[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2013 Round #3)

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As we get older, the summer doesn’t quite live up to what it did as a kid. 3 months to do absolutely nothing is far out in our distant dreams and all we do is whine and complain about how f’n hot it is. Did we do that as kids? Hell no. We ran through the sprinklers and got over it. Yeah sure, as adults we might not have an entire summer to kick back and do shit, but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take a little bit of time to enjoy that sunshine. Because seriously, before we know it we’ll move right on along to complaining about how F’n cold it is. So this week, take a much deserved summer break and let the streaming indie dojo whisk you through the stay-cation of your dreams.

Marcus Blacke
Master of Eden
AOSOON
skinny strong
Kellen and Me
The Earth, Someday…
And The Grenadines
Bed
The Soil & the Sun
Arizona
Owsey & Dustin Christensen
Carry Me, Ohio
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[R&B] Miguel – Adorn (Remix) (Feat. Jessie Ware)

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Miguel lit up the airwaves last summer with his sultry single “Adorn.” Now it looks like he’s trying to replicate that dominance, repackaging the track with some added vocals from TMN favorite, Jessie Ware. While the UK crooner doesn’t add much to the song in terms of depth, her presence is certainly welcome. The simple analogy is like having the perfect hot fudge sundae, and then adding some sprinkles on top. You can NEVER go wrong with sprinkles. We have no idea where this one will live, but all we know is we have a new excuse to bump this all summer again.

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[Video] The Weeknd – Belong To The World

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The Weeknd
Belong To The World

It might still be Monday, but The Weeknd‘s already returned (I know, bad pun) to give us yet another glimpse of the mysterious realm known as Kiss Land. Possibly the most powerful single from the Toronto native yet, “Belong To The World” comes with its fair share of controversy. The track utilizes an unauthorized sample of Portishead’s “Machine Gun,” of which lead guitarist Geoff Barrow made his disapproval abundantly clear (in a somewhat bizarre fashion, checkout all the backlash Barrow’s received on his Twitter feed). Legally sampled or not, Abel makes good use of the source material, amping us up for what may be his most emotionally driven project to date. Be on the lookout for the release of Kiss Land, which is currently scheduled for release on August 27th.

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[Synth-Pop] Carousel – Not Enough

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Not Enough

Lately, we’ve been on the fortunate receiving end of a highly regarded number of singles from synth-pop duo Carousel, with last week’s “Wolf’s Awake” and today we had another surprise waiting for us on our desks from Jackson Phillips and Kevin Friedman’s artist project. “Not Enough” is Carousel’s latest effort and again will be a vital piece of a forthcoming EP, Palms, which is set to be self-released during the first week of August. Carousel’s astute commitment to their craft will no doubt bring some major labels come calling in the tail end of 2013, but it has been an absolute inspiration witnessing the development of two talented artists producing and releasing their critically acclaimed music on their own terms. “Not Enough” is another fun stab into pop territory earmarked by a heavy MIDI hook, and four by four rhythm spurring on the clever instrumentation. Check out Carousel’s “Not Enough” above, and be ready for a new complete body of work from our boys out in L.A.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #44

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As predicted the Summer tunes are in full swing and this dojo is reaping the rewards, and sharing them out of course. This edition is chock-full of beach-ready music and is best enjoyed under high volumes of sun. These sounds are so summer you’ll get a tan just by listening.

It’s a big call to make, but take one listen to pick number 1 this week and you’ll fully agree. Together with the ever-chill vocals of Patrick Baker, 5 Reasons has created something truly magical with this rework of a Bob Marley classic. He’s gone and done the unthinkable in making an original from the king of reggae sound even more laid-back. It’s quite a feat indeed, and the bright percussive flavour is definitely one of the keys to success. This one is a jam, hands down. Our next feature is one of those pieces of music to lose yourself in. Rising Australian duo Willow Beats have crafted a majestic track that floats along like a feather in the breeze, infused with gorgeous guitar and vocals that are just as soft. In unexplainable ways it seems to slow the flow of time and transport your imagination to a place of fantasy. It hasn’t taken long, but it seems we’re writing about dojo favourite Snakehips once again. It’s for good reason though, cos this remix of the enchanting BANKS is so smooth. The signature Snakehips production style is no stranger to these vocals, their forces having combined many times before, and hopefully it’s a meeting of sounds that will continue for a long time to come, because it’s a proven winner.  Also a verified success is the amazing ‘White Lies’ from We Sink. Well, get ready to fall in love with it all over again as we present NY producer Kruisemode’s take on the original, and it is pure vibes. A few weeks ago TMN introduced the eclectic sounds of Free n Losh, and they’ve made their way into the Chill dojo this week with a stunning remix of Swedish band Nervous Nellie. Seems everything this duo touch is gold.

It’s a good week when it’s a battle to choose the top features in the playlist, but there’s definitely plenty of gems spread all throughout. Peace out.

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I Shot The Sheriff (Rework/Remix)
Blue
Banks
Warm Water (Snakehips Remix) (Extended)
▲WE SINK
White Lies (feat. Eski Göten) (Kruisemode Remix)
Gloves (Free n Losh Remix)
Ducktails
Killin The Vibe (Eby Le Beatz Remix)
Marvin Gaye
Your Precious Love (Jay Ueta’s Interpretation)
Danglo
Dont You (ft. Ivan Franco & Tokyo Lopez)
Oxford
Mirage 84 (Neptune Safari remix)
05
So Good
Jay West, Manuel Sahagun
Got Me Insane (Monte Remix).mp3
DAFT PUNK Doin It Right REFLEX remix
Dunkan Disco
Back to the future
Mr.Nu
Good time with me.
Major Lazer
Get Free (Jam Couché Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Jennifer Lopez
Live It Up (Jesper Samuelson Remix)
Stwo
Wifey (Instrumental)
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Lovin U
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Anna
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Work
Next
Wifey (Fwdslxsh Edit)
Ryan Leslie
Addiction ft. Cassie & Fabolous ( Phazz Remix )
DallasK
Alienz (Two Fresh Remix)
Nanobyte
Honour
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[Neo-Soul] Hiatus Kaiyote – Nakamarra (Feat. Q-Tip)

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Nakamarra feat. Q-Tip

While this might be the first time we’re featuring Hiatus Kaiyote on our pages, we’re hoping this isn’t the last. We may have missed the Australian quartet’s Tawk Tomahawk EP last year, but lucky for us they’re gearing up for a re-release on their new label, Flying Buddha. The marquee single of course is this one right here, a remix of “Nakamarra” featuring the amazingly talented Q-Tip. Getting a co-sign from such a legendary figure in the music industry is definitely encouraging, but not surprising once you hear (lead singer) Nai Palm‘s soothing, sun-dipped vocals. Although the band markets themselves as “future soul,” the loungey vibes on “Nakamarra” seem to hearken back to a simpler time that serve as a reminder of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place. With the revamped version of Tawk Tomahawk set to arrive tomorrow, it might be a keen idea to check out the original release before purchasing. Now excuse me while I fantasize about what A Tribe Called Quest‘s reunion project would sound like.

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[NEW] Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night

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Take Back The Night

The sequel to Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience is set to arrive on September 30th, and today we finally have the first taste of what’s to come. While many of us still have the first album in rotation, it’s no secret that we’re eager to see what JT has in store for us this fall. “Take Back The Night” features a sound that’s unmistakably Timberlake, picking up where he last left off on March’s The 20/20 Experience. Just like JT led the revolution to reclaim “SexyBack” in 2006, he’s again leading another revival, this time hoping to rekindle magic on the dance floor with this lush, disco-tinged pop tune. Check out the single below, and see how it compares to the last album’s lead single, “Suit & Tie.” If you like it enough, make sure to grab yourself a copy on iTunes.

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