Next- Too Close (shmallen Edit)
Everyone needs 90′s R&B in their life. It’s a simple fact. Shmallen understands this, so he righteously revamped Next‘s ’97 classic, Too Close, into a lush, dance worthy track that sheds new light on this throwback sound and brings it into 2015 in a big way. Aptly tagged as SoundCloud as “booty,” this remix is just as much a part of the club as it is the bedroom, and Shmallen wasted no time in squeezing out an essential groove for your hump day. If you weren’t planning on feeling sexy today, you might want to go ahead and change your plans, because Shmallen just rewrote your evening with his newest tune.
Drive Me Crazy (featuring Vic Mensa)
After teasing the release of a new collaboration with Vic Mensa last night, super producer Kaytranada came through on his promise, dropping the heavily anticipated “Drive Me Crazy,” featuring the eclectic Chitown spitter. Drawing the listener in with some spastic bars, the song soon gives way to a melodic interlude, as Vic smoothly transitions into some soothing vocals, allowing the shimmering, revolving instrumental to truly breathe.
“Drive Me Crazy” is the second single from Kaytranada’s forthcoming LP on XL Recordings, set to drop later this year. We’d love to see a joint project from the pair at some point in the future, but for now listen to the tune above, and make sure to grab yourself a copy ASAP.
With a production style as jarring as the artwork that comes with it, the anonymous Mouthe just busted onto the scene with a massive tune. Finding a medium between Odd Future shock factor and an absolutely monstrous beat, this artist/group enlists a distorted and pitched down rapper who spits deadpan verses over a grinding and grating dystopian soundscape. While brooding and dark, Limitless sets out to accomplish one thing: to grab your attention. It definitely succeeds, and halfway through it really hits its stride, shedding the chopped vocals to allow the beat to ride out and the bionic rapper to spit more drug fueled binary bars.
Limitless is a trip and extremely exciting. Mouthe adds an air of mystery by having no other information on who he/she/they are and can be added to the ever growing list of enigmatic acts making a SoundCloud debut. For a first release, this is a highly developed and unique sound, so it will be interesting to see what Mouthe will be capable of in the future. This one isn’t for the faint of heart, but it bumps hard and we are hooked and ready for more.
When You Know (Prod. by IAMNOBODI)
LA emcee, Azad Right, has been building significant buzz over the last few months since the October release of his impressive For the Hopeful project. Keeping the momentum going, he dropped off a soulful gem earlier today titled “When You Know.” Over some irresistibly smooth production provided by Soulection‘s IAMNOBODI, Right tells a vivid love story about a pursuit that doesn’t quite work out using a flawless delivery to paint a relatable picture. Even with its slightly somber undertones, this track has a calming, laid-back vibe perfect for play in a wide range of atmospheres. Give this one a listen and grab a free download above.
GOD KNOWS (Prod. PLU2ONASH)
Today, we’re proud to bring you “God Knows,” the latest single from young Chicagoan, Lucki Eck$. Inspired by his predilection for Xanax, “God Knows” is a plodding, hazy number that falls right in line with the moody, yet mellow sound he’s established for himself over the last few years. The new track is an excerpt from the forthcoming Chicago Sight ‘N Sound mixtape, a joint effort curated by the FDC and 119 Productions that will showcase many of the city’s most talented up-and-coming artists. The exciting new project is currently set to include additional contributions from Mick Jenkins, Saba, Ibn Inglor, Jarred AG, The O’mys, Kami De Chukwu, Martin $ky, Hurt Everybody, GTW, J2K, and a slew of other Windy City natives. Listen to the tune above, and make sure to check out the mixtape when it drops on February 10th.
Q U I N N
FFYL (Prod. ayokay)
Meet Quinn, a singer/rapper from the midwest making that feel-good music we all need. He’s kicking off 2015 with a brand new tune ‘FFYL’ – produced by ayokay - that will sit well with our tropical fans. This sentimental themed single will definitely relate to those of you in college but will also appeal to a vast audience with it’s catchy lyrics and dreamy feel. A known chorus specialist, Quinn delivers solid writing and vocal patterns on this inviting production sure to drive people crazy. It’s easy to understand why he’s established a certain type of cult following. Be on the lookout for his new EP, Change Of Scenery.
TMN: Hey dude! First off, thank you so much for being our artist of the month for January, and for letting us come on board for the Ninja Nation tour.
Datsik: Absolutely. I appreciate all of the support!
TMN: Let’s talk about the upcoming Ninja Nation tour, which kicks off this week. What can fans expect from this tour?
Datsik: Well, first of all, this tour is going to be louder, bigger, and it’s going to have different, crazy, and awesome artists. Some of them are from Firepower and some of them are just homies. We have Kennedy Jones, we have ETC ETC, TRUTH, Barely Alive, Bear Grillz, Twine, Trolley Snatcha, Fox Stevenson, and I think that’s it. They all rotate in and out of the tour.
I’m super stoked. We just upgraded to Vortex, so we have some 3.0 now, and it should be pretty crazy. It should make for a pretty fucking awesome experience!