Justin Timberlake‘s been away from music for awhile now (over six years to be exact), so when he announced his comeback, it’s needless to say that he turned a few heads. Now that we have our first taste though, it seems a little bitter. With the first single off of his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, it seems clear that JT is still just shaking the rust off and trying to acclimate himself to this new age of music. “Suit & Tie” brings together some diverse sounds, starting things off with a slowed down, chopped-and-screwed chorus, before resurrecting some of the old Timberlake experience we’re used to. The eclectic and occasionally hectic instrumental was crafted by frequent collaborator Timbaland, with Jay-Z adding in a pretty solid verse as well to wrap things up. Overall, the song doesn’t live up to its expectations, though it might never have in any form. Regardless, we’re all still excited to see what Timberlake has for us in 2013 and welcome him back to the music business. Hopefully, he’ll be able to duplicate the same success he had years ago that had us all pining for his return.
In this week’s edition of the completely unexpected is the reunion of the 90s-00′s girl group Destiny’s Child. On the heels of news that the three will reunite and make a cameo during Beyonce‘s highly publicized superbowl performance, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and Beyonce drop some new material. Their Pharrell produced single “Nuclear” is the first of new works for the girl group in preparation for their compilation album Love Songs to drop later this year. The Michelle Williams, James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal-penned lyrics make for a catchy hook over the throwback 90′s vibe beat. Although the tune does sound a little dated, it is refreshing to hear this kind of sound that has been missing from the R&B/pop genre as well as the flawless harmonies of the three women.
What a surprise, Brooklyn’s finest killed it again. Baauer will take over the world in 2013, especially if he keeps releasing massive Trap bangers like this new tune titled “Slip”. It features some hard samples mixed with all of his funky and innovative bells and chimes. No news yet on an official release, but last night it was played by Diplo as part of his mix on BBC Radio 1. Cheers.
As the weekend winds down, we like to spend countless hours going through emails, and we usually come across at least one track that we looked over. This week that track is the debut single from Bristol based indie outfit, Coasts. This bright and dancy indie rock tune is heartwarming, energetic, and fun to listen to. “Oceans” is their debut single, and will be available for purchase February 25th. Make sure to pay attention to these guys, because they’re sure to make a splash (pun intended) in 2013.
“Move” is the brand new single from the UK’s MAUSI. Slick, synthy, and colorful, it’s the perfect smooth party jam, full of disco & funky bits and straight up, Grade-A electro pop flavor. Not only does the music get you going, but the lyrics themselves are pretty damn good motivators:
“You’ve got to dance like you want to dance, you’ve got to feel like it like nobody sees. You’ve got to move like you want to move, you’ve got to sing like you want…”
These guys sure know how to sell the dance floor. Check it out below. “Move” will be available via Loose Lips this March. Stay tuned — MAUSI are definitely ones to watch this year.
The Chill Dojo has hit another milestone with edition number 20! So we’re celebrating, or rather vegging out with an equal number of stellar tracks to wind down your weekend and keep things as easy as can be.
Bit Funk kicks off our proceedings with the standout for this playlist in ‘The Long Road Ahead’. With the year just beginning, 2013 certainly does have a long way to go, but if mellow masterpieces like this are the soundtrack to our days then it will certainly be one to look forward to. The vibes keep flowing with our next mix courtesy of Melbourne duo QvsQ, who take the haunting yet chilled original from London Grammar and add a touch of progressive magic to perfectly complement those enchanting vocals. We continue on to some new stuff from familiar names in Sizzlebird and Cross Them Out, who continue to do what they do best in providing absolutely gorgeous sounds. We then revisit an earlier post from the week covering another dojo favourite in Follow Me, with another smooth rework of a classic R&B jam that will quickly have you under its spell. Our playlist concludes with a special treat of 5 of the best laid-back beats from UK producer Vanilla’s latest album of instrumentals, For What It’s Worth. The jazzy touch make these a pure easy-listening delight.
There is definitely plenty to enjoy in this jam-packed milestone installment, so vibe along in whatever way you love most. Peace out!
If you haven’t realised by now, here at The Music Ninja we are suckers for a funky jam and HOT DAMN does beat menace Skullee give us something to rock out to here! Brass and bass will forever be a match made in heaven, and “Funkmonstah” provides a generous slice of just that. Call it infectious, dirty, or even as the artist himself labels it, “funkahton”. It doesn’t matter what name is put to it, because at the end of the day it is good music through and through that will have you moving whether you like it or not. For anyone complaining that electronic music is sounding all the same or getting stale, take a listen to this clear message from Skullee to go and get funked!