[Hip-Hop] Vic Mensa – Innanetape


We’ve already professed our love for Chicago’s hip-hop scene countless times over, but we’ll do it once again here. You’d be hard pressed to find a place in the world right now that’s doing it better than the Windy City. Today, we proudly present to you INNANETAPE, the debut solo project from SAVEMONEY affiliate, Vic Mensa. The highly anticipated mixtape represents the perfect opportunity for the former Kids These Days frontman to flaunt his skills on the mic, and prove why he’s primed for a breakout just like his homie, Chance The Rapper. The 14-track tape features Mensa showcasing his headlong flow and eccentric punchlines alongside such names as Chance (obviously), Joey Purp, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, Hit-Boy, Thundercat and many many more. Check out a few standout tracks below, and make sure to download the full tape when you’re done.


Vic Mensa
Tweakin (Ft. Chance The Rapper)
Vic Mensa
Magic (Ft. Jesse Boykins III)
Vic Mensa
Holy Holy (Ft. Ab Soul & BJ The Chicago Kid)
Vic Mensa
Fear & Doubt (Ft. Kenna & Joey Purp)
Vic Mensa
RUN! (Ft. Thundercat)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #55

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This week we shed some light on some stellar late night tracks, and not the kind you’ll hear at a 4am recovery set in a seedy club. We’re talking about the kind of music you play lying in bed awake, contemplating the mysteries of the universe. Or love. Or the meaning of life. Or whatever other deep, complex stuff keeps you awake at night. Doesn’t matter. All that’s important is that the songs below are superb, so go lose yourself in their beauty.

After we posted about this track last week, it was really a no-brainer that it had to be at the top of the dojo. The recently formed electronic trio FLXXDS, consisting of well known artists Crywolf, Prfft & Svyable, and Gazzo,  have debuted with a stellar cover of City and Colour’s ‘Two Coins’. It’s truly a breathtaking remake of the iconic original that just oozes  emotion. Another artist that brings emotion like no other is dojo favourite Patrick Baker, and his latest single will have memories of summer come flooding back. His smooth voice has always been the talking point of his previous work, but the production in ‘Summer Lover’ shows this talented man really is the whole package. Kastle has been unstoppable lately, with week after week of mind-blowing material. This time he’s gifted us with a stunning remix of ‘Tessellate’ filled with his signature bassline groove that is Kastle at his very best. It’s been a little while since our latest fix of chill hiphop mixes in this playlist, and these edits of a couple of classics come courtesy of talented beatmakers in Maxo and Demouche. DJ AA returns with another bootleg blending together Rudimental, Bondax and Lorde in a way that just clicks.  We round off this write-up in the best way possible with more Ta-Ku magic, this time bestowing his masterful beats on a downtempo take on the big summer hit from LDRU.

One things for sure, you’ll be feeling this one. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #55 zip

Two Coins (City & Colour Cover)
Patrick Baker
Summer Lover
Ellie Goulding
Tessellate (Kastle Remix)
PUPPET MASTER (Cypress Hill w. Dr. Dre).mp3
2pac X Smokesia
Not Giving In (AA Royals Bootleg).mp3
The Tropics (TaKu Remix)
Pink Elephant
Sweater Beats
Hold On Were Going Home (Drake Cover)
Yumi And The Weather
All We Can (Vondelpark Rework)
Rock the Boat (Carnizzy Remix)
Dino Soccio
Another Love
Nova Casa
My Heart
Anna Kendrick
Cups (kataa REMIX)
Close Your Eyes (Feat. Laura Hahn)


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[Indie] Lorde – Tennis Court (The Kite String Tangle Cover)

Tennis Court (The Kite String Tangle Cover)

With a level of talent like 17 year old sensation Lorde, it’s only natural to expect an onslaught of remixes and covers to follow. Her razor sharp lyrics are infectious and meticulously crafted, which offers up an opportunity for others artists to pay tribute to her with their own take on her work.

While “Tennis Courts” initially was a hip hop inspired electro-pop tune, The Kite String Tangle saw it in a much different light. The experimental solo project of alternative electronic artist and producer, Danny Harley, crafted a melodically rich downtempo interpretation. Letting his heaven like vocals be the star in this cover, it’s an absolutely stunning take that we just can’t stop listening to.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Pre-tour Interview with Lucy Rose


We’ve been fans of Lucy Rose for quite some time now. Her emotion rich lyrics and gorgeous tone captured our hearts, and we’ve never looked back.

We recently found out that Lucy was crossing the Atlantic to embark on a North American tour. While she’s been here before, she’s never been here as a headliner. Until now. With this tour already underway, we shot over a few select questions to get a little bit of insight into the tour.

TMN: Hi Lucy! Thank you so much for taking some time to have a virtual sit down with us today. Let’s start off by talking about how this tour came to be. This is your second time touring the states, but your first time as a headliner. What are you most looking forward to?

LR: Having the band with me so we can play the songs how they should be heard.

TMN: Having been to the states before, what was your favorite city?

LR: Albany NY, just because I’d never heard of it before and we were lucky enough to spend a day off there. Went into the local record shop and the guy that owned the shop bought five of my CD’s to help me out. First time that’s ever happened and then we all went out together to a gig to see an awesome band called Fancy Tramp. Really cool city.

TMN: And looking ahead to this tour in particular, is there any city that you’re really looking forward to playing for?

LR: We’re going to a lot of places that I’ve never been to before, so I’m looking forward to so many places. I’ve heard Nashville is pretty awesome and that’swere my label Thirty Tigers are based so I can’t wait for that.

TMN: We know you have a lot of planning to do for this trip, and it must be stressful.Do you have any routines you go through when touring to make sure you have everything buttoned up?

LR: Luckily for me my tour manager does all the organizing so I have one less thing to worry about, then the main thing is passport, never forget your passport.

TMN: What are three things you can’t live without when you’re on the road?

LR: Steam inhaler, music, guitar.

TMN: Alright, let’s ask a few silly questions, just for fu. When you’re in America, the one thing you have to eat is…

LR: Chilli dog from Ben’s Chilli Bowl in Washington DC.

TMN: If you could spend a day or two of vacation in any of your tour stops, which city would you most like to vacation in?

LR: Las Vegas and it’s happening!

TMN: Name the one thing you miss most about home when you’re on the road.

LR: A good cup of tea.

TMN: If you were going to bring home a souvenir from America for your best friend, what would it be?

LR: Basketball shirt.

Ok, that’s all we have for you, for now at least. We can’t wait to talk about your music when you get to Denver. Safe travels!!

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[Hip-Hop] Pusha T – King Push (Prod. Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West)

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King Push (Prod. Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West)

While Jay-Z and Kanye West are supposed to be watching the throne, Pusha T seems primed and ready to snatch it out from right underneath them (that’s if Kendrick doesn’t get there first, of course). The coup might not be very subtle however, as Push’s latest effort was produced by Yeezy himself, along with Joaquin Phoenix (before you ask, yes, there’s only one Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s that dude from Gladiator). Unsurprisingly, the Virginia native is ruthless on the mic as he marches along to a banging instrumental full of powerful snares and ominous vocal samples. Check out the dope visuals for the intro from Pusha’s My Name Is My Name below, and make sure to grab yourself a copy before it hits shelves on October 8th. And if you’d like to find out the story behind this track, you can peep the interview Push did with Vibe last month.

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[House] Bixel Boys – Black December EP

Black December
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Black December
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Red October

L.A.’s Bixel Boys blaze their own path when it comes to dance music production, fusing the energy of big-room EDM with sleek, deep-house and indie dance execution. After a solid string of remixes within the last year, taking on the likes of Michael Jackson, Drake, Seal and Robin Thicke, along with a few solid originals; Ian and Rob have put the final touches on a debut EP, Black December, on Sweat It Out Music and it has certainly been stamped with our seal of approval. The extended play’s titular track “Black December” starts things off with a bang utilizing a shuffling rhythm paired with a couple of gigantic build-ups, all executed with a clear underground sensibility while the aptly named “Red October” has a much more tech feel with some industrial sounding synths and even more raucous drops. Black December will no doubt appeal to listeners from all ends of the electronic spectrum, signalling Bixel Boys’ place as a definite act to watch for  as Summer eschews itself out the door. Stream the Black December EP above.

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