Though they just recently made their Late Night TV debut on Letterman, New York electro pop duo MNDR is certainly no stranger to the pages of The Music Ninja; we raved about their infectious single “Feed Me Diamonds” when it first dropped over the summer. On its own, the original is as solid as they come; we might’ve even said that it probably needn’t any tweaks and couldn’t possibly get better. However, remix aficionado and TMN favorite RAC has swooped in and proven us wrong. Check out the flawless, funk-infused rework below:
In the midst of winter’s icy grasp, we can’t help but find ourselves daydreaming about tank tops, flip flops, warm beaches, and cold water. Yeah, we know. Summer is so far off, but when it’s the best time of year, it’s ok to think about it all year round.
Arkansas singer/songrwriter Joshua Vest from The Airplanes posted this track earlier this year, and we’re sorry to say we missed it. The lo-fi, indie surf rock feel is sure to warm you up in the cold months leading up to that coveted section of the year we regard as the best section of the year.
Sometimes it’s the songs that seem to have the least to say that really make the most difference. “Hey Now” by English three-piece, London Grammar, is just one of those songs. While the phrase “hey now,” is relatively simple, the context it’s used in can be varied greatly. That mixed bag of emotions is captured nearly effortlessly through the singer’s cadence and fluttering instrumental on this soulful melody. London Grammar’s sound can easily be described as a cross between The xx and Jessie Ware, however, it’s not fair to quite box them in like that, as they’ve already proven with this track alone that they can hold their own amongst the top musical groups out there.
One of of the most anticipated tracks off of Long.Live.A$AP features a who’s who of some of the hottest young rappers in the game right now. “1Train” consists of six straight minutes of fiery bars from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T., Action Bronson, Yelawolf and Joey Bada$$. The song wouldn’t be quite complete though without the immaculate production courtesy of Hit-Boy. For those still getting accustomed to some of the names on this list, the song serves as a proper introduction to the future of rap music. This outstanding single is just another hit from the Harlem emcee who’s been churning them out left and right in preparation for his debut album, set to drop on January 15th.
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You already know where The Music Ninja stands when it comes to Zedd. We’ve featured the Russian-German producer a number of times before, including the epic original version of this track “Clarity” featuring Foxes. But what happens when all the electronic flare is stripped away, what are you left with? Surprisingly, an absolutely charming piano ballad. Foxes’ vocals are especially impressively sweet, and become the main highlight of this EDM-turned-acoustic track. Check it out above! The original’s below for comparison.
Our friends at Fool’s Gold Records are celebrating their fifth birthday, and what better way to do it than with a ton of music? Their epic Loosies Compilation is a 22-track rap collection that is truly stacked with some of hip-hop’s rising stars, such as Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Freddie Gibbs, and Danny Brown. Producers like AraabMUZIK, Chuck Inglish, and Chase N Cashe show up to the party to lend a hand as well. Oh, and remember that epic, filthy A-Trak “Piss Test” Remix we posted the other day? Yep, it’s on there, too. Below are a few choice selections:
Quivering, though barely audible, is the sound of sadness, emptiness and a want that cannot be fulfilled. New singer-songwriter Henry Green quivers and conveys all of this heavy-handed emotion beautifully and with such simplicity on his recently released debut single, “Shipwreck”. Armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar, and a few ghostly echoes in the background, he is still able to move mountains. Your heart nearly collapses for Green when he calls out: