[LIVE] Yasiin Bey – The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark

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While out at The Shrine in Chicago the other night, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) decided to premiere an unreleased joint called “The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark.” Originally intended for his third studio album, Tru3 Magic, the Kanye West-produced track unfortunately never made the final cut. Deciding to dig it out of the grave though, Mos decided it would only be appropriate to breathe new life into the track in Kanye’s hometown. Some of you may or may not remember, but the release of Tru3 Magic was rife with controversy, as Mos pushed it out with no real promotion or official album art. Many even reported that the album was unfinished, which may explain why gems like these were left off the record. Let’s just hope Mr. Bey continues with his giving mood and provides us with a proper version of this track sometime soon. A few more songs from the vault wouldn’t hurt either.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Black Boots Interview

Las Vegas based electronica based duo, Black Boots, has more to offer you than just two sets of shiny black boots. These guys got signed to Ultra in hopes of bringing their substance based EDM to the masses. Normally, this is the part of the post where we talk about how these two came together, but we have something even better for you. If you glance below, you’ll see an exclusive interview awaiting you. So, don’t take our word for how Black Boots was formed, instead read what they had to say about how they came together, who they admire in the scene, and what each of them brings to the table when coming up with new tracks!

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Flash Of Light (Radio Mix)

TMN: We want to know how this project came about. Tell us how you two met?

It was cosmic coincidence. Universal magnetism.

We were standing at the precipice of chaos in our lives and we randomly crossed paths and became roommates. From there we spent more time together and it was very apparent that there was a deep connection on both an artistic and philosophical level. After that, it was only a matter of time until the concept of Black Boots came to fruition.

TMN: on the single “Flash Of Light,” it seems like you guys really take your time whenever you release a new single. Walk us through the production cycle of every track. What do you think each of you bring to the table when it comes to producing a new sound?

Thank you for the kind words.

We focus all of our energy on writing songs with substance and purpose, and the writing process is a deeply intense experience in which we are taking the physical and emotional climate of our lives and purging that to record. The songs we write carry a very personal message and emotional attachment that we hope will resonate with people and create a genuine connection. We spend countless hours in our creative space revisiting ideas and fine-tuning the instrumentals and vocals because they need to be perfect in our eyes. We are perfectionists.

TMN: If you could only describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?

Provocative, Flammable, Orgasmic.

TMN: Who in the current EDM scene do you look up to, and who are you most eager to collaborate with?

We have a lot of respect for guys that are doing their own thing and aren’t necessarily subscribing to chasing formulas or trending sounds. Collaborations are such an exciting and essential process of making music. There really is a wealth of information out there and we are certainly eager to learn from other artists. At the moment we have our eye on working with artists like Tommy Trash, Calvin Harris, and Wolfgang Gartner, to name a few, but our doors and minds are always open.

TMN: If your music were a Vegas hotel, which one would it be?

Whichever one is most glamorous on the outside, but dark and seedy on the inside.

TMN: What can we expect for 2013? Will you guys be touring?

Black Boots will be invading the airwaves and marching through many cities in the next year. We have a lot of unreleased material, videos, artwork, and concepts that will be coming your way soon. Hope to see you all out there.

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Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us

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Jessie Ware is finally set to release her sublime 2012 debut album Devotion in the US on April 16th via Cherrytree Records. Building on the eleven track UK release, the US edition contains an additional four songs, including a reworked “Wildest Moments” feat. A$AP Rocky and new Julio Bashmore produced “Imagine it Was Us”; a sultry, house-inspired track that sees the London-based songstress stepping up the tempo.

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[NEWS] Daft Punk Announces Album Title + Release Date

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Good news for you loyal ninjas out there. The wait is finally over…well kind of. Daft Punk has come out and announced that their newest album–their first studio album in eight years–will be titled Random Access Memories. The album is slated for a May 21st release, and pre-orders are already available now on iTunes. While the tracklist hasn’t been revealed, we do know that the project will have 13 supremely awesome new Daft Punk songs. All we can do now is pre-order the album, and count down the days until May 21st (and hope for a single or two in the meantime). The year of the comeback continues!

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[Hip-Hop] 50 Cent – We Up (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

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We Up (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Although 50 Cent hasn’t been able to maintain much relevance musically over the past few years, he’s been able to mostly rely on other ventures to remain financially viable. With his fifth album, Street King Immortal, dropping later this year, 50 is determined to change that. While he’s tried his hand out with a few singles over the last few months (rather unsuccessfully), something tells me he’s finally found the right one in “We Up.” Originally, this track was released last month with an additional verse from Kidd Kidd alongside the one from Kendrick Lamar. In the end though, it seems as if Interscope Records had a difference in opinion on the necessity of one kid, while deciding to let the good kid stick around. Regardless of the changes, the song is incredibly smooth and a pretty impressive effort from 50. It definitely gives us something to be excited about with the new album going forward.

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[NEW] AWOLNATION – Sail (Remix) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Ab-Soul)

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Sail (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar & Ab-Soul

Kendrick Lamar and the Top Dawg crew really want to make sure this is an amazing week for you. After receiving the stellar remix for “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” on Monday, and ScHoolboy Q‘s awesome new track ”Yay Yay” early Friday, we’ve now been blessed with a remix to AWOLNATION‘s hit single “Sail” complete with guest verses from Kendrick and Black Hippy running mate, Ab-Soul. While the remix may lack the punch of the original, it has been edited by Sounwave to make it a little bit more hip-hop friendly. Kendrick and Ab-Soul undoubtably deliver on their verses, although it can be hard to tell what they’re saying at times, considering the song’s plastered with tags from the L.A. Leakers. It looks like we’ll have to wait for the official version to drop, but in the meantime let’s enjoy what we can of it.

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[R&B/Pop] Naughty Boy – La La La (Feat. Sam Smith)

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La La La (feat. Sam Smith)

“La La La” is probably one of the most universally recognized phrases in all of music. It can be used as a replacement for almost any term, express any mood, and it resonates with nearly everyone. Because of that it seems like it’s used in just about every song, and almost every artist has at least one song using it as a title. Despite its widespread use however, British producers Naughty Boy and Komi are seemingly able to breathe new life into the term. As a sucker for anything with a Bollywood vibe, Naughty’s keen sample caught my ear right away, but it was the soulful vocals of Sam Smith that kept my attention on this wonderful pop tune. “La La La” is just the second single from Naughty Boy’s upcoming Hotel Cabana project, with the first being “Wonder” featuring Emeli Sandé.

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