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[Fresh] Brika – Expectations

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Brika
Expectations

Sometimes days at the dojo can be a little time consuming. Constantly caught up with our day to day activities of ninja star practice, slinking around in the prone position, and learning the perfect way to extract precious artifacts from other clan’s dojos, we sometimes miss out on something special. While we as ninjas are proud, we’re also humble. We missed the boat on this one, and for that, we apologize.

Coming out of Miami, FL Brika carries a swagger that is undeniable. Signed to Art House Records, she encourages you to sell your clothes and keep your thoughts, which is a mindset that we’re can’t admire enough, especially given the current state of pop culture.

“Expectations,” is an alt-soul tune, simplistic yet powerful in nature. With only a future-bass style backdrop, comprised of a booming bassline, a dark melody, and Brika’s god-given talents, we’re left speechless.

While we’re sad we haven’t been enjoying this for the full two months it’s been out, we’re sure as hell glad we finally stumbled across it.

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[Indie Pop] Bastille – Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

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Bastille
Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

Gotta love new music Tuesdays, right? Earlier this afternoon, Brooklyn’s alt-electronic trio Little Daylight dropped their debut album Hello Memory via Capitol Records. To commemorate this day and the announcement of their US tour dates (featured below), the group has released this stunning indie pop remix of one of our all-time favorite artists, Bastille.

Boasting a dancy percussion mix and a some echoing guitar riffs, this band proves why their high-octane show has toured with the likes of Bastille, Charli XCX, The Neighborhood and more. Including some festie performances, their highly charming sound has impressed the blogosphere, and will continue to do so with this energetic remix.

7/15/14 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Record Release Party) ** SOLD OUT **
8/7/14 Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
8/8/14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
8/9/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn *
8/11/14 Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
8/12/14 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr. Bar-B-Q *
8/13/14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
8/15/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
8/16/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed *
8/18/14 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
8/19/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
8/20/14 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour *
9/15/14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
9/16/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
9/17/14 Harrisonburg, VA @ James Madison University
9/19/14 Washington, DC @ DC9
9/20/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
9/23/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater #
9/25/14 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
9/26/14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
9/27/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
10/3/14 Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival

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[Indie Rock] Young Rising Sons – King of the World

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Young Rising Sons
King Of The World

If Michael Cera, Ellen Page, Zooey Deschanel, and Zach Braff made a movie together, this song would be on on the trailer.

After premiering Young Rising Son’s debut track, “High,” we knew that this Jersey-based quartet was onto something special. A few short weeks later, and this up-and-coming indie rock sensation landed themselves a deal on Interscope Records. Not too shabby, eh?

In their latest release, we’re offered up a summer-inspired, infectious rock anthem that has one of those choruses that refuses to leave your memory. You could hear this song once, go out for a long night of boozing, and still wake up singing

We’ll rule the world, together, forever. With hearts of gold, who needs any treasure? We’ll take our time just living our lives, our castle in the sky-ay-ay, if I was King of the World

These guys are quite possibly hitting up a city near you soon. We suggest you pick up tickets ASAP, as this is a show you wont want to miss. Peep the tour dates below and whip out that credit card.

August 7 // The Basement, Columbus, OH // with Little Daylight

August 8 // Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN // with Little Daylight

August 9 // Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA // with Little Daylight

August 11 // House of Blues – Bronze Peacock, Houston, TX // with Little Daylight

August 12 // Stubbs JR, Austin, TX // with Little Daylight

August 13 // House of Blues – Cambridge Room, Dallas, TX // with Little Daylight

August 15 // Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO // with Little Daylight

August 18 // Club Congress Phoenix, AZ // with Little Daylight

August 19 // Voodoo Room, San Diego, CA // with Little Daylight

August 20 // Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA with Little Daylight

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[Ambient] Komodo – Orange Ocean (Loscil Remix)

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Orange Ocean
(Loscil Remix)

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been slowly sifting through an endless sea of minutia and manure today. Whatever industry you’re in, we’re sure you have you slow, building frustrations, and those frustrations need to be addressed properly.

Rather than going on a regretful twitter rant, we suggest you calmly press play, and get lost, if only for seven minutes. Taking a crack at Brooklyn based Komodo’s tune “Orange Ocean,” Loscil has dialed up an interpretation worthy of your deepest dreamscapes. Taking a piano-centric approach to the melody, this Vancouver-based musician will easily take you out of whatever stresses have been ailing you today.

This tune is off of the upcoming Pattern and Light LP, due out July 22nd.

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#04 Throwing Shapes x The Music Ninja Artist Mix – Barely Alive

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#04 Throwing Shapes x The Music Ninja Artist Mix
Barely Alive

The bass is alive and well in Massachusetts, and we have DJ/Producer duoBarely Alive to thank for that. Sporting some of the nastiest, ominous and horror movie-esque dubstep in the scene, these devilish artists haunt dancefloors, not allowing any unsuspecting party-goer a moment to rest.

Today we’re injecting nine tracks of heart-pounding dubstep goodness with our fourth installment of our tag-team venture with Throwing Shapes, bringing you fresh mixes on the regular. So, dump out your cup of coffee, it’s not needed this morning. Instead, press play and get ready for some a razor sharp jolt of electric synths and devastating drops.

Download: bit.ly/TsPodDL

TRACKLIST
1. Eptic – Like A Boss (Barely Alive Remix)
2. Barely Alive – Dead Link
3. Barely Alive – Cyber Bully ft. Messinian
4. Astronaut – Quantum (Spag Heddy Remix)
5. Barely Alive – Dial Up (Virtual Riot Remix)
6. Barely Alive & Datsik – Candy Kids
7. The Brig – All Aboard (Barely Alive Remix)
8. Pegboard Nerds – Bassline Kickin (Astronaut Remix)
9. Barely Alive – Keyboard Killer ft. Splitbreed (Getter Remix)

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[Indie Rock] We Were Promised Jet Packs – Safety In Numbers

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We Were Promised Jetpacks
Safety in Numbers

Boasting one of the single best names in the music industry, Edinburgh-based five-piece We Were Promised Jetpacks bring a swirling culmination of electric percussion work, cinematic builds and emotion-rich soundscapes that oh-so-few can accomplish.

Grabbing our ears back in These Four Walls, this indie rock outfit brought us varying elements of indie rock genres, providing us with an intense and overwhelmingly enjoyable listening experience for quite some time. In all honesty, we can’t count how many times we’ve listened to “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning,” and “Quiet Little Voices.” In fact, we’d be quite interested to see the actual statistics.

In their latest release, we’re offered another drum-centric tune with glorious guitar melodies wavering in the background. Coupled with Adam Thompson’s subdued vocals, “Safety In Numbers,” brings a warm, security-blanket-type feeling of comfort. WWPJ are back and Unravelling is going to be one hell of an album.

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[Album Review] Johnny Astro – Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology

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As a music lover, I took a long departure from the world of hip hop. In high school, you’d often find me cruising around, bumping Wu Tang’s Enter the 36 Chambers of Death or Picture This from Chi-town’s Do or Die. Something about the the combination between lyrical creativity and unique variations in flow seemed to capture my attention at the age of 16, and there wasn’t really much that could take me away from that.

As I grew older, my love for booming bass and intricate word play faded. While my affinity for hip hop was never gone, it was never quite what it had once been. Finding solace in complicated timing signatures found in math rock, or the simplistic nature of a folk singer possessing nothing more than an acoustic guitar, my tastes evolved over the years, slowly straying away from what I had once loved.

At the age of 30, I’m as well rounded as I’ve ever been. Delving back into hip hop, I have the pleasure of exploring some of the lesser known artists, steering clear of the garbage spewed on the radio on a day to day basis. One up and coming artist that I’ve come to truly appreciate is Arlington based Johnny Astro.

Bravely infusing blogosphere smash hits into his beats, this young Texan does what so many young EDM producers do, by grabbing indie tunes and flipping the script. In his most recent release, Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology, Astro has some flawless sampling for those well-rounded music lovers to grasp onto.

In the lead track, we’re left in awe listening to Ry X’s “Berlin,” which devastated the internet with it’s stunning vocals and intense simplicity. Racking up over 1.1 million plays, this tune boasts a difficult task when looking at re-working. Astro does so with undeniable ease, pairing up his flow with each percussion hit, proving he’s not intimidated to take on challenging feats.

One of our other favorite tracks in this newly released project is “Wonderful Life”, which features a other-worldly sound, rife with delicate yet clashing harp work, leaving the listener charmed with the elevated lyrical journey that Astro brings to the table. What comes to fruition is a perfect jam for a nice set of subs and some open road.

The independent hip hop scene is alive and well in the blogosphere, and one thing is for certain: Mr. Astro is here to represent Texas in this online realm of music.

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Wonderful Life
Athena
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