[Denver Giveaway] TMN Presents: Small Black w/ Painted Palms @ Larimer Lounge – 10/31

Denver Event Giveaway
TMN Presents: Small Black @ Larimer Lounge - 10/31

We’ve been absolutely ecstatic about our next ‘TMN Presents’ show in Denver, so for Halloween we have quite the special night planned. Coming off of their latest long-player, Best Blues, on mega-tastemaking imprint Jagjaguwar, we’re thrilled to bring Brooklyn based four-piece Small Black to the Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO this Halloween. Already with an impressive list of releases including two EP’s and 3 full-lengths ranging from wistful electro-indie-pop to chillwave and lofi 80’s pop throwback, Small Black has left quite the impressive footprint in just the five years they’ve been releasing music together. This Saturday is looking to be quite the party as well, with support coming from San Francisco psychedelic synth purveyors Painted Palms, who also will be drawing from a pool of freshly minted tunes with the recent release of their second album, Horizons, on Polyvinyl Records. We’re getting our costumes in order, and ears tuned for what will no doubt be a night of tasteful debauchery in Denver.

Of course, you didn’t think we’d stop there did you? As we’re presenting this one, you know we had to get our fellow Ninjas in on the fun too, so we’re giving away not one, but TWO pairs of tickets to catch one of the best Halloween shows around. Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, then comment below with your favorite Small Black or Painted Palms song, and boom, that’s it! And of course we want as many people as possible to come celebrate our favorite holiday with us so for our friends looking to secure their spot, tickets can easily be purchased at the link here as well.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 16+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Larimer Lounge door.

Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!

Small Black
Boys Life
Small Black
No Stranger
Small Black
Back At Belles
Painted Palms
Painted Palms
Spinning Signs
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Galimatias Dishes on His Tour, Remixing Porter Robinson, and Sade [TMN RESIDENT ARTIST INTERVIEW]


As we started planning this month-long spotlight on Danish producer Galimatias, we were anxiously awaiting this portion of his Residency. Knowing that we would soon enter a selective group of very few publications who have had a chance to talk with this quickly rising star, we relished in the opportunity. The only drawback to this exclusive chat was how difficult it would soon be to narrow our questions down to a reasonable amount. In all honesty, we could have dialed up at least twenty-five, but that would have been a tremendously long read. Instead, we went with what you’ll find below.

TMN: First off, thank you so much for being a part of our Residency program. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you. You’ve just come off tour and a wildly successful EP. Did you take a moment to breathe, or have you jumped right back into the studio?

Thank you, it’s been a while since I’ve had time, so yeah, I’ve been excited to get back to making music. It was a pretty short tour run, but being the very first live shows for me and Alina both, we had a lot to learn going into it. So, it was still a big process.

TMN: Speaking of the tour, we have to imagine that you had a few “Holy shit!” moments. Was there any particular show or fan interaction that made you step back in disbelief?

Oh yeah, the first show in Santa Ana was for sure the craziest experience. It was so packed that some people couldn’t fit into the room and were standing in the hallway. The energy was so raw and positive. It’s one thing to see the numbers on the internet, but getting out there and feeling the people behind it is a whole new world. Once Alina started singing, everybody was singing along. My proudest moment was when Nas shook my hand after the show and said he was down with it. He was one of the artists I grew up listening to.

TMN Let’s touch on Urban Flora. It’s safe to say that this whole project started from a simple Soundcloud message, correct?

Back when Alina was just starting to write, which is only about 2 years ago, she was looking for instrumentals and came across a track of mine. So she wrote what would become “Drift” and sent it to me on Soundcloud. I was blown away and we started talking about music. Already then, I knew she was very different it was apparent not just in her songwriting, but also in the way she presented it. She is the most beautiful girl, but used this pitch black square as her picture across all social media and I remember asking her why. But, that’s how she connected with the right people and built a fanbase that fell in love with her art and not her face. I don’t know who would make that compromise and not just utilize everything they have. It was very intriguing to me. That’s when I knew this girl is 100% about her music. She sent me some acapellas of songs she had recorded. With two acapellas, I would make what became “Make You Feel” and “Pretty Thoughts”. This was late 2013. We released all those 3 tracks on Soundcloud. I didn’t look elsewhere for people to collaborate with after that. I was so set on us making a project together. From then we would just send back and forth ideas until we had created the 8 tracks of the EP.

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[Electronic] Branchez – Cuenta


It’s been a while since we’ve heard new material from Branchez, but the NYC-based producer still finds himself in regular rotation with anthemic remixes and inventive originals. Last night, he dropped off a freebie proving once again what sets him apart. “Cuenta” starts off with a video game-esque sample backed by insanely quick hi-hats cultivating a playful soundscape. The percussion constantly evolves making for a mind-altering experience in which you’ll notice a new complexity with every listen. Give this one a spin above and make sure to catch Branchez at one of his upcoming tour dates.

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[Future House] kiiara – Feels (Hotel Garuda Remix)

Feels (Hotel Garuda Remix)

We got way too many feels for this one… Hotel Garuda was tapped to remix their good friend Kiiara‘s biggest hit-to-date “Feels”, and it’s magical in every way. Turning the original into a club-ready tune, the wonder duo is ready to get you dancing and vibing.  A thumping house bassline and airy Flume-like synths help drive the casual vocals by Kiiara, and Hotel Garuda once again demonstrates their versatility through the numerous varying drops in the track. Wave after wave of cleverly crafted vocal samples combining with infectious melodies highlight this magnificent collaboration. If you’re looking for a tune to be obsessed over for a while, this might be it.

If you’re itching to catch these guys on the road, here’s their upcoming tour schedule so save these dates!

  • 10/30 – V Lounge | Santa Monica, CA (w/ *Les Sins*)
  • 10/31 – Heaven + Hell Halloween | San Diego, CA (w/ *Porter Robinson *&* Passion Pit)*
  • 11/20 – Regency Ballroom | San Fran, CA (w/ *Thomas Jack)*
  • 11/27 – The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA (w/ *Robin Schulz*)
  • 12/31 – Snow Globe Music Festival | Lake Tahoe, CA
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[Event Preview] Global Dance Festival Arizona – Rawhide – 11/20


There’s no doubt in anyone’s minds that we’re heavy supporters of Global Dance Festival. Originally started at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, this brand is now branching out across multiple cities and states. Next up in this quickly-growing series takes place in a location that we couldn’t be more excited about – RAWHIDE.

Nestled in Chandler, Arizona, RAWHIDE is a replica 19th century western town. By now you’ve probably realized that attendees of this festival will be fully entrenched in a wild west style party come November 20th. Needless to say, we’re already on the hunt for some wranglers, a 10-gallon hat, and a sweet flannel.

If you’d like to see Deorro, Big Gigantic, Gesaffelstein, Mija, Sweater Beats, RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, and a handful of other top-name acts playing in an old western town, you have two ways to go about doing so.

1. You can purchase tickets right here.
2. You can enter to win tickets or a VIP upgrade to your existing tickets, by contributing a few bucks over at Cadence & Cause. Each contribution will help provide children in developing countries with life-saving medications.

Party Girls ft. Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih & Cashmere Cat
BenZel Ft. Juicy J & Cashmere Cat
Weight In Gold (Sweater Beats Remix)
Cool ft. Roy English (Sweater Beats Remix)
Major Lazer
Ghastly X Mija
Crank It Ft. Lil Jon
BoUnCE (Original Mix)
KeEp IT MeLLo Feat. Omar LinX
Big Gigantic
Get On Up
Seinabo Sey
Hard Time (Big Gigantic Remix)
The Hills (RL Grime Remix)
The Weeknd
Scylla (VIP)
RL Grime
We Rambo The Bad Fuck (Deorro Hella Mix)
Deorro x MAKJ
Ante Up
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Alek Fin (featuing Robot Koch) – Lift Up [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

Lift Up (Feat Robot Koch)

It’s easy to get lost in any of Alek Fin’s gorgeous, layered, and enveloping songs, but we have a particularly strong affinity for “Lift Up.” The atmospheric hisses, the iconic, repeating guitar sample, and the rolling clicks and hi-hat hits all come together around this Thousand Oaks’ artist’s haunting vocals, creating an inescapable experience.

Today, we’re not only bringing you a listen to this tune, which also features production work from LA/Germany-based Robot Koch, but a first look at the music video as well. Imagined by Effixx, “Lift Up” received a dazzling, avant-garde visual interpretation with as much textural depth and intrigue as one would hope.

This is the first official music video for one of my tracks and it’s been a long time coming. I was really excited to work with Anthony (aka Effixx) on it. His visual translation of the music and concept was everything I hoped it would be and more.

After you watch the video premiere below, head over to iTunes and pick up the entire Án Mynda EP. You won’t be disappointed.

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[NYC Giveaway/Event Preview Playlist] BangOn!NYC Presents: Warehouse of Horrors 2015


Without a doubt, Halloween has become one of the single biggest days of the year in the U.S. music industry as far as simultaneous mega-events occurring from coast to coast. And as you may have noticed, we’re offering a number of amazing giveaways across a plethora of amazing cities. Of course, it just wouldn’t be right unless we included our friends in the greatest city in the world: New York. Known for their excellent music curation and overall visual and audio experiences (check out the amazing recap video from their last event ‘Elements’),  we’ve teamed up with our friends at BangOn!NYC to offer up a pair of tickets to this year’s ‘Warehouse of Horrors’ in East Williamsburg. This year’s Halloween event is absolutely loaded from top-to-bottom across a number of tasteful dance genres with TMN favorites including last month’s ‘Resident Artist’ Hayden James,  as well as Salva, Louis The Child, The Juan Maclean, Pumpkin, Action 52, FDVM, BOGL, and The Golden Pony. To get our blood pumping a little more, we’ve put together quite the eclectic dance playlist below featuring tunes from this year’s headliners which should have you jacking away the foreseeable week.

But, the fun doesn’t stop there either. We’re offering one lucky reader a pair of tix for the ‘Warehouse of Horrors’ and we’d love for it to be you!Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja & BangOn!NYC on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, and comment below with the artist you’re most excited to see. That’s it! And of course for our friends looking to secure their spot, tickets can easily be purchased at the link here as well.  We’ll all be using the Twitter hashtag #WarehouseOfHorrors all weekend so give us all a shout as well!

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 21+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Warehouse of Horrors Ticket Booth.

Good luck ninjas, start commenting below!

Hayden James
Something About You
Hayden James
Permission To Love
Duke Dumont
Ocean Drive (Hayden James Remix)
Louis The Child
Its Strange (Ft. K.Flay)
Broken Record (Louis The Child Remix)
RL Grime
Kingpin Ft. Big Sean (Salva Remix)
The Juan Maclean
Get Down (With My Love)
The Juan Maclean
Feel Like Movin
Twirl Me (Pumpkin Remix)
Buddha Bass
Tao (Pumpkin Remix)
FDVM feat. Josh Wantie
Brightest Light (Original Mix)
Down (Original Mix)
Missy Elliot
Lose Control (Action 52 Remix)
The Golden Pony
Die Inside Your Dance feat. Savoir Adore
The Chainsmokers
Let You Go (The Golden Pony Remix)
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