[MEGA SUMMER 2014] Vol 3: Alternative Playlist

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Summer is nearing its end, and for many of you that means school has probably already started. Just because you’re stuck in a classroom though, that doesn’t mean the summer spirit is locked away. Here at The Music Ninja, it’s our job to remind you of that tingling sensation that you get when you step outside and the sun’s rays touch your skin for the first time. Given that it’s almost Labor Day weekend, we’d like to provide you with a temporary reprieve from the daily monotony of your life and help take you back to the sweetest days of your summer. What better way to do that then to provide you with the perfect soundtrack for your weekend barbecue?

We’ve already shared two amazing playlists with you this month, starting with our illustrious Indie collection, followed by a dope selection of Hip-Hop and R&B tracks. Featured down below is probably our strangest playlist in the series. Though we call it our “Alternative” list, this collection includes a wide array of songs that didn’t quite fit into any of our other categories. Featuring everything from shimmery synth pop to pulsating future bass, in many regards this one best captures the true essence of summer, as we meld together sounds from all over the map into one lovably chaotic concoction.

We hope this series has helped you appreciate your last remaining days of summer. Prepare yourself for the final entry in our series next week, when we bring you a monstrous EDM playlist that’s guaranteed to blow you away. In the meantime kick back, relax and enjoy the tunes we’ve assembled together for you below.

– TMN Staff

midnight (mdnt)
Adonis (prod. By Nick Leng)
b a y o u
Speedboat
Shura
Touch
Jessie Ware
Tough Love
Owl Eyes
Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover)
Taylor McFerrin
Decisions (feat. Emily King)
Kruisemode
Closer feat. Mike Knight (WE SINK Remix)
Tom Misch
Memory
P∆ZM∆L
Jade
Mr. Carmack
The Next Afternoon (Mawhs Remix)
Howie Lee
Everywhere I Go
Young Magic
Fall In
Heart/Dancer
Waterfalls (Summer Heart Remix)
FYFE
Brooklyn, MI
Devonté Hynes
Palo Alto
Anna of the North
Sway
Bon Iver
Heavenly Father (Outburns REMIX)
Gallant
Manhattan (prod. Felix Snow)
Niva
Change Of Weather
Caribou
Sun (Teen Daze Remix)
jj
dean & me
FISHING
Nineteen / Boy Wunder (feat. Alister Wright)
X3SR
a e r o d y n a m i c
Braeden Bailey
Breathe Easy
ESTA x Michael Salisbury
001
Sango
Me dê Amor
sam gellaitry
reflectionz
Pharrell
Angel (Galimatias Remix)
Owl City
Fireflies (SMLE Remix)
Cyril Hahn
Slow ft. Rochelle Jordan
Betty Who
Lovin Start
Electric Youth
Innocence
Cash+David
Funn (Daktyl Remix)
Nao vs. A. K. Paul
So Good
Lemaitre
High Tide (Oliver Nelson & Tobtok Remix)
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Cover)
Snakehips
Days With You (ft Sinead Harnett)
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (Stint Remix)
Saint Pepsi
Fall Harder
Chromeo
Over Your Shoulder

Dont Wanna Dance (Basic Tape Remix)
Kwamie Liv
comin THRU
London Grammar
If You Wait (Shy FX Remix)
Israel Kamakawiwoole
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Shine (Kygo Remix)
RAC
Cheap Sunglasses (ft. Matthew Koma)
Two Door Cinema Club x WKND
SUN
Bondax
All I See
RL Grime x What So Not
Tell Me (GANZ Flip)
What So Not
High You Are (Branchez Remix)
Dawn Golden
All I Want (tdoyle remix)
Overdo$e.
Lovin You
Cashmere Cat
Rice Rain
Rvdical the Kid & MisterMack
Ethereal
$aturn
Love You
Lido
Money
10A
Listen To Me
Camden Arc
Is It Good To You
JUNGLE.
Busy Earnin
Ryan Hemsworth
Ryan Must Be Destroyed (Wave Racer Remix)
Coldplay
Magic (AlunaGeorge Remix)
Tei Shi
Nevermind The End (Saint Pepsi Remix)
tennyson
No Answer
Leon Osborn
It Takes Over You
J M R
One Time
My Panda Shall Fly
Yapeyú
TOKiMONSTA
The World is Ours
Busta Rhymes
Ill Vibe (Tom Misch Remix)
Willow Beats
Merewif
(J LOUIS x HAAN808)
Waves FEATURING Vanessa Elisha
Haan808
Journey To The Middle East/ft Vanessa Elisha {THANK THEM ALBUM/LINK IN DESCRIPTION}
Esta.
Lexo
araabMUZIK
Summer Time
Caribou
Our Love
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (The GRADES Icon mix)
Mapei, Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
Dont Wait (Remix)
Du Tonc
Island
Blood Orange
It Is What It Is
Wunder Wunder
Coastline (Goldroom Remix)
C A T H E D R A L S
Harlem
Naomi Pilgrim
House of Dreams (feat. Mike G)
Wayward
Belize
Summer Heart
U Got All Im Looking 4
BROODS
Mother & Father
Free n Losh
Lost Ft. Cat Lewis
Cash+David
Funn
Ben Khan
Savage
Sky Ferreira
Youre Not the One
Kyla La Grange
The Knife
Years and Years
Take Shelter
astronomyy
Nothin On My Mind (Bearson Remix)
Acoustic Cuts
Show Me Love (Samuel Remix)
Bob Marley
Jammin (Kungs Remix)
Big Gigantic
Love Letters (feat. Sabina Sciubba)
EKKAH
FIGURE IT OUT
Moxie Raia
Buffalo Bill
Electric Youth
Runaway
Paperwhite
Take Me Back
LANY
ILYSB
Magic Man
Out Of Mind
Zella Day
East of Eden
Fickle Friends
S W I M
La Roux
Uptight Downtown
Strangeheart
Twice the Man
Kid Astray
No Easy Way Out
BEGINNERS
Who Knows
Crystal Fighters
Love Alight
Zella Day
East Of Eden (Carousel Remix)
NONONO
Pumpin Blood (Omniment Remix)
Atlas Genius
Centred On You (St. Lucia Remix)
Moon Boots
Dont Ask Why (Feat. Kyiki)
Slow Magic
Girls
Call Me Señor
Eyes On The Prize
Olivver
Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People)
Vanic X machineheart
Circles
Ryn Weaver
Promises
Little Dragon
Paris
White Sea
Future Husbands Past Lives
Paperwhite
Magic
Hopium
Dreamers ft Phoebe Lou
Vaults
Lifespan
Zola Jesus
Dangerous Days (Official Audio)
Ben Khan
Youth
Kid Astray
Taking You With Me
YOUNG GALAXY
B.S.E
Lorde
Team (Mickey Valen Remix)
Little Daylight
My Life
Zella Day
Sweet Ophelia
Years & Years
Real
Cash+David
Pulse

Say Youll Be There
Little Dragon
Klapp Klapp
Claire
My Audacity
BESTiE
Foolish Hearts (Kalibo Remix)
Groundislava
Girl Behind The Glass Ft. Rare Times
ZHU
Cocaine Model.
Musiq Soulchild
Just Friends (Wantigga Flip)
FKJ
Open The Door
Banks
Warm Water (Lobo Remix)
Bondax
All I See (Darius Remix)
Indian Summer
Shiner (feat. Ginger and the Ghost)
Sky Ferreira
You´re Not The One (Cid Rim Remix)
Tinashe ft Schoolboy Q
2 On (TOKiMONSTA remix)
Disclosure
Latch (MisterMack Version)
AlunaGeorge
Superstar (Cosmos Midnight x Lido Remix)
Cashmere Cat
Kiss Kiss ($aturn Remix)
Miguel
Sure Thing (ELOQ Remix)
Sia
Chandelier (Night Cruise Remix)
Lxury
Playground
SoySauce
Sushi Park
LAKIM
Thinkin Bout (Doin U)
ESTA
ThatOneSummerTypeBeat
sam gellaitry
powder
Pomo
Start Again Ft. Andrea Cormier
Raury
Cigarette Song (Snakehips Remix)

Walk This Way Lido Remix
Pretty Lights
Lost and Found (ODESZA Remix)
Foster The People
Best Friend (Wave Racer Remix)
VesperTown
Colour Wheel
Katy Perry
Birthday (Le Youth Extended Remix)
Betty Who
Heartbreak Dream
Rudimental
Free ft. Emeli Sandé & Nas
Little Dragon
Klapp Klapp (Nosaj Thing remix featuring Future)
Sia
Chandelier (Four Tet Remix)
Taku
Knightime
Sampha
SLOW LIGHTS
Lapalux
Gold (ft. Jassy Grez)
Moby
Almost Home (Washed Out Remix)
C A T H E D R A L S
Want My Love
Gorgon City
Here For You (Slander Edit)
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
Duncan Gerow
Janet Jackson + IAMNOBODI = Someone to Call My Lover
Wantigga
Rock The Boat
Tinashe
Vulnerable (Sango Remix)
Rubee Rayne
Breathe (Prod. El Train)
RVDICAL THE KID
Rain Down On Me
ZHU
Faded (Lido remix)
Bondax
Fires Ft Josh Record
Reva DeVito
Friday Night (Prod. By KAYTRANADA)
Elizabeth Rose
Sensibility
Jason Burns & Sarah Winters
Lightweight
FLOSSTRADAMUS FEAT. ELKKA
REBOUND
Lorde
Tennis Court (Flume Remix)
SBTRKT
HIGHS & LOWS
Darius
Hot Hands
Darius
Vanyll
Harrison
Akira
Moon Boots
Whatever You Need
CHERUB
Disco Shit
Goldroom
Till Sunrise
The Weeknd
Often (Kygo Remix)
Kygo and Kyla La Grange
Cut Your Teeth (Radio Edit)
AlunaGeorge
Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)
Flight Facilities
Crave You (TEEMID & Daniela Andrade Cover)
Phonat
Never (Icarus Remix)
The Weeknd
Wanderlust (Snakehips Remix)
HONNE
Warm On A Cold Night
FUTURE
I WON (ELOQ RMX)
Louis Futon
Sir Rock
Sable
My Luv (Sable Edit)
Mariah Carey
Touch My Body (Angora Remix)
Kid Ink
Show Me (Mickey Valen Remix)
Atlas Genius
Centred On You (Viceroy Remix)
Carousel
Into The Night
Chordashian
Questions Feat. Frances Rose (JackLNDN Remix)
Kiesza
Hideaway (Mitch Murder Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Wave Racer
Streamers
Viceroy
The Life Feat. Penguin Prison
Chromeo
Jealous (I Aint With It)
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 119)

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Do you know what time it is? It’s time to stop everything you are doing so you can get into party mode. In fact, i’m currently sitting in the library fighting the urge to just throw everything on the ground and start dancing. Despite the possibility of getting escorted off campus, you don’t need to have that daunting thought in your head because it’s Friday and we know that you could really care less about being productive. In the perfect world, we all would be shotgunning beers, floating in pools, and doing everything in our power to NOT do anything work related on a Friday.

So, go be a rebel and cause a scene today because we’ve got a playlist full of riot-worthy anthems that will literally blow your mind. Literally. Make sure to not spew your brains all over the place…that might be a bit yucky to clean up.

Until next week, ninjas. Stay classy, stay sassy, and most importantly, make sure to #danceirresponsibly.

Spenda C
WE R UR FRENDZ
AlunaGeorge
Best Be Believing (TYR Remix)
House Of Pain
Jump Around (Jantsen & Dirt Monkey Re

808 Conglomerate × Jerrih Charlson
#FTN / Trap Sounds Exclusive

Ice Cube
Drop Girl ft. Redfoo & 2 Chainz (ƱZ Remix)
Nicki Minaj
Anaconda (Bassel Remix)
Snails x Antiserum
Wild (Buzz Trillington Bootleg)
Deorro & Dirty Audio
Hit It (BENTZ Festival Swang Bootleg)
Skrillex
Stranger (Thrizzo Hybrid Trap Remix)
Major Lazer
Jet Blue Jet (Phat Deuce & The Reef Remix)
Lemaitre
Wait (Elephante Remix)
Maejor Ali, Kid Ink, & Trey Songz
Me And My Team (Maison Cartel Remix)
Ice Cube
Drop Girl ft. Redfoo & 2 Chainz (ƱZ Remix)
Victor Niglio
Elvis (Original Mix)
Borgore
Be Ourselves (Instant Party! Remix)
Gorillaz
Feel Good Inc ( TrapZillas Remix )
BnW
GET IT
Airia
Throw Some
Zeds Dead X Hunter Siegel
LOUD (Dubsefs Remix)
InKBoyZ
Pirates
King Shit (NSTY Remix)
Tiesto ft. Kay
Work Hard, Play Hard (Fratellos Deep House Bootleg)
Breach
Jack (Audiobot Bootleg)
Anna Lunoe
All Out (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Cashmere Cat
Mirror Maru (Melvv Bootleg)
The Cardigans
Lovefool (Goshfather & Jinco vs. Dr. Fresch Edition)
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The Trap Dojo #68 [SUMMER WRAP UP EDITION]

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A very long overdue Trap Dojo, so we through together a playlist with our favorite tunes from the last couple weeks of Summer. Starting off with an anthem from aywy titled “Murder”, that brings some insane Mr. Carmack-esque vibes. Next up is a very slept on remix from The M Machine of Rubblebucket’s track “Sound Of Erasing”. Nebbra has been on a tear during 2104 and he comes through with yet another stunning remix, this time flipping Novo Amor’s track “From Gold“. Dillon Francis’ album is finally on its way, and this massive banger titled “I Cant Take It” is one of many gems. Rustie just uploaded a 16 minute sampler of his entire upcoming album “Green Language”. Next up is an “Untitled” heater from the one and only Mr. Carmack, odds are it will never hit the blogosphere. Ok unreleased banger time, UZ just dropped “Trap shit v22″ in one of his most recent mixes, don’t sleep. As well as this massive track from What So Not with no “ID” yet. Check out the rest of these gems featuring: Gent & Jawns, CRNKN, Falcons, Yellow Claw, Lido, Styles&Complete, Flux Pavilion, stwo, Gent & Jawns, Hoodboi, cromocast, Aazar, Penthouse Penthouse, LOUDPVCK, gLAdiator, JACK U, GOLDIELOCKS, Flosstradamus, and many more. 

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Murder
Rubblebucket
Sound of Erasing (The M Machine Remix)
Novo Amor
From Gold (Nebbra Remix)
Dillon Francis
I Cant Take It
Rustie
Green Language Album Sampler
Mr Carmack
Untitled (June 29th) (14)
UZ
Trap Shit 22
What So Not
ID (unreleased)
No Flex Zone (Styles&Complete Remix)
Tink ft. Jeremih
Dont Tell Nobody (Falcons Bootleg)
Gent & Jawns
Kings
Chiefs & CRNKN
Glow
Yellow Claw
DKNY (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Flux Pavilion
Freeway (Kill The Noise & Flux Pavilion Remix)
Crystal Fighters
Love Alight (GANZ Remix)FREE DL
Ryan Hemsworth
Cream Soda (with Tomggg)
GEOTHEORY
❤ Wishes ❤
Da Youngstas
Mad Props (LAKIM Remix)
Lido
I Love You (The Red Baron Remix)
MR. CARMACK
something about you baby ft. b
Die Antwoord
This Is Why Im Hot (AGLORY Remix)
DJ Sliink X TWRK X Green Lantern
Trifecta (If You Dont)
Kastle
Anythings Possible ft. Lotti (Sweater Beats Remix)
LIDO
MONEY (LUCA LUSH EDITION)
Royal
Royals Theme
Coucheron
Deep End ft. Eastside & Mayer Hawthorne (Hoodboi Remix)
Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Deadmau5
Strobe (Prince Fox 15k Private Stock Edit Pack)
cromacast
Feel x U
Penthouse Penthouse
let me see that
Aazar
Rundat (JEFF081)
LOUDPVCK X GLADIATOR
Tony (Feat. Nipsey Hussle)
Pegboard Nerds
BADBOI

Last Couple Weeks Tunes:

GoldLink
Ay Ay (Lindsay Lowend & Jonah Baseball Remix)
stwo
Aura
Keys N Krates
Are We Faded
Jack U
ID
GOLDIELOCKS
MOONBEAM
Drake
0 To 100 (Flosstradamus VIP)
Raury
Cigarette Song (Snakehips Remix)
KAYTRANDA
Leave Me Alone (feat. Shay Lia)
Jeremih ft. YG
Dont tell em (Alesia remix)
Thrupence
Dont You Mind
Elliphant feat. Skrillex
Only Getting Younger (Milo & Otis Remix)
Mr. Carmack
this morning was funny
SABLE
Mt Moon
Nömak & Lhomme aux 4 lettres
Horsequake
GoldLink
When I Die (Alex Young & Jonah Baseball Version)
sam gellaitry
reflectionz
StéLouse x Rusty Hook
Spacebar
SOPHIE
LEMONADE (OUT NOW ON NUMBERS)
SOPHIE
HARD (OUT NOW ON NUMBERS)
Vic Mensa
Wimme Nah (Prod. By Kaytranada)
Tensnake
Feel Of Love (Kaytranada Edition)
Lido x ZHU
Faded (Rusty Hook Flip)
POMO
Only You
Ryn Weaver
Stay Low
Ryn Weaver
Promises
Rome Fortune
Get The Guap (Chris McClenney & Fortune Remix)
TLC feat. Missy Elliot
Dirty Dirty (AObeats Flip)
Kimbra
Settle Down (P A T H Remix)
Louis Futon x A
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FLOSSTRADAMUS FEAT. ELKKA
REBOUND
Mr. Carmack
Insanity (14)
Polar Youth
Bae (Exyle Edit)
Zeds Dead x Memorecks
Love Me
Bubbly Bulba X DIVERSA
Lost
RL Grime & What So Not
Tell Me (Rudebrat Refix)
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 118)

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Is it just us or did this week fly by way too fast? Hopefully time starts to slow down with it being Friday and all because we want to take advantage of every waking moment from now until Monday (yuck). So before you start wrapping your head around the notion that Monday is only a few days away, just remember that you have an entire weekend to get weird with your friends with some sick ass beats to help you out.

So in preparation for making it out alive, we put together a chronological list of what you need to do to make this weekend worthwhile -

1: TURN

2: DOWN

3: FOR

4: WHAT

With that said, we’re off to the store to go get some beer; we’re not turning down for anything tonight.

Until next week, ninjas. #Danceirresponsibly and shake what yo mama gave you.

DJ Sliink X TWRK X Green Lantern
Trifecta (If You Dont)
Pegboard Nerds
BADBOI
Katy Perry
This Is How We Do (Brillz Remix)
Zeds Dead
Hadouken (ZEKE&ZOID BOOTY BASS REMIX)
MIMS
This is Why Im Hot (LUZCID BooTLeG)
2 Pac
Changes (Gazzo Remix)
Gent & Jawns
Kings
No Flex Zone (Styles&Complete Remix)
Savoy
Gin N Chronic
Ed Sheeran
Sing (Jauz Remix)
Oasis
Wonderwall (Sava&Razz Remix)
Snakehips
On & On (TCTS Remix)
G Rex X Dane Brennan
Bounce (Original Mix)*
Nero
Satisfy (Kayzo Remix)
Muzi
Funa
FLOSSTRADAMUS
MOSH PIT (SHASHU REMIX)
Deorro & D!rty Aud!o
Hit It (Party Thieves BishWhet Bootleg)
GTA
Cake
DotEXE
Pandemonium
Gravity (EFF3CTS Festival Trap Remix)
Turn It Down (Koyote short Edit) Krunk! // Kaskade
Frankie Sanchez & TheCasaBrothers
One Girl (MxM Bootleg)
JayCeeOh & Made Monster
Go Harder 2.0 (Original Mix)
Triad Dragons
Destruction (Original Mix)
Kozah
Cads
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[TMN PREMIERE] Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone (Styles&Complete Remix)

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No Flex Zone (Styles&Complete Remix)

Sometimes being a ninja can be a little exhausting, however, we never let this creative fatigue get to our heads, ESPECIALLY when we have a track that will undoubtedly make you want to take advantage of Hump Day in the dirtiest way possible. We aren’t here to hit you in the feels, so save the tears for another day and go put your twerking shorts on because we are about to take hyphy to the next level with the latest Styles&Complete remix of Rae Sremmurd’s anthem, “No Flex Zone.” After hearing this festival banger we could not stop flexing – so FAIR WARNING – you will flex and there’s no way you can resist the temptation.

Styles&Complete took this radio hit and threw on some booty bass, some wanky chopped horn synths, and solidified it all with some heavy hitting drums strong enough to punch you in the face. These guys obviously looked this track straight in the eye and said “we are about to violate the shit out of you and people will lose their minds once we’re done,” because this remix just permeated our skin with straight heat. You might need to go stock up on some fire extinguishers or at least go take a shower after exposing your senses to such filth because Stlyes&Complete will make you feel grimey as hell. Overall, this remix certainly met our expectations and in turn we just signed up to take booty bouncing lessons in order to perfect this artistic form of self-expression.

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Ma-Less – Bad Bitch [TMN Premiere / Interview]

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Bad Bitch

Orlando producer, vocalist, and feline fanatic, Ma-Less gave us first look at her newest track, and we’ve never heard a ‘twerk’ track go in this direction. Being behind the self proclaimed “Church Of Twerk”, Shake ‘N’ Bass, she is a well educated on twerking. This track takes a similar approach to what an experience would be if you attended a Shake ‘N’ Bass event. Instead of us telling you about what that approach is, we took some time to sit down and ask her some questions, and she’ll explain it for you.

TMN: This track isn’t exactly what we’re used to hearing from “Twerk” tracks. It’s a great track, but it isn’t extremely abrasive. What was your approach to making it?

Ma-Less “I feel like some producers take this harder “trap-like” approach to twerk, not all of them, but I always see it as more energetic and fun and I tend to gravitate towards that vibe. I started out with the intention of making a bootleg to be honest, and it evolved into this energetic and fun track that I felt could stand alone. I out of impulse added my own vocals, and it fit so well that I just ran with it.”

TMN: Do you have any other fun tracks like this coming our way?

Ma-Less “Honestly, I have a bunch of super chill tracks I’ve been sitting on that I might release. It doesn’t quite sound like anything I’ve released before, but it’s something that came from the heart, so I hope my supporters are receptive to it.”

TMN: Not only are you a producer, but you did the vocals on this track as well. You’ve also worked with one of the biggest legends in mid tempo music, Munchi. How did that collaboration come about?

Ma-Less: “That is all in part to DJ Blass, he’s a phenomenal reggaeton producer from Puerto Rico, who’s produced for artists like Daddy Yankee. I met him at a Moombahton Massive in Miami, and we were just talking and he goes “I want you to do vocals.” As someone who’s been told to shut up while singing (yes, it was THAT bad) all while growing up I was taken aback, but I recorded myself saying random one offs like “DJ Blass” “El Artesano” etc and sent it to him and he in turn showed Munchi when he was hanging out with him in Miami. All of a sudden I was getting hit up to go to Miami at 3am via twitter to do vocals. I had to work the next day, but I begged to get cut early and then hauled ass to Miami. When it came time to do vocals I was so nervous and didn’t know what to say. We then got really fucked up and at that point I repeated whatever was said to me ahahaha I think we recorded over 200 samples of me saying the most vulgar shit some of which of course was used with Sucia Anthem. It’s pretty crazy to think how it all happened, but I’m super grateful that it did. It’s brought so many amazing events and people into my life it’s been amazing.”

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Sucia Anthem

TMN: You’re a key component of what may be the best event on the east coast. How did Shake ‘n’ Bass come along? 

Ma-Less “Well, me Big Makk and Dr Khan (also known as the Moombah Mafia) came together through the love of Moombahton. We were the only ones who fucked with the sound in Orlando. We had a night at a small dive bar in the Milk District called Spacebar. The owner Tommy Mott was a DJ himself, and gave us a chance. No one really showed up, but I think we got to develop our sound and really get to know one another. Around the same time we started DJing at this bottle service douchey nightclub. I hated it, but it was a way to expose Moombahton to a crowd who had NO IDEA what it was. The crowd got crazier and crazier each week, but then we were let go for not playing enough hip hop (which is ironic because we actually play quite a bit.) I considered it a blessing- I haven’t been there since- but what was shocking was that people were really pissed we were let go. Around the same time the owner of Backbooth approached us as well as this investor; it was like the stars aligned and Shake ‘n Bass was born. We’ve since gained notoriety around the world, and it’s anything beyond what I imagined it to be. What’s cool too, is the crew is like family now, and we have some amazing diehard supporters who show us immense love.”

TMN: We know a lot of crazy stuff has gone down at Shake ‘n’ Bass. What is the craziest thing you have experienced so far?

Ma-Less “I have several. hHaving girls twerk on a cake while 12th Planet & Doco stopped by is definitely one. Looking up during one of my sets to see a girl completely removed her shorts, and was twerking with a g-string on. Having guests like DJ Blass, Craze, Swizzymack, DJ Funk, and many others who I look up to come through to play. The many infamous lap dances I’ve received- I mean I could go on, it’s a pretty wild ass night. People really let their guard down and embrace their inner ratchet, and I love every minute of it.”

TMN: We see you’re very into felines. It really seems common nowadays that a good majority of producers love cats. Why do you think producers and DJs love cats so much, besides the fact that they may be the cutest, cuddly creatures in the world?

Ma-Less “The cuteness and cuddliness aside, because that’s a given, I personally love their independence and their loyalty to their owners. They’re not just gonna love everyone that walks through your door, so when they are affectionate it really means something. Also as a DJ/producer, with traveling a lot, they’re the best cute and cuddly pet to have. You give them plenty of water, plenty of food, a box to shit in, and they’re really self sufficient.  You don’t have to worry about taking them out to piss and stuff; it’s perfect. Plus they just chill on your lap while you make tunes; you can’t beat that!”

TMN: It’s becoming a trend to combine genres lately. People will take trap and dubstep, and call it hybrid trap. What do you think will be the next big genre? 

Ma-Less “I have no fucking clue to be honest. With the internet and technology, and the easy access to DAWs, I feel like anything goes. Everything comes and goes so quickly now, that it’s stupid to try and keep up and slap a label on everything that pops up. I love it honestly. I feel no musician should be restricted to one sound or genre. It kills me when fans get upset when an artist steps out of their comfort zone, I think it shows how brilliant they are, and as a fan it makes me respect them that much more. As an artist I say as long as you make and play what you love, one can only hope that the crowd will fuck with it. That’s what I try to do at least, and my supporters seem to really vibe with it, so that makes me happy.”

TMN: A while ago, we remember seeing someone say there should be a Shake ‘n’ Bass tour. We think it would be pretty cool to have it as a traveling event. Maybe a different producer in each town. Do you think this will ever be a possibility? What cities would you hit?

Ma-Less “God I hope so. It’s just hard to plan, because not many promoters are willing to fly and accommodate 3 artists. I’m sure at some point we can take SNB on the road. I know people everywhere that want to come to Orlando just to experience it, so if we can bring it to them it’d be amazing. Hopeful that it’ll happen. I mean everywhere ahaha I’d like to hit up the West Coast L.A., Vegas, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, definitely the birthplace of Moombahton D.C., Philly, NYC, Boston, shit Europe, Central & South America, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand. I can honestly say we have homies in each of these places that said we should come through to play. Even if I go solo, I want to see it all.”

TMN: Ghost producing has been a fairly common topic lately. What are your thoughts on ghost producing? Do you think the ghost producers are wrong for doing it?

Ma-Less “I know people that ghost produce and they love it, because they have no interest in DJing, or putting on a show, or the politics and bullshit that comes with all of it. They want to sit in a studio all day, make amazing tunes and get paid, and I respect that. I honestly wouldn’t mind ghost producing for others, but I wouldn’t want someone to do it for me. If I ever did, I would definitely give credit where credit is due. I give props to people like Benny Benassi who give their ghosts credit. It’s not like it hurt his career or anything, and I feel people hold him in a higher regard because of it- at least I do. Basically ghost producing is not a new concept and it’s not going away anytime soon, so why not be open about it?”

TMN: Another popular subject these days is “Like For Download”. Facebook is banning incentive based likes, and some say it is pointless with Facebook’s reach algorithm. What are your thoughts on the matter?

Ma-Less “I do (did?) FB likes for DL, because sadly promoters look at that as a big deciding factor to book an artist. To be honest, I’m so fucking sick of Facebook. The sooner someone comes up with an amazing alternative for artists to share their music with everyone, (and not just other artists. Which I feel kinda more so describes soundcloud,) the better off we’ll all be. Honestly it blows and really puts independent artists at a severe disadvantage.”

TMN: A lot of people tend to ask artists who they would collaborate if given the opportunity. We’re honestly more curious about who you would eat with, and what you’d eat. If you had a chance to grab a bite anywhere with any artist alive or dead, who would it be, and what would you eat?

Ma-Less “Ahaha damn… Who would I eat with, and what would I eat? I would wanna eat crab legs with Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. I don’t know why, but it sounds fucking amazing”

TMN: What would you talk about? 

Ma-Less “Music of course. I would want to know their aspirations, how they see the differences between music then and now, and I would want to know how they feel reflecting on the impact they had on… well everything really. I listen to all kinds of music, but I have this deep love for classic rock.”

TMN: We have one final question for you. Let’s say you came in contact with a genetic engineer. He develops a way for you to communicate with cats. What would you speak with cats about? 

Ma-Less “If I could speak to my cats directly, I would tell them I love them and thanks for the cuddles; not so much the hair balls. Then I’d wanna know why the fuck they spazz out for no reason at 4am. I wanna know how they communicate with one another, without making a sound. Why they gotta break all the goddamn glasses. I’d ask them what I’d need to do, so I can be a cat in my next life, and why they always wanna watch me poop ahaha”

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Very few artists can ever truly be called visionaries, but Flosstradamus are just that. Over two years since they released their remix of Major Lazer‘s “Original Don,” the duo have established themselves as luminaries of the trap genre, playing a pivotal role in bringing the genre to the forefront of the electronic and hip-hop music scenes. Though they’ve had plenty of naysayers along the way, the group have helped prove that not only is trap music not just a fad, but it’s an integral part of the future of music. The two have paved the way for countless of our favorite artists here at TMN, inspiring a whole generation of artists along the way. Their latest single, “Rebound,” showcases the pair’s passion for creativity, while also demonstrating their versatility and ability to adapt to a constantly shifting musical landscape. All that really means is that Flosstradamus should continue being a power in the scene for years to come.

We caught up with Josh and Curt at this year’s Lollapalooza and found out what they had to say about the trap genre, their plans for the future, and their festival experiences among other things.

TMN: First of all, how does it feel to be playing Lollapalooza, especially two years after you were banned from performing in the city of Chicago? Has it been kind of like a homecoming for you?

Josh: Oh dude, it’s awesome man. This is our hometown, so hometown crowd, especially after being banned and getting kicked off of Mad Decent Block Party here and all that, so it means a lot for us. It’s Curt’s birthday today–there’s a lot of special things coming together. This is the fourth time we’ve played Lollapalooza, all of our family and friends are here, it’s just perfect man. It’s just perfect.

TMN: That’s awesome man. How does it compare to other festivals you’ve played at this year? Just as you mentioned, it’s Curt’s birthday, it’s a homecoming, so this one must be more meaningful to you.

Curt: This one was definitely more surreal than a lot of them, but we’ve been doing a lot of the Mad Decent Block Parties throughout the summer and those have been great. We’re always touring with all of our friends, like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Riff Raff, all those dudes.

TMN: So it’s really just like a huge party for you guys.

Curt: Yeah, it’s just good. It’s like a fun little road trip with our friends, so those have been really good, but I mean nothing can beat this. This is Lolla. It’s hard to even explain.

TMN: Exactly, you’ve got the city of Chicago, urban atmosphere…

Curt: Yeah, looking at the skyline from the stage was crazy.

Josh: Dude, that’s so dope with the skyline. That’s a great view.

TMN:  One thing we wanted to mention, it’s amazing to see just how much trap has expanded in the last few years, to the point that we now even have subgenres of trap. As true pioneers of the genre yourselves, what are your thoughts on how it’s evolved so far, and where do you see it heading into the future? What ways do you think you can push that expansion?

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