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[Electronica] ØRKA – Phantom


We’re in the middle of a historically dreary stretch of weather in Denver. It’s gray, cold, and rainy, and there’s no sign of anything different coming our way. We’ve exhausted our “Summer Playlists,” trying to bring some semblance of sunshine to our daily routine. We’re taking a different route today, instead embracing the grey with music to match.

This isn’t experience with our first with ØRKA. Last month, we brought you our first discovery of the intriguing Miami-based producer, and now we are happy to present his second original production, “Phantom.”

Dabbling somewhere in the electronica realm due to its fusion of organic elements – a dreary guitar melody, a pacifying vocal performance, and electronic additives – all that bolster the overall power of his compositional parts. It casually flirts with associations of artists both classic and modern, calling on associations of both Pink Floyd and James Vincent McMorrow.

Once again, ØRKA has graciously offered up his music as a free download for all to enjoy. We suggest you head over and pick it up, taking a few minutes to get helplessly lost in its stunning beauty.

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[Deep House] Fyfe – Solace (LCAW Remix)

Solace (LCAW Remix)

The first half of the week has come and gone, which means it’s all downhill from here. You might have laughed at that statement, knowing full and well we still have two and a half days of work left, but fear not. We have some new, impressive music to carry you over the hump and into the weekend.

Originally off Fyfe’s album Control, which came out last year, “Solace” encapsulates this London-based indie artist’s ethereal vibes and articulately crafted vocals. While most wouldn’t envision these vocals fitting into a groovy beat, our favorite Münchner saw it differently.

LCAW is no stranger to taking on unique artists, with remixes of intriguing acts like Parov Stellar, Cosmo Sheldrake, and more. With this interpretation of “Solace,” we’re offered up that warm, smooth familiarity that he brings to all of his work.

Slowly enveloping listeners with repeating guitar samples, steady kicks, and Fyfe’s soothing vocals, we’re left completely lost in this respectful homage to the original. Yet, as much as LCAW tips his cap to the original song’s vision, his remix creates an entirely new experience, and one we won’t soon forget.

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2am (Rootkit Remix)

Let’s all admit something right now. This song is primed and ready for a whole boatload of remixes. The message conveyed through the lyrics coupled with the stunning vocal tone and finesse just begs to have multiple interpretations of it follow, which is exactly what we’re experiencing at this very moment.

While this tune recently got a very popular makeover from Matoma, today we’re bringing you an exclusive look from 17-year old Norweigan producer ROOTKIT. With his official take on “2 AM,” the Top 40 vibes from the original are long gone. In their place, we find a stunning vocal house remix, one which is sure to get your booty on the floor, with your feet in a full-on shuffle.

We know the weekend is a long ways away, but it is a long one. So, hang in there with gems like this one and we’ll see you on the other side.

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Bora York – Arrest Me [TMN PREMIERE]

Bora York
Arrest Me

It’s been cold, rainy, and grey here in Denver for the past week, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to let up anytime soon. This comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering we’re usually blessed with ample amounts of sunshine-filled days. Luckily for us though, a fellow cold-weather state friend is giving us something to help thaw out the cold. That friend is Bora York, and that something is “Arrest Me.”

Coming off their upcoming album (June 2015), “Arrest Me” drops today, here on The Music Ninja. Featuring a very danceable bassline, upbeat guitar work, sonic layering, and alternating vocals from husband-wife duo Chris and Rebekah Bartels. It’s soulfully crafted, funk-inspired, and an absolute blast to groove to. When asked about the tune, frontman Chris had this to say:

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or have been with someone for years, relationships always seem to have seasons of being emotional roller coasters. I might be crazy, but I think about things a lot on my own, and sometimes let emotions drive my daydreams. It’s more fun that way. And then I process everything through songs. Arrest Me is about running through a whirlwind of emotion and circumstance, but then ends up at “this cyclone has kept me alive,” essentially saying the rollercoaster is all worth it for that person you love.

“Arrest Me” blends the sonic direction of this new album – funkier, tighter, dancier, and of course 80’s synth-pop-tinged – with that moody love song subject. We had incredible Minneapolis guitarist Cory Wong write and record electric guitars on this song, and he really brought the funk out that we were going for, especially during the song’s breakdown.

Keep tabs on Minnesota-based Bora York by following them on Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter.

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The Weeknd – Where You Belong (Justice Skolnik Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

The Weeknd
"Where You Belong" (Justice Skolnik Remix)

For sharing the same last name as one of the most iconic nerds of all time, Justice Skolnik is one of the smoothest dudes around right now. While that pop culture reference from the 80s most assuredly soared over most of your heads, we’re going to stick to our guns. Maybe it will encourage you to watch a few movies from before your time.

We digress.

We’re assuming this 18-year-old Windy City producer isn’t well versed in movies from nearly four decades ago, so let’s just focus on the task at hand – his interpretation of “Where You Belong.” Originally crafted by The Weeknd, this tune has new fire breathed into it with rolling clicks, booming 808s, and a near-trop style lead synth. Complete with atmospheric layering and those classic Future Bass style drips and creaks, Skolnik gives us an anthem that’s perfect for cruising around town with our windows down, or courting a new main squeeze.

Keep an eye out for this young gent by following him on SoundCloud.

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Janet Jackson – Got Til It’s Gone (DR. MaD REMIX) [TMN PREMIERE]

Janet Jackson
Got Til It's Gone [DR. MaD REMIX]

Our entrance to New Music Tuesday is a laid-back one today, as we slowly roll into the chaos with an extremely fresh interpretation of “Got Til It’s Gone,” the storied Janet Jackson song featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell.

The original, which came off The Velvet Rope, was lauded for it’s sonic experimentation and revealing theme and remixer Dr. MaD has certainly paid an artful homage to the creativity Jackson initially laid out. Hailing from Montreal, this producer is no stranger to crafting intelligent interpretations of classic hip-hop and R&B songs, previously putting his spin on classics like Blackstreet and A Tribe Called Quest. Each sporting a unique vibe, his sound also stays somewhat consistent, boasting chilled out vibes that compliment a solid set of vocals.

Today’s remix, which premiered on Kaytranada’s BBC Radio 1 show, crosses back-and-forth between genres, casually flipping the bird to a traditional structure. It starts off with a slow, future bass style build up, leading the listener into an atmospheric realm of glowing synths, booming bass and rolling clicks and hi-hats. While we’d be more than happy with this styled out take, the tune takes a turn for the dancefloor with an emphatic disco-house break, leaving us dancing in our seat.

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[Progressive House] Fun – Some Nights (Cignature Remix)

Some Nights (Cignature Remix)

Fun has kept quiet since their breakout album, Some Nights, of which the title track and “We Are Young” saw incredible play time on radio waves across the world. Revitalizing the indie-pop band with a free-spirited remix, Cignature – a side project of an unbeknownst artist – introduces themselves the world via a “Some Night” rework. Coupling the warm vocals of the original alongside a bustling, computerized progressive lead, the veiled Boston-based producer accents the pop in the “indie-pop” band by evolving Fun’s sing-a-long flair into an even more catchy counterpart oozing good vibes. Available for free download, Cignature’s opening remix is an undeniable statement that this will not be the last time we hear from them or their sound.

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