REAL FRIENDS & NO MORE PARTIES IN LA (SNIPPET)
Speculation around the status of Kanye West‘s upcoming album, SWISH, has been swirling pretty constantly since the turn of the new year when Yeezy decided to drop his
underwhelming Nike dissing, Jumpman-esque single “Facts”. So when Kim Kardashian West teased the prospect of new Kanye music every Friday late last night, it’s safe to say all his fans had a mini freakout. Comparisons were instantly drawn to Ye’s revolutionary “G.O.O.D. Fridays” series back in 2010 which sent the internet into a frenzy leading up to the release of his much herald album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. While last week’s release seemed more like a throwaway teaser, this brand new single from Kanye seems like the real deal. While Kanye has never been known to mince his words, what makes “Real Friends” special is that it seems to come from an honest and vulnerable place, as he struggles to maintain relationships and questions how many genuinely trustworthy individuals he really has in his life. Packaged with the brand new single also comes a snippet for (what we presume to be) next week’s release, titled “No More Parties In L.A.” which is produced by Madlib and includes a feature from Kendrick Lamar. From the sound of it, things are only about to get better from here.
As we cross into 2016, we’re excited to bring you more opportunities to check out our favorite club. As you probably already know, we’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over three years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 9PM on Sundays.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for tonight, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
See you on the dance floor.
Jack Novak - 1/7
’X Ambassadors – Unsteady (Jack Novak & Stravy Remix)’
Two Fresh / Willy Joy - 1/8
’Gettin Throwed Ft. Towkio & Joey Purp’
Superstar Saturdays ft. Mike Majic - 1/9
’Nick Cannon – Looking For A Dream’
M.A.N.D.Y. - 1/10
’Roland Leesker – My Warehouse (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)’
If you’re excited that we’re sharing a brand new RJD2 tune, you should probably sit down before continuing onto the next sentence. Not only are you getting an early listen to “Peace of What,” but it also happens to be the lead single from his upcoming sixth album, which drops on March 25th. We know. We’re pretty amped about this too. There’s more though – he’ll be promoting this album with a robust 2016 tour. Now that you’ve let that all sink in, let’s talk about the task at hand.
“Peace of What” is a soulful gem, boasting nostalgic, 90s rap influenced vocals from Jordan Brown. They’re artfully embraced by an array of instruments, including pronounced guitar work, playful percussion, piano, brass, and strings, all expertly crafted into a memorable three and a half minute experience. It’s instantly iconic, adding itself into the ranks of tracks we’ve come to adore from this Ohio-born musician.
The rest of Dame Fortune promises to boast plenty of soul influences, a lot of which came from his stint in Philly.
Living in Philly provided a context for a lot of soul music that I had liked. I didn’t have any cultural context for this music that I liked—it was just music that I had stumbled across as a beat making nerd. Philly was a place where there were enough people who had the same musical vocabulary that I did, which made the music more than something I had just discovered on my own.
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Everyone have a fun Christmas last week? We hope so, and we hope you didn’t party too hard last night, because it’s Friday today. This means, it’s party day again! We have plenty of turn up tracks for you, including several super solid remixes of famous records. Let’s not forget those beloved originals, however; which come to us from Cedek, Y4NN, Rotallicso, Drbblz, YOOK!E, Fallen Fellow and OmegaMode. As usual, all of these records have come out for free, so you can take them with you on your personal device, otherwise you can stick to streaming them on our website. Whichever you choose, you won’t regret diving head first into this week’s playlist. You might be dabbing, but make sure to first and foremost #danceirresponsibly.
’CEDEK X BREWSKI – DAB ANTHEM (PROD BY CEDEK)’
’Ray Volpe – We Made You’
’Black Tiger Sex Machine & Lektrique – Religion (Erotic Cafe’ Remix)’
’Tha Trickaz Creaky Jackals – OG Purp (Juke Ellington Remix)’
’Look At My Dab (Diplo & Bad Royale Remix)’
’Adele – Hello (Larcy Cover) (Wildfellaz & Arman Cekin Remix)’
’YOOKiE & PASSiO – Calypso (Original Mix)’
’Fallen Fellow – Bang These Drums (Original Mix)’
When evaluating lists like this, it’s always important to remember the subjectivity in music. The songs here are not just what I would say are the “best” of 2015 or even necessarily my favorites, but the ones I had the most attachment to for one reason or another. Music is the closest thing we have to time travel in that it can evoke emotions unlike any other and effortlessly bring us back to moments long forgotten. This compilations of songs serves almost as a walk through memory lane, and choosing just 15 tracks to represent my 2015 proved to be a daunting task. Alas, I was able to finally narrow down my choices, so I hope you all enjoy my picks even if you don’t fully agree with them (which let’s be honest, you won’t). Finally, if you are curious about what didn’t make the cut, I’m going to shamelessly plug this massive Spotify playlist I compiled that includes pretty much all of my favorites from 2015.
’Kendrick Lamar – These Walls ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, Thundercat’
’Thundercat – ‘Them Changes”
’The Internet – Girl ft. KAYTRANADA’
’Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Can I’
’SG Lewis – No Less Ft Louis Mattrs’
’Jamie XX, Young Thug & Popcaan – I Know (Good Times)’
’Snakehips x Tory Lanez – Dímelo’
’Mura Masa – Firefly (ft. Nao)’
’Disclosure – Superego (ft. Nao)’
’Skrillex And Diplo – To Ü (Feat. AlunaGeorge)’
’Gallant – Weight In Gold (Louis Futon Remix)’
’Tame Impala – Let It Happen’
When you listen to music as much as I do, your song selections and life experiences become inseparable–each impacting the other in both conscious and subconscious ways. That relationship embodies the uniquely subjective nature of music. You can listen to a song ten times and think nothing of it but then hear it in the right context or headspace and everything just clicks. As such, any effort of making an objective “best of” list proves a fruitless task. So rather than attempt that Sisyphean task, my ’15 To End 2015′ captures the songs that meant the most to me this year: ones that soundtracked my best memories, comforted me at my lowest points or simply possessed endless replay value. Peep my favorites of 2015 below. Hopefully they’ll take on a life of their own in your music collection.
’Beach House – Space Song’
’The Internet – Under Control’
’Thundercat – ‘Them Changes”
’Main Attrakionz – Ain’t No Other Way’
’Raury – Forbidden Knowledge (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)’
’Kendrick Lamar – These Walls (feat. Thundercat, Bilal & Anna Wise)’
’Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)(feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)’
’Shamir – In For The Kill’
’Mura Masa – Lovesick Fuck’
’Lane 8 – Loving You ft. Lulu James’
’Kenton Slash Demon – Harpe’
’Tame Impala – Let It Happen (Soulwax Remix)’
’Billy Kenny – I Eat Beats (Ardalan Remix)’
’Sonny Fodera & Gene Farris – We Work It’
As a sweeping generalization, 2015 will go down as a year dominated by collectives. Future Classic, Hegemon, Moving Castle, Soulection, HW&W, Wedidit, Monstercat, and French Express pooled their talents together to commandeer the music scene this year. The technical aspects commonly associated with “Future” crept into the DNA of producers, becoming a topical theme across genres from the most obscure to the most mainstream.
In particular, and as one of the most recent additions to the TMN staff, it has been quite a journey both as a contributor and music fan since early April. Without the collaboration of the entire staff – the guidance of editors and advice of my fellow writers – year one as a ninja would not have been possible. Along the way I’ve covered tours, shot music festivals, and met some of my favorite artists, who have graciously exposed me to their own intricate webs of sound. That being said, below is my best effort to reduce thousands of great tracks released this calendar year down to a manageable number. Enjoy the tracks below, in order of release date, and see you all next year!
’Oceaán – Veritas (Young & Sicks Mixed Feelings)’
’Alison Wonderland – Run’
’Mura Masa – When U Need Me’
’DIVERSA – Burning House’
’Jamie xx – The Rest is Noise’
’Tory Lanez – Acting Like (Prod. by Shlohmo)’
’Golden Vessel – Borrowed Time (ft. Tiana Khasi)’
’Thundercat – ‘Them Changes”
’Tame Impala – The Moment’
’Moi Je – Fais Rien (PETIT BISCUIT Remix)’
’SevnthWonder – Maria I’m Drunk (Ft. Deverano) (Travis Scott Cover)’