The Portland duo of Shadows On Stars are quickly becoming one of our favorite 1-2 team in music today. They blew us away with their gorgeous covers of Lykke Li and Aalyiah and kept us going with sultry, emotional, eclectic original pieces. Chi Duly, mashup artist turned bonafide producer, creates incredible soundscapes that words can’t begin to describe and the beautiful Randa Leigh takes it home from there. This is one of the few artists where we encourage you to dig through their entire discography; it’s that good. Oh by the way, the Mad Men sample takes this to the next level.
Both (Prod. By Don Diestro)
Often times in life, we find ourselves having to choose between money and hoes, leaving us wondering if it’s possible for the two to co-exist. Luckily, Bay Area native Jetpack Jones is here to emphasize the importance of leading a life of balance, demonstrating how we can have “Both.” In all seriousness though, while the basic premise behind the new single may sound a bit superficial at first, it makes for an addictive listen regardless. As the self-proclaimed “Chillest Rapper Alive,” Jetpack definitely lives up to his billing, utilizing impeccable wordplay and a laidback deliver that flows well over the hypnotic instrumental provided by Don Diestro. The two plan to release their upcoming 380 SL project early next week, and if this track is any indication of what they have to offer, we’re definitely in for a real treat.
It’s about that time of the night where we recommend you go pour yourself a nice glass of wine or crack open a good bottle beer and settle down with that special someone. While you do that, make sure to press play for this swoon-worthy new song from UK’s, Osca. Creating the type of music that’s suitable for any occasion such as snuggling on the couch or soaking in the bathtub with a nice glass of bubbly – you name it- Osca sends us a first-class delivery package of feels straight to our doorstep each and every time. With our ears and hearts in a vulnerable state, nothing could ever prepare us enough for the rush of butterflies that filled our stomach to the brim after listening to their new song, “Illume”. With such a beautiful chorus and an effortless ambient flow of the stunning instrumental, “Illume” brightens us up like never before. So squeeze that special someone extra tight because this one will guarantee make you feel some type of way.
Inferno ft. Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR
The up and coming indie group Sir Sly is making a name for themselves by establishing a unique electronic sound in their short career so far. They released a track titled “Inferno” and it’s a collaboration with the female lead singer of the exciting group MS MR.
In this genre of alternative music, Sir Sly is definitely one of the frontrunners on the list, with names like Florence and the Machine, Little Daylight, HAIM, etc. This one here is a little different from their usual work, a little faster and a little more playful. With their signature bass-driven instrumentals, the catchy melody of the song is fueled by Lizzy Plapinger’s vocals. The intro riff adds a mysterious and adventurous feel to the entire song. The two singers harmonize exceptionally well in the chorus, making it a memorable tune.
This recent release is a sneak peek of Sir Sly’s debut album You Haunt Me, which is available on September 16. Make sure you don’t miss it because this one is a must have!
It’s been a long four years here at TMN. With well over 1,100 posts, 70+ interviews, and countless playlists built, I can honestly say that I’ve seen it all. Amongst what I’ve seen, there’s plenty of which I have a hard time describing. Calling back on my earlier days, I remember a tune by The Canadian Gobble Gobble, which was an experimental act that gave me a run for my money, as far as music blogging goes.
Here I am four years later, and this Los Angeles psychedelic pop outfit has me reeling in my seat. White Denim is a four-piece outfit that most Angelenos should be familiar with. Is their progression bizarre? Yeah…it’s not your typical pop song structure. Yet, in the midst of the math-rock style guitar sample and unconventional bassline used in the apathetic “Nobody Cares,” there’s an undeniable charm that floats along with each distorted lyric.
While it may be a bit experimental for some, most should gravitate to the sheer musical talent boasted by White Arrows. They have a truly unique sound that dances along genre lines, casually flipping the bird to purists on either side.
Believe (Single Version)
If you haven’t been paying attention to The Music Ninja today, then you probably are unaware of the fact that we’re entrenched in a blog-a-thon. What does that mean exactly? Well, all of our writers are facing off against one another, trying to find the the greatest tunes they can find. The person with the highest amount of posts at the end of the weekend wins it all.
At the age of 30, I certainly don’t expect to win any contest when placed against younger adversaries. However, I’ll give it the ol’ college effort and track down some tunes that truly impress me. Speaking of which…have you heard of Ted Zed? I hadn’t, but I’m sure as shit glad that I stumbled across them.
“Believe” has one of those anthemic structures that’s instantly infectious. A flurry of traditional instrumentation and electronic elements comprise a pop-centric indie rock tune that demands your attention. It’s grin-inducing. It has that undeniable, hip-moving quality. It has that thing that you can’t quite put your finger on. Regardless of what that quality it, it makes me want to believe.
Get inspired by “Believe.” Three minutes of this catchy-as-hell tune is all it will take to be sold on this Castle Cary outfit.
A broad spectrum of influences can be picked up from Visual’s latest release on Other People’s compilation, which is due out on September 28th. While the gleefully clumsy walking bassline supporting the playful xylophone-style synths and occasional guitar chords are enough to tie you into “A Pixel,” it’s ultimately the vocals that provide a lasting impression.
Full of whimsy and engaging celebration, this tune has all of the amusement one would need at the start of their weekend. It’s obscure, culturally significant, enchanting, and in ways, heartwarming. A few listens over, and it continually builds upon itself, giving us more and more reasons to love it.