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[NEW] Childish Gambino – Sober

Gambino Kauai
Childish Gambino
Sober [rough]

Forgive us for somehow missing out on this gem earlier today, as we were engaging in our usual Sunday football rituals. Although that’s not the best excuse, we hope you’re just as pleasantly surprised as we were to discover new material from Childish Gambino. Titled “Sober,” the track is set to be included on Bino’s double-sided mixtape, STN MTN / KAUAI, which is yet to receive a release date. Pulled from the KAUAI side of the tape, “Sober” finds the talented artist demonstrating his vocal chops, creating a pop tune that sounds right at home with many of his recent records.

While on the surface the lush, mercurial soundscape gives the song the appearance of a rather upbeat tune, if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize it’s actually rather grim. With a hook that declares, “And now that it’s over, I’ll never be sober/I couldn’t believe, but now I’m so high,” it’s pretty clear that Bino had his heart broken recently and is turning to other substances to help ease the pain. The rest of the track finds him trying to reason with the girl and patch thing up in a last ditch effort, but his efforts seem to be in vain. It makes for an interesting dynamic, as your natural instincts to smile happily and nod your head along with the delightful melody contrast heavily with the song’s contents.

Given the title of the track on SoundCloud, it seems like this is still a rough version, but nonetheless, we’re interested to see what other sounds Childish has been experimenting with lately and can barely contain our excitement for the upcoming mixtape.

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[Chill] Rae Sremmurd – No Type (CLBTS Remix)

No-Type
Rae Sremmurd
no type (clbts remix)

After taking the game by storm this summer with the release of their debut single “No Flex Zone,” Rae Sremmurd recently teamed up with Mike WiLL Made It to unleash a follow-up titled “No Type.” While the verdict is still out on whether the duo can replicate the success of their first hit, it seems as if at least one producer has taken notice of their latest effort. Given that remixes of “No Flex Zone” have become rampant over the past few months, we’re almost relieved that CLBTS decided to take a different approach with the group’s second single. By raising the pitch on the vocals and adding in some polished synths and dainty piano work, CLBTS manages to craft an ultimately dreamy soundscape that will certainly leave you feeling some type of way.

Download the track above, and be on the lookout for more from the mysterious producer in the near future.

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[Hip-Hop/Soul] Dae Zhen – Dipset (Prod. Mike Derenzo)

Dae Zhen Dipset
Dae Zhen
Dipset

Dae Zhen first caught our attention earlier this year with the release of his single “94,” which showcased his prowess on the mic as both a talented wordsmith and gifted singer. Returning with the first offering since the release of his mixtape Women & Wordplay, the LA native demonstrates his versatility once again on the cheery new track, “Dipset.” Produced by Mike Derenzo, “Dipset” is a lighthearted, carefree number that’s guaranteed to lift anybody’s spirits. Though the song has a throwback sound that finds itself rooted in nostalgia, Dae Zhen incorporates enough modern hip-hop flair to keep it from feeling like it’s too stuck in the past. Though we’re still not sure what the track has to do with the famed Harlem collective, we’re willing to let that detail slide in exchange for a free download.

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[Jersey Club] Dolphin Tears – Drank

DRANK
DOLPHIN TEARS
DRANK

The Friday feels are certainly alive and real with this one. Returning with his first single in over a month, Dolphin Tears has decided to bless us with yet another eccentric, R&B-infused jersey club anthem. This time drawing inspiration from T-Pain‘s “Buy U A Drank,” delivers quite the banger, packed with plenty of synths, pulsating percussion, video game samples, bed squeaks and of course his signature dolphin calls. We won’t judge you if you suddenly feel an uncontrollable urge to get up out of your seat and shake your tailfeather (is that a dated term now?), because that’s exactly what we did. Do you know how hard it is to type while dancing? Why not press play on this gem and try it out for yourself? (DISCLAIMER: The Music Ninja does not accept responsibility for any injury or damage caused to you or your computer from said activity).

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[Chill] Basecamp – Shudder (Twinztrack Remix)

Shudder Twinztrack Remix
Basecamp
Shudder (Twinztrack Remix)

If you haven’t realized it yet, we here at TMN have been infatuated with Basecamp‘s “Shudder” from the very first moment it first blessed our ears early last month. Not only have we found ourselves zoning out to the original on a regular basis, but the countless remixes that have followed have captured our constant attention as well. Now French electronic duo Twinztrack have decided to throw their hats in the ring, providing us with yet another fascinating remix. This latest rendition finds the hypnotic vocals from the original embedded in a swirling palette of engrossing synths and skittering percussion that help add a playfully melodic touch to the tune. Remember that zoning out sensation we mentioned earlier? Yeah, try resisting it from the moment you press play. We promise it’s not possible. This is a song that will most definitely captivate you.

There’s no word on whether this will be available for download or purchase in the near future, but we won’t blame you for immediately wanting a copy for yourself.

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[Trap] Losco – Drop

Losco - Drop
Losco.
Drop.

Bass in your face. Those are the words that instantly sprang to mind as we turned our speakers up and this glorious piece of work took full control of our bodies. That might sound like a strange phenomenon at first, but trust us, once you press play your booty will twerk in new ways you previously thought unimaginable. Though we’re used to somewhat more reserved efforts from Losco, the Belgian quartet decided to abandon all inhibitions and completely let loose on their new single, “Drop.” With a simple title that reads as both a description of the track and an instruction manual, it’s clear that this new anthem is poised to be a fixture in the festival scene for months to come. Though our mothers warned us against accepting free candy from strangers, we think it’s ok to ignore their advice this one time.

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[Hip-Hop] Jetpack Jones – Both (Prod. Don Diestro)

Jetpack Jones - Both
Jetpack Jones
Both (Prod. By Don Diestro)

Often times in life, we find ourselves having to choose between money and hoes, leaving us wondering if it’s possible for the two to co-exist. Luckily, Bay Area native Jetpack Jones is here to emphasize the importance of leading a life of balance, demonstrating how we can have “Both.” In all seriousness though, while the basic premise behind the new single may sound a bit superficial at first, it makes for an addictive listen regardless. As the self-proclaimed “Chillest Rapper Alive,” Jetpack definitely lives up to his billing, utilizing impeccable wordplay and a laidback deliver that flows well over the hypnotic instrumental provided by Don Diestro. The two plan to release their upcoming 380 SL project early next week, and if this track is any indication of what they have to offer, we’re definitely in for a real treat.

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