British electronic instrumentalists Augustus Ghost and Throwing Snow, just put the finishing touches on their collaborative debut full-length album, A Small Murmation, under stage moniker Snow Ghosts, which is getting polished up and mastered as we speak for a July 8 release on Houndstooth Records. Already being championed with invitations to support live for the likes of uber-tastemakers in Thom Yorke and Bonobo mostly on the back of 2011′s Lost at Sea EP, Snow Ghosts’ ominous music clearly effects those who have been privy to their unique blend of folk-pop, black-metal, and electronica. Their latest single “Secret Garden”, so far the second coming from A Small Murmation, balances Augustus ghost’s stark and rich vocals with cyclical melody and a chillwave inspired beat that seems to have developed a case of the “trip-hop’s”. You can pre-order Snow Ghosts’ forthcoming long-player here, and as always stream the track above.
Another fresh face to burst out of a rapidly burgeoning Australian independent scene, artist Mark Zito recognized as //Fractures, has already begun to bear the fruits of his labor, receiving loads of critical praise in the last few months without even playing a headlining spot on a concert bill (His first headline show is set for June 20th). Another multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, //Fractures takes a very “hands-on” approach, producing music from top to bottom in the same vain as SBTRKT and James Blake and in the span of only a few months has seemed to have evolved light years ahead of schedule – no doubt due to an insane array of musical capabilities. From the humble confines of a bedroom studio pet recording project, to now delivering some of the most progressive electronic music on his side of the World, //Fractures has already witnessed down-tempo debut single “Twisted” log over 80,000 plays on Soundcloud as well as earning a coveted ‘Top-5′ spot on the Hype Machine. This weekend, the official music video for “Twisted” was given to us, and we were thinking that it would be a nice Monday Morning treat for our Ninja collective to consume. Stream the emotionally heavy music video featuring actress Danielle Baynes below.
That time of the year is almost upon us and this edition of the Chill Dojo will get you excited for summer weather like nothing else. While we can’t wait for the season of long cruises, warm nights and good times, at least we will be fully prepared with all the right soundtracks for when that day finally arrives.
One song that is guaranteed to be on repeat all season long is a gorgeous drum n bass gem from Polish producer Silence Groove. ‘Dreams Do Come True’ is liquid dnb at its very best, with bright chords and a clean sound that is oozing with joy. Try not to smile, just try. If that last song left you floating on a cloud of happiness, then the latest from XTRAFUNK will ensure to maintain that elevation. The track title is no lie, this is music that will carry you away to where you want to be. It’s not only music that can achieve this sensation though, with some vocalists containing that very special power in their voice alone. LA songstress BANKS is one of those unique few, and when you combine such a gift with the production prowess of TEED, you have yourself a mind-blowing result. Catch the original post from last week here if you missed it. In other news, SF producer Giraffage has been on a roll lately with a string of amazing mellow tunes, which may have just given him the confidence to bring a new take on the classic dance hit from Stardust. It’s a bold edit, but one that has been mixed to perfection and hits all the right notes. And while we’re on the topic of successful remixes, this next trap take on a JT smash by NY dJ eSenTRIK is sure to make some serious waves. In a now heavily saturated genre, it’s polished sounds like this that will be the ones to stand out.
The fun doesn’t end there though, with plenty more fresh beats and tropical grooves from a heap of dojo favourites. Don’t be caught sleeping on this one! Peace out.
The day after a 3 day weekend feels way worse than a regular Monday. It’s like a double craptastic Monday. But, lets take a look at the brighter side. We’ve got a shorter week heading into the next weekend and we’ve got an indie dojo to get us through the rest of it.
This week hasn’t been very kind to me folks. From nagging injuries to a nasty lingering cold, I’ve spent most of my week resigned indoors as I try to recover. Despite all of those hurdles though, I’ve managed to push through to bring you all the tenth edition of the Hip-Hop Dojo. Last week was all about introducing you guys to new artists, and while we do have a few fresh names around here again, you should be familiar with a majority of the lot. I won’t be able to elaborate on every track today, but I would like to point out some of the standout material from this week’s collection. We just hope this playlist can serve as a nice break from the Arrested Development marathon we all know you’re currently having.
We start things of with New Jersey native MoRuf, a recent college graduate who decided to celebrate by crafting a song about it. Looking forward to the road ahead, Mo hopes to dodge some stormy weather as he seeks the clear path towards success. Next up to the plate is DevineCarama who hopes to enlighten his listeners through his lyrics and his flow. Da YoungFellaz hope to take us on a trip to “New Rich City” with their latest effort. This marks the second straight week that the duo has been featured in the Dojo, and we hope that streak continues going forward. Our fourth selection reminds us of a lesson Bay Area emcee A-1 taught us a few weeks back. On “Funeral Season” Statik and crew provide us with a few more details about the spike in violence that occurs during the hot summer months. BunB and Hit-Boy in particular come through with some surprisingly stellar verses.
A good chunk of this week’s compilation comes to us from Chicago. In fact, two of the best works lyrically are featured back to back: the first one being F.Stokes‘ “1954″ and the second being Psalm One‘s “Queen Until.” We also can’t ignore our newest piece from the SAVEMONEY clique. The ensemble provides us with bars for days as they absolutely tear through the seven minute remix of Giftz’s “Nino.” Another phenomenal number comes to us from Waldo who “Finally” makes his Hip-Hop Dojo premiere. The Michigan emcee certainly impresses on the mic as he spits over a lush, atmospheric instrumental from Sango. Our final offering from Chitown comes courtesy of Julian Malone, who preps us for the release of his upcoming Diff.Rnt mixtape with the first single, “Tokyo.”
Tate Tucker‘s “Fire” wins the title of smoothest track of the week, but Bas‘ “Lit” might be a close second. Featuring a sample of Miguel‘s “Do You” and an excellent guest verse from J. Cole, “Lit” definitely stands out as one of the top tracks to drop this week (seriously, I can’t emphasize enough how clutch that Cole feature is). Interpolating the chorus of the Fresh Princeclassic, Blu wants to remind us exactly what time it is (even if it might not feel that way in certain parts of the country) on “Summer Time.”
Now I don’t normally feature freestyles on here, but there’s something about Drake‘s “5 AM In Toronto” that brings the best out of every emcee that touches it. A few weeks ago we shared JoellOrtiz‘s rendition of “5 AM In Brooklyn,” and today we bring you Voli‘s “5 AM.” The Jersey representative definitely brings his A-game as he steps up to the mic on this one. When you first press play on Lecrae‘s “Round of Applause” it might sound like your average trap banger, but if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize the true message behind the song. The track is all about emerging from the stereotypes that many of these rappers fall victim to, and proving that it’s possible to be successful through hard work and education. That provides a perfect segue to our next selection, as Goodie Mob attempts to provide us with “Special Education” of their own. Featuring the vocal stylings of Janelle Monáe, the newest single from the legendary quartet is sure to make your headphones explode with its whirring, hard-hitting instrumental. The track also proves that Cee Lo can still rap his ass off, as he completely demolishes the beat with his tremendous wordplay.
Snow Tha Product is the only artist to be featured twice this week, and for good reason. If you don’t know about Snow yet, it’s still not too late to jump on her bandwagon. The Mexican-American emcee absolutely bodies tracks with her rapid-fire flow, proving she can hold her own on both “On. Now” featuring Trae Tha Truth and “Cali Luv,” a record produced by The Cataracs that includes a sample of Tupac‘s classic “California Love.” The next selection I’d like to highlight is from Travi$ Scott. Kanye’s latest protégé recently released his Owl Pharoahmixtape, and this particular track was too good to pass up. “Dance on the Moon” has a very KidCudi-esque vibe to it, mostly thanks to TheophilusLondon‘s vocals on the chorus. The final track on our playlist might be the most upbeat (and the most random) of them all. Featuring the unlikely pairing of 2 Chainz and Macklemore, Clinton Sparks brings us an energetic number all about chasing paper and having a generally good time.All in all, it’s a perfect way to wrap things up.
We hope you guys enjoyed our tenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all of your submissions/suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(As a bonus, I wanted to direction your attention to a fun little video I’ve included below. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will always have a special place in the hearts of all hip-hop fans, so I feel it’s my duty to alert you of any mini-reunions of the show’s cast.)
Let’s first start off by giving another shout out to Tommie Sunshine for hooking it up last week with a massive 52 track playlist for us. If you didn’t see that, make sure to check it out. As cool as last weeks’ CFPP was, it’s a new week, which calls for new jams.
As for us, we’re taking advantage of this fine long weekend to head to the sunny beaches of Florida. We’ll be sippin’ fruity cocktails in our swim trunks and flip flops. Whatever your plans are, we hope you enjoy this tasty selection of party tracks. Just make sure you don’t go too hard in the paint, and forget that Arrested Development Season 4 comes out on Sunday.
We were lucky to have PatrickReza fly into Denver to headline a Music Ninja party this past week and took full advantage by sitting down with him to chat a little about his music, his future and also why his music is like a baby giraffe.
TMN: On this beautiful sunny Sunday we are so excited to welcome you Patrick to the Mile High City and ecstatic that you are headlining TMN’s party.
PR: Thank you thank you.
TMN: Tell me, you have been to Denver before right? What do you like about this city?
PR: I have been here but I have never played. It is beautiful out here but the air is so thin I have been drinking water non-stop and have been peeing every like 20 minutes, flushing my system I guess.
TMN: And you are an LA native correct? Tell us some things you love most about your home.
PR: I like cities. LA is where I grew up and where I skated as a kid. The music scene is amazing, the people are amazing. All my friends are here, it’s just home it has been home forever.
TMN: Let’s go back a few years to when you were just a wee lad. Did you have musical training when you were little or did you grow up in a musical household at all?
PR: Well my parents don’t play instruments but they thought it would be good for me to start playing instruments. So at the age of four I started taking piano lessons until I was about nine, so I didn’t get into it too far and then I quit and then I started playing guitar because it was cool and it gets all the honeys, ya know, in third grade.
TMN: Haha, well of course, looking out for the ladies at a young age.
PR: Exactly. So I played that for about four and a half years. Then in high school I had to take a music class and I decided to start playing saxophone and clarinet, it is kind of nerdy but I love the sound of sax and the way it looked. I played that throughout high school. But I mean I never got into any instrument super deep. I have severe ADD I need new stuff to stimulate me all the time. My dad had a huge vinyl collection and influenced me from a young age. He went through a lot of phases he was a hippy, and discos, and then a punkrocker and he stayed true to that so I grew up listening to the Sex Pistols and the Clash Vinyls. So I grew up in a heavy music atmosphere. If you would give me sheet music right now I would not know how to read anything.
TMN: Where do you see yourself with your music in five years? (I know this can be a tough question but when you see PatrickReza down the road where do you hope your music will go?)
PR: I mean, I’m friends with a lot of people who in my book have attend success like K Drew and Mount Eden and Adventure club and if I can be anywhere near where they are in five years, have a really loyal fan base, being touring a lot and being able to help and support my friends to grow with me, that would be awesome. I mean five years is a long time, I’ve only been doing this for a year and nine months but I’d like to start my own private record label so I can give friends around me who don’t have the connections or the means to get their music out a medium to get it out.
TMN: So let’s make a shift to some fun/more personal questions here. Tell me, what are three things you carry with you when you travel for shows at all times?
PR: My electronic cigeratte, my phone and my laptop for the shows. Kind of need it.
TMN: Favorite article of clothing ever.
PR: Article or brand?
PR: I have this really cool Obey jacket that is gray leather but looks like it has a fake black hoodie underneath. But I can never wear it when I play shows because I sweat and get so hot on stage.
TMN: Ok I’m going to throw out some quick questions or phrases and I want you to day what or who comes to your mind first, ok?
Best hair and facial hair in the music industry: Skrillex
Favorite color: I like them all
Girl crush: My Girlfriend (stop the interview and “awwwwwww”)
Man crush: Corey Baker aka Kill Paris (me too)
Cats or Dogs: Dogs
TMN: Before we let you tear up the stage I have one final question that we like to ask every artist we interview. If your music was some type of animal, what animal would it be?
PR: A giraffe in its baby stage but 130 feet tall.
TMN: (Laughing) Nice, can you explain that a bit more?
PR: Like a giraffe in its baby stage isn’t fully developed so it’s neck isn’t as long so it would almost be completely proportional. Kind of like a dog so the legs and the neck are completely equal but it would just be humungous so it would be completely proportional but look like a really weird giraffe.
TMN: As always Patrick, we are loving having you as our Resident Artist this month and we can’t wait to see what else you have in store this year.