[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.

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’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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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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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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[Electronic] IAMNOBODI – Better Off

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Better Off

Of all the amazing artists under Soulection, IAMNOBODI is definitely one of our favorites. With chill vibes all around, he magically remixes Allen Stone‘s “Better Off This Time” and turns it into this neo-soul masterpiece.

Everyone knows how well Allen Stone can sing, but being able to incorporate smart beats and piano chords and flip it around 180 degrees is intriguing. The vocals are raised in pitch, almost resembling the voice of a female R&B singer. The bass drum line makes a killer beat and goes really well with the song, while the solos in between verses fill in the gaps and make this track incredibly entertaining.

We can’t tell you how excited we were to hear something new from IAMNOBODI. It’s almost like Christmas, feeding the satisfaction to our eardrums. Vibe with us and listen to this genius re-work. We can almost guarantee you will be amazed.

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[Dream Pop] Tape Waves – Ready Now

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Tape Waves
Ready Now

Every once in a while you discover a group you like so much that you keep finding out more about them while wearing a smile on your face. Here we have this husband-wife indie pop duo called Tape Waves from South Carolina who bring us a gem off of their debut album Let You Go, titled “Ready Now.”

Don’t let their quirkiness and lack of intimidation fool you–they masterfully handled this selection of dream pop tunes. The mellow instrumentals match perfectly with the female vocals, which are both muffled and sustained for the dreamy and psychedelic effect. Their music is makes you feel good and want to lay back and relax. They stay true to their musical roots by bringing in fun and peaceful vibes from their hometown and into their music, expressing their lifestyle through lyrical and melodic maneuvers.

Go get a copy of their album and judge for yourself. Tape Waves are definitely a group to watch and one for all the music enthusiasts out there.

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