[MEGA SUMMER 2014] Vol 3: Alternative Playlist

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Summer is nearing its end, and for many of you that means school has probably already started. Just because you’re stuck in a classroom though, that doesn’t mean the summer spirit is locked away. Here at The Music Ninja, it’s our job to remind you of that tingling sensation that you get when you step outside and the sun’s rays touch your skin for the first time. Given that it’s almost Labor Day weekend, we’d like to provide you with a temporary reprieve from the daily monotony of your life and help take you back to the sweetest days of your summer. What better way to do that then to provide you with the perfect soundtrack for your weekend barbecue?

We’ve already shared two amazing playlists with you this month, starting with our illustrious Indie collection, followed by a dope selection of Hip-Hop and R&B tracks. Featured down below is probably our strangest playlist in the series. Though we call it our “Alternative” list, this collection includes a wide array of songs that didn’t quite fit into any of our other categories. Featuring everything from shimmery synth pop to pulsating future bass, in many regards this one best captures the true essence of summer, as we meld together sounds from all over the map into one lovably chaotic concoction.

We hope this series has helped you appreciate your last remaining days of summer. Prepare yourself for the final entry in our series next week, when we bring you a monstrous EDM playlist that’s guaranteed to blow you away. In the meantime kick back, relax and enjoy the tunes we’ve assembled together for you below.

– TMN Staff

midnight (mdnt)
Adonis (prod. By Nick Leng)
b a y o u
Speedboat
Shura
Touch
Jessie Ware
Tough Love
Owl Eyes
Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover)
Taylor McFerrin
Decisions (feat. Emily King)
Kruisemode
Closer feat. Mike Knight (WE SINK Remix)
Tom Misch
Memory
P∆ZM∆L
Jade
Mr. Carmack
The Next Afternoon (Mawhs Remix)
Howie Lee
Everywhere I Go
Young Magic
Fall In
Heart/Dancer
Waterfalls (Summer Heart Remix)
FYFE
Brooklyn, MI
Devonté Hynes
Palo Alto
Anna of the North
Sway
Bon Iver
Heavenly Father (Outburns REMIX)
Gallant
Manhattan (prod. Felix Snow)
Niva
Change Of Weather
Caribou
Sun (Teen Daze Remix)
jj
dean & me
FISHING
Nineteen / Boy Wunder (feat. Alister Wright)
X3SR
a e r o d y n a m i c
Braeden Bailey
Breathe Easy
ESTA x Michael Salisbury
001
Sango
Me dê Amor
sam gellaitry
reflectionz
Pharrell
Angel (Galimatias Remix)
Owl City
Fireflies (SMLE Remix)
Cyril Hahn
Slow ft. Rochelle Jordan
Betty Who
Lovin Start
Electric Youth
Innocence
Cash+David
Funn (Daktyl Remix)
Nao vs. A. K. Paul
So Good
Lemaitre
High Tide (Oliver Nelson & Tobtok Remix)
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Cover)
Snakehips
Days With You (ft Sinead Harnett)
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (Stint Remix)
Saint Pepsi
Fall Harder
Chromeo
Over Your Shoulder

Dont Wanna Dance (Basic Tape Remix)
Kwamie Liv
comin THRU
London Grammar
If You Wait (Shy FX Remix)
Israel Kamakawiwoole
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Shine (Kygo Remix)
RAC
Cheap Sunglasses (ft. Matthew Koma)
Two Door Cinema Club x WKND
SUN
Bondax
All I See
RL Grime x What So Not
Tell Me (GANZ Flip)
What So Not
High You Are (Branchez Remix)
Dawn Golden
All I Want (tdoyle remix)
Overdo$e.
Lovin You
Cashmere Cat
Rice Rain
Rvdical the Kid & MisterMack
Ethereal
$aturn
Love You
Lido
Money
10A
Listen To Me
Camden Arc
Is It Good To You
JUNGLE.
Busy Earnin
Ryan Hemsworth
Ryan Must Be Destroyed (Wave Racer Remix)
Coldplay
Magic (AlunaGeorge Remix)
Tei Shi
Nevermind The End (Saint Pepsi Remix)
tennyson
No Answer
Leon Osborn
It Takes Over You
J M R
One Time
My Panda Shall Fly
Yapeyú
TOKiMONSTA
The World is Ours
Busta Rhymes
Ill Vibe (Tom Misch Remix)
Willow Beats
Merewif
(J LOUIS x HAAN808)
Waves FEATURING Vanessa Elisha
Haan808
Journey To The Middle East/ft Vanessa Elisha {THANK THEM ALBUM/LINK IN DESCRIPTION}
Esta.
Lexo
araabMUZIK
Summer Time
Caribou
Our Love
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (The GRADES Icon mix)
Mapei, Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
Dont Wait (Remix)
Du Tonc
Island
Blood Orange
It Is What It Is
Wunder Wunder
Coastline (Goldroom Remix)
C A T H E D R A L S
Harlem
Naomi Pilgrim
House of Dreams (feat. Mike G)
Wayward
Belize
Summer Heart
U Got All Im Looking 4
BROODS
Mother & Father
Free n Losh
Lost Ft. Cat Lewis
Cash+David
Funn
Ben Khan
Savage
Sky Ferreira
Youre Not the One
Kyla La Grange
The Knife
Years and Years
Take Shelter
astronomyy
Nothin On My Mind (Bearson Remix)
Acoustic Cuts
Show Me Love (Samuel Remix)
Bob Marley
Jammin (Kungs Remix)
Big Gigantic
Love Letters (feat. Sabina Sciubba)
EKKAH
FIGURE IT OUT
Moxie Raia
Buffalo Bill
Electric Youth
Runaway
Paperwhite
Take Me Back
LANY
ILYSB
Magic Man
Out Of Mind
Zella Day
East of Eden
Fickle Friends
S W I M
La Roux
Uptight Downtown
Strangeheart
Twice the Man
Kid Astray
No Easy Way Out
BEGINNERS
Who Knows
Crystal Fighters
Love Alight
Zella Day
East Of Eden (Carousel Remix)
NONONO
Pumpin Blood (Omniment Remix)
Atlas Genius
Centred On You (St. Lucia Remix)
Moon Boots
Dont Ask Why (Feat. Kyiki)
Slow Magic
Girls
Call Me Señor
Eyes On The Prize
Olivver
Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People)
Vanic X machineheart
Circles
Ryn Weaver
Promises
Little Dragon
Paris
White Sea
Future Husbands Past Lives
Paperwhite
Magic
Hopium
Dreamers ft Phoebe Lou
Vaults
Lifespan
Zola Jesus
Dangerous Days (Official Audio)
Ben Khan
Youth
Kid Astray
Taking You With Me
YOUNG GALAXY
B.S.E
Lorde
Team (Mickey Valen Remix)
Little Daylight
My Life
Zella Day
Sweet Ophelia
Years & Years
Real
Cash+David
Pulse

Say Youll Be There
Little Dragon
Klapp Klapp
Claire
My Audacity
BESTiE
Foolish Hearts (Kalibo Remix)
Groundislava
Girl Behind The Glass Ft. Rare Times
ZHU
Cocaine Model.
Musiq Soulchild
Just Friends (Wantigga Flip)
FKJ
Open The Door
Banks
Warm Water (Lobo Remix)
Bondax
All I See (Darius Remix)
Indian Summer
Shiner (feat. Ginger and the Ghost)
Sky Ferreira
You´re Not The One (Cid Rim Remix)
Tinashe ft Schoolboy Q
2 On (TOKiMONSTA remix)
Disclosure
Latch (MisterMack Version)
AlunaGeorge
Superstar (Cosmos Midnight x Lido Remix)
Cashmere Cat
Kiss Kiss ($aturn Remix)
Miguel
Sure Thing (ELOQ Remix)
Sia
Chandelier (Night Cruise Remix)
Lxury
Playground
SoySauce
Sushi Park
LAKIM
Thinkin Bout (Doin U)
ESTA
ThatOneSummerTypeBeat
sam gellaitry
powder
Pomo
Start Again Ft. Andrea Cormier
Raury
Cigarette Song (Snakehips Remix)

Walk This Way Lido Remix
Pretty Lights
Lost and Found (ODESZA Remix)
Foster The People
Best Friend (Wave Racer Remix)
VesperTown
Colour Wheel
Katy Perry
Birthday (Le Youth Extended Remix)
Betty Who
Heartbreak Dream
Rudimental
Free ft. Emeli Sandé & Nas
Little Dragon
Klapp Klapp (Nosaj Thing remix featuring Future)
Sia
Chandelier (Four Tet Remix)
Taku
Knightime
Sampha
SLOW LIGHTS
Lapalux
Gold (ft. Jassy Grez)
Moby
Almost Home (Washed Out Remix)
C A T H E D R A L S
Want My Love
Gorgon City
Here For You (Slander Edit)
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
Duncan Gerow
Janet Jackson + IAMNOBODI = Someone to Call My Lover
Wantigga
Rock The Boat
Tinashe
Vulnerable (Sango Remix)
Rubee Rayne
Breathe (Prod. El Train)
RVDICAL THE KID
Rain Down On Me
ZHU
Faded (Lido remix)
Bondax
Fires Ft Josh Record
Reva DeVito
Friday Night (Prod. By KAYTRANADA)
Elizabeth Rose
Sensibility
Jason Burns & Sarah Winters
Lightweight
FLOSSTRADAMUS FEAT. ELKKA
REBOUND
Lorde
Tennis Court (Flume Remix)
SBTRKT
HIGHS & LOWS
Darius
Hot Hands
Darius
Vanyll
Harrison
Akira
Moon Boots
Whatever You Need
CHERUB
Disco Shit
Goldroom
Till Sunrise
The Weeknd
Often (Kygo Remix)
Kygo and Kyla La Grange
Cut Your Teeth (Radio Edit)
AlunaGeorge
Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)
Flight Facilities
Crave You (TEEMID & Daniela Andrade Cover)
Phonat
Never (Icarus Remix)
The Weeknd
Wanderlust (Snakehips Remix)
HONNE
Warm On A Cold Night
FUTURE
I WON (ELOQ RMX)
Louis Futon
Sir Rock
Sable
My Luv (Sable Edit)
Mariah Carey
Touch My Body (Angora Remix)
Kid Ink
Show Me (Mickey Valen Remix)
Atlas Genius
Centred On You (Viceroy Remix)
Carousel
Into The Night
Chordashian
Questions Feat. Frances Rose (JackLNDN Remix)
Kiesza
Hideaway (Mitch Murder Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Wave Racer
Streamers
Viceroy
The Life Feat. Penguin Prison
Chromeo
Jealous (I Aint With It)
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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Talking Music, Performance and Brotherhood with The Bots

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The Bots
All I Really Want

With every generation comes a new wave of artists who, while often influenced by their predecessors, push music forward reflecting the collective consciousness of their time. Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei, 21 and 17 respectively, are certainly representatives of this emerging class but, considering how long the duo has been making music as The Bots, they’ve got a solid head start on most of their peers. The LA-bred brothers recorded their first album nearly 6 years ago and have been rocking the festival circuit, starting with appearances on Warped Tour, ever since.

Musically, The Bots brand of rock is certainly a product of some of the great musicians of the past ranging from punk’s roots to contemporary icons in the genre. In fact, they’ve seemingly followed a chronological trajectory of the genre, fusing styles and injecting their unique twist along the way. In mastering the craft of those that came before them, The Bots have truly found their artistic identity and are poised to make an impact with their forthcoming album, Pink Palms, which will be released on October 14th via Fader Label.

We had a chance to catch up with the promising band at this year’s Outside Lands finding the brothers, as we expected, to exude an aura of youthful creativity. Check the conversation below, stream the first single from Pink Palms above and, if you’re digging it, grab the track on iTunes as well.

TMN: When did you first start listening to music and what was the first artist that you really got into?

Mikaiah: Our parents showed us a lot of good oldies and reggae growing up. I was listening to a lot of MTV stuff so that was, at the time, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne, Green Day

Anaiah: Do you even know a Backstreet Boys album?

Mikaiah: No, but that’s what I listened to!

Anaiah: I liked a lot of Reggae and Punk Rock music.

Mikaiah: Commercial radio and stuff like that was what I was into, but then I grew up. After the punk thing, I was like, okay, this is real cool music. I started weeding through all the other types of music and figuring out what I really liked. As I grew a bit older, I realized I shouldn’t be so worried about what people think if I like Madonna or whatever. I listen to everything now, but back then it was a lot of Reggae and Oldies. When we came to a certain age, our father introduced more 80s hard core. It was a lot of Black Flag. Also, Rock ’n Roll like Ramones and, everything more classic, like Led Zeppelin and ACDC—it was punk and then all the rock bands. That’s when we found out what we really like. We like rock music. Anaiah listens to a bunch of stuff, I listen to a bunch of stuff. We share music and that’s how we keep things interesting in the band itself when writing. Continue reading

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TMN Unveils the Mystery Behind Zola Blood [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Zola Blood
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A few weeks back, we knocked on Zola Blood’s virtual door, in hopes of shedding some light on this previously mysterious group. With little information out there, many were inquiring about who was behind this chart-topping hit, “Grace,” which climbed its way up the Hype Machine charts. With droves of music enthusiasts enamored and eager to learn more, we’re overwhelmingly excited to be the ones who get to deliver.

TMN: Hey man/guys/ladies and gentleman. Sorry for the generic intro there, but we’re not really quite sure who we’re talking to! Usually we have some research to base our interviews off of, so forgive us if these questions are a little basic!

ZB: Haha, no worries that’s how we like them.

There’s four of us. Matt (vocals/guitar), Ed (Synth), Sam (drums) and Rob (guitar).

TMN: Let’s kick things off by talking to us about how you got into what the world has come to know as Zola Blood. How did you guys come to be?

Zola Blood was born in October last year, after a few months sharing dodgy iPhone recordings between the four of us. We found a little box studio out in Hackney Wick and have been writing, recording and procrastinating out there ever since.

TMN: Where did the name stem from? Any hidden references we should know about?

Continue reading

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[Synth-Pop] Lincoln Jesser – Untold

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Lincoln Jesser
Untold

L.A.’s Lincoln Jesser has been a regular amongst the pages of TMN for the last year, and if you haven’t yet had a chance to expand your palate and consume his downtempo brand of repurposed, Vince Clarke & Martin Gore leaning synth-pop; well it’s not too late to start now. Jesser’s latest tune “Untold” was the choice prescription to kick off our Hump Day. There’s just something about a chunky bass line and expansive, gliding kick drum dispersed amongst brooding pop instrumentation (tastefully executed of course) which hooks this writer without fail. While some feel the synth/indie-pop reservoir may be drying up a bit over the course of the past few years; it’s spacy, sophisticated compositions like this which immediately rejuvenate our love for those 80′s pop revivalists. But; referring to Lincoln Jesser’s music as 80′s revivalist would be doing him a disservice to the sonically textured soundscapes he’s able to manufacture while keeping it pop in structure. On “Untold” it’s difficult to not be reminded of an early Com Truise configuration while vocally it’s as if Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo and Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford were mutated into one lush inflection. “Untold” comes as the first single leaked form Jesser’s next LP, Modern Color  (preorder on iTunes here), which is due out on September 23. So until then, stream “Untold” above and we’ll be bringing you more singles before its official release.

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[Fresh] James Vincent McMorrow – When I Leave

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James Vincent McMorrow
When I Leave

Coming off a massive festival season, one of our favorite vocalists in music is back with another tune, and it’s up for a free download. “When I Leave” follows up the 2nd album from McMorrow, and was comprised entirely on the road. Admitting that the recording isn’t polished after having been recorded on the road, he describes how this song came to be:

I’ve been recording when I can over the summer, on the floors of festival dressing rooms, in hotels, I’ve been waiting for everyone to fall asleep so I can track vocals in the back lounge of the bus. Making Post Tropical definitely lit a fire. There’s no plan for any of it, I have an album in the world and it is rightfully taking up a lot of my energy, but I’ve plenty energy to go around, I’d like to start putting out some ideas while the ink is still wet, I want people to hear them, to know what they are when we play them live during the autumn Euro and US tours.

Disclaimer, They’re not polished, nothing recorded on the road ever could be, a lot of time spent removing crazy back ground sounds from vocals etc. That’s the point though I guess, snapshots. – James Vincent McMorrow

In all honesty, we could care less that this hasn’t been shined up in a studio by an audio engineer. The moment that glorious falsetto glides over the booming kick drum was more than enough to make us stop what we’re doing and simply swoon. Coupled with some minimalist synths, “When I Leave” drives our adoration even further, leaving us incapable of switching on to the next tune.

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[Indie Rock] CRUISR – All Over

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CRUISR
All Over

Summer may be coming to a close, but based on what we’ve found in the past few days, there’s plenty of music that begs to differ. Today’s offering comes via the latest Vagrant Records signee, CRUISR. This Philly-based four piece dropped “All Over” just minutes ago, giving the blogosphere a taste of what’s to come of their debut EP (September 23rd). Lifelong fans may have just cringed at that last sentence, but it holds true. While having released music under the moniker Cruiser in the past, the band is somewhat starting back at the beginning, clearing off their Soundcloud for everything CRUISR.

With a cascading blend of playful vocal harmonies, a dance-inducing bassline, and some quick bursts of clean guitar work, “All Over,”  has an anthemic pop structure that immediately induces grins. The hook-inspired, lyrics leave the listener completely engaged through the short, yet infectious three-minute ride. Carrying sportive associations to the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, and even newcomers The Griswolds.

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[Festival Review + Playlist] Take Us Back: Outside Lands 2014 Highlights through Photos & Songs

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During the Gold Rush, the area where Golden Gate Park currently resides was referred to as the “Outside Lands,” a sprawling seemingly uninhabitable expanse, before being adopted by the city of San Francisco and developed into what is now the gorgeous western portion of the city. Today, Outside Lands carries a whole new meaning as the the premiere music festival of the Bay Area located in the heart of the park. Every event has a unique charm and, for OSL, the magic of San Francisco’s physical and cultural beauty is truly at its core. With breathtaking scenery, quality food/wine and the lingering remnants of the hippie movement, Outside Lands 2014 served as yet another reminder of why the area has become, and has for so long been, such a desirable destination even with its famously cold summer weather.

Just over two weeks have passed since we took our final steps out of what was the most popular OSL in the event’s history. In the days following a festival, the mundanity of everyday life can become particularly evident. Luckily, with concerts, there’s always an artist’s music to revive the excitement of your most memorable, albeit sometimes least remembered, moments. This year’s Outside Lands lineup featured an incredible diversity in artistic styles making for a broad range of experiences to look back on. Join us as we take revisit a dozen of our top highlights from the weekend through photos and songs. Continue reading

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