[Hip-Hop Instrumental] Moods – Flashback

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Moods
Flashback

We hadn’t really heard from Moods‘ after his one-hit wonder “Love Is Real” was featured on Majestic Casual a while back. His record label Darker Than Wax just released a compilation called 10K to showcase their talented roster and what they’re really about.

This is a special track off the album titled “Flashback.” The hip-hop producer definitely holds it down for all the Dutch hip-hop beatmakers with this one. There’s this killer bassline that drives the whole instrumental, and Moods throws in hip-hop voice samples to make things even more interesting. The synths come in to fill the spot, resembling something from Evil Needle. This beat is so incredibly dope that you just want to bust a freestyle right on the spot.

Make sure to check out the whole compilation on their SoundCloud here.

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[Chill] Bob Marley – Waiting In Vain (RÆVE Feat. JahSon Cover)

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Bob Marley
Waiting In Vain (RÆVE Ft. JahSon Cover)

Every blogger worth his salt has heard at least four hundred Bob Marley covers or remixes in their day. As you can see, it’s very easy for the quality ones to get lost in the mix. And even if they are good, they usually aren’t too creative. However, RÆVE & JahSon are here to flip the script with their own interpretation of “Waiting In Vain”. JahSon lays down an incredible cover of the Marley classic, while RÆVE does the rest with his own blend of tropical sounds and house beatwork. As the winter months draw close, expect the Ninja team to keep this one in heavy rotation.

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[Hip-Hop] PKeys – Not To Play With (Prod. KAYTRANADA)

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P.Keys
Not To Play With (Prod. KAYTRANADA)

Let’s all just be honest here: everything Kaytranada touches is fire. He’s never produced a single bad beat, and rappers are always eager to go in on his latest and greatest. Take PKeys for example. He’s been building up quite the resume on Soundcloud, going in on producers ranging from CRNKN to Kanye West. He’s still got some ways to go in the rap game, however the fact that this fell into our lap should be a big milestone for him. “Not To Play With” is crisp, precise, and in-your-face, which is probably how Kaytray envisioned the results when he dropped this on his Whatever mixtape this past May. Be on the look out for big things coming from PKeys.

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[Electronic] IAMNOBODI – Better Off

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Better Off

Of all the amazing artists under Soulection, IAMNOBODI is definitely one of our favorites. With chill vibes all around, he magically remixes Allen Stone‘s “Better Off This Time” and turns it into this neo-soul masterpiece.

Everyone knows how well Allen Stone can sing, but being able to incorporate smart beats and piano chords and flip it around 180 degrees is intriguing. The vocals are raised in pitch, almost resembling the voice of a female R&B singer. The bass drum line makes a killer beat and goes really well with the song, while the solos in between verses fill in the gaps and make this track incredibly entertaining.

We can’t tell you how excited we were to hear something new from IAMNOBODI. It’s almost like Christmas, feeding the satisfaction to our eardrums. Vibe with us and listen to this genius re-work. We can almost guarantee you will be amazed.

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[Dream Pop] Tape Waves – Ready Now

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Tape Waves
Ready Now

Every once in a while you discover a group you like so much that you keep finding out more about them while wearing a smile on your face. Here we have this husband-wife indie pop duo called Tape Waves from South Carolina who bring us a gem off of their debut album Let You Go, titled “Ready Now.”

Don’t let their quirkiness and lack of intimidation fool you–they masterfully handled this selection of dream pop tunes. The mellow instrumentals match perfectly with the female vocals, which are both muffled and sustained for the dreamy and psychedelic effect. Their music is makes you feel good and want to lay back and relax. They stay true to their musical roots by bringing in fun and peaceful vibes from their hometown and into their music, expressing their lifestyle through lyrical and melodic maneuvers.

Go get a copy of their album and judge for yourself. Tape Waves are definitely a group to watch and one for all the music enthusiasts out there.

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[Electronica] Spazzkid – Something About Us (Daft Punk cover)

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Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover)

Attempting to cover a Daft Punk classic is always risky and ballsy, but here we have Spazzkid‘s cover of “Something About Us” and he definitely killed it, keep it original and unique. The LA producer slows it down with this one, mixing tropical synths with electronic beats, and incorporating them nicely with the original vocal samples, building this awesome cover from scratch. It’s truly amazing how this cover differs from the Daft Punk classic in terms of distinctiveness and musical style. The breakdown towards the end comes in with a bang, sealing the deal with that melodic solo.

The key to a cover is to be creative and different but at the same time maintain credibility to the original, and Spazzkid manages to do just that. If you’re into instrumental electronica, go check out Spazzkid’s other stuff. They’re one of a kind and will leave you in awe.

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[Chill] Nate Dogg – Gangsta Walk (Prince Club 6am Bake Mix)

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Gangsta Walk
Nate Dogg (Prince Club 6am Bake Mix)

How does a child of the 90′s even begin to describe Nate Dogg‘s legacy? Voice of a generation, national treasure, crooner, OG, regulator–these are just a few of many words used to describe Nate and the contributions he and his silky voice gave to hip-hop and the music community as a whole. He is sorely missed every day, however his name will never be forgotten as long as lads like Prince Club continue to create art. The Montreal duo have been hard at work over the years trying to reinvent the idea of club music, and I must say they are not far off. I brought you guys to 4 AM just a few days ago, so now let’s move the clock forward a couple hours. On their “6 AM Bake Mix”, Prince Club revamps the late Nate’s song “Gangsta Walk” with several vocal anecdotes sprinkled throughout, mostly from his work on “The Next Episode”. It’s not what you’d expect at all for late night club sounds, but it works surprisingly well and is an excellent tribute to boot.

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