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[Download] Darwin Deez Goes Hip Hop For His New Mixtape 'Wonky Beats'

Well this is an odd turn of events, SKoA Favorite  decides to go all Kool Keith on us, and turn into an abstract emcee and drop a mix-tape created entirely from samples from the 1971 surrealist children’s classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, roping in friends like Dev Hynes, KOOL AD from Das Racist and Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang.

“It's a high concept mix-tape, tailor-made for multi-generational impact, created exclusively from Willy Wonka samples with the songs all derived from/based on the original 1971 score. It's like the Grey album but with Chocolate. Inspired by Das Rascist's "you oughta know" lazily singing along with the choruses.  chunky as hell beats.  The film is a great allegory.  I never knew it was allegorical until a stoner pointed that out to me though. I just always loved the songs.  Really special melodies (cheer up charlie) and chords (pure imagination).  Thought they'd make good hip hop choruses. Why limit yourself to Willy Wonka samples?  Limitations inspire me.  Limitations give me the freedom to feel ok about whatever comes out because I can always blame the limitations.  But the secret is to get the faucet running in the first place.  Otherwise I am just too serious and too scared to write anything.  But this particular limitation also has the power to make people curious, like the Grey album, which is all it takes in this day and age to make a popular record; and potential popularity is always thrilling, never daunting. It's the writing itself, the impossibly high quality standards I carry around in my brain that make me scared to write.  Not the idea of other people listening in.  I WANT people to listen in.  The rap style is like a brain dump (which is the technical definition of surrealism.  "Why a mix-tape?" - albums are to mix-tapes as the news is to gossip. They will change the way you hear the songs in the movie forever!”

How to get the mix-tape? Well, it is now available online, and all he wants in return is your LOVE.  Full details are here: OH YEAH! In addition 5 lucky winners will also find inside their Zip a Golden Ticket; the Golden Ticket is redeemable for the grand prize: which is a lifetime supply of Darwin Deez music and tickets to local DD headline shows! Peep the track "Where's The Chocolate?" featuring KOOL AD from Das Racist below and pick this one up asap!

Darwin Deez - "Where's the Chocolate?" (ft Kool AD) by Some Kind of Awesome


[Contest] Win An Autographed Copy Of The New Mighty Mouse Album!

Mighty Mouse are one of the UK’s most exciting prospects for 2011 and are making their way to our side of the pond. The producer duo are currently in the studio recording material for their already anticipated full band album which will introduce singer Natalie Lewis, and is due for release in 2011. Song With No Word was written whilst in the studio recording new material, and was born out of a passion to create a body of work rather than separate songs. It features ten movements which serve as an introduction to their melodic sound in which they have created a lucious electronic soundtrack.

We have not one, not three, but FIVE autographed copies of the album for you guys! 

Wanna score a copy for yourself? Simply email us before Friday (1/28) at 4pm. 

For those of you who are not in the know yet, have a listen to this Mighty Mouse tack, "Movement 5" below. 

Good luck!

Mighty Mouse 'Movement 5' (Radio Edit) by Mighty Mouse


[Download] Sleigh Bells - "Tell 'Em" (Diplo RMX)

We like Diplo and we like Sleigh Bells, so it's always nice to see when two artists come together and produce a smashing remix. Take a listen to Diplo's handy work on the ever so good Sleigh Bells track, "Tell 'Em" which featured on their debut album Treats.

In relation to the remix Diplo said:

"I started this mix for them like a year ago but it took derek about 6 months to send stems so it was kinda in remix limbo but i really wanted to get it out to u guys cause i think the bass and the drums sounds nice and u can play it at your next party."

Grab it for yourself below and go thank Music for Perfect People for giving us the heads up. Happy Monday!

Sleigh Bells - "Tell 'Em" (Diplo RMX) by Some Kind of Awesome


[Watch] Twin Shadow 4AD Session

Check out a short set from Brooklyn's Twin Shadow who rocked up and played at London's Teddington Studios for 4AD. They play four tracks from their debut blasting out renditions of "Castles in the Snow", "At My Heels", the title track "Forget" and finally "Slow". The band are also embarking on a large tour across the UK, Europe and the states, dates of which can be found after the jump. The debut Forget is out now for you to go and pick up a copy of. Thanks to P4K for this and the exstensive dates.

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[Watch] Adele '21' Track by Track breakdown

Any time I've seen Adele in an interview or on the radio she seems like a genuine, down to earth young girl who generally just enjoys what she does every day. With her new album 21 hitting stores in the UK today take a look at a track by track guide to the album from the lady herself.

It's always nice to get the inside scoop on the inspiration and emotions involved in some tracks and Adele's new album 21 is full of heart. Head on over here to pick up yoru copy if you're in the UK. Unfortunately it doesn't hit  the shelves across the pond until next month on the 22nd. Either way enjoy the insight into the young songstresses album above. Via Hypetrack.

[News] Kanye West announces new album!

You'd of thought after the ridiculously well received My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye would take a breather and enjoy his down time. Obviously we'd see a little of him along with a bit of promo for his joint effort with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne. You'd be wrong however, as last night Kanye went on one of his now infamous twitter raves and let us all know what 2011 had in store. Ye tweeted, "MY NEW ALBUM COMING THIS SUMMER" which is sure to get a few people hot under the collar. He added shortly after that he “just threw some bassoon on this muthafucka.”. This means that West will most likely be making headlines throughout 2011 and the album may see the light of day before December draws to a close. 

He also announced that the official video for his star-studded single “All Of The Lights” will see tpremiere some time this week. As well as this he was also announced last week to be headlining a day at Coachella. His Jay-Z collabo is set for release in March so there's definitely no rest for the wicked! More news on the new album as and when we get it.


[News] Arcade Fire confirmed to play London Hyde Park Gig x New Album in March?

Last week whispers began to circulate as to a rumour of Arcade Fire coming to the UK and performing their largest headline show in the country yet. It has now been confirmed and following in the footsteps of Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon the band are set to play at London's Hyde Park this coming June on Thursday the 30th. 

The support acts have also been announced to be Mumford & Sons, Beirut and The Vaccines according to Gigwise

As we now the band are to perform on the Grammys fairly soon but add to that the excitement of seeing the band on UK television, as they have also been announced to perform on this years Brit awards. Along with them their support act Mumford & Sons will grace the stage.

Arcade Fire's most recent album The Suburbs got the number two spot on our countdown of the best albums of 2010. Another rumour is also circulating as to the likelihood of another LP within the coming months from the band. The rumour started due to this image surfacing online. Let the mayhem ensue.

Tickets will be on sale this Friday from 9am (January 28th) so be sure to grab yourself a ticket for what could be the UK show of 2011. I know I will be!


[Download] Mister Heavenly - "Mister Heavenly"/"Pineapple Girl"

There was a little bit of fuss back at the start of December when Mister Heavenly made an appearence along with Michael Cera helping out on the bass. It was pretty cool to see. We now have some tracks for you to listen to, more than a shakey Youtube video with the murmers of hipster chat in the back ground. Below you can take a listen to two songs from them. The first of them is titled "Mister Heavenly" and the second takes the name "Pineapple Girl", both of which feature some nice hooks and harmonies. Check 'em out below.

Their Sub Pop debut is set for release in Spring so keep an eye out for that.

Mister Heavenly - "Mister Heavenly"/"Pineapple Girl" by Some Kind of Awesome