Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

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Destiny's Child
Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

It’s a real thing of beauty when someone can put a new spin on a track, and for some reason, it sounds like it just belongs. It’s almost as if you’re listening to the original, which is when you realize you’re jamming out to sheer gold.

Denmark based producers Borneland have served up a perfect example of the above statement, recrafting a funky remix of this Destiny’s Child track. While we could write up our own descriptions of what we think of the tune’s inspirations, this duo has sent out a statement with their tune that does it best. Check it out below:

Neither of us have tattoos nor hair on the chest, though we have been told that these are essentials to survive in our business. Luckily we have great friends with both tattoos and hair on the chest to give us advise when things are tough. One of these advisers once told us, that the first release often ends up completely different from the original idea, due to the fact that one has so many expectations… All these imaginations.

Combined with perfectionism, one ends up spending too much time on details and the original idea disappears – this is a shame! To avoid this (unnecessary) “first-time-nervousness”, we chose to start out with something as silly (to us at least), but classic, as a different version of “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child.

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Martin Garrix – Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix)

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Martin Garrix
Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix) [Out Now]

We’ve been tracking Oliver Heldens as of late. After writing up the deliciously tech-centric tune “Gecko,” we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of his “Animals” remix.

The tune is a far departure from the intense hard house track that captivated the EDM world just last year. While we normally tend to like remixes that pay more homage to the original, we’re actually pleased that this is maintains less elements of Martin’s monster track.

With a funky bassline, this house remix has a dialed down nature by comparison, yet still has a gorgeous, driving intensity that makes you want to get up and dance. In fact, we’ve been dancing the entire time we’ve been writing this up. It’s taken us much longer to complete the post than it normally does. We’re not mad about it though. Not one bit.

This 128 BPM official remix is out now via Beatport. Get after it, ninjas.

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[Smooth Like Honey] Sam Smith – Make It To Me

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Sam Smith
Make It To Me

He was just named BBC’s Sound of 2014 and I have to say, not all that surprising.
Mr. Sam Smith has made quite a name for himself since lending his vocals to Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ in 2012. Since that point, Smith has captured the hearts and ears of fans all around the globe with his beautiful silky honey-like voice. Smith released his song ‘Make It To Me,’ a simple song full of sincere love lyrics and piano, with just a hint of drums and violin to capture the power of what Smith is saying. Smith sings of finding that one person who is specifically designed just for him, a story many of us know and hold on to as we search for our “one.” Another picturesque song by the highly talented Smith, who will continue to make 2014 a year he can call his very own.

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Lorde – Team (Mickey Valen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Lorde
Team (Mickey Valen Remix)

With razor sharp lyrics, a soulful, unique tone, and confident swagger, Lorde has gone from blogosphere darling to international sensation. We’ve heard countless interpretations of her tunes, from covers to remixes, and the best ones always maintain enough of tune’s initial character to tie it back to the enjoyment we experienced when we heard the the original. Mickey Valen, the New York based producer behind Noosa and AYER, has offered up just that for today’s premiere.

In this Brooklyn based producer’s take on “Team,” we’re definitely left with some warm ‘n fuzzies after listening through a few times. The song’s original intensity is dialed back a few notches, laced up with a beautiful, uplifting melody instead. The tune takes on a positive and energetic personality, flirting in between influences of indie dance and tropical house.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 9]

Sunday Night Soul

We did promise you that 2014 would be an even bigger year for soul than 2013 right? Well, this edition of Sunday Night Soul is already paying dividends on that statement. This was certainly our most challenging week in the series. With so many diverse selections to sort through, we were having fits trying to perfect the order. We’d like to think we did a fairly admirable job, but we’ll let you be the judges of that. Regardless of the arrangement, we’ve got a stellar lineup here for you tonight. From the spectacular sounds of vocalists like Benjamin Clementine, Kwabs, Kyla La Grange, Daniela Andrade and Jean Deaux, to absolutely decadent remixes from Max Liese, WoodysProduce, Jeftuz, starRo, and Les Fleurs Du Mal, we guarantee you’ll get addicted to at least one song you hear in this collection, easily our largest yet. So what are you waiting for? The night might still be young, but you’ve got plenty of work ahead of you if you want to be able to get through this playlist in one sitting.

Låpsley
Station
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy (Cover) by Daniela Andrade
Uyanga
Water (Philippe Edison Remix)
Soia
Obtaining Remix (produced By Mez)
SWV
Rain (Les Fleurs Du Mal Old School Edition)
Indi.
Stay
Kyla La Grange
Cut Your Teeth (Prod. Jakwob)
Kwabs
Wrong Or Right (Prod. SOHN)
Benjamin Clementine
London
Sebastian Mikael
Forever (Produced by Lamb & Bigg D)
Spanky Danky
2 fo the Memory (ft. Anthony Michael Lynn)
Jordan James
Remember The Time (MJ Refix) (Prod. By Jordan James)
Jack Freeman
Magenta
Jordan Grizzle
Bad Influence (Prod. by @Chally12)
ΔSΔΠTΣ
MNSN
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Table For Two (Prod. By Hit Boy)
UNESS
HEAVEN
Kashif
Help Yourself To My Love (Alans Groovedown Edit)
Klassik
Light
Artful
Im In Love ft Donaeo
Lewis
Hunter Feat. Jay Z (Max Liese Remix)
Normanton Street
This Way (CAPSUN Remix)
Daley ft. Marsha Ambrosius
Alone Together (SevnthWonder Remix)
Mélat
Daphne (WoodysProduce Remix)
Jean Deaux
Find U (produced by Sampha)
Asia Cruise
Boyfriend (Falcons bootleg)
DJ Topsider
Sudden Change (Destinys Child x starRo)
Destinys Child
Jumpin Jumpin (Jean Tonique Remix)
Faith Evans
Catching Feelings (Jeftuz Remix)
Elizabeth Rose
Sensibility
starRo
Waiting
CHPLN
White Snow (Shy Luv Remix)
FXXXYBLNT
Take Me There ft. Touurs
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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 16]

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It’s no secret now that The Hip-Hop Dojo hasn’t been the most consistent playlist here at TMN, and that’s due to a multitude of different factors. I’m not here to make excuses however, and the lack of hip-hop goodness lately is totally on me. It’s a new year though folks, and my resolution from here on out is to continue providing you with the dopest hip-hop content from across the net on a regular basis.

Let’s get the ball rolling quickly with this first edition of 2014, because it’s definitely one of our strongest playlists to date. Right off the bat you may notice that we’re starting things off with a Christmas anthem. We know the Holidays are over, but that Peanuts sample by producer J1K was way too good to pass up. Since we didn’t have a December edition anyway, just think of BIZ’s “Christmas Time Is Here” as a late present from all of us to you. Speaking of Christmas, we follow our first entry up with a laidback  single from Michael Christmas named after the Quentin Tarantino classic, “Jackie Brown.” Our next few items carry on the chill vibes, with many of them utilizing a throwback sound similar to the one employed by Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. Of course Joey and his collective are featured here as well, spreading the love on the eclectic “Sol Luna.” While those dudes from Brooklyn keep with the sweet talking, Nemo Achida prefers to take a more “Hands On” approach, teaming up with 88-Keys and BJ The Chicago Kid for a smooth new cut.

Our next selection would’ve been a perfect one to start your day off with, as rapper Chris Morris opens with “Yo it’s like Sunday morning waking up,” over some supremely ill production from Nabeyin. Moving on, we’ve got the return of Dojo veteran and TDE signee, Isaiah Rashad, who brings us a sly tribute to “Brad Jordan,” better known to the rap community as Scarface. You should be familiar with two of our next collaborators, as Waldo and Sango have both been featured on this page multiple times before. This time around, they’re accompanying British femcee Little Simz on the juicy cut, “Mandarin Oranges.” Speaking of familiarity, hip-hop heads should definitely recognize the instrumental on GoldLink‘s “The Heart,” which is the same one used by Kendrick Lamar for “The Heart Pt. 2.” It’s always tough to beat an original from K Dot, but the West Virginia brings his A-game here, with a spastic delivery definitely that gives the track an edge of its own. Meanwhile, Azizi Gibson hops on some bluesy Flying Lotus production to ring in the New Year properly with “Libras Don’t Die.”

Things take a darker turn in our next suite of entries, with the always slick Rapsody leading this group off over some dope, downtempo 9th Wonder drums. Hefna Gwap is certainly not in a celebratory mode on “Happy Birthday (Fuck That)”, while Dillan Ponder brings us another ominous track with his latest single, “Hive.” While Alexander Spit‘s “Bitter Suite Symphony” sounds nothing like The Verve classic, it’s certainly a formidable number all its own. Sa-Roc shows us her “True Mastery”  of the English language on this fierce new cut, while Verbal Kent teams up with Khrysis to give us all a gritty lesson in “Raponomics.” If there ever were an expert in that subject though, it would be Raekwon, who brings along T.I. and the late Doe B to help him out on “I Wanna Know.”  Like most rappers, Truck North is out to prove he’s the number one “Chief Rocka,” hopping on a revamped version of the Lords of the Underground classic. Find out if he does that one any justice.

 Alexander Dreamer employs his “Freedom of Speech” on this dope tune that samples the intro to Coldplay‘s “Charlie Brown.” Julian Malone keeps things rather abrupt on the hard hitting “Bitche$,” but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a mean punch. Bodega Bamz brings us a real banger on the Electric Bodega remix of his single, “Don Francisco,” featuring French Montana. Next in our lineup, we’ve got a few well known commodities, as Audio Push strive to prove they’re better than all these other “Juveniles,” hooking up with Logic and Jill Scott over a spectacular beat provided by Hit-Boy. Miami emcee Eskeerdo is out to fight the “Devil’s Work,” hopping on a sample of Miike Snow‘s single of the same name. Meanwhile, Topaz Jones questions whether he’s “Living A Lie,” on his recent introspective single. K.B. Starr is ready to plead his case for why he thinks “New England Girls” are the best over some incredibly fresh production from SevnthWonder. Our final pair of tracks comes in the form of two upbeat remixes, first with Yonas putting his own stamp on Lorde‘s “Team,” and then Zak Downtown closing things out with the addicting “City’s Ours,” which flips another remix, the Flume revision of Hermitude‘s “HyperParadise.”

We hope you guys enjoyed our sixteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all submissions/suggestions to baseer@themusicninja.com and ash@themusicninja.com.

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BIZ
Christmas Time Is Here (Produced by J1K)
Michael Christmas
Jackie Brown ft. Manu Manzo (prod. Jasper Sheff)
SK The Greatest
Ounces (featuring Mad One, D.O.S. & Poppadop)
Dessy Hinds
MoWetter Blues (Prod. 6thBoro)
Mike Melinoe
Steady Vibe (Pro. By Stereo Symphony)
A$hton
Knighty Knight
Termanology
Set It Off (Feat. Ransom)
Chris Faust
Black Manta Featuring Donwill (prod. Hannibal King)
Chox Mak And Henny Tha Brain
40 Ounces (Prod. By Bunty Beats)
PRO ERA
SOL LUNA (Feat. Joey Bada$$, Dyemond Lewis & A La $ole) (Prod. Navie D.)
Nemo Achida
Hands On ft. BJ The Chicago Kid (Prod. 88 Keys)
Chris Morris
Morning Dew (Prod. Nabeyin)
Yo Dot
Never Shines (Produced By Regular Joe Productions)
Isaiah Rashad
Brad Jordan feat. Michael Da Vinci
Little Simz & Waldo
Mandarin Oranges (Prod. Sango)
GoldLink
The Heart
Azizi Gibson
Libras Dont Die (prod. Flying Lotus)
Rapsody
Illuminaughty (Chinchilla) Prod. by 9th Wonder
Hefna Gwap
Happy Birthday (FUCK THAT)
Dillan Ponders
Hive (p. DMNDBK)
Alexander Spit
Bitter Suite Symphony
SA ROC
True Mastery
Verbal Kent  
Raponomics (prod. Khrysis)
Raekwon
I Wanna Know (Feat. Doe B & T.I.)
Dag Savage (Johaz & Exile)
God Body ft. CO$$, Gonja Sufi & Blu
Truck North
The Man
P.Genz
Grandslam!
Lashaun Ellis
Whatever You Want
Alexander Dreamer
Freedom Of Speech (Soundcloud Bonus)
Julian Malone
Bitche$
Jourdan Jackson
Triple Crowned Ft. Marion Write & TR@bb (prod. by Bliss)
Bodega Bamz
Don Francisco (Remix) Feat. French Montana
Raz Fresco
Slang Rap (Prod. By Raz Fresco)
Audio Push
Juveniles ft. Logic & Jill Scott (prod. Hit Boy & Rey Reel)
Eskeerdo
Devils Work (feat. Miike Snow)
Topaz Jones
Livin A Lie
K.B. Starr
New England Girls (Prod. By SevnthWonder X Rilla Force)
Jered Sanders
Boys On the Radio
YONAS
Team (Lorde Remix) prod. sean ross
Zak Downtown
Citys Ours
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