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.
TMN: Hey Benny! First off – thank you for being a part of our Residency program. It’s an honor to have a legend like you onboard. Let’s kick things off by talking about Danceaholic, which is currently smashing up the charts. Talk to us about how you approached this project as a whole.
BB: I’m very fond of the instrumental track “Danceaholic” which lends its name to the whole album because it takes me back to my roots and projects me forwards at the same time. The album is a bigger project of course. It’s a mixture of tracks that were already released and brand new material, so it’s a kind of a bridge between the last four or five years and where I’m going!
TMN: You have an eclectic group of artists with you on the album, including singer/songwriter legends like Chris Brown and John Legend, as well as a nice collection of other producers. How did you go about selecting who you wanted to work with?
BB: I work first and foremost collaborate with my cousin Alle Benassi. He’s my musician and producer. But I really love working with different collaborators. Chris Brown is such a great artist. Everything he sings just comes to life and is amazing. Since working together on “Beautiful People” we have an artistic relationship and always feel free to send ideas to each other, that’s how ‘Paradise’ came about. As for John Legend I met him through a mutual friend of Alle and I, Jean Baptiste, in LA, who was working with John at the time, then we performed together at Coachella and we just knew we’d collaborate on the new album.
It’s only Wednesday, but I’m already dreaming about an ice cold, fruity cocktail, the sun’s warming rays, and a comfy chair on my back deck. Part of the reason I’m in this mental oasis is due to the stresses of another stacked week. The other part is thanks to my recent discovery of this glowing, psychedelic tune from Monterey-based Everything is Green.
Coming off their upcoming album, Sweet Teeth, “Totally Sober” is another one of those songs that twists you up with an interesting juxtaposition. Musically, it’s a jovial, subtropical, alt-pop offering that feels perfect for the closing weeks of summer. Lyrically, it’s a bit more intense, telling the story of a relationship delving into sobriety, and the subsequent effects.
Totally Sober at its core is a love song about two people growing up together and figuring out each new step in life together. One of these steps dealt with particularly in this song is sobriety and how that can effect a relationship for the better and for the worse. It’s a pretty straightforward song about a very complex issue that I think a lot of people (especially those in their late 20’s) are dealing with.
With that in mind, I might have to switch that fruity cocktail out for a glass of iced tea.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about singer, songwriter, and producer Nick Pappageorgas (the sole member of Everything is Green), we’re pretty sure you’ll feel the need to keep tabs on him from here on out. You can do so by following him on Facebook and Soundcloud.