Let Nas Down (REMIX) feat. Nas
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.
Beware (Ft. Jhene Aiko & Lil' Wayne)
With all the attention surrounding releases from Drake, Jay-Z, J. Cole and Kanye West recently, you might’ve forgotten that Big Sean 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 Jhene Aiko and a guest verse from Lil Wayne, “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.
Martin Solveig & The Cataracs
Hey Now feat. Kyle
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.
FLYEYE118: Jacob Plant
London based Jacob Plant is throwing down some serious “Fire.” This massive tune will surely light up the remaining festivals for the year. In fact, the first time we listened to it, we couldn’t help but think about how amazing it would sound in the Sahara tent.
Make sure to head over to Beatport and snag a copy of this beauty. She’s sure to light up whatever dance floor you play her for. Even if that is just the inside of your car.
Hung On Tight
Wavering guitars, dreamy synths, and emotion rich lyrics create the soulful new track from Melbourne 5-Piece Snakadaktal. On the heels of their upcoming LP release (due out June 24th via Liberation music) “Hung on Tight” was released just yesterday as the first official single off the upcoming album.
To say we’re excited to hear the rest of the album is an understatement. Aside from the masterfully crafted instrumentals and the stellar production quality, we’re left yearning to hear more of these ethereal vocals and incredible wordplay. Take one listen and try not to get addicted.
Our friends over at Red Brick Songs recently put together a fun summertime playlist featuring tracks from their roster that relate to our personal favorite season of the year. If you’re not familiar with Red Brick Songs, you need to wise up and start paying attention. This Toronto based indie label finds some of the best folk and indie rock we’ve laid ears on. In fact, one of our favorite projects in the past few years was their Casablanca Sessions songwriter retreat from last summer. They seem to have an ear for amazing music, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
This selection includes sunny songs from the likes of Los Encantados, Andy Shauf, Library Voices, Teen Daze and more. Press play, lie back, and enjoy the warm tunes.
In The Summertime
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
Two Little Clouds
Carl Johnson (Library Voices)
Beyond The Beach
PS I love You