[Hip-Hop] Chance The Rapper & Noname Gypsy – Israel (Sparring)

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Chance The Rapper & Noname Gypsy
Israel (Sparring)

A week after releasing his surprise mixtape with Lil B, Chance The Rapper is back again with some dope new material. Produced by Cam O’bi, “Israel (Sparring)” is a relatively low-key tune that features Channo kicking a few laid-back bars alongside frequent collaborator, Noname Gypsy. Don’t let the mellow vibes fool you though, as the introspective cut boasts some of the sharpest rhymes we’ve heard all year. There’s no clues yet on the status of Chance’s next solo project, but with his Family Matters tour set to begin later this fall, we hope that means even bigger things are in store for the future.

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[Electronic] Gallant – Weight In Gold (Louis Futon Remix)

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Weight In Gold (Louis Futon Remix)

Gallant‘s “Weight in Gold,” and all his music thus far for that matter, has been hitting the Internet with waves of emotion in recent months inspiring top producers to take a stab at remixing his heart-wrenching sound. Philly-bred producer and TMN favorite Louis Futon is the latest to take on the instant classic but, rather than try to completely change the original’s vibe, he accentuates and elevates its most powerful moments taking it to new heights. Injecting his enormous sound, Louis Futon makes probably our favorite flip yet of the hit single. Try this one out for getting you over the mid-week hump.

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[Future] Free n Losh – Rose (ft. Bethea)

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Free n Losh
Rose (ft. Bethea)

Perhaps the most soulful future track we’ve heard “Rose” is the new single from the Free n Losh boys. They enlisted Bethea of Toronto to bring her exquisite vocal work to the track, along with Nick Ferraro of Busty and The Bass who dropped some hot sax on the production. It’s almost too dreamy to handle. It makes you feel as though you are above cloud nine. I can’t think of a track this beautiful off the top of my head that has came out this year. “Rose” will captivate audiences both within and outside electronic music as it has strong crossover qualities. Free n Losh have put out some amazing records, but this one is on a whole new level. Do yourself a favor and throw this on repeat for a super solid start to the week.

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Lollapalooza 2015: Our Top Takeaways [Event Review]

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As with any music festival, after Lollapalooza is over, it always takes us a few days to digest everything and snap back to reality. For locals, the festival serves as a three day escape within our own city. For outsiders, it provides them with a completely unique way to experience Chicago. The magic of Lollapalooza is simply unmatched, and despite a weather scare on the final day, Lollapalooza 2015 turned out to be just as memorable as years past. On the next few pages we’ve broken down some of our lasting impressions from Lolla.

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[R&B/Soul] WNWD – Cruise

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WNWD
Cruise

Starting the week off with some smooth soulful R&B is the way to go. Last week, Miami artists WNWD released the first single off their upcoming District EP. “Cruise” is the the act’s only song on Soundcloud right now, but soon it will be filled with more great records. For now, we have a free download that everyone needs to get. Although it’s angelic with a soft tone, trap lovers will gravitate towards its hip-hop influenced sound. Sing along, and lose yourself in the easy going instrumental. As far as new acts go, WNWD is one to look out for. They have a unique style that will surely broaden once they unravel some more songs to us. We’re excited to see what they can do, as their crossover potential is huge. Have a listen to “Cruise” and try to tell us otherwise.

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Rose Quartz Sits Down With TMN To Discuss New Album, Record Stores & More [Exclusive Interview]

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Denver based Rose Quartz has long been a staple in many of The Music Ninja staff’s music diets. Back in December, the now four-piece released their re-tooled, textured and evolved debut EP as a full four-piece, Leaving Now, which we fell head over heels for and most recently dropped a collaborative ‘TMN Premiere’ single with Brothertiger, “Pleasure & Pain”. Last weekend we had the chance to take in one of our favorite music festivals, The Underground Music Showcase, in Rose Quartz’s backyard of Denver, which this year featured headliners like DIIV, STRFKR, Tennis and of course, Rose Quartz themselves for one of the busiest three-day stretches we have the pleasure of consuming all year.  After taking in their Saturday performance on the Main Stage, we caught up with Ethan, Alex, Clay and Matt after an intimate and enthralling set on Sunday at the Hi-Dive to discuss the important things in life. Like disco, Schlitz Malt Liquor and loads more. Read our entire interview below.

TMN: First off, thanks guys for sitting down with us, we’ve been huge fans since it was just Ethan & Alex as FLASH/LIGHTS, and then of course to the debut Flashlights EP from Rose Quartz. We’re just going to keep it super casual, so let’s just get right into it.

So, now that you’re a full live quartet with the addition of Clay on bass and Matt on drums, there seems to have been a shift in sonic temperament from the Flashlights EP  to your most recent EP Leaving Now, which we loved. Can you talk a little bit about how that shift has affected the songwriting and recording process for you guys.

Alex: Yeah, we’ve done a lot of different things now that we’re a four-piece. We’ve been writing for the entire band now, and shifting our influences much more to a funky, disco kind of influence. We’ve been listening to a lot of the BeeGee’s, Hall & Oates, and Michael Jackson…

Clay: …The Gap Band

Alex: …Yeah The Gap Band, and a bunch of good 70’s funk and disco. And I think that just that has really helped out, and then having four people, whether it’s on stage or in the studio, just having three other people to smile at has made us want to play I guess, happier and more upbeat in regards to the music.

Ethan: And now that we’re a four-piece band, the writing style has changed. When it was just the two of us we had to write stuff that could be performed by two people and didn’t look shitty. *Laughs from the room* Which limits the kind of writing we could do in terms of our live performances. So now that we can do it as a four-piece we can write much more complex stuff with more layers, and more tasteful ways we could actually recreate live. So that was a big shift for us definitely. Just.. finding the groove.

Read the rest of our interview with Rose Quartz after the jump….

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[R&B] Tory Lanez – Say It (Prod. Pop Wansel)

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Tory Lanez
Say It

After teasing us with a snippet of “Say It” late last week, Tory Lanez has come through with the unabridged version of his latest single as promised. It’s barely been a month since the release of Cruel Intentions, Tory’s collaborative EP with the WEDIDIT collective, but the Toronto native is already gearing up for another full length release set to drop through Benny Blanco‘s Mad Love imprint. The fresh new tune is rooted in old school R&B, as Tory once again shows off his singing chops over an instrumental that utilizes a sample of Brownstone‘s “If You Love Me”  to perfection. The song is a bit more mellow and relaxed than Tory’s typical output, but we’re not complaining. We trust that you’ll find this one in your rotation way past the end of summer.

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