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[NEW] Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
Wanna Be Cool

It’s here! After months’ worth of eager anticipation, Surf has finally arrived. Though initially advertised as a follow-up to Chance The Rapper‘s 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap, it was later revealed that Surf would be a new project led by Donnie Trumpet and his band The Social Experiment, with Chance playing more of a supporting role. Leading up to its release today, details were still pretty sparse, so it’s not surprising that the album was released without any fair warning, which seems to be a common trend these days. None of the features are listed on iTunes, but we promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the guests who appear throughout the record.

We’re still in the process of listening ourselves, so we haven’t had a chance to fully evaluate the project, but so far we’d say it’s lived up to the hype. Take a listen to one of the early tracks below, and make sure to head to iTunes to grab yourself a FREE copy.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo: April 2015 (Artist Spotlight: Jazz Cartier)

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Welcome back to the Hip-Hop Dojo, your premier destination for all the best hip-hop from the past month. We know we’re a little late with this edition, but we promise it was well worth the wait. If you’re unacquainted, or if you need a refresher, the Hip-Hop Dojo is a monthly feature designed to showcase the most exciting up-and-coming talent in the game right now. We accomplish this by splitting it up into three different components: the artist spotlight, our monthly playlist and our mixtape roundup. We’ve got a number of exciting names spread throughout, but we have to say we’re most amped about this month’s spotlight artist, Jazz Cartier.

The Toronto music scene has experienced a sort of renaissance as of late, and although Drake remains the only true household name to emerge from the city, artists like The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez make for an exciting cast of stars poised to breakthrough to the next level. From a talent standpoint, Jazz Cartier has already proven himself capable of holding his own amongst those names. Building off of the moody aesthetic that’s become a staple of his hometown, Jazz has been able to forge his own unique sound. The enigmatic emcee possesses the uncanny ability to create songs that are easily accessible to the masses, with a penchant for crafting memorable hooks, yet he has no problem with making tunes that are also deeply personal and complex. All of this becomes apparent as you listen through his recent project, Marauding In Paradise. The fact that the mixtape spent four years in development should tell you all you need to know about Jazz’s unrelenting work ethic and his desire for perfection. We had a chance to get Jazz on the phone to talk about his recent album, his experiences moving around the world and why he believes Drake is his Jay Z.

Read on to find out what Jazz had to say, and afterwards click over to the next page to listen to this month’s playlist.  On our final page you’ll find reviews of our favorite projects to drop during April, as written by ninja Ash.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 50] (W/ Special Guest Mix: starRo)

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starRo
Mini Mix For Sunday Night Soul for The Music Ninja

Sunday Night Soul is finally turning 50! We know, we can’t believe it either. It took a little longer than we anticipated, but after countless delays and hiatuses, we’re finally here. Words cannot begin to express how blessed we feel to have reached this milestone, so before we begin, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our loyal followers out there who have patiently stuck with us from day one. At one point it seemed like we’d never reach this landmark, but thanks to you we’ve been able to keep this playlist up and running for 50 Sundays! Regardless of whether you’re a longtime listener or a recent follower, we salute all your support.

We’d also like to give some credit to all the amazing artists out there who have been helping to push this genre forward, because without them we would have no content for you in the first place. Back when we first started this series at the tail end of 2013, we never could have imagined it would expand to the enormous levels that it’s now reached. It’s remarkable to look back and see how many talented singers, songwriters, producers, etc. we’ve discovered since our first entry, and we’re excited to continue to unearth even more hidden gems going forward.

Now, before we get too carried away, we would like to give one last major shout out to our guest for the night, the one and only starRo, for making us one hell of a mix to celebrate this momentous occasion. The Japanese native and Soulection affiliate is just one of many incredible artists we’ve relied upon to provide us quality material throughout our brief history, and we’ve enjoyed watching him grow from the very beginning. If you’re not already, make sure to follow him on SoundCloud to keep up with all of his latest tunes. And speaking of SoundCloud, make sure to check ours after every Sunday to find our playlists after they’ve been published. Enough with the chit chat though; we’re just going to allow you to dive into this doozy of a playlist, because fittingly enough, it might just be one of our largest EVER.

Niykee Heaton
Bardot
Towkio
.Wav Theory
LION BABE
Little Dreamer
josh pan
Secrets
Vada
slow prod. by romby
Warren Xclnce & Reiss G
Scale It Back (Ft. Ego Ella May)
tama gucci
Feeling You ( produced . CREEP$IDE)
Lais
When The Mirror Cracks
James Vincent McMorrow
Cavalier (vbnd edit)
Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Can I
Small Talk
Other Roads (feat. Ava Lake)
AQUILO
Better Off Without You
TIFA.
Snowflakes
Sunni Colón
Water (demo)
abraham blue
lets escape remix
josh pan
song wouldve been longer if you paid us (prod. howie lee)
Frett
Tyro
Mark Arkinson
w/ u (ft. BRAVE)
OSHUN
Șango
A E R I A L
Seriously
The Masks
Say Goodbye
Endaf.
Waiting ft Laura James
Heiress
Waste
Rationale
Fast Lane
Ravyn Lenae
Blossom Dearie (Prod. By Monte Booker)
HXNS
money (feat. ma$ego)
froyo ma
window fog
LEISURE
Got It Bad
PHONY PPL
You Rock My World. (Michael Jackson Cover)
LION BABE
Dont Break My Heart
Lianne La Havas
Unstoppable
OSHUN
that day
Thank You
Kentaro and One T
Jon Lewis
Kick It Feat. Kris Kasanova
SPZRKT
Honest (Prod. by Sam Baker)
Ambré Perkins
90s Love
Tay Walker
A Good Feeling ft Syd
Russ
Your Favorite Rapper (Prod. Russ)
Tifa
Shivers Ft. Robsi Mantoura
Ta Ku
Love Again feat. JMSN & Sango
Her
Quite Like
Jimi Charles Moody
Blue Honey
Bells Atlas
Bling
Jordan Bratton
Prisoner ft. Chance The Rapper
Eryn Allen Kane
Have Mercy
RVDICAL THE KID.
Dopamine Ft. Maesu
SDotBraddy
D.A.B.S
Rihanna
James Joint
Alexandria
Like Ya Like Freestyle prod. Ethereal
Naked Geometry
Shuuggah Ft. Jesse Baez
Blanche Eden
You Dont Love Me Anymore
Elhae
A.N.O Prod. by J Louis x DrewsThatDude
Mickey Taelor
My Mary Jane ft. Richard Wright ( Dae One Acoustic Remix )
Sunni Colón
Fuchsia (demo)
Janine and the Mixtape
Lose My Mind
Kyan
Whoa
CE
Mudra
Nick Nikon
Atlantis
Duncan Gerow
Next + Evil Needle = Butta Love
Freddy Winter
eNERGY
Evil Needle
Worry (feat. JMSN)
Post Malone
Too Young (Prod. FKi, The MeKanics, And Justin Mosely)
Proton
Smile (320 Remix)
KeithCharlesSPACEBAR
The Come Down (feat. Indigo Tshai)
Miles Glyphers
Out of Time
Justine Skye
Bb Major (Prod. By Austin Marc)
William Casanova
Selfish Ways (Prod By Kosmik)
Janine and the Mixtape
When Im Broken
Deebs & Jarell Perry
Relapse
JONES
Indulge (Jam City Alt Mix)
KeithCharlesSPACEBAR
All my Luv (feat. ABRA)
Deebs & Jarell Perry & Meesha
Giving U
Lyves X Synkro
Body Close
Jak Lizard
Dark Towers (prod. Krakaur)
Appleby...
BITTER BOY Feat. Anthony White (prod. Illyland)
Lyrican
High With Me (Prod. By Hayzeus)
Gallant
Talking In Your Sleep
Justine Skye
A Train
NOWHERE
INDICA la ROUX feat. Miloh Smith
ALESSIA
HERE
MARC. E BASSY
GOOD MONEY
Rihanna
BBHMM (FAB & Alo Lee COVER)
JAHKOY
Zonin f. Luu
Kehlani
The Way feat. Chance the Rapper
Elijah Blake
I Just Wanna Feat. Dej Loaf (Prod. by Djemba & CZ)
Beldina (ft. Rome Fortune)
Cant Leave You Alone (remix)
MARC. E BASSY
FREE LOVE FT. P LO (TRAPQUEEN 2)
Maryann
Lovesick (Prod By Sbvce) #BAEGOD
Nick Nikon
Spillin Drinks
MARC E. BASSY
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
Kehlani
Unconditional
steelix
hey baby~
TEK.LUN
Early 90s Nostalgia (All That)
Kestra
BOY X 4Real
Binx.
Can You Stand The Rain
valentno.
thinkin bout u (sir crks h
16 yr old
ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS w/ DIVINE
kuma
Panther
Duncan Gerow
Drake + Stwo = Trust Issues
Omarion
You Like It ( C Y G N Remix )
A NIGHT OFF
( J LOUIS X DREWSTHATDUDE )
BASSBEAR!!
_we.dem.boiiiz// (A 420 After Special)
M.O
For A Minute (The Good Vibe Dirty Basin Remix)
Usher Ft. Chris Brown
All Falls Down (starRo Remix)
Rihanna
BBHMM (CLBTS Remix)
TeeFLii x Mr. Mitch
24 Hourz x Feel (Rabit Blend)
Jhené Aiko
Comfort Inn Ending (OZZIE 2013 Edit)
The Weeknd
Earned It (Kuren Flip)
MNEK
White Noise (Baiji Refix)
drake
my side (airwav bootleg)
Broken.
Everything
FIFTY GRAND
WHITE IVERSON REMIX (w/PADILLION)
Ellie Goulding
Love me like you do (The Code) Remix
Ashanti
RWY (Jaël Remix)
Miguel
Dont Look Back (KMB Remix)
Rihanna
Bitch Better Have My Money (starRo Remix)
FORTUNE
Know Whats Up w/ Saaj (ft. Tory Lanez)
Vbnd
Nobodys Baby
El. Train
wantyouback.
ROM
inLove?
CRIES IN SPANISH
Milk
Mar
Shes A Dancer (prod. by Sebastian Carter)
RVDICAL THE KID.
Funk With Me Ft. EphRem & aywy
C Y G N
Sunset
sam gellaitry
paper
Jaxon
COLOMBIANA (guff☆ x ELJAY remix)
The Children
The Good Dream (Check // Cocique Remix)
Janet Jackson
Love Will Never Do (Nude Remix)
oriJanus
Fola (OG Sade Flip)
James Joint
Rihanna (Kenneth William Remix)
captain pizza
In Dis Club
Naked Geometry
5 More Minutes
Londy
You
AbJo
(you cant rush your feelings)
Jeremih
Planes Remix
Since I Lost My Baby
(Lege Kale X KMB)
Kan G
Chasing Time
Nao
Inhale Exhale
CassKidd x Izzy Bizu
Adam & Eve (Remix)
Kultur
Éphémère (Ft. Bamiyah)
M.O
Aint Got Time (The Good Vibe Choclock Remix)
tinashe
2 on (cresce remix)
Cresce
Show Me Summer Ft. Lou Lettow
Elhae feat. Tory Lanez
All Away (RCADE Feat. B. Lewis)
Kehlani
Til The Morning (Snakehips Remix)
Vic Mensa
Down On My Luck( J LOUIS Remix )
Memeb
Thousand Words Ft Kaleem Taylor (Original Mix)
IAMSU & Rossi
All I Want (MARKAI Remix)
Raye
Bet U Wish (Lucian Remix)
Kayloo
Im a Flirt
Myth Syzer
What About
Zacari
Foggy Windows (Prod. By J Louis & NGHTMRE)
Lianne La Havas
Unstoppable (Jungles Edit)
Human?
2 On
Miguel
Good Lovin (DATHAN Flip)
KStewart
Keeping You Up (Produced by Shift K3y)
MNEK
BELIEVE (CHER REFIX)
BRAYTON BOWMAN
BABY ONE MORE TIME (REFIX)
OMVR
Hold You Back (Hasta Remix)
Usher
Good Kisser (RCADE Remix)
Trey Songz
Slow Motion (SevnthWonder Remix)
Shift K3Y
Name & Number(Chloe Martini Remix)
MISOGI
LAYITDOWN
Chahine
Sad Boy
Jakubi
Couch Potato (Khamsin Remix)
Sunday Candy (GARREN Remix)
Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
Fetty Wap
Trap Queen (Autolaser & Z•WOODS Remix)
DOLPHIN TEARS
MISS U
Venessa Michaels
Whatcha On ft. Joelle James And Tay Jasper
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[Future] Fortune & Saaj – Know What’s Up (Feat. Tory Lanez)

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FORTUNE
Know What's Up w/ Saaj (ft. Tory Lanez)

Flow-Fi founder Fortune has absolutely astounded us with his uncanny ability to turn just about any song into a bouncy, future bass banger, and has proven himself as a master beat-maker through the release of such projects as Venha Conmigo and Drives & Thighs. If you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet, you’re still not too late, but chances are it might feel a little crowded after tonight. For his latest effort, the astute instrumentalist has teamed up with fellow producer Saaj and TMN mainstay Tory Lanez for an elegant new cut titled “Know What’s Up.” The Canadian crooner’s appearance is fleeting, but his vocals serve as a perfect prelude, delicately interlaced amongst a flurry of mellow strings, delightful chimes and lush synths, before leading into some seriously boisterous 808s. Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this peaceful tune is the fact that Fortune manages to create such an engrossing experience you don’t even notice Lanez’s absence from the second half of the song.

We”re excited to see what else the brilliant producer has hidden up his sleeve. Let’s just hope we hear more collaborations between these three in the future.

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[Giveaway] Indy 500 Snake Pit w/ Kaskade, Steve Aoki & A-Trak – 5/24 @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Kaskade
Never Sleep Alone
Steve Aoki
Darker Than Blood Feat Linkin Park
A Trak
Push feat. Andrew Wyatt

Racing fans, start your engines! If your need for speed runs as deep as your love for EDM, there’s no better place for you to spend your Memorial Day Weekend than the Indy 500 Snake Pit with Kaskade, Steve Aoki & A-Trak. Our friends over at React Presents have bestowed on us the distinct opportunity to give away TWO tickets to this very special event during the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Here’s how it works. Fill in your first and last name, and submit your email address below. It’s really that simple. The show is intended for audiences of all ages, but you must have a valid photo ID with you on the day of the event to redeem your prize.

All entries must be in before May 15th, when the winner will be notified by email and provided with ticket vouchers that they will have to take to the event and exchange for wristbands. The vouchers are good for entry to the speedway and will provide them with instructions on how to redeem the tickets. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the race.

For more details and info on The Indy 500 Snake Pit, go here. If you would like to purchase tickets yourself, make sure to head over to the official event page, and follow React Presents on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud to keep up with all the latest news and announcements as well as hear what they’re listening to at the moment.

Check out the teaser video below, and don’t forget to enter for your chance to win!

ENTER GIVEAWAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS

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Lyves X Synkro – Body Close [TMN PREMIERE]

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Lyves X Synkro
Body Close

After dominating the HypeMachine charts with her debut single “Shelter” back in February, UK based songstress Lyves has finally returned with her follow-up to that glorious tune. Compared to her previous effort, “Body Close” is a bit darker and moodier in tone, yet still incredibly sensual. “Body Close” is the type of song that captures your attention from start to finish, as crawling synths and ominous bass give way to racing snares, all lacquered effortlessly by Lyves’ astonishing vocals. Production credit goes to Synkro, whose work behind the boards provides the perfect backdrop for the Portugese native’s passionate crooning. The track will live on both artists’ respective debut EPs, set to release sometime later this year.

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[Chill] Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Can I

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Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Can I

When Alina Baraz and Galimatias team up together, you can be sure the result will always be gold. They’ve proven it in the past with such mesmerizing tunes as “Fantasy” and “Make You Feel” (along with a few others). Like their previous collaborations, “Can I” is a sensual slow-burner that will keep you completely hypnotized under its spell until the very end–that is only of course if you don’t have the repeat button on lock like we do. The pair continue to provide an auditory experience unlike any other, and we can’t wait to see what else the future holds for this dynamic duo. Stream the track above, and make sure to secure a copy when the single is available on iTunes on April 28th.

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