[Album Review] The Weeknd – Kiss Land

The Weeknd
The Weeknd
The Weeknd

A modern day Michael Jackson may have been reincarnated into The Weeknd. Ok, maybe not as legendary but the artist, also known as Abel Tesfaye, embodies a darker, troubled, and more realistic version of the R&B singer for this generation. After dropping the 3-part mixtape series House of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes of Silence and building up a well-deserved following, the Toronto artist trades in sexual overtones for a more polished sound on his XO and Universal Republic Records debut, Kiss Land.

With minimal press and promotion, other than the slight drama with fellow Toronto labelmate Drake, The Weeknd lets his music speak for itself on Kiss Land. Considering that this is technically his 4th full length album, the 23 year-old singer has developed a signature sound of falsetto vocals, atmospheric synths, and innovative textures revolving around relationships, sex, addiction, intimacy, and drug-induced trysts with groupies or strippers just looking for a night with stardom. There is an undeniable sadness in his tones and lyrics that only a lack of love and true intimacy can evoke with a studio perfected sound that Universal Records brings.

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[Rock] Coasts – Stay

James A. Grant

Bristol based indie rock quartet is back with another infectious tune. ‘Stay’, out on Tidal Recordings on October 14th. The sway inducing guitars give a formal goodbye to summer in a way that we’re not quite ready for. However, if we’re going to see off the sunny months, we’ll gladly do it with this track. In fact, you might just hear us singing “I said I want you to stay,” while looking back on one hell of a summer.

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[Progressive House] Anna Kendrick – Cups (Terzetto Remix)

Anna Kendrick
Cups (Terzetto Remix)

There is one song that constantly is finding itself in my head, the catchy “Cups” by Anna Kendrick. Now add in some electronic flair and turn the beat up a few good volts and now you have a catchy tune in my head that I can’t stop dancing to. Philadelphia’s Terzetto, an electro/progressive house trio made up of Kristin Rose, Vinny Geo and Rone, have taken their same love for “Cups” and put their own electro twist on it. They add upbeat melodies, string through high electronic rhythms and intertwine Kendrick’s lyrics to create an upbeat, energy filled remix that is sure to keep every cup more than half full.

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

indie-dojo-music-ninjaWhen we focus on the million negative things that may get thrown at us in a day, we miss out on all the positive things that are going on around us. Some days might be little harder to find something to brighten it than others, but there is always something, no matter how simple it may be.  If you are having a hard time finding that something, we are more than happy to help. It’s been said that music is a very powerful healing tool. Put it in a playlist that is easy to access and who knows the powers it holds upon a crappy day. Hey…it never hurts to try…

My Heart Is Not A Machine
Nathaniel Rateliff
You Shouldve Seen The Other Guy
Dakota Melin
The Sea
Gondola Music
We Are the Map
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The Trap Dojo #54 [MP3 Playlist]


Ladies and gents, the turn up, is inevitable. Starting off this weeks Dojo new track from Sinjin Hawk who teams up with founder of Three Six MafiaGangsta Boo, for an un-heard of collab titled “Yea Hoe”. Next up is a we got another unlikely collab between DJ Snake and Lil Jon, this Twerk anthem is titled “Turn Down For What”. Kendrick Lamar‘s track “Poetic Justice” gets flipped on its head by Andrew Gentry, just take a listen. Wave Racer can do no wrong, and with his highly anticipated remix of Cosmo’s Midnight’s track “The Dofflin”. Did someone say Chase and Status are running the trap? Make sure not to mix this one, they team up with none other than Pusha T for this track titled “Machine Gun”. Enjoy the rest of this weeks dojo and don’t sleep on the tunes from: KAYTRANDA, salute, Crizzly, Jackal, CRNKN, Diplo, TastyTreat, Feed Me, Penthouse Penthouse, Canblaster and Shlohmo. Cheers.

Gangsta Boo & Sinjin Hawke
Yea Hoe
DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon
Turn Down For What (Sneak Preview)
Kendrick Lamar
Poetic Justice (ft. Clams Casino) (Andrew GentryRemix)
Feed Me
Rat Trap (Original Mix)
Cosmos Midnight
The Dofflin (Wave Racer Remix)
Chase & Status
Machine Gun (feat Pusha T)
At All
Bubblegum (feat. CRNKN)
Biggie Bounce feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter (Preview)
Sage the Gemini
Gas Pedal (TastyTreat Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Penthouse Penthouse
what u sippin on
Electric Guest
The Bait (Shlohmo Remix)
Tajan & fwdslxsh
Infinite EP (Teaser)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #52

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Every week on the Chill Dojo is a celebration of music, but number 52 is a whole lot sweeter marking a year’s worth of playlists since it first began. It’s been a great journey so far covering a number of emerging artists doing creative things,  as well as some of our favourite names who continue to produce and develop their amazing trademark styles. And if recent weeks have been any indication, things are only going to get better as time goes on.

If there was ever a song to celebrate this occasion, it’s this latest one from Australian producer Wave Racer, who takes the groovin original track ‘The Dofflin’ to the next level with his infectious sound. The artist is creating all kinds of buzz lately, and not just in his home country either, with a recent signing to Future Classic and massive coverage all over the blogosphere. Granted, the Chill Dojo has been caught napping in posting his music, but it’s definitely a case of better late than never here. A quick listen to any of the tracks featured below will be enough to know why he’s got plenty of people dancing, chilling, or even just smiling at how damn good he sounds. Switching things up now to some chill house and a man that needs no introduction in Joris Voorn. To the joy of many fans, ‘Ringo’ has finally had a recent release and it’s not hard to see what the anticipation was all about. Put simply, it’s just a beautiful song which has been crafted to perfection, progressing along with plenty of intricate details and magical moments. In much the same way, Germany’s Stimming delivers the same kind of sentiments to his remix of ‘Kids Play’, which definitely brings back fond memories of summers come and gone. And if we’re talking house, you just know we want to throw in some funky French flavour, and thankfully Edward Newgate has come up with the goods with a superb remix of FKJ. Keeping on trend we’ve also got the usual suspects in Ta-Ku and Kaytranada amongst the playlist, and we’ve even ended things off in our favourite with a little reggae number courtesy of Demouche. A perfect way to top off what’s been a great year of chill music.

For chill ninjas old and new, we hope you continue to enjoy these playlists and the exciting things to come. Peace out.

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Cosmos Midnight
The Dofflin (Wave Racer Remix)
Wave Racer
Rock U Tonite
Wave Racer
Ghost Town DJs
My Boo (Wave Racer Remix)
Joris Voorn
Ian Pooley
Kids Play (Stimming Remix).mp3
Lying Together (Edward Newgate Remix)
Hayden James
Embrace (Version)
Zero 7
Dont Call It Love (12 Version) feat. Tom Leonard
We Were In Love
At All
Joel Compass
Fucked Up (Compuphonic Remix)
Never (8prn rmx)
Liz (Arnold x Lil Texas Remix)
Something (Rameses B Remix)
Demouche X Rainmaker
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[Soul] Mirror Signal – Broken Soldier & I’ve Changed My Signature


Suffolk based Mirror Signal is the solo act of one, Steven Barker. At first this was going to be a completely acoustic venture, but as Steven got into different genres of music, his interests changed. After purchasing a Macbook and a microphone, he began recording his debut EP, “Broken Soldier.” As with many indie artists, the entire EP was recorded from his bedroom.

His style is eclectic; a fusion of jazz, hip hop, folk and soul create a rich and layered soundscape that is accentuated by Barkers’ luscious vocal range. In “Broken Soldier,” we’re offered up a very emotionally charged track with somewhat of a gospel feel, hearing deep vocal harmonies in the background. The track is lightened up a little bit with the strumming of an acoustic guitar. On the other side of the spectrum we find a track rooted in R&B, where Barker’s vocal range is put on display, carrying love laiden lyrics across a simplistic beat.

We’re excited and intrigued at first listen of Mirror Signal. It’s a beautiful combination of multiple genres that will keep you guessing and asking for more.

Broken Soldier
Ive Changed My Signature
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