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Justice vs Wu-Tang - Cream Your Friends (Starters DJs Mix).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Kid Cudi MGMT Ratatat - Pursuit of Happiness (Benny Benassi Remix).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Kings of Leon - Use Somebody (DJ Slink Mix).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) (Club Edit).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Feist - I Feel It All (Diplo Remix).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Imogen Heap - Headlock (matamatics remix).mp3]

[audio:remix-friday-5/Drake - Best I Ever Had (matamatics remix).mp3]

Mixtape Mondays: DJ Benzi, Plain Pat, and Kanye West - Sky High


Just released earlier this week, Sky High, by DJ Benzi and Plain Pat features remixes of 18 well-known Kanye West tracks, including “Good Morning,” “Champion,” “Get ‘Em High,” “Love Lockdown,” and “Stronger.” The tracks on Sky High were plucked from all four of Kanye’s albums (The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, and 808s & Heartbreak) as well as Estelle’s Shine. After giving this mixtape a couple of listens, it definitely ranks above some of the other Kanye West remix albums floating around out there. The best tracks on the mixtape are A-Trak’s remix of “Get ‘Em High” and “Stronger” as well as Discotech’s remix of “Homecoming,” which features Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

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