As a person that easily binge watches TV shows, it is easy to get to a point where you have almost seen it all. Or at least, all that appeals your interest. Yet, the minute that you find out the release date of your favorite show’s next season, you suddenly have more purpose in life. Ok, maybe my life is a “little bit” more Netflix-driven than yours, but my point is that finding out when The Hunnaa was releasing their full-length debut, 100, gave me just enough rivaling purpose. Introduced through their lusciously euphoric rock single ‘Bonfire’ back in October 2015, capable of filling rooms with their anthemic rock sound, The UK-based four-piece grabbed our hearts and ears from the very start. Ten months, millions of Spotify streams later and praised Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Huw Stephens, The Hunna have captured just more than an audience. They are one of the few bands today that can define their own following as a ‘movement’ and 100 further proves their case.
This brings us to why we are incredibly honored to present the next Artist(s) of the month: The Hunna, as their kicking off their debut album this week. Join us this month as we get to know Ryan (Vocals/Guitar), Dan (Lead Guitar), Jermaine (Bass) and Jack (Drums) and their quest to conquer the world (musically).
Within the realm of free downloads, this week was huge. Tons of hot up and coming acts came out with fire this week, and even Tiesto dropped a free song he created with DallasK. Not only were there a ton, but for some reason these records were exceptional, even for the producers. Such producers who we tip our hats to in this edition of our Friday Party Playlist are G-Buck, Convex, Jameston Thieves, JSTJR, Dirty Monkey, Rezz and UZ. That’s not all, as there are a handful of other party poppin’ singles from other talented producers as well. Check out all twleve, and take them with you over the weekend. Rest up, party; do what you need to shed off the aches and pains of the week. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.
Here at The Music Ninja, we take pride in being solely focused on the musicians we love and the works they create. This mindset has allowed us to bypass the pop culture aspects that many others focus on, bringing our Ninja following the freshest faces and best yet-undiscovered acts as they appear across the web. This massively time consuming pursuit has introduced us to many a fledgling band as they try to find their ways early in their careers. Back in mid-2013, that hunt led us to a diamond in the rough.
Marian Hill, a band who rose to fame on the back of their debut song, “Whisky” is a Philly-raised, Brooklyn-based duo consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol. As early fans of their work, it has been exciting watching the band take off and become a successful name in music behind their jazzy-electronic style. While making their second appearance at Outside Lands Music Festival a few weeks ago, Jeremy & Sam were gracious enough to meet up with us while taking in St. Lucia’s performance to talk touring, inspiration, and the road to success.
We are smack in the middle of festival season, and the anticipation continues to build as we keep looking back at those insane lineups and the final phase announcements. We can only imagine how incredible festivals like Sun City Music Fest, Electric Zoo, The Meadows, and Something Wicked and way too many more to name are going to be. With those incredible lineups comes brand new releases from the attending artists, teasing us with music that we know is going to blow us away when we see them perform live. So, this week we curated a playlist to exposé some of those fresh releases to get that festival adrenaline kicking.
Warez are on a mission. The Charlotte duo have been putting out some of the best bass music you are going to find, all while keeping fans guessing with their fresh sounds. They can tear up any genre, and they aren’t afraid to do it. Most recently they took on electro with their original “Up In The Air” that they released for free.
“Up In The Air” is, no doubt, a single for the Summer. It’s call for fans to put their hands up is something that has become synonymous with mainstage DJs, but Warez don’t water down this single like many of the hands-in-the-air DJs do. Instead, they bring some heavy basslines that call more for headbanging than getting your hands up. That’s certainly true for the second drop, that has the duo switching up the pace. We could have had this single a year ago, but do to sampling, we’ve had to wait. Now, we get it as a free download that will find itself somewhere near the top of many of our Summer playlists.
What did you do by the time you were eighteen? Did you reach #1 on Hypem like filous? Probably not, but not everyone can be Matthias Oldofredi. After a year long break from releasing originals, filous is back with yet another collaboration with the Austrian producer MOUNT, as well as Buster Moe. Ultra Records backed “Emelie” and dropped it on the world last week.
“Emelie” is an acoustically driven house single that doesn’t really sound like electronic music at all. With performances shifting towards the live realm as opposed to Djing, it’s no wonder trailblazers like filous are making that shift with their productions as well. This single is one that could easily be played out live, but fans can enjoy it still if a DJ played it on the decks. filous, MOUNT and Buster Moe came together to give fans something different, and each of their talents shine. Buster’s vocal is something to be treasured. With filous back, the rest of the year and the next can be incredible as far as dance music is concerned. Stay tuned for what’s to come, but in the mean time, get a hold of “Emelie” today.
Los Angles emcee Hoody Time is bringing more than just any old rap project to the internet. He’s bring ripe beats, hot lyrics (actual lyrics, not just mumbling) and art to anyone who’s willing to dive into this rich chasm of creation. He’s already released an EP, a handful of collaborations, and now he’s here with a massive music video for his single “…to be reckoned with” that you will view first here in the dojo.
After watching this music video for the first time, we knew we had to jump on it for a premiere. There’s so much going on in it, you’re going to have to watch it at least a few times before you catch everything. Technically, it’s a lyric video, but it’s much more that just that. Hoody Time went a head and put together a true visual art piece that took a ton of time and effort. The result is worth it, as it expresses Hoody’s brand and creative direction nearly perfectly, if not perfect. From memes, to snacks, to movies, to games, you’ll find a bit of everything packed into this extraordinary video.