[Soul/R&B] Sebastian Mikael – Take Me Higher

Berklee-trained and soulful newcomer Sebastian Mikael, formerly known as De’Lor, has steady been making his name in the game over the past couple years. Already well known in his native Sweden, Mikael makes an effort to become just as widely successful stateside. After dropping his critically-acclaimed debut mixtape J’Adore in 2011, his single “Beautiful Life” quickly caught the eye and ears of fans and music execs. With his latest track “Take Me Higher”, the newly Vested in Culture signee croons over a soft,  romantic ballad. The Lu Balz produced promo single has the singer/songwriter hitting the falsetto over a 50′s-inspired beat with some synth rhythms as he sings about more than just a physical connection with that one special girl. Great vocals and a throwback vibe give this catchy tune a Bruno Mars-esque appeal and could definitely make this a contender for the Billboard charts. Be sure to check it out below.

Take Me Higher
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[Beautiful] Kishi Bashi – A Sunday Smile (Beirut Cover)

Multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi reminds us how beautiful Beirut‘s “A Sunday Smile” is with this amazing orchestral cover. So much yearning, so much feeling, so many sadly singing strings. Take a momentary breather from the beats, the guitars, the aggression and the rage.

Kishi Bashi A Sunday Smile

Florence + The Machine also covered Beirut.

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The Trap Dojo #26 [MP3 Playlist]

First off we got one of the dreamiest tunes around, from HYDRABADD and it’s titled “Sanctuary” featuring Abra on vocals. Next is Brillz official remix of Zedd‘s track “Clarity”, and boy is it huge. DJ Fresh and Diplo join forces on this track titled “Up (Earthquke)” with some clever Biggee Smalls samples and massive bass lines. Mayhem and Antiserum bring us yet another massive collab titled “Bangledesh” which is one of two tracks off their upcoming release on Firepower Records. Borgore and Carnage’s track “Incredible” get a healthy Trap makeover from rising heavyweights Heroes & Villains. The last one I’m going to talk about is from Yellow Claw & Yung Felix, titled “The Horror” that they released for free download. Cheers.

HYDRABADD
SANCTUARY FT. ABRA
Zedd
Clarity feat. Foxes (Brillz Remix)
DJ Fresh & Diplo
Up (Earthquake)
Mayhem x Antiserum
Bangladesh (FORTHCOMING FIREPOWER!)
BORGORE AND CARNAGE
INCREDIBLE (HEROES X VILLAINS RMX) PREVIEW
Yellow Claw & Yung Felix
The Horror *FREE DOWNLOAD*
Yung Satan
Poured Up
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre
The Recipe (Trapback Remix)
Teddy Killerz
What Do You See In Me?
Teddy Killerz
I Dont Know
Branches
Back Room (Preview) (FREE DOWNLOAD ON VALENTINES DAY 2/14)
heRobust
Turn Ape
Arno Cost
Head Up (Slander Remix)
W&W & Ummet Ozcan
The Code (Bring The Noise Remix)
Kendrick Lamar vs Gent & Jawns
Swimming Pools (DJ Fresh Direct Turnt Up Bootleg)
OOKAY
HIT ME (CNTRL Remix)
DUPLEX
FREE DOWNLOAD at 500 LIKES
Rihanna
Diamonds (Flaxo Stadium Trap Bootleg)
Clark Kent
Arabian Nights (Original Mix)
The XX
Angels (WATAPACHI Edit) *** CLICK GET IT HERE FOR DL ***
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Viceroy – Dream Of Bombay (Bit Funk Remix)

Earlier this year, San Francisco’s summer enthusiast/producer Viceroy released a bright track ‘Dream of Bombay’ featuring the breezy vocals from up and coming vocalists Chela. Today however, Bit Funk, the Brooklyn funk engineer/producer improved upon the blusterous and joyful original with bumpy yet smooth groove that is just as digestible as a cool beer as you sick your toes in the sand on a warm summer day. There may be blizzards and storms happening this winter, but tracks like these are bound to keep your ears warm.

Viceroy
Dream Of Bombay (Bit Funk Remix)
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Good Field – ‘Tell Me Ida’ & ‘Our Roofless Home’

Hailing from the live music capital of the US, Austin indie outfit Good Field are releasing their upcoming self-titled debut album today, February 12. Created as a new project from former members of Voxtrot and Brazos, the band has been well recieved, opening for groups like The National, Vampire Weekend and The Walkmen among many others.

Good Field is ‘an homage to cricket and deslate landscapes’, as described by Price who wrote some of the album in an isolate adobe by a cenote in New Mexico. The album, infused with folk instrumentation, is mainly influenced by shoegaze, indie rock and ’60s guitar tones with attractive rugged vocals and vivid lyrical story telling.

Preview tracks ‘Tell Me Ida’ and “our Roofless Home’ from the album below:

Our Roofless Home
Tell Me Ida
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[Download] J. Cole – Truly Yours EP

Roc Nation emcee J.Cole has been relatively quiet this year. After subtly dropping some new singles late last year and pushing back the release date for his sophomore LP Born Sinner, the NC rapper took to the webs today to grace his fans with a new EP. The five-track collection, titled Truly Yours, collects some new material from 2009 to present that wont be featured on his up-coming full length. In an open letter on his Dream Villian blog, Cole has admitted that the next single will be dropped later this week and calls the next album “his best work yet”. Go ahead and download your free copy here and stay posted for some more new material.

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[Remix] Doe Paoro – I’ll Go Blind (Freelance Whales Remix)

After giving this one listen and seeing that Freelance Whales had a hand in it, I did a double-take. The track sounds remixed by an electronic DJ, not our beloved, rockin’ Whales. The beginning dreamy piano riff becomes saturated with dueling, soulful vocal lines and heavy synths. Doe Paoro‘s voice and haunting lyrics are impossible not to sing along to. The young and talented singer-songwriter mixed with experimental indie-rockers makes for a silky-smooth and tasty track you can’t listen to just once. All musicians involved call NYC home, so let’s cross our fingers for some future collaboration.

Ill Go Blind (Freelance Whales Remix)
Doe Paoro
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