[Hip-Hop] Isaiah Rashad – Menthol (Feat. Jean Deaux) + Soliloquy

Isaiah Rashad
Menthol (Feat. Jean Deaux)

As the newest member of the TDE collective, Chattanooga native Isaiah Rashad is out to prove his merit, and show us exactly how he fits in with the West Coast crew. With these last two leaks from his new Cilvia Demo album, he accomplishes exactly that, displaying a mature flow over two gritty, piano-laden instrumentals. The first of these, “Menthol,” provides for a much smoother ride, complimented by the gentle vocals of Jean Deaux on the chorus. The simple black and white visuals for  “Soliloquy” below are designed to keep focus on Rashad’s lyrical acumen, as he rolls through punchline after punchline with the confidence of a seasoned emcee. If you had any doubts before listening to these two tracks, they should have clearly vanished by now, so head over to iTunes and grab a copy of the new project for yourself.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaWe can’t predict the future, it’s unhealthy to dwell on the past, and we should never overlook the present. Sometimes we need to just sit and chill awhile. Drown out the clutter and engage ourselves in the moment. And that is  is why we are glad you’re here. Take a second to focus on something other than everything else. We’ve got a sweet little playlist to help you color your silence.

Moonlight Mask
Whats That?(Gimme That)
Shy Nature
Lie Back
Rare Monk
Valerie June
Workin Woman Blues
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[Remix] Big Boi – CPU 2.0 (Feat. Phantogram & Sade)

Big Boi feat. Phantogram/Sade
CPU 2.0

With the recent announcement that he’d be dropping a solo album sometime later this year, Big Boi has decided to tease fans through a remix series that re-envisions many of the tracks from his acclaimed 2012 effort, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. This week’s entry comes by way of Dungeoneze who mashes up “CPU,” featuring Phantogram, with Sade‘s “Nothing Can Come Between Us.” Titled “CPU 2.0,” this rework slows things down a bit, injecting the lovesick original with a smooth, laidback 90’s vibe. As excited as we are for this remake series, we’re still holding our breath for some new OutKast material before they embark on their 40 date tour throughout the U.S. later this spring. Check out the track above, as well as the previous remix in this series, a remix of “Thom Pettie” mashed up with “Thom Yarbrough.”

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[NEW] Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream

Lana Del Rey
Once Upon a Dream

Viewers of the Grammy’s last night received a little extra during the commercial break. Premiering the second trailer for the upcoming Disney movie Maleficent, Lana Del Rey’s new cover track “Once Upon a Dream” also made its debut. The chilling tune sets a tense mood for the theatrical trailer and Rey’s signature moody voice is a perfect backdrop. Swooning and placing listeners in a trance, the single will be the film’s title track. Telling the story of the classic Grimm fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the “evil sorceress”, the upcoming flick is set to drop May 30th nationwide. Listen to it above and be sure to download it for free through  Google Play.

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PELUSSJE – Salsoul and West End Remixed Vol 5 [TMN PREMIERE]

_COVER Salsoul & West End Remixed Vol. 5

If you haven’t been paying attention, the 70’s are alive and well in the dance community. While disco house has been around for a long time, it seemingly coming to the forefront of the blogosphere with Daft Punk’s long-awaited album. These sounds have now infiltrated into the mainstream, flooding speakers and headphones of music lovers everywhere. There are so many interpretations of disco these days, from toned back chill-wave to huge 808-laden trap tunes and Italian producer duo, PELUSSJE , are premiering three more tracks with us today and gracing all of our ears with their eloquent style of production.

Kicking off this EP (out on Ultra Records), we’d like to start by talking about the multi-decade inspired trap tune, “Ride on Time.” Fusing the vocals from renown 70’s vocalist, Loleatta Holloway, this tune transcends time by infusing those disco vocals with 90’s style pop, only to come back full circle into 2014 with a ferocious trap backdrop. The 90’s sound instantly calls on associations of other tunes bearing her samples, including “Good Vibrations,” which, of course, came from Mark Wahlberg before he was Mark Wahlberg.

Next up in this tip-of-the-cap to 70’s dance inspirations is another nod to Loleatta Holloway, using the tune “Salsoul Nugget (If You Wanna)”, released by British duo M&S, as part of their musical project The Girl Next Door. Utilizing the vocals from the ever-so-sampled Holloway, this tune brandishes samples from her tune “Hit and Run,” as well as ones from Double Exposure‘s song “Everyman.” It’s a wildly unpredictable interpretation, in all the best ways, fusing banging-hard electro house beats with disco guitar riffs worthy of any spinning disco ball.

Rounding it all out is a tune we posted just last week, “Love is You,” which has a bouncy, groovy and refreshing feeling. The synths flirt effortlessly with the groovy Boogie Nights-esque bassline, spun up with some modern hard house flair.

As a whole, this EP is a far departure from anything ordinary marrying modern sounds with older nostalgic elements. The production is top notch and comes across very genuine in its execution and the sampling makes each song that much more powerful with close attention to detail and a heavy dose of bounce. We can confidently predict that these tracks will serve as a catalyst to light up any dance floor and we are excited for what is to come from PELUSSJE in the future.

Love Is You (Carol Williams)
PELUSSJE RMX out 28 Jan on ULTRA (Salsoul & West End Remixed Vol.5)
Ride on time (Chocolate Sensation)
PELUSSJE RMX out 28 Jan on ULTRA (Salsoul & West End RMX Vol.5)
Salsoul Nuggets (Girl Next Door)
PELUSSJE RMX out 28 Jan on ULTRA (Salsoul & West End RMX Vol.5)

Salsoul and West End Remixed Vol 5 is set for release tomorrow January 28th on Ultra Music.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #69

chill dojo

It didn’t take long at all, but 2014 has already wowed us with a stack of new chill goodness, providing over 40 new tracks for the biggest playlist so far. There’s a lot to dig into here, so let’s cut to the chase.

His remix of ‘La La La’ was one of the dojo’s favorites of last year, so it’s very exciting to see the name Oliver Nelson popping up so early in the year again. The Swedish nuDisco producer is clearly out to make a statement too, taking on another big challenge in remixing Chromeo’s classic, ‘Night by Night’. There was never any doubt he was up to the task, and it’s safe to say his fresh touch is a perfect tribute to the original, filled with all his signature groovy trimmings. Another name you can have instant faith in after a big 2013 is Norway’s Kygo. You can be sure that TMN had this one covered as soon as it surfaced, but for our own pleasure as much as yours we’re revisiting this remix of ‘Cut Your Teeth’, because we just can’t get enough of his bouncy tropical style. Next on the stream list is a charming tune from young Canadian Rezonate off his recent Prelude EP. It’s easy to get lost amongst the sweet melodies and ear candy painted throughout ‘Canvas’, and at the heart of it all is a truly resonating message. It’s the kind of positivity we love to share in these playlists, and your day will definitely be better for it. It’s always a good day when there’s new Bondax, so consider your week made with the free download of their take on ‘Always’. Anything this duo touch of late has been sure to garner rapid attention on the net, but the quality of this quick edit alone gives plenty of reason why. A few weeks back the St.Lucia EP from Vallès graced the front page of our site, but one remix on the release that escaped a mention was this downright funky effort from Vanilla. Don’t fear for lost time though, you’ll make it up pretty quickly by the amount of times you’ll want this one on repeat. We know there’s a lot to get through though, but there’s a couple of fun surprises waiting right at the bottom of the list which may just spark some nostalgic feelings. It’s worth getting to the end.

We’ll leave the reading here for now, your ears are going to be busy. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #69 zip

Night By Night (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Kyla La Grange
Cut Your Teeth (Kygo Remix)
Jerome LOL
Always (Bondax DJ Tool)
St. Lucia (Vanilla Remix).mp3
Mayer Hawthorne
Reach Out Richard (Mitzi Remix)
Trouble (Free n Losh Remix)
Jack Haining
Embers (Rameses B Remix)
Catch Me If You Could (SizzleBird Remix)
Feels So Good
Daffy X Maxx Baer
Burning (Just A Gent Remix)
G R A D E S vs Brandy
I Wanna Be Down
South Central Sunrise
Man x Woman (Pyxis remix)
Clean Bandit
Rather Be (Affelaye Remix)
Life Goes (VIP)
Mr Carmack
ones, by kaytra and me
Mr Carmack
sunday into monday funk
Oby Nine
Serotonin (Moods Remix)
Zuckerhut (One4WunTwo) / Gullskit
Rain Dog
July Child & Jackal
C O O L (AA Bounce Bootleg)
Robin Thicke
Magic (Dr. Benz Remix)
Karma Kid
Like Im On Fire
Karma Kid
Like Im On Fire (Kartell Remix)
Lorde Vs Flume
Sleepless Club (WEKEED Boot)
Danny Daze vs. London Grammar
Metal and Dust (Lost Empires Dazed in London Rework)
Offset, Power, Slope (Gg Remix).mp3
Ghosts of Venice
By My Side
Blood Orange
On The Line (Star Slinger Edit)
Freddy Verano
Platja (De Hofnar Remix)
Little Dragon
Ritual Union (PRFFTT & Svyable X Manila Killa Remix)
Crystal Bats
Falling In Love (SirAiva Remix)
6 AM
Cedar Shed
Nick Leng
Coral Soup
Zelda Menu (Harrison Remix)
Rainbow Ruckus
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[Epic] Sam Smith – Money On My Mind (salute Remix)

Sam Smith
Money On My Mind (salute Remix)

Sam Smith may not have “money on his mind,” but this new remix from salute is definitely all we have on ours. The 17 year-old prodigy from Austria achieves the previously impossible, improving upon the Two Inch Punch produced original by leaps and bounds (ok, that last statement might be a little extreme). The best description for this new single is probably “Flume-esque,” instantly bringing to mind his remix of “You & Me.” Layering the single with a whole new arsenal of synths, strings, and drums, salute is able to attribute much more importance to Smith’s lyrics, while rejuvenating it with some added depth. If you’d like to grab a copy of this track yourself, you can pre-order the upcoming Money On My Mind EP, set to drop on February 16th. Also keep on the lookout for Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, which is currently slated for a May 26th release.

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