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Turtle Giant – Constellations [TMN PREMIERE]

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TURTLE GIANT
Constellations

Are we really sure that Turtle Giant are from where they say they are? Supposedly from Sao Paulo, this Brazilian three-piece has me envisioning foggy-eyed, long-haired, and peace-loving hippies on the corner of Haight-Ashbury. All kidding aside, it’s hard not to get taken away to that classic era of music while listening to their latest release, premiered here on The Music Ninja.

While it may not be as laid back, or focused on lengthy improvisations as the aforementioned musical period, “Constellations” boasts a timeless, hazy sound that would make most of the greats smile, tap their foot, and nod their head in unanimous approval. The driving beat creates an engaging tempo, one which supports the near-bluesy guitar riffs, which come together in a memorable structure.

This outfit flaunts their musical prowess even moreso with the addition of a harpsichord in the bridge, building up to a eyebrow raising call-back chorus. The end result is something worthy of a classic rock radio station, mixed in between The Dead, Joplin and Hendrix. The best part is, these guys are still alive and kicking, ready to keep rolling out overwhelmingly memorable songs for the foreseeable future.

“Constellations” can be found on the upcoming album titled Golden Summer, due out later this year. Make sure you keep an eye out for it by liking their page on facebook.

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Only Girl – Feel It (J. Hoskins Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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It’s quite dark and dreary out here in Colorado. The cool fall air is encompassing the Mile High City, drenching it in cold rain and grey skies.

Interestingly enough, just as we switched over from summer to fall at the stroke of Midnight, UK-based producer J. Hoskins has done something similar in his interpretation of Only Girl’s “Feel It”.

The original song had an uplifting pop vibe created through a danceable bassline, upbeat percussion work and some airy synths. It was a warm, shimmering summer song, but Hoskins saw it differently. Flipping the mood, this premiere today has a dark, emotive and sultry vibe. With heavy treatment of the original vocals that ride along a booming bassline, this interpretation is taken from the pop world, and brought into the bedroom. The deeply seductive soundscape should have you looking forward to this evening. Just keep the details to yourself.

This remix and others can be found in a remix pack, which comes out today. Head to Only Girl’s soundcloud to check it out.

Only Girl
Feel It (J. Hoskins Remix)
Only Girl
FEEL IT
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Duke Evers – Handful of Pennies EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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Mondays are a bitch, aren’t they? There’s not much that can help you over that seemingly insurmountable hump that is the start of the week. Aside from a breakfast beer, the only thing we can really think of is some solid tuneage, which is exactly what we have for you today.

Coming out of the Emerald City (that one up in the Pacific Northwest, not the one from that classic movie) this two-piece can produce more sound than your average five person band. Their sound is booming, to say the least, inciting references from that classic Homer Simpson line, “no, no, no, don’t stop a rockin’.”

Dropping today on your favorite music blog, Duke Evers are releasing their EP, Handful of Pennies. Officially releasing to the public tomorrow, this EP delivers eccentric guitar work and fast-paced, thundering percussion worthy of replacing the strongest cup of coffee you can find. “Lions” embodies the bands sound, creating a soundscape that calls on associations of The Killers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Kings of Leon and other notable energetic indie rock acts. The crux of its attractiveness lies in its engaging, encapsulating and invigorating tempo, driven by drummer Kyle Veazy, who delivers a five minute ride thrill-ride.

Other tunes in the album display why this band has made waves recently at the Capitol Hill Block Party and CMJ in NYC. “Seaside” boasts a slightly more folk-driven feel in comparison to “Lions,” rife with a catchy hook and twangy guitar chords. It has the pop sensibility that will approach the masses, while still maintaining it’s indie originality that will have the blogosphere clamoring. “Pixies,” which is assumedly a tribute to the Boston-based alternative act, has a strong 90′s-style vibe. Lead singer Josh Starkel definitely harnesses his inner Eddie Vedder on this tune, providing listeners with strong associations to the great grunge-rock act of yesteryear.

As a whole, “Handful of Pennies” gives us a glimmer of excitement in an otherwise mundane start to the week. Press play, and get ready to grin ear-to-ear.

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Seaside
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[Acoustic] The Western Settlers – A Monster

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A Monster
Acoustic Draft

It could quite possibly be our Rye-induced state that’s making us drawn to music of the acoustical nature. There’s something about those simplistic guitar chords coupled with a singular vocalist and harmonica player that send us into a booze-fueled dizzy, and to be honest, we’re overwhelmingly grateful for that fact.

You see, there’s something to be said about the simplicity in life. Sitting at home, drinking a wonderful Rye whiskey, and listening to some calming folk music is nothing short of amazing at this age. Looking at what other people are up to on a night like tonight, we’ll gladly opt for some large ice cubes and unfiltered music. Call us old fashioned, but we like some of the more basic indulgences, and we salute The Western Settlers for providing one song in our brown-bottle soundtrack.

Coming out just hours ago, “A Monster” was released as an acoustic draft. It’s pure, raw, and engaging, providing us with a reason to stop and hit repeat over and over again.

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[Aww Yeah] Body Language – Philadelphia : PA

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Body Language
Philadelphia : PA

If you’re staying in with that certain someone this evening, it’s important for you to have the right playlist. If you go full on RnB, they might think you’re a bit too cheesy. If you go full EDM, they might think you’re too much of a party kid. Why not fall right in-between, closing the gap on the best of both worlds?

Released in their Beats Diary, this sixth track from Brooklyn-based Body Language has us all worked up. The sexy bassline, the wavering synths, the crackling atmospheric elements, and the vibey soul vocals all culminate in a listening experience worthy of a bottle of Courvoisier, some massage oils, and a solid set of speakers.

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[Future] Childish Gambino- 3OO5 (Jauz’s Future Remix)

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JAUZ Official
Childish Gambino- 3OO5 (Jauz's Future Remix) @jauzofficial

Hey there, ninjas. What are you up to right now? Maybe getting ready to head out for the night? Maybe calling it a night, yet not able to peel yourself away from the computer? Well, whichever camp you fall into, Jauz has a delectable take on Childish Gambino’s “3005″ that you should really stop and listen to.

Taking verses from one of our favorites in the game, Jauz has deconstructed then resurrected “3005″ with some booming future bass stylings that have us wishing we were out and about, instead of at home, in front of a laptop. However, if the latter weren’t true, you wouldn’t know about this fresh new tune.

Released a few months ago, yet never posted to Soundcloud, this remix boasts incredible percussion work that help to define this stellar remix. It’s playful, refined, respectful of the origins, yet completely unique, as we’ve come to expect from this LA-based baron of bass.

Download this sucka fo free and have yo self a bad ass weekend, and keep in mind that it pained us to write like that.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 9/18 – 9/20

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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)

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

Cedric Gervais - Sept 18
Missing You ft. Rooty

Pegboard Nerds - Sept 19
Pegboard Nerds
BADBOI

DJ Jazzy Jeff - Sept 20
Play Dat! DJ Jazzy Jeff featuring Dayne Jordan
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