[NEW] Rustie – Attak (Feat. Danny Brown)

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Attak (feat. Danny Brown)

With his second studio album, Green Language, set to drop next month (the follow-up to 2011′s Glass Swords), Rustie decided to leak one of the most anticipated singles from the project, “Attak,” featuring frequent collaborator, Danny Brown. The track is just as insane as you might expect, opening with wailing sirens and a wave of skittering 808′s that urge Danny to do what he does best–spit like a homicidal maniac, unleashing his lunacy all over the beat until he runs out of breath. This non-stop thrill ride could’ve easily gone on for another two minutes, though a full blown “Attak” like that could be dangerous to one’s health. Well, we wouldn’t have to worry about that, because we’re ninjas, so we’re really just looking out for you.

In any case, check out the tremendous tune above, and make sure to pre-order Rustie’s Green Language before it hits shelves on August 26th.

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[Anthem] Riff Raff – How To Be The Man (Meaux Green Remix)

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As a ninja here at TMN, I try to collectively talk about our music selections to reflect our eclectic taste in music. For the first time in a very long time, I feel that with today’s selection, I am allowed to point out one of my guilty pleasure artists – Riff Raff. Having just released his new album, “Neon Icon”, one could say that this ninja completely lost it.

Mad Decent beat maker and party starter, Meaux Green, just happened to trap it up a bit for my boy Riff Raff by taking on his song, “How To Be The Man”. Now, I have absolutely no idea what it means to be the man, but if I did I would assume this song is an accurate depiction as to would it would be like. Orlando native, Meaux Green, has a history of making us all turn things up a bit; we all rememeber his “Mosh Pit” remix for Flosstradamus, so when we his name came up on our feed today, we knew that we were about to enter a world of utter madness. Well ninjas, that’s exactly what happened. Meaux and Riff Raff gave us a new definition on “How To Be The Man” even though I still have no idea what that entails. Grab your free download and lose yo, mind.

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[Hip-Hop] GoldLink – Ay Ay (Nanpa NOIR Remix)

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Ay Ay (Nanpa NOIR Remix)

There’s something to be said about a remix that doesn’t try to do too much. All too often it seems like remixes strive to drastically differentiate themselves from the source material, and while that strategy can help a track stand out on its own two feet, it can also distract from the elements that made the original so great in the first place. 20 year old producer Nanpa NOIR understands these subtleties, and that’s exactly what makes their remix of GoldLink‘s “Ay Ay” so perfect.

A remix’s purpose is to improve upon the sound of the prototype, while also making sure it doesn’t get in its own way. Keeping much of the original intact, Nanpa’s rendition may not sound too different at first, but a closer listen reveals certain intricacies layered in warped production elements, providing the tune with a distinctive and more pronounced sonic identity. Managing to achieve the aforementioned balance of highlighting what we already love about the song, while also improving upon those same aspects, we’d like to hold this up as a shining example of exactly how to execute a remix.

Once you’re finished listening for yourself, make sure to download the track above, and check out Nanpa NOIR’s SoundCloud page for even more incredible remixes.

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[Mashup] Flume – Insane (Feat. Kanye West) (White Panda Vocal Edit)

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Insane (White Panda Vocal Edit)

Mashups can be a tricky art to master, and while we’ve become much more open to the idea of them in recent months, we still tend to approach them with a certain amount of skepticism. However, when you come across a song that features two of the most brilliant musicians in the world, it’s impossible to ignore. Geniuses that they are, The White Panda have taken it upon themselves to blend together the insanity of Kanye West with Flume‘s hit single, “Insane.” Utilizing verses from “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” Kanye’s defiant boasts operate well over the elaborate, pulsating synthwork, while Moon Holiday‘s yearning background vocals seem to add a heightened sense of wistfulness and provide even more weight behind the lyrics. After listening to the track, we started to wonder what a true collaboration between these two gifted artists would actually sound like. Can someone get them in the studio together ASAP?

Download the single above, and stay tuned for more from The White Panda, as they plan to drop a new song every day this week.

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Brian Cid Vs Schoolboy Q Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens (Extinct Mix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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We don’t know about you guys, but regardless of whether or not it’s the weekend yet, we still get that itch to go out on Thursday nights. This inexplicable need to get out and dance has long since been understood by the dance club community as they regularly bring in top-notch talent on Thursdays, leaving you tired, yet quite content come Friday morning.

No stranger to the club scene, Big Apple native Brian Cid has been producing since the young age of 14. After realizing the best way to get his music heard by the masses was going to be in the clubs, he learned how to DJ after having support on his original material from artists like Luciano, Guy J, Stacey Pullen and more.

Today we’re bringing you a deep, ominous and delicious track from this up-and-coming artist.  Rife with industrial undertones, this dance-floor delight features pitched-down hip hop vocals from a few names you’ll probably recognize. After listening to this song a few times over, we decided to ask Cid a few choice questions to get some more insight. Check out what he had to say below:

TMN: What drew you to this track that made you decide to remix it?

I am in the Hip Hop scene as I work with a lot of underground Hip Hop artists in the NYC area. I’ve been hearing about Schoolboy Q for a while and after checking him out I felt he was a good option for me to snatch his vocal and build a full dancy deep house track around it. Pitch it down or freak it, as we say, and throw it in the dance floor and see what happens. Schoolboy is an underdog coming up from the underground scene, and I saw myself in him. It all worked out great.

TMN: How is this remix different from your other remixes and/or original productions?

A lot of things can go wrong when you mix Hip Hop and House. There is a fine line between corny and dope. I wanted to make sure I was in the dope side of the line, so I experimented with some pitched down vocal effects and screws. I don’t really do many vocal tracks, so when I do, I try to do something special with them. I wanted to keep it extra funky and impact. This remix was designed for the club.

 

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[NEW] Chet Faker x Goldlink – On You

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On You

In yet another top-notch installment of Yours Truly‘s Songs from Scratch series, talented Australian vocalist/producer and oft Flume collaborator, Chet Faker,  joins forces with DMV-based emcee Goldlink for the breezy jam, “On You.” Faker provides some chilled-out, hypnotizing production adding some stellar vocals of his own before the talented Goldlink takes the mic. Always showing off his versatility, the rapidly rising artist kicks his verse off with a second chorus of sorts before speeding his delivery up into well-timed, clever rhymes. Faker ties the ending of the song together perfectly with a jazzy, soulful piano outro accompanied by a percussion breakdown. Enjoy this awesome collaboration above and hit the jump to watch the behind the scenes video to hear the track’s backstory –hint: it was inspired by a woman.

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[Album Review] Johnny Astro – Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology

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As a music lover, I took a long departure from the world of hip hop. In high school, you’d often find me cruising around, bumping Wu Tang’s Enter the 36 Chambers of Death or Picture This from Chi-town’s Do or Die. Something about the the combination between lyrical creativity and unique variations in flow seemed to capture my attention at the age of 16, and there wasn’t really much that could take me away from that.

As I grew older, my love for booming bass and intricate word play faded. While my affinity for hip hop was never gone, it was never quite what it had once been. Finding solace in complicated timing signatures found in math rock, or the simplistic nature of a folk singer possessing nothing more than an acoustic guitar, my tastes evolved over the years, slowly straying away from what I had once loved.

At the age of 30, I’m as well rounded as I’ve ever been. Delving back into hip hop, I have the pleasure of exploring some of the lesser known artists, steering clear of the garbage spewed on the radio on a day to day basis. One up and coming artist that I’ve come to truly appreciate is Arlington based Johnny Astro.

Bravely infusing blogosphere smash hits into his beats, this young Texan does what so many young EDM producers do, by grabbing indie tunes and flipping the script. In his most recent release, Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology, Astro has some flawless sampling for those well-rounded music lovers to grasp onto.

In the lead track, we’re left in awe listening to Ry X’s “Berlin,” which devastated the internet with it’s stunning vocals and intense simplicity. Racking up over 1.1 million plays, this tune boasts a difficult task when looking at re-working. Astro does so with undeniable ease, pairing up his flow with each percussion hit, proving he’s not intimidated to take on challenging feats.

One of our other favorite tracks in this newly released project is “Wonderful Life”, which features a other-worldly sound, rife with delicate yet clashing harp work, leaving the listener charmed with the elevated lyrical journey that Astro brings to the table. What comes to fruition is a perfect jam for a nice set of subs and some open road.

The independent hip hop scene is alive and well in the blogosphere, and one thing is for certain: Mr. Astro is here to represent Texas in this online realm of music.

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