In the midst of all madness we see possessing the world around us, even the toughest Ninja needs an escape. The indie dojo is here to guide you on the journey to your happy place…even if only for the length of a 6 song playlist.
If the People Stare (demo)
Flower Honey Bee
Girls Love Beyonce Feat. James Fauntleroy
It hasn’t even been 24 hours since Drake revealed to us his obligatory Khaled track for the year, “No New Friends,” but he decided to surprise us with a brand new single describing why “Girls Love Beyonce.” Drake definitely has a thing for recycling choruses from the late 90′s. Just as he did with Juvenile‘s “Back That Azz Up” on 2011′s “Practice,” Drizzy interpolates the hook of Destiny Child‘s hit song, “Say My Name” for this one. Don’t think that diminishes the quality of the track, however. This newest effort from Drake features him in his typical R&B form: raw, steady, relaxed, and smooth. As usual, the dusky, atmospheric production is handled by none other than 40, while James Fauntleroy (of Cocaine 80s fame) takes care of background vocals and chorus duties. After hearing his third single, it seems like Drake has got one hell of an album in store for us with Nothing Was The Same, dropping later this year.
Jessie Ware and Disclosure
Please Don't Let Go (Baauer Remix)
“Wanna hear some brand new shit? I don’t think I’m supposed to play this.” But, boy, are we sure glad Bauuer did anyway. As he closed his Coachella set the other day, the now-famous New York producer dropped a pitched-up, ultra-overdrive remix of Jessie Ware and Disclosure‘s “Please Don’t Go”. There’s no word on the official release of this, but here’s hoping that it’s real soon. In the meantime, check out the live clip!
No New Friends (SFTB Remix) Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Just as promised, DJ Khaled and company have dropped their new single for the summer, “No New Friends.” Appropriately enough, the song features Khaled’s favorite trio of Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. Serving as the first release from Khaled’s upcoming album, Suffering From Success, the track is an absolute banger, just as you might expect. Say what you want, about Khaled, but he knows how to produce a hit (even if he really doesn’t produce them).
This was originally crafted as a “Started From The Bottom” remix, and if you listen closely, you can hear elements of the original in the background. However, Drake decided to hand it over to Khaled to use for an entirely different purpose.
We’ve got the Funk Flex bombed radio rip for now, but we’ll be sure to update you with the official version whenever it drops.
UPDATE: Officially relieved of all tags. Thank you
Based God Drizzy.
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.
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.
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.