[Chill] Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Pretty Thoughts (FKJ Remix)

Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Pretty Thoughts (FKJ Remix)

As with every great release, Alina Baraz & Galimatias‘s majestic Urban Flora EP has been receiving the official remix treatment from some of the most well-selected producers out–Pomo‘s take on “Fantasy” really struck a chord with the TMN staff and Stwo‘s rendition of “Maybe” was right at the top of our most recent Chill Dojo. Last night, we got another flawless re-work courtesy FKJ of Parisian label Roche Musique.

FKJ, aka French Kiwi Juice, has found a distinct niche in the realm of blissful electronic and his signature style couldn’t fit the airy vocals of Baraz on “Pretty Thoughts” any better. With its playful bounce and FKJ’s distinct warped, groovy guitar, this track oozes sunshine equally equipped to end a long day or start a new one.

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[Hip-Hop] Danny Brown & Clams Casino – Worth It

Danny Brown & Clams Casino
Worth It

Outlandish Detroit emcee, Danny Brown, and pioneering producer Clams Casino are two artists who we’re always on the lookout for new music from. As of late, though, they’ve both been relatively quiet–Brown only appearing occasionally since the release of his phenomenal 2013 album Old and Clams popping up sparsely, but memorably, over the last two years. Thanks to the always-dope Adult Swim Singles series, though, we’ve got a brand new collab between the two living legends that perhaps also provides some insight into what’s been on their minds.

On “Worth It,” both artists prove that they haven’t lost a step as Clams Casino crafts eerie sonics built around bewildering percussion. Brown at first seems to be spitting typical, yet still impressive, boastful raps about the celebrity lifestyle but when the chorus hits he asks the question of whether the material rewards of fame are a gift or a curse. On social media and in interviews, Brown has alluded to his struggles with addiction as it relates to fame, which may partially be his reason for laying low, and this song definitely echoes some of those sentiments without losing site of his signature, bombastic delivery.

Listen to this powerful, thought-provoking cut and grab a free download above. Danny Brown is right in questioning America’s celebrity culture, but what is “Worth It” is touching the world with your music and that’s undeniably something both of these artists have succeeded in doing thus far.

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[Future/Deep-House] Sebastian Carter ft. Aela Kae – Fascination (Kulkid Remix)

Sebastian Carter ft. Aela Kae
Fascination (Kulkid Remix)

It’s been a hot couple of months since we last featured anything from French dance producer Kulkid, and while we’re a few days late to the party on this one, it was without a doubt that we needed to share his latest remix, this one of Sebastian Carter (a TMN staple) & Aela Kae‘s collaboration “Fascination”, with our Ninja faithful. In honor of celebrating their first anniversary, Crosswalk Records in conjunction with Believe Recordings, have released a compilation including past acts from the label and new comers alike; including this one from Kulkid. Kulkid molds his sound onto Sebastian Carter’s original beautifully, focusing on a chunky analogue bassline to highlight Aela Kae’s soaring reverberations and plenty of ambient pad work as fuel. Crosswalk’s complete anniversary compilation, which features more cuts from the likes of Ofenbach, , Lost Frequencies, MÖWE, FDVM and more, can be purchased on iTunes here, but for now you can cozy up to Kulkid’s “Fascination” remix above.

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[House] Hervé – You Give Me Something [TMN Premiere]

You Give Me Something

This morning, we’ve hooked up with jackin’ UK-House sensation Hervé to premiere his latest single “You Give Me Something”. Not a stranger to scooting house rhythms and pumping dance soul, Hervé folds interweaving shuffled hi-hats, and a snappy bassline tipping its flavor to the late 80’s house music crafted in parties like Ron Hardy’s Muzic Box or Frankie Knuckles’ Warehouse nights resulting in a club weapon we’ve not been able to shake all weekend. And that’s not to say there isn’t loads of contemporary influence either, as all of Hervé’s signature energy and charm is on full display; especially behind a sticky-sweet vocal providing an alternate play against a peak-hour deep-house backbone. After releasing on notable dance labels including Ministry of Sound and Mad Decent, “You Give Me Something” marks Hervé’s debut release on ultra-tasteful underground dance imprint Love & Other Records and with past support already from the likes of Annie Mac & Pete Tong it’s pretty clear to hear that this one was a match made in house-heaven. Stream Hervé’s “You Give Me Something” above, and be on the lookout for its official release via digital retailers on August 14th through Love & Other. Mondays never felt so good.

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The Chill Dojo #143

chill dojo

Anything featuring Alina Baraz and Galimatias is automatically on our radar when it comes to the Chill Dojo, but when long-time favorite Stwo adds his own tender touch to the sweltering ‘Maybe’, hearts are bound to melt in an instant. If the sultry vibes of the original weren’t enough, the smoothness of this edit has definitely broken the dial where that’s concerned. Tom Misch is no stranger to a soulful beat either, and this week he revealed the first track off his upcoming Beat Tape 2. ‘In The Midst Of It All’ sums up the beautiful simplicity that the young prodigy brings to his music, and it’s this honest charm that has us hooked on everything he’s been doing lately. The quality of this next feature needs no introduction when you see the names Chet Faker and Banks combine. In what will go down as one of the collabs of 2015, ‘1998’ is everything you could want from these two vocal powerhouses together in the silkiest of jams.

Not to be outdone though, ODESZA’s remix of Hayden James was another game-changer for the internet to handle after being teased in their live sets. A slowed-down mellow take on the dance-floor heater, the majestic atmosphere conjured here is flawless in every way. For anyone who’s caught a Wave Racer show in recent weeks, the surfacing of his latest bomb ‘Flash Drive’ will be a welcome relief from replaying mobile footage over and over in desperation to relive the moment. His signature color and joyful melody have been unleashed once again, with a cheeky slap bass solo thrown in to take things to a whole new level of shameless fun.

We’re gonna ride this wave of joy all the way through to next week. Peace out!

Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Maybe (Stwo Remix)
Tom Misch
In The Midst Of It All (feat. Sam Wills)
Chet Faker
1998 feat. Banks
Hayden James
Something About You (ODESZA Remix)
Wave Racer
Flash Drive (feat. B▲by)
Itll Be Okay (ft. Helen Tess)
Grant Bowtie
High Tide
Jack Ü X Ember Island
Where Are Ü Now (Flaxo Remix)
Bees Knees
Oh Sheila
Oliver Chang
Oleska X Kidswaste
Echoes (Original Mix)
Josh Rubin x Mapps
Ferdinand Weber x Shoffy
Lonely Up Here
Jamie Lawson
Wasnt Expecting That (Fracx Bootleg/Remix)
Of The Trees (FlyBoy Remix)
Time (Darius Remix)
Swim Good x Merival
Since You Asked (Star Slinger Edit)
Tyrone (Mix Chopin Remix)
On You (feat. Alby Hobbs)
Hello / Be With You (Slow Magic Remix)
Tove Lo
Talking Body (Tyler Roper Remix)
whats it gonna be (whereisalex remix)
Robokid, AObeats & Manila Killa
Helix 2.0 (Ft. Blaise Railey)
Maroon 5
Clean Bandit
Stronger (Bonics & ARock Remix)
Take Me (ft. Wessanders & Tokyo Megaplex)
The Winner
Brave (ft. Ill esha)
sam gellaitry
long distance
Your Embrace
Hazel Blaze
Depth Of The Shallows
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[Smooth] Medasin & Masego – Coffee

Coffee (Ft. Masego)

To celebrate the one-month anniversary of their funk-tastic Pink Polo EP, Medasin and Masego let loose a jazzy new tune yesterday that promises to brighten your day. With its lounge-y feel accompanied by Masego’s sublime sax skills, “Coffee” brings to mind “Sunday Vibes,” one of our favorite cuts from the EP. Take a moment out of your Sunday evening and chill out to this one. Grab a free download here and save it for a sunny kick back.

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Rose Quartz Sits Down With TMN To Discuss New Album, Record Stores & More [Exclusive Interview]


Denver based Rose Quartz has long been a staple in many of The Music Ninja staff’s music diets. Back in December, the now four-piece released their re-tooled, textured and evolved debut EP as a full four-piece, Leaving Now, which we fell head over heels for and most recently dropped a collaborative ‘TMN Premiere’ single with Brothertiger, “Pleasure & Pain”. Last weekend we had the chance to take in one of our favorite music festivals, The Underground Music Showcase, in Rose Quartz’s backyard of Denver, which this year featured headliners like DIIV, STRFKR, Tennis and of course, Rose Quartz themselves for one of the busiest three-day stretches we have the pleasure of consuming all year.  After taking in their Saturday performance on the Main Stage, we caught up with Ethan, Alex, Clay and Matt after an intimate and enthralling set on Sunday at the Hi-Dive to discuss the important things in life. Like disco, Schlitz Malt Liquor and loads more. Read our entire interview below.

TMN: First off, thanks guys for sitting down with us, we’ve been huge fans since it was just Ethan & Alex as FLASH/LIGHTS, and then of course to the debut Flashlights EP from Rose Quartz. We’re just going to keep it super casual, so let’s just get right into it.

So, now that you’re a full live quartet with the addition of Clay on bass and Matt on drums, there seems to have been a shift in sonic temperament from the Flashlights EP  to your most recent EP Leaving Now, which we loved. Can you talk a little bit about how that shift has affected the songwriting and recording process for you guys.

Alex: Yeah, we’ve done a lot of different things now that we’re a four-piece. We’ve been writing for the entire band now, and shifting our influences much more to a funky, disco kind of influence. We’ve been listening to a lot of the BeeGee’s, Hall & Oates, and Michael Jackson…

Clay: …The Gap Band

Alex: …Yeah The Gap Band, and a bunch of good 70’s funk and disco. And I think that just that has really helped out, and then having four people, whether it’s on stage or in the studio, just having three other people to smile at has made us want to play I guess, happier and more upbeat in regards to the music.

Ethan: And now that we’re a four-piece band, the writing style has changed. When it was just the two of us we had to write stuff that could be performed by two people and didn’t look shitty. *Laughs from the room* Which limits the kind of writing we could do in terms of our live performances. So now that we can do it as a four-piece we can write much more complex stuff with more layers, and more tasteful ways we could actually recreate live. So that was a big shift for us definitely. Just.. finding the groove.

Read the rest of our interview with Rose Quartz after the jump….

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