[Soul] Ru Saxon – Baby

Ru Saxon

Right before the release of her EP in Noveber, Ru Saxon has released the second song off of it called “Baby”. This fun and flirty song has a mix of everything, a little pop with the high pitched melodies, a little bit of soul with Saxon’s silky voice and a little even experimental sound with the beats and thrown in sounds. When I listen to it, I feel like I should be at a small jazz club, bee-bop if you will. Make sure to listen to the lyrics, Saxon does an amazing job stringing an almost story like feel through her lyrics. Make sure to check out this Essex native’s song and keep an eye out for the release of her EP.

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[Indie] Marika Hackman – Cinnamon

Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman once again demonstrates that the hype surrounding her music is entirely justified. Building on the quiet triumph of her remarkable debut release, this new single signals an intriguing new direction for the London based songwriter. With guitars amped up and a full back in tow, “Cinnamon” arrives doused in an endlessly imaginative arrangement, with Marika’s vocals giving the song a flickering warmth, as if lit from within.

To say that we’re anxiously awaiting hearing the rest of Sugar Blind would be a ridiculous understatement. If you’re anything like us, we suggest pre-ordering the EP on iTunes to receive an instant download of “Cinnamon”

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The Wombats – Your Body is a Weapon (R3HAB remix) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

Your Body is a Weapon [R3HAB remix]

Earlier this month, Liverpool indie rock legends the Wombats released their smash new single “Your Body is a Weapon.” The playful, guitar centric indie dance tune is catchy as hell, with lyrics that are perfect for the dance floor. With that in mind, we’re more than excited to premiere an electro house remix of it by one of our favorite Producer/DJs – R3HAB.

In this take on this track, R3HAB dials it up with some electro house synths, a big buzzing bassline and carefully placed samples. Repeating the chorus line “Your body is a weapon, love. And it makes me wanna cry. My body is a temple of doom. Doomed not to be by your side,” the lyrics almost feel like they were meant to be in a house tune.

After listening to this club pleaser a few times over, we’re already counting down the days till the weekend.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #58

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Whether it’s dancing, head-bopping or just plain chilling out, we’ve got you covered in #58 with all that’s fresh for another week.

It was tough to decide just how to start, but this new jam from 5 man Melbourne band Jakubi is just too damn funky to pass up, so let’s start this playlist with dancing shoes at the ready. The artists themselves like to delve into a variety of styles with their music, and it’s easy to hear the rich blend of influences going on here. All the different elements are on point right from the get go, but it’s the last minute where the song really takes things to another level. Yeah ok, we’re really just suckers for a talkbox solo, but then again who isn’t? We also have a weakness for anything from Mr. Carmack,  and we’ve plucked out a track from a collection of beats he’s been putting together recently to kick off our own series of beats for this playlist. This man has a gift for creating vibes that’s for sure, and the melody and atmosphere on this instrumental are really something else. But it was when that horn solo kicked in that things turned from appreciation to love with this track, and it was destined to be on repeat for days. Another man who can weave a tune like it was fired from Cupid’s arrow is US producer Pascäal. ‘Drowning in You’ certainly caught our attention with its smooth stylings and incredible use of sampling. If you’re now as addicted to his sound as we are, go check out the rest of his latest EP Fragile, where there are plenty more gems like this. Australian artists have been all over the playlist in recent weeks, and Sydney’s Hayden James has taken on a single from Melbourne dream-pop band Snakadaktal to make sure the presses keep running hot. The original was already an indie summer hit in its own right, but Hayden has turned up the chill factor with this amazing electronic remix, using those gorgeous vocals to full effect. The beats are far from over though, as dojo favourites IAMNOBODI and Sweater Beats throw their hat in the ring for one truly jamming playlist.

This edition’s got a feeling you’ll want to bottle up and enjoy for days. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #58 zip

Feels Like Yesterday
Mr. Carmack
Day 7: Awes Jurassic
Drowning in you
Fall Underneath (Hayden James Remix)
Arguments , Hugs & Arguments Again
Sweater Beats
Feel Me
KOAN Sound & Asa
Where We Belong
Drivin Me Crazy
Adalita (feat. Chela)
Skyscraper Souls Feat. Freedom Fry
Too Much Ft. Sampha (Love Thy Brother Remix)
The look of love (FloFilz Remix)
Breezeblocks (Sebastian Carter Remix)
Mariah Carey
Shake It Off (Manila Killa Remix)
Chloe Martini
Stereotic & Ghostpoet
Lautomne (AA Meltdown Bootleg)
Erykah Badu
Times A Wastin (mannmademusic replayed Edit)
The Shins
New Slang (GAMPER & DADONI Edit)
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All the Way Turnt Up with A-Trak [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Cruising down Park Avenue, we’re all dancing in our car. The speakers are louder than they rightfully should be, but that doesn’t matter because we already have a heavy pre-game buzz going. We’re heading to the club tonight, and A-Trak’s “Trizzy Turnt Up” is blaring loud enough for cars two lanes over to hear. They should be happy we’re sharing this tune with them though. It can make pretty much anyone want to dance.

That was a regular excerpt from any party night for us a few years ago. We couldn’t get enough of Dirty South Dance 2, or really anything that A-Trak did. It’s not that we were fanboys by any means, the guy just knows how to make good music that emodies what an epic night on the town should be.

From the early days to Tuna Melt, we’ve been jamming this Canadian’s dance inducing tunes, which is why we were ecstatic to have a chance to speak with him for a moment at Fool’s Gold Day Off in Boulder, Colorado. Check out what he had to say about Michael Jackson, Jay Z and the dressing up as a box of Kraft Mac ‘n cheese.

TMN: Thanks for taking a few minutes to sit down with us. How’s your visit to Colorado so far?

A-TRAK: Good. Yeah, it’s nice to be here. This is a state where I’ve done shows over the years and always noticed there’s a really captive audience here. Even going all the way back to when I was doing purely turntableist shows ranging to more recent stuff like Red Rocks with Bassnectar. I always noticed that there’s a really cool audience that just like is passionate about the music. Even my last tour like two years ago I played the Ogden theater, and that was a really cool show.

When we were planning Fool’s Gold Day Off this year, expanding to many cities, we had this thought of coming to Boulder to try to really foster a relationship with the audience here and create a long term thing.

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The Trap Dojo #58 [MP3 Playlist]


First up for this weeks Dojo, we got the new anthem and naturally, it was a Mad Decent Release. London Future and Djemba Djemba team up with Ifa Sayo, and bring you some glorious vocals mixed with 3 distinct drops that will have you drooling on your keyboard. Next up is Branchez remix of What So Not’s track “High You Are”, and its a mesmerizing take on the already amazing original. More vibes from Kaytranada, with his newest release “Hilarity Duff” on HW&W Recordings. Mat Zo‘s album Damage Control is going to be one of the best albums all year, and this track “Like It Used To Be” is one of fourteen reasons why. Jesse Slaytor’s new Twerk Booty of GTA’s anthem “Booty Bounce” is some serious heat. Insightful coming through with some Shlohmo-esk bass music, featuring all sorts of amazing vocal work with these two tracks “Tree Level” and “I Suck At You”.  Upcoming producer duo Louis Futon just released there second EP titled “Hear Say”, make sure not to miss “Front Porch Swing” and “Whatchu Want”. Enjoy the rest of this tuneage featuring: Flume, Emoh Instead, Falcons, Star Slinger, ESTA., Trippy Turtle, NSS, Mr. Carmack, and DJ Snake.

London Future & Djemba Djemba
Look At Me Now feat. Ifa Sayo (JEFF063)
What So Not
High You Are (Branchez Remix)
Hilarity Duff
Mat Zo
Like It Used To Be
Booty Bounce (Jesse Slayter Bootyleg)CLICK BUY FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
Tree Level
Louis Futon
Front Porch Swing
Kid Kamillion x TWRK
2 The Floor
I Suck At You
Intro Feat. Stalley
Emoh Instead
Why Cant You (Say So…)(Original Mix)
Busta Rhymes
Julio (Falcons RMX)
Star Slinger
The Language (TWINSMATIC Edit)
Trippy Turtle
Furthest Thing
Flying Lotus
The Kill (feat. Niki Randa) (GTA5)
Louis Futon
Whatchu Want
4 ALL POSSE CUT (Salva, Nadastrom, Sinden)
Hey Love (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Mr Carmack
Day 7: Awes Jurassic


Dj Snake 808 After Party Minimix for Annie Mac on BBC Radio
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[Interview] Afternoon Conversations with Sebastian Mikael

Sebastian Mikael
Last Night feat. Wale (Produced by Lamb and Bigg D)

Swedish/Ethiopian singer-songwriter Sebastian Mikael has been on the come-up for awhile now. The Gothenburg native hit the States with a dream to make it big in the music industry. He is classically trained by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and one of the first Swedish bred R&B singers to make it onto the US charts. With his latest single, “Last Night” featuring Wale, he blends a flavor of the old (Al B. Sure sample) and new with some contemporary sounds. While on his promo tour across the country, the rising star was able to take a moment to speak with TMN about the success in his life, inspirations, who he would like to work with in the future, and more.

TMN: First off, I want to congratulate you on the success of your latest single “Last Night” featuring Wale. The song is very catchy and the AL. B. Sure sample keeps fans old and new hip. Do you draw a lot of inspiration from older generation artists?

SM: Definitely, a lot of music comes from inspiration of older acts. I like Marvin Gaye, Sade, and other old soul artists. I like to make music with a throwback feel. I just have a big love for old school.

TMN: Getting on a track with Wale for one of your first singles had to be pretty humbling. Could you explain a little bit more about how that collaboration came about?

SM: Made the first track in Miami. We first got the sample and thought it was ill so we ended up cutting it that day. Wale heard the song and about 7 hours later he provided the verse.

TMN: Who else do you want to work with or collaborate with in in the future?

SM: Oh yeah many other artists. Um, right now it would be great to collaborate with Drake. We have been listening to his new album (Nothing Was the Same) a lot lately. J. Cole is another one I would really like to work with. Alicia Keys would be great too.

TMN: I know you were born and raised in Sweden, could you tell me more about the music scene back home and any changes that you had to adjust to when coming to America?

SM: Back home there is a lot of pop music and dance. It’s not very common for R&B singers to make it big there. I was just fortunate enough to get that exposure from my parents. They would listen to a lot of different stuff like R&B, soul, reggae, and music from other greats. So growing up, I knew I wanted to create music very similar to that. It’s just that over in America, the market is so much bigger for that.

TMN: So is that what made you venture into the music scene and into R&B?

SM: Yeah. It was my first love for music. In high school, you know, I started to sing more, produce more, write more. Then after high school, I explored more and definitely wanted to move over here (America) to do more of the music I love. Continue reading

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