Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles

Where have these guys been, and why haven’t they been collaborating already?

Pennsylvania is teaming up on this one with mashup master Girl Talk providing a handful of beats for Philly rapper Freeway. Some might think his style is gimmicky, but Girl Talk’s never really disappointed me. It’s actually funny that he’s been musically silent for the past four years, because I think music fans aren’t really paying attention to genre boundaries like they used to. Now that music discovery on the internet is in full swing, people are listening to whatever the hell they want. That’s exactly what Girl Talk’s megamix albums represented to me, anyway.

As far as Freeway goes, I’ve never really been a fan outside of The Stimulus Package–which dropped the same year as Girl Talk’s last record–but I think he’s sounding completely revitalized over these sample-heavy beats.

I think Freeway and Girl Talk are finding new purpose together with this new EP of theirs, Broken Ankles. The lyrics are grimy, violent, forceful. I’d call the instrumentals unlikely, but nothing happens here that albums like Feed The Animals didn’t already set a precedent for. Still, it’s great to hear Girl Talk focusing on some completely original material rather than just assembling tracks out of pieces of other songs. Stuff like this EP could really build his rep as a producer, because the beats have a lot going on for them on this thing. Enjoy via the widget above or the link below!

Download: Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles

After The Smoke – Microwaves

Download: After The Smoke – Microwaves

Alternative hip hop and R&B project After The Smoke drops a spacey new mixtape titled Microwaves via the link above. Download and enjoy!

Flying Lotus – Ideas+drafts+loops

Download: Flying Lotus – Ideas+drafts+loops

Flying Lotus has announced that he’s entering the mixing stage of his fifth studio album, likely due out early next year. To tide his fans over, he’s shared a free compilation of unreleased material, and because this is FlyLo; the production on these tracks are just as stellar as that of some of the best electronica you’ve heard this year. The tape also has myriad guest artists – among them are Shabazz Palaces, The Underachievers, Until the Quiet Comes collaborator Niki Randa, alter ego Captain Murphy, and Thundercat even turns up on a remix of Kanye’s “Black Skinhead.” Grab it above and enjoy!

Hopefully we’ll be getting another project from Captain Murphy soon, as well. A reminder that his mixtape Duality was one of the most sensational trips of 2012:

Da Mafia 6ix – 6ix Commandments

Stream: Da Mafia 6ix – 6ix Commandments

Sorry I haven’t mentioned this yet, but an occasion such as this can’t be talked about too many times, honestly.

Three 6 Mafia is back, but they’re now working under a different name and making music sans a few original members. I’ll let Koopsta explain:

Like Koop said, Juicy J isn’t in the mix on this new mixtape, and I don’t think Gangsta Blac and La’ Chat are on any of these cuts either. However, despite all of that–and a name change–the group has managed to bring back their classic sound without sparing us on their typically grimy, eerie edge. Download the tape via the link at the top of this post, and enjoy!

Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2

While East Coast MC Action Bronson didn’t skimp on the personality with this new tape of his, there are certainly a lot of aimless, short-of-breath tracks here that really feel like filler.

Phantogram – “Black Out Days”

“I don’t recognize you anymore,” Sarah Barthel sings at the very end of Phantogram’s new single, “Black Out Days,” atop a surprisingly soft piano. I say “surprisingly” because the 3 and a half minutes that precedes it is a booming, electronic rock song with a hell of a chorus (and what sounds curiously like a Santigold sample). Catchy and a little dark, this track really thrives off of Barthel’s emotive, confident voice. No word yet on a new album from these two, but this is a great way to tide us over.

Stream “Black Out Days” above via SoundCloud.

Four Tet – “Parallel Jalebi”

As we’ve already mentioned, electronic music producer Four Tet has a new album coming out titled Beautiful Rewind, and there’s a new track from it streaming above. While it maintains the particularly rigid assembly of electronic sequences that have been prevalent in Tet’s recent works, it does smooth things out a bit with some beautiful female vocal samples. Enjoy!

Janelle Monáe – “PrimeTime” ft. Miguel (LOVED)

R&B and art pop princess Janelle Monáe drops a new single featuring Miguel singing wonderfully on the second verse here. It’s a sensual, pretty, and melodic slowjam whose only sin is being so short! Look for this track and others on the new Janelle Monáe album dropping next week, The Electric Lady.

Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia

Minimalist music, jazz, and electronics come together on this new Dawn of Midi album, Dynomia. Stream it, enjoy!

Carcass – “The Master Butcher’s Apron”

Death metal heavyweights Carcass have a new album dropping on September 13th titled Surgical Steel, and it will be the group’s first full-length in over 15 years! Though the band’s harsh vocals and intense drumming play right into the death metal tradition, they bring a ton of melody into the picture with screaming guitar solos and riffs. To be honest, while the band isn’t sporting a particularly classic sound on this track, it does sound like they’re trying to get back to the vibe of their 1993 album Heartowrk. For the most part, I’d say they’re succeeding.

Look for Surgical Steel on Nuclear Blast Records.