With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve decided to put our Ninja Claus hats on and give some lucky Chicagoans an early Christmas present! In the spirit of the season we’ve teamed up with React Presents to award TWO PAIRS of tickets to see legendary producer Just Blaze this Friday at The MID, where he’ll be supported by Jahlil Beats and local acts like Stefan Ponce, Zebo and Barragon. The rules are simple. All you need to do is fill out your email address below along with your first and last name and hit submit. Entrants must be 21 and over to enter. Winners will be notified by email with instructions on how to obtain their tickets. Please remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to the event in order to redeem your prize.
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’Just Blaze – Inhuman Nature’
’Beast Program X Just Blaze X Mysto & Pizzi – Are You High?’
’Just Blaze x Baauer
Flux Pavilion and Matthew Koma
Emotional (G-Buck Remix feat. OnCue)
Just a few days ago, we brought you an exclusive interview with our Resident Artist of the Month – the legendary Flux Pavilion. Early on in that interview, we brought up one of our favorite songs from his recently released album. Which one, you ask? “Emotional,” which features vocals from dance music journeyman Matthew Koma.
Originally sporting a tasty future bass styling, today’s premiere brings an entirely new persona via Philly-based DJ/producer G Buck. Roping in some additional vocals from Brooklyn resident OnCue, the two have crafted a tune that not only pays an artful homage to the original, but also to Flux’s iconic sound as well.
Alongside well-crafted samples of Koma’s original lyrics and the added vocal flair from OnCue, this remix also boasts some impressive percussion work, a head-banging bassline, and memorable, razor-sharp synths. All of those elements culminate effortlessly, providing listeners with something that’s both cooler than the other side of the pillow and perfectly aggressive for any upcoming late-night endeavors.
Arise Dear Brother
So remember that suave red-head that busted on the scene as King Krule a bit ago and totally killed it? Well the English based man behind the art, Archy Marshall, has released the EP A New Place 2 Drown recently with his brother Jack, and it is incredible. This album was an instant hit with our team, reminding us of his earlier works with much more finesse and expression than previously. “Arise Dear Brother,” the third track on the album, is the one that really brought us in.
The song starts out with a dreamy guitar riff and some other abstract sounds that beckon us in to the waiting lobby Marshall sets up. Just before you fall into the downward chill spiral, a deep and sharp bass and beat come and slap you to your senses and into a whole new downtempo hip hop world you go. Archy’s vocals tie it all together at this point and what we’ve got is a really, really great new artist. Be sure to give this entire EP a listen. You won’t be disappointed. Excuse us while we go listen to this on repeat.
Casper & B.
Sneak (feat. Pell, Michael Christmas, Wonda, & Maarlon)
Hip-hop has been beating its head against the wall for a while now. There aren’t a whole lot of artists out there pushing the sound, but one track I came along that has some personality and creative direction is “Sneak.” Casper & B. made this one with the help of fellow artists Pell, Michael Christmas, Wonda and Maarlon. For “Sneak” being their first single, they show a lot of promise. We will be keeping a sharp eye out on what they got going on in the future, but for now we have our ears all over this new jam. It’s a party-starting record with a truly sensational instrumental, paired with quality rhymes, making it a diamond in the rough. It’s more than simply a song, as they take you on a journey that lasts exactly five minutes long, but chances are you’re going to have this one on repeat like we do. Currently there is no download, but if anything changes, we’ll be sure to let you know!
There are so many great things to be said about Brasstracks, so it’s easy to sound like a broken record, but their consistency continues to speak for itself on “Say U Won’t,” the first taste of their upcoming EP. In the vein of Gramatik and GRiZ, this duo epitomizes the seamless harmonization of analog and digital with bright horns and snappy drumming that coalesce with adept production into an unparalleled invention all their own.
From covering Drake to crafting an unforgettable remix of Gallant, Brasstracks have found a lane where they’ve jumped from 0-100. Real quick. The comparisons to Chance The Rapper’s Social Experiment are undeniable, which begs the question: When will they work together? Our hope is very soon, because “Say U Won’t” and the entirety of Brasstracks’ discography have manifested into a crucial collection that shows no signs of stoppage in growth and appeal. The biggest draws to their music are a simple. It’s fun. It’s upbeat. It makes you smile. Considering the gravity of recent events and the frequency they’ve been occurring, that might just be exactly what we need right now.
Bring The Noise (Felon Bootleg)
I’ve got to say, nothing quite riles the morning vibe like some hip-hop flavored house music; which luckily for us the London house trio of Archie Ward, George Renwick and James Levey, or Felon as we’ve grown to know them, delivered the perfect remedy for a bit of Thursday afternoon hip-shaking. A few months back we had the distinct pleasure of premiering Felon’s pounding deep-house remix of Toyboy & Robin’s “Save Me Now”, and today the club-made triumvirate is back with another thumping revision; this time a bootleg of genre-defining hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy and their biggest single “Bring The Noise”. Felon checks all of the typical G-House boxes with their latest remix: a pitched down and powerfully recognizable rap vocal, clear emphasis on an insanely catchy and pounding analog bassline, and darker atmospherics, while simultaneously sprinkling a classic house shuffled hi-hat and kick-clap percussion line, and an airy breakdown which all wonderfully flirts with their shifting sonic terrain.
It’s apparent that Felon has long since outgrown their hit “Isla” and have been adding a different piece to their production puzzle with every passing release, and their Bright Young Things collective, who’s expanding roster features a few more TMN favorites Sebastian Carter & DE$iGNATED, has shown off even more of the trio’s tastemaking ability. As our expectations for Felon’s consistent dance quality continue to rise, they just keep knocking them out of the park. But, as the Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton would have said: “You don’t have to take our word for it!”, so decide for yourself and stream Felon’s “Bring The Noise” bootleg above.
LNDN DRGS, a hip-hop duo consisting of Compton emcee Jay Worthy and Vancouver producer Sean House, have been making waves for over a year now with their distinct brand of West Coast rap. Combining elements of 90s G-Funk and neon-80s production with confident laid-back flows, they’ve utilized clear influences to cultivate a niche all their own. Leading up to the release of their debut project, Aktive, LNDN DRGS have been dropping a steady stream of dope singles. For those not yet familiar, the duo’s latest release, “Hop Out,” serves as the perfect introduction. Falling right into its groovy bounce immediately, Worthy hops on accompanying the colorful production with a smooth, chilled-out delivery.
Aktive drops on November 26th aka Thanksgiving via Fool’s Gold Records. In the meantime, enjoy “Hop Out” above and the video for “Susan,” the previous single, below. Also, fun fact: Jay Worth is the step-brother of alt-pop superstar Grimes. Continue reading