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BASS: Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are (Major Lazer Remix)

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Back in March, the mighty Major Lazer dropped their remix EP Lazer Strikes Back Vol 1. We’ve been revisiting the EP recently, and re-remembered this absolutely overlooked Hot Chip remix. Diplo and co deliver their trademark wob wob bass, sitting perfectly behind Alexis Taylor’s soothing voice. This is one of the reasons we Love Major Lazer so much – the club bangers are obviously amazing, but it’s these more laid back jams that really set him out from the crowd. Who would have thought that Trap could be so mellow? Fave bit – 3.00 mins in when it breaks down into a Reggae skank.

Download the full Lazer Strikes Back Vol.1 for free here: Lazer Strikes Back Vol 1 (download)

Also check out Major Lazer’s killer remix of Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis’ ‘Can’t Hold Us’:

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BASS: SNOOP LION FT MILEY CYRUS – ASHTRAYS AND HEARTBREAKS

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So here we have the latest from Snoop Dogg’s ‘Snoop Lion’ project.

Here at Bandsxbass we were pretty sceptical about Snoop Dogg’s reincarnation as a reggae artist. At first it seemed quite cynical and felt like Snoop was just bored of Rap and felt like jumping on the success of acts like Major Lazer, M.I.A and Santigold. Then they dropped the first few singles, most notably Lighters Up… and they weren’t half bad.

So, the more we learn about it, the more we’re coming round to it. After all, who predicted that a young white American dude called Diplo would come along and change Reggae/Dub/Dancehall forever with Major Lazer?

Snoop himself has said in press conferences that he doesn’t want to steal the heart of Reggae and run back to the US and get rich. And with the announcement of Diplo himself being at the production reigns – this record actually might be some cop. Time will tell, but we’re looking forward to how this whole Snoop Lion thing is going to pan out. Was it perhaps a step backwards releasing this latest tune with the Miley Cyrus of all people?

Would it not have been more authentic to record with a local Jamaican artist? Miley is pretty much the definition of an all American girl – her biggest track is called ‘Party In The USA’ . It’s an interesting move, but most importantly, it sounds good. So who really cares?

We’re looking forward to the Reincarnated documentary as well, not least as it’s directed by Andy Capper, Vice Magazine’s Editor in Chief. Click here for a good recent interview with him and London’s Le Cool magazine.

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BASS: Azealia Banks – No Problems

Ever wanted to stand onstage and throw a birthday cake into the crowd? Well Azealia is one step ahead of you, as demonstrated in her latest offering ‘No Problems’ from her upcoming debut album Broke With Expensive Taste. 

It’s no 212 (currently on over 48 MILLION views), but it’s bassy, filthy and produced by Machinedrum – just the way we like it. And the video using the clipping mask effect – our new favourite photoshop technique!

The vid for No Problems was also directed by 212 director Rony Alwin. We’re not sure what festival this was filmed at (SXSW?) but it looks fucking fun. Riding a rubber dinghy across a crowd – added to the bucket list.

Watch out for the fun Diplo cameo at the end.

Download the track here.

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