As it stands right now, Netsky is a household name across the population of dance music lovers across the globe. For us, he solidified a standing place as one of our favorite producers through a continuing body of impressive work, inventive and engaging live performances, and for helping introduce a younger group of American festival goers to one of our favorite electronic genres.
As older members of the dance community, we fondly look back on the days where drum ‘n’ bass had its own stage, boasting an array of blazing fast break beats, rolling basslines, and soaring synths and vocals. Somehow, through the years, that stage slowly disappeared, giving way to more bass-heavy varieties of DJs, leaving an entire generation without this storied portion of dance music.
While there are other notable Producers and DJs who contribute to bringing DnB back to the forefront of the scene, we’re particularly enamored with our latest Resident Artist. His style is instantly recognizable, causing fans to immediately say his name when tracks like “Rio,” “Running Low,” or “Eyes Closed” come on. Both of his albums can be enjoyed start-to-finish, and have been enjoyed in such a fashion here at TMN HQ many times over. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention his live performance, which brings a much-appreciated approach to dance music to those that were lucky enough to buy a ticket.
Simply put – this may be the most excited we’ve ever been about a Resident Artist. Make sure to tune in all month long to get a first look at some exclusive content. And, if that isn’t enough, you can expect a single from his new album later this month. Until then, enjoy this collection of some of our favorite Netsky tunes.
Take Ü There (feat. Kiesza) (Netsky Remix)
Netsky Vs Metrik Cant Speak Feat Stealth
Dont (Netsky Remix)
Running Low Feat. Beth Ditto
Get Away From Here Feat. Selah Sue
Everyday (Netsky remix)
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!
Veritas (Young & Sick’s Mixed Feelings)
The Rest is Noise
Acting Like (Prod. by Shlohmo)
Borrowed Time (ft. Tiana Khasi)
Fais Rien (PETIT BISCUIT Remix)
Maria Im Drunk (Ft. Deverano) (Travis Scott Cover)
With the clocks swinging forward earlier this month and daylight gone by the end of the work day, ever-present summery house music has begun to lose some of its topical appeal. As setting changes, so too does inspiration.
Enter the sound of winter: downtempo. With roots in ambient, drum and bass genres, downtempo is a more calming style of music. Conceptually, it is comparable to productions by Diversa and Explosions in the Sky.
The latest great downtempo track to grace our Soundcloud feeds, “Wonder”, comes from San Antonio artist Ashton Davila. Formerly of the name Audile, Davila now goes by the pseudonym Finding Hope. Similar to classics of the genre like “Can Do It”, “Mon Amour”, and “Nimrod”, Wonder builds slowly into a powerful melody at the :55 mark. The deep, pleasant reverie continues through a beat breakdown a minute later and does not end until the close of the song.
When I was writing Wonder, it started out as a soundscape and progressed from there… My main focus was fusing the organic elements with the electronic/dreamy side of things. – Davila
Fans of Finding Hope – including us at The Music Ninja – will be keeping tabs on his future productions via his Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. Listeners can also download “Wonder” at toneden.
You know those songs that just throw you off around every bend? Ones that, no matter how many times you listen, you can’t anticipate what’s to come next? Here at The Music Ninja, we live for those songs. They keep us on our toes, and our ears attached from beginning to end. A perfect example of one of these tracks is COFRESI’s new release, “Fuk’m.” Instantly grabbing your attention with a sample found from a skate video, its hooking melody becomes a showcase of COFRESI’s outstanding drumming talent. With an incredibly unique sound, “Fuk’m” is a breath of fresh air that’ll immediately rid you of any stress from those long work days. Check it out above.
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over two years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
– The deal is valid for tonight and Friday only. If you want to catch Booka Shade, you should pick up tickets here.
See you on the dance floor.
GTA - 8/27
Bitch Better Have My Money (GTA Remix)
Downlink - 8/28
Downlink & Twofold
Booka Shade - 8/29