A-Trak and Armand Van Helden are back with their Grammy nominated partnership – Duck Sauce. As your would expect from releases like “Barbara Streisand” this latest little beauty has a dance beat but isn’t conformed to the usual four to the floor, dubstep wobble, or big booty shaking trap bassline. Instead we have something that we could easily hear in a Target commercial. We of course mean that in the most complimentary of ways.
This duo has managed so bring EDM to the masses in a high pitch synth driven head bobbing track that will surely help you move through whatever it is your up to tonight.
Today, we’ve got a jukey little house tune to perk up those dreadful Tuesdays. At this point in time not much is known about Miami’s 19 year-old Matthew Postrel, and thus far his remix of Earth, Wind & Fire’s timeless track “September” remains only the young producer’s second release through Soundcloud. Matthew Postrel crafts a beat employing the filtered E,W & F samples in perfect form, creating a dancefloor melody that feels like the original, but adds a layer of glittery dance and somewhat of a dubby drum-kick. All of these elements combined had the words “glitch-house” floating inside of my cerebrum, which was the first time these genres have been fused so seamlessly; at least in my tenure inside of the music industry. We expect to see a number of electro-house DJ’s play this one out this Summer and thought the rest of the Ninja community should be privy to this free download. Look for more from Matthew Postrel in the near future as he continues to perfect his sound.
If you’re familiar with our Chill Dojo then you should know that the thought of combining TMN favorites Follow Me and Satin Jackets on one record may just be the best thing to happen since sliced bread. Satin Jackets, who have garnered acclaim for their dreamy fusion of deep and disco house have given their dazzling spin on Follow Me’s sensual original, “Somethin’ Bout You”. Slowing the BPM of the original to inject their own fanciful melodies and 80′s flair, Satin Jackets breathe life into the Brooklyn duo’s stellar tune. Stream the track and make sure to grab the free download as well! Enjoy.
When J. Cole‘s Born Sinner dropped last week, one of the first tracks people noticed was the heartfelt number, “Let Nas Down.” J. Cole is an emcee who’s never been ashamed to open himself up, but “Let Nas Down” may have been one of his most personal songs to date. In it, Cole describes the devastating feeling of letting down one of your idols. Specifically, he recalls the conflict bubbling up inside of him when he found out Nas wasn’t a fan of the first single (“Work Out”) from his debut album, Cole World. “Work Out” was a song that received mixed reviews from many J. Cole fans. Some viewed it as him selling out to produce a hit record, while others saw it as a necessary step to expand his brand. Born Sinner represents a return to the J. Cole we all know and love, and Nas decided to recognize that, finally providing Cole with some closure on this new remix. After finally receiving Nasir’s blessing, this new revamp represents a ceremonial passing of the torch as Nas now truly considers J. Cole to be one of his peers.
Why is it that we always go for the negative before the positive? For example: Your boss want’s to talk to you. “Fired!” is probably your initial thought. You immediately retrace every step you took in the past week to figure out if you slipped up on your job somewhere. You slowly “sad charlie brown” your way into their office and all they want to tell you is how great of a job you are doing. Imagine that! We are so used to grabbing onto the dreadful, we completely overlook how simple things can be. Let’s change that. We can start with this playlist. You might despise the indie genre or maybe last weeks playlist swore you off the Indie Dojo for life. Both of those things are negative as shit. So hit the play button with a positive finger….and give it a chance.
With all the attention surrounding releases from Drake, Jay-Z, J.Cole and KanyeWest recently, you might’ve forgotten that BigSean has an album on the way this summer too. Good thing he’s back to make sure you’re “Beware” of his presence. Featuring the soulful stylings of JheneAiko and a guest verse from LilWayne, “Beware” is an incredibly smooth, laidback joint that’s easy to vibe out to. Don’t let its sultry sounds deceive you though, as the track serves as a warning to men everywhere about the wrath of a woman scorned. Check out the single above, and be on the lookout for Sean’s forthcoming release, Hall Of Fame, set to arrive on August 27th.
Get ready to lace up your dancing shoes. No, it’s not time for Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist just yet, but you will feel like getting down after you press play. Oslo born DJ/Producer duo Lemaitre have provided us with a futuristic infused disco house tune that makes us want to throw on some bell bottoms and gold fish heeled platform shoes.
With a sound that’s reminiscent of Daft Punk or Phoenix, Lemaitre has taken the uplifting lyrics from Martin Solveig and the Cataracs tune and made a real dance floor pleaser. Take notice of those disco style synths and groovy guitar riffs. This begs to be danced to. We can hardly contain ourselves. It’s a good thing this chair has arms, or we’d be groovin’ all over TMN HQ.