Chrisette Michelle has coined the title of this modern-day pre- and post-break-up songstress in the game. From her debut smash hit “Be Ok” to her equally successful single “Epiphany(I’m Leaving)” ft Drake, her repertoire of hits is very reminiscent of 90′s Mary J.Blige R&B with a more classic jazz/hip-hop sound. With her latest single “Charades”, she croons about the hesistation to get to know someone on a romantic level after being burned in the past. The Wizzy Wow produced track gives off a mellow vibe with some synth beats and soft, vulnerable vocals from the songstress. Unexpectedly, 2 Chainz joins the singer as the dude whose intentions are in question. The single can be heard on Michelle’s latest free mixtape An Audiovisual Presentation of Audrey Hepburn, available here.
What’s up, ninjas? Another Friday is here, and another playlist has been put together for your weekend adventures. We know it’s been a long week for everyone, so we won’t keep you waiting. Crack open a cold one, and press play.
At the turn of the year, there’s always a few things we get excited for. There’s always the excitement of new Music Ninja programs we’re launching, plans of grandeur for the upcoming year, new album releases, and of course, music festivals. We’re just out of the gate for 2013, and we have to say, we’re really stoked for what lies ahead.
First up on our list of festivals is the largest electronica festival in North America. The setting is perfect, as Miami is already a hub for the scene. But when you take the party outside, onto Bayfront Park, you know you’re in for an epic weekend.
With the announcement of the Phase 2 Lineup, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our favorite tracks from the performing artists this year. So here’s our 2013 Ultra Music Festival Mega Playlist. Once you listen to it, head over and pick up your tickets.
Above & Beyond
Armin Van Buuren
Swedish House Mafia
The Bloody Beetroots
DJ Fresh (Live)
Matt & Kim
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Birdy Nam Nam
Fedde Le Grand
Flux Pavillion vs. Doctor P.
Kill The Noise
Paul Van Dyk
The M Machine
Bloody Beetroots Live
Faithless (Live DJ and Live PA Set)
Yes you are reading correctly, Dillon Francis dropped a Trap VIP of his massive tune “Bootleg Fireworks”. This was ripped from Rinse FM yesterday, and features an incredible re-work of an already amazing track, “Bootleg Fireworks”. We covered Dillon’s first Rebirth of “Masta Blasta” and this one might be even more hectic. Featuring some incredible chopping and splicing, tweaking this massive track in all the right ways. No new on the release date yet, Cheers.
Bootleg Fireworks (The Rebirth) (Live from Rinse.fm)
Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound has brought together a dream duo with Joey Bada$$ and DJ Premier. With Joey’s Brooklyn twang and old school flow over Premo’s patented spins, it feels like the track was pulled straight out of 1995 (the year he was born in case you wanted a fun fact). As he’s been doing for the past few months, the young New Yorker delivers lyrical complexity far beyond his years, leaving us to wonder just how potent he can be as an emcee.
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
Sam Beam, aka Iron and Wine, has been known for his delicate folk rock and heart-wrenching tales — my personal LP favorites being 2002′s The Creek Drank The Cradle and and 2004′s Our Endless Numbered Days — nearly leading and inspiring that niche corner of music for good chunks of time. But on his newest song, “Lovers’ Revolution,” he shifts away from that sound, instead dabbling in brass-heavy arrangements perfect for a free-form night at the local jazz club. It’s an interesting change, and one that longtime fans might have to get used to, but it shows that Beam hasn’t lost one drop of that creative blood that propelled his career in the first place. Listen in below.