[R&B] Miguel – nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee EP

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2014 was a quiet year for Miguel, but the LA crooner couldn’t resist getting one last word in, surprising his fans with some free music this morning to tide them over until 2015. The three track EP, aptly titled nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee, draws its name from the tracklist itself. The project is more stripped down compared to the lush and vibrant dynamics found on 2012′s Kaleidoscope Dream, but the sound is still distinctly Miguel at its core. All three songs differ greatly from each other, yet still manage to create a harmonious balance together, something that is tough to achieve with such a short sample. The sole feature on the EP comes from Kurupt, who adds a dope little verse to the murky, percussion-driven “nwa.” That’s followed by the grungy, yet optimistic “hollywooddreams,” before closing things off with the effervescent “coffee,” which falls into more familiar territory sonically speaking.

Stream and download the neat little gift below, and stay tuned for more from Miguel as we turn our calendars to 2015.

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coffee
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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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[Synth-Pop/Soul] Rose Quartz – Leaving Now

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Rose Quartz
Leaving Now

Every so often, with the amount of quality music being pushed out every day throughout the world, an incredible track can unfortunately slide right under our nose for weeks at a time. Such was the case in regards to brooding avant-pop troupe Rose Quartz and their latest single “Leaving Now”.  “Leaving Now” marks a slightly darker departure in tone from the bubblier chillwave aesthetic that has come to attach itself to the Rose Quartz brand; oozing an air of sophisticated sensuality and soul that we haven’t fully had the chance to experience yet as listeners of the artists formerly known as FLASH/LIGHTS. Lead vocalist Ethan Converse’s sultry croon and directed songwriting carries more weight than ever, fully justifying the band’s recent expansion from a two-piece into a full-fledged live quartet, while the tune’s subdued analog instrumentation plays slightly closer to dancefloors and nearer to our hearts in the process. As Rose Quartz prepares for their first EP release, Axis of Love, since March’s Flashlights -itself a brief collection of singles recorded under the moniker- they’ve also been prepping a US tour through March which you can check out the dates for below. We’ve been leaning on “Leaving Now” for our Rose Quartz fix until the January 6th release of Axis of Love, and you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll keep you up to date before then.

12/31 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge NYE
02/04 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom #
02/05 – Pioneer Town, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s #
02/06 – San Diego, CA – Casbah #
02/07 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo Music Club #
02/09 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Place #
02/10 – San Antonio, TX – Limelight #
02/11 – Austin, TX – The Parish #
03/05-07 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Music Festival

# = w/ Generationals

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2014 Round #3)

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We are seriously running out of gift buying time. The clock is tick, tick, ticking it’s way out of hands. If you find yourself out of money, out of time, out of patience or a combination of all three, you’ve come to the right place. The Indie Dojo’s got the remedies. Broke? No worries, cause we’re free. Running out of time? Not a problem, we’ve already put it together for you. Lacking patience? It’s ok. We hear music has a sort of soothing quality to it. Magical, right? So take a deep breath and forget about all that other crap, ’cause as always, the ninjas’ got you.

Icelandia
Magic
Flower Drums
Dont Wait (Feat. St. South)
Allman Brown
Sons And Daughters (feat. Liz Lawrence)
Cypher
Child (Prod. by Golden Vessel)
Lontalius
Happy (PHARRELL WILLIAMS COVER)
Kodiak Deathbeds
Cross That Line

 

 

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Camel Power Club – Laika [PREMIERE]

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Laïka

Before you press play, know this: the playful vocal harmonies, tribal percussion, tropical tones, and the chatter of children’s voices might illustrate some sort of festive, island celebration, but the message of “Laika” carries a much more solemn than one would first guess.

Taking the opportunity to use their music to share their thoughts on a serious matter, Camel Power Club has crafted a cautionary tale to anyone who would dare dream of hunting. Using a fabled character from their childhood, “Laika” showcases that childlike imagination with a Ghost Killer, a superhero who hunts the hunter, ensuring the safety of the animals.

If you feel like going hunting, we’re gonna shoot you down. Ghost killer, works better in the night.

Below you’ll find a little insight into the song’s production, showcasing the children they worked with to craft this infectious tune. After you’re done checking that out, head over to iTunes and pick up their latest EP.

Camel Power Club – Laïka (Making Of) from MVGGY on Vimeo.

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[Chill] Dave Matthews Band – Dreamgirl (Deuxième Remix)

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Dave Matthews Band
Dreamgirl (Deuxième Remix)

As I sit here curled up in a heavy blanket with my headphones over my ears and the Winter vibes aimlessly float along the air, I can’t help but swoon to these melancholic frequencies from Deuxième and their sensational remix of the infamous song “Dreamgirl” by Dave Matthews Band. You heard that right – Dave Matthews Band. With such an iconic song in the palm of their hands, Deuxième transformed this legendary song into a chilled out electronic masterpiece. Filled with heavy, sidechained synths, trippy snare patterns, and that oh so charming “Dreamigirl” guitar melody, Deuxième gave us more the reason to surrender our vulnerable minds to such a strong sound resonance and experience something entirely new. With this only being their second release as a duo, I can say that the ninjas here are anxiously awaiting to see hear what these two do in the near future. Grab your free download here.

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[Indie] BETS – Don’t Give A F#ck

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Don't Give A F#Ck (Single Version)

Well this is quite the enticing single.
LA artist BETS has recently released her single ‘Don’t Give A F#ck’, a corky Indie song that tells a lovely tale of love and the fact that everyone knows you shouldn’t fall in love because everything is down hill from there. With a mix of soft electronic melodies, BETS soft yet stimulating vocals have a certain air about them. BETS takes the listener on an almost whimsical music journey where she informs you quite honestly that she doesn’t give a f#ck about this boy and love but we all know, and she knows, that she really does indeed give a f#ck. While fairly new to the music scene, BETS has already got us very excited for her upcoming album ‘Days Hours Nights’.

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