Death By Icon – Let Loose [TMN Premiere]

Death By Icon
Let Loose

The Chicago hip-hop scene is continuously evolving, making it one of the hottest music environments in the entire country right now (even when temperatures are approaching arctic extremes). Today we’re proud to present another piece of that ever growing puzzle, with the debut single from Windy City trio, Death By Icon. “Let Loose” lives up to its title perfectly: a genuinely fun experience painted through playfully honest lyrics and charismatic vocals, complimented by a spastically vibrant, percussion-driven instrumental that melds together elements of hip-hop, juke, and bounce. Comprised of members Vic (vocals), Dook (producer) and Ant (vocals/co-producer), Death By Icon brings to mind a pastiche of influences from OutKast, to Chance The Rapper and Major Lazer, however the group is already able to stand out completely on their own.

Grab a free download of the dope tune above, and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter as they prepare for the release of their upcoming album, Trybecca, set to drop on April 8th.

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[NEW] BANKS – Brain (Prod. Shlohmo)

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BANKS
BRAIN (Prod. By Shlohmo)

Over the last year, our love for BANKS has only grown with each and every release, eventually reaching the point where we didn’t think we could possibly love her even more than we already did. Then she decided to drop this on us. Teaming up with LA producer Shlohmo for “Brain,” BANKS delivers yet another sumptuously sexy single, her delicate vocals slinking freely along the chilling, ethereal production. Like most of her singles, the sultry songstress springs free around the midway point, flexing her pipes during a convulsive refrain. After the stellar release of her LONDON EP in 2013, BANKS is showing no signs of slowing down as she readies her debut album on Harvest Records/Good Years, while also preparing for gigs in major festivals like Coachella and Governors Ball. With a year’s worth of experience now under her belt, look for big things from BANKS in 2014.

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[Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Revenge Of The Dreamers

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J. Cole is definitely a happy man today. Not only is it his birthday, but he also announced that his Dreamville imprint has come to an agreement with Interscope records. In order to commemorate this momentous occasion, the Carolina native decided to drop this brand new compilation, featuring some of his cohorts like Bas, Omen and KQuick. “Revenge Of The Dreamers” is a pretty interesting project, with J. Cole only spitting on roughly half of the tracks, while the others are utilized to showcase the rest of the Dreamville roster. You can catch a few standouts from the tape below, and grab a free download at the link below. Also, after the jump you can read a short message tweeted out by Jermaine himself that details the journey of his label leading up to this point.

J. Cole
Revenge Of The Dreamers
J. Cole
Blowin Smoke
Dreamville
May The Bitter Man Win Feat. J. Cole

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[Hip-Hop] Isaiah Rashad – Menthol (Feat. Jean Deaux) + Soliloquy

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Isaiah Rashad
Menthol (Feat. Jean Deaux)

As the newest member of the TDE collective, Chattanooga native Isaiah Rashad is out to prove his merit, and show us exactly how he fits in with the West Coast crew. With these last two leaks from his new Cilvia Demo album, he accomplishes exactly that, displaying a mature flow over two gritty, piano-laden instrumentals. The first of these, “Menthol,” provides for a much smoother ride, complimented by the gentle vocals of Jean Deaux on the chorus. The simple black and white visuals for  “Soliloquy” below are designed to keep focus on Rashad’s lyrical acumen, as he rolls through punchline after punchline with the confidence of a seasoned emcee. If you had any doubts before listening to these two tracks, they should have clearly vanished by now, so head over to iTunes and grab a copy of the new project for yourself.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaWe can’t predict the future, it’s unhealthy to dwell on the past, and we should never overlook the present. Sometimes we need to just sit and chill awhile. Drown out the clutter and engage ourselves in the moment. And that is  is why we are glad you’re here. Take a second to focus on something other than everything else. We’ve got a sweet little playlist to help you color your silence.

Moonlight Mask
Whats That?(Gimme That)
Shy Nature
Lie Back
Rare Monk
Splice
Lacuna
Valerie June
Workin Woman Blues
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[Remix] Big Boi – CPU 2.0 (Feat. Phantogram & Sade)

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Big Boi feat. Phantogram/Sade
CPU 2.0

With the recent announcement that he’d be dropping a solo album sometime later this year, Big Boi has decided to tease fans through a remix series that re-envisions many of the tracks from his acclaimed 2012 effort, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. This week’s entry comes by way of Dungeoneze who mashes up “CPU,” featuring Phantogram, with Sade‘s “Nothing Can Come Between Us.” Titled “CPU 2.0,” this rework slows things down a bit, injecting the lovesick original with a smooth, laidback 90’s vibe. As excited as we are for this remake series, we’re still holding our breath for some new OutKast material before they embark on their 40 date tour throughout the U.S. later this spring. Check out the track above, as well as the previous remix in this series, a remix of “Thom Pettie” mashed up with “Thom Yarbrough.”

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[NEW] Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream

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Lana Del Rey
Once Upon a Dream

Viewers of the Grammy’s last night received a little extra during the commercial break. Premiering the second trailer for the upcoming Disney movie Maleficent, Lana Del Rey’s new cover track “Once Upon a Dream” also made its debut. The chilling tune sets a tense mood for the theatrical trailer and Rey’s signature moody voice is a perfect backdrop. Swooning and placing listeners in a trance, the single will be the film’s title track. Telling the story of the classic Grimm fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the “evil sorceress”, the upcoming flick is set to drop May 30th nationwide. Listen to it above and be sure to download it for free through  Google Play.

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