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

indie-dojo-music-ninjaIn the midst of all the chaos, music sometimes provides a little relief, even if only temporary. Sometimes it’s necessary to kick back, relax and lose yourself in some indie goodness for a while. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Hit play on the Indie Dojo and let your mind travel to a more peaceful place, wherever that may be.

’Super Massive – POWER’
’Polar Bears Can Dance – Light and Sound’
’The Migrant – Belly of a Man’
’Simen Mitlid – Sleeping’
’Tom Speight – Falling’
’Matt Sucich – Montauk’
’Mesa Luna – Don’t Let Go’
’Sweet Jean – Everything Changes’
’Benjamin Longman – Steady’
’Fields – I’m On Fire (Cover – Live Acoustic from Coffee Hill Studios)’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2016 Round #4)

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Wait, is this month seriously almost over already? Time seems to float away with every new Indie Dojo we post, doesn’t it? And here we are again. Might as well ride the sound waves.

’Caleb Groh
Smoky Mountain Angel (Of Doom)’
’Old Sault – Ghost’
’Stevetyssen – I Don’t Know If We’ll Win The War’
’Two Year Vacation – Love Will Come Back To You’
’Tracy McNeil & TheGoodLife – Paradise’
’Ryan Beatty – DREAMS(FLEETWOOD MAC)’
’Faith Eliott – heartbreak’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2016 Round #1)

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Crazy day already? We’ve got a pretty chillax Indie Dojo for you, all queued up and ready to go. Go ahead…Take a listen. It’ll probably be good for you.

’Two Feet – You’re So Cold’
’The Beegles – Semaphore’
’Alexander Biggs – Out In The Dark’
’Wild Honey – This Time’
’Samson The Truest – Real’
’The Land Below – Hand In My Pocket (Alanis Morissette)’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2015 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaLive in the moment. Don’t dwell on the past. Everyday statements we should probably live by. Unless you are a Ninja and can conquer both in a positive light. If you just happened to land on this page out of nowhere, now’s your chance to live in the moment. Take a few minutes out of your hectic day and press play. OR go ahead and dwell on the past. There is an option to listen to old Indie Dojos from the “Playlist” tab right above this post. Either way, we won’t judge how you choose to spend your moments, past or present, as long as you enjoy them.

’Katy Gunn – Hate (It’s a Bad Education)’
’Al Church – Next To You’
’Gospel Machine – Just Call Me’
’John Mark Nelson – Control’
’Lawrence Rothman – H’
’Grand Courriers – Blink’
’AstralVagrants – Awake Forever demo’
’Sarah Morris – There is a Light that Never Goes Out (The Smiths Cover)’
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[15 to End 2015] Ninja Dom’s Best of the Year

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As a sweeping generalization, 2015 will go down as a year dominated by collectives. Future Classic, Hegemon, Moving Castle, Soulection, HW&W, Wedidit, Monstercat, and French Express pooled their talents together to commandeer the music scene this year. The technical aspects commonly associated with “Future” crept into the DNA of producers, becoming a topical theme across genres from the most obscure to the most mainstream.

In particular, and as one of the most recent additions to the TMN staff, it has been quite a journey both as a contributor and music fan since early April. Without the collaboration of the entire staff – the guidance of editors and advice of my fellow writers – year one as a ninja would not have been possible. Along the way I’ve covered tours, shot music festivals, and met some of my favorite artists, who have graciously exposed me to their own intricate webs of sound. That being said, below is my best effort to reduce thousands of great tracks released this calendar year down to a manageable number. Enjoy the tracks below, in order of release date, and see you all next year!

’Oceaán – Veritas (Young & Sicks Mixed Feelings)’
Although it has nearly been removed from all channels of the internet, this remix of Veritas is a fluid tune, incorporating contrasting techniques in a way that set it apart this year.

’OBESØN – Mon Amour’
This is both my favorite song ever and the answer to the hypothetical question “if you could only listen to one song for the rest of time…”

’San Holo – We Rise’
Deserving of a spot on all lists, this has been the de facto party-starter and pregame anthem since it’s release in February.

’Alison Wonderland – Run’
The title track from AW’s debut album taps into the talents of fellow producers Djemba Djemba and AWE in creating this hooky, electronic masterpiece.

’Mura Masa – When U Need Me’
For an artist focused on quality over quantity, this is Mura Masa’s greatest creation to date.

’DIVERSA – Burning House’
Burning House is the most powerful release of Diversa’s, serving as a benchmark for the current wave of Drum & Bass producers to measure up against.

’Jamie xx – The Rest is Noise’
Jamie XX has been graced with near unanimous approval of his album In Colour; The Rest is Noise incorporates his most polished elements in a lengthy rainbow-colored instrumental.

’Tory Lanez – Acting Like (Prod. by Shlohmo)’
Another up and coming artist out of the blooming Toronto hip-hop scene, Tory Lanez, enlists the help of Shlohmo in putting together this dark, rhythmic jam.

’Golden Vessel – Borrowed Time (ft. Tiana Khasi)’
Melbourne locals Golden Vessel and Tiana Khasi teamed up to create one of the most enchanting and soulful pieces of the year, bar none.

’Thundercat – ‘Them Changes”
As the most groovy track of the summer season, this was also an introduction and revival of the nostalgia-pumping funk genre, which used to dominate the charts.

’Tame Impala – The Moment’
Parker shows off his adaptability on this one; in cutting the downtrodden lyrical content against a synth-driven bridge full of cheery guitar riffs and rhythmic hand claps, the single is inextricably linked with the bridge in fellow Australian band Pond’s recent release, “Medicine Hat”.

’Moi Je – Fais Rien (PETIT BISCUIT Remix)’
Although the title literally means ‘do nothing’, it is nearly impossible to hear this remix by Petit Biscuit and not be tempted to move by the upbeat tempo.

’Khai – Do You Go Up’
This bubbly, minimalist tune is carried on the strength of its hook and the catchy vocals of its creator.

’SevnthWonder – Maria I’m Drunk (Ft. Deverano) (Travis Scott Cover)’
As the most notable track by the best up and comer out of 2015, this remix displays a vision and creativity beyond SevnthWonder’s years.

’Finding Hope – Wonder’
With roots in the ambient genre, down-tempo is the most calming style of music. The deep, pleasant reverie continues through Wonder and does not end until the close of the song.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2015 Round #4)

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Here it is. The last Indie Dojo of 2015. Take a moment to soak in all the wonderfulness of the past year. If you need to go back for a refresher, we’ve got all the past Indie Dojos easily accessible. If you want to move right on into something new, we’ve got you too.

So cheers to the year behind us and to the new year ahead. And as always, thank you for coming back for more. See you on the other side!

’Frenship – Nowhere’
’Skies – Too Young’
’Flawes – You Are All I See’
’Tom Rosenthal – She Don’t Care’
’Richard Walters – July Bones’
’Logan Romberger – I’ll Be New’
’Cold Weather Company – Inside Your Eyes’
’Avid Dancer – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield Cover)’
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[Electronic] Seven Lions, Myon & Shane 54, and Tove Lo – Strangers (Synchronice Cover)

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Strangers (Synchronice Cover)

Synchronice have prided themselves on their own definition of “melodic” for some time now, and they recently decided to tackle a Seven Lions tune, which is certainly is a tall order. Spoiler alert: They nailed it. Instead of opting for simply remixing the track, they re-established the tone of the song in their own terms, fleshing out the production with their own vocals and even a slight bit of guitar work in the intro.

The influence Seven Lions has on their music is reflected throughout their previous releases, and seeing that inspiration come full circle into a cover of this magnitude is not only a testament to Seven Lions, but also proof of Synchronice’s capability of doing the original tune justice while also transforming it into something fresh and celestial. There is no limit to their remix chops, as shown from their infectious rendition of Oh Wonder’s “Dazzle,” and this cover continues the trend as they prepare their upcoming EP. Don’t miss out on the free download and enjoy!

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