Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 61]

This week saw the release of two incredible projects from the likes of Jorja Smith and Kids See Ghosts. If you’re anything like us, then your ears have been glued to these albums all weekend long–which also means you likely may have overlooked some other incredible gems that just surfaced. No need to worry though, as we’ve got you covered with an incredible selection of soulful tracks below. As always, you can also find our playlists on SoundCloud and Spotify, so make sure to follow us to get regular weekly updates.

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Rad Hatter – Dangerous w/ still haze
Kadhja Bonet – Delphine
lulunah – Not The Same(prod. Strehlow)
michelle – natsumeku
Ayelle x Alex Lustig – Body
griff – Spaceship (ft. Lexi the Lexiconist)
Tierra Whack – Flea Market
Jessica Domingo – Outline
Khalid, H.E.R. – This Way
Sinead Harnett – Body (Acoustic)
Vancouver Sleep Clinic & Drew Love – Closure (Acoustic)
diveliner — 2 hearts
VILLETTE – Money (prod. Troy Samuela)
Saya – Vertigo (Interlude)
Jorja Smith – On Your Own
Full Crate – A Storm On A Summers Day Ft. Gaidaa
Mack Keane – Scorpio
Ash – Lover Friend
ChrisLee – Found Her
Nikon – Right Now
Deverano – Jean (feat. AV)
SuperShaiyen – Let Me Know
ForteBowie – loveliesrmx
THEY. – Pops
Allen Ritter – Temporary (No Love)
Zaia – Judas (Prod. Blumajic)
MOLI – Didn’t Mean to
rx Soul – I Was on a Trip (feat. The Kount)
ZENDR – Could Be
tiffi 🌺 – remedy (tiffi x city girl)
GREGarious – Sticks & Stones (feat. Akacia)
LimRinse – How It Goes
Masego – Lady Lady
Devin Tracy x Evil Needle – Give it Back
yù yī – PEACHES (ft. Ellen)
Kali Uchis – After The Storm (Pete Rock Remix) (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins)
Radiant Children – Life’s A Bitch
benny mayne – say my name
Ruchir – Love Me Ft. JThaMC
Andrew Luce – GET AWAY (feat. Indica & Sophie Meiers)
Roy Woods — Snow White
Jay Stones – Wand
Silk Cinema – NO MORE
Louis Futon – Kevin’s Heart Ft. Bellah, BXRBER & Armani White
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[Hip-Hop] Kids See Ghosts – Reborn

A well-worn trope of storytelling is that of the hero’s journey. It often follows a protagonist as they embark on an adventure, face a crisis or two, and return home in victory as a changed or transformed individual. For music fans of a certain generation, Scott Mescudi is the most apt artist fitting this description; displaying an admirable level of musical and personal vulnerability with his fans.

The past decade has shown a boundless range, beginning with 2008’s iconic Plain Pat produced A Kid Named Cudi mixtape. Along the way Kid Cudi has given us 6 solo albums, 1 collaborative project and a sound that has defied all genres – not to mention becoming the only artist with a signature, unmistakable harmonization that brings all listeners to attention:

For long time fans, the obvious standout track from Kids See Ghosts is “Reborn”–an homage to universally approved works from Man on the Moon 1, featuring much more influence from Cudi than Kanye. Heavy on the spacey, adventurous chords that drew us in as fans many years ago, the track seems a not-so-distant relative to the Ratatat-infused “Pursuit of Happiness.” It comes as little surprise that the production credits list Evan Mast (1/2 of Ratatat) and Plain Pat as the masterminds behind the nostalgic cut. Particularly in light of Cudi’s recent struggle with anxiety and depression, “Reborn” serves as a triumphant example of the light at the end of the tunnel for any one struggling with mental health issues. While the rest of Kids See Ghosts lacks some of the moonman-esque elements that make this song shine, the entire 7-track project pushes Cudi’s sound forward making it worth multiple plays.

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Madge – Alice [TMN PREMIERE]

“Alice” is one hell of a trip. Punchy, quirky, unique, and deliciously poppy, it’s my first experience with LA-based, D-I-Y producer Madge, and it’s one I couldn’t easily shake after only one listen through.

Opening with what sounds like a sample from an classic suspense movie, it’s impossible to peg where the track is going to end up. Even beyond that, you’ll still be guessing after the crunchy guitar riff and childlike voices kick in. In fact, you might expect someone to come in and lay down a hot hip hop verse. Instead though, you’re welcomed into softly-sung, ethereal vocals. It’s such a jarring juxtaposition, and one that works beautifully.

Those alternating sections, of both her and and the children’s playful chatter, are a purposeful representative of the destructive voices in Madge’s head. Seemingly normalized by the playful, funky bassline, and flute-like synths, it’s an intent-based structure that has layers beyond what you’ve come to expect from your run-of-the-mill pop.

“Alice” explores themes of trauma, pleasure, and shame as experienced in the form of a personal poltergeist. Almost all the lyrics have double entendre and the narrative is both literal and metaphorical. Alice is dangerous even though she’s dead – the nature of trauma itself.

Madge just recently broke into the scene, with “Alice” being her third release. Make sure to keep tabs on her and more intriguing releases in moving forward.

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[House] Birthdayy Partyy Go Bananas With Gwen Stefani & Bassnectar Remixes

Bass Head (Birthdayy Partyy Flip) 🎁FREE DOWNLOAD🎁

It’s not often you get to debut your musical act at EDC Las Vegas, but that’s just what Birthdayy Partyy did. Since their launch in January of this year they’ve been on an impressive rise, releasing an insane amount of tracks and getting booked at not only EDC already, but Spring Awakening as well.

After playing their set at the Corona Beach stage, the twin brothers went ahead and released a dance-driven remix of “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani. Safe to say, this one is bananas. As if that wasn’t enough, just two weeks later they dropped a hot flip of Bassnectar’s classic “Bass Head” which is no easy feat to remix. If you ask us, we’re going to have to say they succeeded in remodeling the record to their own likeness. Grab both free downloads today!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2018 Round #1)

Ain’t no such thing as June Gloom when you got a brand new Indie Dojo at your fingertips.
’Frills – She’s Got Love’
’Human Resources – West Coast’
’Cautious Clay – Smoke’
’Con Davison – Somebody Else’
’Nightshifts – Trouble’
’Teme – bj.sadsong’
’Ella Grace – Here We Are Again’
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[Pop] SHY Martin – Forget To Forget

SHY Martin
Forget To Forget

One of our favorite pop stars has graced the world with another smash single. SHY Martin is one of the more memorable figures in the current landscape of pop music and she continuously dazzle us with her work, including her latest “Forget To Forget.”

“Forget To Forget” comes after her Moombah-inspired “Bad In Common” that we’ve still been playing out to this day. Her latest is up for continuous rinsing as well as it is another example of SHY’s infectious sound. From top to bottom this record is masterful and while SHY leads the record with her stunning vocal, the instrumental keeps kicking strong with its own catchy allure. If you were looking for your next favorite artist, you found her.

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[House] Colin Callahan – Thinkin’ About You

Colin Callahan
Thinkin' About You (Radio Edit)

Another hot track has come out of Manhattan thanks to Colin Callahan. His latest Breeze Records release “Thinkin’ About You” is just the type of house record we’ve been searching for to spice up our Summer playlists.

“Thinkin’ About You” begins with the catchy hook that lives up to its purpose. From the very start you’re sucked right into the mix and Colin only builds on things from there. Once the real meat of the song begins with its lush synth work you’re further enamored. Colin cooked up a track that isn’t easy to forget as its melodies will embed themselves into your brain and play over and over again – and you won’t even be mad about it. Grab “Thinkin’ About You” today.

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