Still Parade – Beach [TMN PREMIERE]

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Still Parade
Beach
A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.
― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

If the feeling of wanderlust had a playlist associated with it, Still Parade would be one of the artists featured. Their lush soundscapes are delicately orchestrated in a manner that lets your mind wander, freeing your mind of any of the daily minutia, if even just for a few sweet minutes.

As we’ve come to expect from this Dreamfolk outfit, this latest release is once again chilling, to say the least. Carried by clean, simplistic guitar work through the first two minutes, the cinematic quality that we’ve come to love about these guys is still very much in tact. The drawn-out intro focuses mainly on the lead singer, only accentuated by occasional supporting vocal harmonies.

“Beach” comes off their EP Fields, which was digitally released earlier this year via Serve & Volley Records. Now teamed up with Day By Day Records, this beauty, along with the other songs on the EP, will be pressed onto vinyl and up for grabs on September 19th.

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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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[Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Cloak & Dagger Music Festival – Denver, CO – 9/20

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It seems within recent years the Mile High City of Denver, CO has been blessed with an abundance of incredible live music; especially larger scale offerings. So, when we heard our good friends at TheHundred Presents had put together one of the most eclectic and multifarious festival lineups we’d ever seen, we knew we had to get our Ninjas involved. On September 20th, The Cloak & Dagger Music Festival brings a wealth of underground dance talent, including Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, Justin Martin, Thomas Jack, Kidnap KidMartyn, Midland, Moon Boots, Gigamesh, Sango, Pomo, Homework, Golf Clap, Graff as well as a few more lesser known acts championed by TMN in the past including Need & Necessity, Keepers. and Action 52 all in the span of one day. Well with the one day mega event just one business week away from becoming a reality, we wanted to extend our hands and invite our Ninja friends in Colorado (or anyone else who wants to make the trek to Denver for that matter) to try and win a pair of free tickets. As with every one of our contests, entering is streamlined and simple for you savvy readers.  Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 19th (one day before festival). If you don’t respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

In anticipation of what seems like a lineup curated just for some of our dance-head Ninja readers, we’ve also put together a nifty little playlist featuring the artists we’re most excited to see at Cloak & Dagger to get us focused up on the long Saturday ahead. Why not let this playlist soundtrack your day, and we’ll see you soon!

With Me
Okay
Henry Krinkle
Stay (Justin Martin Rmx)
Of Monsters and Men
Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
Like You Used To
Martyn & copeland
Love Of Pleasure
Whatever You Need
Wunder Wunder
Coastline (Gigamesh Remix)
One Of My Kind (Original Mix)
This Life (Original Mix)
Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)

 

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[Duo Magic] Made In Heights – Ghosts

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Made In Heights
Ghosts

Now this is a nice mix.

LA duo Made In Heights have found a catchy way of combining vocalist Kelsey’s voice with the static electronic beats of producer Sabzi. This song makes you want to first bust out a cowbell and second, turn anything around you into a drumstick. Kelsey has a light and airy voice. Seductive and inviting, her vocals connect our listening from our ears to our brain and back again. Sabzi is a wizard on the melody, combining electronic beats while also throwing in some classic scratch magic. Combining their strengths, the duo shows what they have to offer and then some.

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Amber Run – Thank You [TMN Premiere]

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Thank You

Please stop what you are going and take a few minutes to listen andI mean really listen, to the song I am about to share. Plug your headphones in, go into a quiet place, turn off all other electronics, and whole-heartedly listen to this song.

I get the honor of premiering Amber Run’s final song ‘Thank You’ off their upcoming EP ‘Pilot’ due out September 21st. This beautiful final song captures the true identity of this incredible London group. The lyrics tell a familiar story, finding oneself, and being able to because of someone in our lives. This beautiful thanking song mixes the classic instrumental melody with mesmerizing vocals that will make any listener feel a sense of tenderness in their heart. Amber Run is a group that is good today, better tomorrow, and will be even more magnificent in the future. Give this astounding song a proper listen and be thankful for every note that you hear.

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[Dream Pop] Tape Waves – Ready Now

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Every once in a while you discover a group you like so much that you keep finding out more about them while wearing a smile on your face. Here we have this husband-wife indie pop duo called Tape Waves from South Carolina who bring us a gem off of their debut album Let You Go, titled “Ready Now.”

Don’t let their quirkiness and lack of intimidation fool you–they masterfully handled this selection of dream pop tunes. The mellow instrumentals match perfectly with the female vocals, which are both muffled and sustained for the dreamy and psychedelic effect. Their music is makes you feel good and want to lay back and relax. They stay true to their musical roots by bringing in fun and peaceful vibes from their hometown and into their music, expressing their lifestyle through lyrical and melodic maneuvers.

Go get a copy of their album and judge for yourself. Tape Waves are definitely a group to watch and one for all the music enthusiasts out there.

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[Chill] Anna Of The North – ILYAF 1996

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We have selfishly been hiding this track from you guys for far too long. Anna Of The North is, bar none, the greatest talent you’ve never heard of and that has gone on for far too long. I think it’s only fair to end my blogathon run with this track as it is my personal favorite and one of the most played songs in my personal collection. Donna Lewis’ 1996 karaoke classic “I Love You Always Forever” may be forgotten in the eyes and ears of most, but not Anna Lotterud of Oslo, Norway. This future legend dusted off the record and recruited producing extraordinaire Brady Daniell-Smith to recreate and as you can see, it is streets ahead of the original. Anna’s silky and warm voice pays tribute to Lewis’s rendition but, over Brady’s dream pop composition, becomes a euphoric and infectiously happy cover. I challenge ever Ninja to listen to this once (or thirty times), by the end you’ll be smiling, guaranteed. But this starlet’s catalogue doesn’t end here. Her Sway EP, now on iTunes, is one of the best 1-2 punches of 2014. Sway, America’s next great radio hit, is already turning major heads in both the creative and A&R sides of the industry and the B-side, Undervann, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful things you will ever hear. The future is so bright for this young artist (and her production team) and we can’t wait to see how far she’ll go!

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