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Monday
Jan242011

[Listen] Tame Impala - "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind" (Erol Alkan Rework)

The second good remix of the day, and the week. Not bad considering it's only Monday. Take a listen to the Erol Alkan rework of Tame Impala's "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind" which features on the bands full length debut Innerspeaker. You can pick up the albu over here if you want to hear more.

In this rework of the track Alkan processes the guitar sound and messes with the timing of the track making for a nice early evening listen. It was uploaded to Erol Alkans Soundcloud page so be sure to keep an eye on that for more nice remix work. Check it out for yourself below via The Fader.

Tame Impala - Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind (Erol Alkan Rework) Radio Edit by Erol Alkan

Monday
Jan242011

[SKOA Presents] [Premiere] Heypenny - "Purple Street"

We told you to keep an eye out for Heypenny when we caught them during CMJ last year. We weren't kidding. 

We're honored to present to you, "Purple Street", from Heypenny's upcoming album A Jillion Kicks. True story: these guys are insanely dedicated to bringing forth the awesome. 

The album is now three years in the making. The band had originally crafted a record with multiple producers in two different studios and felt that they ultimately didn't capture the essence of the band, so they scrapped that record. Giving it another go, the band reached out to their fans via Kickstarter to fund the album and were able to re-track everything with close friend/musician/producer Charles Allison (who tracked Heypenny’s first full length Use These Spoons). Then with the help of talented mixing engineer Craig Alvin (Colourmusic, The Features, Hanson) the band was able to put the finishing touches on the record. 

A Jillion Kicks features guest performances from 15 other Nashville based musicians including Byron House (Nickel Creek, Robert Plant), Kevin Teal (Cerys Matthews), Natalie Prass, Mikky Ekko and many more.

Check out "Purple Street" below. If you're in love with the song as much as we are, you can go download it for free on their website

Heypenny -"Purple Street" by Some Kind of Awesome

A Jillion Kicks is due to drop on February 22nd, 2011. First string of tour dates after the jump!

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Monday
Jan242011

[Watch] Das Racist Interview and Freestyle

 Take a few minutes and peep on these videos of Das Racist and get a little insight into them as a group. Courtesy of Pitchfork up at the top you can see an interview with the Brooklyn boys and after the jump their is even a nice little freestyle to enjoy. 

If you're a Das Racist fan you may also want to check out the new Darwin Deez Wonky Beats mixtape we mentioned earlier to grab a free mixtape. On which  there is a track featuring DR's Kool AD dropping in on the track "Where's the Chocolate?". Enjoy the interview and freestyle, hope it brightens your Monday just a little.

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Monday
Jan242011

[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:  http://darwindeez.com/wonkybeats 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

Monday
Jan242011

[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

Monday
Jan242011

[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

Monday
Jan242011

[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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Monday
Jan242011

[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.