I’m James and this the hot shit:
I’m not gonna pretend like I know anything about this shit, seriously. It’s some British chick. I’m super skeptical of British chicks ever since that country decided to try and stuff a new Lily Allen (I SEE YOU, KATE NASH, I SEE YOU, GEORGE PRINGLE) down our throats every couple of months, but Kanye signed off on this one and I have a W.W.K.D. bracelet that I look at every time I go clothes shopping. Seriously though this shit is really, really good. In two months ask me if this is “Umbrella” good, because I gots a crazy feeling it might be.
Estelle – Wait A Minute (Just A Touch)
I know I might have told you that the full Dream album isn’t very good, and I know that I was a bit of a sad panda party pooper the first time I heard “I Love Your Girl”, which had the unenviable task of being the follow-up single to “Shawty is the Shit”, which was like, the best song ever. I was so wrong. This shit has more hooks than a Sci-Fi Channel marathon of the I Know What You Did Last Summer movies. LOLZ.
The-Dream – Fast Car
III. “VIBE MUSIC”
This is the new shit in Florida right now. Cool & Dre (see: Freeway – Lights Get Low) and The Runners (see: Rick Ross – Speedin’) have been on this fuzzy, trancey synth tip for about a year now, but some other lesser known dudes have been coming out with some shit that really nails the aesthetic. Shawty Redd is getting all kinds of bewildered blog love for that Snoop Dogg track your girlfriend really likes and “Drifter”, but this is the real shit right here, man.
Ballgreezy – Shone
T-Pain ft. Akon & Ballgreezy – Bartender (Gorilla Tek Remix)
You can find an extended discussion of the genre and it’s origins over at THIS THREAD on Hollertronix, along with links to a couple of other tracks. Cop the Grind Mode remix with Rick Ross if you can find it. These two Ballgreezy songs are the clear standouts, though. Instant classics. I’m waiting with bated breath for more shit to come out of this scene.
Don’t make fun of me but I really like this singer-songwritery shit that Pitchfork blurbed on their singles blog awhile ago. Their MySpace has like five songs on it and they’re all really really good. I’m serious. They are.
Hospitality – Betty Wang