[Fresh] Brika – Expectations

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Brika
Expectations

Sometimes days at the dojo can be a little time consuming. Constantly caught up with our day to day activities of ninja star practice, slinking around in the prone position, and learning the perfect way to extract precious artifacts from other clan’s dojos, we sometimes miss out on something special. While we as ninjas are proud, we’re also humble. We missed the boat on this one, and for that, we apologize.

Coming out of Miami, FL Brika carries a swagger that is undeniable. Signed to Art House Records, she encourages you to sell your clothes and keep your thoughts, which is a mindset that we’re can’t admire enough, especially given the current state of pop culture.

“Expectations,” is an alt-soul tune, simplistic yet powerful in nature. With only a future-bass style backdrop, comprised of a booming bassline, a dark melody, and Brika’s god-given talents, we’re left speechless.

While we’re sad we haven’t been enjoying this for the full two months it’s been out, we’re sure as hell glad we finally stumbled across it.

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[Indie Pop] Bastille – Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

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Bastille
Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

Gotta love new music Tuesdays, right? Earlier this afternoon, Brooklyn’s alt-electronic trio Little Daylight dropped their debut album Hello Memory via Capitol Records. To commemorate this day and the announcement of their US tour dates (featured below), the group has released this stunning indie pop remix of one of our all-time favorite artists, Bastille.

Boasting a dancy percussion mix and a some echoing guitar riffs, this band proves why their high-octane show has toured with the likes of Bastille, Charli XCX, The Neighborhood and more. Including some festie performances, their highly charming sound has impressed the blogosphere, and will continue to do so with this energetic remix.

7/15/14 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Record Release Party) ** SOLD OUT **
8/7/14 Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
8/8/14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
8/9/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn *
8/11/14 Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
8/12/14 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr. Bar-B-Q *
8/13/14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
8/15/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
8/16/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed *
8/18/14 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
8/19/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
8/20/14 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour *
9/15/14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
9/16/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
9/17/14 Harrisonburg, VA @ James Madison University
9/19/14 Washington, DC @ DC9
9/20/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
9/23/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater #
9/25/14 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
9/26/14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
9/27/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
10/3/14 Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival

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Northern Nights Music Festival 7/18-7/20 in Mendocino, CA [Festival Preview + Playlist]

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The most common complaint about the meteoric rise of music festivals has been their commercialization. Regardless of your stance, its hard to argue that events are generally far more pleasant when there’s some room to move around and, even more so, with a scenic, temperate backdrop. For those looking for a break from the usual stress of festivals, this weekend’s Northern Nights Music Festival might be the perfect opportunity.

A few hours north of San Francisco in the gorgeous expanse that is Northern California, the festival offers a pristine setting for camping under enormous Redwoods. Its location along the Eel River lends itself to the awesomely unique option of hopping in a floaty and going for a relaxed trip downstream—something us ninjas could’ve used at this year’s blistering Coachella. Just as its more remote location might suggest, Northern Nights boasts a refreshing lineup leaning towards underground electronic and alternative genres. In addition to the music, there will also be various art exhibits, food, drinks, workshops and yoga classes.

With the live-electronic band, Beats Antique, headlining, the festival features a number of other TMN-favorite artists, which we’ve included below in our preview playlist—we’ll let the music do the talking! Don’t just take it from us, though, and make sure to check out some of the names you’re not yet familiar with.

If you’re up for the adventure, and feeling the lineup, make sure to head over to Northern Nights’s website to grab your tickets.

Beats Antique
Roadworthy (feat Antibalas Horns)
ODESZA
Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)
Minnesota
Float (Featuring Zion I)
Viceroy
The Life Feat. Penguin Prison
The Floozies
Love, Sex, And Fancy Things
DallasK
Alienz (Two Fresh Remix)
Giraffage
Music Sounds Better With You (Remix)
Mr. Carmack
another intrepidity, with evil needle
Lindsay Lowend
Wind Fish
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[Ambient] Komodo – Orange Ocean (Loscil Remix)

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Orange Ocean
(Loscil Remix)

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been slowly sifting through an endless sea of minutia and manure today. Whatever industry you’re in, we’re sure you have you slow, building frustrations, and those frustrations need to be addressed properly.

Rather than going on a regretful twitter rant, we suggest you calmly press play, and get lost, if only for seven minutes. Taking a crack at Brooklyn based Komodo’s tune “Orange Ocean,” Loscil has dialed up an interpretation worthy of your deepest dreamscapes. Taking a piano-centric approach to the melody, this Vancouver-based musician will easily take you out of whatever stresses have been ailing you today.

This tune is off of the upcoming Pattern and Light LP, due out July 22nd.

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[Progressive House] Gazzo feat. Y LUV-Never Touch The Ground (Original Mix)

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Gazzo Music
Gazzo feat. Y LUV-Never Touch The Ground (Original Mix)

It appears that we have been digging the Progressive House vibes yet again, ninjas, and this time we’re bringing back one of TMN’s favorite artists to get us back in the loop. Hailing from the state where people’s skin is as orange as the earth’s core, New Jersey producer, Gazzo, has been taking things to the next level with each and every track he puts out. No matter what Gazzo does, he always makes us want to shuffle, cry, and feel every ounce nostalgia with each synth, kick, and drop.

Yesterday, Gazzo released a new original track, “Never Touch the Ground” featuring Y LUV. This progressive house feeler is jam packed with uplifting synths, intricate melodies, and a vocal that’ll elevate your spirit off the ground. Gazzo and Y LUV truly put their heart and souls in this one and decided to make this one a freebie for all of you music lovers. Grab yours today and get those feelings going!

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TastyTreat – Say Yes [TMN Premiere]

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TastyTreat
Say Yes

There seems to be something extra cute in the Summer air these days to which all we want to do is stroll around town with our significant others then end the day with a little sensual lovin’. Long-time TMN favorites, TastyTreat, have been notorious for making the kind of music that will make you swoon for days on end. Not only does their music make us want to cuddle the living hell out of the biggest and fluffiest teddy bear around, but it also makes us want to rip our clothes off and do the damn thing if you know what we’re sayin’.

Today we are extremely excited to premiere their newest original track, “Say Yes”. With its future bass/R&B vibe, “Say Yes” seduces your ears, your mind, and your body to the point where you might find yourself in bed with these tasty beats. As soon as you press play, you are introduced with a flawless piano melody that intricately progresses into the ultimate bedroom anthem of the Summer. After listening to this song through and through, we realized that our productivity for the rest of the day is about to be at an all time low, however, we might just make up for that later tonight.

TastyTreat definitely made us feel some type of way with this one and they want you to, as well, so download this baby makin’ tune while it’s hot. It may not be Friday according to Rebecca Black’s standards, but just remember that no one ever said you couldn’t get down on a Tuesday. Do yourself a favor and go grab a tasty treat because we guarantee you’ll want to satisfy that sweet tooth behind closed doors.

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[NEW] Chet Faker x Goldlink – On You

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Chet Faker x GoldLink
On You

In yet another top-notch installment of Yours Truly‘s Songs from Scratch series, talented Australian vocalist/producer and oft Flume collaborator, Chet Faker,  joins forces with DMV-based emcee Goldlink for the breezy jam, “On You.” Faker provides some chilled-out, hypnotizing production adding some stellar vocals of his own before the talented Goldlink takes the mic. Always showing off his versatility, the rapidly rising artist kicks his verse off with a second chorus of sorts before speeding his delivery up into well-timed, clever rhymes. Faker ties the ending of the song together perfectly with a jazzy, soulful piano outro accompanied by a percussion breakdown. Enjoy this awesome collaboration above and hit the jump to watch the behind the scenes video to hear the track’s backstory –hint: it was inspired by a woman.

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