[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 (Its a Bad Education)
Al Church
Next To You
Gospel Machine
Just Call Me
John Mark Nelson
Control
Lawrence Rothman
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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 & Sick’s 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 Im 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 Dont Care
Richard Walters
July Bones
Logan Romberger
Ill 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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[Folk] Pepa Knight – Eventually (Tame Impala Cover)

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Eventually (Tame Impala Cover)

As we peek around the corner into the weekend’s loving embrace, we’re always on the hunt for those perfect songs to carry us into a grand adventure. Luckily for us, Australian-based indie artist Pepa Knight recently released this glowing folk cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually.”

Self-labeled as bonfire-n-chill version, “Eventually” is dialed back, leaving behind the crunchy distortion, intense synths, and soaring strings found in the original version. Yet, the calming nature of the lyrics and vocal presentation are carried over into Knight’s version, paying an artful homage to Tame Impala’s work.

With articulate layers of finger picking and playful flute work layered underneath Knight’s enchanting vocals, it’s hard not to picture this playing in your car as you head on a quick weekend road trip, or in the company of friends, hanging around a crackling bonfire, as he so adeptly put it.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (November 2015 Round #1)

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Music ruts are the worst. Especially the ones that you can’t seem to escape from. It’s not an exaggeration to say that an extended music lull can cause a bout of insanity. Which is where the Indie Dojo swoops in like the ninjas we are. Throwing you stars of new tunes to keep your musical mind intact, cause a ninja never loses focus.

Unnveig Aas
Run
Cross Record
Steady Waves
Stephen
Fly Down
Chadwick Stokes
Youre The One That I Want
Sara Angelica
Run (Prod. Pieces of Juno)
Noah Ruble
Falling Apart
Sam Wright NE
Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover Feat. Pharrell Williams)
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2015 Round #2)

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There comes a time in the season where the thought of stepping foot outside is terrifying. But unlike Summer FOMO, we have absolutely NO guilt in holing ourselves up when the temperature drops to ungodly degrees. Really though, what is the point of going outside when we have a sweet Indie Dojo to cuddle up to?

Oyster Kids
Creepy
Kyler Slater
Black Eyes
Lewis Del Mar
Wave(s)
Kalle Mattson
Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)
Figaro
Brain Operator
Stahsi
Solo Hunter.
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