Exmag & BRANX – Acid Washed [TMN Premiere]

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Exmag and BRANX
Acid Washed

Here’s an exclusive taste of the upcoming Exmag and BRANX EP, Plants and Animals, for you to enjoy! Meshing together best of old school rock and funk with glitch hop madness, Exmag and BRANX set out to get you grooving from the first note to the last on “Acid Washed.” With plenty of great tunes on the way, this is a silky intro to what is sure to be a spectacular project courtesy of Members Only, a renowned American outerwear and apparel brand for men and women. Make sure to catch Exmag in your city on their tour!

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Skymatic – Azerbaijan (Intergalactic Bootleg)

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Azerbaijan
(Intergalactic Bootleg)

What do you get when you mix vocals from an Azerbaijan folk song, Beastie Boys sample, and live violin? An eclectic mix of genres and a neat group called Skymatic. Melting all of these elements together with a huge, bass filled production, Skymatic drops their second installation from their upcoming remix tape with unbridled enthusiasm and the always appreciated mesh of live instrumentation and clean electronic production. Snag your own copy here and enjoy!

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[TMN Exclusive Premiere] Dej Loaf – Try Me (Midas Hutch Remix)

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Try Me (Midas Hutch Remix)

Whether you’re heading to work or school, Monday mornings can be tough to get through. For us, music has always been the key to jump starting the week and combatting the mundanity that every day life can present. With that in mind, we’re excited to be premiering a brand new tune from producer Midas Hutch, aka FS Green, that promises to get you dancing regardless of your current state of mind. Taking on Detroit emcee Dej Loaf‘s radio hit, “Try Me,” Midas Hutch injects a retro-inspired electro funk. The Dutch producer, whose name you may recognize from his work with Major Lazer, employs a soulful disco backdrop through out adding a vocoder effect on Loaf’s vocals for an addicting chorus. Dej Loaf’s verses float over the old-school backdrop making for a listening experience that is both chill and downright groovy. Hit play above and get down with the get down. Grab a free download, which includes his full remix pack, here.

UPDATE: The original version of this was taken down from Soundcloud by Columbia Records but you can still enjoy the instrumental version above, which is equally awesome.

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Azad Right Ft. Harry Hudson – If I Die (Prod. By HUCCI) [TMN PREMIERE]

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If I Die Ft. Harry Hudson (Prod. By HUCCI)

We may be right, smack-dab in the middle of Miami Music Week, but right now, our ears are fully fixated on some hip hop at the moment, and we have LA-based Azad Right to thank for that.

Fresh off his hit “When You Know,” and a handful of SXSW shows (one of which we had the pleasure of catching), this intellectual lyricist has teamed up with Harry Hudson and blogosphere darling Hucci for a brand new track. As we’ve come to expect from this up-and-coming rapper, the story telling ability is well showcased, articulating exactly what he wants the listener to pull from his lyrics. It’s drenched with thoughtful emotion that hangs on Right’s every word, boasting a powerful message of hope for his career, his fan base, and the industry, in general.

HUCCI adds plenty of intrigue to the track as well, painting the perfect backdrop with a soaring piano riff, rolling hi-hats, and a spattering of multiple vocal samples. The two seem to be a match made in heaven, playing off each other’s talents in perfect harmony.

“If I Die” is the second track to Azad’s highly anticipated, upcoming EP this 2015. Make sure to follow him on soundcloud so you can keep tabs on upcoming releases. And if we were you, we’d make sure to catch a live show. After seeing him rock an intimate crowd in Austin, it’s no wonder he’s opened for icons such as Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Black Milk, Mos Def, Jay Rock, Slaughterhouse and Mobb Deep.

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[Hip-Hop] Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson – Warlord Leather (Prod. The Alchemist)

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Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson
Warlord Leather

In case you hadn’t realized already, both Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson released new albums this past Monday, with Bronsolino dropping the highly anticipated Mr. Wonderful, and Earl coming through with the (nearly) surprising release of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. In commemoration of these events, The Alchemist decided to unearth a collaboration between the two talented emcees called “Warlord Leather.” Given the parties involved, you should already have an idea of what to expect from the gritty number, which remains faithful to its title.

It’s kind of fascinating the way these two are able to come together on one track, given the polarizing nature of their respective projects. Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful remains bombastic and energetic, while Earl’s project is far more dreary and reclusive. It makes for an interesting contrast, and we highly suggest you check out both albums if you haven’t gotten the chance yet.

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[Hip-Hop] Joey Green – The Outside (Prod. Contour x RenzyBeats)

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Joey Green
The Outside (Prod. Contour x RenzyBeats)

After headlining as our featured Hip-Hop Dojo artist for the month of February, Joey Green has finally returned with some fresh new material. On his latest single, Joey brings with him a laidback, yet lethal flow as he describes what it’s like to be on “The Outside” looking in. Production is handled by Contour and RenzyBeats, as the track is split into two distinct parts. With a few more performances like this, we can promise you Joey won’t be an outsider for very long. Check out the tune above, and make sure to take a moment to read our interview with Joey from last month’s Hip-Hop Dojo.

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[Smooth] Trey Songz – Na Na (Cowp Remix)

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Na Na (Cowp Remix)

Cowp may not be a familiar name to you, but he certainly has a developed sound not unlike a majority of producers with a larger following. His most recent remix treatment covers Trey Songz‘ “Na Na,” and he flips the DJ Mustard helmed hit into his own (and honestly much more fitting) creation. Cowp’s version is stripped down to essentials and sprinkles the vocals along the sprightly instrumental without any clashing elements and has an overall nice balance. This is one of those cases where the remix transcends the original, and Cowp yet again has shown himself capable of providing a stellar remix like he has for well over a year now. Be sure to catch his previous remix of Portugal The Man’s “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” and support his latest above!

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