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The Kooks Front Man on His Father, Doing Prince Songs, and Paper Dreams [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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The Kooks
Around Town

For a lot of you out there, The Kooks have had a very special place in your heart over the past few years. This Brighton-based indie outfit has been churning out hits that inspire even the most shyest curmudeons to light up and sing along.

Right after their absolutely stellar show in Denver, we were able to catch up with front man Luke Pritchard to ask a few choice questions about this latest album. Surprisingly open about some very intimate details about one of our favorite new tunes, “See Me Now,” this down-to-earth singer/songwriter casually talked to us as if we were a close mate, which is always refreshing.

Before you get too far into this transcribed phone call, know that this current tour is one not to miss. While you’ll hear some of their new tunes (as to be expected), you’ll also come across all of your favorites, ensuring you’ll leave the venue with satisfied ears and hoarse voice.

TMN: Hey Luke, thank you so much for taking a few moments to speak with us. We’ve been fans for a long time! Let’s chat about this tour you’re on – how’s it going so far?

Luke: No problem. It’s actually a pleasure. The tour has been excellent. It’s great that we can see so many places in the US, do you know what I mean? The fans have been pretty receptive to the album too, which is pretty cool for us. So, it’s been great!

TMN: You just hit up Denver, which is where we’re at. What are your thoughts on the mile high city?

Luke: (Laughs) Good! I’m really intrigued by this legalization thing. It’s always fun here though. We’ve had some great times in Colorado.
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Jared Wohl – You Are [TMN PREMIERE]

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Jared Wohl
You Are

We have the unique pleasure of hearing hundreds of stories a week. Hundreds of emails a day come across our screen, all of which are sharing a small piece of their life with us. Whether it be whimsical and light-hearted, dark and gloomy, or incredibly uplifting, we get a chance to hear more than just music. We get a chance to hear about people’s lives through their art. Today marks one of the more remarkable stories we’ve come across, as we take a deeper look into Jared Wohl.

Having previously worked with Wohl on his initial project, Farewell Luna, we had never known any of his backstory, until now. Eight months ago, this New Jersey native laid in the transplant unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital recovering from a traumatic surgery leaving him with only 35% of his liver. Just two years earlier, he had sat in the same hospital, undergoing extensive testing, which would reveal whether or not he could save his brother’s life. Cameron, Jared’s brother, has been living with a chronic, potentially fatal disease (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis) for over a decade. The brothers soon realized that in addition to sharing the same birthday three years to the day, they would soon share something much more significant. On February 11th 2014, Jared successfully donated 65% of his liver to Cameron.

Going through a life experience like Jared did is sure to incite powerful life changes, which is why he has decided to reintroduce himself as a singer-songwriter, only this time, as himself. While he had a strong following under his previous moniker, the gravity of becoming a living organ donor, and inevitably saving his younger brother’s life, gave songwriting an entirely new meaning.

The title track for his new EP, which can be found on their upcoming documentary (trailer below), is premiering today here on The Music Ninja. Wohl once again reminds us of why we were drawn to him in the first place, effortlessly displaying his stunning vocal tone and range. Set to the backdrop of energetic percussion, some light and glowing guitar work, and a steady bassline “You Are” instantly hooks the listener in, commanding attention for the full five minute tune. While the focus on vocals is heavy in the beginning, the instrumentals ultimately catch up, leading way to a soulful outtro that leaves a lasting impression.

After you’ve listened through, take a moment to watch the trailer for the Wohl brother’s documentary below, which will ultimately shed light on their newly formed foundation, The Wave Set.

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MAINS – I’ll Pray [TMN PREMIERE]

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I'll Pray (Original Mix)

We love this industry as a whole, but there are a few things that stand far above the rest. Landing a huge interview is always great. Covering an epic show is always fun too. However, the one thing that really makes us grin ear-to-ear is when we get to premiere the debut song from an act. There’s just nothing better than being able to say, “you heard it here first.”

Coming out of the Venice of the North, MAINS is a brand spankin’ new synth pop act made up of two Dutch producers. As with a lot of new acts these days, this duo is taking a enigmatic approach, remaining mysterious about their identity. However, these two were once a massive European act that did a world tour, including countless major festivals from the likes of Glastonbury, SXSW, and more. The only thing is, no one knows which act they were. That really won’t make a difference though, as “I’ll Pray” holds its own, regardless of any previous projects.

While inspirations from the early 80′s are stil apparent, this duo has reinvented themselves by incorporating a very modern vibe. Bringing in influences of trop house acts like Klingande and Thomas Jack, MAINS brings in elements of indie synth poppers like Tanlines and Brothertiger, crafted by incredibly charming vocals. Coupled with a groovy four-to-the-floor rhythm, we’re left in a equatorial fusion of several genres, creating something that’s truly their own and simply infectious.

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Koyote – Scream For Another Brick In The Wall (Koyote ‘REDUX’ Edit) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Trick, Henry Fong, Eric Prydz

Hey there, ninjas. Are you sitting at home, slowly putting together your Halloween playlists? Well, if you’re anything like us, you’re probably doing just that, and we have a tune that’s sure to please the audible appetites of whatever dance floor you’re getting ready to own.

About a year ago, we posted Koyote’s original version of this, labeling it as one of the better mashups we’ve come across. Well, just in time for our favorite holiday, this Santa Barbara based DJ/Producer has thrown up his “REDUX” version, which makes good use of the “Scream” stems provided on Splice. As most of you know, Henry Fong and J-Trick are some of the first big artists to release their project file on the new sharing site, and producers, including Koyote, jumped at the chance to work with it.

Garnering support from Laidback Luke, TJR, Tommie Sunshine, DJs from Mars, and more, “Scream for Another Brick in the Wall (Koyote ‘REDUX’ Edit’) is a meticulous blend of different songs, including the legendary vocals from “Another Brick in the Wall.” It’s infectiously energetic, not only providing an unavoidable call to get up and boogie, but also ensuring that the crowd will be singing along to those unforgettable lyrics.

Big ups, Koyote.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/9 – 10/11

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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)
- This week’s ninja pass is valid for Friday and Saturday only. Sorry! If you wanna see Morgan Page, you need to pick up tickets.

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

Morgan Page - Oct 9
Morgan Page ft. Carnage & Candice Pillay
We Receive You

Antiserum + Valentino Khan - Oct 10
Destroid
Bounce (Mayhem x Antiserum Remix)
Valentino Khan feat. DJ Kool
Make Some Noise (VIP)
Coyu - Oct 11
Green Velvet
Bigger Than Prince (Coyu Remix)
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[DFF4] Paris & Simo – Zombie (3LAU TomorrowWorld Edit)

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Paris & Simo
Zombie (3LAU TomorrowWorld Edit)

I can remember it like it was yesterday. On my desk (which I assume was meant for homework space) was my mixer and two tables, all hooked in to four massive floor speakers. While you might think this set up was necessary for a proper house party, it was actually what my dorm room looked like way back in 2002. While I’m sure everyone on the 3rd floor of the McCowen dorms loved my super smooth mixes, my professors sure didn’t appreciate my lack of studious efforts. Regardless, Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400″ had a heavy spot in my regular rotation, which is why I was admittedly excited to see a fresh new take on it.

Recently Montreal DJ/Producer duo Paris & Simo created an edit of their own, taking it out of that decade and into this one with some new-school appeal. 3LAU having a knack for creating stellar bootlegs and edits of his own,  took their version and put together what you’re seeing here today. While originally reserved for both artist’s live sets, 3LAU is releasing this into the wild in celebration of his TomorrowWorld debut, and with the intent of building up some hype for Dance Floor Filth 4.

Paris & Simo sent me a 1 drop draft version of this edit almost 8 months ago; after playing it in nearly every set, I told the boys I was going to do my own edit / mix. It’s been an essential part of my sets and a well kept secret between the 3 of us, exclusive to our live shows. It was finally time to unleash it after all of the amazing feedback we received!

Aside from being an energetic take that pays homage to the original, this edit also serves as the perfect tune to throw into those upcoming Halloween playlists. Make sure to head over to 3LAU’s webpage on October 13th to snag your copy.

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Morning Smoke – Hunger [TMN PREMIERE]

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Morning Smoke
Hunger

Who’s ready for a clashing spattering of nostalgia, overwhelmingly calling on associations of some of your post punk favorites? If you raised your hand as you read that last sentence, you’re definitely ready for “Hunger” from Brighton-based act Morning Smoke.

There’s just something about those distortion-rich guitars that calls on that feeling of teenage angst that so many of us experienced, ripping our eardrums apart with unbelievably high-volume headphone-adorned nights in bed. Morning Smoke embodies that experience, but does so in a refined, newly-approached sense.

Having just wrapped up a very busy summer, this four-piece has a musical maturity that most their age would ever dream of. All under the age of 20 years old, and having played together for just one year, these cats are boasting a sound that reminds old-timers of Sonic Youth and Joy Division, while giving the slightly younger crowd a hefty nod with their near-Strokes-style garage sounds.

Coupled with clashing percussion work and engaging lyrics, “Hunger” has us wishing we were going to be in Britain over the next coming month. If we were, we would most assuredly be catching one of these upcoming shows:

Show Dates:
9th October – Proud Camden, London
10th October – Brunswick, Hove
14th October- Shacklewell Arms (Through Fierce Panda Promotions)
24th October – Bleach, Brighton
19th November The Social London (Through Heavenly Promotions)

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