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[Album Review] Sango & Dave B – Tomorrow


For the readers out there who regularly tune in to our podcast, Music Ninja Radio, it is common knowledge that Kai Wright (aka Sango) is one of our most played and beloved producers. Since first bursting onto the scene via his remix album More Balloons and solidifying the fanbase with his debut LP North – an album that I still refer to as the greatest collection of music since its Summer 2013 release – Sango has truly spearheaded a sonic movement. Working with the influential Soulection crew, as well as the Grand Rapids/Seattle collective Astronaut Gang (AGO), Sango has pushed the boundaries of experimental trap & instrumental hip-hop well past would-be contemporaries everywhere.

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[Future] Banks – Someone New (Esta Remix)

Someone New(esta Remix)

This summer, the Soulection super-team has continued to release progressive tunes on a daily basis. With its recent announcement as a program on the new Apple Radio, the Soulection brand has become nearly synonymous with a new type of music altogether. Demonstrating an exceptional style and flair, this crew of producers have toured, coproduced, and pushed each other to create innovative music for the last several years.

L.A. based crew member Esta – who has worked with the likes of JMSN, Kehlani, Towkio, Alina Baraz and many more – released his newest remix, “Someone New” late last week. The original, an acoustic track from Banks.’ album Goddess, is a soft-spoken ballad often overshadowed by the mainstream success of singles “Warm Water”, “Brain”, “Drowning”, and “Beggin for Thread”.

With the additional support of Jose Rios creating an up-tempo harmony on the bass guitar, Esta injects new life into his energetic new version. In “Someone New”, Esta once again does a masterful job of crafting synthesized loops, especially within the bridge of the song. This rhythmic tune succeeds in feeling unique while still amplifying the passionate elements of the original.

Esta is currently on tour; fans can catch him at stops in Washington DC with Goldlink and New York with Sango later this summer.

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[Chill] Earlly Mac – Naturally (Feat. JMSN) (Prod. Icepic)

Earlly Mac ft. JMSN
Naturally (prod by Icepic)

Stream the new release from proud Detroit native, Earlly Mac. The Finally Famous member delivers a stimulating tune in which he recounts a most sought-after woman from a night out. His vivid verse allow us to ‘Naturally’ paint the picture. As soon as those smooth vocals puncture your headphones you’ll be hooked; a ninja guarantees. The synth work is stellar and that drum kit really pops. Produced by Icepic, this one really has that bounce.

How does a record like this come together? “These things happen naturally.” An appearance by a Detroit neighbor, JMSN, takes the single to another level, “like an apple blossom tree.” This is a pleasant unveiling by a solid lineup of young talent. It would be great to hear more from all involved. Does anyone else feel really excited for music in 2015? This really sets the tone for what will be considered smooth in my book for the year.

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[Alternative R&B] JMSN – Street Sweeper

Street Sweeper

The multi-talented musician Christian Berishaj a.k.a JMSN has the voice of an angel. Here we have a track titled “Sweet Sweeper”, where he gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming self-titled album. Incorporating retrograde R&B vocals with new-generation electronic sound production, JMSN is definitely one of the frontrunners of this genre, along with big names like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. Talk about a butter-smooth voice; it’s one of those tunes you can listen to all day and not get tired of. The feels are so strong with this one.

So do yourself a favor, put this record on and we’ll cry our eyes out together. Also, brace yourself because JMSN album is coming out 12/9. It’s one of those albums you do not want to miss out on.

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[Chill] Kaytranada – All We Do ft JMSN

Sometimes life has us a little distracted with little nuances that we forgot what is most important or what really matters. On newcomer Katrynada‘s single “All We Do”, he teams with motwon singer JMSN to croon about easily letting a woman down  because of the simple distractions of everyday life. Although it can be considered a “break-up” song, the blending of smooth, multi-layered production with the R&B singer’s soft vocals, can leave no mate bitter. This is the first track off of the Montreal producer’s HW&W Recordings upcoming EP Kaytra Todo, dropping February 25th, and a dope but tranquil listen.

’Kaytranada – All We Do ft. JMSN’
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[Hip-Hop] Ab-Soul & JMSN – You’re Gone

As two of the most promising up and coming artists in the game right now, Ab-Soul and JMSN released arguably two of the best albums of 2012, with Control System and ∫Priscilla∫ respectively. When it was announced that they’d be releasing a collaborative project together this year, it’s needless to say that fans were excited. We finally have our first taste of what these two have been cooking up, and boy is it spicy. Despite this being a collaborative album, it’s clear that Ab-Soul dominates throughout this track, with JMSN essentially providing what amounts to some background vocals. Nonetheless, his presence is certainly welcome on this one. The Top Dawg influence is certainly prevalent in the production and tone of the song, causing you to expect Kendrick Lamar or ScHoolboy Q to pop out at any second to drop an ill verse. Hopefully we can get a remix with either of them sometime in the future. As for now, we definitely have a solid foundation for Unit 6, dropping later this year.

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Soul & JMSN – You’re Gone’
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[Chill-Rap/Remix] JMSN – Somewhere ft. Gilbere Forte, ANTHM, & Deniro Farrar (JMSN Remix)

Detroit singer/songwriter/producer JMSN recruits dope emcees Gilbere Forte, ANTHM, and Deniro Farrar to remix his †Priscilla† track “Somewhere”. The mesmorizing and almost trance like cut is far from the typical underground mix but more of a Weeknd-esque deep single. Each emcee brings their own unique style to the song, but NC native rapper Denriro Farrar really takes on the eeire mood as he spits a dark yet smooth 16 bar rap towards the end. Coupled with the ghost vocals from JMSN and the haunting melody, this tale about relationship pains and woes is equally creepy as it is addicting.

’Somewhere Ft. Gilbere Forte, ANTHM & Deniro Farrar (JMSN Remix)’
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