The season of music festivals is upon us. And whether you get to your musical destination via plane, train or automobile, there is nothing quite like a good ol’ Indie Dojo to serenade your travels to the most magical time of the year.
Humble (VenessaMichaels Remix)
One of our favorite producers has something special for you. Technically, us ninjas AND VenessaMichaels have something special for you in today’s premiere. Enter the dojo for a first listen to the LA producer’s flip of “Humble” originally by the one and only Kendrick Lamar.
Released today as a free download, this remix is just what you need to keep the party going after Coachella into the coming Summer months. Festivals everywhere are aching for tunes like this with a little mainstream skeleton wrapped up in some jaw-dropping underground skin. Fans all across the world can jam to this hybrid single, whose dynamic sound will grab hold of bodies and get them shaking. Of course, with Kendrick in the mix people will be reciting the lyrics without pause. Disregard the neighbors, turn up the volume and enjoy this one as it should be: loud and unfiltered.
The American Dream (Lux Pacific Remix)
Every once in a while a song comes along that captivates you instantly and you know it’s going to be a song you come back to time and time again. Lux Pacific did that for us, with his remix of “The American Dream” for The Federal Empire. The Californian’s flip is a masterpiece from start to finish.
Lux Pacific is a new name to the game, as witness by his Soundcloud only having two songs, including “The American Dream” remix. His smooth sound rests itself in between a handful of genres, making it a song that anybody can enjoy – and enjoy it they shall. Of course, Lux was working with great stems from the LA duo, but he was able to take things up a few levels with his work on the project. Lux has us very excited for the future with this one. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him and you should too.
If you thought the beginning of your week was going to be dull, think again. Enter WHIPPED CREAM, whose remix of “Gunshot” by Jackal is going to turn your Monday into a Friday. To make things even better, WHIPPED CREAM dropped this hot one as a free download, so you’d be doing yourself a massive disservice by sleeping on it.
What’s great about this remix is it might even be better than the original. Now that’s usually hard to do – and even harder to judge – but this one just has a bit more energy and attitude than it’s counterpart, which is saying a lot given its nature. WHIPPED CREAM came with her guns blazing, flipping “Gunshot” into exactly what people are looking for this Summer. It’s harder, with a second drop that is just absolutely savage. Enjoy it today and don’t forget to download it for free!
Manic Focus has continuously kept in his own lane with his own sound. The amazing thing about him is that his style translates across genre lines, which is undoubtedly evident from his past albums, as well as his newest in Minds Rising. Independently released, this major project is yet another example of why MF is one of the best in the game, with a certain confidence – not cockiness – that most producers lack.
Minds Rising runs the length of twelve singles, with a lengthy list of collaborators including Exmag, Psymbionic, Russ Liquid, ProbCause and many more. As with most of Manic’s tracks, we get whisked away on a chill adventure through several styles, including a few hip-hop records that are just about as dope as you can get. With other tracks like “Pushing” and “Rage Fits” Manic Focus hones in one some groovy basslines and guitar riffs that seduce the soul. Manic always manages to connect with people on a deep level with his music, which is one of the many reasons why he’s been able to do so well on his own.
Through and through this album is incredible. Going into this LP we didn’t expect we’d have to skip any songs and that held true. Some of our favorite musical works have come from Manic Focus and there may just be a few that get added to the list from Minds Rising. Check it out for yourself today and make sure to get a copy.
About It (Original Mix)
“About It” from M4SONIC & YDG is, put simply, fire. This trap treat was released just two days ago through Ultra Music. It’s been our weekend jam in the dojo when we’ve needed a little pick me up for the parties. It’s going to serve you well in getting you through this upcoming week and it’ll still be fresh enough for the next weekend when it comes.
M4SONIC & YDG work in tandem to give fans the anthem they want for festival season. It’s catchy, with hot melodies that will burn themselves into your mind, but it’s not one of those watered down songs that has producers reaching for something too far and trying too hard. It seemed everything flowed nicely – no pun intended – especially the rap verses that add that extra sweet touch to make “About It” even more memorable. Ultra Music has this one up on digital stores if you’re looking to add it to your library.
MA Music continues expanding their catalog with the Marathon EP from Prismatic. Fans of dubstep will enjoy this pure-bread project as it has all the bass you could ever want, plus more. Marathon consists of four tracks total, including collaboration with Dubscribe and DELTAnine.
Sometimes when a project is all one genre, things can feel a bit repetitive after a while, but you never reach that point in Marathon. Prismatic went all out with his musical assault, leaving nothing behind so that listeners could have an EP that wasn’t skippable at any time. Headbanging is encouraged, as each song just calls for you to throw yourself back and forth to the beat. All the songs fit together in the grand scheme of the EP, however each individually stand on their own as strong singles as well. We’re not even going to attempt to pick a favorite, but maybe you can. Stream the full EP below and head over to digital stores for a copy if you want it.