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LuvBug – Resonance (Dexcell Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Resonance (Dexcell Remix)

This newly formed dance collective made up of Marvin Humes, Grammy nominated JKAY, and producer White N3rd is quickly garnering the adoration of the music-lover community. Better known as LuvBug, the trio made waves with their vocal-driven, groovy tune “Resonance.” Coming out in October, this debut single has already hit #7 in the popular charts on The Hype Machine and is sitting at #10 on the Shazam chart.

Taking into account  their love for 90′s raves and London heritage, it’s only natural to see a stunning Drum and Bass remix following the success of the original. In comes Dexcell, the Watford based trio comprised of David Wilson, Sammy Stabile, and Adam Smart. With an up-tempo facelift, “Resonance” is given a liquid interpretation rife with fast paced percussion, rolling basslines, and light, ethereal synth work.

Expertly sampling vocals from the original, we find the association LuvBug’s charm still very much intact, giving us a solid connection to what we first fell in love with. With a solid take, Dexcell has just made a whole dojo’s worth of new fans.

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Rashid Ajami ft. Julia Govor – A Regret [TMN PREMIERE + VINYL GIVEAWAY]

Julia Govor & Rashid Ajami
A Regret

Our favorite day of the week is finally here. Yes, we understand that we still have to work for a good part of this day, but having the anticipation of the weekend makes it better than Saturday or Sunday.

We don’t know about you guys, but we’re slowly feeling the seasons start to change out here in Colorado. The mornings are a bit chillier, afternoon rainshowers are the norm, and some leaves are starting to turn. With that in mind, we’re going to make the most of this Labor Day weekend, and this new tune from Rashid Ajami, featuring Julia Govor, is going to kick things off.

Coming off Highway Records, “A Regret” is a slow-building, deep house journey that carries its listeners through ominous synths and a thick, driving bassline. The pulsating pad work in the background really makes the lead synth pop, bringing it to the forefront of the tune. Garnering our adulation even moreso was the painfully perfect percussion work, which accentuates Govor’s haunting vocals.

“A Regret” is anything but, giving us a stunning sound that’s perfect for a sun-soaked pool party or an early-morning warehouse experience.

As an added bonus to this exclusive premiere, we’re also hooking up 15 copies of this on Vinyl. Entering our contest is beyond easy. Our only requirements are: You must “follow” Rashid Ajami and The Music Ninja on Soundcloud, and enter your e-mail address into the widget below. Winners will be picked on Thursday, September 4th. Please check your email for a notification from us.

There are a few rules, of course:

- You must embarrassingly dance in public in front of no less than three strangers
- You must get the TMN logo tattooed somewhere on your body
- You must unexpectedly shout at the person next to you, without providing any follow-up explanations of doing so.
- Finally, you must disregard the first three rules and simply enter your email in the form below.
Good luck, ninjas!


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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 8/28 – 8/30


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Maor Levi + Oliver Smith - Aug 28
The Escapist (Maor Levis Starlight Mix)

Mt. Eden - August 29
Mt Eden & Reign Ft. Diaz Grimm
Hash Tag It (OUT NOW)

Amine Edge and Dance - August
Amine Edge & DANCE Feat. O.D. Flash, Roach Gigz & Kreayshawn
Pussy Magnet (Original Mix)
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Keys N Krates on their new EP, their influences, and Ligers [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Keys N Krates
Are We Faded

TMN: Hey Guys! Thank you for taking some time to sit down with us today. First off, let’s talk about the EP, which is due out September 23rd. What can people come to expect from Every Nite?

Matisse: Weird rap beats that are emotional but still warrant a dance party. Pitched up vocals, morphed samples, synths, bangin rap drums.

TMN: Following up on that, is this EP more of a concept piece, or a collection of songs? Do you envision people listening from song one to the finish, or shuffling it up a bit?

Flo: Yes definitely! We set out to make a sort of mini-album that has some interludes and is a good listen all the way through as opposed to just some cool tracks thrown together. The whole thing is meant to capture the vibe of the night. With regards to how ppl listen to it, we know that’s sort of out of our control, but we hope ppl take it in as the entire ep.

TMN: You just released the first single, “Are We Faded,” which is an absolutely monstrous tune, which focuses highly on a beautiful combination of melodic synths, future bass, and expert vocal sampling. Where did the inspiration come from on this particular song?

Tune: We wanted to make something bangin and beautiful sounding at the same time. We also wanted it to sound optimistic and summer-ish, as the rest of the ep is quite a bit darker. We definitely took some influence from guys like Nadus, Cashmere Cat, Lido, Waveracer and Minnesota on this one cause those guys are all so great with pad synths and emotional chords.

TMN: You guys flexed your musical muscle with a diverse blend of styles in this EP. How did that come to be? Did you intentionally set out to cover different styles music, or did it just flow naturally in the production?
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TMN Unveils the Mystery Behind Zola Blood [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Zola Blood

A few weeks back, we knocked on Zola Blood’s virtual door, in hopes of shedding some light on this previously mysterious group. With little information out there, many were inquiring about who was behind this chart-topping hit, “Grace,” which climbed its way up the Hype Machine charts. With droves of music enthusiasts enamored and eager to learn more, we’re overwhelmingly excited to be the ones who get to deliver.

TMN: Hey man/guys/ladies and gentleman. Sorry for the generic intro there, but we’re not really quite sure who we’re talking to! Usually we have some research to base our interviews off of, so forgive us if these questions are a little basic!

ZB: Haha, no worries that’s how we like them.

There’s four of us. Matt (vocals/guitar), Ed (Synth), Sam (drums) and Rob (guitar).

TMN: Let’s kick things off by talking to us about how you got into what the world has come to know as Zola Blood. How did you guys come to be?

Zola Blood was born in October last year, after a few months sharing dodgy iPhone recordings between the four of us. We found a little box studio out in Hackney Wick and have been writing, recording and procrastinating out there ever since.

TMN: Where did the name stem from? Any hidden references we should know about?

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[Fresh] James Vincent McMorrow – When I Leave

James Vincent McMorrow
When I Leave

Coming off a massive festival season, one of our favorite vocalists in music is back with another tune, and it’s up for a free download. “When I Leave” follows up the 2nd album from McMorrow, and was comprised entirely on the road. Admitting that the recording isn’t polished after having been recorded on the road, he describes how this song came to be:

I’ve been recording when I can over the summer, on the floors of festival dressing rooms, in hotels, I’ve been waiting for everyone to fall asleep so I can track vocals in the back lounge of the bus. Making Post Tropical definitely lit a fire. There’s no plan for any of it, I have an album in the world and it is rightfully taking up a lot of my energy, but I’ve plenty energy to go around, I’d like to start putting out some ideas while the ink is still wet, I want people to hear them, to know what they are when we play them live during the autumn Euro and US tours.

Disclaimer, They’re not polished, nothing recorded on the road ever could be, a lot of time spent removing crazy back ground sounds from vocals etc. That’s the point though I guess, snapshots. – James Vincent McMorrow

In all honesty, we could care less that this hasn’t been shined up in a studio by an audio engineer. The moment that glorious falsetto glides over the booming kick drum was more than enough to make us stop what we’re doing and simply swoon. Coupled with some minimalist synths, “When I Leave” drives our adoration even further, leaving us incapable of switching on to the next tune.

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[Indie Rock] CRUISR – All Over

All Over

Summer may be coming to a close, but based on what we’ve found in the past few days, there’s plenty of music that begs to differ. Today’s offering comes via the latest Vagrant Records signee, CRUISR. This Philly-based four piece dropped “All Over” just minutes ago, giving the blogosphere a taste of what’s to come of their debut EP (September 23rd). Lifelong fans may have just cringed at that last sentence, but it holds true. While having released music under the moniker Cruiser in the past, the band is somewhat starting back at the beginning, clearing off their Soundcloud for everything CRUISR.

With a cascading blend of playful vocal harmonies, a dance-inducing bassline, and some quick bursts of clean guitar work, “All Over,”  has an anthemic pop structure that immediately induces grins. The hook-inspired, lyrics leave the listener completely engaged through the short, yet infectious three-minute ride. Carrying sportive associations to the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, and even newcomers The Griswolds.

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