Hailing from possibly one of the best cities in the world, Florentine seven foot beatsmith Phonat dropped a four track EP a few weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn amazing. Seamlessly fusing countless genres, this eclectic synergy of musical expression has us pressing play over and over again.
The Never EP boasts four tunes, two originals and two subsequent remixes of the title track. First up on the EP is a 70′s inspired glitch-hop tune that gracefully highlights sinfully delicious guitar work, coupled with a raw yet smooth funk vocal sample. While “Never” as a whole has an underground hip hop feel, the melodic synth work really brings it full circle back to the dancefloor.
One of the remixes that accompanies this tune comes via UK based Asa and Sorrow, and comes in fierce with some dialed up drum work. While the attitude-rich funk vibes are still apparent, the tune is turned on its head with some razor sharp DnB basslines and meticulous drum hits.
Icarus creates a laid-back version of the aforementioned track, relying heavily on a soulful groove and some 80′s style synths. Giving “Never” a more mainstream persona, this remix maintains the original appeal while taking on a whole new look and feel.
“Phase to Face,” has a delightfully broken nature, featuring classic DnB style vocals. While one would expect a normal progression of rapid snare and hi hats, they would actually be mistaken. In a fluttering culmination of break-beat drums and wobbling bass, melodic synths draw everything together in something that’s both wildly unexpected, yet incredibly attractive.
This EP is ready and available for you to purchase. We highly recommend you do so.
Never (Asa & Sorrow Remix)
2014 is going to be a big year for my good friend Broke For Free, with an upcoming album, and many exciting collaborations in the making. It’s rumored that he’s making a Hip-Hop track with A-1 the Emcee and also working on some tracks with Takenobu, very excited to see how those turn out. “Tropicks” starts off with some funky synth work, mixed with sexy vocal splicing and and a melody that carries flawlessly throughout the whole track. This is off his upcoming album Petal that is due to drop this Spring.
Also make sure to take a listen to his other tracks off of Petal:“The Gold Lining” and “XXV”, and “Juparo”.
The low-end leaning EDM duo of Elliot Oveson and Akbar Mohabbat, better known by their stage moniker of Basscrooks purvey a hip-hop laced brand of wubby dance music, and their latest body of work, the REAL TALK EP got us moving in the right direction this morning. Totalling three tracks, “Gangsta”, “Neon Rain” and “Avalanch”, consisting of 11 carefully composed minutes in length, REAL TALK guides its listener on a bass fueled, mid-tempo odyssey while displaying the pair’s ever increasing talent and grasp on twerk-inducing rhythms. All of that increasing time being spent in their Denver studio has been showing up in their latest originals and we’ve been all over the music coming out of the Basscrooks camp in 2014. Be sure to stream the entire REAL TALK EP below, and try not to break out in a dance floor assault if you find yourself listening in class or at work. And for our friends in Colorado, don’t miss a chance to see them for free this Saturday at the epic Life In Color paint party by entering our contest here.
Avalanch Ft. Sonny Bamboo
Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding
A live rip of this glorious track hit the blogosphere a little over a year ago, and it was recorded while Skrillex and Ellie Goulding were still dating. The track was originally titled “Lovers” but naturally due to the break up the title was changed to “Because.” After hearing Skrillex play this song out live, they broke up the next week, and I felt like this was never going to see the light of day. So to say the least I’m ecstatic that Ellie just played this in her “Goodnight Valentine Mix” for Annie Mac, and hopefully it will be released soon. Cheers.
via Neighbors Hate Us
There’s never really a question of whether or not there’s good music coming out of the City of Angels. Every other day, we’re stumbling over a new artist that wins us over. While we were already very familiar with “Braindead” from alt-Soul act Jarell Perry, he’s yet another example of the swelling sea of musical talent in L.A.
Fusing together classic soulful R&B vocals, electronic synths and beats, and pop structures, Perry has paved his own lane in this genre. “Braindead” is a classic example of his unique style, offering up something that would be easily appreciated from a radio audience, or blog-reading indepedent music lovers as well.
This tune dropped about three months ago, giving us a teaser of his upcoming White EP. Fast forward a few other releases, “Black Valentine” and “Eleven,” and today we’re honored to premiere the music video for “Braindead.” This painfully emotion-rich song features visuals that are most assuredly not safe for the workplace or school. However, if you’re feeling brave on the job, take a gander at this sultry embrace between two young ladies.
The World’s largest paint party, Life In Color, touches its wings down in Denver this Friday, and we couldn’t wait to get you Ninjas in on the festivities. After a sold-out raucous shindig in Boulder last year, LIC is bringing a heavy dose of bass music to Denver with Carnage, Mt. Eden, Pegboard Nerds and Basscrooks providing all of their unique takes on dance, for what will no doubt be an insanely unforgettable evening. With the party right around the corner, it’s time to put some tickets into your hands. See you Ninjas on the floor! Entering the contest is beyond easy and instructions are below. To get into the spirit, check out “Mara” by Carnage, “Chasing” by Mt. Eden and Basscrooks’ “Gangsta” off of their forthcoming Real Talk EP which drops tomorrow below the giveaway widget.
There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 16 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You must shout “I Love The Music Ninja” upon entry.
Good luck, ninjas!
Mara (Original Mix)
Chasing feat. Phoebe Ryan
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 toSportsBettingDime.com.
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