[Indie/R&B] Kai Straw – GUN LP

You know when you’ve been waiting for something and it finally comes, but then it’s a bit lackluster? That’s not what happened with Kai Straw‘s LP, GUN. We were waiting, yes, but upon its arrival today we weren’t disappointed in any way. From start to finish this project takes Kai’s artistry to new heights.

Released on his own label Tenth Gate Records, GUN is a beautiful mixture of indie, pop, R&B, soul, hip-hop and EDM. It sounds like it’s all over the place, but Kai carefully crafts each track and weaves them together into one project seamlessly. It’s like watching a movie, one that’s easy to absorb and dynamic – flooding your senses with lush tones and melodies that you will never forget. It’s not easy to pick a favorite, but up on in our tops are “They Sent You” and “Jesse James.” Have a listen for yourself and make sure to get a copy of this, or add it to your streaming library from Kai’s website.

’They Sent You’
’Cherry Corvette’
’Rolls’
’The Recipe’
’#1 Customer’
’Back From The Crypt Ft. ZayVsThem’
’Jesse James’
’Baby, Pick Up Your Gun’
’11 Homes’
’Supernova’
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J-Wright – Talk [TMN Video Premiere]

One premiere wasn’t enough for today, so we’ve got another one for you from the New Hampshire rapper J-Wright. His single “Talk” off the independently released Blacklight EP has come with its own music video. We’ve got it for you first here in the dojo!

“Talk” is a haunting record, with a beat that’s both shadowed and ominous. J-Wright comes in with the heat throwing his attention to the haters and naysayers. Despite its dark sound, the song is quite inspiring. With the music video J-Wright takes the lead and performs us “Talk” through two different setting sequences that jump back and forth. It’s a simple, yet compelling. Just see for yourself.

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[Music Video] Negash Ali – Tantra

Today we’ve got a hot new video from international hip-hop artist Negash Ali. Coming to us from Eritrea by way of Denmark, Ali has had early success and acclaim from the likes of Complex and Huffington Post, and is hoping to reach new heights with his upcoming EP, The Ascension.

Negash Ali’s story is one of passion and resilience through hardship. Born in a refugee camp, Ali soon emigrated to Denmark with his mother to avoid the violence in his home country. Negash’s perseverance and emotion certainly come through in his tracks.

Check out the music video below for lead single “Tantra”. It’s a tune that’s all about shooting your shot: “’Tantra’ tells a story of me spotting a chick quite to my liking, and my efforts to seduce her after the fact. It speaks of all the sensations on this journey, the moments on earth where we feel timeless”, says Ali.

The sensual “Tantra” features vocal accompaniment from Danish singer Fjer. It was produced by fellow Dane Matias Saabye Kjødt, also known as TMN favorite Galimatias. If you like what you heard, definitely keep an eye out for Negash Ali’s upcoming EP The Ascension, due out on February 16th.

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[Hip-Hop] Kendrick Lamar – DNA. (Yung Bae Remix)

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DNA. (Yung Bae Remix)

Yung Bae came through with a steaming remix of “DNA.” by Kendrick Lamar. His tasteful take doesn’t put himself first, which is not how most producers go about putting together a remix. Instead, he works with Kendrick’s vocal to come up with something incredible.

There’s no leader here, just two artists in tandem. Yung Bae replaced Kendrick’s instrumental with his own, one that doesn’t take drastic measures at being an BANGER EDM REMIX, but it is for sure a banger. His groovy beat is masterful, putting your body in motion with ease as though it was your body’s only natural response to it. Kendrick’s vocal is used throughout, instead of simply in the intro/breakdown/build and Yung Bae flexes his hip-hop sound, something we hope rappers hop on soon. Yung Bae’s where it’s at. AND, this one dropped as a free download.

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 101: A Causmic Occasion

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

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Episode 101: A Causmic Occasion

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The homie and master beatmaker Causmic dropped by TMN Radio this week to share selections from his debut solo album Wormholes and a few tracks that inspired it. We chopped it up about the galaxy, our mutual love of Flying Lotus and the visual influences behind ‘Wormholes.’ Building off Causmic’s otherworldly originals, we kept the instrumentals going with a wide array of experimental beats and a sprinkle of new hip-hop.

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Ezko – The Plug [TMN Premiere]

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The Plug (Prod. @dunkrockprod)

The Maryland emcee Ezko has got quite the hookup for you today. His new single “The Plug” has been gifted to the dojo where it is being premiered right now! It may be a strikingly cold winter out in the Ezko’s DMV area, but he’s heating things up quickly with this sizzling single.

Ezko delivers his signature sound, a sonic space he’s held ground in by mixing different subsects of hip-hop, both contemporary and otherwise. It’s a solid turn up track, an anthem for parties everywhere. “The Plug” has a fun, hypnotic vibe that takes hold of you as it enters your ear canal and doesn’t let go. Click that play button and be among its first listeners!

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Zach Zoya Provides Dope Visuals for “Superficial”


To follow up his release of “Superficial” earlier in 2017, Montreal-based hip-hop/RnB artist Zach Zoya has released the music video accompanying the track. Premiering on Exclaim! on December 6th, Zoya has put forth a video that serves was the perfect partner for the nighttime-tailored track, putting together some dope evening vibes to boot.

To promote the release, Zoya recently performed a handful of shows across Quebec, including stops in Quebec City and Montreal. Zoya’s live performances are known to be ones of high energy and great vibes, leaving fans with a memorable concert experience.

With all this buzz surrounding Zach Zoya, it should come as no surprise that he’s signed to one of Quebec’s premier record labels in 7ième Ciel. Over the years, 7ième Ciel has helped promote and establish many Quebec artists, including Dramatik, Koriass, and more.

Check out Zoya’s music video, you can thank us later.

This kid’s doing great things, so be sure to follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. That way, you won’t miss out next time he stops by your city!

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