[Hip-Hop] AGO – Tuebor (Mixtape)

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After dropping the highly underrated NSDE/OUTSDE EP late last year (one that we failed to cover unfortunately), Waldo returns with the rest of his AGO crew hoping to rekindle the same magic he found with his previous release. Consisting of additional members Joose, Amos Rose, The SEVENth and Sango, AGO is a collective from Grand Rapids, Michigan hoping to establish themselves in a hip-hop scene where the concept of the crew has become more prominent than ever.

Tuebor is a step in the right direction for the group, as the talented emcees all get a chance to flaunt their skills and bring some knowledge to what the Michigan lifestyle is really about. Featuring a wealth of talented producers like Mr. Carmack, AbJo, Mozaic, and of course The SEVENth and Sango, where Tuebor really prospers is in the diversity of its sounds. From the introspective “What Dreams Are Made Of” to the soulful “Royal Oats” and the grimy trap stylings of “The Garden,” each song has a style of its own, helping to provide the individual members with their own identities, while still resulting in a cohesive overall product. Nothing gets old on Tuebor, and if you find you don’t like a particular track, chances are you’ll enjoy the next one. Rather than take our word for it though, you can find out for yourself, by streaming the full project here. As we always do, we’ve sprinkled in a few of our top selections from the mixtape below, and you can grab a copy for yourself if you’re so inclined.

DOWNLOAD: AGO – Tuebor

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Royal Oats ft. Waldo (prod. Sango)

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What Dreams Are Made Of (ft. Waldo, Joose, The SEVENth & Lena Chanel) (prod. AbJo)
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Down Packed (ft. The SEVENth, Amos Rose & Waldo) (prod. The SEVENth)
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AGO (feat. Waldo & Joose) (prod. Sango & Mr. Carmack)
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The Garden (ft. Joose & Waldo) (prod. Sango)
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[Hip-Hop] Chuck Inglish – Glam (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

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Glam (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

As he gears up for his first album as a solo artist, Chuck Inglish decides to drop off a little Midwest collaboration with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. This week has seen a lot of great hip-hop already, but this one could easily vault itself to the top of the list. “Glam” is a jazzy number with plenty of heart, that really puts Chuck’s production skills on full display. The Cool Kid manages to open the track with a smooth verse as well, while Chance slides right in perfectly, utilizing his melodious flow to deliver some incredibly soulful bars. It all comes together to make for a rather relaxing listen, while simultaneously amping us up for whatever else Chuck has in store on ConvertiblesCurrently set for an April 8th release, the LP is also set to include features from Sir Michael Rocks, Chromeo, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Vic Mensa, Action Bronson, and more.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 3/6

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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)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

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[House] Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U (Jonas Rathsman Remix)

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Track Premiere: Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
I Got U (Jonas Rathsman Remix)

Let’s face it. Duke Dumont’s uber-addictive single “I Got U” was bound to father a slew of remixes from the moment it began receiving its due diligence in live sets from the world’s most influential dance artists. So when we heard about an entire EP being put out behind the clubby house tune, we crossed our fingers hoping that a suitable slate of talented producers would be there to move “I Got U” under their vision. We were more than pleased with the way remix duties were handed out, especially when we discovered Swedish artist Jonas Rathsman was amongst those commissioned. We last featured Rathsman on a stunning original track “I Feel What I Feel” late last year, which was put out on tastemaking dance imprint French Express and in the time since, the Swedish producer has remained relatively quiet except for a few remixes. Suffice it to say, when we got a chance to glue our ears to his trademark brand of dreamy house and disko painted over the Duke’s dance-floor hit, we couldn’t help but be thrilled. Jonas executes his version masterfully, using much of the original stems as its core but infuses a healthy bit of atmospheric tinge throughout. If you’re feeling this one like we were, be sure to look out for the entire EP, featuring remixes by TMN favorites MK, Tensnake, Bondax, and High Contrast. Get shaking a little early today and stream Rathsman’s remix above.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Adam Beyer – Norad 3/8

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Say What (Adam Beyer Remix)

Who wants to catch Adam Beyer at Norad this Saturday? This recently IDMA Best Techno/Tech House nominated DJ was also nominated for the Beatport Community Choice Award for Label of the Year. While that should be reason enough to come check out this storied artist, you know have two more reasons – two free tickets.

Entering is beyond easy. Just enter your email in the form below, “like” the Adam Beyer and The Music Ninja Facebook pages, and we’ll contact you via e-mail. The winner will be picked tonight at 9PM Mountain time, so please be paying attention to your email after that.

There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 21 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
– You Must have a solid arsenal of dance moves in your toolbox to display on behalf of TMN

Good luck, ninjas!



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[Tropical/Chill/House] Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix)

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix)

We’re not sure what’s in the water Down Under, but a healthy dose of this writer’s favorite electronic music has continuously been drifting out of our favorite island. Thomas Jack, a producer with whom the TMN faithful should by now be readily aware of, has an absurd knack for remolding classic songs into house rhythms as warm as a Hawaiian breeze, and a tune we previously thought to be mostly untouchable from a remix perspective -Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s  beautiful take on “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”- benefits greatly from Jack’s deft electronic comprehension. As with much of his catalog, the groove leans on a pan-flute played melody as its heart, but a fusion of  jazzy instrumentals steeped with deep house undertones have set this one apart from past remixes. Thomas Jack’s take on “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” may be best heard beach side with one of those huge, fruit-bearing tropical drinks in one hand and well… whatever it is needs to be in the other. Grab a free download here.

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[R&B/Soul] Jarell Perry – White EP (Full Stream)

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Jarell Perry has quickly made a name for himself over the last few months as one of the most promising young acts in R&B. A fixture in our Sunday Night Soul series, Jarell possesses unparalleled vocal range and flexibility that allow him to constantly explore new sounds and push the boundaries of his music. With the White EP that versatility is on full display. After one listen I can already count influences from Kanye West, MiguelThe Weeknd & SBTRKT–a rather diverse group that tells you all you need to know about the variety of distinct material this project has to offer.

The White EP is an entrancing ride from start to finish, with Jarell’s slickly rich, yet delicate vocals acting as the chauffeur. It’s the production of DJ HSVN that really paves the road for the charismatic crooner to flourish on, with a wide assortment of instrumentals rooted in the likes of alternative R&B, neo-soul, hip-hop, electronic and trap music. Through this EP the LA native demonstrates a maturity and understanding of musical complexities that many of his contemporaries lack. While there’s certainly room for growth, this might be one of the better projects in the genre you’ll hear all year. Do yourself a favor and stream the entire EP above, and then head over to iTunes immediately after to grab a copy for yourself.

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