The experimental remix project of Virgin Magnetic Material, consisting of Shai Vardi from Tel Aviv, take the infectious fast-paced Little Dragon song “Ritual Union” and flip the beat for the remix. Although some may not be familiar with the group Little Dragon, listener’s should recognize the lead singer’s soft and haunting vocals from many of SBTRKT‘s singles featured on this site. Giving this already dope track a new texture and sound that appeals more to a slow-downed vibe. Slower and more ethereal, this atmospheric remix is a beautiful interpretation of the original. Be sure to check it out below.
Little Dragon Ritual Union (Virgin Magnetic Material Remix)
While trying to battle a turkey-induced food coma last week, my cousin and I blasted TNGHT‘s self-titled EP in the car as we waited for this big box retail giant to open its doors for midnight Black Friday shopping (yes, we are very into “American traditions”). It’s one of my favorite releases of the year and I remain convinced that whatever they do pleases me.
Over the holiday weekend one half of the duo, Mad Decent’s Lunice, released a hypnotic and jarring remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ track “Trouble” that literally buzzes its way into your ear canal. I am not disappointed. Download it for free below!
“Husk,” the throbbing and groovy house track from excellent UK producer Julio Bashmore, gets a set of visuals today courtesy of directors Jake Applebee and Spike Morris. If bright lights, weightlifting action and flying owls aren’t enough, stream the full 8-minute version of the song below and be sure to visit his Soundcloud page.
Prodigy was one of the most iconic international successful bands to hit the music scene in the late ’90s. With their experimental mix of trap and dance, this UK group’s sound was definitely ahead of their time. Recognizing their forward movement on music, XL is set to reissue a remastered mix of Prodigy’s ground-breaking LP The Fat of the Land. Included in this deluxe release is the Major Lazer remix to the smash single “Smack My Bitch Up”. Adding in some reggae sound bites and hints of dubstep, Major Lazer does the original justice by modernizing the sound for a new generation of EDM fans. Be sure to listen to the single below and make sure to cop the LP on December 4th.
I wish I didn’t have to sleep. I really do. It’s incredibly hard to have a full time job, pursue writing, enjoy my hobbies and find the time to discover awesome new music to write about for The Music Ninja. So I multi task. While I’m working, writing, cooking, working out, driving in the car, I take full advantage of my unlimited data plan and stream Spotify like it’s going out of style. It was during a particularly trying day at work that I came across Little People’s debut album The Mickey Mouse Operation, I instantly fell in love down tempo electro beats and thoughtful piano overlays. I promptly made a radio station and put Little People among my favorite electro bands, right next to pioneers like Dimitri from Paris and St. Germaine.
Imagine my joy when Music Ninja Sensei Claytonious (as he now refers to himself, apparently) assigned me with Little People’s newWe Are But Hunks of Wood! With zeal, I began listening, and this little album accompanied me for the next week or so, everywhere I went.
We Are But Hunks of Wood is something of a departure from Little People’s first effort The Mickey Mouse Operation as the artists relies more on soft strings for melodies in this time around, rather than the prominent piano from The Mickey Mouse Operation. “aldgate patterns” features intricately blended chimes, muted piano, and a powerful string melody. On the opposite end of the spectrum is “wonderland”, with its slightly industrial feel and female vocals, reminiscent of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album. Somewhere in between is the haunting track, “Farewell,” which opens with delicate high keyed piano that leads to an emotionally powerful and stirring string melody. In the backdrop of the entire album is the faithfully simple electro beats and simple drumming that blend songs together, knitting a tight album.
We Are But Hunks of Wood is a great effort from a great artist. Little People definitely earns a place in my preferred electro artists. This is an album that you can listen to in almost any setting: whether it be toiling away at work or on the elliptical, driving you car, entertaining friends or making a quiet meal for your partner. Enjoy this music in any setting. Good luck with your multitasking!
When searching for music to add to the playlist each week, some would say there’s a point when a track becomes too dancey to be suitable for the Chill Dojo. Well we don’t care too much for rules, and potential candidates are judged by one criteria and one only, vibes.
Why the prelude? Because we kick things off this week with a tune that will have you moving as if you were still running off the buzz from Saturday night. Montreal’s Kaytranada remixes a house classic in ‘Lady’, adding an infectious groove that is funky beyond control. If that’s all a bit too much to handle on your Sunday, then our second track will tone things down with a beautiful downtempo remix of a Seven Lions hit courtesy of Washington producer, Lindsay Lowend. It’s been a few weeks since our last dose of that smooth Shook sound, but he’s back again with a slow jazzy piece of magic that’s all a part of his usual charm. Another classic receives a modern twist with German producer Vaguesh taking on a Grammy-winning 80′s hit, ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, adding some acoustic riffage and an extra oomph to the beat. Other goodies in this playlist include some helpings of chill trap, DnB from London’s Blu Mar Ten, and deep house vibes flowing from a couple of Bit Funk mixes. Something for everyone no doubt. Peace out.
This is seizure music at it’s absolute best, Knife Party for the win. This “Rage Valley VIP” is ripped from their Mix Of The Week for MixMag that was released a few hours ago. They start off with a new euphoric melody, then a creepy sample that talks about zombies. No one had the balls to remix this track so KP went ahead and did it for us, reworking it in all the right ways. Adjusting the drops and tweaking the wobbles to allow everyone to once again fall in love with “Rage Valley”.
Also make sure to check out their entire Mix for MixMag titled, “Clever Title Like Deadmau5 Would Use Mix”. It features 19 brain scrambling tracks and you can check out the whole Tracklist, by clicking here. Cheers.