[Future Funk] Anita Ward – Ring My Bell (Kill Paris Remix)

Kill Paris drops a funky remix of Anita Ward‘s classic track “Ring My Bell”.  His soulful delivery on this incredible remix is rather refreshing while still mixing some incredibly heavy wobbles. The samples of the original are satisfying and tweaked in just the right way. Happy monday everyone and enjoy this free tune. Cheers.

Anita Ward
Ring My Bell (Kill Paris Remix)
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Skrillex – Reason (Tom Budin Remix)

#Funklectrodubshtyzenshnitzelback

When I see Skrillex in a title of a track, whether it is an original or a remix, I just prepare myself for a corpus amount of heavily layered music with an extremely aggressive wobbles as if to simulating two sweaty robots having hot and oily sex. And while a few months back that heavy sound was appealing, for me at least, it has run its course. Talented as any producer may be, the trends keep changing and it is really their adaptability to adapt and create new experiences that sets talented musicians apart from others.

This brings me to up and coming seventeen year old Austrian producer Tom Budin. Taking on one of Skrillex more controversial tracks, Tom injects it with so much electro funk that even the original dubstep foundation is molded into an easily digestible and amusing sound. From its melodic backdrops within its build ups to the evolving and textured bassline, this remix brings a breath of fresh air to the already saturated dubstep scene. And it is a FREE DOWNLOAD.

Skrillex
Reason (Tom Budin Remix)
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[Funkahton] Skullee – Funkmonstah

If you haven’t realised by now, here at The Music Ninja we are suckers for a funky jam and HOT DAMN does beat menace Skullee give us something to rock out to here! Brass and bass will forever be a match made in heaven, and “Funkmonstah” provides a generous slice of just that. Call it infectious, dirty, or even as the artist himself labels it, “funkahton”. It doesn’t matter what name is put to it, because at the end of the day it is good music through and through that will have you moving whether you like it or not. For anyone complaining that electronic music is sounding all the same or getting stale, take a listen to this clear message from Skullee to go and get funked!

“Funkmonstah” is available for purchase now as part of Skullee’s Baddboii EP.

Skullee
Funkmonstah.mp3
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[SPECIAL EDITION] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #35

Today we’re bringing you a special edition of Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist. It has recently come to my attention that there is a group of our boys in Afghanistan that look forward to CFPP, each and every week. This was an incredibly humbling tidbit of news, as I appreciate what those guys go through every day to make sure that I can do what I do. It’s funny to think that this little playlist I put together brings a little taste of home to some of our troops in the Middle East.

So, today’s playlist is dedicated to them. I’ve beefed it up to more than double the original size as my salute to the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and most importantly, Major James Egan and the rest of the Jesters. Thank you for serving our country.

As a sign of respect, I’d like to ask everyone to raise a glass and toast what those brave men and women do for us. And when you’re done with that, #danceirresponsibly.

Download zip: Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #35

Baby Got Milk (Emoh Instead Edit)
Big Chocolate x Sir Mix
Flux Pavilion, Baauer, iNexus, Dev, Cataracs
Bass Cannon Yaow (Aylen Mashup)
Showtek & Justin Prime
Cannonball (Aylen Anchorman Edit) (OG Mix to Carnage & Victor Niglio Rmx)
Dada Life, Gigi Barocco
One Last Motherfucker (Aylen Mashup)
Adventure Club
Wait (Au5 & IYFFE Official Remix)
Zedd, Sandro Silva, Quintino, LA Riots, J.O.B x Anjulie
Epic Shotgun Warrior (Aylen Mashup)
Axwell, Adrian Lux, Henrik B, Stereotronique
Teenage Crime (Aylen Mashup)
Nicky Romero & Nervo
Like Home (Xristo Remix)
AFSHeeN
Take Me
Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Deorro
House Feels So Fn Close (Aylen Mashup)
Easy(Landis Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Heads Will Roll (A
OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna)
Darth & Vader
Return of the Jedi ( I.Y.F.F.E s Official Order 66 Remix )
Mischa Daniels Feat. JSon
Where you Wanna Go (AllNight Remix)
Bruno Mars
Locked Out Of Heaven (R3hab Afterhour Remix)
Kastra vs. Big Tymers
Still Feeling Fly
Fever Ray
When I Grow Up (Funkagenda + Paul Thomas Remix)
Teardrops (Troika Mashup) (Avicii x Coldplay x Matthew Koma x Krewella)
Wide Awake All Night Long (Katy x Felguk x Gemini)
Calling (Lose My Mind) (Luke & Skywalker Remix) (Radio Edit)
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Jacob Plant – Shakedown [TMN Exclusive]

Calvin Harris very own label, Fly Eye Records, ended 2012 with the huge progressive house release of Thomas Gold’s “Miao”. Continuing that momentum into a new year comes a bigger banger by rising London producer Jacob Plant. After putting out a handful of well-crafted originals and remixes from dubstep to trap, the talented producer is back more determined than ever with his bass pounding single “Shakedown”. Although it will be officially released January 28th, The Music Ninja brings you the very first preview of the track. Featuring a long and evolving build up of an extremely palpable note progression that slowly rises from down under, “Shakedown” quickly brings one back down with a gritty and most satisfying in-your-face bassline. It lives somewhere between powerful electro house and dubstep but rest assured it is a full blooded banger.

Jacob Plant
Shakedown

We are so excited about the release that we had to learn more about Jacob Plant and how he got involved with Calvin Harris:

TMN: Congratulation on such an impressive release with “Shakedown”! Tell us more about how you got started and how you got involved with Fly Eye records.

Thanks! It was quite a simple process really. My first link with Calvin was when I did a remix for his and Example’s song ‘We’ll Be Coming Back”. I met him when I was LA a few months later and we got talking, he and his manager suggested I should do a song for his label. I made a few tracks the week I got back and ‘Shakedown’ was one of them. It seemed right for his label so I sent it his way and he loved it, which a massive honour!

TMN: Often times it takes a while for an artist to find their own sound and style, describe your sound in three words and walk us through your main influences as a producer.

Energetic-Bass-Heavy!?
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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 1/10

Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER

Details:
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Emma Hewitt - January 10th
Chris Lake Feat. Emma Hewitt
Carry Me Away (Original Club Mix)
Clockwork- January 11th
Bless Di Nation (Clockwork Remix)
Congorock Ft. Sean Paul *Out Now*
Cedric Gervais - January 12th
Cedric Gervais : Miamication Podcast : December2012
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[TMN Resident Artist] Figure + Biography

Did we tease you just a little bit with that quick release of Figure’s tour dates? Are you wondering what does this “artist resident” thing every month mean for you ninjas? Let me break it down for you real quick:
Every month TheMusicNinja will be featuring a talented artist/group to be our “resident” for a whole month, yes a whole freakin month they get to share just a bit of themselves with you wonderful readers and music junkies. The month will go as follows:

Week 1 – Artist Introduction – This post will introduce the artist to you all. A quick bio and news of their upcoming shows is the perfect thing to get your toes twinkling for the next week.
Week 2 – Artist Interview – This post will be more of a non-traditional interview. We are TMN are kind of a funny bunch and we’d like our interview to be more lighthearted with a few entertaining facts to really let everyone get a good insight into the artist’s personality.
Week 3 – Artist Exclusive Minimix/Cover/Track – This post will feature some exclusive music. For Producers and DJ’s it could be a minimix or a mashup. For bands/vocalists it will be a fun cover, or an unreleased b-side or something to that effect.
Week 4 – The artist is going to let us in on what music they are jamming to at the moment and share some of their favorite tracks for our ears to enjoy along.

So there you have it! We are super excited for some of the amazing artists who have already signed up. It’s like a little surprise present every beginning of the month, perfect.

About Figure

With all that said, we were stoked to have Figure release his tour dates to us to begin our write-up and now we would like to introduce the man behind the dirty bass drops, Mr. Josh Gard.

Gard is a Midwest boy hailing from Indiana (which he is very proud of his of; as all Midwesterners should be…call me biased I hail from Chicago). He has a long history in music and like many artists of his genre he began in electric house music before shifting to more dubstep and bass music. While he still works a lot with electric music, he gets noticed for his dirty tracks with body dropping bass.

Gard has worked alongside many of the best in music industry such as Diplo, Tommy Lee, Flux Pavilion, and Excision to name just a few. His music has been ranked high on countless charts and he is praised by other artists and fans alike for his captivating live performances. I can account for that, seeing him in Denver was nothing short of unbelievable. With his undeniable stage presence, Gard is a must see for his long list of fans. And he, being a huge fan of horror, decided to produce his Monster series which is a production of his true loves. The series exemplifies just how much talent Gard has and gives his audience an inside to him as a musician.

That is another thing to love about Gard, he supports his supporters by supplying his latest productions for free and his guest lift at shows is reserved for fans in need. He is very close with his family and fans, a tribute that can be hard to find sometimes in the music world. But it is these things that make Gard an amazing artist and an amazing person with a big future that is already blowing up this year. Whether it is large festivals such as EDC, Starscape, The Bounce or small venues in cities all over the world, Gard, aka Figure, is an artist to watch and admire. Plus, he has one of the most knockout tennis shoe collections this writer has ever seen. Big props Figure, big props.

His early work


2009 & 2010
Early in his career, Figure focused primarily on bass driven music. After a couple of originals and remixes, His IN & OUT OF BROOKLYN EP released in 2009 combined bouncier elements of dance music with the emerging wobble of dubstep, catering to the underground scene. Not everything was hard and heavy as we know Figure today, releasing a couple “THRASH BASS” tracks like “Dirty Damage” and then taking on a lot of dubstep influences with “Torture” and “Phantom” back in 2010. Continue reading

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