Private Island – Drugs [TMN PREMIERE]

Private Island

There’s an air surrounding “Drugs” that carries a nonchalant level of cool, casually not giving a fuck by who’s impressed or who’s not. Although, we can’t imagine many fall into the latter category. Just take a moment to drink it in. There’s an undeniable swagger to it, almost like it belongs in the opening credits of a sexy crime thriller, rife with scantily clad women surrounding an infinity pool that overlooks the twinkling lights of the Hollywood Hills.

Yes, SoCal-based Private Island certainly can tell a story with their music, both instrumentally and vocally. After seeing some impressive success with their last release, it’s not hard to understand why more and more indie music, blogosphere hunting music lovers are turning a keen ear over to this impressive six piece, embracing their vivid abilities.

Today’s premiere is simply encapsulating, brought to life by resonant percussion, sensual guitar riffs, and a groovy bassline. Laying on top of those are lyrics that leave you wanting more, frantically looking for the repeat button again and again.

Appropriately named, this tune, which drops on their EP in a few weeks, will demand your attention time and time again. Go ahead and give into the temptation. You won’t be disappointed.

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[Indie] Alfred Hall – Safe & Sound (Radio Mix)

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Alfred Hall Music
Safe & Sound (2016 Radio Mix)

As soon as the calendar flips over to the new year, we’re anxiously awaiting tracks that will encapsulate the masses throughout the year. They may be those legendary festival-worthy dance tracks that get our feet and hips itching for a shot at the dance floor. They may be those memorable indie tunes that give us inescapable lyrics that cross our lips for the duration of the year, and beyond. “Safe and Sound” falls somewhere in the middle, giving listeners a reason to kick back, or boogie, all while dreaming of sunny days, grassy fields, and the enveloping music that’s right around the bend.

Hailing from Norway, Alfred Hall is made up of Hans Tomas, an engineering undergrad, and Bjørn Tveit, a medical student. After deciding to form the band in the summer of ’09, they’ve since grabbed the attention of A&Rs, signed to Sony Norway, received a nomination for Scandanavia’s Best Music Video, and a nomination for Best Pop Album at the Norweigan Grammys. Now, they’re ready to take on the rest of the world, and this tune is going to lead them there.

“Safe & Sound” is simply radiant, lifting listeners up with a warming sense of wonderment. Set to the luscious backdrop of beachy drums, playful guitars, and whimsical whistling, it casually latches on, demanding you to bear a toothy grin, shake your hips, and sing along. Speaking of singing along, it won’t take you long to catch on. We’re a few listens through, and we’re already belting out each lyric, line by line.

Per usual, we’re going to highly recommend you like these guys on Facebook today. Aside from being in the know when their EP drops on March 26th, you’ll also be able to one-up your friends when they eventually catch onto them.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2016 Round #2)


We live our lives in such a rush, trying to capture the things we think we need in order to be a success. And while there is definitely nothing wrong with reaching for a goal, we need to remind ourselves to slow it down. Appreciate the now, allow ourselves to breathe and realize that things that might not help us advance in one way, help us glide through the moments that seem harder than others. Sounds like an Indie Dojo fits right into that “gliding through life” category. So…here ya go. Enjoy these moments.

’Cameron A G – Way Back Home’
’Lontalius – Glow’
’Cub Sport – I’m On Fire’
’Sam Fowke – Red Handed’
’Alex Phillips – Him And Her (Demo)’
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[Show Preview] Emancipator Ensemble – Denver, Boulder, Aspen – 2/5 – 2/8


It may come as a surprise that after five years as a music blogger, I still have a concert bucket list. One of the perks of our passion-driven careers is the ability to catch a show, often at no charge, which leaves us with an endless possibility of live acts to witness. With choice come sacrifice, though, and one of those sacrifices has been the Emancipator Ensemble. That is, until now.

In less than a week, this Portland-based ambient artist will be bringing his down-tempo, luscious, and downright captivating sounds to three different locations in our home state. Showcasing his recently released Seven Seas , Doug Appling will be boasting a variety of string instruments, including guitar, banjo, and violin, played by Doug himself and collaborator Ilya Goldberg.

This is a dream come true for Mile High music lovers, seeing two worlds collide in a fusion of electronic and traditional. All three shows are nearing their capacity, so we highly recommend picking up tickets quickly. And, if you need a quick refresher of his latest work, simply look below, press play, and get yourself in the right frame of mind.

’All In Here’
’Seven Seas feat. Madelyn Grant’
’Vision Quest’
’Land & Sea Feat. Molly Parti’
’Delta Trance’
’The Key’
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[Deep-House] Bobby Nourmand – S M O K I N’ J O E (Radio Edit)

Bobby Nourmand
S M O K I N' J O E (Radio Edit)

The rapid evolution exhibited by burgeoning L.A. house producer Bobby Nourmand has been nothing short of mesmerizing. Over the course of a handful of releases, Nourmand’s entrenched his name firmly on the lips of both writers & critics and most importantly, other artists themselves through a steady stream of quality dance records. We first came across Nourmand’s first officially signed single back on uber-tastemaker The Magician’s 55th ‘Magic Tape’, when it was still floating around the webospheres with a simple “ID” tag, and we just had to find out what this mystery tune was. Luckily for us, The Magician shared the same sentiments and snapped up “S M O K I N’ J O E” for his Potion Records imprint, thus blessing our curious ears with one of the hottest deep-house gems we’ve heard in years. “S M O K I N’ J O E” remains rooted in what has become Nourmand’s signature, deep-club sound, but errs closer to melodic rhythm and structuring than we’ve previously heard in his sterling back catalog. Huge, pumping bass swells and effected synth swoops lay a perfectly dark atmosphere for “S M O K I N’ J O E” to unfurl on, gradually building with precise percussion and careful layering throughout its entire duration. And who can manage to get that hauntingly soulful vocal out of their heads after listening to this one either? With the kind of painstaking attention to detail displayed by Nourmand on his latest record, we’re salivating like on of Pavlov’s Terriers for the next step from the ascending beat maestro.

Bobby Nourmand’s latest original record has already amassed a who’s who list of artist support from the likes of Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sander Van Doorn, Oliver Heldens, Afrojack, Bakermat, and Nora En Pure; and we’ve got our hands, and ears for that matter all over this one as well. Stream “S M O K I N’ J O E” above and shift into that Friday mindset a little early today.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2016 Round #1)


So wait…It’s February already? Anyone else feel like 2016 is already flying by? Geez. Well, unfortunately, we can’t stop time, BUT we can make sure we have an awesome Indie Dojo to accompany the passing minutes. And while we can’t guarantee it will slow anything down, we at least have something good to listen to while we travel through this thing called life at an incredible rate.

’Western Man – Harvard’
’Ghost Hours – Oneness’
’Dahlia Sleeps – Black And Blue’
’Ali Robertson – Something About Your Love’
’Laura Gibson – The Cause’
’Blanco White – The Lily’
’Wildhart – Fantasy’
’EinarIndra – Sometimes I’m Wrong’
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Cadence & Cause x The Music Ninja


When TMN Co-Founder Clayton Warwick first came up with the idea for Cadence & Cause, we all rallied behind him in support. The fusion of music and charity has always been a big part of the industry, from “We Are the World” to artists donating portions of their ticket sales to their charity of choice. But, we had yet to see someone bring the two together in a way that carries the passion and dedication we know Clayton is capable of.

If you’re not familiar with this platform just yet, you’ll want to start digging in sooner rather than later. The site offers a selection of exclusive music, merch, memorabilia, and experiences from artists you know and love. Each time you enter a sweepstake or pick up a new shirt from the site, you’re benefitting one of the many charities they’ve curated.

We’re not an official partner, nor are we monetarily invested, but we are, in a way, related. It’s easy to look at The Music Ninja and Cadence & Cause as cousins, both in the ever-growing family tree that is the music industry. With that in mind, we wanted to showcase some of the incredible work they’re doing. So, for the next thirty days, you’ll be given an inside glimpse at some exclusive content from both the musicians that support this initiative and the charities that are supported.

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