[Video] Jungle – Platoon

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.


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[Indie] Absofacto – Möbius Strip (Thru My Fingers)

Möbius Strip (Thru My Fingers)

We can easily associate memories with certain songs, albums, or even artists. Hearing a vocalists words carry over instrumentals can instantly bring you back to somewhere you were when you heard them. Maybe it was the first time you saw her. Maybe it was an epic night with your friends. Whatever it is, we all experience it. For me, I have a special place in my heart and ears for Absofacto, and what his music sparks for me.

This time last year I took a pilgrimage to Italy by myself. I had some family I wanted to visit, but really just wanted to get out of the states for a while. While traveling city to city, I of course used the railways, which allowed me ample time to listen to music and get caught up on reading. As I stared out the window, looking onto sprawling vineyards, rolling green hills, and architecture older than anything in the states, I was listening to Absofacto. Something about the calming notes of “No Power” and funky bass line of “Synthesocietal” fit my mood and experience to a tee.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see why any time Jonathan Visger releases something, I’m more than excited to hear it. And while I might not have heard it on my journey across Italy, it always brings me back. So with visions of the Duomo, Trevi Fountain, and thousands of painfully beautiful women, here’s “Möbius Strip (Thru My Fingers).” Oriental style synths welcome in a simple snare drum and Jonathon’s harmonious vocals. In true Absofacto fashion, Visger’s repitious use of the chorus, You slipped right through my fingers will have fans singing along after just one time through. I know I already started to, which lead to me putting this into one of my all time favorite Absofacto tracks.

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[Indie Rock] The 1975 – Milk

The 1975

It seems like every other week we have a tasty musical treat from Manchester indie rockers The 1975. It also seems like every other week we’re clamoring to get a post up as fast as humanly possilbe. Both are true statements have been entirely true as of late, and if you take a minute to listen, it’s not hard to understand why.

Today we have the band’s newest release, “Milk”. which appears on a split 7″ with The Neighbourhood’s “No Grey” that the bands will be selling on the road during their US dates together. We especially enjoyed this tune because it effectively straddled the border of the two sounds the band excels at. On one hand, they’ve developed an amazing knack for creating catchy poppy songs like “Chocolate” and “Sex”. On the other hand, they also have the amazing ability of creating dreamy, down tempo tracks like “Falling for You.”

“Milk” has lyrics that are easy to sing along to, rhythmic drumming and addicting repetitious guitars, but maintain that shoegazey melodic sound that we’ve all come to love.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2013 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaAttitudes are infectious. If you’re grouchy, you better believe the world around you is gonna be just the same. And when you’re happy, you can easily pass that sunshine on to someone who needs it. So before you walk out the door, if you feel the slightest Oscar the Grouch puppeteering your thoughts, slow your roll for a minute. If you happen to have a hard time stopping your brain from becoming the Magneto of negative thoughts, we seem to find that music can be a real mood booster. And would you look at that….We just happen to have a free bump for you right here..Oh and don’t be afraid to pass it on…..Be the kind of infectious that lights up the world.

Hudson Taylor
Among Savages
A Dark Design
The Struggle
Sleeper Hold
French for Rabbits
Claimed by the Sea
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[Indie] Wild Combination – Whole Lotta Truth

Wild Combination
Whole Lotta Truth

There’s just something about some gorgeous dreamy coastal rock to really get you in the mood for summer. The echoing guitars, the catchy lyrics, and the fast paced drums seem to create the audible landscape we crave when the bright sunny rays hit our Ray Bans.

Today we’re excited to bring you the musical stylings of Wild Combination. This Essex based three piece speaks a Whole Lotta Truth. Don’t take our word for it though. Press play and see for yourself.

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[Event Review] The Neighbourhood w/ Lovelife at The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO

Your New Beloved

Thursday night The Gothic Theatre, one of Denver’s most quaint and acoustically inviting venues, played gracious hosts to a very contrasting sell-out crowd for California rock influenced alt-poppers The Neighbourhood and Brooklyn’s lo-fi synth-rock outfit Lovelife as part of their nation wide The Love Collection tour. On a night which featured multiple sell out shows in the Metro area, we found a unique slice of frenetic energy meets subdued enthusiasm. Those two contrasting types of listeners in attendance made for an interesting, albeit very fun night and such a stylistically diverse crowd culminated in one of the most captivating events visually and auditorily. Now, this wasn’t the typical show for us Ninjas, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and the show concluding at 10:30, an hour at which we are normally just arriving. But, it was in all actuality quite a paradisaical way to spend a Thursday evening inside of one of the most progressive and fast-moving music scenes in the country.

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[Funky] Capital Cities – Farrah Fawcett Hair feat. Andre 3000 & Frank Tavares (of NPR)

Capital Cities - Farrah Fawcett Hair
Capital Cities
Farrah Fawcett Hair ft. André 3000 and narrated by Frank Tavares (of NPR)

Be prepared to hear the most random–and possibly the catchiest–song you’ll hear all year. Featuring the unlikely pairing of Outkast‘s Andre 3000 and NPR’s Frank Tavares, Capital Cities‘ funky new single is a wild ride chock full of pop culture references that includes Frank “narrating” throughout. I put narrating in quotation marks because it seems like they really just got him to say anything and everything they could possibly imagine–basically anything you couldn’t get away with on the radio. “Farrah Fawcett Hair” is a silly tune that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s completely fine, as we’re content with having a fun time right alongside it. To sum things up, “it’s good shit.”

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