[Hip-Hop] Mick Jenkins – Get Up Get Down (Prod. by Stefan Ponce & THEMpeople)

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MICK JENKINS
Get Up Get Down [Prod. by Stefan Ponce & ThemPeople]

Mick Jenkins broke through in a big way last year with the release of his widely acclaimed mixtape, The Water[s]. Keeping consistent with the aquatic themes, the Chitown native has finally announced his highly anticipated follow-up, titled Wave[s], will be dropping on August 21st. Along with the announcement comes the latest single from the project, “Get Up Get Down” which will follows previous releases like “P’s & Q’s” and “Alchemy“.

Urging listeners to “get up, get out, get down,” this fresh tune is a bit more laid-back and loose compared to Mick’s typical thought-provoking material, though a lot of that credit can be given to producer Stefan Ponce who’s best known for crafting hit records for the likes of Childish GambinoVic Mensa and Chance The Rapper. Along with Ponce, Wave[s] also boasts production from Kaytranada, THEMpeople, Lee Bannon and Mulatto, and includes features from Saba, Sean Deaux and The Mind. You can stream the new joint above and check out the tracklist below after the jump.

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Little People shares what songs helped influence him [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Most of the time, we can hear slight nuances of influences in an artist’s work, but we never really know the full breadth of what got them to where they are today. With that in mind, we’ve asked our Resident Artist to share five tracks that influenced him when he was just starting music, and five tracks that currently inspire him today.


What Inspired Me When I First Started Making Music

Method Man – “Bring the Pain”

This was my first Wu-Tang experience. I heard it in a skateboarding video. It just didn’t sound like the hip hop i’d been listening up til then. More than any other, the Wu-tang clan made me want to try and make my own hip hop beats.

Gangstarr – “Full Clip”

Dj Premier was and is a big influence as a hip hop producer. Just listen to his drums. I wish my drums hit like that. He got me into chopping up my samples and generally being more creative with my sampler.

DJ Krush – “Duality” (feat. DJ Shadow)

This is how i discovered DJ Shadow. I’d heard DJ krush on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show and got the album. Duality is a peculiar collab. You can clearly hear the first part was made by DJ Krush and the second was DJ Shadow (those drums at the end are amazing). On the strength of that song i bought Endtroducing in the shop without even listening to it. Oh boy i still remember listening to ‘Building steam with a grain of salt’ for the first time… amazing.

Photek – Hidden Camera

I heard this in bed in the middle of the night on the radio… Blew my mind. Those drums are ridiculous. Even to this day. I never went on to make any drum and bass type music, but it was all around me when i went to University in Manchester in Enlgand. Some of that bled through into what i do i think.

Gwen McCrae – “All This Love I’m Giving”

One of the best things hip hop gave me, was the curiosity to dig up all the original samples used in all these great tracks i’d. I often found that the original songs were actually better! Gwen McCrae song wasn’t actually sampled by any hip hop i knew, but my french house outfit Cassius. Whilst French house had some influence on me, my dance music of choice when i was at university was Soul and Funk. This song is so good. It has the added bonus of having a synth bassline. I always drop this in DJ sets.


What Inspires Me Now

David Axelrod – “The Dr. And The Diamond”

David Axelrod’s catalogue is ridiculous. So many samples were lifted from his work. His sonic palette is great – its drums, piano, strings, horns etc – and can be very cinematic. I’ve taken a lot from his arrangements. My next album contains an homage of sorts to him.

Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
I’ve listened to a lot of Steve Reich over the past few years. It’s so compelling. I love the clinical nature of the performance. He’s my favourite minimalist composer for sure.

Floating points – “Sais”
Floating Points has been a huge influence over the past few years. I love his jittery drums and how the track builds and progresses. It’s brainy dance music at its best.

Four Tet – “Lion” (Jamie XX remix)
Since Jamie XX is all the rage these days, thought i should name drop him. The beauty in this track is the space he allows for all the elements. Nothing is rushed. It’s amazing.

Jon Hopkins – “Breathe This Air”
Graceful and beautiful yet gritty and muscular all at once. I want to make this music…

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[Electronic] Louie Lastic – Close2u

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Louie Lastic
Close2u

Fans of Goldlink will likely recognize the name Louie Lastic for his production credits on three consecutive songs on The God Complex–“Bedtime Story” being our personal favorite. Even as Goldlink has continued to ascend, Lastic’s chosen to keep a low profile, with relatively blank slates on social media and no solo releases of his own. As a fellow DMV-native, it’s somewhat safe to assume that Lastic is an in-house producer of sorts for Goldlink and, therefore, at least partially, albeit quietly, responsible for the “future bounce” movement.

Yesterday, Lastic, who seems to have a similar affiliation to Soulection as Goldlink, released his debut solo track and, it’s everything you’d hope from him and much more. “Close2u” carries the signature bounce that can be found in Goldlink’s music with soulful undertones that will have your head-nodding from the get. Although there’s certainly a “future” aesthetic going on, Lastic simultaneously gives a nod to classic hip-hop production utilizing a masterfully chopped Maxi Priest sample and a perfectly placed backing string section. Without a single dull moment, this dynamic production is hopefully the first of many from the talented producer.

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[Hip-Hop] Ethereal – Final Fantasy (Album)

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To call Atlanta’s Awful Records prolific would be an understatement. The team of outlandish emcees and producers have been releasing music at a ridiculous pace while pushing the boundaries of DIY artistry in the most delightfully bizarre ways. With artists like Father and Slug Christ, regulars in our Hip-Hop Dojos who’ve both garnered substantial followings, and an array of connections through out Atlanta’s booming hip-hop scene, the label’s poised to continue its ascent. There’s still a lot of people out there, from the hip-hop purists to the “it’s not really music” snobs, who just don’t get the appeal of the style of music Awful Records puts out–often lo-fi, disorienting, highly experimental and at times superficially narcissistic (see Slug Christ’s NSFW album art as an example). What those people are missing, though, is the raw creativity and talent that this crew has as well as the camp-y, avant-garde tone of their lyrics and style.

Last week, Ethereal, a member of the Awful Recs crew, put out his latest album, Final FantasySelf-described as a ‘megalomaniac’–someone obsessed with their own power–Ethereal’s album is a culmination of its title and that introspective diagnosis. 

With airy, other-worldly production from Ethereal himself accompanied by charmingly lackadaisical, yet impressively imaginative, flows, it’s also one of the most accessible projects for those just getting familiar with the up ‘n coming crew.

Spanning from wavey, lo-fi vibes on “Fantasy!,” the Slug Christ-featuring “Ultima” and “I Can’t Feel,” which includes a cleverly placed Rick & Morty sample, to oddball bangers like “Bump” and “Come Here,” the album never loses site of its core escapist aesthetic. As a result, it’s the type of album you can just hit play on and zone out, but if you do choose to listen closer, you’ll find some lyrical gems. Stream and cop the album below. Also, make sure to follow Awful Records on Soundcloud and do your best to keep up with their near-daily releases.

Buy Final Fantasy by Ethereal

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Fantasy!
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I Cant Feel
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Bump (Bounce)(feat. Lord Narf)
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Agoraphobia (feat. Alexandria & Archibald SLIM)
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Ultima (feat. Slug Christ)
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RPG (Circles) (feat. Micah Freeman)
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12
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Come Here! (feat. Playboi Carti)
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Free Your Mind (feat. Stalin Majesty And Archibald SLIM)
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[Hip-Hop] Toro y Moi – Pitch Black (feat. Rome Fortune)

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Toro y Moi
Pitch Black (Ft. Rome Fortune)

A few months back, we wrote a piece about Toro y Moi titled “5 Faces of Chaz” exploring the broad-ranging styles and experimentations he’s taken with his music thus far, which really just scratches the surface of his creative scope. Chaz Bundick, the enigma behind Toro, has dabbled in hip-hop in the past (Tyler, the Creator loves him and they’ve got a song together called “Hey You”) and, shortly after releasing a stellar indie-rock leaning album in What for?, he seems to be re-opening that facet of his style. Through his Soundcloud page, he’s released a couple unique trap and hip-hop inspired productions including “2Late,” a collab with former Das Racist member Kool A.D., as well as an epic instrumental titled “That Instead of This,” which we can only really describe as “trapwave.”

Yesterday, he released a collaboration with TMN-favorite, Atlanta emcee Rome Fortune, who couldn’t be a better partner-in-crime for a producer as adventurous as Chaz. In some ways similar to Toro y Moi, albeit much earlier in his career, Fortune has been consistently ahead of the curve proving audacious when it comes to stepping out of any genre constraints. His work with Four Tet, most recently on “Leaders,” is the perfect example of how Rome Fortune can be a chameleon of sorts shaping his delivery to match an unconventional instrumental.

Toro y Moi and Rome Fortune’s inventive styles fuse masterfully on “Pitch Black,” which starts off with an ominous bass-line and disorienting arpeggiated synths before falling into a smooth groove. In Toro’s keys and trickling percussion, you can hear bits of the production style on his 2013 album Anything in Return but with a marked cadence friendlier to an emcee. That being said, it’s not by any means a traditionally structured hip-hop strong with a constantly shifting backdrop. Rome raps accordingly, though, with flows that span slow and spread-out raps, melodic chorus-esque portions and traditional hard-hitting delivery sections. Similarly, the lyrics mirror the juxtaposition created by the instrumental as Rome calls himself the “coolest motherfunker in the planet” all the while talking about a soul-sucking relationship.

Collaborations like this one are important for music and have become increasingly feasible in the digital age. Songs like “Pitch Black” tear down genre walls and, in doing so, push culture forward by bringing together fans of both styles. In short, Rome’s right he really is “the coolest montherfunker on the planet.”

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[Future Hip-Hop] Galimatias & Goldlink – One Step Back (Gravez Remix)

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Galimatias & Joppe ft. GoldLink
One Step Back (Gravez Remix)

Future hip-hop is a relatively new genre, engineered with the intent to blend the best components of the music world. Meshing lyrical content and melodic flow of artists with the unparalleled smoothness and texture of future beats is the perfect way to satiate all of the auditory senses in one track.

A couple days ago, Atlanta artist and HW&W collective member Gravez released his version of last year’s popular Soulection track, “One Step Back.” In his latest creation, Gravez has taken the noisy original tune and sparingly injected it with synths, the softly inarticulate crooning of Denmark’s Galimatias, and segments of low-pitched dynamics common in the future genre.

The idiophones and hi-hats dotted through this track add to a uniquely smooth quality that is juxtaposed by the fast rhyming vocals of Goldlink. “One Step Back” is a symbol of how contrasting styles can be combined to create a special tune; it is the divergence of styles creating a peaceful banger.

Gravez is wrapping up a tour with shows in Boston and San Francisco in mid-July. Check out “One Step Back” above and download the track here.

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[4th of July Playlist] The Music Ninja’s July 4[0] Dojo

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Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin? Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep six feet under? Screams but no one seems to hear a thing. Do you know that there’s still a chance for you ’cause there’s a spark in you? You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July…

You guys are all Fireworks!!! Enjoy our eclectic 4th of July playlist–fitting for your pre, during and post celebrations (don’t worry there’s no Katy Perry in there).

As a wise Ninja once said, “Fourth me up fam!” Peep below or check it on Soundcloud here.

Phony Ppl
End Of The Night (Louis Futon Remix)
Pharrell ft. Jay Z
Frontin (Disclosure ReWork)
Free n Losh
I Love You So
Jungle
Time (Lxury Remix)
Trails & Ways
Skeletons
Justin Timberlake
My Luv (Sable Edit)
Griz
Get Down (ft. Sunsquabi And Manic Focus)
GoldLink
Dance On Me
Masego x Medasin ~ Sunday Vibes
Lion Babe
Treat Me Like Fire (Snakehips Remix)
ODESZA
Memories That You Call (BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD Remix)
The Knocks
Modern Hearts ft. St. Lucia
Kaytranada
At All
iLoveMakonnen
No Maam Feat. Rome Fortune & Rich The Kid
Big Wild
La Brisa X International Players Anthem
Peking Duck
High (Yahtzel Remix)
Chet Faker x SAINT WKND
Lover
Stevie Wonder
Superstition (C2C Remix)
Thundercat
Them Changes
Toro Y Moi
Empty Nesters
Daye Jack
Still Barking
Kendrick Lamar
Westside, Right On Time ft. Young Jeezy
Danny Brown
Grown Up
StarRo
House Party
Big Dope P Hit Da Blokk (Rustie Remix)
Aloe Blacc
I Need A Dollar (Big Gigantic Remix)
Day Wave
Total Zombie
Bob Marley
Jammin (Kungs Remix)
John Denver
Country Roads (Pretty Lights Remix)
Jay Z & Kanye West
Otis feat. Otis Redding
Towkio
Heaven Only Knows (Ft. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)
Bombay Bicycle Club
Home By Now (Nicita Remix)
The Watermelons
Best Of You
Bobby Nourmand
Birds (original)
Uppermost
Beautiful Light
Feed Me Jack
Definitely You
Club Cheval
From The Basement To The Roof
Curren$y
Dojo (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
Main Attrakionz
Summa Time
Janet Jackson
Got Til Its Gone (Dr. MaD REMIX)
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