Oh, how fortunate it feels when a pair of your hands-down favorite artists/groups in the entire landscape of music conjoin to create a musical lovechild. Such was the case this morning when Toro Y Moi’s remix of Disclosure‘s recent single “You & Me”, featuring the lovely Miss Eliza Doolittle on the mic, came across our office desk. Coming off of critically acclaimed studio album Anything In Return, which was an admirable stab at a pure pop record from the Prince of Chillwave (I hate that tag), Mr. Bundick seems to have stayed in that vein with his latest strung-out take on “You & Me”. While it is definitely a far-cry from the garage-pop, funk infused original; toning down dance-hall friendly drums in favor of warping the track down to a breezy stride, there is still a veritable amount of danceability encased within. It seems this last year of constant live touring, mostly off of new material, has left a stamp on Toro’s production prowess and resulting sound, and it is also something that pleases the entire TMN family. Expect even more new material from both Disclosure and Toro Y Moi, as the Brothers Howard are getting ready for the release of their first full-length Settle, and Toro Y Moi’s hectic touring schedule has begun to level off as to focus more on pushing out original music from his L.A. studio. Listen to the laid-back take on “You & Me” above and be on the lookout later today when Disclosure unveils the studio version of single “F For You” on Zane Lowe’s BBC1 Radio show a little later on.
40 weeks of running the Trap here at The Music Ninja, and this weeks playlist is packed full of bangin tunes. Starting with Major Lazer‘s take on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ hit “Can’t Hold Us”, and to say the least, they nail it. Next is some Childish Gambino infused Trap step from DJ Reflex featuring squeaky synths and heavy Dub in each drop. Kid Kamilion finally released his highly anticipated track “Say Whut” along with “Sex Panther” and they both go hard. Crizzly dropped hands down the filthiest tune of the week, with this massive remix of A$AP Rocky‘s track “Fuckin Problem”, no comment. Thanks to the homies over at Run The Trap we got an amazing Re-Twerk from FREE DRINKZ of Lana Del Rey‘s anthem “Lana’s Theme”. In case you missed the 10 track album from Bro Safari and UFO!, make sure scope this track “Burn The Block”. BenZel‘s tune “Fallin’ Love” once again gets a sexy makeover, this time from King Henry. Make sure to check out the rest on your own and TuRn^.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS vs MAJOR LAZER cant hold us remix (ft swappi and 1st klase)
British electronic instrumentalists Augustus Ghost and Throwing Snow, just put the finishing touches on their collaborative debut full-length album, A Small Murmation, under stage moniker Snow Ghosts, which is getting polished up and mastered as we speak for a July 8 release on Houndstooth Records. Already being championed with invitations to support live for the likes of uber-tastemakers in Thom Yorke and Bonobo mostly on the back of 2011′s Lost at Sea EP, Snow Ghosts’ ominous music clearly effects those who have been privy to their unique blend of folk-pop, black-metal, and electronica. Their latest single “Secret Garden”, so far the second coming from A Small Murmation, balances Augustus ghost’s stark and rich vocals with cyclical melody and a chillwave inspired beat that seems to have developed a case of the “trip-hop’s”. You can pre-order Snow Ghosts’ forthcoming long-player here, and as always stream the track above.
Another fresh face to burst out of a rapidly burgeoning Australian independent scene, artist Mark Zito recognized as //Fractures, has already begun to bear the fruits of his labor, receiving loads of critical praise in the last few months without even playing a headlining spot on a concert bill (His first headline show is set for June 20th). Another multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, //Fractures takes a very “hands-on” approach, producing music from top to bottom in the same vain as SBTRKT and James Blake and in the span of only a few months has seemed to have evolved light years ahead of schedule – no doubt due to an insane array of musical capabilities. From the humble confines of a bedroom studio pet recording project, to now delivering some of the most progressive electronic music on his side of the World, //Fractures has already witnessed down-tempo debut single “Twisted” log over 80,000 plays on Soundcloud as well as earning a coveted ‘Top-5′ spot on the Hype Machine. This weekend, the official music video for “Twisted” was given to us, and we were thinking that it would be a nice Monday Morning treat for our Ninja collective to consume. Stream the emotionally heavy music video featuring actress Danielle Baynes below.
That time of the year is almost upon us and this edition of the Chill Dojo will get you excited for summer weather like nothing else. While we can’t wait for the season of long cruises, warm nights and good times, at least we will be fully prepared with all the right soundtracks for when that day finally arrives.
One song that is guaranteed to be on repeat all season long is a gorgeous drum n bass gem from Polish producer Silence Groove. ‘Dreams Do Come True’ is liquid dnb at its very best, with bright chords and a clean sound that is oozing with joy. Try not to smile, just try. If that last song left you floating on a cloud of happiness, then the latest from XTRAFUNK will ensure to maintain that elevation. The track title is no lie, this is music that will carry you away to where you want to be. It’s not only music that can achieve this sensation though, with some vocalists containing that very special power in their voice alone. LA songstress BANKS is one of those unique few, and when you combine such a gift with the production prowess of TEED, you have yourself a mind-blowing result. Catch the original post from last week here if you missed it. In other news, SF producer Giraffage has been on a roll lately with a string of amazing mellow tunes, which may have just given him the confidence to bring a new take on the classic dance hit from Stardust. It’s a bold edit, but one that has been mixed to perfection and hits all the right notes. And while we’re on the topic of successful remixes, this next trap take on a JT smash by NY dJ eSenTRIK is sure to make some serious waves. In a now heavily saturated genre, it’s polished sounds like this that will be the ones to stand out.
The fun doesn’t end there though, with plenty more fresh beats and tropical grooves from a heap of dojo favourites. Don’t be caught sleeping on this one! Peace out.
The day after a 3 day weekend feels way worse than a regular Monday. It’s like a double craptastic Monday. But, lets take a look at the brighter side. We’ve got a shorter week heading into the next weekend and we’ve got an indie dojo to get us through the rest of it.
This week hasn’t been very kind to me folks. From nagging injuries to a nasty lingering cold, I’ve spent most of my week resigned indoors as I try to recover. Despite all of those hurdles though, I’ve managed to push through to bring you all the tenth edition of the Hip-Hop Dojo. Last week was all about introducing you guys to new artists, and while we do have a few fresh names around here again, you should be familiar with a majority of the lot. I won’t be able to elaborate on every track today, but I would like to point out some of the standout material from this week’s collection. We just hope this playlist can serve as a nice break from the Arrested Development marathon we all know you’re currently having.
We start things of with New Jersey native MoRuf, a recent college graduate who decided to celebrate by crafting a song about it. Looking forward to the road ahead, Mo hopes to dodge some stormy weather as he seeks the clear path towards success. Next up to the plate is DevineCarama who hopes to enlighten his listeners through his lyrics and his flow. Da YoungFellaz hope to take us on a trip to “New Rich City” with their latest effort. This marks the second straight week that the duo has been featured in the Dojo, and we hope that streak continues going forward. Our fourth selection reminds us of a lesson Bay Area emcee A-1 taught us a few weeks back. On “Funeral Season” Statik and crew provide us with a few more details about the spike in violence that occurs during the hot summer months. BunB and Hit-Boy in particular come through with some surprisingly stellar verses.
A good chunk of this week’s compilation comes to us from Chicago. In fact, two of the best works lyrically are featured back to back: the first one being F.Stokes‘ “1954″ and the second being Psalm One‘s “Queen Until.” We also can’t ignore our newest piece from the SAVEMONEY clique. The ensemble provides us with bars for days as they absolutely tear through the seven minute remix of Giftz’s “Nino.” Another phenomenal number comes to us from Waldo who “Finally” makes his Hip-Hop Dojo premiere. The Michigan emcee certainly impresses on the mic as he spits over a lush, atmospheric instrumental from Sango. Our final offering from Chitown comes courtesy of Julian Malone, who preps us for the release of his upcoming Diff.Rnt mixtape with the first single, “Tokyo.”
Tate Tucker‘s “Fire” wins the title of smoothest track of the week, but Bas‘ “Lit” might be a close second. Featuring a sample of Miguel‘s “Do You” and an excellent guest verse from J. Cole, “Lit” definitely stands out as one of the top tracks to drop this week (seriously, I can’t emphasize enough how clutch that Cole feature is). Interpolating the chorus of the Fresh Princeclassic, Blu wants to remind us exactly what time it is (even if it might not feel that way in certain parts of the country) on “Summer Time.”
Now I don’t normally feature freestyles on here, but there’s something about Drake‘s “5 AM In Toronto” that brings the best out of every emcee that touches it. A few weeks ago we shared JoellOrtiz‘s rendition of “5 AM In Brooklyn,” and today we bring you Voli‘s “5 AM.” The Jersey representative definitely brings his A-game as he steps up to the mic on this one. When you first press play on Lecrae‘s “Round of Applause” it might sound like your average trap banger, but if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize the true message behind the song. The track is all about emerging from the stereotypes that many of these rappers fall victim to, and proving that it’s possible to be successful through hard work and education. That provides a perfect segue to our next selection, as Goodie Mob attempts to provide us with “Special Education” of their own. Featuring the vocal stylings of Janelle Monáe, the newest single from the legendary quartet is sure to make your headphones explode with its whirring, hard-hitting instrumental. The track also proves that Cee Lo can still rap his ass off, as he completely demolishes the beat with his tremendous wordplay.
Snow Tha Product is the only artist to be featured twice this week, and for good reason. If you don’t know about Snow yet, it’s still not too late to jump on her bandwagon. The Mexican-American emcee absolutely bodies tracks with her rapid-fire flow, proving she can hold her own on both “On. Now” featuring Trae Tha Truth and “Cali Luv,” a record produced by The Cataracs that includes a sample of Tupac‘s classic “California Love.” The next selection I’d like to highlight is from Travi$ Scott. Kanye’s latest protégé recently released his Owl Pharoahmixtape, and this particular track was too good to pass up. “Dance on the Moon” has a very KidCudi-esque vibe to it, mostly thanks to TheophilusLondon‘s vocals on the chorus. The final track on our playlist might be the most upbeat (and the most random) of them all. Featuring the unlikely pairing of 2 Chainz and Macklemore, Clinton Sparks brings us an energetic number all about chasing paper and having a generally good time.All in all, it’s a perfect way to wrap things up.
We hope you guys enjoyed our tenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all of your submissions/suggestions to email@example.com.
(As a bonus, I wanted to direction your attention to a fun little video I’ve included below. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will always have a special place in the hearts of all hip-hop fans, so I feel it’s my duty to alert you of any mini-reunions of the show’s cast.)