[MP3 Playlist] The Trap Dojo #25

Kicking off the 25th edition of The Trap Dojo, we have a huge remix of Rihanna’s “Jump” from Club Cheval, the same group that was behind the Nero - “Won’t You Be There” remix. This version keeps Rihanna’s chorus, a cover of “Pony” by Ginuwine but fills in the blanks with some hot verses from Theophilus London and some hot trap beats. Next up is D!RTY AUD!O‘s track from the recent Trap-a-Holics Certified Trap 2 Mixtape filled with frantic synth work and aggressive verses. After remixing “Milkshake” by Kelis, GoldTop shows that they have a flair for remixing silly female tracks into full on trap bangers, this time hitting “Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama. Hard hitting basslines, horns and sharp drumwork keep the track fresh and is sure to be a dancefloor smasher. Bird Peterson is back with another of his Drankenstein remixes, this time taking on the spacey, prog-house track “Cosmos” and keeps many of the great proggy elements, while still completely transforming it into a definitively Drankenstein track. The next track, from newcomer $1 Bin is full of horns that are on an epic scale, building up the aura before dropping it into a grimy dirty bassline with all the snares you could ask for. This is super tight production, and i’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this guy in the future. The rest of the list has plenty of favorites like O.G. Status, Huglife and Knuckle Children all with fresh tracks for you, so make sure to check them out and enjoy them. CNTRL starts off the Cool Down, fusing his hip-hop sampling with trill bells and a deep bassline. Hucci makes use of his sample from The Temptations “Here I Come” in his trill banger, while Alter Natives close out the list this week with the emotional “Sierra’s Theme”. Clearly inspired by tracks like “Lana’s Theme” from Flosstradamusthey turn the original Freshly Ground song, “I’d Like” into a heavy, emotionally charged trap anthem, whose quality is right up there with “Lana’s Theme”

Thanks for listening and make sure to cop the ZIP right here


Jump (Club Cheval Rap Remix feat. Theophilus London)
D!RTY AUD!O feat. Tarantula Man
Moon Bound (Original Mix)
Lil Mama
Lip Gloss (Gold Top Remix)
Cosmos (Drankenstein Remix)
$1 Bin
Alright Now (Refix)
Get Buck (OG Status x i.V. Remix)
Valentino Khan
Spaceships On Bombay (Original Mix)
Sidney Samson
Get Low (Kennedy Jones Trap Remix)
Knuckle Children
The Creator ( My House )
▲ Rihanna
Jump (P.A.F.F. Trap Remix) ▲ (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Save Us (From Trap) The interns X thefaded.
Cajmere - Percolator (Shooter McNappin Twurkcolator Remix) FREE DL
Alter Natives
Sierras Theme(Freshly Ground) Buy this track= Free Dl!
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Wildlife Control – Different

Wildlife Control make their 2013 debut introducing a palpable and exciting new sound. Part of the reason that makes the Brooklyn/San Francisco duo so attractive is their genuine attention for instrumental harmony often wrapped around softer vocals and even delicate and somber productions. However, their latest single “Different” provides a stark contrast to what we have heard to date, instilling aggressive Sleigh Bells-like drumming with a backdrop of hazy and surreal vocals.

Whether the single is a new direction for Wildlife Control or just a playful anomaly, it proofs the bands maturity and unwillingness to be tied down to a specific sound.

Wildlife Control

‘Different’ was released 1/29 and can be purchased on iTunes

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Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Chrome Canyon de-mix)

Tame Impala get their trippy psych-rock track “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” reworked by experimental electronic artist Chrome Canyon. The result? A woozy, elusive, yet totally captivating “de-mix”. When colors start to swirl and blur around you, you know the song’s gotten to you. Enjoy it.

Tame Impala
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Chrome Canyon de
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[TMN Exclusive] Carousel Interview

Softly sung vocals, a keyboard, a guitar and two band members are all it took to hook us. A few month ago we came across the electro pop duo, Carousel. After listening to their overwhelmingly lovable single “Stay Awake” on repeat for weeks on end, we realized that this newly formed outfit has tremendous potential. If not for their thoughtfully crafted lyrics, harmoniously paired synths and guitars, or calming vocals, for their ability to write a pop song.

We recently caught wind that the two were going to be heading through Denver on their way to Florida. Withing a matter of minutes we jumped on the opportunity to interview these two and see what their story was. Prior to the show, we sat down over beers and talked for a few hours. From staying up too late with girls we’re crazy about, to the hectic lifestyle of living in Brooklyn, we captured a perfect snapshot of what these two are like.

The show in and of itself was really impressive. In front of a small crowd, on a terrible sound system, these two put on a truly entertaining performance. Afterwards they came down and spoke with their fans, and eventually wound up out at the bars with them (and us). After a few dill pickle shots, we spoke more. Unfortunately the recorder was off, so those conversations will stay between us and them. However, you can still press play below, and read about what they had to say before the show.

Stay Awake
Lets Go Home
Where Have You Gone
Get Up

TMN: Welcome to Denver! Is this your first time playing here?

Kevin: Appreciate the welcome. This is our first time playing here. It’s the first of 20 dates that I can think of, and we’re just kind of going straight across the country. We’re really stoked to be here and be with The Music Ninja!

TMN: You’re just starting a tour, which show are you looking most forward to?

Kevin: I’m actually looking forward most to Boston because that’s where we went to school, and we started the band there a year and a half ago. We’re going to go back and see all of our old friends. We haven’t played for them, so it will be really cool.

TMN: It’s like a little homecoming.

Kevin: Exactly! Just like that.

TMN: You guys met at the Berklee School of Music, right?

Kevin: We actually met at the summer program when we were nerdy high schoolers. We were both jazz nerds, and we went to this thing called the Berklee Five Week. It’s like band camp, and we were randomly roommates. And then we kind of kept in touch, and when it was time to go to college we were both like, “Oh, I’m going to Berklee too,” so we were just roommates.

The funny thing is we were roommates our whole time at Berklee, and we never played music together until our senior year.

TMN: You guys moved from Boston where you went to Berklee School of Music to Brooklyn. After having some experience playing in both cities, what can you say about the differences in the two?

Kevin: People out west seem to have a warmer vibe. We get more fans coming out in LA and Northern California. You know, when you play out east, the venues are awesome and the people are great, but specifically in the city and in Brooklyn there’s so many acts. It’s so saturated, that it’s hard to stick out and have people genuinely enjoy a show. Out west, people are just trying to have a good time. For me personally, I enjoy it better. It’s more laid back.

You guys pull in a collection of influences from many other genres: electronica, pop, rock among many others. What the dynamics are between the two of you when you go to make a track? Does one of you push the electronica elements more, or is everything a collective effort?

Jackson: That’s a good question. I studied more of the production stuff in school, so at first I think I was pushing a little more of the electronic, only because I was the one studying producing at the time. As we started writing music together, Kevin was just as in to the electronic music.

We kind of like the same music. It’s hard to say. What would you say?

Kevin: Jackson has a pretty deep rooted love for punk music, so I would say that a lot of the rythmic, gritty driving stuff is probably more from his end. I kind of like a lot of it and try to bring my piece when I can to mold it with him.

Jackon: I’ve been in a phase in the past year where I’ve been listening to a lot of pop music, a lot of electronic stuff like Deadmau5, T.E.E.D and all that. Recently I’ve only been listening to the Drums. Do you know that band? For some reason, that’s all I like right now. Just the Drums. It’s hard though because we’re trying to write, and all of their songs are faster. They’re not 127 dance beats, they’re all a faster tracks. So, I’ve been having trouble bringing it back to four to the floor because I’ve been listening to too much of them.

Your vocals always come across so effortless Walk us through coming up with lyrics for each song.

Kevin: Well, I won’t go fully into it because I don’t want to diverge too far from your question, but normally we’ll have our song idea or melody before the lyrics. Jackson and myself will sit down and try to come up with the concept. We’ll start shooting random ideas about that concept, different words that sort of bring it to life. We start jotting things down, and eventually we’ll come up with a song.

We’ve gone through different phases in the way we write. We definitely like a sense of symmetry or formation. Being a little bit formulaic helps us keep a little more organized and makes it easier to put good melodies with the words.

Sometimes we’ll even compromise a meaning if a word sounds better. You catch my drift with that?

Jackson: I think the laid-backness of it comes from us not really ever singing before. The first time we tried singing was when we recorded the song, “Get Up.” That was the first time we had ever really tried singing. We still don’t really know how to sing. We just kind of do it soft. We’re trying to put more energy into it, but it definitely started off really…almost whispering into the mic to make sure we hit the notes. So that’s how that started.

TMN: So, do you actively take vocal lessons?

Jackson: No. I’ve watched some YouTube videos though. I’ve been telling myself to take vocal lessons for a while, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’ll get around to it.

If you had to describe your music in 3 words, what would they be?

Kevin: Wow. This is going to be way to general, but…I would say. Driving. Happy. Dance?

Jackson: Is it all happy? Dammit. Driving. Laid-back. Dance.

TMN: You guys have a new EP coming out soon. Talk to us about that.

Jackson: We started recording it in October. We’ve released one song so far, “Stay Awake,” which is one of those more uptempo songs. We’ve recorded a good amount of songs, but then this tour kinda came up and we’re trying to figure out if we want to go back and record more music for the EP after the tour. We’re not sure if we’re quite done with the EP, but you can expect another single soon. We’ve got a bunch of stuff ready.

Kevin: Most likely the EP will drop mid to late February.

TMN: Ok, this one is a little off the wall, but it’s one we ask everyone. If your music were an animal, what would it be?

Kevin: That’s great. Love it. Um…

Jackson: Can we both do one?

TMN: You can both do one, or you can collectively decide on a single animal. We’re good either way.

Kevin: A dolphin, and I’ll tell ya why. A dolphin displays some unique characteristics. Our music, in our opinion is very well thought out and we definitely dedicate a lot of time to making it. We give it the right characteristics to make it stand out on it’s own. Dolphins are in touch with their feelings, and we’re in touch with out music. They’re also kind of like free thinking, wild in the sea, and do whatever they want. We just kind of take influences from everything and just make what we like.

Most of all, Dolphins are really happy, and they’re the only other mammal that has sex for pleasure. Not saying…well…anyways, a lot of our music is pretty upbeat and happy.

Jackson: That’s good enough, right?

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2013 Round #1)

It seems like just yesterday the 1st indie dojo was posted.  But really “just yesterday” means 59 Tuesdays ago. Which means 59 playlists multiplied by the average song count of 6 quals approximately 352 wrangled songs that just happened to be floating around the internets at the right time. We hope you’ve enjoyed at least one if not multiple songs at this point and if you haven’t, well, here’s another 8 for you to try.  Ninjas never give up.

Santah - Springfield
Jason Diaz
All the Way Down
The Gospel Whiskey Runners
Hold On
Open the Doors
Song Preservation Society - Circus
Liz Lawrence
When I Was Younger
Tell Me Ida
Matthew E. White
One of These Days


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[NEW] Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)


2013 is shaping up to be the year of comebacks. With Destiny’s Child reuniting at the Super Bowl, and Justin Timberlake debuting some new songs live in New Orleans, 2013 is beginning to look more like 2003. In their roaring return, Fall Out Boy display that they’ve certainly matured during the years apart as they piece together an epic, riveting new single. It’s a definite shift in sound for Pete Wentz and crew. They represent that change in the accompanying visuals, where guest star 2 Chainz and a few friends symbolically burn down the group’s instruments and records. While some fans may miss the familiar sound of the past, this seems like a step in the right direction for the band. Fall Out Boy look poised to Save Rock and Roll, but we’ll have to wait until May 6th to find out if they succeed.

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
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[Dreamy] YUME – Admire

Rising 18-year-old NYC producer Jesse Taylor, aka YUME, just released a new track called “Admire”. After one spin, you’ll want to do just that and even more — I mean, I’m giddily fawning over here. The shapely pleaser of a single is fresh-faced, dreamy, and aglow during all the right curves and bends. But the best part is its appropriate use of hard-hitting hip-hop style beats. The awesome melding of wavy, chill transient moments and bouncy, throbbing trap-like flavor is something to behold here and will certainly please a wide ranger of listeners.

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