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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 107: Groovy Pop + Boom Bap + Electronic Bliss

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Episode 107: Groovy Pop + Boom Bap + Electronic Bliss

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After a themed episode and a week off, i had way too much music for this episode. I decided to focus on a couple artists I’ve seen live recently, several quality new hip-hop releases and some pretty electronic beats. My favs from this episode include revisiting a classic Talib Kweli cut, a groovy new single from Still Woozy, Black Milk’s smooth bars, Ross From Friends‘ stellar Brainfeeder debut and Four Tet‘s gorgeous Bicep remix. – Ash

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[Electronic] Jamie xx, Romy & Four Tet – Seesaw (Club Version)

Jamie xx + Four Tet + Romy
Seesaw (club version)

Jamie xx‘s 2015 album In Colour hasn’t even been out for a year yet and it’s already clear that it’ll have some serious staying power. I don’t think a week has passed since it’s release that I haven’t given it a cover-to-cover listen. Although it’s impossible to pick a favorite, “Seesaw,” one of two songs featuring The xx-collaborator Romy Croft, possesses a particularly hypnotizing aesthetic. The combination of a house sensibility, UK garage-influenced percussion and Romy’s soaring vocals creates a texture signature to Jamie xx.

Unsurprisingly, Four Tet, a pioneer in his own right, also contributed to the production of “Seesaw,” which apparently stemmed from sessions all the way back in 2013. This year, Four Tet slightly re-tooled the song with, in his own words, “different drums and mix and arrangement.” The result, as its suffix suggests, is a dance floor-ready version of the track released today that manages to bring a new energy without losing a touch of the original’s magic. This one will definitely be a regular in the weekend mix. It’s also rumored that Justin Martin has a remix of “Seesaw” in the works. We won’t hold our breathe but this should do just fine to hold us over regardless.

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[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune – Leaders (Prod. Four Tet)

Rome Fortune
Leaders (Prod By Four Tet)

Atlanta’s Rome Fortune has pushed boundaries in hip-hop for the last year in more than one way. His work with pioneering electronic producer Four Tet is just one great example making for some of our favorite tracks of 2014. Today, we get possibly their best collaboration to date with “Leaders,” an accurate title for both artists. Starting with some classic-sounding boom bap percussion, Four Tet adds layers of atmospheric keys and arpeggiated synths to take the backdrop to outer space. Equipped with just the right instrumental, Rome shines with a delivery that dynamically switches between matter-of-fact and melodic as he motivates others to take chances in the same way he has. It’s the type of tune that will inspire you to chase your dreams.

Fittingly, Rome also announced his new iPhone app today, which will allow fans to chat with him as well as receive exclusive content and browse his whole library of music. You can download it for free here.

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[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune – Small VVorld (Album)

Atlanta has long been home to some of hip-hop’s most unique characters dating back to Outkast‘s emergence, which not only opened the doors for southern rap in the mainstream, but also gave ATL emcees confidence to be as epically strange as they are today. Over the last year we’ve seen artists from Young Thug to Raury rise to prominence and their vastly different styles are a true testament to the diversity of creative minds coming out of the area. In the midst of countless burgeoning Atlanta artists, Rome Fortune has managed to stand out carving out a multi-faceted sound all his own.

After a series of impressive releases, Fortune’s debut project premiered on Billboard yesterday and it’s a must listen for hip-hop fans looking for music that pushes the genre forward. Small VVorld has a distinct abstract feel to it as Rome Fortune delivers his laid-back vocals over a truly impressive range of instrumentals. Aside from far-out production courtesy a few of the South’s many talented beat makers, Fortune teams up with experimental, electronic producers Four Tet and Bassnectar displaying an aptitude for songwriting over dynamic production. Although the emcee features are light, his tracks with oft-collaborator OG Maco display a clear chemistry and the cut “FriendsMaybe” with iLoveMakonnen is one of the most fun, memorable moments of the project.

In some ways, Fortune’s steez on the microphone over ethereal production brings to mind the “cloud rap” popularized by Bay Area acts like Main Attrakionz, while maintaining Atlanta’s trap influences and developing a compelling narrative. The result is one of the most progressive, creative rap projects of the year that we would describe in short as cloud-trap rap. Stream the whole project, and grab the free download, below.

DOWNLOAD: Rome Fortune – Small VVorld

’Rome Fortune – The Experiment feat. OG Maco (Prod By Cubby)’
’Rome Fortune – 4 Seasons feat. OG Maco (Prod By Dizzle)’
’Rome Fortune – Why (Prod By Pat Lukens)’
’Rome Fortune – 5 second RULE (Prod By SuicideYear)’
’Rome Fortune – Workin’ Gal (Interlude) (Prod By Lava Dome)’
’Rome Fortune – Workin’ Gal (Prod by SuicideYear)’
’Rome Fortune – FriendsMaybe (Feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN) (Prod. By Money Karlo)’
’Rome Fortune – No Evidence (Demo Prod By Blood Diamonds)’
’Rome Fortune – Flashback (Prod By Bassnectar)’
’Rome Fortune – Suit Case feat. OG Maco (Prod By honeycoma x SuicideYear)’
’Rome Fortune – BONUS: One Time For (prod Four Tet)’

 

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[Chill] Four Tet & Grimes – Human Once Again

Four Tet x Grimes
Human Once Again

As a way to celebrate 100K followers, experimental producer Four Tet has sneakily let loose a slew of free remixes and original tracks via his Twitter. Among the fifteen previously unreleased tracks, this downright heavenly reimagination of Grimes’s “Skin” may be our favorite. The ethereally haunting vocals of Grimes, the latest addition to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation, meld perfectly with Four Tet’s production style and make for a trance-enducing feel. Grab a free download here.  Hit the break to get a full list, with download links, of all fifteen recent releases [via In the Mix]. Continue reading

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