Archnemisis is an electronic duo who go by the names of “Telepath” and “MO Theory”. They have only released one official EP so far, (Diamonds and Glass) but it is definitely top-notch. Below are two tracks: my favorite, “Boom” where they take a T-Pain sample and make it an absolute electric banger, and it’s my turn which to me, sounds better than a number of Pretty Light’s tracks. Download both of them and play them really loud all summer long.
Xaphoon Jones, the DJ half of Chiddy Bang, produces on his own every so often and almost always kills it. Here he samples “Colours” by the group, “Group Love”. He twists it with a really funky, reggae sound that vibes real well. Enjoy.
“A white, black kid from uptown who chills with white, white kids from downtown”
Skizzy Mars is a rapper from the Upper East Side of Manhattan with some nasty flow. The first song is Douchebag with a good beat and verses about being a douchebag. Profound is my favorite track though. His flow is filthy. Look out for this kid. You’d be silly not to download both of these.
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F865254 Skizzy Mars by CamelbackMusic
Name: Derek Riddle
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Kind: Produces and Remixes
Let me introduce you to This Guy I Know. TGIK is hands down one of the most talented producers/remixers around. With the influx of mediocre mash-up artists recently, the genre of mashups have almost been given a bad name. Reaching the number 1 spot on HYPE Machine 3 times, however, TGIK will blow your socks off. You’ll hear hip-hop, funk, rock, and awesome vocals throughout every song. Give a few of his songs a listen and I promose you’ll hear the difference between TGIK, and your friend of a friend who thinks he’s a big deal because he got posted on some blog once.
Saturday night, my buddy James Hottensen, the manager for Split Second, invited me up to Skidmore College for a Chiddy Bang concert. After an ill performance, we had the chance to have a quick interview with Chiddy Bang. For those of you that don’t know them, they’re a group of two guys, Chiddy and Xaphoon Jones who remix well-known beats and create masterpieces. Their biggest hit is a remix of the MGMT song “Kids” which leaked in 2009, but was just released to the public this Tuesday on iTunes. This single is called “Opposite of Adults” and I expect it to reach the top ten on iTunes in no time.
Cam Mullen: When and how was Chiddy Bang formed? How did you two meet?
Chiddy Bang: Chiddy Bang was formed when Chiddy and I met at Drexel University in my freshman year. I did beats. He did rhymes. It was a simple enough equation for making songs.
Cam Mullen: What inspires you two? What artists have you looked up to in your careers?
Chiddy Bang: Black Thought and the Roots Crew were always people we looked up to and luckily they brought us on plenty of shows. I guess you could say Kanye West has a huge influence on our music. We’re on some UK shit now, listening to our boys Tinie Tempah and Labrynthe.
Cam Mullen: Do you have any advice for the hundreds of up-and-coming artists out there? What helped you guys get to where you are now?
Chiddy Bang: The number one thing is that you gotta sound totally different from everybody else. If he doesnt sound different, people will think, “he’s good,” but the artist will not stand out.
Cam Mullen: If you were to promote one song right now, which song would it be?
Chiddy Bang: My favorite thing right now is this Ellie Goulding song we remixed called Under the Sheets. It’s on our new mixtape, Air Swell. It’s a hybrid of everything I’m trying to do with the remixing and hip hop- definitely my favorite thing right now. The single comes out in the U.S for the first time on iTunes on Tuesday.