[Electro-Pop/Dance] Gilligan Moss – Stasis

Gilligan Moss

For years now, and largely on the low, Chicago native Gilligan Moss has been producing left-field house music and elegantly off-kilter electronic pop. Much to our chagrin, this is unfortunately our first post covering the now New York based producer, but in reality Moss’ latest EP, Ceremonial, is his official debut. The vibrantly technicolor extended-play, which dropped just a few weeks back on the independently-minded London imprint AMF Records, touches its wings down on a number of aural aesthetics, but it was the EP’s closing tune, “Stasis” which came across as the perfect Hump Day prescription.

Hopping out of the gates with a rolling arpeggiated synth, clicky percussion and a light dose of grand piano, “Stasis” chases down a synth-pop prognosis and smashes it to bits with hints of a sensible psych influence and club-first house foundation. Gilligan Moss treats his vocal just as craftily as well, cutting and looping effortlessly through hazy and delicate incantations that sound somewhere between Sean Ryder‘s most indulgent bellows and the Macintosh computer SimpleText application used on OK Computer’s “Fitter Happier”.  Just beautiful stuff to our Ninja ears really. For a real taste of Moss’ range, don’t skip on the rest of Ceremonial either, to get a much clearer grasp as to why mainstream source’s like NME nabbed the burgeoning producer in an August edition of “Radar New Act Of The Week”. Let’s start unwinding our Wednesday with a little Gilligan Moss.

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[NSFW] Autumn In June – HEROin KIDZ [TMN Video Premiere]

Autumn In June

In the short time we’ve had to become acquainted with South Central LA’s preeminent voice of indie-pop Autumn In June, it’s safe to say we’ve become slightly enamored with just about every facet of his fascinating essence. First landing with us back in April on our premiere of layered indie-pop single “Hours”, and again in July on our always stellar Indie Dojo playlist with today’s focus, “HEROin Kidz”; Autumn In June’s unique and street-wise take on pop structuring has stirred up something beautiful within us. This morning, the young artist got with yours truly at TMN to premiere his latest stunning visual pairing to the aforementioned “HEROin Kidz”, which like its aural counterpart features some rather heavy content. Depicted in a shapeshifting and haunting neon violet and crimson ambience, Autumn In June’s video cuts between intimate shots of downcast drug and alcohol use through multiple subjects including powerful vocal highlights of the artist himself; which much like AIJ’s music offers a beautiful and rather jovial lens to consume some rather brooding composition.

If you’re in the workplace today, you might want to save Autumn In June’s “HEROin Kidz” for home as it features a dose of nudity and some graphic drug use, but we trust you and think you’ll be quite glad you did. Stream the entire music video before anyone else below.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo Playlist (September 2015 Round #1)

Breath in your last breaths of summer air, soak in your last rays of warm sunshine, hold on to every glorious summer memory as best you can. ’cause September is here. And if you ever need a reminder, the Indie Dojo will be right here, holding those songs that soundtracked your summer right here, in the place you last found them.

Viola Beach
Swings & Waterslides

Meeka Kates

Red Socks Pugie (Foals Cover)

The Palms
Push Off

We Will Live For Ages

Shy Kids
® o c k e t s

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[Video] Grease (The Movie) – One That I Want (Xavier Dunn Cover)

One That I Want (Xavier Dunn Cover)

If you’re of the persuasion that none of the incredible singalongs from 1978 mega-musical Grease could be brought up to a beautiful, contemporary pace, well; we’re here to change that. After the success of his adaptation of A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin Problems” and Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type”, unsigned Australian producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Dunn has stepped up yet again, this time reviving that classic change-of-heart closing scene between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, “One That I Want” from the aforementioned Grease. Adding orchestral arrangements and slowing the cadence to a breezy stride for his own adaptation, Dunn once again impresses with a vocal-oriented and highly emotive rendition.

But, we don’t just have the tune for you today, as we’ve accompanied Xavier Dunn’s wistful cover with the visual piece as well. A modern twist on an old classic, Dunn’s music video splices together videos of protests and rallies from the 60’s up to the present to solidify his message of non-discriminatory love. With all of the recent breakthroughs we’ve had towards marriage and love equality in the U.S., there still lies a fight waged by millions around the world for basic human rights, and Xavier Dunn’s message couldn’t have come at a more serendipitous time. Stream Xavier Dunn’s “One That I Want” cover above or indulge another one of your senses and check out the official music video below. Happy Friday Ninjas, and peace & love.

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Jain – City [TMN PREMIERE]


Every so often, we stumble across an artist that lights our hearts and ears with genuine endearment. Today is one of those days, as we bring you first listen from this quirky, playful and avant-garde French musician.

Jain, where is it you’re from?
You’re a girl from everywhere and other places.

Jain comes through your headphones and speakers all the way from Toulouse, but brings with her a myriad of international influences. After having lived in multiple spots across the globe (Pau, Madagascar, Dubai, Toulouse), this up-and-coming artist’s jet-setting ways bleed through in every note of her music. Today, you’re experiencing “City” which comes off her upcoming EP, Hope.

Releasing officially tomorrow, “City” boasts an undeniably infectious nature complete tribal drumming, upbeat guitar strumming, and impossible-not-to-sing-along-lyrics. It’s pleasantly difficult to describe, something that doesn’t happen all to often. What we can say is – yes, it does have some pop influences, but the structure is anything but, giving a highly engaging experience throughout.

After you’re done giving it a spin, check out “Come,” which is not only making waves through TMN HQ, but on YouTube as well.

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Passport to Stockholm – All at Once EP [TMN PREMIERE]


It was a strange occurrence when I came across Passport to Stockholm. In less than a week, I’ll be wheels up, passport in hand, heading to Stockholm’s airport. Needless to say, I couldn’t help but dive into their upcoming All at Once EP, which left me grinning ear-to-ear at this serendipitous happening.

Members Barny (vocals), Tom (guitar/loop pedal), Mariona (cello), and Henri (beats), have been together for just over a year, but their sound reflects that of a polished, time-tested chemistry. Initially funded through a small, but passionate fanbase, the act has since worked with Gordon Mills Jr. (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner), Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin, Saint Raymond), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Lewis Watson) and Athlete’s Carey Willets.

The end result can be found below; a four-song collection rife with lingering lyrics, vastly rich soundscapes, and dextrous songwriting abilities. Starting off with the recently released, self-titled track, this London-based act delves into their textured mixture of electronic elements and classic instrumentation. The combination brings associations of legendary producers and singer/songwriters alike, calling on elements of Moby and Coldplay alike. Conversely, “Let Me Know” highlights the folkier side of their artistry, bringing in strong Celtic influences through Mariona’s cello work and Barny’s vocal cadence. However, while the track definitely has influences that have transcended decades and country borders, its modern styling rounds it out perfectly for today’s blogosphere scouring music nerd.

Once you’re finished having a listen through all four tracks, head over to the band’s facebook page to keep tabs on the release and upcoming shows. Word on the street is, their live act is not to be missed. Luckily for our readers across the pond, you can catch them at Weyfest on September 5th.

All At Once
Let Me Know
Wanted It More
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2015 Round #4)

Yup, the end of summer is right around the corner. No need to cry about it though. We’re just gonna ease right into it. Seasons may change, but the Indie Dojo stays the same…as in every Tuesday, for many, many seasons to come.

Fake Shark
Cheap Thrills
You Never Knew Me
Mosquito Coast
Call My Name
Travel Slow
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