[Indie Electronic] Chet Faker – Bend

Chet Faker

Since releasing his debut album last year, Chet Faker has been touring pretty much non-stop so it’s little surprise that we haven’t heard much new music from him. Hopefully that’s going to change soon but, to hold fans over, the Australian artist let loose some unreleased material today from the Built on Glass sessions that must’ve just barely missed the cut for the album. “Bend” carries the same synth-laden backdrop and soulful vocals as Chet’s debut but has a bluesy guitar riff at its chorus that’s not quite like anything we’ve heard from him before. It’s an intoxicating and experimental tune that captures Faker’s distinct style and broad range of influences. Groove above–the first 1000 downloads will be free so grab one while supplies last!

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[Event Review] And The Best Independent Artist Award Goes To…Chet Faker

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How do we even start with Chet Faker? From the volumized ginger beard and the man bun, to the charismatic stage presence and unpredictable maneuvers, Chet Faker has got it all. Needless to say, he brought down the house with his performance last Monday at Belly Up Tavern in San Diego. The 23-year-old Australian musician is known to be a one-man band; whether it’s singing, DJing or producing songs all on his own. Racking up an unbelievably huge following as an independent artist, Chet Faker is doing something extraordinary given the talent and opportunities he’s got.

Starting off the set with “I’m Into You”, an oldie but goodie, Chet Faker gave his 110% when it comes to showcasing his caliber. Aside from the vocal performances, he incorporated numerous DJing acts throughout his set to spice up the entertainment factor. With the spontaneity and nonchalance of being an independent musician, he made up a song from scratch in the middle of his set, claiming that “this next track does not exist anywhere else but here”. As the crowd screamed and cheered, he created this complex beat with vocal samples made on the spot through his microphone. Newer fans were not disappointed, as he played a selection of gems from his recent album Built On Glass, namely “Gold”, “To Me”, “1998”, “Cigarettes & Loneliness”, etc.

The entirety of his set lasted roughly about ninety minutes, yet it was seemingly shorter. When he said he’s closing out with an acoustic version of “Talk Is Cheap”, it was almost like he just got on stage half an hour ago. His soulful R&B vocals soared through the venue, catching everyone’s attention and stopping all the casual chattering at the back of the venue. There was no greater feeling to see your favorite artist giving his all on stage while everyone sings along to every word of his songs. He turned Belly Up Tavern into a massive karaoke.

San Diego was his last stop of his US tour, meaning that he will return to the land down under after giving this epic performance. We cannot tell you how bittersweet yet excited we are to see what new music he is working on next. Sky is the limit for the Chet Faker, and he’s about to show us what he’s got hidden in that manly gingerbeard of his.

Chet Faker
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[Festival Review + Playlist] Photos & Songs from Treasure Island 2014, SF 10/18-19

_MG_1990As regular festival attendees, the Ninja staff has definitely learned to appreciate a well-organized event and last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be one of the best in the business. With no overlapping sets and plenty of room to dance, TIMF, even in its most well-attended year to date, felt like a paradise for festivalgoers who, with the current popularity of live music, have become accustomed to the more stressful aspects of music festivals. Treasure Island’s 2014 lineup featured masterful curation of diverse genres encouraging attendees to check out acts they might not have otherwise.

Check out a playlist of memorable songs to go along with some amazing photos of MØ, Chet Faker Outkast, Alt-J and more from Treasure Island Music Festival below. If you were in attendance last weekend, we hope this brings you back!

Day 1

Why we loved it: Electro-pop vocalist MØ has been on our radar for quite some time now. As a performer, she has an undeniable energy with a voice that translates incredibly well live. Due to an eye infection, she was rocking an eye patch during her set, which actually ended up making her look even cooler on stage. TIMF2014_4 TIMF2014_5TIMF2014_6

Don’t Wanna Dance’
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60+ Songs to Prepare for Treasure Island Music Festival in SF, 10/18-19 [Event Preview + Playlist]

timf2014-sfweekly-fullpgLineups for major music festivals often boast 100+ artists, which although in theory is a great concept, can end up being overwhelming and frustrating when you realize the impossibility of seeing every act on the bill. San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival, a collaboration between Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, provides one of the few exceptions to this conundrum electing to go with fewer artists and alternating sets at only two stages. Having attended last year, we found this to be a genius, albeit seemingly obvious, solution making the experience far more relaxed for festival-goers without sacrificing any quality in the music. Aside from the unique arrangement, the backdrop of Treasure Island overlooks both the Bay and Golden Gate bridges and has one of the more stunning sunsets the Bay Area has to offer. For anyone who will be attending this year, we also highly recommend checking out the non-stop Silent Disco stage courtesy Silent Frisco.

To help you all prepare for what should be an amazing weekend of music, we’ve put together a massive playlist including every single artist on the TIMF lineup because, with no overlapping sets, you will actually have the opportunity to see them all. Whether you’ve already got your ticket, are still on the fence or can’t make it this year, we hope this serves as a fun, introduction to a dynamic collection of musicians. One and two-day passes for Treasure Island Music Festival are still available so, if you like what you hear below, grab your tickets HERE.

Day 1: 

Painted PalmsNoon @ Bridge Stage. 

Sounds like: San Francisco-based, psychedelic pop.

’Painted Palms
’Painted Palms – Here It Comes’

Tobacco (of Black Moth Super Rainbow), 12:40PM @ Tunnel Stage.

Sounds like: In his own words, “I want to make you feel paranoid in a good way.”

’Tobacco – Self Tanner’
’Black Moth Super Rainbow – Gangs in the Garden’


MUST-SEE: Ratking1:10PM @ Bridge. 

Sounds like: Gritty, high energy New York hip-hop.

’Ratking – So It Goes’
’Ratking – Pretty Picture’
’Phantogram – Fall in Love (RATKING Falling Off Remix)’
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 14]

Last week may have been our Valentine’s edition of Sunday Night Soul, but this week’s lineup features many of the singles crafted specifically with the special holiday in mind. Given that information, it’s no surprise that this week saw some major releases from many of the most exalted players in R&B. We’ve got an All-Star lineup prepared for you tonight (ironic considering the NBA All-Star Game just ended), featuring such lofty names as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, OmarionNe-Yo, Mya and JoJo (the latter three also happened to drop some spectacular Valentine’s EPs as well). Of course they weren’t the only ones feeling the love this busy week, as we have a loaded collection of gorgeous tunes from a slew of talented artists like Kites, mdnt, Oskar Key Sung, John MichaelRÁJ, Chet Faker, Erik Hassle, Shura, Maths Time Joy, Canid, Jeftuz and Trippy Turtle. Check out all there is to offer below, and if you messed up this Valentine’s Day, use this playlist as your way to patch things up.

’Kites – A Taste Of Honey’
’subdaio – PillowTalk.’
’mdnt – Adonis (stripped version)’
’Maths Time Joy – Atlantis’
’Oskar Key Sung
’TVNE – Damnitbabe’
’ΔGØLDWYN – Nobody but you – Free DL’
’vaisle – left’
’aywy. – Need U’
’aywy. – Lost Ft. Maximus MMC’
’GhostChant – Sincerity ft Låpsley (Demo)’
’Plue Starfox
Jhene’s Lament’
’Daniela Andrade – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’
’Mara Hruby – Cry Me A River’
’Iman Europe – Miine (Beyonce Cover)’
’Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap’
’John Michael – Dead Wrong’
’Dao Jones – Good At Being Single’
’BOY/FRIEND – Eve feat. VA$HTIE (Prod. Gautier)’
Love You Down’
’Angelique Sabrina – I’m Ready’
’Göld Spex – Lost In The Sound’
’RÁJ – Let Me Love You’
’PARTYNEXTDOOR – Persian Rugs’
’Prote J – Stepitup (feat. Mark Russell) (Prod. by Prote J)’
’LeMarvin – One More Night (Produced by T Town)’
’blackbear – The Afternoon’
’Ezra James – All About You’
’Robin Thicke – The Rest Of My Life (Remix) ft Tamar Braxton’
’Mya – Space’
’Alicia Keys – Zebras And Airplanes’
’JoJo – Caught Up In The Rapture’
’Mariah Carey – You’re Mine (Eternal)’
’Omarion – You Like It’
’Eric Bellinger – Kiss Goodnight ft. Kid Ink’
’Ne Yo – New Love’
’Mishon – Luckiest Man feat. Problem (prod. Jermaine Dupri & B. Cox)’
’Elijah Blake – Sing For Me feat Rick Ross & The Game’
’Luke James – One Of A Kind’
’LeToya Luckett – Dont Make Me Wait’
’Erik Hassle – Pathetic’
’Audego – From my blue’
’Shura – Touch’
’MØ – Say You’ll Be There’
’POWERS – Money’
’Shlohmo & Jeremih – No More’
’Drake ft. Jhené Aiko – From Time (Rey Ruccio Edit)’
’Duncan Gerow – Ciara + J.Louis = Like A Boy’
’Pharrell – Happy (T AARONmusic REMIX)’
Never Comin’Back (Jeftuz Remix)’
’Fortune – Wifey (Celine)ft. Etizzz *Is This Love 2 IS OUT NOW*’
Good Lovin (Jeftuz Refix)’
’SevnthWonder – Love The Way’
’Jessie Ware & Sampha – Valentine (Canid remix)’
’Braxton/Palmer – Callin’ Your Body’
’Drake – Living In The Moment (Kun Remix)’
’Trippy Turtle – Wet’
’Trippy Turtle – Wet (DJ TiGERFACE EDIT)’
’Beyonce – Drunk in Love (Hunt For The Breeze Edit)’
’Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time (The Flexican Remix)’
’Jo Def – Body Call’
’SOHN – Artifice (Radio Rip)’
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[Killer Collaboration] Flume & Chet Faker – Drop The Game

Flume & Chet Faker
Drop The Game

A little collaboration, boys?
Flume and Chet Faker teamed up to release ‘Drop the Game’, a fabulous song that shows off the talents of both Australian electronic artists. With the laid-back feel that many of Flume’s songs embrace, Faker adds a little of a jazz/indie sound with electronic melodies. The male vocals throughout the song are casual yet strong, again holding a laid-back feeling. These two artists keep changing the name when it comes to electronic music, putting their own spin and tastes into everyone of their songs and showing the music industry where the future of electronic music is always moving for the better.

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