[Hip-Hop] THEBLKHANDS – The Usual Thing (Feat. After The Smoke) (Prod. ILLA)

After releasing the fifth and final single from their debut album, it’s become increasingly clear that THEBLKHANDS are pretty much infallible. With their newest track, the trio has yet another chill-out anthem on their hands. The group’s already proven they have an affinity for those with previous songs like “Smoke Good, Live Good” and “Downtown.” Just as they’ve done with their other tracks, they’ve lined up the perfect collaborators in After The Smoke, who really add the icing atop this cake. For those of you who’ve been following the group’s ascent, make sure to mark March 19th on your calendars, as that’s the release date for their upcoming Serbia LP.

The Usual Thing (Feat. After The Smoke)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Trap Dojo #23

I apologize for the delay with this weeks dojo, but we’re coming at you with so many huge hits this week that i’m sure it will make up for it. Jumping right into it, Team Bayside High takes on the task of remixing a truly classic dance hit, “Make You Sweat” better known as “Everybody Dance Now”. They do all the right things to this remix, with several different trap builds and drops, emphasizing the famous lyrics or their own take on the melody. Next up is the masked man himself, UZ, remixing Birdy Nam Nam. You may have seen this posted earlier this week as part of the Birdy Nam Nam Remix EP. This track is incredibly funky with great drumwork throughout. Butch Clancy continues his Trap Tuesday series with this weeks “Dopeboy”, my favorite trap track of his so far. With huge bass and bells, this is real gangster trap shit to rattle the trunk as you’re driving through the hood. Heroes X Villains, a name who we see far too little of teases us with the full preview of their remix of “Jah No Partial”. Even though they don’t release as frequently as others, every track is fire, and this track proves they are worth the wait. A couple weeks ago, I told you to keep an eye on Snails in 2013, and so far he has lived up to that hype, releasing this massive heavy hitter, as well as a killer dubstep track this week alone. Trap Dojo regular Ookay is back, having just signed to Borgore’s label. “Hey Freak is filled with blazing high synths and some serious footwork set to make you kick up a storm. RaceCarBed just released a new EP this week filled with deep basslines, and oozing with purped out swag. Click the “Buy” link to get the whole EP. Grandtheft, who you probably recognize from his insane collaboration with Diplo kills this remix of “Tuna Melt” that will have you saying “Damn son, where’d you find this sandwich?”. While Dubstep is still not an old genre by any means, there are still a number of tracks that you can consider classics, one of which is “Sweet Shop” by Doctor P. While its always tough to remix a classic, Big Makk keeps it fairly simple, adding some drums to the notoriously high pitched drop, while chopping up the synths only enough to really trap it out, before going really hard in the second half.

A few tracks later, which are all great, but I wont mention because this post is already getting out of hand, comes the cool down section of our dojo training. I never thought I would be putting Justin Beiber on the dojo, but the way this is chopped and screwed into a Future Trill ballad had me playing this one on repeat. Lastly, Huglife seems to have created a subgenre of his own: Indie-Trap. This track shows what i really love about Huglife, whether he’s producing big-room bangers, or remixing indie coffee shop tracks into some chill love trap, its always above par.

Enjoy The Dojo and get the ZIP HERE

C & C Music Factory
Make You Sweat (Team Bayside High Trap the Bass Bootleg)
Birdy Nam Nam
Defiant Order (UZ Remix)
Butch Clancy
Major Lazer feat Flux Pavilion
Jah No Partial Heroes X Villains Remix
Jak My (SNAILS Remix)
Angger Dimas
Hey Freak! (Ookay Trap Remix) ///FREE DL///
RaceCarBed x Thunderbird Juicebox
More Ghetto (MASTERED)
Trak & Tommy Trash
Shelco Garcia & TEENWOLF
Holyship (Trap Edit) (Free download!)
Twinz Beatz
Bass Gon Drop (Original Mix) (OUT NOW on MixMash Records)
Valentino Khan
Twerk 4 Gold (Original Mix)
At Dawn We Rage
Looking For The Greens
Psychic Type
Pocket Monsters (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Justin Bieber
Boyfriend (InTransit Remix)
All Alone
Velvet Ears (Huglife Remix)
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[Indie] FI/SHE/S – A Drive To The Psychos

Curling, cooing and catchy is the new track “A Drive To The Psychos” by Paris five-piece FI/SHE/S. For fans of lo-fi indie rock mixed with sunny, soothing harmonies, this one’s a total must listen. Listen in below.

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[Stream] Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob

On January 29th, sisterly synth pop duo Tegan & Sara will release their new album, Heartthrob. If you’re like us, you’ve been aching to listen to it. Well, we’re all in luck. Happy Thursday, ninjas! The LP is streaming in full over at Rolling Stone. Check it out here. Enjoy.

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Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Monsieur Adi Remix)

No longer a stranger to the pages of the Music Ninja, diligent producer Monsieur Adi gets his hands on Lana Del Rey‘s somber, dramatic track “Summertime Sadness”. The remix takes most of the frown out of the original, and instead injects it with dance floor speed, funky lines and a newfound sizzling sexiness. Listen in below.

Lana Del Rey
Summertime Sadness (Monsieur Adi Remix)

Be sure to check out Monsieur Adi’s other featured remixes “Pompeii” and “Born To Die”.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Figure Interview: The Man Behind the Monsters

Now this has been a fun week with our wonderful resident artist Figure. We were able to sit down and have a fun interview and learn some really great things about Josh (and about his favorite shoes and food, anyone else like sushi and a good pair of Jordan tennis?). So sit back and get to know Mr Gard on a little bit more of an intimate level.

TMN: First off, we just wanted to say thanks again for being our first resident artist of the month and that we have enjoyed working with you and all your wonderful managing crew. You all are kick ass. Boom.
Now we would like to dive right in. Traditional interviews are great and we love doing them, gives the fans a bit of insight into an artist music world and gives the artist a chance to express themselves and get fans excited about upcoming shows. But we decided to go off the grid with the traditional because we want to know a bit more about YOU Josh Gard and what it means to be Figure. We also would like to have a few laughs and get some insight into the person behind the amazing music.

TMN: So tell us, we will start simple, what is your favorite drink (booze or no booze, your choice)?

Water, Bold Coffee and Dark Dark beer! I don’t really booze it up much at shows anymore though , but I do like to have a drink.

TMN: Every artist has a way of coming up with new music. Some spend hours in the studio working on one song. Some artists put together a mix of different beats to not have full songs but the start of many songs. Some artists grab a drink, smoke a little smoke and see where the night takes them. Describe in your own words what a typical day/night of music making looks like for you.

Well it all changed once I started traveling, for the better in my opinion. I used to sit at home in my basement and work on music, with nothing else to do, other than act like I was job hunting. But once I started travelling, my time at home has become just that: MY time at home. Now 80% of my production is done on the road in various headphones I travel with and then tested in clubs. Once I’m home I mix and master it all in the studio, but the creative stuff, is all on planes and in hotels!

I love it, it takes all the empty slow boring time out of traveling, because I am always working on tunes!

TMN: You have played in so many countries and cities all over the world. I’m not trying to make you play favorites here but is there one city that sticks out in your mind that just blew you away?

Hell yea, Denver and Chicago hands down. I love all my crowds, all the cities.. but I feel a certain energy in those cities .. Something is very very right there.

TMN: You are a Midwest boy born and bred. Tell us some of your favorite things about Indiana. Is there a certain restaurant you always go to when you get home from a tour?

Well, Indiana is actually super boring.. and that’s why I love it.
We live far out in the country, my neighbor has horses and all that.. It’s great. There’s a few food places, one good sushi spot and a good sandwich spot. My girlfriend and I either stay in and hermit down in the house or drive to Louisville, Nashville, or Saint Louis to go shopping and run around. Since I live in a small city, it’s hard to go out for 5 min to the mall or something and not see tons of people you know, grew up with, want to ignore.. or used to date.

Haha I always tell my producer friends to come fly out .. let’s make some music, cook burgers and shoot guns …no one has taken me up on that yet.

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[HOT] Disclosure – White Noise feat. AlunaGeorge

This is one of those collaborations that needs no real persuasion: electronic duo Disclosure team up with Music Ninja favorites as of late, fellow UK electro pop pair AlunaGeorge. Tingly, groovy, it’s worth repeated plays today. Check it out below.

White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge
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