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The Neighbourhood - #000000 & #FFFFFF

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Download: The Neighbourhood - #000000 & #FFFFFF A producer needs a very convincing aesthetic on a mixtape in order to get cooperation from all of his collaborators. The way that every rapper on this tape steps into the atmospheric world and plays their character speaks volumes to the world's authenticity. From Danny Brown--who turns in by far the best verse on the tape--to Casey Veggies, each artist is willing to slow their roll a bit to make sure they can put their name on this breathtakingly dark mixtape from LA-based pop rock band The Neighbourhood.

The strength behind the production lies in its ability to take sounds associated with carefree pop culture and expose the dark underworld lurking just underneath them. Horns, which have recently dominated most #1 songs, are a constant mood setter here. They creating a sense of unease as they lurch just beneath the stripped down beats on the surface. Unfortunately, the DJ introductions on here get a bit grating. Here's to hoping there's a DJ free version available soon, but nevertheless, the tape is worth an attentive listen.

-Garrett Cottingham

Mux Mool - Appetite for Production

New TrackstheneedledropComment Brooklyn beatmaker Brian Lindgren, a.k.a. Mux Mool, has a new EP out through Super Best Records that you can listen to and download for free above. The set has an instrumental hip hop vibe and continues Lindgren's fuxing about with house and minimal techno patterns. The first track "Finish Her" has a vocal part that kind of has the "satanic Transformer" tone that Lindgren's fellow Ghostly International signee Tobacco sang in for parts of his great new album. I dig what Mux Mool's doing, and if you do too, you can check out his Soundcloud page for more warped tech-house magic. Enjoy!


Pearls Negras - "Guerreira"/Biggie Apple Mixtape

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The ladies of Rio de Janeiro hip hop trio Pearls Negras have a new video out for Biggie Apple cut "Guerreira."  From their fiery flows to their blaring, lasering beats, Alice, Jeni, and Mari are indeed up to some hot stuff right now. Even if you don't speak Portuguese, you're gonna pick up on some great vibes from this, especially from the wild ride the above video takes you on. Enjoy! And you can grab the mixtape here, as well.

Girl Talk & Freeway - Broken Ankles

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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

Flying Lotus - Ideas+drafts+loops

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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

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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!