[Mixtape] Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – The Abstract & The Dragon


After much anticipation and an acclaimed single, veteran emcees Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip finally treat fans to their new collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & The Dragon. These two legends are no strangers to being part of a group–Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, and Busta from Leaders of the New School–before making a name for themselves as solo acts. Now, the two minds come together to deliver a 28 track tape that includes the new Kanye West and Lil Wayne featured single “Thank You,” as well as some old favorites like “Vivrant Thing”.

Christmas definitely comes early this year and this mix delivers classics, high-profiled collaborations, remixes, and new material, including features from Missy Elliot, Redman, Raekwon, Talib Kweli and more. Enjoy something different to fill your stocking (and playlists) for the holiday season as you wait for Tip’s LP Last Zulu and Busta’s Extinction Level Event 2 to drop in 2014. Peep the download link below, and make sure to check out a few of our favorites from the project as well.

DOWNLOAD: Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – The Abstract & The Dragon

Busta Rhymes & Q Tip
The Abstract & The Dragon
Busta Rhymes & Q Tip
Butch & Sundance
Busta Rhymes & Q Tip
We Taking Off
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[House] Great Good Fine OK – You’re the One For Me (option4 Remix)

Great Good Fine OK
You're The One For Me (option4 remix)

option4, an artist with whom we’ve had the pleasure to showcase a few times and even premiere, has been augmenting his rapidly expanding fan base on the heels of a deep, party appropriate stable of house remixes and originals. Today however, the astute producer has shed another layer of production psyche, and turned to a sunnier, provocative sound on this latest rework of indie-pop outfit Great Good Fine OKs anthemic single “You’re the One For Me”. We weren’t sure how this one would translate to the dance floor, especially from such a unique artist like option4, but alas, our concerns were ultimately fruitless and the mark was hit directly on its bulls-eye. The tempo is pitched up slightly on option4′s rework, glossed with a very U.K. influenced shuffle and a punchy kick. Like most of his tracks thus far, option4′s remix of “You’re the One For Me” is being gifted to us Ninjas as a free download on his Soundcloud, so do your cochlear cavities a favor and plug into this one at some point today.

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The Trap Dojo #61 [MP3 Playlist]


Quite the lineup today for our 61st Trap Dojo, featuring pretty much every sound design that’s floating around the blogosphere. Starting off with arguably the hottest producer in the game right now, Wave Racer, who seems to only release anthems. His remix of Flight Facilities track, “Stand Still” could be his best yet, what do you think? Next is the new Cashmere Cat, he does by Basenji but were going to just call him ‘Dogmere Dog’ for now. I featured 3 glorious tracks from him today: “Dawn”, “Tribute To The Cat”, and “Speak With A Dofflin”. KAYTRANADA Edition of Disclosure, that’s really all you should have to read before listening to this remix of “January”. Jacuzzi is up next, and you don’t want to over look these two amazing tracks, “Tundra” and “Luxury”. Enjoy the rest of the tunes featuring: LOUDPVCK, Flosstradamus, Torro Torro, Flechette, Tom Size, ODESZA, Lambo, TastyTreat, salute, Free N Losh, Gent & Jawns, Big Gigantic, heRobust, Supervision, Bro Safari, UFO!, ESTA, Ta-ku, Com Truise, and more.

Flight Facilities
Stand Still feat. Micky Green (Wave Racer Remix)
January (Kaytranada Edition)
Brillz and Minxx
Fuzzy Peach (LOUDPVCK Remix)
Dillon Francis
Without You (feat. T.E.E.D.) (Torro Torro Remix)
Tomsize & Flechette
The Twerking Dance
Pretty Lights
One Day Theyll Know (ODESZA Remix)
Big Gigantic
Touch the Sky
Gent & Jawns
Pretty Lights
Press Pause (Free n Losh Remix)
Pretty Lights
Lets Get Busy (heRobust Remix)
Pretty Lights
Always All Ways (SuperVision Remix)
Yung Lean
Kyoto Prod. Yung Gud
Brillz ft Teddy Tuxedo
Buckwild (Bro Safari & UFO! Remix)
Bubblegum ft CRNKN (Lambo Remix)
Speak With A Dofflin
Ta ku
Flight Facilities
Stand Still feat. Micky Green (Com Truise Remix)
YOU MAKE ME  (diplo & Ookay remix preview)
Rakost (VILLAGE Remix)
The Club (Shlohmo Remix)
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[Remix] Disclosure – January (Kaytranada Edition)

January (Kaytranada Edition)

Montreal-based producer Kaytranada has been one of this year’s most exciting newcomers with an excellent debut project, Kaytra Todo, and numerous impressive remixes. His style, full of 808s and R&B samples, certainly reflects the current direction of music production, but in a manner that is uniquely laid-back, yet danceable.

On his latest release, the Montreal-based artist reimagines Disclosure’s “January” continuing to expand the versatility of his repertoire. Disclosure’s infectious melodies and soulful vocals create the perfect canvas for Kaytranada, who’s version of “January” takes a groovy life of its own. This combination, in many ways, captures 2013′s music trends at their best falling on the intersection of EDM, hip-hop, R&B and trap. Enjoy above and look for this one on Disclosure’s official Settle remix album, out December 17th.

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Broke For Free – XXV [FRESH]

broke for free

Broke For Free has been a good friend of my growing up, long before the blogosphere was in play. And it’s always great to watch an artist grow, but even more fun to watch your friend blow up. His most recent release is titled “XXV”, and will be off his upcoming EP titled “Petal” due to drop in early 2014. This track delivers intricate drum work, accompanied by infectious bass guitar riffs, and some catchy synth work. His first single, “Juparo” was received well and this track should go over just as smoothly. Also make sure to check out his remix of Sufjan Stevens track, “Sister Winter”, which is also featured below. Both tracks are available for free download. Cheers.

Broke For Free
Sufjan Stevens
Sister Winter (Broke For Free Remix)
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Haunted Hauses – Hunters [TMN PREMIERE]

Haunted Hauses

It seems like this is the generation for people to strive for what they really want in life. Spending your free time working on your passion has become the rule these days, rather than the exception. That’s exactly what we’re showcasing today with Haunted Hauses. This Brooklyn based indie pop four piece began as a collective of friends including Leif Huckman (Ex Cops), Autry Fulbright (Trail of Dead) and Eric Rodgers (VHS or Beta). In between rehearsals and tours with their current bands, these fellas wrote and recorded songs in their spare time.

“Hunters” is the single from their upcoming debut EP. You can hear influences from all of the other projects these guys have been a part of, featuring a playful psych pop feel, with light fluttering synths. The large, tribal style drumming from Ian Longwell (producer and collaborator) creates a cinematic journey that effortlessly carries the powerful vocals.

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[Electronica] Blackedout – Champagne


After penning a very solid debut EP, mysterious melodic downtempo producer Blackedout has just graced us with his latest take on atmospheric electronicism, “Champagne”. If we’re equating the title of the track to its sound, perhaps “Lean” would be a better suited title. Blackedout’s appliance of those spaced out drums really give “Champagne” the room it needs to build, simultaneously inducing an unconscious, albeit slowed down hip sway and head nod from its listener before blossoming into a full blown, highly layered melody. Further giving Blackedout’s new tune a little more gangster lean is an appropriately decelerated and spliced vocal sample from The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” and shades of a Shlohmo or Ta-Ku influenced drum kick. Let “Champagne” and its mild, soft-hued vibes slink you down on your couch today after work, between classes, or wherever it is that you find some time to unwind and grab the free download above.

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