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[Chill] Henry Green – Shipwreck (Lonely Child remix)

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Henry Green
Shipwreck (Lonely Child remix)

If you’re anything like us, you’re slowly winding down a long and arduous day behind a computer. Even further than that, you’re probably right back in front of a computer, hunting down tunes to help you wind down.

Well, you’re in luck. Austin-based artist Lonely Child, who is a regular here on TMN, has taken a crack at Henry Green’s “Shipwreck.” The original is simplistic, raw, and emotional, featuring only an acoustic guitar and forlorn vocals. Crafting a remix out of this would be difficult, to say the least, but Bryan Ray (the man behind Lonely Child) has managed to do so, and do it well.

Expertly sampling sections of the guitars, Ray accentuates the painfully emotion-rich vibes from the original, while giving it an up-tempo facelift with pronounced percussion work. The light addition of electro-style synths add intrigue to Henry Green’s vocals, creating a wavy soundscape worthy of listening to again and again.

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[Deep House] KlangTherapeuten – Holding Hands (Original Mix)

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KlangTherapeuten
Holding Hands (Original Mix) FREE DOWNLOAD

Let’s face it, ninjas. It’s Friday night. Over the course of the day, we’ve been posting all types of different songs, but what the majority of you out there want is house. You need a steady four-to-the-floor beat to get you up off your couch and into the dancefloor. Luckily for you, and us, KlangTherapeuten just dropped this gorgeous, string-based house tune, “Holding Hands”

Released just a day ago, “Holding Hands” showcases differentiating layers of string work, culminating into a whirlwind of dance pleasure. Created by this German DJ/Producer duo, this original tune has us wanting to drop the blogging act and just go dance. However, since we’re in the midst of a blogathon, we’ll happily opt for both.

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[Delicious] Eric Prydz – Liberate (Lane 8 Remix)

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Eric Prydz
Liberate (Lane 8 Remix)

Here’s where we stand: Eric Prydz is one of the best in the business. While we’ve always been fans of this Stockholm based musician, we were even more sold when we saw him close out Coachella ’13. We had spent an entire weekend hearing nothing but build up, drop, build up, drop, build up, drop, and hearing a progressive set from Mr. Prydz was nothing short of spectacular. In our honest opinion, his show was one of the best we saw all weekend long.

Taking on a track from this progressive house legend is nothing short of daunting, but we have faith in San Fran-based producer Lane 8. Having previously stolen our hearts with “I Got What You Want,” we were equally enammoured with his interpretation of “Liberate.”

This slow, encapsulating remix provides a delicious soundscape worthy of a fine glass of bourbon and a rare cigar. Ok, maybe that’s the old man in me talking. Regardless of which, the soundscape created by Lane 8 in this remix is second to none, focusing highly on a gorgeous chord progression and heavy claps from the cymbals.

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[Mix] Anjunadeep 06 Mini-Mix

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Anjunadeep
Anjunadeep 06 Mini-Mix

There’s no doubt in anyone’s minds: deep is in. While you may have just chuckled at the sophomoric style humor references that could be associated with the previously mentioned statement, you can’t deny that Deep House, Tech House, and Indie House are making more than a splash in the industry, commanding the respect of anyone who has a set of ears, two legs, and the will to dance.

The legendary Anjunabeats label has been releasing deep, delectable treats for quite some time, but this latest collection seems to have really made a lasting impression in the EDM community. With a variation of underground deep house tunes, this mix is now sitting on the iTunes Dance Album Chart above Armin Van Buuren’s new comp, deadmau5, Dash Berlin, Martin Garrix, and all the other traditional mainstream electronic music that typically dominates this category.

It’s an exciting time to be a dance music fan, as we’re witnessing the most definitive shift in recent memory. So, press play on this gem and sit back. It’s a calming, yet energetic journey of the deeper variety. It’s onee that could lead you to a chill night at home, or a wild night out.

Only time will tell.

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[Indie] White Arrows – Nobody Cares

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WHITE ARROWS
Nobody Cares

It’s been a long four years here at TMN. With well over 1,100 posts, 70+ interviews, and countless playlists built, I can honestly say that I’ve seen it all. Amongst what I’ve seen, there’s plenty of which I have a hard time describing. Calling back on my earlier days, I remember a tune by The Canadian Gobble Gobble, which was an experimental act that gave me a run for my money, as far as music blogging goes.

Here I am four years later, and this Los Angeles psychedelic pop outfit has me reeling in my seat. White Denim is a four-piece outfit that most Angelenos should be familiar with. Is their progression bizarre? Yeah…it’s not your typical pop song structure. Yet, in the midst of the math-rock style guitar sample and unconventional bassline used in the apathetic “Nobody Cares,” there’s an undeniable charm that floats along with each distorted lyric.

While it may be a bit experimental for some, most should gravitate to the sheer musical talent boasted by White Arrows. They have a truly unique sound that dances along genre lines, casually flipping the bird to purists on either side.

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[Rock] Ted Zed – Believe

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Ted Zed
Believe (Single Version)

If you haven’t been paying attention to The Music Ninja today, then you probably are unaware of the fact that we’re entrenched in a blog-a-thon. What does that mean exactly? Well, all of our writers are facing off against one another, trying to find the the greatest tunes they can find. The person with the highest amount of posts at the end of the weekend wins it all.

At the age of 30, I certainly don’t expect to win any contest when placed against younger adversaries. However, I’ll give it the ol’ college effort and track down some tunes that truly impress me. Speaking of which…have you heard of Ted Zed? I hadn’t, but I’m sure as shit glad that I stumbled across them.

“Believe” has one of those anthemic structures that’s instantly infectious. A flurry of traditional instrumentation and electronic elements comprise a pop-centric indie rock tune that demands your attention. It’s grin-inducing. It has that undeniable, hip-moving quality. It has that thing that you can’t quite put your finger on. Regardless of what that quality it, it makes me want to believe.

Get inspired by “Believe.” Three minutes of this catchy-as-hell tune is all it will take to be sold on this Castle Cary outfit.

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[Indie] Visuals – A Pixel

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Visuals
A Pixel

A broad spectrum of influences can be picked up from Visual’s latest release on Other People’s compilation, which is due out on September 28th. While the gleefully clumsy walking bassline supporting the playful xylophone-style synths and occasional guitar chords are enough to tie you into “A Pixel,” it’s ultimately the vocals that provide a lasting impression.

Full of whimsy and engaging celebration, this tune has all of the amusement one would need at the start of their weekend. It’s obscure, culturally significant, enchanting, and in ways, heartwarming. A few listens over, and it continually builds upon itself, giving us more and more reasons to love it.

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