’Lido & Santell – Committed’
’Lido & Santell – Recruit’
’Lido & Santell – Mariah/Say You Scared’
After releasing the well-circulated, greatly successful album Everything this past October, Lido hopped on tour to promote his new material. As we covered during a stop here in the Bay Area, Lido was equipped with an impressive live setup, taking over some of the most prestigious venues across the country. Now, after finishing up the Everything Tour, the young producer has once again teamed up with Santell to follow up their Passion Project series.
A slight departure from the solo sounds of Lido and a world away from the Jersey Club characteristics of Trippy Turtle, the duo have made clear in PPII that the success of the electronic R&B collaboration is no fluke. In fact, the genre is gaining some traction behind producers such as Mar and Full Crate as well. In Passion Project II, listeners get an earful of what the duo have been up to since the October 2015 release of PPI.
While continuing his reputation as a groundbreaking, unpredictable producer in regards to his sonic styles, Lido has maintained a deep tie lyrically devoted to Ashley Frangipane stretching back to 2013’s Battle Poetry. With multiple references to the artist known as Halsey throughout PPII, the project continues the concept album feel that dominated Everything. The opening track “Committed” sets the tone as a soulful, minimalist piece carried by the strength of Santell’s smooth voice. While lacking in dynamicism often present in Lido productions, the song delivers on the “passion” noted in the EP title.
The next track “Recruit” is immediately reminiscent of early works by the most popular musician of today – The Weeknd. Specifically, the cadence and tone of Recruit shows a mastery of roping an audience in with a hypnotizing arrangement and chorus. The closing track “Mariah/Say You Scared” is a multi-part song in the same vein as Frank Ocean’s “Nights”. Whereas most tracks are a single melodic piece “Mariah” features an underlying sensual vocal loop of Mariah Carey, followed by a beat breakdown nearly two minutes in, before becoming a vaguely familiar piano ballad and vocal harmonization. In a sly ode to previous producers, the second half of “Mariah” samples and covers the same track that inspired Sango & Waldo’s “Kobe’s Room” – titled “If U Scared, Say U Scared” by Static Major and Smoke E. Digglera.
In Passion Project II, Santell and Lido have given fans a handful of new tracks to satiate themselves between now and festival season. While Lido has not yet announced another summer tour, your Ninja writers eagerly await a chance to check out his latest material soon. Passion Project I and II are available for streaming on Soundcloud here and here.
Over the past couple of years, Spotify has cemented themselves as the premiere place for music streaming. We strive to be one of the premiere places on the web, but we felt it was time to branch out a bit. So, we went ahead and put together The Music Ninja Spotify account.
Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. You can still catch what we have to share on the website, however the dojo has grown and we want to offer you even more music. We’ve already created thirteen playlists for you to enjoy, with music ranging from future bass, to dubstep, to pop, trap, rock and even moombahton. We’ll continuously be updating each playlist, as well as creating more. Some of our current playlists include Back That Bass Up, House, Sweet House and Pretty Poppin’.
We want to thank you all for your continued support of the ninjas. We wouldn’t still be sharing music if there was nobody to share it with! In 2017, we’re looking to do some big things for you all. Stay tuned and make sure to follow the Spotify account if you are a user! Want a taste of what we’ve got going? Check out our Dive Deep playlist below, complete with our favorite deep house records.
Ray Volpe just doesn’t let up. He never has in all the time that I have known him over the years. Although he is still young, he has matured into one of the most impressive dubstep producers you can find. He’s making moves, but he’s always down to give back to his fans, which he has done with the freely downloadable “Bermuda” single.
“Bermuda” is easily one of his top tunes. His dynamic sound design plagues the production and his song-writing continues to improve. It’s always been good, but he blows our mind time and time again. A lot of dubstep can be solely focused on the sounds, but Ray always keeps it musical, doing his best at both and succeeding without a hitch. 2017 will be a massive year for him and we can’t wait to hear what else he has in store. Stream, download and enjoy.
Kicks N Licks
World (feat. RULS)
Future bass is making itself known in the electronic music world and we’re completely okay with this especially with Kick N Licks latest release on Lowly Palace label, a special new project from the creators of popular Youtube channel Trap Nation.
This duo have a way of taking the listener through a dreamland like journey with unique soundscapes; we hear birds chirping in this one, and synths, but keep it upbeat with climactic drops and quick paced melodies. Add RULS’s smooth top line vocals and you’re given a little bit of everything. Play this track for anyone who is familiar with Kicks N Licks and there’s no mistaking this is purely their work. The track is out in full force and, even better, you can grab it for free here.
Don't Look Back (LissA vs. MEMBA)
We’re totally in love with LissA’s provocative love anthem and her vocals prove you can have a crush on someone’s voice. We’re equally in love with the production style of New York’s Ishaan Chaudhary & Will Curry, aka MEMBA. When the two joined forces to bring us “Don’t Look Back” the compilation of talent took this track to a whole other level.
LissA has organically built an incredible following with her talented sultry and what I’d call, voluptuous voice with past tracks such as “Pitch Black” featuring production from the talented Berlin producer Mazde, and with her cover of the Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc,” plus many more. Now, released on Night Air Records, “Don’t Look Back” joins her repertoire of singles that have quickly amassed some love from practically every industry insider. Add MEMBA to the mix with their worldly and ancient influences and we’re given an ethereal track by talented artists that ultimately make the perfect match.
You can stream or buy “Don’t Look Back” here.
Suave ft. Miranda Gulasy
"Take Me Under" (PRMD DSCVR)
We’re still in the first month of 2017 and with the amount of incredible music that closed 2016, it’s no surprise that the new year is already bringing us music that pulls at our heart strings. With a chance of a very bleak 4 years ahead of us producer Suave is bringing us something fresh with is new track “Take Me Under.”
As the first release of the year with PRMD Music, this self taught pianist, vocalist, and producer has brought us a track that melds trap, bass and melodic melodies into one. Pulling inspiration from artists such as Said the Sky and Lido, Suave manages to make his tracks completely his own with crisp sounds featuring his very own vocals and, in this case, Miranda Gulasy.
Suave has landed himself in the top 50 Soundcloud charts as well as a million plays between his releases. Grab the track as a free download and add him to your 2017 watch list.
You’re seeing politics everywhere, but it’s Friday; it’s time to relax, or party. We’re going to choose party. This week’s playlist will help you turn up and trump all that is going on in American politics. Puns help, but music helps more. As usual, we collected our favorite free downloads from the past week and there are plenty of them. High quality tunes in this batch of a dozen come from the legendary GRiZMATiK, LUMBERJVCK, Luca Lush, Jack LNDN, Havok Roth and more. From future funk, to hybrid to deep house and beyond, we’ve got a bit of everything for you here today. All good songs from great people. Don’t miss out on any of them. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.
’GRiZMATiK – As We Proceed’
’LUMBERJVCK – LITM (feat. Kat Nestel)’
’Notixx – Turn It Up A Notch’
’I.Y.F.F.E x Thai – So High (Sex Room Remix)’
’Jack LNDN – Bittersweet Emotion ft. Josh Tobias’
’Marcus James – Enemy ft. Kyle Stibbs’
’Who Cares & BigSammyZ – Dope’
’Lemi Vice & Action Jackson – Tell You That (Big_Once VIP)’
’Baauer – Sow (Havok Roth & Pierce Remix)’
’The Chainsmokers – Paris (Decadon Remix)’