[Electronic/R&B] DiRTY RADiO – Infinity (Beat by: Esta ft. J-Bird)

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DiRTY RADiO
Infinity (Beat by: Esta ft. J-Bird)

We’ve been staying on top of Canadian PBR&B triumvirate DiRTY RADiO’s vocal remix series since its inception, which thus far has seen them rework sultry tunes from Darius and Pomo to name a few, and today they’re back with the latest entry “Infinity”. “Infinity” takes Esta’s sexy piano laden J-Bird featured burner “Moet” and boosts the tune with a signature blend of provocative vocal stylings and velvety choices in instrumental backing. We’ve been feeling all sorts of sexy going through DiRTY RADiO’s remixes, and we think that’s a feeling you NInjas should experience as well. Once again, DiRTY RADiO’s giving this one away for free in exchange for a Facebook “Like”, so hop on over and add this to your iTunes collection.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Get To Know: UK R&Bounce Producer XO

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Through The Night (feat. RobLaw)

Soul, funk and R&B seem to revive themselves every few years whether it be in hip-hop, electronica or indie music. It is a welcome longevity that doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the breadth of those genres’ influence. A batch of electronic producers from collectives like SoulectionHW&W and FlowFi have been leading the latest revival melding elements of EDM and hip-hop with soul and ’90s R&B influences in what’s been referred to as Future Bounce and Emotional Dance Music.

Over the last 6 months or so, UK producer Sunil Heera, aka XO, has been building quite the audience on his SoundCloud with his unique R&Bounce style. Although it certainly fits with the current direction of electronic music, his sound has broader influences in house and garage reflecting a diverse musical background. His latest single “Through the Night,” off his upcoming debut EP of the same name, serves as a perfect introduction to XO’s music. The bouncy, soulful and sexy production on the cut match RobLaw‘s voice to perfection in part because XO also works closely with his vocalists in the songwriting process.

Get to know this up ‘n coming talent in our exclusive interview below. Through the Night drops on December 1st and can be pre-ordered via iTunes HERE.

TMN: What is your first musical memory? And when/how did you get into making music?

XO: Hmmm, probably dancing around my living room to the Spice Girls with my older sister, I must’ve been like 3/4 years old or something, don’t judge me.

I’ve always been a music fanatic for as long as I can remember, so I guess the initial interest in actually making my own stemmed from there. I started producing casually in my early high school years, purely out of curiosity I suppose. The idea of creating music from my own bedroom intrigued me, so I thought I’d give it a little go!  A couple of years later, once I’d reached a point of consistency with my production skills, I started out as XO and after a period of self discovery, here I am!

TMN: You seem to be pretty involved past just the production of your tracks. How did you go about constructing “Through the Night”? What’s your collaboration approach with vocalists more broadly? 

XO: Yeah totally, I’m a songwriter just as much as I am a producer nowadays. “Through The Night” started off as a simple chord sequence as most of my tracks do. During the developmental stage, I got a general feel for the vocal melody and began to pencil in the lyrical content. The track concept itself was perfect for RobLaw’s voice, so we just had to work together again!

My collaboration approach with most vocalists is similar to the one I’ve just described, I like to get an initial idea first of all, and then build and refine it with them. Although, there’s no set procedure to how these things work, every song you write or produce is different – going with the flow is the best thing to do.

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[Deep-House] Curses & DKDS – Trouble ft. SYF

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Trouble Feat. SYF

NYC underground house purveyor Curses, one of Luca Venezia’s tasteful music projects (known in other circles by his Drop The Lime moniker as well) last teamed up with fellow Brooklyn house stalwarts DKDS for their early, Chicago jack-house influenced “Silence”, which saw official release over a year ago. After getting this one lost in the shuffle of the weekend we knew it warranted its own space here on TMN as the collaboration has once again reignited through an absolutely groovy deep-house burner “Trouble”. Featuring the vocals of SYF, who once plied his incredible incantations for one of the best live house acts of the last decade -Azari & III- “Trouble” is a haunting piece of house music which has this writer recollecting some of our favorite dingy dance floors over the years while playing out soulfully smoother than most anything Curses or DKDS have delivered us in the past. We’ve already had the pleasure of seeing Luca drop this one (get it?) the last time he came through Denver and its subdued intoxicating effect works even better on a gigantic club stack. So why don’t you do your ears a favor this afternoon and plug “Trouble” into a worthy system, sit back, and drift away. You can purchase a copy of “Trouble”, which is being put out through Ultra Records here on Beaport here, but if you aren’t bumping this one on the player above already, well… you should be.

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Rubee Rayne – Don’t Say You Love Me (Jeff Sontag Cover Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Don't Say You Love Me (Rubee Rayne Cover)

There’s nothing more delightful than waking up to the enticing smell of coffee and the sweet, sweet voice from Jeff Sontag to lift our spirits and permeate us with perfect harmonies and elevate our souls to new heights. It has been some time since we last heard from him and his healing voice; well today is your lucky day ninjas because we have just the right frequencies from Jeff to remedy your soul like never before. This time around, Jeff decided to switch things up a bit with a vocal cover remix of Rubee Rayne’s phenomenal song, “Don’t Say You Love Me”, in which he re-works the original into a mystical, spine-tingling new wonder that will make you feel some type of way. Filled with Flume-style synths, euphoric melodies, and sexual percussive elements, Jeff transports our minds to an entirely new world for the next 6 minutes and 8 seconds. We are extremely excited to share the latest from him and his ethereal work and cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeve in the near future. “Don’t Say You Love Me” is available for free download so make sure to get this one while you can because you’ll have this one on repeat for the rest of the season. We’re guarantee his soothing voice will enchant you like never before, so press play and drift off for the rest of the day.

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[NEW] Drake – Heat Of The Moment (Prod. by 40) + 6 God (Prod. by Boi-1da & Syk Sense) + How Bout Now (Prod. by Boi-1da & Jordan Evans)

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We probably should have seen this coming, right? With yesterday being Drake‘s birthday, October’s Very Own decided to celebrate by sharing a preview of what he’s been cooking up in preparation for his next album, Views From The 6.  The three new tracks, “6 God,” “Heat Of The Moment,” and “How Bout Now,” (which you may remember first leaked earlier this week) seem to be related to Aubrey’s upcoming project, but there’s no confirmation of their origins. The accompanying artwork (above) does seem to imply there is a connection though.

The 28 year old emcee spared no expense with his shiny new gifts. Each single represents a different flavor of Drizzy; so whether you prefer his bombastic, “no-fucks given” attitude, or his more mellow, lo-fi, seductive sound, he’s got you covered. Stream all three tracks above, and make sure to download the free offerings as well. Expect to hear more from Drake’s View From The 6 as he readies the album for release next year.

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6 God (Prod. by Boi 1da & Syk Sense)
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Heat Of The Moment (Prod. by 40)
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How Bout Now (Prod. by Boi 1da & Jordan Evans)
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[Soul] Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Feat. Childish Gambino)

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LION BABE
Jump Hi (ft. Childish Gambino)

After releasing their first single, “Treat Me Like Fire” early last year, Lion Babe has finally resurfaced with a brand new track featuring Childish Gambino. The New York based duo–consisting of vocalist Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman–come through with an impressive second effort here, delivering a bubbly new number that’s guaranteed to please. Goodman puts a sample of Nina Simone‘s “Mr. Bojangles” to good use here, crafting a skittering, soulful instrumental that allows Hervey’s pipes to flourish, while Bino takes command in the final minute to provide some prolific and eloquent worldplay. As the name implies, “Jump Hi” is the type of tune that’ll make you want to get up off of your feet and get active. If you enjoyed this one, make sure to also check out the recent remix of “Treat Me Like Fire” that Snakehips dropped over the weekend.

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[Dreamy] Talos – Bloom

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Bloom

Talos has made quite the splash in the industry, and it’s not hard to see why. Bursting to the forefront of the blogosphere back in March with his debut song, “Tethered Bones,” this Irish multi-faceted artist racked up over 300,000 plays. Some people take years to get that many plays on a track. He saw it shortly after the track went live.

Boasting a similar new-school electronic R&B vibe, we find a little more inclusion of classic instrumentation in the build. Somewhat reminiscent of Active Child or James Vincent McMorrow, “Bloom” carries a chilling build, complete with haunting piano, rolling tom hits, and those oh-so-glorious falsettos. The song takes a cinematic turn at the two minute mark when a devilishly deep bassline hits, creating beyond-sultry vibes. It’s undeniably charming, causing you to sink deep in its soothing grip. Do yourself a favor and just submit. You’ll be glad you did.

“Tethered Bones”/”Bloom” is released on 12″/digital on Feel Good Lost on December 01, with remixes from WIFE (Tri-Angle), Eomac (The Trilogy Tapes/R+S) and Slow Magic (Downtown Records.) We suggest you mark your calendars.

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