[Hip-Hop] De La Soul – Dilla Plugged In (Prod. J Dilla)

De La Dilla
De La Soul
Dilla Plugged In (Produced By J Dilla)

25 years after the release of their debut project 3 Feet High & Rising (an album everyone should have after the band gave away their entire catalog for free last month), De La Soul are looking to commemorate the occasion by releasing a brand new tune rapped over a previously unheard J Dilla instrumental. There’s simply no better adjective to describe “Dilla Plugged In” than dope. Listening to the track is almost like taking a trip to an alternate timeline, one where De La Soul is still a prominent force in hip-hop, and Dilla is still producing ill beats. Lucky for us, moments like this are sure to occur more frequently, as “Dilla Plugged In” is just the first single from an upcoming mixtape by the group entitled Smell The DA.I.S.Y. which will consist exclusively of Dilla produced beats. Right now there’s no release date for the project, but we’ll be eagerly anticipating its arrival.

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[Hip Hop] Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze

Kate Tempest
Lonely Daze

What do you get when you combine South-East London, the spoken word, and one bad ass girl?
One female rapper with a killer accent.

Kate Tempest ladies and gentlemen is by far one of the coolest, yes coolest, artists I have ever written about.
She started off as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years, and now works as a poet and playwright too. I mean, why settle for one thing when you can have it all?

And let me tell you, this girl knows how to throw down words and use them. Her recently released ‘Lonely Daze’ is a song off of her upcoming album later this summer on Big Dada and just gives you a hint of the talent behind this girl’s mouth. Her accent is strong but that doesn’t take away from the power of her voice and her clear ability to make you hear her. This is quite a different sound, a mix of beats with Kate’s talking voice to combine for an addictive movement that leaves you ensnared to her will and her conversation.

Don’t worry, Kate’s words will find you and make you listen.

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[Synth-Pop] Great Good Fine OK – Not Going Home

Great Good Fine Ok
Not Going Home

It’s hard to believe that with such a gigantic blogosphere buzz storm behind them last year that Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine OKs latest bubblegum sweet offering “Not Going Home” is only their second official single. Nevertheless, we’re thrilled to finally ring in 2014 with them, especially on the heels of undeniably alluring single “You’re The One For Me”, which racked up over 500k plays on Soundcloud and spawned a few incredible remixes as well. GGFO’s sound is surely in its infancy, but the pair no doubt emit an electric ability to pull a smile and head-bouncing nod on the same level as any of their bouncy pop contemporaries. “Not Going Home” tugs on that same quality, but is immediately commanding in the most lovely of feelgood indie-pop ways. An airy synth paces the emotive jaunt to the first bridge simultaneously serving as an aural tunnel into their first atmospheric chorus like Sonic the Hedgehog sprinting the barrel in an 8-Bit Emerald bonus round. About the tune the duo was quoted as saying  “Not Going Home’ was written in a similar way [to “You’re The One”] . This time about not taking chances on being happy and living your dreams. You’ve got to fight for it. This song means a whole lot to us and we couldn’t be more excited to share it!” Hop on this one before anyone else above, and you can bet we’ll be all over any future releases from Great Good Fine OK.

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[Deep-House] Danny Marin – Searchin (Original Mix) [TMN Premiere]

Danny Marin
Searchin (Original Mix)

It’s safe to say that the genre tag “deep-house” gets thrown around pretty haphazardly at the moment. We’ve overheard more than our fair share of dance music “aficionados” lumping groups like Disclosure or Bondax under the distinction simply because they are alternatives to commercial EDM, feature some similar sound structuring and run a little slower than those stadium sized electro anthems. However, when we talk about deep-house here at TMN it is most likely pertaining to the pure and soulful archetypal variety. Today brings us a proper house debut from veteran underground DJ and producer Danny Marin, “Searchin”, which is being put out on Night Supply. An intoxicating and bouncy cut in nature, “Searchin” kicks off into a hypnotic house groove under the guise of compressed kicks, sculpted pads and a deep lead synth and bassline. Further glossing up the track is an elegantly pulled vocal slice from Bloody Beetroots and Greta Svabo Beich’s past collaboration “Chronicles of Fallen Love” which adds just the perfect amount of human element to insure “Searchin” a healthy amount of crossover playability, and judging from some of his live 2013 performances with the likes of MK, Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth, J Phlip and Moon Boots it seems the house guru can and will appeal to any number of differing listeners as well. Grab the free download here and start dancing now.


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[Chill/House] Local Natives – Ceilings (Sebastian Carter Remix)

Local Natives
Ceilings (Sebastian Carter Remix)

Swiss producer Sebastian Carter’s name is one deeply resonant within the confines of TMN, and at only 19 years of age his production potential flashes a limitless quality. As we’ve seen a recent shift in the underground from much of the harder and grimier dance sounds, more melody driven electronic artists like Sebastian Carter are carving out an educated and loyal following; especially behind tracks like his latest remix of Local Natives‘ “Ceilings”. The tune kicks off with a four-four kick and washy vocal pad leading into the  hypnotic reverberations of Taylor Rice which gracefully span across Carter’s soundscape in perfect harmony. You really just can’t help but lose yourself in its beauty, which is immediately why our Ninja faithful must share in that feeling as well. Cop a free download here, and since you’ve already made it this far, stream Sebastian Carter’s remix of “Ceilings” above.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2014 Round #1)



Tuesdays are already better than Mondays, because well…they aren’t Mondays. But having an Indie Dojo to accompany you on your “glad it’s no longer Monday” journey might just be the cherry on top. So go on….Enjoy your day.

Racing Glaciers
Moths (Single Version)
Got To My Head
Miss Teen Massachusetts (We The Wild Remix)
Yumi Zouma
A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers
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[NEW] Big Boi – King Sh!t (feat. T.I., Ludacris, Kito & Reija Lee)

King Sh!t
Big Boi
King Sh!t (feat. T.I. & Ludacris & Kito & Reija Lee)

Mashups have never really been my thing, but Big Boi‘s “Mashup Mondays” series has proven to be nothing short of brilliant. Breathing new life into an album that was already impressive on its own, each new remix has been just as exceptional as the last. This latest effort is no different, fusing the trap stylings of “In The A” with the buzzing electronic vibes of  Kito & Reija Lee‘s “Run For Cover.” While that might sound like a recipe for disaster to some, all three emcees seem to fit in rather naturally over the bass heavy instrumental, with Reija Lee’s sweet, fleeting vocals serving as the perfect foil to the gruff and boastful lyrical content.

If there were ever any doubts about Big Boi’s diverse and eclectic taste in music, they should be put to rest by now, as he’s proven to have a perfect ear for these kinds of blends by now. Grab a free download of the track above, and keep your ears prepared, because we still have three more weeks to go.

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