[Future R&B] Mar – Not Like Here

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Not Like Here

Riding the momentum of the phenomenal “Her Window” collaboration with Full Crate, Dutch vocalist/producer Mar presented the first single from his upcoming self-titled EP yesterday. Mar kicks off “Not Like Here” with his flawless vocals before a heavy, pulsing percussion breakdown opens up into a hard-hitting bass line. It’s an intricate and varied journey that combines the future movement of electronica with a perfectly honed R&B sensibility. Give this dynamic tune a spin above and see for yourself.

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[Chill/Nu-Disco] Falcon Punch – Square One

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Falcon Punch
Square One

The last time we had the pleasure of featuring Denver based laid-back dance slinger Falcon Punch was with a lovely contribution to MANI/PEDI Records “Silk”, and it was only shortly thereafter that he set the music blogosphere on fire with “Donald’s Bird”. Today, one of our most looked-to disko tastemakers is back with another tastefully arranged piece of placid dance construction, “Square One”. A funk-fueled, slow groover, “Square One” interweaves every piece of Falcon Punch’s sophisticated production psyche together effortlessly. Bouncing along on an understated and underground favoring deep synth line and a smattering of reverb treated Mo-Town vocal chops, we were easily entranced no less than four bars into his latest movement. But, the real treat for us was discovering the versatile musician’s talents extend far beyond the confines of computer production programs. Almost every inch of “Square One” pulses with painstakingly written and modulated analog instrumentation; from the delicate keys, to serene guitar plucking and swinging bassline, Falcon Punch occupies a tangible music space so few producers dream to delve into. It’s more than inspirative when we learn our favorite dance artists maintain and bridge the fundamental connection between legitimate music players and dancefloor wizards so needless to say, “Square One” has been on repeat around the TMN offices today. It’s high time our Ninja friends join the party, and to do you one better, grab a free download here.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 45]

Sunday Night Soul

Before we begin, we’d like to give a special shoutout to the guys over at Soulection, who recently surpassed the 200,000 follower mark on SoundCloud. In celebration of that achievement, they decided to release a new compilation titled, Love Is King, which also doubles as a tribute to the one and only Sade. We’ve chosen a few of our favorites to include in the playlist below, but you should definitely check out the full project. Without Soulection, we probably would have no Sunday Night Soul, so we have a lot of respect for what they’ve been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.

If you were down in Austin for SXSW with some of our other ninjas, chances are you could use a moment to just breathe and relax. What better way to wind down after an insanely hectic week than with a little soul? Although tonight’s edition doesn’t approach the massive scale of last week’s playlist, there’s still plenty of gold to be found in this one. We’ll let you sift through the collection yourself, so please let us know if you have any favorites! Also, make sure to follow us on SoundCloud, where you can find all of our playlists after they’ve been published.

Small Talk
Bitter / Sweet
Aile
Flood
Diverse & IanEwing
Slow Down (Ft. K.Raydio)
Gizzle Beatz
Falling short
Ego Ella May
How Far (Prod. Wu Lu + Reiss G)
Tinashe
Just The Way I Like You
dae zhen.
Stereo Out
Lauriana Mae
NYPD Blues
David Morin
Life Goes On
FSR x Athanasia
Doubt
NoMBe
California Girls
Leks Rivers
Nubian
Beardxproducer
Blur Feat. Amun Ra
Meraki
Henny 101 ft. DAE & Garrett Julian
Midnight Medusa
Tre Samuels
NYNE
I Just Wanna Know
Ro James
5th Gear
Maria Simone
If I Stay (Prod. by K BeatZ)
Jhene Aiko
living room flow
Shoffy
Breathe
Blanche Eden
Sex 101
Tinashe
Wrong
Z•WOODS
You (KHOAZY Remix Ft. TOESTAH)
Verse
Situationships
Elijah Blake
I Just Wanna..
MNEK
Suddenly
Sunny & Gabe
Dirty Dancing (The Magnets Remix)
Jamiroquai
Morning Glory (Pazmal Bounce Edit)
kirkis
HYPNO
Something Else
Abraham Blue X Workers
J LOUIS
Happiness ( J LOUIS )
oriJanus
I Want You
Andreya Triana
Gold (Max Graef remix)
break.
sometimes (ft. hilton)
tinashe ~ dreams are real (raava edit)
Ciara
1, 2 Step (Gonzo Lechat Remix)
R.O.M
#surfbort
oshi
Hang On
Telescope Thieves
Xo_latinprincess_89
starRo
Sweet Lies Of Sweet Love
raava ☁
días en sydney ft. ryanjacob
salute
+ VALE +
J Louis
Bringing Out The Best In Me
Post Malone
White Iverson (Hiko Momoji Remix)
Kim Vallido
Do I Wanna Know (dojo. Remix)
Fergie
Glamorous (TheGammaBot Remix)
Faith
Love Like This (Booty Fade Remix)
Kelela
A Message (SassyKittyFlip)
Omarion
Ice Box (eli dawson Rework)
Jason Derülo
Whatcha Say (noï remix)
Dreamon
Parisian Dawn (WE SINK Remix)
inter▼ene
angel
CHLO
Gangsta Luv
Omarion
You Like It (KBoW x GRRL Remix)
Christina Aguilera
What a Girl Wants (Q Remix)
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[NEW] Jhené Aiko – Living Room Flow

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Feeling a little generous this afternoon, Jhené Aiko has dropped off a soulful little gem for all her fans. “Living Room Flow” is typical bedroom fare (even if the locale has been shifted), and has all the elements of a successful baby-maker: it’s sexy, slow-moving and puts the mind at ease. It’s a neat little loosie, from the wonderful songstress, and serves as a nice reminder of what she can bring to the table. We have no idea whether this is attached to any projects, but we’re hoping it’s a sign of something to come. Either way, stream the tune above and check back here for more information on any future mixtapes or albums.

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Tropics Talks Inspiration, Artistic Evolution and the Making of ‘Rapture’ [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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The “chillwave” movement has matured phenomenally in the last couple years with acts like Toro y Moi and Washed Out evolving their sound from lo-fi bedroom productions to beautiful and complex musical compositions. UK producer and vocalist, Tropics, has architected his own chillwave aesthetic that, true to its name, features a vibrant sensibility and deep sonic textures. On his debut album, Parodia Flare, Tropics put together a beautiful collection of colorful compositions and began experimentation with his voice, but his recently released follow-up, Rapture, feels like a true breakout project. With stripped down organic instrumentation and a newfound focus on vocals, Rapture proves a cohesive, deeply emotional and soulful project that reaches new depths without losing the glowing energy of its predecessor. We had a chance to catch up with Chris Ward, the mind behind Tropics, about his musical background and influences, the evolution of his sound and more. Check out the interview below and, if you like what you hear, head to iTunes to grab a copy of Rapture.

TMN: What was your first experience with making or playing music?

Tropics: The furthest back I can remember was this little early learning centre tape player with a microphone attached to it. It was really kid-like and colourful. I remember it having this weird echo which probably sounded quite cool. I used to record songs off the radio. Then my first memory of playing music was getting a drum kit at around 10.

TMN: You studied music in university and are a multi­-instrumentalist, right? How integral has that been in allowing you to bring your vision to life? Or do you feel like you’ve learned more from just from experience?

Tropics: I wouldn’t say I’m a multi instrumentalist, I’m a producer, who like most of us can play keys and a strum out a few jams on guitar, drums. I feel I’ve learned a lot from experience but some more theory and things about the industry when I studied music, but to be honest; I didn’t do a lot of studying, I just wanted to go to university with all my friends and have all the free time in the world to party, take recreational drugs, have lots of sex and make as much music as I could.

TMN: The colourful aesthetic in your music definitely brings some influences to mind. Who are some artists you grew up listening to that you feel continue to inspire you today? Any ones who’ve influenced you in unexpected ways?

Tropics: I think there’s influence from a lot of 90s electronica, in my sort of ‘go to textures and sounds’. My older brother played me loads of Leftfield, Massive Attack, Faithless and Underworld when I was around 11 or 12, which I ended up getting back into quite a lot at 16 and 17.

 I think one of the great things back then was that the Internet wasn’t so revolved around the music industry, or if it was, I wasn’t aware. So I’d get records/albums, without taking interest of reading into when they were released or how current they were . If I connected with it, I just connected with it and it became my new love affair. I feel I’ve lost this a bit ­or, a lot of us have, with the pressure to keep up with this quickly moving industry with 100 new flavours and artists coming through a month!
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Sunday Night Soul (On A Monday) [Vol. 44]

Sunday Night Soul

Before we begin, we want to start off by saying that we know it’s not Sunday, so first and foremost we’d like to apologize for the delay with this week’s edition of the playlist. We won’t get into the details of why we’re publishing it a day late, but once you see the songs we’ve assembled for you we’re certain you’ll forgive us. Though we don’t have a full count yet (our SoundCloud playlist should reveal those numbers for us), judging from the eyeball test we’d like to think this is one of our most expansive collections yet. Because of that, we’re not going to run through the highlights like usual. Instead, we’ll let you pick your favorites yourself. Think of it as a little extra incentive to make it to the bottom of the list.

Sunday Night Soul should be back on its regularly scheduled day next week. In the meantime, make sure to follow us on SoundCloud where you can find each playlist after it’s published.

kaya
underwater (rmx beatmachinearon)
Saen.
I think its over..
April + VISTA
If Light Escapes
Sum Comfort
Prologue: Dont Worry (feat. Jordan James)
River Tiber
No Talk
Tim Atlas
Shame
Ellie Goulding
Take Me to Church (Hozier Cover)
MAALA
Touch
BASECAMP
N2DEEP
Sheppard
Geronimo (P.R Remix) feat. Awon
Frank Liin
Animal Whisperer
Kevin Lavitt
Strange ft. Ariana DeBoo
Russ
Out Of Tune (Prod. Russ)
Melo B Jones
You Dont Love Me (Prod. by ShunGu)
Moise
I wont
Chiara Noriko
Colors At Night
BOY/FRIEND
March 15th (draft) Prod. MNTN
RAY BLK
Lie To Me
belle
sex pain lies drugs (adhd)
Nova
SAVE U (prod. Nova)
Kyng
Goodmoanin
The Hotel
Dont Put On ft. AVAY
Kayla Blackmon
Chills (Feat. YE Ali) (Prod. Jeffrey Rashad)
belle
all night in rio (adhd)
Kyndall
Bullet
RAY BLK
Drowning (Swimming with sharks)
RAY BLK
Ride and Die
LoVel (feat. Fetty Wap)
The Move
Childish Major & Matik Estrada
Ready When You Are (Interlude) Ft. BB Rose
CHRlSS ZOE
Ridin Slow (Prod. By Evil G)
Joyce Wrice
Take it Easy Prod. by Jamma Dee and A$AP P on the Boards
Miles Meraki
Already Know (prod. Jaylen!)
Sum Comfort
Home (feat. JaJa Kisses)
Chloe Martini
Unknown Ft. Shae Jacobs
Astronomyy
All I Need ft. Denai Moore
Cheney
Slow
PJ
Nickels & Dimes
Michael Francis
Clearer Now
Mélat
Gladiator Ft. Doeman
Janine and the Mixtape
This Moment (Eckhart Tolle)
Leven Kali
C.W.Y.B (feat. Zack Sekoff)
Kyle Dion
Crazy (Prod. By Planet Giza & QnAce)
Kayla Brianna
Honest
Didda Joe
NOBODY Ft. Jaymison Beverly
Jamie Foxx ft Chris Brown
You Changed Me
LeToya Lucket
Dont Make Me Wait feat. TI
Jasmine V
One Night Ft Jeremih & Problem (Official)
Denitia & Sene
The Fan
Daley
Love Somebody
SLK Music
Hush (prod Alvin Lee Ryan)
Tish
Subway Art
R.LUM.R
Show Me
Kwabs
Perfect Ruin (Breachs Alternate Version)
Troy Samuela & Monsoonsiren
Fiend
Greg Aram
Let Go (feat. G4SHI)
Yungbrehh
3R0T1C C1TY (Prod. By Sbvce)
GILL BATE$
She Knows Feat. Allday {Produced Wavy Milo}
ℒund
MJ
Post Malone
TEAR$ Feat. 1st
Jimmy V
Serenity ft Ivy Hollivana (Prod. MISOGI)
FOREVER MIDNIGHT
Just ft. Beya Likhari
Abhi Dijon
17
Demo
HXNS
chill with me
Frank Liin
Late Night Wonder (Alfa Mist Remix)
D’Angelo
Left & Right (FloFilz Remix)
KEI LI x Falcxne
Speaking in Tongues
Anonymous Waves
???
GARREN
Back 2 Love
Vanilla
Footsteps
Masego Music
73 Degrees (Dem Apples Remix)
Kenny Segal
hours without u (dub) (with h y and carmack)
zayyaf
masquerade
Groove Theory
Keep Tryin (Planet Giza Remix)
Matemo
Take Off (WYLN Remix)
Alicia Keys
Like Youll Never See Me Again (Remzi Edit)
Good Vibes
Abraham Blue( J Louis Remix)
SPZRKT & Sango // How Do You Love Me ( krs bootleg?)
OZZIE & Gravez
All Yours
DIVINE ✧
YOU THAT I WANT
holy rain
Jungle (remix)
Krs. // Ginger Me
duncan gerow
Erykah Badu + IAMNOBODI = On & On
Purple Ferdinand
Through Your Eyes (Sango Remix)
Beyonce
Jealous (Yinyues Bootleg)
loveTüesdāy x (dc) x CLBRTY
In My Bed remix
Jai Paul
Straight Up Mumbai (BenZel Remix)
rgry
blank space
Anna Lunoe
Heartbreak In Motion (Gladiator 4AM Remix) Feat. Jesse Boykins III
duncan gerow
Mary J Blige + ESTA = Be Without You
Mura Masa
ill be alright (tonight) // (Hasta Remix)
Jo Def
Wednesday Night Edit (Free Download)
Drake X PARTYNEXTDOOR
Preach (GLXY° Remix)
Drake
Know Yourself // EAD3N Cover (guffstar edit)
India Shawn
One Sun (HMLT Edit)
salute
Silver Tides (DrewsThatDude Remix)
salute x Vanessa Elisha
Real Cool (VILLAGE Remix)
Tinashe
Pretend (Fwdslxsh Remix)
LA NO
Aint nobody like u
DEFFIE
Too Much w/Amerie
josh pan
one thing
Saaj
Karma
Daley
Time Travel (Tail Spin remix)
Garren
My Afternoon Dream (remix)
Chris Brown (feat. T Pain)
Kiss Kiss (Beshken x Guestroom Edit)
Joker
Lucy (Crooked Finger Remix)
Snakehips
Forever (Pt. II) Feat. Kaleem Taylor
Tei Shi
Bassically (Body Language Remix)
Aaliyah
Are You That Somebody (AARMAXX Remix)
Wantigga
You Dont See (OUT NOW ON DOGGTOWN RECORDS)
AObeats & Jai Wolf & Manila Killa Ft. Mark Johns
Diamonds For Breakfast
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[Soul] MAALA – Touch

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MAALA
Touch

Little seems to be known about newcomer, MAALA. The only information that we can muster from his single release, “Touch,” is that he is bringing some serious talent to the table.

Imagine The Weeknd having a play date with Chet Faker before listening to debut track, “Touch.” The steamy production intertwined with MAALA’s soulful voice sets a sensual mood that will have you yearning for some romance. Unshakable memories about an old flame and some seriously deep feels are provoked with the lingering lyrics of “Touch,” making this track one in which the nostalgia will be unescapable. So Ninjas, get ready to be turned on to MAALA.

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