[Video] Phoria – Saving Us a Riot

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There’s something undeniably charming about acoustic music. The simplistic combination of vocals and instruments is one of the oldest forms of music, which is part of what makes it timelessly enjoyable. Brighton’s Phoria have really harnessed in on this age-old tradition, bringing us an video preview of their song “Saving Us a Riot.”

Coming off of their EP, which is due out this Spring, “Saving Us a Riot” offers up a stark contrast to the piano-centric, electronically-rooted hit, “Red.” We realize that this is an acoustic take on the track, leaving us overwhelmingly eager to hear what the recorded version sounds like. Regardless of the intriguing new sound, we’re still left speechless at Trewin Howard’s vocal tone. It’s easily carries us away to distant places, hopelessly clinging onto each word.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood and want to witness these dreamy vocals in person, they’ll be playing at Hoxton B&K with support from former teenage chart topper Amy Studt and Groves.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2014 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSo we lost an hour of sleep and YUP, it’s definitely gonna suck for the first couple days. But when you think about what the future of daylight savings time holds, it totally redeems itself. Long summer nights, beach days, close to zero clothing and the good ol’ soundtracks that will forever bring you back to the smell of suntan lotion and BBQs. Sounds pretty glorious, doesn’t it? We think so. Which is why we are more than more than happy to get you started on soundtrack part. Ya know, to get your mind off the lack of sleep and into the positive sunshiny, groove of spring. Enjoy….

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Gods Whisper
Cathedrals
Harlem
Hoodlem
Old Friend
The Landing
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[NEW] Frank Ocean, Diplo, Mick Jones & Paul Simonon – Hero

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With summer somewhere around the corner, Converse has decided to revive their “Three Artists. One Song.” series, which has given way to some pretty amazing gems in years past. To kick off this year’s compilation is an unlikely collaboration between Frank Ocean, Diplo, and The Clash‘s Mick Jones & Paul Simonon. Automatically disregard any banger alerts that sentence might have set off, because this is far from anything you probably expected.

“Hero”¬†doesn’t draw its sound distinctly from any one of the artists represented here; rather, it’s a true collaboration that provides room for everyone to shine. Packing plenty of soul, the single begins with Ocean laying the groundwork over some rustic guitars. Hints of bass are scattered throughout until the song reaches a crescendo shortly after the one minute mark, where the trio really begin to rock out, before once again gently descending back to earth through the combined efforts of a children’s choir. It makes for a fascinatingly beautiful piece of music, and is a true testament to what can happen when exceptionally creative minds come together.

Grab the free download above from Converse, and stay tuned for more from the collaborative series in the coming months.

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NEW FEATURE: PLAYABLE ARTIST UNIT

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Hey Ninjas! We are growing really tired of depending on advertising networks with intrusive pop up ads and auto playing music.

It has been a long dream of The Music Ninja to bring you a site without cluttering advertisement. However, this has been a constant challenge and as we continue to grow, we face expensive roadblocks that take away from our overall core values.

Today we are very proud to finally have come with a solution that will benefit artists as well as bring extra revenue to the site in a much more interactive way.

Introducing our in-house PLAYABLE ARTIST WIDGET.

We have built a tool that will let artists promote themselves, their music and even upcoming tour dates. The sponsored unit will live in our sidebar, clearly labeled and in the least intrusive way possible. ANYONE CAN SIGN UP, whether you are a small bedroom producer or a label backed DJ.

Our prices will soon change, and perhaps even become private as we try to find the right balance, but with SXSW going on, we just wanted to launch it and build from the feedback we get. Soon, if it provides successful, we can eliminate all other ads on the site and start to enjoy a cleaner interface (something we have wanted from the very beginning).

If you are an artist that would like to get more exposure, sign up right now and let us help you.

For information on adding FLYERS or Advertising on our standard displays, contact us at ads@themusicninja.com

Feature list:

- Automated but SUPPORTED ( We will provide any type of support you need getting you starting as well as while the campaign runs)
- Soundcloud API Support (You will be able to track all your plays just as if we posted the embed on the site).
- Live tool (Our live tool lets you preview the widget before you submit the campaign, if you need any additional changes, we will gladly help you at ads@themusicninja.com)
- Concert Dates with Links (We let you link anywhere you want your fans to buy your tickets)
- Ninja Look (We tried to make it as part as the site as possible for higher interactivity)

This of course does not change any other aspect of the site. All the rest of the blog posts and tracks are hand picked by our team of ninjas that believe integrity can only be achieved with providing quality tracks every day.

As always thank you for your time! We are excited for what else we can improve 2014.

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Ruben Haze – Johnny Rocket Man [TMN PREMIERE]

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Ruben Haze has been grabbing the attention of the blogosphere worldwide in a strategic staggering of releases. This fictional character, comprised of Dirty South and vocalist Rudy Sandapa, released “City of Dreams” last week, which was something that some listeners were already somewhat familiar of. A lot of people remembered the vocals from the smash hit from Dirty South and Alesso, but none had heard the original version.

Today we’re excited to bring you another carefully selected tune from the debut four-track EP. “Johnny Rocket Man,” is a slow building, melodic folk tune that takes on a progressive nature. After a few times listening through, it’s easy to pick up on the associations of Dirty South’s production style in the studio, in this completely different genre. With calm, drifting finger picking, we’re taken on a lazy journey through emotion-rich lyrics from Sandapa. The track continues to gain momentum with the addition of some strings that allow the song to take on a much bolder and intense sound than we were originally expecting.

We’ve come to find that this EP has a very cinematic nature, boasting tremendous depth in it’s artistry. Make sure you pick it up on iTunes this Tuesday.

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[Quirky] Cosmo Sheldrake – The Moss

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If you took a quirky folk vocalist and replaced the banjos and acoustic guitars with beats and synthesizers, you’d have Cosmo Sheldrake. Shit, we spoke too soon. There’s still a banjo apparent in his debut release, “The Moss,” but you get the idea.

Upon first listen to this playful tune, we couldn’t help but think of toothy-grin inducing songs like “Little Yellow Spider” from Devendra Banhart. Something about Cosmo’s folksy, story telling vocal style just brought us to those associations. The engaging, borderline ridiculous narrative is wildly infectious, but is bolstered even mores so by the inclusion of some barbershop quartet style harmonies that made us beam ear to ear.

Coming out April 21st on paradYse/Transgressive Records, this debut single from the UK-born multi-instrumentalist has definitely caught our ear. We’ll keep an eye out, and we suggest you do too.

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