[Eastern Trap] RL Grime – Core

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RL Grime teases his upcoming album, with his first single “Core”. Lately I have always been obsessed with ‘hindi trap’, or trap with that eastern flavor to it. This RL Grime track makes me want to rave in the desert with all of my ninjas! I think it would be pretty sweet to see a VIP as Clockwork on “Core”. Not exactly sure how that would turn out, but I would be interested to see. The music video for “Core” wasn’t the imagery I expected, but extremely cool nonetheless. Instead of being out in the desert, you see a helicopter from the future traveling through what seems to be a foreign planet. In one scene it seems like the “Core” reactor explodes, just after the second drop. Maybe that would define the sound as “Future Hindi”. I’m not exactly sure, but maybe you can tell us in the comments.

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[Cute Trap] Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (Jai Wolf Remix)

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Dollhouse (Jai Wolf Remix)[Atlantic Records]

If you’re desiring a gorgeous track to wind down to, Jai Wolf provides you with the cutest remix of “Dollhouse”. Melanie Martinez’ vocals on this remind me of a combination between Lana Del Ray and Bjork. Jai Wolf takes “Dollhouse” and adds some saw waves, water drops, and a nice reverb on Melanie’s voice, filling in the spaces beautifully. Jai Wolf didn’t just get involved with music. He’s been playing violin since he was five, and guitar since he was sixteen. Being always interested in electronic music, Jai Wolf started to pick up drum machines, and synthesizers around seventeen. We are happy he did, because he’s been killing it over the past few months! If you’re in the New York area mid August, the 16th to be exact, you can catch Jai Wolf performing with Aylen and Dotcom at Webster Hall.

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Ruu Campbell – Crossroads [TMN PREMIERE]

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Crossroads(Heartsong)*Ruu Campbell

Ruu Campbell has a cinematic quality about his music, which can most likely be attributed to a long and storied career comprised of years of genre-jumping. From a major label deal with Dreamworks at 15, to work with Leftfield, to dabbling in EDM for a short bit with trance outfit Younger Brother, to collaborations with British jazz and electronic collective the Cinematic Orchestra, each experience along this epic path has helped mold this intriguing musician. The pinnacle of the lengthy musical adventure: Heartsong, his debut LP, which will release in August of this year.

Captivation awaits. Seemingly coming straight out of a classic US Western film, “Crossroads” walks along a dusty road, carried by finger-picking, the loud hum of a standing bass, and Campbell’s understated and absolutely radiant vocals.  Pressing play on the track above will not only take you into a film-quality soundscape worthy of a classic Clint Eastwood tip of the cowboy hat, but it will also completely consume you, if only for two minutes and fifty seconds.

I want to share beauty with you as a listener, and I’m so happy that I can do it.
– Campbell

Calling on comparisons of other brilliant songwriters who boast the same ability to encapsulate you in a listening experience (think Nick Drake, James Vincent McMorrow, and Ry X), this seasoned musician is bringing more than enough to catch the blogosphere’s attention with this album. We know the world will be shortly behind, admiring the incredible breadth of talent that is Ruu Campbell.

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[House/Disko] Jess Glynne – Right Here (Slinger Remix)

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Right Here (Slinger Remix)

Once again, enigmatic groove purveyor Slinger drops another stellar remix; this time for Jess Glynne‘s powerplay pop tune “Right Here”. Having already taken on remixes for Michael Jackson, Prince and Pharrell; it is Slinger’s dancey instrumentation paired with an excellent female vocal which has worked the best for our ears thus far. Glynne’s angelic refrain paints itself around Slinger’s composition wonderfully, sounding as if it was plucked right out of the 80’s nu-wave era. Rather than the past few high energy nu-disko remixes though, Slinger’s remix of “Right Here” is shaped around a much more classic house and garage structure crafted with the same exerted musicianship we’ve come to fall for. His hi-hats shuffle and pop on a different level this time around and the tune’s kick-drum carries a bit less punch but rather a more hollow pounding thud; producing a darker but utterly danceable atmosphere.  Stream this one above for a perfect hump-day pick me up, and we’ll keep digging up more dirt on this cryptic producer for you ninjas.

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[R&B] Vanessa Elisha – Ocean (Prod. By J-Louis)

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Ocean (Prod. By J-Louis)

Lately my good friends have tried putting me onto new artists, but thanks to all of my ninjas, I typically have heard it. Tonight a good friend put me on to the beautiful vocalist Vanessa Elisha, and I am blown away! Just from hearing this first track alone, I know that Vanessa Elisha is going to be a huge name soon. There is just something about her voice on “Ocean” that screams success! It isn’t overly tuned, or edited to sound perfectly pitched. Vanessa Elisha has either had some vocal training, or is a complete natural. Whatever the case may be, this is a name you will be seeing more from us.

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[Dubstep] Stvrchvsr – Chainwax

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Chainwax

There are few things that we get excited about more than bringing you fresh, unheard-of artists. Looking at a soundcloud play counter under 100 gets us licking our chops, and that’s exactly what we have for you this evening.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, this up-and-coming producer has quickly shown us that it’s not just the stars at night that are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. In “Chainwax,” which was just released seventeen days ago, Stvrchvsr lays it all out for us. Is it melodic? Yes, it resembles Seven Lions, at times. Is it hard as fuck? Yep, in fact we can’t help but think of UK dubstep bass barons like SKisM. Is it well produced? Quite. Whoever mixed and mastered this tune knew what they were doing.

While we don’t have much information beyond this, we do know this: Stvrchvsr is here to stay. This kid has a bright future in front of him, and we’re god damn tickled pink to have brought you the first glimpse at this absolute monster of a track.

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[Alternative] Adult Jazz – Spook

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Spook

August is going to be a good month for music. As we’re sure it will be rife with the normal amount of notable releases, there’s one in particular we’re looking forward to. Coming via the UK, Gist Is, the debut full length album (out Aug 5th) from Adult Jazz, will surely dazzle music lovers around the world.

Like a bunch of giddy school kids who just found out they’ll soon be touring Disneyland, we’re admittedly experiencing overwhelming excitement after listening to the breathtaking piece that is “Spook.” Describing this song is no easy feat. It’s not your traditional pop song, stacked heavily in favor of it’s catchy hooks. This is a tune that takes a while to sink in.

Taking it’s time, “Spook” casually builds up, focusing highly on an odd, yet inviting vocal arrangement from the lead singer. Joined together by some fluttering piano notes and low, brooding strings, the listener is pleasantly lost, not knowing what to expect. As time goes by, we’re welcomed into a bevy of instrumentation, articulately calculating a well-dressed and impressive song.

While one expect this to be a culminating swirl of cinematic-structured rock goodness, you’d be wrong. As we stated before, the structure is anything but traditional, which can be found in multiple places, but most notably at the 4:30 mark of this nearly ten minute song.

Transcending across every musical norm that we’re used to, Adult Jazz casually and effectively embraces anti-pop, heady approach, giving the music world a breath of fresh air.

One thing is for certain: we simply cannot fucking wait for this album. Pardon our french, but the music nerd in us is currently hyperventilating.

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