[Event Review/Preview] Boatylicious 2014 + Christmas in July

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A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to go boogie the night away with the Take 2 Entertainment crew for the return of Boatylicious. After experiencing the ultimate dance party of the Summer, I was convinced that I would never want to attend another event that wasn’t on some sort of boat. Before the boat departed from the dock, everyone on board S.S. Boatylicious got their drinks and headed up to the top deck to check out the gorgeous view of Long Beach, CA. With Sam Hiller and Kid B. spinning in the background, I found myself grooving all the way around the boat until my cup was empty.

As the sun began to set, the music shifted from an ambient and smooth vibe into a more club-like atmosphere that had everyone up on their feet dancing the night away. With artists like Moon Boots, Yolanda Be Cool, The Interns, Sam Hiller, Kid B., aRod, and Ruby Sparks, I was bound to experience the best of the best beats of all time. I have never had the chance to see both Moon Boots or Yolanda Be Cool and Boatylicious gave me the opportunity to listen to my music idols and intimately connect with everyone on board. There were a couple of other artists that definitely made me turn my head multiple times throughout the night and I just want to give a big shout out to both Kid B. and Sam Hiller once again for setting the mood at the beginning of the night – those dudes sent me straight to funky town and i’m pretty sure I still haven’t returned. Overall, Take 2 Entertainment threw down a bitchin’ party and I could not have had a much better time than I did that night; plus, I was on boat with a bunch of beautiful people who genuinely love good music…who could say no to that opportunity?

After that successful night, Take 2 Entertainment decided to surprise us all with ANOTHER Boatylicious event that will be departing the docks to cruise along the Long Beach Harbor this Saturday, July 26th. With a ‘Christmas in July’ theme and a line-up to knock you overboard, it’s imperative that you make your way out to this side of town and experience something truly magical. Hitting the decks this time around are legendary producer/DJ’s: Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, Bones, Troy Kurtz, Hendo, Bees Knees, Kid B., Shae B, and Wilks Music. If Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, or Kid B. don’t give you enough incentive to buy a ticket, then maybe a little introduction to their music will make you think twice. If you didn’t take advantage the first time, then make sure you grab a spot on one of the party buses so you can party and stay safe all at once; trust us, it was well worth the extra few bucks!

If you want to experience the party of a lifetime, then hop aboard S.S. Boatylicious and grab your tickets here and make sure to check out the entire schedule on Take 2 Entertainments website for bus arrivals and departures!

Here are a few songs from some of my personal favorite artists on this weekend’s line-up.

Viceroy:

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The Life Feat. Penguin Prison
Mystery Skulls
Ghost (Viceroy Remix)

Jessie Andrews:

Jessie Andrews
You Wont Forget Tonight Feat. Comets We Fall
Slim Fit Jeans

Troy Kurtz:

Casino Gold
All I Need (Troy Kurtz Remix)
The Rolling Stones
Miss You (Troy Kurtz & Pirate Stereo Mix)

Bees Knees:

Kill Paris
Falling In Love Again Feat. Marty Rod & Alma (Kill Paris & Bees Knees Keytar Mix)
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell (Bees Knees Remix)
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[Chill/Future/Trap] The Weeknd – Often (Free n Losh Remix)

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The Weeknd
Often (Free n Losh Remix)

Rolling off of the wave of success experienced on their first original release, “Lost”, Free n Losh have returned to remix “Often” from one of R&B’s most intriguing artists, and a favorite of quite a few Ninjas here; The Weeknd. Perhaps some of the most versatile electronic producers at the moment with credits on Mac Miller tunes, an official Pretty Lights remix and multiple trips to the almighty Hype Machine Top Ten charts through gleaming and cutting edge takes on dance genres; Free n Losh have peeled back yet another layer of their collective production psyche with this latest remix. The Canadian duo blends a distinct steel drum over a luscious two-step melody and  and layer it all seductively amongst a sea of contorted snare kicks and hi-claps for a sound completely their own. With every passing release Free n Losh continually impress the hell out of our ears, and this cut might be one of our favorite from their entire catalogue. Grab the free download here, and slip into something sexy for this one, it might get a little hot.

 

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Shines – Hushed (Feat. K.Raydio) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Shines
Hushed (feat. K.Raydio)

We speak from experience here when we tell you Mondays can be rough. After a few precious days off from work, it’s not easy being thrown back into the fire, and for many of us we’re reduced to nothing but unproductive balls of drowsiness until we reach for our first cup of miracle brew. That’s why we’re here to underscore the importance of Tuesdays, an oft-neglected day of the week that doesn’t receive very much attention at all. We’d like to think Tuesdays are where we begin to hit our stride again and really get our groove back; if only every groove was like the one we’re about to share with you today. Tuesdays were made for songs like this–a delightful treat that rewards you for making it to Day 2 of your hectic week.

Arriving by way of LA based producer Shines, “Hushed” stays faithful to the song’s title for much of its length, flush with tranquil melodies that build gradually into a meticulous arrangement of vocal loops, delicate harps and soft drums that work together in perfectly synchronous harmony to create a lush and vivid soundscape. The true essence of the song however, isn’t discovered until around the midway point, when K.Raydio lends her gorgeous pipes to breathe some soul into the scintillating tune. “Hushed” is the type of song that can cure the tensest of nerves, serving as a perfect remedy anytime you’re feeling the blues.

Look for the track to be featured on Shines’ upcoming self-titled EP, set for release via Color Station on August 5th. The song is available for purchase today, along with pre-orders for the project on iTunes.

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[R&B] The Weeknd – King Of The Fall

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The Weeknd
King Of The Fall

While most of us are still deeply entrenched in our summer mindsets here in the middle of July, The Weeknd as always, is already a few steps ahead, anointing himself as the “King Of The Fall.” Though we’re not quite sure what comes with that title, the song is clearly meant to coincide with his four city tour of the same name that’s set to begin two months from now. If you’re wondering why exactly Abel can afford the crown, look no further than the track itself, in which he proceeds to describe his enviable lifestyle–full of his usual quips about women, drugs and fame. With the amount of quality material the talented singer’s been releasing for free as of late, we’re inclined to recognize his regal status, especially if he decides to return to his mixtape roots at some point in the future. In the meantime, fans should keep this one on constant rotation as they prepare for the shows with Jhené Aiko and ScHoolboy Q later this year.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 35]

Sunday Night Soul

If you ninjas out there are anything like us here at TMN, then it probably feels like these weekends have been flying by at a feverish pace. Despite the daunting fate of the Monday blues, it’s comforting to know that at least there’s a light waiting for you at the end of the tunnel. Going on our 35th edition of Sunday Night Soul, we’re guessing you guys know the routine by now, so we’ll try our best to get right down to business. We’ve established in the past that every week it seems to get harder and harder to name our standouts from each pack of soulful goodness. That’s why tonight we didn’t even bother, because as soon as we started, we began to realize we were listing nearly every single artist on the playlist. That means that this week the onus is on you to figure out which ones are you favorites. Chances are however, you’ll have as difficult a time as we did.

Disclosure x Sam Smith
Latch (Cover) by Daniela Andrade
Nick Hakim
The Light
DAngelo
Brown Sugar Nehzuil Remix
Tiffany Gouché
Fantasy
Beyonce
rocket live concept
Jordan Rakei
Bodysnatchers
HΛNΛH
Out Of Touch
Kiesza
So Deep
Leon T. Pearl
Came Here For You (FYFE Remix)
Wet
Move Me
PICNICTYME
Lift Off ft. Sam Lao
Iman Europe
Lets Vibe (Prod. ContraBAND)

Tiffany Gouché
Slow It Down

FORTUNE.
Red Rose Ft. BNJMN & Rico Love
Barney Artist
Space (Prod. Tom Misch)
Tom Misch
Journey (K.B. Starr Vocal Mix)
Jhene Aiko
The Pressure
Rochelle Jordan
Back In The Day (Prod. KLSH)
@cookieekawaii
Sex, Jazz, & Classic Tapes Prod. UZIBEATS
Mr. Mister
Broken Wings (Z.WOODS Remix)
Becky Hill
Caution To The Wind
Kyan
Insert Runaway
Klo.
False Calls
TOKiMONSTA
Realla Feat. Anderson Paak
Soulperfreesia
The World Outside
Body Language
4 Real
Saba
For Yall (Feat. Eryn Allen Kane And MC Tree)
Kehlani
Get Away (prod. by Jahaan Sweet)
William Bolton.
Make You Mine (ft. Empress) (prod. Times New Roman)
Adrian Marcel
I Get It Ft. Casey Veggies
Kirko Bangz
Rich Feat. August Alsina
Beau Vallis
Love Stand Still Feat. Kelly Rowland (Prod. by Da Internz)
Marsha Ambrosius
69
Amax
Call Me (prod. By Fiya Beats)
Jake&Papa
Basement Party (feat. D.U.B.B.)
Adrian Marcel
Searching Ft. Raphael Saadiq & Snoop Dogg
Sylvia Sylvia
Sweet Wine And Valentines
HillaryJane
Wild Side
Majid Jordan
U
Shlohmo x Jeremih
Dope
The Weeknd
King Of The Fall
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Recognize Feat. Drake
TMELLE
Drop It Down
Lloyd
ALL I NEED (prod. Slade Da Monsta)
JONN HART
Party
MARC E. BASSY
Relapse Ft. Iamsu!
Alus
Ordinary Girl
David Andrew Sitek X Tinashe
Xylaphone
sojuju
Stratus
Mincha
My Gvrls
Caitlyn
STELLAR // Prod. by @CLBTS
The Weeknd
Loft Music (XONA Remix) PART 3
Molly Williams
Stay Dont Go (Cosmic Quest Remix)
Tinashe
Days In The West (Tedd Boyd Remix)
PartyNextDoor
Recognize (CLBTS Future Remix)
The Code
How Many Drinks
Full Crate
Falling Off
Diversa
Do You (Braeden Bailey Bootleg)
Alicia Keys
You Dont Know My Name (FRMLDN Rework)
DAngelo
Brown Sugar (Wes Pendleton Remix)
Tweet feat. Missy Elliott
Oops (Oh My) (Linden Jay x Fabienne Rework)
Brandy
I Wanna Be Down(esta remix)
Zendaya
Replay (CLBTS (vip) Remix)
Jamal Muavae
Climax Featuring Usher
TEK.LUN
Show Me. Remember Me.
Sinead Harnett
No Other Way (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Snakehips
Days With You (ft Sinead Harnett)(Pomo Remix)
Disclosure Ft. Sam Smith
Latch (starRo Remix)
El.Train
Gush (RCADE Remix)
Craig David
Cold (Audio Monsters Remix)
Tinashe ft. Schoolboy Q
2 On (Boeboes 10K Flip)
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[Sexy] JMR – One Time

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J M R
One Time

Some of you are probably gearing up for a big night out. With festivals like Tomorrowland, Northern Nights, and Global Dance Festival, we’re safe to assume that a good amount of our fan base is heading out with full intentions on imbibing this evening.

However, we’re sure that there’s still a hefty lot of you that are looking to have a quiet night in, enjoying some vino, maybe having a few friends over, or possibly entertaining that special someone, or someone you’d like to have as your special someone. This post definitely appeals more to the latter of both the previous paragraph, and the previous sentence.

Coming out of Red Brick Songs‘ songwriter retreat, we’re offered a glimpse of an overwhelmingly sultry tune. Written and recorded by JMR, EXROYALE and Ryne Estwing of ON AN ON, “One Time” is a seductive thrill-ride reserved for only the most pristine of boudoir playlists. Comprised of a simplistic string arrangement, repetitious percussion (you know, to get that perfect rhythm) and of course, JMR’s stunning vocals, this song will surely seal the deal. If it doesn’t, he, or she isn’t worth your time, because either they’re not into you or their taste in music isn’t up to par. And let’s be honest, can you really stand to be with someone with poor taste in music?

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[R&B] Jhené Aiko – The Pressure

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Jhene Aiko
The Pressure

After a breakout year in which she toured the world with Drake, found herself featured on seemingly every top rap album, and culminated with the release of her remarkable Sail Out EP, it seems as if Jhené Aiko is primed to make even bigger moves in 2014. Now, as she gears up for the release of her debut album, Souled Out, it’s time to find out if the 26 year old songstress is ready to handle “The Pressure” associated with her newfound stardom.

Premiered earlier today on Vogue, Jhene’s latest single serves as a stress reliever of sorts, as she vents about some of the issues currently ailing her the best way she knows how–through gorgeous melodies constructed with her confectionery sweet vocals and breezy Fisticuffs production. As always, the writing is completely on point, striking a cool balance of meaningful, candid and relatable lyrics, with the highlight being, “Have you seen my fucks to give? I have none, I cannot live with the pressure.”

I caught myself zoning out more than a couple times in the middle of this write-up, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting lost in this one, of course followed by you scrambling to hit the replay button once it’s finished. Check out the single above, and make sure to grab a copy of Souled Out when it hits shelves in September.

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