Malaysian DJ/producer duo Simon Lee & Alvin have been relatively new to the scene, only having released a handful of remixes in the last 6 months, however its becoming more transparent they want to make a statement in 2014. Being an international blog, The Music Ninja is always trying to reach out to any corner of the world for talent and while we have not featured any other artist from this beautiful peninsula, Simon Lee & Alvin urged us to take notice.
With tracks full of house elements like “Space Chase” that quickly build up emphasizing on rhythm, texture, and energy to other more electro based like “Lights Loud” continue to add to the evolution of their evolving sound. In terms of production, there are some drier opaque elements that can come off underwhelm but they make up with their ferocious intensity. Simon Lee & Alvin have opened for Above & Beyond, Ummet Ozcan, Gareth Emery and claim to be supported by the likes of Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Fedde Le Grand. You can find out more over at their soundcloud and facebook.
Elephante was one of the fastest rising EDM producers in the game by the end of 2013, with his Soundcloud amassing over 500k plays in the last two months of the year. Already a few weeks in 2014 and has dropped another undeniably singable house remix of The Unlikely Candidates’ indie-alternative gem “Follow My Feet.” Elephante’s ability to fuse his energetic and accessible brand of melodic big room house with TUC’s soul grabbing lyrics and folk-inspired vocals makes for a song that captures the energy of a summer festival, during these cold winter times. Whether you’re looking to start a party, crush a tough workout, or jam out on a road trip with the windows down and the volume up, you won’t find a situation where this track won’t do the trick, and do it well.
We kept no secrets about our love of Ben Khan’s debut track, ‘Drive (Part 1)‘, and we’ll keep none about this one either: ‘Eden’ is another vital slice of future-soul. Displaying a deep mastery of songwriting as well as technical creativity, the elusive London-based artist again veers between influences to create a compelling sound that’s all his own.
British indie mavericks, Little Comets welcome the start of summer with the announcement of a new single in the UK and the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, “Life Is Elsewhere”, in the US. To celebrate the releases, the trio have recorded a stripped back, intimate video of “Woman Woman” performed in a tunnel for a lone jogger.
New single, “W – O – E” is out in the UK on July 8, with both “Woman Woman” & “W – O – E” featuring on Little Comets’ “Life Is Elsewhere” album which is set to be released in the US in the late summer.
Based around an infectious rhythm that balances a seriously funky, head-nodding groove with sleek synthesis, Jungle’s debut single, “Platoon”, is an immersive introduction to the London based collective. Set for a July 15 release on Chess Club records, the video matches the restrained groove of the single with an amped up and uninhibited B-Girl routine by the coolest six year old in town. Check it out above.
Jessie Ware is finally set to release her sublime 2012 debut album Devotion in the US on April 16th via Cherrytree Records. Building on the eleven track UK release, the US edition contains an additional four songs, including a reworked “Wildest Moments” feat. A$AP Rocky and new Julio Bashmore produced “Imagine it Was Us”; a sultry, house-inspired track that sees the London-based songstress stepping up the tempo.
Alela Diane follows up her 2011 album Alela Diane & Wild Divine with promise of a new LP, titled About Farewell, which is set hit record shelves at some point later this year.
The first single from the album, “The Way We Fall”, is a melancholic introduction to Alela’s forthcoming LP that sees the Portland based folk singer lamenting about lost love over haunting guitar swells. As the song fades to a gentle close, the emotional turbulence of the first half of “The Way We Fall” slips into a delicate outro, as if realizing that despite the heartache, it’s better to have loved and lost than not loved at all …