[Future] Banks – Someone New (Esta Remix)

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Banks
Someone New(esta Remix)

This summer, the Soulection super-team has continued to release progressive tunes on a daily basis. With its recent announcement as a program on the new Apple Radio, the Soulection brand has become nearly synonymous with a new type of music altogether. Demonstrating an exceptional style and flair, this crew of producers have toured, coproduced, and pushed each other to create innovative music for the last several years.

L.A. based crew member Esta – who has worked with the likes of JMSN, Kehlani, Towkio, Alina Baraz and many more – released his newest remix, “Someone New” late last week. The original, an acoustic track from Banks.’ album Goddess, is a soft-spoken ballad often overshadowed by the mainstream success of singles “Warm Water”, “Brain”, “Drowning”, and “Beggin for Thread”.

With the additional support of Jose Rios creating an up-tempo harmony on the bass guitar, Esta injects new life into his energetic new version. In “Someone New”, Esta once again does a masterful job of crafting synthesized loops, especially within the bridge of the song. This rhythmic tune succeeds in feeling unique while still amplifying the passionate elements of the original.

Esta is currently on tour; fans can catch him at stops in Washington DC with Goldlink and New York with Sango later this summer.

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[Hip-Hop] Toro y Moi – Pitch Black (feat. Rome Fortune)

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Toro y Moi
Pitch Black (Ft. Rome Fortune)

A few months back, we wrote a piece about Toro y Moi titled “5 Faces of Chaz” exploring the broad-ranging styles and experimentations he’s taken with his music thus far, which really just scratches the surface of his creative scope. Chaz Bundick, the enigma behind Toro, has dabbled in hip-hop in the past (Tyler, the Creator loves him and they’ve got a song together called “Hey You”) and, shortly after releasing a stellar indie-rock leaning album in What for?, he seems to be re-opening that facet of his style. Through his Soundcloud page, he’s released a couple unique trap and hip-hop inspired productions including “2Late,” a collab with former Das Racist member Kool A.D., as well as an epic instrumental titled “That Instead of This,” which we can only really describe as “trapwave.”

Yesterday, he released a collaboration with TMN-favorite, Atlanta emcee Rome Fortune, who couldn’t be a better partner-in-crime for a producer as adventurous as Chaz. In some ways similar to Toro y Moi, albeit much earlier in his career, Fortune has been consistently ahead of the curve proving audacious when it comes to stepping out of any genre constraints. His work with Four Tet, most recently on “Leaders,” is the perfect example of how Rome Fortune can be a chameleon of sorts shaping his delivery to match an unconventional instrumental.

Toro y Moi and Rome Fortune’s inventive styles fuse masterfully on “Pitch Black,” which starts off with an ominous bass-line and disorienting arpeggiated synths before falling into a smooth groove. In Toro’s keys and trickling percussion, you can hear bits of the production style on his 2013 album Anything in Return but with a marked cadence friendlier to an emcee. That being said, it’s not by any means a traditionally structured hip-hop strong with a constantly shifting backdrop. Rome raps accordingly, though, with flows that span slow and spread-out raps, melodic chorus-esque portions and traditional hard-hitting delivery sections. Similarly, the lyrics mirror the juxtaposition created by the instrumental as Rome calls himself the “coolest motherfunker in the planet” all the while talking about a soul-sucking relationship.

Collaborations like this one are important for music and have become increasingly feasible in the digital age. Songs like “Pitch Black” tear down genre walls and, in doing so, push culture forward by bringing together fans of both styles. In short, Rome’s right he really is “the coolest montherfunker on the planet.”

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/9 – 7/11

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

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Mt. Eden
Stronger
Lookas - 7/10
Lookas
Apollo
Jeremy Olander - 7/11
Jeremy Olander
Mustela (Original Mix)
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[Ticket Giveaway] Manila Killa – 7/12 – W Hotel San Diego

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Calling all ninjas and ninjettes from San Diego! Are you a fan of Manila Killa? Do you want to attend a fun pool party? Well here’s your chance to kill two birds with one stone. We’re giving away TWO TICKETS to Manila Killa: Summer Sessions at the beautiful W Hotel in downtown San Diego this Sunday afternoon. TMN is thrilled to announce this giveaway and maintain our continued friendship with the Moving Castle crew.

Manila Killa, who is 1/2 of Hotel Garuda and part of the popular Moving Castle Collective, continues to impress with his ever-changing sound and multi-genre style. Having such diversity in his arsenal, the DC artist guarantees a fun time with quality mixes and slick maneuvers. With local support from Sulvida, Primal and Nicky Valentino, SD is about to get real tropical on Sunday. We’ve prepared a playlist from the talented Manila Killa to get you started for this weekend. We hope to see your lovely faces there, so get your bikinis and board shorts ready as we vibe away to your favorite summer jams!

How to enter the contest

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on facebook here:

2) “Like” the Manila Killa on facebook:

3) Comment below this post with what Manila Killa track you want to hear poolside.

WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN AT 4PM PST ON FRIDAY 7/10.

 

Bearson
Pink Medicine (Manila Killa Remix)
Dawn Golden
All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)
Tegan and Sara
Walking With A Ghost (Manila Killa Remix)
The M Machine
Dont Speak (Manila Killa Remix)
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2h Du Matin (Ft. Mark Johns)
AObeats & Manila Killa & Jai Wolf (ft. Mark Johns)
Diamonds For Breakfast
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[Future Funk] GRiZ – Summer ’97 (feat. Muzzy Bearr)

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GRiZ
Summer '97 ft. Muzzy Bearr

When GRiZ blew our minds at Mezzanine a couple months back, he was at one point joined by All Good Records label mate Muzzy Bearr on the guitar adding an awesome solo to the already enormous set. Just a couple hours ago, GRiZ dropped an absolute gem of a freebie featuring Muzzy Bearr, who put out a stellar debut album a couple months back.

“Summer ’97,” as its name suggests, has been architected specifically for sunny cookouts, block parties and days at the beach. After introducing a backbone of a groovy piano chord progression, fitting vocal sample and signature All Good future funk percussion, the summer tune showcases Muzzy’s skills on the guitar as he solos over the sublime backdrop. Following that guitar solo, GRiZ steps in on the sax offering a jam of his own making for an awesome back and forth between the two talented artists.

Enjoy above and grab a free download–this one’s an absolute must for your summer playlist.

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[Future Hip-Hop] Galimatias & Goldlink – One Step Back (Gravez Remix)

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Galimatias & Joppe ft. GoldLink
One Step Back (Gravez Remix)

Future hip-hop is a relatively new genre, engineered with the intent to blend the best components of the music world. Meshing lyrical content and melodic flow of artists with the unparalleled smoothness and texture of future beats is the perfect way to satiate all of the auditory senses in one track.

A couple days ago, Atlanta artist and HW&W collective member Gravez released his version of last year’s popular Soulection track, “One Step Back.” In his latest creation, Gravez has taken the noisy original tune and sparingly injected it with synths, the softly inarticulate crooning of Denmark’s Galimatias, and segments of low-pitched dynamics common in the future genre.

The idiophones and hi-hats dotted through this track add to a uniquely smooth quality that is juxtaposed by the fast rhyming vocals of Goldlink. “One Step Back” is a symbol of how contrasting styles can be combined to create a special tune; it is the divergence of styles creating a peaceful banger.

Gravez is wrapping up a tour with shows in Boston and San Francisco in mid-July. Check out “One Step Back” above and download the track here.

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[Chill] Ta-Ku – Down For You Feat. Alina Baraz & Atu

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Ta-ku
Down For You feat. Alina Baraz

International fame and critical acclaim have attached themselves to everything Ta-Ku has released for an unprecedented amount of time. With a stacked resume containing the production of Songs to Break Up To in late 2013, the foundation of Create & Explore, releases under the moniker HWLS, and collaborative efforts with Street Dreams Magazine, Perth’s finest has been hard at work creating a multimedia empire off of his many talents.

His latest EP – appropriately titled Songs To Make Up To – exceeds all expectations in its depth and composition. The latest single from the 8-track EP is a re-composed version of the Atu produced track, “Long Time No See.” The redone version, dubbed “Down For You”, features the intoxicating vocals of Los Angeles singer Alina Baraz.

Baraz, who recently released her own album with Galimatias, harmonizes in the gentle introduction of “Down For You,” over a sparingly light sequence of piano keys, before beginning a dynamic ballad at the 1:15 mark of the song. The unique sounds of Atu are particularly noticeable, especially in the string progression and key resonance throughout.

Ta-Ku has joined together with Atu before, but the release of this sentimental gem by the trio has TMN hoping they plan on coproducing again in the near future. Listeners can purchase the entire album at the Future Classic shop here.

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