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[Electronic] Miguel – Do You (EphRem Bootleg)

Do You (bootleg)

The entire Flow-Fi fam consists of a roster filled with incredible talent. Here we have a Miguel bootleg by Manchester producer EphRem. The original is a babymaking masterpiece, yet EphRem cleverly turned it into a soulful electronic mix. The speed of the melody is increased and the pitch is raised, creating these chipmunk-like vocals that flow really well with the overall chillwave synths in the background.

It’s quite amusing how easy this seems, yet how difficult it actually is to alter little things of an original song to create a bootleg. EphRem surely does this Miguel song justice in just three minutes. Go give it a listen and find yourself into the welcoming arms of the Flow-Fi fam.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Trails and Ways Talk Influences, Covers and the Bay Area at Outside Lands 2014


’Trails and Ways – Mtn Tune’

Oakland-based band, Trails and Ways, first surfaced back in 2012 with a string of impressive covers that reinvented some of the year’s strongest pop songs in unexpected and refreshing ways. Unsurprisingly, their subsequent debut EP, Trilingual, proved that their unique style is displayed in an even more powerful way through their original music. The 5-song project, true to its title, features lyrics in English, Spanish and Portuguese–a reflection of the group’s travels in Spain and Brazil. Aside from the evident international influence, Trails and Ways have an incredible take on dreamy California pop, teaming addicting lush acoustic and electronic melodies with the diverse vocals of all 4 band members.

We had a chance to catch up with Keith Brower Brown (guitar, synths) and Ian Quirk (drums) at this year’s Outside Lands to discuss their travels, musical influences and fantastic covers among other topics. Considering the quality of their library thus far, we could not be more excited for what Trails and Ways have in store in the next year.

TMN: First of all, we’re here at Outside Lands. Did you come here when you were at UC Berkeley?


Ian Quirk of Trails and Ways

Ian: I’m from the East Bay. Hayward, which is a little south of where we live now in Oakland. I went to Outside Lands twice growing up. One of the most memorable experiences was at Radiohead. The sound went out, like the main speakers went out during their set, but they totally just kept playing. Everybody was dead silent—it was crazy at a festival that big—just trying to hear basically the stage monitors and a few little speakers. I’ve never seen that before at a festival where there’s dead silence. And then the sound came back on and after the most quiet I’d ever heard, it was the loudest thing I’ve ever heard immediately afterward.

TMN: Did the whole band live together in college?

Keith: Three of us lived in a building called Lothlorien, not the the Land of the Elves although I’d love to live there. This was a co-op at Berkeley—one of the student bought houses. Hannah, the lead guitarist, lived very briefly there for a summer, but we all went to school at Berkeley. Graduated a few years ago. Continue reading

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[R&B] Miguel – How Many Drinks? (Remix) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

How Many Drinks Remix (feat. Kendrick Lamar)?

Miguel and Kendrick Lamar both broke out in a big way in 2012. After sharing the cover of VIBE magazine together, it’s clear the two have even bigger plans for 2013, like this remix to Miguel’s excellent single, “How Many Drinks?” Last year, Miguel proved he could carry a full album without any features with the Grammy nominated, Kaleidoscope Dream. However, it never hurts to have a little help from your friends, and Kendrick Lamar is certainly good company to keep around. Kendrick doesn’t manage to steal the show this time, but he does deliver a steady verse with his contribution, even slyly referencing his own hit song, “Swimming Pools (Drank).” Miguel keeps all the same elements of the original with his smooth and keen vocals, making this a must-listen for any R&B fans out there. Look out for the return of Miguel’s Art Dealer Chic EP series later this summer.

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[Hip-Hop] Talib Kweli – Come Here (ft Miguel)

Getting ready for the release of his latest LP, NY emcee Talib Kweli drops his latest single today for fans listening pleasure. The smooth Grind Music produced track, titled “Come Here”, has the always conscious Kweli taking a more romantic approach to wooing the woman of his dreams. Teaming up with R&B-star Miguel for some soothing vocals on the chorus and hook, this track is definitely something the ladies will love. The combination of Kweli spitting some truth and Miguel delivering an addictive hook make this unexpected single a buzzworthy release, as we patiently wait for his album to drop April 23rd. Be sure to stay on the lookout for some more heat on Kweli’s latest effort, titled Prisoner of Conscious, which also features from Marsha Ambrosius, Busta Rhymes, and Kendrick Lamar. 

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[Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Power Trip (ft. Miguel)

Shortly after dropping an unexpected free projectJ. Cole gives us the first single from his long awaited sophomore album, Born Sinner. On “Power Trip,” Cole enlists recent Grammy winner, Miguel, for an appropriately-timed love song. While plenty of emcees touch on romance in their raps, Cole has a way of capturing certain intricacies and complexities within relationships that few can articulate quite as effectively. Miguel fits in perfectly over the instrumental providing a dope interlude of sorts. Stream this dope single below and look out for Born Sinner, due later this year.

’Power Trip feat. Miguel’
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[R&B] Miguel – The Thrill (Live)

Suave, emotionally-charged R&B breakout star Miguel reveals a special video for his track “The Thrill”. Unlike most music videos, this one does without the flash and gaudiness, instead stripping it down and focusing on the art of the performance. Produced by the gifted folks at Yours Truly (who almost always create stunning, intimate visuals like this), it’s the kind of piece that reminds us why we are so drawn to artists like Miguel: for the heart in music.

Miguel’s Kaliedoscope Dream is out now.

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Miguel – Adorn (Remixes By Wiz Khalifa, Grafh, Busta Rhymes)

R&B crooner Miguel has had an explosive career. From his early works with Blu&Exile to his critically acclaimed and popular debut album All I Want is You, he has re-shaped the game with his unique style. With his latest release, Miguel takes a more unconventional route and delivers a mixtape series, Art Dealer Chic and Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview, in preparation for his upcoming sophomore release Kaleidoscope Dream. One of the standout singles from these previews was the smooth, sultry single “Adorn”. Being one of the strongest singles Miguel has dropped since his debut, it was only a matter of time before rappers hopped on for the remix.

’Miguel – Adorn (Wiz Khalifa Remix)’

Stepping onto the first remix is the Pittsburgh emcee Wiz Khalifa. Not changing the beat, Khalifa keeps the same smooth vibe of the original and adds on a kush-laced rhyme. His addition is probably the most official and available for download here.

Miguel - Adorn (Grafh Remix)

New comer Grafh delivers his lyrical talents to keep the sexual mood in the beginning of the track. Breaking down a night of what the Jamaica Plains, NY emcee wants to do to the female listeners, he does his best to spit game over the already sensual beat.

Miguel - Adorn (Busta Rhymes Remix) feat. Reek Da Villian & J-Doe

Ever since Busta Rhymes was signed to YMCMB, he has been on his hustle with single released and a free mixtape. With this latest remix to “Adorn”, Rhymes collabs with Reek Da Villain and J-Doe to deliver the most rap-heavy, with an added auto-tune, of the three mixes.

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