[Nu-Disco/Dance-Pop] Kimbra – Miracle (ROOM8 Remix)

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Kimbra
Miracle (ROOM8 Remix)

L.A. future disco players Ezra Reich and Nic Johns, who operate under the ROOM8 surname, have delivered perhaps the biggest musical pick-me-up of the week here at TMN with their synth washed, John Hughes-era tipping dance revision of one of our favorite pop darlings Kimbra and her single “Miracle”. This jumping dance tune plays somewhere between Club 8′s syrupy dance-pop and Viceroy’s high-energy disco, with a smooth underground sensibility and edge that is often times lost amongst dance-floor driven nu-disco cuts. ROOM8 works a crafty balance of retro sound kits with a contemporary approach, and quite honestly, Kimbra’s vocal stylings echo as if they were made for the 80′s neon era. This one is being given away as a free download; so grab a copy here, dust off your sweat bands and footwork those high tops all over the floor.

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[Denver-Boulder Giveaway] Moon Boots w/ Henry Krinkle & option4 – 11/19 – The Fox Theatre

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Perhaps one of the most talented spacemen to ever grace our cochlear cavities, Moon Boots, kicks off a welcome U.S. tour this Wednesday in our backyard of Boulder, CO at The Fox Theatre with Henry Krinkle & option4 for a remarkably stacked midweek underground dance lineup. Of course, as is our modus operandi, we wouldn’t want to exclude any of our keen readers; so we’ve teamed up with our friends at Awesome Factory to offer a chance at a pair of tickets to what will be undoubtedly a night of groovy house and disco from three of our favorite rising stars. As always, contest entry is streamlined and simplified to make it as easy as possible, just enter your e-mail in our widget below. And for those concerned about missing out altogether, if you’d rather not take your chances, you can purchase your tickets for guaranteed entry here. Doors for the show open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9:00 p.m so be sure to get there early to not miss a single artist this Hump-Day (night?). To get into the concert spirit, stream “There’s No Love” from Moon Boots, “Stay” from Henry Krinkle and “You’re ILL” from option4 below.

There are a few rules, of course:
- The event is all ages (12+) so tell your friends!
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display on behalf of The Music Ninja


Theres No Love (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Stay
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Youre ILL
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[Nu-Disco/House] Birdee – Tornera’ Il Sole [TMN Premiere]

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Birdee
Tornera' Il Sole

Marcello De Angelis has toiled within dance music production for over the last decade; accruing loads of accolades and choice support along the way. From Laidback Luke to Congorock, a deal with Fatboy Slim’s Southern Fried Records and regular play on BBC Radio 1, Angelis’ Birdee project has been a conduit for some of electronic music’s most notable tastemakers to rally behind -and for completely good reason. Birdee’s latest single “Tornera’ Il Sole” rides a rare and sought after crossover playability; with a high-energy feel that could find a home on dance music’s biggest stages or festivals, but with a slick nu-disco fueled bass and synth line that could easily be pitched down to fit into any underground disko or house set. “Tornera’ Il Sole”, with its chunky but dashing  groove was the perfect track to drag this writer out of bed this morning, and for our dance enthusiasts, we think you’ll absolutely agree. Grab the free download from Birdee’s Soundcloud here, and stream the tune before anyone else above.

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[Deep-Disco] Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (The Golden Pony “Golden Classics” Remix)

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Psycho Killer (The Golden Pony "Golden Classics" Remix)

It’s been a bit since our favorite deep-disco duo, Brooklyn’s The Golden Pony, released an entry into their “Golden Classics” remix series; but the afro wielding pair just turned out an absurdly appropriate Halloween remix with a heavy disco retooling of Talking Heads’ classic “Psycho Killer”. The Golden Pony’s been making themselves familiar with the rest of the world through groove heavy remixes and disco fueled originals over the past few years, and any artists that are willing to take David Byrne and co. into the dance hall more than has our full Ninja support.. Their latest remix comes armed with a club-heavy bassline, an almost tropical, hollow sounding synth progression and dare we say the slightest hint of wobble tucked away under every second bar. We’ll be jamming this one out all day in anticipation of tonight’s spine-chilling dance parties, so why don’t you get into the Halloween spirit with us this afternoon? As always, The Golden Pony are giving their hard work in the studio away for free in exchange for a simple Facebook like here. Grab yourself a copy and Happy Haunting.

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[Deep/Tech-House] D4L – Laffy Taffy (Justin Jay’s Halloween Edit)

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Laffy Taffy (Justin Jay's Halloween Edit)

It’s Friday Ninja Nation, you’ve made it through another grinding work week. And since we feel like letting loose, why not express that feeling by posting another absurdly amazing underground house cut from the Dirtybird camp’s resident wunderkind, Justin Jay. Today Mr. Jay’s got us feeling all kinds of middle-school dancey with an appropriate edit of D4L’s “Laffy Taffy” to commemorate this Halloween season, and we’ve been doing our best “Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s” impression to keep up with the tune’s addictive nature. Justin Jay crafts his revision on the back of some analog sounding 808 bass and rolling drum work which kicks up into a hypnotic melody before D4L’s rudimentary lyricism -which works like gangbusters on this record- comes blasting through to create one of the young gun’s most consumable tracks yet. When pressed on the tune Justin stated: “Dirtybird’s 10-year anniversary is creeping up, which is crazy.” Justin says, “Can’t believe the label’s been doing its thing for 10-years. I wish I’d been in on it since I was 11, but I was getting down to jamz like this at the time so I can’t really complain. With Halloween coming up, this just had to happen…”. To keep up with the Halloween spirit, and to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Dirtybird Records are giving this one away on the house, so snag it here and roll out your dance moves… because it’s Friday.

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[Album Stream] Mansions On The Moon – Mansions on the Moon

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There’s no hiding the fact that we’ve become just a little bit enamored with alt-pop Casanovas Mansions on the Moon. And on that note, we’ve been waiting ever so patiently for their debut long-player like good little ninjas for just slightly over four years now. Yesterday, the So-Cal ensemble finally released their self-titled album and truthfully, some of us have been looping it for just over 24 hours straight. We’ve previously covered a handful of singles -“Radio”, “The Truth”, “Don’t Tell”, “Somewhere Else Tonight”, “Heart Of The Moment”- but our ears have obviously been a bit more glued to the cuts in which we had never previously consumed including “Take A Ride”, “Notice Me” and “All There Is”. We got lead vocalist Ted Wendler to say a few words about each of the ten tracks contained within Mansions On The Moon, and here’s what one of our favorite indie-pop crooners graced us with:

1. “Radio” was written in response to growing pressure for the band to write a breakout radio pop single.  We set out to create a poppy track that ironically spoke of the growing lack of unoriginality in radio pop music today.

2. We wrote “Don’t Tell” while we were stranded in Scranton, Pennsylvania because our northeast coast dates were cancelled due to super storm Sandy.  We set up a studio in the hotel and made lemonade out of lemons.
3. “Somewhere Else Tonight” has been with the band for a very long time.  We’ve been playing it live for two years while we not so patiently waited for the completion of our first full length album.
4. “Where You Are” started with an instrumental foundation laid down by TRAKGIRL. Ted used a TC Helicon processor to achieve the robotic sound of the vocals.  Then we went hambodian in the studio to take it to where it is now.
5.  The lyrics for “Take A Ride” were written in Missoula Montana in 2006, the instrumental was completed with Paper Diamond in Boulder Colorado and the vocals were finally recorded in a closet in Los Feliz.
6. Ted first recorded the vocals for “Notice Me” over an acoustic arrangement.  The band, along with Sunny Norway and David Ott, used the original acapellas and took the song to a completely different space.  Maybe someday we will release the original acoustic version.
7. “The Truth” was the last song we wrote for the album.  Lane was insistent that it needed to be included in the release.  After Baby Jeff laid down the P-Funk the deal was sealed.
8. “Heart Of The Moment”  was written by our bassist Jeff and inspired by a spiritual revelation. We played the track for Zee Avi while hanging out at a friend’s apartment in downtown LA. She graciously accepted our request to sing on the song.  The version appearing on the album is remixed, re-arranged and remastered from its original release.
9. On “All There Is” Ben wrote the instrumental foundation for his mom as a birthday present.  Then Ted used this to write the lyrics.  We hope to inspire people to revisit forgotten dreams and goals they had in their youth, no matter how impossible they may seem.

10. Ted wrote “Time” while house sitting in the mountain town of Roanoke Virginia.  He spent that month prolifically writing and recording while a English bulldog named Oscar snored in the  background.

And there you have it. Now that you’ve got a bit of insight into the psyche of Mansions as they wrote their first album, take just under forty minutes and listen to their worthy entry into the LP format in its entirety below.

Radio
Dont Tell
Somewhere Else Tonight
Where You Are
Take A Ride
Notice Me
The Truth
Heart Of The Moment (ft. Zee Avi)
All There Is
Time (ft. Codi Caraco)
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[Synth-Pop] PHOX – 1936 (Carousel Remix)

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PHOX
1936 (Carousel Remix)

Carousel have certainly made a resonant impact here at TMN over the years and continue to be an act we call upon with regularity to deliver a healthy dose of happy-dance inflamed pop music; whether it’s through their sterling original productions or pliable, John Hughes soundtrack-esque remixes. Today the highly schooled duo have taken on Phox‘s folk-pop ditty “1936″ and completely shifted perspective towards a slice of 80′s electro-pop. When listening to both tracks, it becomes even more impressive that Carousel so easily took a beautiful tune with zero electronic influence and turned in a version we would have thought was the original had we not been in the know. Their airy synths punctuate a sea of leisurely percussion, and Phox’s vocal track plays in perfect harmony to the pair’s sophisticated instrumentation, marking yet another gem added to the Carousel palate. Let’s get a little vibey on this beautiful Friday. Stream Carousel’s “1936″ remix above.

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