Bastille – Pompeii (Audien Remix)


Bastille’s debut studio album Bad Blood, released on March of 2004, continues to expand in its reach and grandeur. The British group has been capturing the attention of the blogosphere well before the release of Bad Blood and it is singles like Pompeii, well constructed in emotion and production that have crossed over into mainstream radio.

Their music, and in my opinion the strong and warm vocals of singer-songwriter Dan Smith have gained them nominations in several categories at the 2014 Brit Awards airing Feb. 19 including Best British Album, Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Group. For a list of all the nominations as well is their odds of taking home the award you can go

Yet as perfect as the original track may be, it has fallen victim to countless remixes, many of which we have featured on The Music Ninja. However, there is one iteration of a remixed Pompeii that caught our attentions a few weeks back that we haven’t been able to shake off. American dj/producer Audien, infused an energetic amount of kicks and electronics to make for a warm summer anthem in the middle of this cold winter. Without compromising the original structure and emphasis on the infectious vocals from Dan Smith, Audien creates a superb experience that elevates Pompeii to new heights.

The video was shared on Audien’s social media presence, which we can only estimate that a release is imminent in the next few days. Enjoy

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #72

chill dojo

Around this time of the year the blogosphere gets inundated with love-making playlists curated especially for that one day in February. There’s no point adding more of the same, so we’re going to stick to what we know best and just bring you the best chill songs discovered the week. What you choose to use them for is completely up to you.

One thing did manage to steal our hearts this week though, and that is this incredible edit of an enchanting indie original courtesy of Tennyson. The young Canadian flaunts production skills far beyond his years, injecting serious vibes and a feline persona that could easily be taken as a nod to the work of Cashmere Cat. In any case, one point of no contention is that those keys are absolutely killer, traveling express from the ears to the soul in an instant. Fans of Myst should have no hesitation pointing and clicking to play this next track. NJ producer Au5 deviates from his usual heavy style with an ambient tribute to the cult videogame series, but you don’t need to be in any way familiar to enjoy the pure tranquility flowing from your speakers here. One thing just about everyone has heard about though is Flume’s remix of ‘Hyperparadise’ and this week GANZ’s flip on the track is proving to be just as popular, building an insane amount of views and for good reason too. The original has likely been on heavy rotation in your library ever since its release, and this fresh take certainly commands the same replayability. This week also saw a free compilation released from Pilerates Records containing plenty of chill material to beef up your playlists. Electric Mantis grabbed our immediate attention with his lush composition ‘Ticking and Tocking’, which is just as beautifully hypnotic as its name suggests. Meanwhile Trill Scott Heron has done a number on another one of his tracks, saturating it with his future sounds like only he knows how. Denmark’s Galimatias continues to prove why he’s a favourite in our eyes, combining with Joppe and the lyricism of Goldlink for a hip hop experience of tomorrow. The production here is next level with an undeniable beat to match, and we sincerely hope this kind of soul food will be generously served all through 2014.

So who really cares about that one day in the year? This kind of music has us falling in love every day. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #72 zip

Angus & Julia Stone
For You (Tennyson Remix)
Hermitude x Flume
Hyperparadise (GANZ Flip)
Electric Mantis
Ticking And Tocking
Electric Mantis
Gymnopedie + POS (Beat) (Trillys dranked out edit)
Galimatias & Joppe
One Step Back Ft. GoldLink
Moves Like Ms Jackson (Outkast Cover)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication (GAMPER & DADONI Remix)
Ferdinand Weber & Fabich
London Grammar
Hey Now (Kilter Remix)
Chromeo feat. Toro Y Moi
Come Alive (The Magician Remix)
Le Sexe Faible
Wet Dreams
Sun Models ft. Madelyn Grant
Man / Woman (Genius Vision)
Ready For Your Love (Bearcubs Bootleg)
Earlier That Day...
Dont Wanna Be Your Girl (Branchez Remix)
James Vincent McMorrow
Cavalier (Minorstep remix)
Patrick Baker
New Mantra
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[Deep House] Ferdinand Weber & Fabich – Aaliyah

Ferdinand Weber & Fabich

After gaining much esteem with their recent edit of The Weeknd’s ‘Devil May Cry’, the partnership of Ferdinand Weber and Fabich returns with another polished performance set to build their profile even higher in 2014. As the title suggests, this time the pair have put to use the stunning vocals of the American songstress in a fitting tribute to her smooth style. Impeccably clean sampling and infectious bounce saturate the tropical feel of this track, and it was no doubt the intention to echo the vibes  from ‘Rock the Boat’, which they’ve done here with great success. Though through tragic circumstance the artist’s career was cut short, it’s heartening to know her voice will live on through glorious re-imaginings like the track above.

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[Gorgeous] Laurel – Crazy (Patsy Cline Cover)

Crazy (Patsy Cline Cover)

One thing we love about holidays is the influx of themed releases, covers and remixes that come out in perfect harmony with that day. Valentine’s Day has presented us with some soulful gems, including this gorgeous interpretation of the overwhelmingly classic tune “Crazy,” from country music legend Patsy Cline.

UK based indie vocalist Laurel has not only paid tribute to one of the most recognizable American classics out there, but she reinvented this 1961 gem with immaculate class and respect. The woeful sorrow is still very much present, as it is in the original, yet we’re brought into this century with a light spattering of synthesized drums, echoing piano keys, and classic movie samples.

We would be remiss to not talk about the flawlessness of Laurel’s vocals. In a cinematic swelling of haunting sentiment, Laurel has us wondering if this song had personal meaning to her, as her raw emotions are left in front of the listener, with unabashed honesty.

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[Electro Soul/Hip-Hop] Jr. Hi – Trillion Girls (Feat. Childish Gambino)

Trillion Girls
Jr. Hi
Trillion Girls ft. Childish Gambino

Like many artists to emerge through the blogosphere these days, Jr. Hi is a man shrouded in mystery, but one thing we do know about him so far is that he knows how to pick his partners well. After previously collaborating with The Weeknd on his first single “Secrets,” the Neon Gold signee reemerges with a Valentine’s Day treat alongside Childish Gambino. ”Trillion Girls” is an enigmatic, slow burning affair, that steadily builds through a sultry mixture of hazy vocals, trippy synths and pounding drums. Bino helps kick the song off with a deeply provocative verse, rapped in a hushed tone that’s reminiscent of what he heard on Because The Internet. Grab the free download above, and make sure this is a fixture in tonight’s playlist.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 91)


We’re going to go out on a limb here and say there are a fair number of you ninjas who will not be partaking in Valentine’s Day festivities. While you may be bummed that you don’t have that someone, know this. Tonight when you go out, you can safely assume every person out is single, eliminating the “Sorry, I have a boyfriend/girlfriend” response to your advances. So, pop open a cold one, throw on this playlist, and prep yourself for an evening of single appreciation!

Larrykoek & MXM
Stanton Warriors
Lorde vs. Steve James
Ribs (Steve James Remix)
Mashup Germany
Sail in Change
You Make Me (Kids At The Bar Bootleg Remix)
Charlie Darker
Summertime Bodies (Original Mix)
Viva La Vida (Kings Remix)
Smalltown DJs
See Thru feat. Lisa Lobsinger (Thugli Remix)
Damaged Suckaz
RAT Bootleg
Adventure Club
Wonder (Pegboard Nerds Remix)
Team (Elephante Remix)
The Unlikely Candidates
Follow My Feet (Elephante Remix)
Where Is My Mind (Will Brennan & The Ethnikids Remix)
Rolling Stones
Gimme Shelter (Marvel Years Remix)
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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Nightwater Girlfriend Remix [TMN PREMIERE]

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Nightwater Girlfriend Remix

Undoubtedly possessing one of our favorite band names of all time, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin also captivates us with their laid-back indie rock goodness on the regular. We posted their tune “Nightwater Girlfriend” back in June. The original boasts an easily lovable guitar riff; the kind that you could hear on the radio and say, “Oh, shit. I know this song.” Coupled with some distorted power chords and their signature understated vocals, it was a tune that we were quite fond of.

Fast forward into the next year, and this Springfield based band has dialed in an enticing indie-dance remix of “Nightwater Girlfriend.” Harnessing in on a repitious sample of the guitar strums, this tune is rife with merriment, straightaway asking for your attention on the dancefloor. Don’t hesitate. Let your feet do the talking. Get out there and show your moves.

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