[Nu-Disco] That’s Nice ft. Josh Moriarty – Holiday (Keljet Remix)

That's Nice ft. Josh Moriarty - Holiday (Keljet Remix)
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Holiday ft. Josh Moriarty (Keljet Remix)

What’s not to love about a feel-good tune dressed up in an indie dance outfit? The funky original by Mario Rdz a.k.a That’s Nice is getting remixed by Dutch producer Keljet., who spiced it up with a heavy disco vibe that works wonders. The vocals by Miami Horror’s lead singer Josh Mariarty are almost the perfect complement to the joyful instrumental by giving it a casual and summery approach and further accentuating the indie elements of the track. It’s one of those tunes where you’d absolutely fall in love with after the first listen.

This might just be your next favorite jam. If you want to get through the mid-week struggle, listen to this song and let it bring a smile to your face. Make sure to support these talented artists, as we’re beyond excited to see where their music is going.

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[Hip-Hop/Soul] Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – Lady Friend

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Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
Lady Friend

We were expecting a few surprises this Valentine’s Day, but we could not have seen this one coming. In honor of the romantic holiday, Chance The Rapper has released a special dedication to his “Lady Friend.” Backed by live instrumentation from his band The Social Experiment, Chances spends a majority of the tune crooning about a special someone who doesn’t seem to be a girlfriend, but is most certainly a lady and a friend. The jazzy number features additional vocals from two very talented females in Kiara Lanier and Kehlani. “Lady Friend” is an incredibly sweet tune, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. There’s no clue yet as to if this will be featured on Surf, but we appreciate the new material nonetheless. Stream the track above, and click the download button to snag a copy for your special “Lady Friend.”

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Tory Lanez Talks SwaveNation, Al Pacino & Valentine’s Day [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Ever since Kanye West dropped 808s & Heartbreaks it seems as if the line between rapper and singer has become increasingly blurred. Guys who followed his lead, like Drake and Kid Cudi, only pushed the boundary further, influencing a whole generation of up and coming artists who now take inspiration from their examples. Similarly, the idea of a rapper-producer is no longer a foreign concept either. J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. are two names that come to mind in that realm. Because of this, the whole idea of an artist becoming completely self sufficient is no longer entirely novel. Until now though, it can be argued we had never encountered anyone who was equally talented at all aspects of their craft. That’s where Tory Lanez comes in.

As a musician, Tory refuses to be classified. While all of the artists we mentioned are probably best known for one aspect of their skill sets, Tory prefers to be recognized for everything he does. Rather than being known as a rapper or a singer, for lack of a better term, Tory classifies his music as “Swavey,” which is basically the idea of fusing together all aspects of his art and striving to be the best at everything.

The Toronto native has been labeled “next” for quite awhile now. While that term is vague to begin with, there is no doubt that a certain level of expectation comes with the title. To his credit though, Tory never lets any of that get to his head. If you ever have the chance to watch him live, you’ll notice that he has undeniable charisma, and brings a raw energy to his performances, yet he still retains a certain sense of humility that keeps him grounded through it all. What’s even more special though is that Tory doesn’t draw a line between him and his fans, instead choosing to embrace them as family. After each show he’ll hold meet and greet session where he gives everybody the time of day–no rushed photographs, no quick autographs, no fake smiles. He will have legitimate conversations with every single person until he is essentially forced out of the venue.

Before his recent show in Chicago, we had a chance to catch up with Tory and discuss his upbringing, his mindset in the studio, and find out what truly separates him from the rest of the pack. If you have the opportunity to check out Tory live, we highly recommend it. His next show is this Sunday in Denver, but you can find the remaining dates for his Lost Cause tour on his official website.

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TMN: This is basically the second leg of your Lost Cause tour, with the first ending last fall. How has the experience been so far, and what does it feel like to be headlining your own shows?

Tory Lanez: It feels amazing man. This is the second leg, so basically the second tour I’ve ever really headlined myself, and I’m just blessed to see fans–well, I should never call them fans, I always make that mistake. I’m so sorry to the SwaveNation for that. I call them citizens, and I’m glad to see citizens in every place. It shows me that this SwaveNation thing is really real, it’s really a nation. When I see so many different people in different spots, it’s like we’re really all a movement, so it’s just a blessing to be in my own setting, to inspire them and to lead them with direction when I go onstage.

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[Smooth] Mario – Let Me Love You (Tim Gunter Remix)

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Let Me Love You (Tim Gunter Remix)

Mario. Where has THAT guy been? Tim Gunter decided to remind us about his 2004 jam in a fresh way with his newest remix. Scaling back on his bigger sound, Tim just added an essential Valentine’s Day jam to your playlist, whether you’re holding it down solo or spending it with that special someone. The already smooth tune is aided by new and lush synths, big 808s and an almost tropical groove that brings the R&B classic into 2015 with a new swagger. The Austin native never falls short on his remixes, and he certainly did us all a service with this recent take on Mario.

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[Experimental Hip-Hop] Conrad Clifton – Skyliight

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Skyliight

Not too much slips past our radar here, but somehow this dude Conrad Clifton almost made his way through the cracks. Having contributed on Eminem’s SHADYXV compilation for Yelawolf’s track “Down”, it’s a bit weird how low-key this Brooklyn-based producer is. After being heavily involved in hip-hop production, Conrad’s decided to give dance music a shot – we’re not mad about it.

Mad is actually the complete opposite of how this track makes us feel. In fact, if you’re feeling a bit disgruntled, this may be the perfect track for you. The spacey, atmospheric vibes on this tune will relieve those feelings of stress, and replace them with an uplifting energy.

Don’t get mad, get glad and grab the free download of “Skyliight.”

 

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[Future] Drake – Just Hold On We’re Going Home (LUCA LUSH Remix ft. Kim Vallido)

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Just Hold On We're Going Home (LUCA LUSH Remix ft. Kim Vallido)

There’s no telling what LUCA LUSH is going to do next. A good Drake remix is always welcome, and he has supplied exactly that. The main single from Nothing Was The Same only gets flipped by LUCA LUSH, but covered by the breezy vocal prowess of Kim Vallido, who holds down her duties with ease.

Shedding the almost slow house feel of the original, this rendition opts for more of a spacey, hip-hop approach. The synths twinkle and growl while the drums bring some bite through the low end, resulting in a textbook LUCA LUSH flip. We’re no stranger to his remixing capabilities, and the use of a vocalist provided yet another tool that he has proven he can master. Grab the download via ToneDen below:

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A-1 – Doing The Most (prod. Mikos Da Gawd & Left Lane) [TMN Premiere]

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Doing The Most (Produced by Mikos Da Gawd & Left Lane)

Bay Area hip-hop, with its unique style, slang and sound, has long been a pioneering force within the genre. Casual fans may be most familiar with the explosion of the hyphy movement in the 2000s, but the scope of the Bay’s influence goes back much further than that and continues to expand on the foundations laid by the scene’s legends including Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief, Mac Dre, Andre Nickatina, E-40, Too $hort, The Jacka (RIP) and many more. San Francisco native, A-1has been carrying on that legacy for quite some time pushing the music of his predecessors forward all the while fusing elements of electronic music into his sound. As he prepares for his upcoming album, A-1 has been putting out new content every Thursday and we’re excited to be premiering the latest in that series.

“Doing the Most,” titled after a common Bay Area term for letting your guard down and being yourself to the fullest, features a minimal instrumental driven by steel drums, rolling percussion and rumbling 808s crafted by fellow San Francisco natives Left Lane and Soulection‘s Mikos Da GawdThe backdrop fits A-1’s style to a key and, unsurprisingly, everything about the track is delightfully Bay, from the lyrics and production to A-1’s vocal inflections and delivery. Although “Doing the Most” definitely fits the party vibe, there are more serious undertones about being proud of who you are in the song, further enforced by an airy, thought-provoking monologue about the human experience during the outro. It comes as little surprise that Mac Dre served as an inspiration for this track, and more broadly for A-1’s music–read what he has to say about the late legend below:

Mac Dre was sort of like a teacher to my generation on how to be yourself and do whatever the hell you want to do in the name of fun. As youngsters he showed us that we could wear whatever we want, dance however we want, and speak however we please as long as it makes us feel good, and as long as people in the Bay live their lives that way his legacy will always live on. Whenever you hear me in a rap song at my silliest, goofiest moments, that’s something I got from the Mac.

Slap this one above and look out for more tracks from A-1 in the coming weeks leading up to the release of his album, Thurlian, on March 5th. Head to A-1’s website for some more content and info.

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