[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 4/3


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

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[Love Trap] Just A Gent – Fortaque

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I have yet to sleep and my mind has decided to drift off into a delusional state of nostalgia. Who doesn’t love over-analyzing that one time you brought up pornography in your third grade class? I guess it’s times like these where the only way to put a stop to the madness is to put on some ambient tunes and vibe out the rest of the day. Fortunately, Just A Gent just released this original new track, “Fortaque” and solved every existential crisis I have ever endured.

At first, Just A Gent sets us up with a melodic piano intro that then transitions into an orchestrated composition full of mesmerizing synths, trippy kicks, and a violin that would even make Beethoven shed a tear. The tranquil flow of this song will lift anyone’s spirits to a euphoric level so make sure to grab a box of tissues because this one is going to make you cry.

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[Hip-Hop] Alex Wiley – Vibration

Alex Wiley

Alex Wiley has just released the second single from his sophomore project, Village Party, and it’s nothing but good vibrations. After the successful release of his debut mixtape Club Wiley last year, the Chitown native is looking to accomplish bigger and better things in 2014.

“Vibration” is definitely a step in the right direction. Easily our favorite single of his to date, the track features the erratic spitter going in over a euphoric, steadily building instrumental. At just a hair over two minutes, we wish the track was a bit longer, but I guess that’s what the replay button is for.

UPDATE: Hit the jump to watch Wiley get animated in the dope accompanying visuals for “Vibration.” Continue reading

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[Hip-Hop] Leather Corduroys – Porno Music Volume II: TSFR (EP)

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Porno Music Volume II: TSFR

Leather Corduroys,  consisting of Chitown’s own Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp, dropped off a brand new EP a couple nights ago and it continue to show why their SaveMoney collective is here to stay. Porno Music Volume II: TSFR, which has no predecessor despite its strange sequel-implying title, is an eclectic and often refreshingly strange mix of music reflective of the state of Midwestern hip-hop.

With production and lyrical content that progressively ranges from lo-fi to full-on trap, the EP is full of creative energy and expression. An especially dope track, “Nightmare on Chicago Ave,” comes on around the 6-minute mark, when the two emcees drop all playfulness and demonstrate that they can hold their own next to any rapper out there.

It is evident through the cohesiveness of the EP that these artists took the time to think about their project as a whole, making it a start-to-finish must listen. Enjoy this one above and look for more heat from SaveMoney this summer.

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[NEW] Drake – Days In The East

Days In The East

If you haven’t realized it by now, Drake has essentially mastered the craft of releasing music when his fans least expect it. After dropping his “Draft Day” single seemingly out of thin air on Tuesday night, Drizzy waited until everyone was sleeping to release this follow-up cut in the wee hours of Thursday morning (around 4:00 AM EST to be specific). Luckily for all of you, we ninjas don’t sleep, and were waiting patiently by our computers to snap this one right up. Produced by OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR (with some help from his sidekick 40), the track features the Toronto native fluctuating between singing and rapping over a woozy, ominous instrumental. It’s classic R&B Drizzy, but at the same time is an attempt to push the boundaries of his sound to nearly narcotic territory. Now that we think about it, this is the perfect track to be listening to at 4:00 AM, and chances are Drake already knows it.

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[NEW] N.A.S.A. – Hide (Tropkillaz Remix) Feat. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones

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Hide (Tropkillaz Remix) Feat. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones

It’s always a great day when you get to hear a new verse from Childish Gambino. Well consider yourself lucky, as the man formerly known as Troy Barnes joins Aynzli Jones on the bass heavy Tropkilaz remix of N.A.S.A.‘s “Hide.” While Bino isn’t about to set the world on fire with this particular set of bars, he fits in perfectly over the screeching synths and thundering 808’s of the festival ready anthem. Check out the fantastic single above, and be prepared to hear this plenty of times over the upcoming months.

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Get to know: LAXX [TMN Exclusive Interview]

Step Two [Preview]

LAXX is most definitely one to keep your eye on. Having signed with the renowned bass family Never Say Die last year, LAXX dropped his explosive debut EP for them in February and is now unleashing his second on April 7th. A follow up from ‘Step One’, ‘Step Two’ is another display of his self-coined “Twitch” music, packed with jittery synths and intense rhythmical progressions – not to mention a frenzied remix from label mate MUST DIE! The iconic and wonderfully simplistic ‘Step One’ is given a more dynamic and atmospheric twist, whilst maintaining that earth shattering drop impact of the original. I particularly enjoy ‘The Limit’ with its blend of vocal outbreaks and sustained pulse throughout, and LAXX’s sense of musical identity resonates here. I had the opportunity to to grill LAXX on ‘Step Two’ and what we can expect to see from him in the future.

TMN: Did you approach making ‘Step Two’ differently to ‘Step One’? Did ‘Step Two’ feel more like you were experimenting with a new set of sounds?

LAXX: ‘Step One’ was hard to follow, but I had a vibe in my mind already and knew what sort of thing I wanted to hear. It took a while, I named so many projects ‘Step Two’ and had about 5 different tracks which I was going to go back in on, but none of them were what I wanted. When I’m writing I know when I’ve got it, and a lot of the time I just start again because it’s not working for me. As soon as I got the basic vibe of it, I must’ve known, because I named it ‘Definitely Step Two’. But yeah, I wanted a similar vibe but a different musical palette.

TMN: Which track on this EP are you most proud of and why?

LAXX: Like all of them for different reasons. ‘Brainbug’ took the longest to finish, but I’m still as into ‘The Limit’ as I was when I first wrote it. I’ve always tried to create something simple, which has as much impact as something overproduced. But in all, I’m proud of all of them, and they all took weeks of back and forth to finish.

TMN: Where does the term “Twitch” music come from?

LAXX: “Twitch” is a term I created just because I didn’t feel what I was doing was fitting into categories I was listening to. To me just means a different rhythm, not just the obvious. The vibe in ‘Brainbug’ and ‘The Unknown’ are pretty much off key and different, so thats what I mean. I take inspiration from everything, but I still see what I’m doing in a different bracket to Trap or Dubstep, so it would be wrong to call it either.

TMN: What’s next in terms of future sounds from you? What can we expect you to deliver after this release?

LAXX: You’ll have to wait and see, but I’m just going down a new route. I want to do something different and exciting and make peoples ears prick up. So, I can’t say really, but I’ve got a lot in store..

TMN: You’ve previously worked with several grime artists. Do you have any plans to collaborate with vocalists again?

LAXX: Yes. I’ve always been a big fan of grime MC’s and Footsie, D Double E and P Money are some of my favourites. I can’t really say whats to come, but there will be some colabs in the pipeline.

TMN: Could you name 3 of your all-time favourite tracks?

That’s not an easy question as my music taste is pretty broad and I go through phases with different genres constantly. But here you go:

Krust – Warhead

Bad Company – Planet Dust

Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing

TMN: If you could work on a track with any Never Say Die artist, who would it be?

LAXX: I like all of the artists on Never Say Die, but I’d love to get in the studio with Zomboy. I just know he’d be a nutter to work with, he’s got so much energy in his tunes, it’d be a laugh just to work with him and see him vibe out.

TMN: Thanks for your time LAXX! Awesome release.

LAXX: Cheers for having me and make sure you grab ‘Step Two’ on 7th April!

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