[Tropical] LittleKings ft. Kareem – Part Of Me

LittleKings ft. Kareem - Part of Me
LittleKings Ft. Kareem
Part Of Me (Original Mix)

If you haven’t heard of LittleKings, you’re missing out. The Dutch production duo just put out their first track ever, and it’s pretty damn good. “Part Of Me” features Kareem‘s strong vocals mixed with a tropical dance vibe and melodies that will stick with you for a long time. The crafty synths are well put together, and are supported by a series of light strings in the drop. The transition from emotionally driven melody to an enchanting groove more than highlights this tune.

We are excited to see what else LittleKings has in store for us. Make sure to stay tuned and vibe away to this awesome gem!

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[Groove] Full Crate – Special

Full Crate

Dutch producer Full Crate‘s creations find themselves at a wonderful intersection of styles making his music equal parts refreshing and difficult to place. On his latest single, “Special,” this proves true as ever as he builds a house groove with a distinctly organic set of percussive instrumentation. Full Crate masterfully weaves a sample from Pharrell‘s “Beautiful” and additional vocals from the talented Gia Koka over that fresh backdrop further accentuated by a soothing bass line and syncopated keys. It’s a truly enticing track that warrants consecutive listens to really emotionally grasp.

Along with this splendid release, Full Crate also announced his aptly-titled upcoming EP Pleasure Pools, which we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for. Catch some vibes above and grab a free download here.

Artwork by Yavez S.E. Anthonio:

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Outside Lands 2015: 40+ Songs to Prepare [Festival Preview]

OL15_Website_AdMat_SeeYouInAugust (1)It’s that time of the year in San Francisco when everyone’s either scrambling to find a ticket or stressing schedule overlaps for Outside Lands Music Festival. Hosted in the heart of Golden Gate Park’s picturesque forest, OSL has quickly become the Bay Area’s most sought-after festival ticket since its inception 7 years ago. In the last couple years particularly, though, the demand has exploded with tickets selling out faster than ever and a ravenous (and frankly obnoxious) secondhand ticket market. That’s all with good reason, though, considering Another Planet Entertainment raises the stakes every year and 2015 is looking to be no different with one of the strongest lineups in the festival’s history.

As always, the Outside Lands bill combines local acts, up ‘n coming bands from around the world and established contemporary stars with a few legends sprinkled on top. There’s a marked depth to the lineup this year including the Heineken House, which will serve as the designated non-stop dance tent for the weekend. As Ninjas, and senseis in the art of festival-ing, we’ll always vouch for at least one stop a day at these stages. We’ve crafted a playlist, including our favorites from the Heineken House, in chronological order of performance that we hope helps get you prepared for OSL 2015. For all of you who won’t be able to make it, you can live stream performances from the Outside Lands website. Continue reading

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[Chill] Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Pretty Thoughts (FKJ Remix)

Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Pretty Thoughts (FKJ Remix)

As with every great release, Alina Baraz & Galimatias‘s majestic Urban Flora EP has been receiving the official remix treatment from some of the most well-selected producers out–Pomo‘s take on “Fantasy” really struck a chord with the TMN staff and Stwo‘s rendition of “Maybe” was right at the top of our most recent Chill Dojo. Last night, we got another flawless re-work courtesy FKJ of Parisian label Roche Musique.

FKJ, aka French Kiwi Juice, has found a distinct niche in the realm of blissful electronic and his signature style couldn’t fit the airy vocals of Baraz on “Pretty Thoughts” any better. With its playful bounce and FKJ’s distinct warped, groovy guitar, this track oozes sunshine equally equipped to end a long day or start a new one.

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[Hip-Hop] Danny Brown & Clams Casino – Worth It

Danny Brown & Clams Casino
Worth It

Outlandish Detroit emcee, Danny Brown, and pioneering producer Clams Casino are two artists who we’re always on the lookout for new music from. As of late, though, they’ve both been relatively quiet–Brown only appearing occasionally since the release of his phenomenal 2013 album Old and Clams popping up sparsely, but memorably, over the last two years. Thanks to the always-dope Adult Swim Singles series, though, we’ve got a brand new collab between the two living legends that perhaps also provides some insight into what’s been on their minds.

On “Worth It,” both artists prove that they haven’t lost a step as Clams Casino crafts eerie sonics built around bewildering percussion. Brown at first seems to be spitting typical, yet still impressive, boastful raps about the celebrity lifestyle but when the chorus hits he asks the question of whether the material rewards of fame are a gift or a curse. On social media and in interviews, Brown has alluded to his struggles with addiction as it relates to fame, which may partially be his reason for laying low, and this song definitely echoes some of those sentiments without losing site of his signature, bombastic delivery.

Listen to this powerful, thought-provoking cut and grab a free download above. Danny Brown is right in questioning America’s celebrity culture, but what is “Worth It” is touching the world with your music and that’s undeniably something both of these artists have succeeded in doing thus far.

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[Future/Deep-House] Sebastian Carter ft. Aela Kae – Fascination (Kulkid Remix)

Sebastian Carter ft. Aela Kae
Fascination (Kulkid Remix)

It’s been a hot couple of months since we last featured anything from French dance producer Kulkid, and while we’re a few days late to the party on this one, it was without a doubt that we needed to share his latest remix, this one of Sebastian Carter (a TMN staple) & Aela Kae‘s collaboration “Fascination”, with our Ninja faithful. In honor of celebrating their first anniversary, Crosswalk Records in conjunction with Believe Recordings, have released a compilation including past acts from the label and new comers alike; including this one from Kulkid. Kulkid molds his sound onto Sebastian Carter’s original beautifully, focusing on a chunky analogue bassline to highlight Aela Kae’s soaring reverberations and plenty of ambient pad work as fuel. Crosswalk’s complete anniversary compilation, which features more cuts from the likes of Ofenbach, , Lost Frequencies, MÖWE, FDVM and more, can be purchased on iTunes here, but for now you can cozy up to Kulkid’s “Fascination” remix above.

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[House] Hervé – You Give Me Something [TMN Premiere]

You Give Me Something

This morning, we’ve hooked up with jackin’ UK-House sensation Hervé to premiere his latest single “You Give Me Something”. Not a stranger to scooting house rhythms and pumping dance soul, Hervé folds interweaving shuffled hi-hats, and a snappy bassline tipping its flavor to the late 80’s house music crafted in parties like Ron Hardy’s Muzic Box or Frankie Knuckles’ Warehouse nights resulting in a club weapon we’ve not been able to shake all weekend. And that’s not to say there isn’t loads of contemporary influence either, as all of Hervé’s signature energy and charm is on full display; especially behind a sticky-sweet vocal providing an alternate play against a peak-hour deep-house backbone. After releasing on notable dance labels including Ministry of Sound and Mad Decent, “You Give Me Something” marks Hervé’s debut release on ultra-tasteful underground dance imprint Love & Other Records and with past support already from the likes of Annie Mac & Pete Tong it’s pretty clear to hear that this one was a match made in house-heaven. Stream Hervé’s “You Give Me Something” above, and be on the lookout for its official release via digital retailers on August 14th through Love & Other. Mondays never felt so good.

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