[Hip Hop] Jaymes Young – Dark Star (Jez Dior/SmarterChild Remix)

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Jaymes Young
Dark Star (Jez Dior/SmarterChild Remix)

It’s always a great day when we get another release from one of our favorites in the game, Jez Dior. This emotionally charged lyricist has graced the pages of TMN before with his artfully crafted lyrics, provoking reflection with the snap of his tongue, which is why we’re always excited to hear new work from him.

Two weeks ago Jez and SmarterChild released their most recent project, which consisted of playing around with the arrangement of Jaymes Young’s blogosphere hit, “Dark Star”. This remix has a slightly more beat centric tempo, which gives the perfect cadence for Jez to lay some lyrics over. Once again we’re left feeling something, as we always do with Jez’s lyrics. This is one thing that we’ve come to expect from him, and he once again makes sure we’re not disappointed.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Showtek Showing What is Up

Showtek Feat We Are Loud! & Sonny Wilson
Booyah (Original Mix)

Any artist who loves sushi is good in my book.

Our resident brothers for August, Showtek, sat down to chat with us about their musical history, Jay-Z and why Salt Lake City is one place they will always visit.

TMN: Hey fellas. Thank you so much for taking a few moments to sit down with us and for taking over TMN for the month of August! Let’s start off talking about you guys as brothers. How did you both decide that you wanted to play music together?

Showtek: We never had the dream of becoming DJs, it really just happened, but not out of the blue of course. We started producing music as a hobby. We both loved music when we were young – Wouter played piano and Sjoerd worked on beats on his computer. When our parents got divorced we needed a way to express ourselves! We hooked up as a team and locked ourselves up in our little room and just made music, straight from the heart. We had no background in music, no schooling, no one who taught us how to work music programs, we just discovered everything by ourselves.
When we released our music in 2001, we immediately scored. We reached the charts in Belgium and our tracks were played by other big DJs. So within a year our name started to grow in our own country and some parts of Europe. We were asked to play in a club in our hometown as residents DJs, and from there on we started to really DJ. We love DJing and traveling the world, don’t get us wrong, but it started with producing music.

TMN: Did you start off by learning traditional instruments? Did you guys have sibling arguments over who got to play what?

Showtek: Wouter played piano when he was a teenager and still does. He also plays guitar, so he is definitely the musical Mozart out of the two of us. Lots of melodies are created on the piano at home, and from there we start making most of our music. We never really argue about producing or DJing. Sometimes we agree to disagree, haha.

TMN: Were your musical aspirations something your parents encouraged growing up? How do they feel about you guys being together all the time doing what you love, and experiencing tremendous success while doing it?

Showtek: Well our father has only seen us twice on stage, once at Sensation and once a local festival near his house. He is really proud now, but if our parents stayed together our career might have never happened. After the divorce we both skipped a lot of classes at school, and Sjoerd was even kicked out three times because he always skipped the first few hours. We always worked until 4 in the morning, freaking on beats and stuff. Our dad would never allow us to do that, but we took advantage of our mum who worked all day to feed four kids. She didn’t really notice! The fact that our parents got divorced brought us more together.

TMN: Speaking of tremendous success..”Cannonball”. Holy shit. That song took the EDM world by storm and was seemingly around every corner. Between Ultra, WMC, and Coachella, we heard it dozens of time by all kinds of different DJs. What was it like experiencing that?

Showtek: Yeah it became a big bomb! It was received really well and was supported by big DJs. We were at Ultra and our tracks were played 34 times! Haha.. Yeah it’s always cool to hear that people like our music. That song brought us to another level in the dance industry. It was in the top 40 for 24 weeks in Holland, got a golden record, and it was the same story in Belgium and France. So far it’s been our biggest achievement in music!

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[TMN VIDEO PREMIERE] Youan – Your Trust


UK based producer Youan might be relatively new to the game, but he has his sights set high with his new EP, ‘Your Trust’ via Minds on Fire The title single from this EP (due out on the 19th) is truly infectious, with catchy lyrics draping softly over lounge style house beats. This dancy tune is definitely club appropriate, with it’s groovy structure, yet the poppy vocal progression suggests something that’s very radio friendly.

The video we’re premiering today is a bit random, only featuring people in a park slowly forming a peace sign with random objects. However bizarre it is, the music is overwhelmingly addicting, which will make you press play again and again.

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[TMN PREMIERE] 2AM Club – Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has been at the epicenter of hip-hop discussion in 2013. To provide you with some brief highlights, in just a short span she’s already collaborated on songs with Snoop Dogg Lion and Mike WiLL Made Ittwerked on stage with Juicy J, starred in Big Sean‘s video for “Fire,” and became a Jay-Z punchline, meaning Miley hasn’t been far from our minds at all this year. Despite all of those achievements however, Miley is still lacking one last honor to add to her mantle: having a complete song dedicated to her. That is of course, until now.

2AM Club returns to the scene with a fly new single meant to be an ode to Miley’s newfound obsession with all that is ratchet and raunchy. The eclectic group once again brings together a suave blend of live instrumentation to couple with witty bars and a soulful hook courtesy of lead vocalists Tyler Cordy and Marc Griffin. While the song takes its name from the former Disney Channel star, its contents apply to all girls attempting to shed their previous image to pursue a certain type of lifestyle. I’ll leave that part for you to figure out on your own. Grab the FREE download above, and make sure to check out more music from 2AM Club on their official SoundCloud page.

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[Dubstep] PatrickReza – The Woods EP


It is into The Woods with this new EP released today by one of our young favorites PatrickReza. This four track EP is the unique sound and electronic/dubstep melody we have come to love from Reza.

He starts out with “Ritual”, a song that reminds me of dancing around a fire in the middle of the woods. It is a strong melody with repetitive vocals and intense drum beats and drops with the help of guitar chords. The next song, “Prey”, is the sound of background music to be played if you were being hunted in the woods. Dark and haunting electronic sounds cater this song with the pace constantly speeding up and slowing down, just like running footprints on a wooded path. “The Woods” and “Tribe” are solid songs, again, Reza shows his ability to mix any electronic sound with any dubstep sound and make some music magic. This is one little trip to the forest you won’t want to miss out on, just watch out for a wolf in a red cape.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2013 Round #2)


Things never go as planned nor do things ever stay the same. Sometimes the reality of that sucks and sometimes it can be extremely awesome. Whatever it is, we all come to accept change at some point in our life. But, if you aren’t ready for that point of acceptance, come meet us here, at this spot, every Tuesday. We’ve got a weekly playlist to share, where the only things a-changin’ are last weeks awesome songs being replaced with this weeks awesome songs.

When We Were Small
The Janks
Separation From Your Body
The Dreamer
Birds and Arrows
Stay (Rihanna Cover Le Mouv)
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[Hip-Hop] Big Sean – Control (HOF) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica) (Prod. No I.D.)

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Control (HOF) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)

Say what you want about Big Sean, but bringing together Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica on one track is an accomplishment in and of itself. Both deemed as saviors of hip-hop at one time, the dichotomy between how their two careers have diverged is truly amazing. While Kendrick is dominating the rap charts and garnering guest verses on just about every relevant single this year, Jay seems to be locked away in some lost corner of the globe, providing fans with a rare glimpse here and there, while leaving us all wondering when we’ll finally be able to hear his debut project, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn). Still, “Control (HOF)” gives us a chance to finally compare the two side by side through seven fiery minutes of “straight rap” as Sean puts it. If it were up to me I’d say Kendrick won this round, spitting one of his most venomous verses to date.

Unfortunately, “Control (HOF)” won’t be featured on Sean’s upcoming album due to some sampling clearance issues. We’ll also have to deal with the Funk Flex bombs for now as well, but we’re hoping the full, CDQ version drops soon. Hall of Fame will finally be in stores on August 27th.

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