Rude – Winter EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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If there’s one thing you should know about the music industry, it’s that it never sleeps. Musicians are writing music around the clock, concertgoers are screaming at the top of their lungs till the wee hours of the morning, and music bloggers are up early on a Sunday morning to write up a premiere.

All of those aforementioned scenarios are culminating into today’s release, as we gleefully fill a larger-than-usual cup of coffee and throw on Winter EP from Birmingham-based Rude. We were already hip to this mysterious outfit after stumbling across their invigorating and enveloping lovelorn tale, “Heartbreaker,” and now we’re getting a more extended glimpse at their artistry to close out our weekend properly

The previously mentioned song has made another appearance in this EP, only this time it’s being accompanied by three other songs, highlighted by our personal favorite, “Sapphire.” A ghostly, luscious take on their craft, this tune boasts wavering synths that glow with a radiating aura. It’s got quite the anti-pop structure, encasing a section of vocals between a gorgeous build and outro. The final minute and a half is particularly stunning, as pronounced percussion and drawn-out legato guitar notes leave us in a state of blissful contentment.

You can pick up this four track EP today on iTunes. We recommend throwing it into your Sunday rotation, especially if you’re having a laid back day at home. And, don’t worry about wondering about upcoming music. Rude has a second EP coming up this spring.

’Heartbreaker’
’Sapphire’
’Icecold’
’Outro
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Justin Jay – Just in Time for Saturday Night [TMN RESIDENT PLAYLIST]

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Just in time for your Saturday night festivities, Resident Artist Justin Jay has dialed up a tasty selection of groovy tunes that are perfect for whatever lies ahead. As you start to lock down your plans for this evening, press play on this bad boy and set the proper tone.

Whether you’re going out on the town, or just chilling at home, tonight’s going to be one for the books. At least, as far as the music is concerned.

’Hnny – Most Really Pretty Girls Have Pretty Ugly Feet’
’Kornél Kovács – Down Since ’92 (Studio Barnhus, BARN 006)’
’Jack J ‘Something (On My Mind)’ – Boiler Room Debuts’
’Outboxx – Denim Dreams (12” – LT045, Side B2)’
’Seven Davis Jr. ‘One’ (Live Edit)’
’What About Our Weekend Adam?’
’Moloko – Sing It Back (Herbert’s Tasteful Dub) 1999’
’Sex In The Kitchen – Soul Clap R. kelly’
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metro area – machine vibes
’Kyle Hall – Measure 2 Measure’
(GYM007): B1. Max Graef – Nr 05 (Out soon!)’
’Harvey Sutherland – Oscillate – VYG02’
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[Indie] XYLO – America

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XYLØ’s “America” only popped up online this past Monday, but it has certainly made a huge splash, racking up over 140,000 plays in the past five days.

From first listen, it’s easy to see why the LA duo have been picking up such attention. Based in Westlake Village, Page & Chase Duddy combine spacious, lush production with sultry vocals to create a downbeat electro-pop delight. Written about a relationship separated by countries, this tune calls on associations of Lana Del Rey, and a smattering of Broods. Within a few minutes, it quickly strikes listeners as immediately memorable.

This is just the first offering from XYLØ, but we’re told that there is more on the way very soon. If ‘America’ is anything to go by, color us very excited indeed.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 137)

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It’s Friday and all we want is an excessive amount of beer, drunken nights out, and some free tunes to help keep our limbs moving. After missing last weeks FPP, we just want to apologize for making you wait an entire week for the next volume to come out. Hopefully this playlist suits all your party needs.

As always, #danceirresponsibly

Until next week, ninjas.

’All Knas Everything (Trinidad James // Steve Angello)’
’FLOSSTRADAMUS – Drop Top ft. Travis Porter (Party Favor & Meaux Green Remix)’
’GodWonder – The Night’
’SLANDER & NGHTMRE – POWER’
’All About That Bass (PAZ Remix)’
’Noer the Boy – Spaceship’
’The Pack – Vans (Bleep Bloop Remix)’
’Grandtheft – Keep It 100 (Statik Link Twerk Remix)’
’Pa7y X Overload – Evolution (Original Mix)’
’Julia Lauren – Reckless (Bobby Green Remix)’
’Mr. Collipark & Dirty Audio feat. DJ Kool – Shoulders’
’Lagunita’
’Phoebe Ryan – Mine (LYNOS remix)’
’The Chainsmokers – KANYE (Instant Party! OG VIP Mix)’
’TWRK – Spring Break (feat. The Rej3ctz & Dougie F)’
’Afrojack – Take Over Control (Sweekuh Remix)’
’Lupe Fiasco x Jill Scott – Daydreamin (ANGELZ ‘g house’ Edit)’
’Reech – Attitude’
’IMLAY – Gaze (Original Mix)’
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[House] Dirtytalks – Keep On Walkin’ ft. Give In

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Friday’s carry a bit of a dancefloor feel here around TMN what with our Friday Party Playlists (sorry for missing the last few!), and live shows galore on the brain for much of our staff. So needless to say, this writer’s choice day to feature some foot shuffling,  soulfully smooth house music happens to be this one. Dirtytalks is the collaborative house project of Boulder, CO’s Sloane Peterson and one of Los Angeles’ quickest rising daughters of dance  Bathhouse, and their latest tune “Keep On Walkin'” has been hypnotically wrapping its way around our heads all afternoon. Featuring vocal work from  another bubbling L.A. dance purveryor Give In, “Keep On Walkin'”, strikes a delicate balance between garagey percussion, and a deeper side of house while simultaneously keeping intact a refreshing pop sensibility to serve as the perfect tune heading into the weekend. Join us, and listen to Dirtytalks’ lush house soundscape above.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo: February 2015 (Artist Spotlight: Joey Green)

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If you’ve been a fan of the site for awhile now, you may recognize The Hip-Hop Dojo as a playlist series that used to run on a weekly basis. Designed to showcase the best rap music that might have been overlooked from the past week, the playlist served as a way for us to catch you up on the latest in the hip-hop world, while also highlighting the freshest talent out there. Though we tried our best to keep up, ultimately the task proved too tall for us, and the series eventually faded away due to a sheer lack of time. We’ve been planning a revival for quite awhile now, but we wanted to make sure we did it in a truly meaningful way.

Well, the wait is finally over! The Hip-Hop Dojo has returned, complete with a fresh new look and revised format. In order to remedy the time commitment issue we touched upon earlier, The Hip-Hop Dojo will now become a monthly series. Don’t worry though, because we won’t be skimping out on the music. In addition to the playlist, we’ve also decided to focus on one up-and-coming artist each month. This artist spotlight portion of the Hip-Hop Dojo will allow you to tap into the mind of some of the rising +stars of the hip-hop realm, and gain some insight into who they are behind the music. This artist will be able to tell their story in their own words, and allow you to gain intimate access to their lives.

Our first featured artist is D.C.’s very own Joey Green. Armed with a resigned confidence, Joey is one of many new names to add to a growing list of exciting talent emerging from the DMV area. Fresh off the release of his most recent single, “Swim,” Joey took a few minutes to sit down with us and discuss his music, his thoughts on the DMV, and his favorite video game character. We’re excited to share with you the first of many artist spotlights to come! Check out the interview below, and then hit the jump to stream the full playlist.

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: Joey Green

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’Joey Green – Swim (Prod. By Herrvahl)’
’Joey Green x K.eYe.D – Girls Love Clothes (Prod. trash.goon)’
’Ozzie. – The Ave (Feat. Joey Green) (Prod. Ozzie Clarke)’

TMN: When did you first start making music, and how did you decide that it was something you wanted to pursue full time?

Joey Green: I started in high school and decided that I wanted to take it seriously when I got to college.

TMN: Is there any significance behind the name Joey Green?

JG: No, not really. I didn’t really want a stage name and plus I like my name, so I went with it. I think it works for my music too because I pride myself on self-expression and genuineness. To me, it feels right because I know who I am and I’m happy with who I am.

TMN: Your last mixtape, Manifesto, was kind of our introduction to your laidback, lo-fi style. What was the recording process like for that project, and did you have any specific goals you set out to achieve with that mixtape?

JG: It was a very long process. I spent about a year and a half (on and off) working on it. A few months in, I had a lot of songs done for it but I wasn’t satisfied with any of them. I scrapped every single one and decided to start over, the only song from the bunch I kept was “Ric Flair.” Starting over was what the project needed, because I was able to go back to the drawing board and give it a better structure. I recorded all new songs over the summer, kept experimenting, and was introduced to lo-fi. The lo-fi sound was also new to me, but I fell in love with it–it’s so dope to me. My goal was to craft a cohesive project with a variety of tones and moods. I think I achieved that.

TMN: Who would you say your biggest influences are?

JG: My biggest influence is Kanye by far.

TMN: The DMV has seen a huge influx of talent lately from names like GoldLink, Chaz French, DP, D.R.A.M., etc. What are your thoughts on the growing hip-hop scene in your area?

JG: I think it’s great and it’s good to see to see my area coming up. There’s so much talent from here. DC is heavily overlooked as far as sound goes, but with the talent we have here, that will change in due time. With that being said, this area isn’t too keen on supporting one another either. If artists from here could put their egos to the side and stray away from trying to bring each other down, we could make so much noise.

TMN: You’ve had quite a few collaborations with K.eYe.D over the past few months, and we hear you have a joint EP coming up soon between you two. Can you tell us what to expect from that project?

JG: Yes! K.eYe.D and I are working on a joint EP. We don’t have a title for it yet, but you can expect nothing but good vibes honestly. eYe is like a big brother to me and we clicked from the jump. This project will reflect our personalities as well, but of course I don’t wanna give too much away.

TMN: What else can we expect from Joey Green in the coming months?

JG: More flows from me for sure! I can’t sit still for too long so I’m always plotting on what I wanna cook up next. I’m looking to do more visuals as well. I storyboarded and co directed my “Beyond” music video, shout out to the director DanSam too!

TMN: If you could be any video game character, who would it be and why?

JG: Aiden Pierce from Watch Dogs, no hesitation. He hacks into any and everything with his cell phone. One minute he’s detonating explosives, the next minute he’s causing a blackout with a single tap. That’s a bad mothafucka right there (laughs).

TMN: What’s one quality you think you share with a ninja?

JG: We move in silence, but make our presence felt at the right time.

We’d like to thank Joey for graciously agreeing to be our first Hip-Hop Dojo spotlight artist. And now without further ado, we’d like to present to you our February 2015 playlist!  

Check out the full Hip-Hop Dojo Playlist after the jump!

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SIROJ – Directions (Picard Brothers Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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The Picard Brothers writing and production credits are already staggering between their work with Mad Decent and Pelican Fly, and the newest remix they are unleashing covers the self-proclaimed “SLOP” (A moniker SIROJ uses to classify his tunes that is mostly defined as a unique bridge between house and hip-hop) by Amsterdam native SIROJ. The brothers’ take on “Directions” certainly sits more on the Pelican Fly side of their production style, as they mutate the house structure of the original into a wavy deviation filled to the brim with big drums, lavish chords, and a breezy style that’s definitive of the future bass state of mind. Constant evolution with these types of tunes is key, and the Picard Brothers have once again nailed it with another notable remix.

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