[Hip-Hop] Jay-Z – Open Letter Pt. II (Feat. Common)

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JAY Z
Open Letter Pt. II Feat. Common

Jay-Z made headlines last week when he unveiled his “Open Letter” to the world. While the song was meant to tackle all the scrutiny surrounding Hov, it ironically created even more controversy when a few lines about President Obama forced The White House to provide some answers about his trip to Cuba. Blessing the record for part two is another artist whose close association with the President has caused some problems in the past. While the issue in question happened nearly two years ago, Common wants to let us know he still hasn’t forgotten the insults spewed at him during that tumultuous period. Let’s see if anything sprouts up as a result of this iteration of the track.

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[NEW] Empire of the Sun – Alive

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Empire Of The Sun
Alive

After laying low for nearly five years, Australian electro-pop duo Empire of the Sun have resurfaced with a brand new single called “Alive”. The new cut picks up where 2008′s Walking On A Dream album left off, and is a slick and glittery anthem that’s sure to gain major momentum as we make our way through the warm spring and summer festival months. Don’t sleep on this one, ninjas!

“Alive” is off Empire of the Sun’s forthcoming sophomore LP, Ice On A Dune, due out in June.

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[Synthpop] Charli XCX – What I Like (Remix) (Feat. Danny Brown)

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Charli XCX
What I Like (Remix) ft. Danny Brown

In honor of the release of her new album, True Romance, today in the UK, Charli XCX decided to unleash the remix to her standout track, “What I Like” featuring Danny Brown. Charming and aggressive are two words that usually come to mind when describing Charli XCX’s music, and coincidentally enough, those words could also be applied to the eccentric Danny Brown as well. Danny’s proven over the past few weeks, that he’s not afraid to hop on just about anything, as he’s gone on a promotional tear in anticipation of his new album, Old. While “What I Like” was already an infectious pop tune, the inclusion of Danny Brown this time around really adds some new dimensions to the track, making it a must listen for fans of both artists. Make sure to grab a copy of True Romance when it hits our shores tomorrow.

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[Video] Calvin Harris – I Need Your Love ft. Ellie Goulding

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What’s better than two powerhouse acts? How about two powerhouse acts on one song and in one music video? That’s what we get today in the new visuals for Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding‘s awesome collaborative track, “I Need Your Love”. The two aren’t dating, but they sure know how to sell it with all the cuddling and kissing. Watch ‘em vacation and travel the world together.

The single is off Harris’ own 18 Months LP and available as a bonus cut on Goulding’s Halcyon.

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[Indie] Misterwives – Kings & Queens

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Get to know the name Misterwives. The New York City group offer up a truly refreshing blend of folk rock and electro-pop that sees them falling somewhere between Of Monsters and Men‘s epic charm and Passion Pit‘s dance floor infectiousness. The biggest selling point, however, might be frontwoman Mandy Lee’s wafting, well-textured vocals. Listen to their latest single “Kings & Queens”, as well as a bonus track below.

Misterwives
Kings & Queens

Bonus: “The Western”

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The Western
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #33

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Where the Chill Dojo once meant trying to discover a collection of worthy songs to compile into a playlist, the objective has quickly changed into trying to keep up with the stack of amazing music that is being released week on week. It’s impossible to find and show everything, but what we do have is the best of what your ears should be listening to for this edition.

Though featuring only a few days ago on the site, Bondax’s incredible remix of ‘Open’ is that good it deserves another mention, as the track of the week no less. All the elements blend together perfectly to create a smooth euphoric journey through sound that can only be described as pure vibes.  We’re staying soothing and soulful for the time being with the next song from NY trio Wet. Stellar vocals and production are on full display in this tune which will no doubt be stuck in your head all week. Our next two come from Canadian producer Teen Daze and his latest EP, The House on the Mountain. A mixture of blissful acoustic and electronic sounds combine for the kind of music to induce that floating feeling, and it’s a truly special moment to enjoy. Speaking of magical combinations, French producers Darius and Le Crayon teamed up on the funky masterpiece ‘Alicia’, filled with tropical flavour that longs to be played out at the Summer parties to come. And while we’re in that chill house mood, definitely don’t sleep on the latest from dojo favourite Lane 8. It’s been a big week for Crywolf with his recent Ghosts EP proving successful on the charts, and with the calibre of the two downtempo features we have on our playlist, it’s not hard to see why. To top off the list of must-listen releases, we’ve also included some more of those funky jams which have quickly become a staple of the dojo thanks to names like FloFilz and IAMNOBODI.

So there you have the update to tide you over for another week. If you only have so much time to discover new music, make sure to keep it chill. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #33 zip

Rhye
Open (Bondax Remix)
U Da Best / Wet
Teen Daze
Eagles Above
Teen Daze
Classical Guitar
Darius & Crayon
Alicia
Lane 8
So Much
Rachel Row
Follow The Step (KiNK mix)
Panda
FSTVL
Attack Yourself
Laser Flip (Bit Funk Remix)
Living with Lucy (Original Mix)
Showtime (Original Mix)
Crywolf
Ghosts
Crywolf
Swimming In The Flood
Varien
Lesprit Noir (The Spirit of Darkness) (feat. CoMa)
Janet Jackson
Someone To Call My Lover (Giraffage Remix)
WIFEY ( U ARE SO BEAUTIFUL )
IAMNOBODI
Good Wine.mp3
Eli Colburn
Once Upon a Time Untold.mp3
FloFilz
Rotblau (Nas
FloFilz
MVP (BigL
Stainless Steele
High Lander Grammar.mp3
Wires
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[Folk] The East Collective – Whomp!

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The East Collective
Whomp!

With a fair bit of industry hype – The East Collective are one of East London’s best kept secret. The 4 peice draw on the dynamics of a the beatbox, add in some tight vocals, catchy guitar licks and scattered piano to create a really unique sounding folk/funk feel. We featured these guys back in 2012 and now they’re back from the studio with their new track ‘Whomp!’. Yes – it’s catchy and yes.. i’ve been playing this way to many times. What do you think?

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Check out their video for the track too here

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