[Hip-Hop] Little Simz – Age 101: Drop 3|000

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At the end of the year, it’s always intriguing to reflect back on the previous months and see how some of our favorite artists have grown. One such artist that comes to mind is Little Simz. Around this point last year, Simz wasn’t even on our radar, but it wasn’t long before she entered our consciousness with the release of “Mandarin Oranges” alongside Waldo & Sango. 11 months later, we can’t even imagine life without Simz, as she’s endeared herself as one of our favorite emcees to emerge from the UK. The quick witted London native is more than just a rapper though, as she easily proves with her latest project, Age 101: Drop 3|000. This being her fourth and final release of the year, Simz is on a determined path to showcase what makes her such an impressive talent. Featuring production from the likes of IAMNOBODI, MeLo-X, JakwobTiffany GouchéSevn Thomas and Prezident JeffAge 101: Drop 3|000 is a smooth and engrossing listen throughout, blending together a potent mix of dizzying bars and delicate vocals. There’s no doubt in our minds that Simz has cemented a place for herself in hip-hop, and we’re interested to see where she takes us in 2015.

Stream and download the entire EP below, and make sure to also check out Little Simz’s recent sessions with BBC 1xtra’s Live Lounge.

DOWNLOAD: Little Simz – Age 101: Drop 3|000

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No Introduction (Prod. IAMNOBODI)
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Closer (Ft. Tiffany Gouché)
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Frozen (Prod. IAMNOBODI)
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Circles (Ft. MeLo  X)
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Intervention (Prod. Sevn Thomas + Prezident Jeff)
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Used To Know (Prod. Jakwob)
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 129)

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We know a lot of you have already checked out from work, school, and responsibility, which is why this is the perfect time for you to pour yourself a frosty beverage and start celebrating.

Below you’ll find a tasty selection of tunes for you to dance your way through the holiday with. Just remember one thing: #danceirresponsibly.

Kungs ft. Molly
West Coast
99 Souls
The Girl Is Mine (Beyonce vs Brandy & Monica)
Mumbai Science
King Of The Top Floor (ft. DJ Spank
Solidisco
Ready
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake — Truffle Butter (Young Luxenberg Club Edit)
ZHU
FADED (WKND GONE MAD REMIX)
Solidisco
Look
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Aural Psynapse (ATTLAS Remix)
Elephante
Shooting Stars (Bag Raiders Cover)
LUCA LUSH X JOSH PAN
Get It On
Dillon Francis
Drunk All The Time (The Rebirth) feat. Simon Lord
Keys N Krates
Yes We Faded (Autolaser Remix)
Kappa Kavi
Challenger
Bad Suns
Dancing On Quicksand (Minorstep Remix)
KTheory
Find Me Again
Nömak
Backstage Hoe
A. G. Cook
Beautiful (Rustie Edit)
Bassnectar
So Butterfly (Beats Antique Remix Ft. Sorne)
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[R&B] Miguel – nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee EP

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2014 was a quiet year for Miguel, but the LA crooner couldn’t resist getting one last word in, surprising his fans with some free music this morning to tide them over until 2015. The three track EP, aptly titled nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee, draws its name from the tracklist itself. The project is more stripped down compared to the lush and vibrant dynamics found on 2012′s Kaleidoscope Dream, but the sound is still distinctly Miguel at its core. All three songs differ greatly from each other, yet still manage to create a harmonious balance together, something that is tough to achieve with such a short sample. The sole feature on the EP comes from Kurupt, who adds a dope little verse to the murky, percussion-driven “nwa.” That’s followed by the grungy, yet optimistic “hollywooddreams,” before closing things off with the effervescent “coffee,” which falls into more familiar territory sonically speaking.

Stream and download the neat little gift below, and stay tuned for more from Miguel as we turn our calendars to 2015.

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Awesome Factory Presents: Grandtheft – 1UP Denver – 2/26

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If you haven’t been to a show at The 1UP on Colfax yet, you need to make it a point to make that happen. Aside from having the epic combination of arcade games, booze, and a solid sound system, you now have another check in the “need to go” column, thanks to the good people at Awesome Factory.

Playing just his third show in Colorado, Toronto-based bass baron Grandtheft is stoked to return to the Mile High City and bring some fire to the decks at 1UP. Make sure to get to the show early (Doors at 8:30, show start at 9:00) so you can catch local standout K-MAC and a few others.

Tickets go on sale this Monday, December 22nd at 12:00PM MST. Make sure to pick them up early, as this will most definitely sell out. Also, did we mention they’re just $10 and this event is 18+?

For more details as the show gets closer, head to the event page on facebook.

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[Deep-House] MOSIS – Do That EP

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It’s been a few months since we’ve checked in with genre-blurring producer MOSIS who last regaled us with a leaned back shot at the club floor, “You&Me” and for his latest release, a double A-side EP Do That, he’s teamed up with one of our favorite underground house imprints, Night Supply Records. MOSIS’ titular track “Do That” leads things off as perhaps the budding beat maestro’s most directed house track in a surprisingly comprehensive catalog. Featuring a two-step melody layed over the top of a neatly trimmed four-four kick-drum and swelling pads, the tune’s primary tool functions as a chopped and shuffled vocal loop before giving way to a clean, funky and highly danceable bass line. “Do That” certainly tips its deep-house hat to the sounds and foundations of U.K. garage and jack as well, giving off the shiny diverse playability so many dance artists aspire for.

Behind “Do That” lies “Moves On You”. “Moves On You” get its listener to their feet through a sonic fusion of bold, deep groove and the accessibility of ‘club-house’ tunes from the likes of Disclosure and Hot Natured. For an artist whose work has already been supported by the likes of Zeds Dead, Two Fresh and option4 it’s hard to say where MOSIS’ ceiling of potential ends, but we’re hoping for as many stellar releases as we can get from the always busy artist.  After gifting loads of free tunes for the last year, we’re pretty eager to see Night Supply move into the more commercial side of things, recently signing a new distibution deal with the almighty Beatport to bring their tunes to a worldwide audience. Purchase a copy of MOSIS’ Do That EP from Beatport here, and stream both tracks in their entirety below to stoke those Friday dance hankerings before the night hits.

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Indie Christmas Playlist 2014

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It’s that time of the year again, ninjas. Snow is covering the ground (well, not here in Denver, surprisingly), the lights are up, we’re all scrambling to figure out what to buy our friends and family, and the same damn music is being played at every store, restaurant, and public space.

While we have to give credit to the timeless classics from the likes of Andy Williams, Elvis Presley, and Perry Como, it’s always nice to change things up with some more modern takes on these timeless songs.

This time around, we’ve crafted a playlist of some brand new holiday songs, and a few of our favorites from the past few years. If you can manage to wrangle control of the family stereo at dinner this year, throw this playlist on. You might even play a new favorite for you Mom and Dad.

Happy holidays from all of us at The Music Ninja. We hope you enjoy good food, good company, and good tunes.

Hey Rosetta!
Carry Me Home
Good Lovelies
Under The Tree
Marika Hackman
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Noosa
Silent Night
Kashka
In the Snow
Roses & Revolutions
Its Christmas Time
Billie Martin
Winter Song
Sophia and the BBs
4 Granted
Mr Little Jeans
Dear Santa
Sleeping at Last
Christmas is All Around (from Love, Actually)
My Morning Jacket
Ill Be Home For Christmas (feat. The Head and the Heart)
She & Him
The Christmas Waltz
Okkervil River
Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas (Cover)
Cafeine
Love Disease (Christmas in New York)
Big Picnic
Christmas Day
Kid Astray
The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole Cover)
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Free n Losh & Tyler Rix – Witchcraft [TMN PREMIERE]

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There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Free n Losh have an affinity for the classics. Calling back on when they first dropped onto our radar, we were immediately enamored with how flawlessly they took tunes from yesteryear into this century. Using samples from legendary artists like Tony Bennett, The Mills Brothers, and The Beatles, these two Torontonians have continually defined their unique approach in paying tribute to legendary tunes, and today is no different.

Riding along the wave of their Hype Machine number 1 remix of Odesza’s “It’s Only”, the two are back, only this time they’re teamed up with London-based singer/songwriter and saxophonist Tyler Rix. Paying an artful homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes, this collaboration has dialed up a sultry cover and interpretation of “Witchcraft.” The smooth bassline and understated percussion provide the perfect caress for Rix’s smooth, crooning voice, ultimately taking us away from any worries we woke up with today. Taking things to an entirely different level is the addition of a saxophone, which continues to embody the “past vs present” theme we’ve come to know and love.

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