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[Chill] Rae Morris – From Above (67th Hour Remix)

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Rae Morris
From Above (67th Hour Remix)

Blackpool-based singer/songwriter Rae Morris has some intensely emotive vocals that perfectly carry the immersive lyrics she crafts, so hearing some golden remixes that follow her works should be consistently expected from now until she hangs up her microphone.

Today we have an unofficial remix from Netherlands native 67th Hour, who has sped up the original piano melody, and coupled it with a smooth bassline. The light rattles and hi-hat hits paired with the echoing synths create a delicate, chill vibe, perfect for getting some work done, or just relaxing at home. Take one listen through. We’re sure you’ll agree that this is one to hold on to.

It was only recently that I first heard the Rae Morris’ music, but after hearing her track called “From Above,” I immediately got inspired to make my own rendition.
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[Interview + Giveaway] Nick Sember Talks Norin & Rad, Returns to Cielo NY (12/26)

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We’re pretty sure you’ll all be ready to get out and get loose after a long holiday break with the fam. Not that there’s anything wrong with a little quality time with your loved ones, but it can wear on you after a while, especially with all the added stresses that come with the season.

To help you in your quest for a perfect night out, we’re offering up one pair of tickets to see Nick Sember. Yes, as some of you heard, Norin & Rad are no more. We’ve included an interview below that talks about what’s going on with them. Needless to say, it will still be a stellar show filled with your favorite N&R tunes.

Entering is beyond easy. Simply enter your email address in the form below. We’ll pick one winner on Christmas Day (12/25) at 3:00PM EST. PLEASE CHECK THE EMAIL YOU SIGNED UP WITH.

- You must be 21+
- You are responsible for your transportation to and from the show (sorry, we’re ninjas, not Uber drivers)
- You are responsible for your own actions while at the venue
- You must bring a solid arsenal of dance moves on behalf of TMN.



Excited to have you coming back to NY! Of course we think our city is the greatest but how does NYC rank amongst all the cities you’ve played?

Nick Sember: I love it here! Honestly, party-wise NYC is pretty ridiculous. I’ve played the Roseland ballroom which was insane, but I’ve played more intimate venues here and have learned the crowds are not only educated but fun as well. I get to experiment which I love! Not a lot of cities can do that.
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Le Noire – FIRE [TMN PREMIERE]

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Le Noire
FIRE

When an artist completely and unconditionally commits themselves to their craft, truly spectacular things are bound to come.

Hailing from Echo Park, California, Le Noire has already made a splash in the industry, and they’ve done so before even releasing their first song. Having just played in front of a sold out show at the Troubador in support of The Eeries and two sold out shows at the Bootleg in support for Mick Jagger’s son’s band, Turbogeist and Baby in Vein, it feels like the perfect time to introduce them to the blogosphere.

The word “Alternative” has been bastardized since its inception, being slapped onto numerous artists due to lack of a better term. However, this three-piece truly embody the origins of the term, which is evident in how they approach recording their music. Doing something that is relatively unheard of these days, Le Noire do all of their recordings live, using vintage equipment and instruments, even recording on tape. The entire upcoming EP was recorded with and produced by Eli Thomson (renowned bass player and member of Father John Misty) using a Trident A-Range console which was used to record music from giants like David Bowie, The Police, and Rush. The end result is a truly nostalgic sound, one that pays a tremendous homage to bands from the 90′s.

We’ve seen a trend moving towards grungy, power-chord heavy tunes from our childhood as of late, and we honestly couldn’t be more pleased. The return of rock music, as most of us knew it, is in full swing. “FIRE” embodies that true rock prowess, reminding us of something we’d catch on MTV, staring googly-eyed at the TV after school with a plate of Bagel Bites. The vocals glide perfectly along the crunchy guitar chords and well defined lead riff, ultimately culminating in a crescendo of splashing cymbols and an increasingly intensified chorus. Simply put – it’s left us grinning ear to ear, nodding our head in angsty teenage approval.

Speaking of MTV, a truly spectacular music video accompanies today’s premiere. A directorial debut from Brian Harrison of Crysopia Pictures, the video below has been accepted as an official selection in three upcoming film festivals in the US.

The human eye and the human mind are not always in synchronization, so, what you think, what you see, and what you think you see are not always what is found to be true. But then again, isn’t the truth through my eyes sometimes a lie through yours?

While this may stray from the typical indie rock, folk, electronica, and hip hop that we usually post, we’re admittedly damn excited to premiere this debut track from such a craft-conscientious act. We’re confident that you’ll feel the same way after one listen through.

LE NOIRE // FIRE from Brian Harrison on Vimeo.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 129)

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We know a lot of you have already checked out from work, school, and responsibility, which is why this is the perfect time for you to pour yourself a frosty beverage and start celebrating.

Below you’ll find a tasty selection of tunes for you to dance your way through the holiday with. Just remember one thing: #danceirresponsibly.

Kungs ft. Molly
West Coast
99 Souls
The Girl Is Mine (Beyonce vs Brandy & Monica)
Mumbai Science
King Of The Top Floor (ft. DJ Spank
Solidisco
Ready
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake — Truffle Butter (Young Luxenberg Club Edit)
ZHU
FADED (WKND GONE MAD REMIX)
Solidisco
Look
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Aural Psynapse (ATTLAS Remix)
Elephante
Shooting Stars (Bag Raiders Cover)
LUCA LUSH X JOSH PAN
Get It On
Dillon Francis
Drunk All The Time (The Rebirth) feat. Simon Lord
Keys N Krates
Yes We Faded (Autolaser Remix)
Kappa Kavi
Challenger
Bad Suns
Dancing On Quicksand (Minorstep Remix)
KTheory
Find Me Again
Nömak
Backstage Hoe
A. G. Cook
Beautiful (Rustie Edit)
Bassnectar
So Butterfly (Beats Antique Remix Ft. Sorne)
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Awesome Factory Presents: Grandtheft – 1UP Denver – 2/26

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Heroes (Grandtheft Remix)

If you haven’t been to a show at The 1UP on Colfax yet, you need to make it a point to make that happen. Aside from having the epic combination of arcade games, booze, and a solid sound system, you now have another check in the “need to go” column, thanks to the good people at Awesome Factory.

Playing just his third show in Colorado, Toronto-based bass baron Grandtheft is stoked to return to the Mile High City and bring some fire to the decks at 1UP. Make sure to get to the show early (Doors at 8:30, show start at 9:00) so you can catch local standout K-MAC and a few others.

Tickets go on sale this Monday, December 22nd at 12:00PM MST. Make sure to pick them up early, as this will most definitely sell out. Also, did we mention they’re just $10 and this event is 18+?

For more details as the show gets closer, head to the event page on facebook.

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Indie Christmas Playlist 2014

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It’s that time of the year again, ninjas. Snow is covering the ground (well, not here in Denver, surprisingly), the lights are up, we’re all scrambling to figure out what to buy our friends and family, and the same damn music is being played at every store, restaurant, and public space.

While we have to give credit to the timeless classics from the likes of Andy Williams, Elvis Presley, and Perry Como, it’s always nice to change things up with some more modern takes on these timeless songs.

This time around, we’ve crafted a playlist of some brand new holiday songs, and a few of our favorites from the past few years. If you can manage to wrangle control of the family stereo at dinner this year, throw this playlist on. You might even play a new favorite for you Mom and Dad.

Happy holidays from all of us at The Music Ninja. We hope you enjoy good food, good company, and good tunes.

Hey Rosetta!
Carry Me Home
Good Lovelies
Under The Tree
Marika Hackman
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Noosa
Silent Night
Kashka
In the Snow
Roses & Revolutions
Its Christmas Time
Billie Martin
Winter Song
Sophia and the BBs
4 Granted
Mr Little Jeans
Dear Santa
Sleeping at Last
Christmas is All Around (from Love, Actually)
My Morning Jacket
Ill Be Home For Christmas (feat. The Head and the Heart)
She & Him
The Christmas Waltz
Okkervil River
Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas (Cover)
Cafeine
Love Disease (Christmas in New York)
Big Picnic
Christmas Day
Kid Astray
The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole Cover)
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Free n Losh & Tyler Rix – Witchcraft [TMN PREMIERE]

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Free n Losh & Tyler Rix
Witchcraft

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Free n Losh have an affinity for the classics. Calling back on when they first dropped onto our radar, we were immediately enamored with how flawlessly they took tunes from yesteryear into this century. Using samples from legendary artists like Tony Bennett, The Mills Brothers, and The Beatles, these two Torontonians have continually defined their unique approach in paying tribute to legendary tunes, and today is no different.

Riding along the wave of their Hype Machine number 1 remix of Odesza’s “It’s Only”, the two are back, only this time they’re teamed up with London-based singer/songwriter and saxophonist Tyler Rix. Paying an artful homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes, this collaboration has dialed up a sultry cover and interpretation of “Witchcraft.” The smooth bassline and understated percussion provide the perfect caress for Rix’s smooth, crooning voice, ultimately taking us away from any worries we woke up with today. Taking things to an entirely different level is the addition of a saxophone, which continues to embody the “past vs present” theme we’ve come to know and love.

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