[Soul] Aloe Blacc – Love Is The Answer (Feat. Pharrell)

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Aloe Blacc
Love Is The Answer (Feat. Pharrell)

Another single, another hit produced by Pharrell. Singer/Songwriter Aloe Blacc‘s track “Love Is The Answer’, off his Wake Me Up EP, dropped earlier this week. Blacc channels Stevie Wonder on this light-hearted, uplifting ballad. Pharrell has definitely been killing it this summer with new tunes, but this time he fades into the background and lets Blacc’s voice shine through. Bringing in some horns and strong vocals revolving around love, this catchy tune is a taste of the past brought into modern times. Mixing some 70′s goodness with an organic jazz beat, this throwback sound is available now on iTunes

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[Album Review] Drake – Nothing Was the Same

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From Time (Feat. Jhené Aiko)
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Tuscan Leather
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Worst Behavior

More than just the Adele of the rap game, Drake‘s ability to convey both sensitive and egotism with an ear for solid bars with catchy hooks have made him one of the highest selling artists in the industry. In just 4 years, the actor turned unlikely rapper/singer has achieved more with just 3 albums than most artists accomplish in a lifetime in the industry: sold out shows, millions of records, Grammy’s, and chart-topping singles. Now that Kanye West has chosen to explore more of an indie sound with his latest release Yeezus, Drake has arguably become the game’s new unchallenged crossover star. With his latest release Nothing Was the Same, he returns to the style of spitting about former relationships and braggadocious rhymes, but a little less formulaic than before.

Minus the obvious hits, “Started From the Bottom,” “All Me,” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Nothing Was the Same features a more in-depth look into Drake’s life that further explores the upsides and downsides of fame on his personal relationships. On the opening “Tuscan Leather,” Aubrey takes a minute from crooning over hooks and choruses to deliver a straight rap that includes boasting and a mention of his short-lived fallout with fellow labelmate Nicki Minaj. “Too Much” featuring Sampha (of SBTRKT fame) delves into more personal and somber themes, as Drake spits about how the growth of his fame affects family ties.

Read the rest of the review and stream more from the album after the jump

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[Video] BANKS – This Is What It Feels Like

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This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)

When we first heard this single from BANKS, we mentioned just how truly eerie the track was. It’s only fitting then that its accompanying visuals are equally as mysterious. The video begins ominously, with dark clouds looming overhead as raindrops begin to gently fall against the windows of an empty house. Things only get darker from there, as the storm begins to pick up, the shadows soon take over, and objects start to move on their own. All the while, the seductive crooner dances alone inside and gazes out the window longingly, seemingly reflecting on the past and hoping for a new future. In the end however, things begin to look brighter, as the clouds finally part and we’re treated with a scenic view of a mountainous landscape.

Check out the mesmerizing visuals below, and make sure to grab yourself a copy of BANKS’s London EP if you haven’t already.

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[NEW] Phantogram – Celebrating Nothing

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Celebrating Nothing

Phantogram returned to our our radar earlier this month with the release of their single, “Black Out Days.” After one successful single in September though, the band isn’t quite ready to throw a party. We think they definitely deserve one after listening to their follow-up number, “Celebrating Nothing.” The band produces a dreamy, yet enamoring soundscape here that allows Sara Barthel’s yearning vocals room to breathe, while gripping lyrics like, “Give me a reason to stay alive/I’ve got the feeling we’re gonna die,” help power through the track. While there’s no word on a release date for Phantogram’s sophomore album, Voices, we are excited for their self-titled EP set to drop next week on September 30th.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Don Diablo – Edge Of The Earth + Interview

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Don Diablo
Edge Of The Earth (Titlesong "The New Wilderness")

Dutch producer Don Diablo has always been an intriguing and eclectic artist, and his latest project with the film, “The New Wilderness,” follows suit. It was this gorgeous vocal progressive house that intrigued us to dig a little deeper into his artistry. We had a chance to fire over a few quick questions recently. Check out what he had to say regarding Dutch astronauts, Sean Connery, and of course “The Bodygaurd,” by Whitney Houston.

TMN: Thanks for sitting down with us today. We appreciate you taking some time out of your schedule. Let’s kick things off by talking about Edge of the World, which is the title song off of the new wildlife film “The New Wilderness.” Talk to us about the inspiration that came for writing this song for this particular project.

DD: I met the director of the film almost a year ago on a radio show where we were both guests at the time. He invited me to come and visit the area they had been filming in for a few years whilst working on this amazing wildlife film. At the time, I just experienced a big loss in my personal life, so this seemed like a good escape from the harsh reality and all the flying around. I got really inspired by going around the area and talking to the crew. They asked me if I was interested in making some music for the film and I accepted this offer straight away. I worked on the score and I had already written part of a song that was inspired by the loss of my father at the time. I didn’t really know what to do with the song until I experienced the beauty of nature again and witnessed the circle of life and death first hand in the area that they were filming in. Everything suddenly seemed to make sense again and that’s basically how “Edge Of The Earth” was born.

TMN: You started making music at the young age of 14, correct? Talk to us about what your musical upbringing was like. Were you classically trained?

DD: I started off with piano lessons when I was a kid, but my father raised me with more avant-garde orientated music like Frank Zappa, The Residents and he even named me after his favorite artist Don van Vliet a.k.a. Captain Beefheart. These artists showed me that there are no rules when it comes to making music and that you should just follow your heart.

TMN: You’ve collaborated with some very well known artists. Are there any in there that stand out above the others? Who is number one on your list for artists that you would like to work with in the future?

DD: My favorite was probably Alex Clare. He is not only an amazing vocalist, but also a standup guy. We worked on music in my house and his religious background also spawned a few interesting and inspiring conversations. Working with Dragonette is also high on my favorites list as they are also amazing on many different levels. The same goes for Noonie Bao, the artist I worked with on my tracks “Starlight” and “M1Stinger.” Peter Gabriel, Aloe Blacc, and David Bowie are definitely in my top 10 of dream collaborations for the future. I am always looking for a unique voice.

TMN: Out of all the festivals, clubs, releases, collaborations, etc…do you have any moments that have made you step back and say, “Holy shit, I can’t believe that just happened!”

DD: Working on the soundtrack for this wildlife film was pretty special. At the premiere, I was sitting in between our only Dutch astronaut and members of the Royal Family. A gigantic live orchestra was playing the music and the event even made it into the 8 o’clock news. Kind of had a little “WOW” moment that evening!

TMN: Ok, let’s fire off a few random questions, just to give our readers some insight into you as a person. When I’m on tour, I can’t live without…

DD: My laptop, vitamin pills, mentos…and of course a banana in the morning to kickstart my motor.

TMN: My favorite post set meal is…

DD: My mom’s Indonesian cuisine

TMN: The best actor who played James Bond was…

DD: Sean Connery

TMN: The most embarrassing thing in my musical collection is…

DD: I honestly will never be ashamed of listening to any music. There is no such thing as “cool music”… What one person might find to be super cool could be super cheesy for someone else and the other way around. Having said that, the fact that I bought the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard” by Whitney Houston when I was a kid did get my friends and family worried at the time.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 9/26

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for 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. We recently spoke with the Rolling Stone #1 Club in North America just last weekend, and you know what they said about you? That they love you guys, and they love the energy the ninjas bring to the crowd.

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:

- Get in line up front door before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier

Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only stipulations are that this deal is that you have to be 21 and up, and in the door by 11pm.

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

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DNA (Brodinski Remix)
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Ben Khan – Eden

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Eden

We kept no secrets about our love of Ben Khan’s debut track, ‘Drive (Part 1)‘, and we’ll keep none about this one either: ‘Eden’ is another vital slice of future-soul. Displaying a deep mastery of songwriting as well as technical creativity, the elusive London-based artist again veers between influences to create a compelling sound that’s all his own.

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