Saturday, 29 May 2010

Underground Resistance


Hey.

I've been thinking about acid house and techno a lot lately, and whilst sifting through my collection (trying to track down and fill some of the gaps), I was reminded of just how damn killer Underground Resistance are.

And, in an odd coincidence, I also recently saw a post by Mike Mind, in which he stated:

"I've always secretly suspected that UR's reputation and image have overshadowed the actual music they put out -- that people know they're 'important' and have seen the logo on their favorite dj's t-shirt, but don't really know the music so well."

I don't think I've ever seen someone actually wearing a t-shirt as such, but I have to agree - UR are something of a grey area for a lot of people (with the exception of a few hits, such as 'Knights of the Jaguar'). They have a blurry and slightly overwhelming list of releases, not to mention being a self-styled 'collective' rather than a single artist - Making UR harder to... 'identify' with, in a sense.

But, not to be deterred, and with such a large output, I doubt this will be my last post on Underground Resistance - there's some really great stuff, and it deserves a lot more attention than a search on Wikipedia.

So.

Let's start with Acid Rain, shall we?


Underground Resistance - The Lightning [click to download]








Underground Resistance - The Storm [click to download]








Underground Resistance - The Wind [click to download]








Underground Resistance - The Rain [click to download]








Underground Resistance - The Clouds [click to download]








Underground Resistance - The Fog [click to download]








Underground Resistance - The Light [click to download]









Phil.

Boom.


What's that you say? Your speakers can withstand anything? HA! I beg to differ.

In all seriousness, mine can (wassup logitech?) but even these bad boys rattled when I listened to a mix sent to me today by our friend, Tucker (in the shoutbox). To sum it up, this is a chaotic eruption of awesome. While a bit messy at times, it's more than tolerable, and oh so worth it.

I liked the track listing, because it's some songs I don't normally listen to. Kind of a "fresh" taste for me.

The Qemists >< Stompbox
The Prodigy >< Voodoo People
Noisia >< Concussion
Sub Focus >< Timewarp
Bad Company >< The Nine
Dirtyphonics >< Bonus Level

So here it is, folks. Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Mosea Manna - Terminate [click to download]








And for fun, here's an exclusive mix by another friend, Earl Grey. Bonus points for the amazing title.

Earl Grey - Ilictronix Mix [click to download]








Cheers,
Jordan

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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Dancethink? I think so.


How many of you have ever heard of a band called My Dear Disco? I first discovered them when searching for remixes of Kanye West’s Love Lockdown last year.

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (My Dear Disco Remix) [click to download]








I discovered they also had an album, but I decided not to buy at that time, a decision I now regret. They didn’t really come back into my life until several weeks ago when I noticed that Todd Edwards’ new single EP, I might Be, contained a remix by My Dear Disco, which I remembered had done an incredible job on Love Lockdown, so I eagerly grabbed the new single (Free Todd Edwards? Hell yeah. Free remix of Todd Edwards by a good remixer? Double hell yeah.)

Todd Edwards - I Might Be (My Dear Disco Remix) [click to download]








I never expected to really get too much further into the whole thing, until my Monday night psychology class at the community college. I noticed a poster on the Student Events bulletin board that showed a large graphic of a distinctly 80s-ish pair of legs, complete with leg warmers and leggings. “Campus Awareness Day Spring Fling and 80s costume party” the notice read. At the very bottom, included almost as an afterthought were the words, “with live music by My Dear Disco”. Hot diggity dog! The community college booked a non-lame band for once! I was going.

An issue arose, though. The timing would cut very close to my math tutoring, and would possibly make me late, or even have to miss it outright. A certain Todd Edwards, via Facebook comments, assured me that skipping out on math would be worth it for an opportunity to hear MDD live. I went. I was late, but miraculously made it to math tutoring AND caught the whole concert (well, except the part I was late for). I was disappointed… disappointed in the fact that they were flipping AMAZING, and NOBODY seemed to give a rip about them until they played a Michael Jackson cover. THAT got everyone on their feet, but they promptly went back to ignoring the band when they started playing their own music again. Yeah, guys, they aren’t quality musicians or anything. Don’t bob your head or anything. When they finished their first set, the applause was more like what you’d expect for a solo acoustic guitar player in some open mic coffee shop environment.

Oh well, I enjoyed it. I also grabbed a CD and t-shirt! Well, not grabbed… I did pay for them, and I’m glad I did. Their debut album, Dancethink LP, is astoundingly great as far as I’m concerned.

Here are a couple good listens:

My Dear Disco - White Lies [click to download]








My Dear Disco - For Your Love [click to download]








From what I understand, they have a new EP coming out soon, and you can get a free 128 kbps MP3s of the tracks on their last.fm page. I think this might just be the free preview. I'm hoping it gets an official release so we can get some decent 320's.

You should buy Dancethink :)

Monday, 24 May 2010

Nightcall Remixes (Nites favorites)


Before i start posting, i want to let you guys know i went through EVERY mix up to this point (yes, every) in the kavinsky nightcall remix competition and i have to say, it wasnt easy. going through all those tracks made it damn near impossible to find a good one, but never fear, i did manage to get a few. well a lot actually.

First off we have the You Injure Yourself!Remix. It begins in a very jazzy manner, building up with a sexy sax and then eventually releasing into one mighty electro banger that is reminiscent of Danger's revolte at 22h10 (at least it does to me) I fell in love with it from the first moment till the end. its truly a force to be reckoned with!

Kavinsky - Nightcall (You Injure Yourself! Remix) [click to download]








Next on my list comes to The SONIXX remix.They give avery interesting twist to the track by starting off with a piano intro and warping noises and then it begins to churn some good light electronic house music. Its definitely not a heavy headbanger like the last mix, but god it is awesome.

Kavinsky - Nightcall (The Sonixx Remix) [click to download]








The Third Mix comes from F.O.O.L (Fuck Our Ordinary Lives). Most of you probably remember him for his 4h30 mix a while back and i must say, it was epic. Anyways on to the point. FOOL's Remix starts off with a very deadmau5-esque feel to it and then launches into a world of another sort. I swear to god it feels like i'm playing metroid prime when i listen to it its so beautiful. I cannot stress enough how awesome this remix is.

Kavinsky - Nightcall (F.O.O.L Remix) [click to download]








The Final Mix I have for today comes from a group named The Sterehoes (yes i get the joke, please don't comment on it) When first listening to this track, i couldnt help but wonder if the intro was an altered tone mix of Pacific Coast Highway (who knows?). As the track progresses it becomes very danger/atari-esque becoming really interesting and fun to listen to! very cool remix indeed :)

Kavinsky - Nightcall (The Sterehoes Remix) [click to download]








Have an epic summer break y'all! I only haz two days of school left! ^^
Nite

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Blast Into The Past

Oh hai guys. I'm Wulf. I apologize for not posting in like three weeks, I've been absolutely inundated by schoolwork/life/laziness. Luckily in my three week respite, I've managed to pick up both my SAT scores (2160, bitch!) and a few CDs and vinyl (vinyl!) from a few flea markets here and there. I'll post content from each of them in the forthcoming weeks. First up on the agenda, this lovely compilation:



which features some marvelous tracks from the earlier days of house, when Music Sounds Better With You was just a faint glimmer in Benjamin Diamond's eye. Yes, folks, this is a time when Euro House is in full swing, and crappy house remakes of 70s and 80s songs ran radio rampant. Luckily, there are some gems to be found here. Such as:

Bizarre Inc. Featuring Angie Brown - I'm Gonna Get You [click to download]








This lovely track all the way back from 1992 served as the basis for a track you may know, Leonardus's "Get You Baby" (LOL JK Bizarre Inc. stole the lyrics from the Jocelyn Brown track Leonardus sampled). Regardless, Bizarre Inc. combines "Angie" Brown's soulful vocals with vintage synths and some obscure rap lyrics to make a track to die for. This track makes me happy, in a way that only cheesy, re-recorded Euro house can.


What a hot load of sexy.


Loveland - Don't Make Me Wait [click to download]








The next track surprised me a bit; I was expecting a lame re-rendition of another, more famous "Don't Make Me Wait" (okay, it's not exactly famous, but it's been sampled a few times and thus is famous in the house community). I don't care all that much for this track's vocals, but the stadium synths and 909 make for a great listen.
(On that note: anyone who can hook me up with a 320 of Theme From S'Express is a God in my eyes.)


Loveland.


And finally, probably my favorite track of the comp:

Jamiroquai - Emergency on Planet Earth (London Rican Mix) [click to download]








I dunno about any of you, but I've loved Jamiroquai ever since I first heard "Virtual Insanity" many moons ago on the music video shows MTV2 used to have. This track is a goldmine of housey goodness; crazy vocals, a British bassline, bongos and congas and drum fills galore. Jamiroquai is good alone, but Masters at Work (Louie Vega and Kenny Dope both being 'Rican') funk it up to 11 and a half.

And that's all for today folks. Luckily, one of the other CDs I picked up was Jamiroquai's "A Funk Odyssey", which I will definitely be posting in parts soon. I can't get enough of him, and soon, neither will you.

Until I see you again,
-Wulf

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Barbara Who?

Hi there


For anyone who still isn't convinced Duck Sauce will for ever be known as the colleboration of this decade.
Here's an O-god remix of their new track they leaked some while ago:

Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand (O-God Remix) [click to download]








If this sucker doesn't get you moving, I'd advise you to go see a doctor. If it does, better get ready to dance some more because this track sticks with you...

And another one to make up for our global lack of postage these last weeks

Duck Sauce - Grand Steppin' (Original Mix) [click to download]








It's getting cOLD, I know, let me go grab a sweater

Enjoy,
Mr. Brown

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

[IFA] May / June 2010: Le Principle

I promise, it's worth the wait...really.


"My name is Garrett Shrigley, I live in Chicago, and I make house music under the name Le Principle."

I found out about Le Principle a few months ago when watching a webcast of our pal Ghosts Of Venice. Regrettably, I had never heard of this fellow before, and by god am I upset about that. With a fresh twist and powerful sound in the disco-house scene, I hope Le Principle stays around for a real, real long time.

THIS IS WHERE I SHUT UP AND THE INTERVIEW BEGINS.


> How long have you been in the business?
When I was eleven years old my best friend Fina and I downloaded Fruity Loops
studio and made Hip-hop beats as a joke for two years, I guess you could call
that the beginning...but I started getting serious when I was a Sophomore in high school with programs like Reason and Logic and started making my first house tracks.


> What was life like before music?
Dark and meaningless.

> First track that inspired you is...?
I don't know, I would love to say "Shit man I was listening to Derrick May's
Strings of Life when I was 7!" but in reality I think the first album I ever
bought myself was Will Smith's "Big Willy Style", and we all know how inspiring
that album is.


> Name an album you currently cannot stop playing.
For some reason I have really been hooked on a Bossa Nova kick for the past two months. Currently my favorite album is Previsao Do Tempo by Marcos Valle. I've gotten opportunity to play in Brazil June 25th and musicians like Marcos Valle and Celso Fonseca make me so excited to visit their home.

> Favorite piece of equipment?
My most cherished piece of equipment is my Roland MC-909. Really convenient to have sequencer/groove-box that not only has sought after patches and sounds, but the ability to sample anything directly into it.

> Any projects in the working? Give us the scoop.
Definitely! there are some heavy ideas blowing around Chicago right now;
Especially being that Good Junk and I are forming a crew/label in hope of
releasing vinyl records in August through Crosstalk Distribution here in Chicago.
A few official remixes in the works for T&A records, Club-A-Club Records, and
even a midwestern & southern US tour starting in June.


> What's in store for modern house music?
I think our generation of house should take the time to take a step back and
recognize the classics. Not to become stuck in a loop or to focus on an old sound, but to grow from the pioneers and then take a step from where they left off.


> Any artists you feel the world should know about?
Definitely my boy Good Junk coming out of Chicago. We are the same age and we really click with ideals and ethics about the music. He is very talented and
needs to speak up more so everyone else can see that for themselves. He has a
release coming out soon for his newest single "No Name Jane" with a huge remix from Dj Eq.


> And lastly, if you weren't a music man, what else would you be doing?
That's a great question because I have no idea.

Garrett, with the power invested in me, I am pleased to present you the title of ilictronix Featured Artist for the months of May and June 2010. Keep in mind, with great power comes great responsibility, so keep at it, bud.

Now the fun begins...music!

First, my personal favorite. This track has appeared in DJ Sets all around the US, most notably - that of Treasure Fingers. It has a crazy cut up sound that just blends so well with everything around it. It's songs like these that make you proud of the music you love.

Le Principle - You Can't Fake It (Original Mix) [click to download]








Next, the track inspired by LP's neighborhood (and more specifically, closest intersection), Divison & Ashland has an original Chicago House feel to it that promises to calm and relax, while simultaneously keeping you coming for more. It's a damn well-crafted track, but we shouldn't expect anything less. This one gets a thumbs up in my book.

Le Principle - Division & Ashland (Original Mix) [click to download]








And next (you may see a trend of more and more filters here) we have The Music, which Garrett notes, "seems to be a favorite amongst other tracks." While I can't 100% agree, this track most certainly reminds me of the first types of House music I had ever added to my collection. For that, it gets some serious bonus points.

Le Principle - The Music (Original Mix) [click to download] (FIXED)








And lastly, a mix exclusive to ilictronix, made for a lovely lady friend of Garrett's. It has a fantastically chill groove to it, and most certainly deserves a spot in your collection. Can't go wrong with something with that much passion to it.

Le Principle - Le Mix 03 - For Her [click to download]








Well, that about does it. I hope you enjoyed this post, and even better if you walk out of here loving something new. Don't forget to nominate someone to be our next featured artist.

And be sure to check out Le Principle and all that he has to offer at the following links.
- Myspace
- Twitter
- Soundcloud
- Blog

Comments appreciated,
Prez

Monday, 17 May 2010

Uffie


In doing some research for my school research paper on house music, I was checking out the Ed Banger discogs page to get some release dates to put into my paragraph about the conversion to the harder electro style. Anyway, I noticed that Ed Banger just dropped a new single from Uffie today.

Called A.D.D. S.U.V., this baby is produced by Mirwais, who is a GREAT poducer, and features vocals by Pharrell Williams, and excessive filtering to fix Uffie's awful voice. The usual. You get a good producer, and a bad vocalist, and BAM- you've got an Ed Banger hit. I can't decide whether to groove or gag; the temptations are there.

Uffie - ADD SUV (ft. Pharrell Williams) [click to download]








Boba out.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Wanna get your material on Kavinsky's label?

Sure you do. If you are a producer, here's an opportunity to get some exposure! Kavinsky just announced a Nightcall remix contest. The grand prize is a digital release of the mix on Record Makers! The other rpizes are awesome stuff like vinyls, so go for it.

Grab the parts here: http://kavinskyremix.recordmakers.com/

Have fun!
Boba

Friday, 14 May 2010

The other side of the Spectrum


Yo guys, Its Nite here. I noticed that Mr. Brown just recently put up some filthy dubstep for you guys. Ahh the heavy bass, that filthy wobble, it just pumps you up, no? Well today im going to present to you another side to dubstep, most of you have never heard before.

We're going with some clean dubstep.

The band i'm presenting today is a UK Dubstep/Showtune producer named Pangaea, relatively old compared to the newer generation of dubstep producers out there. When making their dubstep, they take it to its very core,cleans up all the filth,and sends out a purified ambient type of dubstep very unique and different to the dubstep we usually associate with today.

Don't get mad though. The lack of filth pangaea brings is made up with their creative style and smooth tone. Its definitely chiller than Rusko or Caspa, but its just as good(if not, better, in my opinion)

Anyways, here are some of Pangaea's tracks:

Pangaea - Router [click to download]








Pangaea - Coiled [click to download]








Pangaea - Nest [click to download]








Pangaea - Deviant [click to download]








Let me know what you guys think of them in the comments section.
Peace,
Nite

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Om Nom Nom...

Hi there,

Today I'm going to introduce you to Cookie Monsta...


This UK DUBstepper's tunes are so heavy, turning your bass all the way up causes trembles measuring 7 on the Richter Scale.

They give me all the necessary elements DUB should have, it is...

Drumtastic:

Cookie Monsta - Optimus Prime [click to download]








Wobbly:

Cookie Monsta - Frontline [click to download]








& Bass heavy:

Cookie Monsta - Ginger Pubes [click to download] [HEADPHONES SUGGESTED]








Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Monday, 10 May 2010

Bang Bang Bang

I love me a good hip hip, yes I do.


Now, now. I know some of you may be complaining "Prez, hip hop? Really?" Chiddy Bang is a different: this Philly-based rap duo consisting of Proto and Xaphoon Jones prides themselves for spilling good rhyme (Proto) on some of the best back-beats I've ever heard (that's where Xaphoon comes in). Have some respect, but even if you don't, you'll love Chiddy Bang.

Since I love these guys so much, and they're only starting to climb the musical ladder into the cloud that is mainstream music (eugh), I am not going to post download links for the following tracks.

Their new album (shown above) is not yet available on iTunes and, to be honest, I don't exactly know where you can purchase it now, but I'll keep you all posted. For now, just enjoy :) If you're able to track down a download link (if it's free and legal), or a place to buy the CD, let me know in the comments.

Name the samples, too. You'd be surprised - I bet this kid reads ilictronix :P

Chiddy Bang - All Things Go








Chiddy Bang - Get Up In The Morning








Chiddy Bang - Never








Chiddy Bang - Fresh Like Us








Chiddy Bang - The Opposite of Adults (KIDS) [iTunes]








Enjoy, and please support the new artists, they need the money more than you do,
Prez

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Condom? What condom?


Yes, folks, it's finally here. Well, almost.

Bobby Analog's most glorious Bare Back Jack EP is close to release. Enjoy a minimix.

Bobby Analog - Bare Back Jack EP Teaser [click to download]








...orrrrrrr you could listen to some tracks?

Unfortunately I can't post these in 320, but enjoy them nonetheless.

Bobby Analog - Boppin' [click to download]








The first track, Boppin', is a good representative of what you can expect from this EP. Filtered, sped up disco sample? Check. Voracious drum kit? Check. Insurmountable amount of FUNK? Check and mate. This track is more irresistible and addicting than meth. Also, pro points go to anyone who can reveal that sample.


Bobby Analog - I Want You (Leonardus Remix) [click to download]








This is, in my opinion, one of the best tracks on the EP. The original 'I Want You' is a nice little romp of filter house, but Leonardus kicks it up to 11. The beats are straight out of Ibiza and the sample is beyond infectious. I think it was The Phantom's Revenge that said "People wonder why I sing 8-bar loops of vocals over and over again." I dunno about you, but I've been screaming "I WANT YOUUUUU -OU -OU -OU" for the past five minutes.


Bobby Analog - Break Addict (Club Cavalry Remix) [click to download]








The last track of EP is also the strangest and the most groovy. This is Club Cavalry's first new composition in a while, unfortunately, but this hiatus has still allowed him to churn out some interesting material. It's a little unorthodox for house (137 BPM? Damn.) but still funky, still disco, still laden with samples popping out everywhere. Hopefully we'll hear more from Club Cavalry in the future--rumours establish he's working on a new EP.

That's all for now, folks. The EP drops May 28th, be sure to get your hands on it asap!

Good times,
-Wulf

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Tribute

Just got this in my inbox today and I love it. The concept, sample, drums, everything. It's fantastic, and it's all for DJ Sneak.


The whole feel of the track is very 1999. But then again, this is Leonardus we're talking about. The only modern artist I can honestly say must be trapped in some sort of time wormhole between the 90s and today. Viva la French House!

Leonardus - This Is For Sneak! [click to download]








So enjoy, and be sure to hit up Leonardus on MySpace.

Writers to be decided by next Wednesday,
Prez

PUZIQUe


Hey.

PUZIQUe. It's really good.

It's a collaboration between Boys Noize and D.I.M.

It also seems to be a project destined to be permanently on hold. Like Together. Which is sad.

Either way, I hadn't even heard of them until I saw a post over at The World is Daft, and I feel like more people should hear this. That is, if they haven't already.


PUZIQUe - Thomas [click to download]








PUZIQUe - Cissor [click to download]








PUZIQUe - Suite 9 [click to download]








PUZIQUe - Dont Go [click to download]









And, as pointed out to me by Smash Daisaku - same name, different act:

PUZIQUe - Nice n Tight [click to download]









Phil.


p.s. I hope that picture in the header is accurate. That's what came up during an image search.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Geeetarrrrr

Synths are great, don't get me wrong. But sometimes, I step away from the whole "electronic" thing and listen to some rock music. What's even better? A combination.


The first track comes from Parisian Duo "Poney Poney." This track starts off fairly simple, catchy right away. Then, it develops into a synthesized pile of electro energy, (Vengeance Essential House, much?) The lyrics are pretty solid, but this song is about the rhythm, and boy does it have it. Be sure to check out the music video while you're at it.

Poney Poney - Cross the Fader [click to download]








To go along with that, let's talk about Poney Poney's new name, Jamaica. The blogosphere's circlejerk surrounding this group had pretty much settled, but I Like U 2 is only starting to scratch the surface of mainstream, appearing in the new Volkswagen commercial. It's more modern and polished than Cross the Fader, as is the music video.

Jamaica - I Think I Like U 2 [click to download]








What can be better than the sweet sensual sounds of an electric guitar, combined with the borderline insanity that is Para One? Nothing, that's what. I've posted this track before, but I think I should resurface it now that I have a larger audience.

To be honest, this track doesn't contain much madness - it has more of a structured feel that I wouldn't have expected from Para One. Of course, that's a pretty damn relative statement: the guitar is still chopped up, but it's more beautiful than mad.

Animal Machine - Persona (Para One Remix) [click to download]








Have you heard this one yet?

Daft Punk - Human After All [click to download]








Sorry, it was inevitable.
Prez

Random Tracks I Find And Like Vol.5

Imagine if that happened in real life.



Remember when i last posted, when i said i was not gonna post until June? Well, i kinda lied.
But yeah, im pretty sure this is gonna be my only post of the month, because all student hell will break loose starting tomorrow.

But moving on, onto a series i hadnt updated since last year. 4 random tracks i found and i want to share.

First off, we have Kid Creme's remix of Shakedown's "At Night".
I had already heard this track on some Daft Punk mixes before, but it was only in AY!'s minimix i posted last time that i really discovered it.

Its French House in its peak. Its long, its repetitive, but its funky as hell.

Shakedown - At Night (Kid Creme Mix) [click to download]








Now, something even more bassy.
I found this track on the Galatik Knights Universe Mix, and when i first heard it, i thought, "Woah, is this Patrick Alavi?"
It isnt. But this one is very similar to Alavi's "Power", that features one of the best lines ever made. Its Richard Grey's "Phat Bass".

Richard Grey - Phat Bass [click to download]








This next one, i was introduced to it by the genious that is Breakbot. Its the final track of his "Heroes Mix", that was broadcast last summer on Radio 1, and because my file was tagged with the date of the broadcast, it took me quite a while to find the name of this track.
Its very glitchy, but it is also quite dreamy. Its the lovechild between M83 and Jackson.

M83 - Run Into Flowers (Midnight Fuck Remix By Jackson) [click to download]








And finally, an epic track. I first heard a clip from this one on episode 2 of season 12 of Top Gear, in the final segment of the episode, when they are in the Bonneville Salt Flats. (which is my all time favourite segment of Top Gear ever, its epic in every way)
It starts off very melodic, very calm, but then this grinding synth comes in and before you know it, you've got some screamo vocals in the middle.
You may not like it at first, but i trust you it will grow on you. Thank you Fuck Buttons.

Fuck Buttons - Sweet Love For Planet Earth [click to download]








Enjoy!

Exit, stage left,
Alex.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Random Post Time!


Ok guys, I'm tired of seeing the same post up on ilictronix for days on end , so im going to save you all with some random tracks i happen to be listening to atm on itunes so get ready to turn on your minds and ears to "shuffle."

Here's some Random Tracks (New or Old) In no particular order:

Pryda - Viro (Original Mix) [click to download]








Moby - One Time We Lived (Moguai Remix) [click to download]








And now for a really rare french house track courtesy of Louis La Roche and his blog.

Da Bitchie Boyz - Le Zeeep (Sebastien Leger Remix) [click to download]








And bring in a Phoenix Remix

Phoenix - 1901 (DLID Customization Remix) [click to download]








And last,but not least, some good ol drums and Herve fun.

Herve - Hot! Drum Attack [click to download]








Chillin to the music,
Nite