[Electronic] BenZel – Waiting… (feat. Ben Abraham)

Waiting...... (ft. Ben Abraham)

BenZel, comprised of Benny Blanco and Ben Ash, had a stellar year in 2014 with their Men EP and executive production on Jessie Ware‘s album. They’ve continued that streak thus far with a number of impressive, diverse loosies, most recently the dope, Tory Lanez-featuring “Stuck on You.” Today, they bring us another in that series with the soulful, building “Waiting…” featuring crooning from Australian vocalist Ben Abraham. It’s a gorgeous electronic tune that progresses into a near-enormous sound without compromising its chilled-out, radiant energy. “Waiting…” closes with a seamless, acoustic retreat to Abraham’s beautiful piano and voice. Brighten your day with this one above.

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[NEW] BenZel – Stuck On You (Feat. Tory Lanez)

Stuck On You ft. Tory Lanez

BenZel and Tory Lanez are two acts we’ve been “stuck on” for quite some time now, and today they’ve teamed up for an incredible new single. “Stuck On You” is the first in a series of tracks that the duo of Benny Blanco and Ben Ash will be releasing through SoundCloud on a weekly basis. The song is a bit of a diversion from Tory’s usual style, but it still finds him thriving outside of his comfort zone, as slick falsetto gives way to a mind numbing drop. We’ve already played this tune on repeat about four to five times during the course of this write-up, so expect this one to be glued into your rotations for quite awhile. Stream the track above, and click the download link to snag a copy for yourself. You’ll want to hold onto this one.

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[Hip-Hop] BenZel – Four (ft Juicy J & Cashmere Cat)

BenZel Ft. Juicy J & Cashmere Cat

It’s easy to see why Juicy J is still a relevant and prominent artist in the music game. His latest collaboration, “Four,” with hit-makers Cashmere Cat and BenZel finds the Memphis emcee spitting a smooth verse over a dope beat. It is a rarity to hear some new music from Benzel, but it is always welcome and the production duo deliver an addicting track. The unique blend of southern flows over a lounge-esque beat makes for a chill listen that is sure to get heavy rotation on anyone’s playlist. No news on when this single will be available for purchase or if it is tied to another project. So, for now, sit back and enjoy some sonic euphoria.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 1]

It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s finally here! Ladies and Gentleninjas, I now present to you: The Hip-Hop Dojo: Volume 1. You may find yourself asking what exactly to expect upon entering the Dojo.Well, that’s a very good question. The Hip-Hop Dojo allows us to share with you all the great hip-hop music that’s dropped over the last week that either a) we didn’t have time to get to OR b) we may have mistakenly missed. We then present all those tracks in one neat little playlist, with a short sentence or two describing each song. Take a listen below, and make sure to download all the FREE tracks here.

Serving as the intro to our playlist, we have Skizzy Mars‘ “15,” a cascading and uplifting song that’ll be the project starter on his upcoming mixtape, Phases. We then continue the trend with three more inspirational tracks. The first of those is “All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of” by HS87, which takes the namesake of their recent mixtape release. “All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of” is a song with almost two sides. Just as you begin to get a feel for Robin Thicke‘s triumphant chorus, the song slaps you in the face with some banging drums. What else would you expect from a Hit-Boy produced track? Next up on the list is a new single from up-and-coming Philly-duo OCD: Moosh & Twist from their Back to the Basement mixtape. Through the song, the two take turns rapping and singing about their ascent towards worldwide notoriety. If you’re looking for something particularly cheery to brighten up your day, I suggest checking out the music video for this one as well.  Finally, rounding out our trio, we have an extremely playful and fun track by DMV-bred Roy Murci called, “Magic Johnson” that definitely has a Wale-esque vibe to it. The next track in the lineup we have is essentially a remix of a remix, as STS tackles Adventure Club‘s remix of Flight Facilities‘ “Crave You” to profess his absolute love for gold. Following things up, we have another new track with a famous sample as Big K.R.I.T. flips James Blake‘s “The Wilhelm Scream” to reflect on his state of mind as he prepares for his upcoming mixtape, King Remembered In Time.

Moving on, what Dojo would be complete without an appearance from a member of the Wu-Tang ClanRaekwon reminds us of the good ol’ 90’s with his newest effort, spitting some elegant bars over a soulful backdrop. Keystone-native, Tayyib Ali also revives that old school aesthetic, proving that he does anything but follow “The Script.” Next up, we have duo Kidz In The Hall, who bring us a dazzling, head-bopping single in “No Doz.” We then shift over to the West Coast to the savvy pairing of TiRon & Ayomari who forget their filters when discussing their ideas of love and women. Crossing back across the country to New York, we we find Torae and Skyzoo who to want to remind us of the message Wu-Tang made famous 20 years ago, letting us know that “Cash Still Rules” everything.

As we continue forward, we come across a couple of bangers to turn up with your headphones plugged in. TermanologyEa$y Money, and Nitty Scott MC all flex their mic skills for the hell of it over a reverberant, guitar-laden beat on “Bars For Days”. Our next two tracks feature a common subject: every rapper’s favorite herb. While King Chip takes us to a place known as Clevelafornia to tell us where he prefers to smoke his, the boisterous Sahtyre creates a complete dedication to his favorite vegetable over an insanely wild, high octane beat. Chitown natives Joey Purp and Kami De Chukwu may still be young, but they provide us with some brief insight to all the fun to be had at an “Illuminati Slumber Party.” Staying within the confines of the illest city in the Midwest, Cracko Kain & Vic Spencer speculate upon the state of Chicago operating under martial law. Boldy James’ “Goose Egg,” is a haunting yet infectious number, that’ll have you pressing play again the second it ends.

The final three tracks are meant for more mellow occasions, when you’re looking to just kick back and unwind to some relaxing tunes. We start that process off with SMKA‘s “Good Life.” Laced with a euphoric beat from Kato, ATLiens Playboy TreSpree Wilson and Marian Mereba all discuss the struggles endured during the quest for the good life. Coming from young Japanase duo BenZel, “Semi Detached” is a raw, emotional track with stellar, ethereal production that reaches you right to the core. Chance the Rapper blesses the track with a casual, yet introspective guest verse, while British crooner Cass Lowe tugs at our heartstrings with his delicate, whispering vocals. Last but not least, we have the multi-talented MeLo-X, coming to us with “Handle It” which will be featured on his upcoming GOD: LoFi project. With this latest effort, MeLo is able to show off his skills as both a producer and rapper, as he takes M-Phazes‘ remix of Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know” and transforms it into a seductive, soothing bedroom anthem.

We really hope you enjoyed the first edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. If you have any submissions or suggestions for the next edition, feel free to send them to baseer@themusicninja.com.

’Skizzy Mars – 15 (Intro)’
’HS87 – All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of (feat. HitBoy, Audio Push, K. Roosevelt & Robin Thicke)’
’OCD: Moosh & Twist – Top Of The World’
’Roy Murci – Magic Johnson (feat. Danie Lyon)’
’STS – Dripping In Gold’
’Big K.R.I.T. – R.E.M.’
’Raekwon – Whatever Baby (Feat. JD Era)’
’Tayyib Ali – The Script’
’Kidz In The Hall – No Doz’
’TiRon & Ayomari – No Filter’
’Torae – Cash Still Rules (Feat. Skyzoo)’
’Termanology f. Nitty Scott MC & Ea$y Money – Bars For Days’
’King Chip – Under Palm Trees’
’ Sahtyre – Broccoli’
’Joey Purp & Kami de Chukwu
Illuminati Slumber Party’
’Cracko Kain – Martial Law ft. Vic Spencer’
’Boldy James
Goose Egg’
’SMKA – Good Life (Feat. Playboy Tre, Marian Mereba & Spree Wilson) (Prod. Kato of SMKA)’
Semi Detached (Feat. Cass Lowe & Chance The Rapper)’
’MeLo_X – Handle It’
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The Trap Dojo #24 [MP3 Playlist]

First off we got Keys N Krates dropping a dope remix of Kanye West‘s track “Clique”, delivering some solid vocal work and huge 808’s. Steve Angello and Laidback Luke’s classic House anthem, “Show Me Love” gets a Festival Trap re-work from Stephen V & Alvo. “3 Chainz” is the name of this Hot and Heavy Trapped out mess from Oliver TwistBenzi & Willy Joy team up on this next one titled “Vibes” which starts off easy, and then drops into some extremely hectic synth and drum work. Probably the sexiest track on this Playlist is from Cashmere Cat, with this remix of BenZel‘s track “Fallin Love”. Zeds Dead haven’t released this track yet, but titled “Ratchet” and they sample Juicy J‘s track “Bandz A Maker Her Dance”. Enjoy the res on your own and cop all the Free downloads. Cheers


’Kanye West, Big Sean, and Jay
Z – CLIQUE (Keys N Krates Remix)’
’Steve Angello & Laidback Luke feat. Robin S. – Show Me Love (Steven V & Alvo Remix)’
’Oliver Twizt – 3 Chainz (Original Mix)’
’Benzi & Willy Joy – VIBES’
’BenZel – Fallin Love (Cashmere Cat Remix)’
’Zeds Dead – Ratchet (Extended Radio Rip)’
’Butch Clancy – Lazy Twerk *FREE DOWNLOAD*’
’Audiobot – Manila (Audiobot & Cratesz Trap Remix) FREE DL’
’Keys N Krates – Dreamyness’
’Rihanna – Diamonds (Sizzurp Remix)’
’The Partysquad & Boaz – Oh My (Club Mix) (Free Download In Description)’
’Hucci – Quest’
’Dirty Talk – Laidback Luke Remix (GTA Bootleg) – Free when we hit 10k FB Likes!’
’Skrillex feat. The Doors – Breakn A Sweat (DJ Swoon Trap Remix)’
’DJ Green Lantern – Da Da Da Da Da (Original Mix) *Free DL*’
’Swimming Pools (Kayzo Remix) – Kendrick Lamar’
’Blackstreet – No Diggity (Boeboes 1k Likes Remix)’
’Alesia & DJ Snake – Bird Machine’
’LiL TExAS – Bah’
’Disclosure – White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge (J
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #22


When trying to think of a prelude for this week’s edition of the Chill Dojo, emotion was the key word that stuck in mind. Emotion is everything in music, from laid-back slices of serenity to powerful trance-inducing melodies and vocals. For this playlist we’ll have you riding both ends of the spectrum and everything in between, so sit back and enjoy.

We kick things off on a bright and joyful note with this charming feel-good rework of the popular Bondax tune courtesy of UK beatmakers Snakehips. It’s such a fun, smooth jam that will light up even the gloomiest day with positive feelings all round. We next move on to dubstep veteran Jakwob to abruptly thrust you onto the opposite end of  the scale now. His forthcoming release, ‘Fade’, incorporates masterful drumwork, gorgeous vocals and beautiful piano melodies to gently tug at the heartstrings in what results as an absolutely stellar production. Melbourne girl Chela is another name that springs to mind when it comes to stunning chill vocals, and she lends this incredible talent to Viceroy’s latest tropical smash, ‘Dream of Bombay’. Now stop…it’s smooth beats time, and who better to bring this week’s dose of funk than names like Vanilla, FloFilz, Majestry, and siik. And if you thought the groove stopped there, Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat is there to pick it back up with a pair of creative bodyshakers. There’s also some more JT love this week coming from Chrome Wolves, and some new stuff from familiar names in Goldroom and Lane 8. We often like to end each week’s playlist with a bit of a treat, and that’s exactly what we have in store again with the title track off Sizzlebird’s new album, One World. Now whether you’ve been following the Chill Dojo for a while or just recently hopped on board, you’ll know this is a pretty big deal and that it’s pretty much a definite no-brainer to go and buy this album now. Listen to the full stream here if you need any further convincing.

And so that ends the long and eventful journey on the emotional rollercoaster for this week. Make sure to grab your freebie showbag on the way out. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #22 zip

’Bondax – Gold (Snakehips Bootleg)’
’Jakwob – Fade (Featuring Maiday)’
’Viceroy – Dream Of Bombay (feat Chela)’
’W.N.G.E. (Majestry Remix)’
’Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (siik remix)’
’BenZel – Fallin Love (Cashmere Cat Remix)’
’Feadz & Kito – Wettex (Cashmere Cat Remix)’
’Justin Timberlake – My Love (Chrome Wolves Bootleg)’
’Active Child – Hanging On (Chrome Wolves Bootleg) **FREE DL**’
’Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) (Goldroom Remix)’
’Lane 8 – Every Night’
’Above & Beyond – Thing Called Love (Faraway Skies Chillout Remix) *Free Download in Description’
’PIXL ft Nicole Millar – Crazy *FREE DOWNLOAD*’
’Drake Doing it Wrong (Figgy Remix)’
’Pedestrian & Maribou State – Mask’
’Cadence Collective – sleep aid.mp3′
’One World’
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[Electronica] BenZel – Fallin’ Love (Video)

Originally from Japan, but now based out of New York, BenZel are a young duo with a penchant for groovy, syrupy, R&B-leaning production. You’ve heard their work on Jessie Ware‘s cover of “If You Love Me” (originally by 90’s group Brownstone), but now we get a taste of an original in “Fallin’ Love”. It’s dubbed as a “demo” on their Soundcloud (below), but you wouldn’t know it. They recently released the official video for the stylish tune; it’s a tad risque, but hey, it’s Monday. Best to start the week with some spice. Check it out.

’BenZel – Fallin Love (Demo)’
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