[Hip-Hop] A-1 – Sunday Love (feat. Cole) (Music Video)

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Sunday Love ft. Cole (Kaytranadas Seeu Enni Way Remix)

Fresh off the release of a stellar mixtape in Thurlian, San Francisco’s A-1 is keeping the quality content coming with his latest visuals for “Sunday Love,” one of our favorites from the project. Shot fully on a GoPro while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the video perfectly matches the laid-back and radiant energy of the track. If you’re not yet familiar with A-1, this should serve as the perfect introduction to his positive, energetic lyricism as well as the ultimate addition to your Sunday soundtrack. Peep below and check A-1’s upcoming tour dates after the jump.
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[Indie/Soul] R.LUM.R – Be Honest (Prod. By Ethnikids)

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Be Honest

When you realize an act has other projects, it’s a glorious day. Although we premiered R.LUM.R in the past, his direct connection as a production member of Ethnikids, who produced “Be Honest,” was unknown to us. Orlando’s music man could slip that passed us, but couldn’t slip a track under our noses. When we heard “Be Honest,” its freeing innocence captivated our ears. A slow soulful jam is what we get with this self-released single. The vocal performance is truly magnificent, as he maneuvers between a soft side, and one where he can stretch his pipes a bit. With the weekend here, and the big chilling underway, we’ve had this one on repeat for a while now. It’s your turn to do the same, and if you’d like to purchase yourself a copy, you can do so on iTunes.

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[Electronic] SD – Circles (Smoko Ono x Mr Carmack Remix)

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CIRCLES (Official Remix)

Chitown native SD had a breakout year in 2014 with the release of his hit street single, “Circles.” Today the track finally receives the remix treatment, with a refreshing new update courtesy of fellow Windy City resident Smoko Ono and Soulection’s Mr Carmack. Those three names alone should be enough to convince you to give this one a listen. This reinterpretation preserves much of the essence of the original, but it’s further amplified through an ethereal mix of synths that’ll have your head spinning in, well “Circles”. Stream the hypnotic tune above and be on the lookout for more from these promising producers in the near future.

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[Electronic] DIVERSA – Of The Mysterious Voice (EP Review)

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Among the countless electronic music producers of today, music fans repeatedly encounter artists lending styles to and from one another. From the massive build up and drops of major EDM artists, to the ever growing adaptation of future bass by up and coming artists, setting oneself apart as a musician is arguably more difficult now than ever.

Thanks to a multitude of recent releases by Daktyl`, Skrux, and Obesøn, listeners have grown accustomed to high quality, genre blending music from the successful Hegemon label, pushing an already progressive-thinking music scene further. Last week we were unexpectedly graced with the release of fellow Hegemon label mate Diversa’s latest EP, “Of the Mysterious Voice”.

The five track EP, released via his newly minted affiliation in London-based Inspected (home to talented artists Gemini and Zeds Dead) is a beautiful, thought-provoking collection of tunes loosely termed as drum and bass. Continue reading

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Monstercat – Contact [Music Ninja Picks]

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One beautiful evening in the Dojo, five of us ninjas received an unexpected package that was said to be from Canada. Because not all ninjas were present – some were out looking for musical allies, and others taking care of business – we were hesitant to open it. Then we realized, it could only be one thing…

Contact from Monstercat is what we found. The package may have been from Canada, but the musical contents come from all over the world. Instantly, the present ninjas popped in the album and had a listen through. After, we chose our favorites to share with you today, along with a few honorable mentions. Contact is up for grabs on iTunes for those who like what they hear.

Clayton: Draper – Intertia

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Inertia

Ash: San Holo – Hold Fast (feat. Tessa Douwstra)

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Hold Fast (feat. Tessa Douwstra)

Sara: Savoy & Sound Remedy – Leaving You (feat. Jojee)

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Leaving You (feat. Jojee)

Dom: Tristam x Karma Fields – Build The Cities (Empire Of Sound) [feat. Kerli]

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Build The Cities (feat. Kerli)

Ren: Noisestorm – Barracuda

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Barracuda

Honorable Mentions:

Grabbitz
Friends (with Faustix)
Trivecta
Evaporate (feat. Aloma Steele)
Stephen Walking
The Difference Between Us And The Aliens
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[Chill] Basenji Feat. Scenic – Petals

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Petals (feat. Scenic)

You know those tracks where you don’t even need to listen for a full 5 seconds before knowing it’s going to be amazing? That slight feeling of adrenaline rushing through you as you anticipate what’s going to come next, knowing that it’s only going to keep getting better? Well, that’s exactly the sensation we felt when we pressed play on Basenji‘s latest release.

“Petals” beckons your ears with the soothing effect of Scenic‘s voice over a combination of a relaxed beat and a mellifluous melody. While each layer of the song is modest in sound, the simplicities found in the textures are blended so perfectly together that they yield a product that is both delicate and striking.

The tune reminds us that it is not always about having the most intricacy and detail in order to be appealing. On the contrary, the most uncomplicated of songs, many times, are the ones we consider most beautiful and respectable. It is nearly impossible not to admire Basenji. He has acquired the skill to produce music that is stunning, yet is made up by such simple parts, an ability more impressive than most.

Listen to the single above, and after you’re done, make sure to grab a copy for yourself from iTunes.

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[Electronic/Indie] midnight – Baptize (Prod. By YLXR)

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Baptize (prod. by YLXR)

“Baptize” is the latest single from the R&B artist midnight, whose dark style has captivated listeners worldwide. In keeping with his iconic sound, he forges ahead with another heart-melting song, this time produced by the the Buffalo producer YLXR. They work together in tandem for a chilled out masterpiece that brings the urban and electronic worlds together seamlessly. It’s been a hot Summer vacation so far – at least in California – so let this one cool you off with its divine sound. For a limited time only, you can grab “Baptize” as a free download before it goes up for purchase after June 11th. Better get on it!

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