Amber Run – Thank You [TMN Premiere]

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Amber Run
Thank You

Please stop what you are going and take a few minutes to listen andI mean really listen, to the song I am about to share. Plug your headphones in, go into a quiet place, turn off all other electronics, and whole-heartedly listen to this song.

I get the honor of premiering Amber Run’s final song ‘Thank You’ off their upcoming EP ‘Pilot’ due out September 21st. This beautiful final song captures the true identity of this incredible London group. The lyrics tell a familiar story, finding oneself, and being able to because of someone in our lives. This beautiful thanking song mixes the classic instrumental melody with mesmerizing vocals that will make any listener feel a sense of tenderness in their heart. Amber Run is a group that is good today, better tomorrow, and will be even more magnificent in the future. Give this astounding song a proper listen and be thankful for every note that you hear.

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[Tropical House] The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Venice (Bearson Remix)

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The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Venice (Bearson Remix)

This past weekend, we partook in our first ever TMN Blog-a-thon; we searched long and hard to bring you some of the most underrated talent out there and ultimately went above and beyond our own expectations. Not only did we come out on top with over 120 posts in 3 days, but we stayed true to our dojo mantra and found some of the best music out in the world today. After exhausting our creative writing resources for days on end, we found an extra few ounces of juice left to share the latest from TMN Tropical House favorite, Bearson.

The Norwegian sensation blew us all away in his last remix of astronomyy’s, “Nothin’ On My Mind”; since then, Bearson has been working vigorously to bring us something that will leave us astounded like never before. Well ninjas, the wait is over because Bearson just took his music to a level no one can compete with in his latest remix of The Lighthouse and the Whaler’s throwback hit, “Venice”. If ever there was a time where listening to a song in full was absolutely necessary, it’s today. Full of cheerful melodies, flawless percussion, and a stunning vocal that takes us soaring above the clouds, Bearson has officially outdone himself yet again, and we can’t seem to figure out how this young producer is capable of producing such excellence. We already know you’re going to have this one on repeat all week, so do yourself a favor and hit play.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #101

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We’re fresh into the triple figures now, and it’s interesting to hear how the sounds we feature have developed since the very beginning. Case in point, Kasbo kicks off edition 101 with some future bass goodness, demonstrating the evolution of the kind of music that push this chill playlist into the expansive reaches of electronic music. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a more than appropriate title for this magnificent aural experience, with the cosmic effects seeming to manifest themselves into visions of color inside the listener’s mind. From reflections of light to sensations of pure serenity, Dutch producer Arman Cekin has conjured up some sun-kissed vibes truly befitting the name ‘Smooth Waves’. The feel-good acapella sampling coupled with the beach-side atmosphere combine for the perfect backdrop to your next majestic summer holiday. Repeat this song enough times and you’ll already be halfway on a plane to get there. With a new Flight Facilities track hitting the site this week, there was no doubting it would appear in the features for this week’s Dojo as well. The ethereal new original from the Australian act may just be the chillest we’ve heard from them so far, scoring points in our book for just about every single element they’ve included in this blissful 7-minute dreamscape.

Another vocal delight comes courtesy of this gorgeous cover of ‘Sky Full of Stars’ from Michael Schulte, given additional tropical treatment from Germany’s Shoby. The electronic pop style of the original is replicated to perfection, with flute and bright acoustics breathing a softer voice to the uplifting melody of this 2014 anthem. Much like many of his Norwegian countrymen, Matoma is one of the best in the business when it comes to similar kinds of tropical transformations, and the past few days have seen two new remixes from the talented workhorse. Saturated in his signature string-filled melodies, he’s worked another spell over these two to ensure your bank of summer tunes continues to grow despite the season coming to a close. Now we’ve posted our fair share of takes on the sexy Ciara hit, but when you hear a version as good as this, how could we possibly resist another? Trust a Frenchman to take things to the next level of smooth, and ALVY has done that and so much more with this sultry number. Silky chords and deep vocal sampling are the ingredients which have our ears infatuated with this one, ensuring that the memorable lyrics continue to be spun for a long time to come.

The sounds may change over time, but the chill vibes of the Dojo will always be undying. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #101 zip

’Kasbo – Kaleidoscope’
’Arman Cekin – Smooth Waves’
’Flight Facilities – Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Extended Version)’
’Coldplay – Sky Full Of Stars (Michael Schulte Cover) (Shoby Edit)’
’Imagine Dragons – It’s Time (Matoma Tropical Remix)’
’Truls – The Next (Matoma Remix)’
’Ciara – Love Sex Magic (Alvy Remix)’
’Knight One – Hollow (Les Loups Remix)’
’Icona Pop – Get Lost (Tobtok Remix)’
’Miami Horror – Wild Motion (RAC Mix)’
’Miami Horror – Wild Motion (Rogue Vogue Remix)’
’The Magician  – Sunlight (Darius Remix)’
’Futurecop! – Sun Is Mine feat. Mereki (Cesare Remix)’
’Embody – Bad News’
’Pretty Pink Feat. Ian Late – Hey Girl (Pretty Pink Mix)’
’Dinnerdate – Filou’
’Viceroy – The Life Ft. Penguin Prison (Two Can Remix)’
’Tapes – Find Y.O.U.’
’20syl – Seven Eleven Feat Ibrahim Maalouf’
’Moods – Flashback’
’Sebell – Promiseland (Stint Remix)’
’Lqd Hrmny – Time (Original Mix)’
’Hatch – New Direction’
’JACUZZI – CURTAIN CALL (P A T H REMIX)’
’Son House – John The Revelator (Charlie Beale Remix)’
’Jordan Bratton – Must Be (esta Remix)’
’Sia – Breathe Me (Metwally Edit)’
’Krono feat. Linying  – Run (ManiezzL Remix)’
’Disclosure – Latch (Chas Bronz & Ser Clave Remix)’
’Midnight Pool Party – If You Were Mine (Baby) (cln Remix)’
’IGLOOGHOST – Bristol Airport (feat. Riley Lake)’
’Howie Lee – Yrmt Feat.I Am Kaiju (NeguimBeats Remix)’
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[NEW] Childish Gambino – Sober

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Childish Gambino
Sober [rough]

Forgive us for somehow missing out on this gem earlier today, as we were engaging in our usual Sunday football rituals. Although that’s not the best excuse, we hope you’re just as pleasantly surprised as we were to discover new material from Childish Gambino. Titled “Sober,” the track is set to be included on Bino’s double-sided mixtape, STN MTN / KAUAI, which is yet to receive a release date. Pulled from the KAUAI side of the tape, “Sober” finds the talented artist demonstrating his vocal chops, creating a pop tune that sounds right at home with many of his recent records.

While on the surface the lush, mercurial soundscape gives the song the appearance of a rather upbeat tune, if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize it’s actually rather grim. With a hook that declares, “And now that it’s over, I’ll never be sober/I couldn’t believe, but now I’m so high,” it’s pretty clear that Bino had his heart broken recently and is turning to other substances to help ease the pain. The rest of the track finds him trying to reason with the girl and patch thing up in a last ditch effort, but his efforts seem to be in vain. It makes for an interesting dynamic, as your natural instincts to smile happily and nod your head along with the delightful melody contrast heavily with the song’s contents.

Given the title of the track on SoundCloud, it seems like this is still a rough version, but nonetheless, we’re interested to see what other sounds Childish has been experimenting with lately and can barely contain our excitement for the upcoming mixtape.

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[Hip-Hop Instrumental] Moods – Flashback

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Moods
Flashback

We hadn’t really heard from Moods‘ after his one-hit wonder “Love Is Real” was featured on Majestic Casual a while back. His record label Darker Than Wax just released a compilation called 10K to showcase their talented roster and what they’re really about.

This is a special track off the album titled “Flashback.” The hip-hop producer definitely holds it down for all the Dutch hip-hop beatmakers with this one. There’s this killer bassline that drives the whole instrumental, and Moods throws in hip-hop voice samples to make things even more interesting. The synths come in to fill the spot, resembling something from Evil Needle. This beat is so incredibly dope that you just want to bust a freestyle right on the spot.

Make sure to check out the whole compilation on their SoundCloud here.

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[Chill] Bob Marley – Waiting In Vain (RÆVE Feat. JahSon Cover)

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Bob Marley
Waiting In Vain (RÆVE Ft. JahSon Cover)

Every blogger worth his salt has heard at least four hundred Bob Marley covers or remixes in their day. As you can see, it’s very easy for the quality ones to get lost in the mix. And even if they are good, they usually aren’t too creative. However, RÆVE & JahSon are here to flip the script with their own interpretation of “Waiting In Vain”. JahSon lays down an incredible cover of the Marley classic, while RÆVE does the rest with his own blend of tropical sounds and house beatwork. As the winter months draw close, expect the Ninja team to keep this one in heavy rotation.

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[Hip-Hop] PKeys – Not To Play With (Prod. KAYTRANADA)

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P.Keys
Not To Play With (Prod. KAYTRANADA)

Let’s all just be honest here: everything Kaytranada touches is fire. He’s never produced a single bad beat, and rappers are always eager to go in on his latest and greatest. Take PKeys for example. He’s been building up quite the resume on Soundcloud, going in on producers ranging from CRNKN to Kanye West. He’s still got some ways to go in the rap game, however the fact that this fell into our lap should be a big milestone for him. “Not To Play With” is crisp, precise, and in-your-face, which is probably how Kaytray envisioned the results when he dropped this on his Whatever mixtape this past May. Be on the look out for big things coming from PKeys.

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