[Electronic] French Braids – Wildfire (feat. Frankmusik)

French Braids
Wildfire (feat. Frankmusik)

Let’s heat things up with “Wildfire” from French Braids and Frankmusik. The Canadian producer just dropped his first original single and it’s just as hot as you would imagine.

French Braids has released a handful of remixes in the past and even though he’s made them his own, we haven’t seen him fully shine on his own yet. Frankmusik helped take “Wildfire” to the next level, but French Braid really nailed it with this one. The electro pop sound is highly accessible to multiple crowds, giving French Braid the opportunity to make some major moves quickly. With enough time this producer will be a go-to for the more tropical, poppy side of dance music.

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mAsis – Choices/Burdens [TMN Premiere]

mAsis
Choices/Burdens

After supporting several records from the mAsis trio, we’re happy to premiere their latest single! Their original “Choices/Burdens” can be heard here in the dojo first. We couldn’t pass up sharing such a beautiful track with you as the seasons begin to change.

From the start we’re hit with a strong vocal that spearheads the song. We then move slowly into the beat, with soft tones entering the picture. Things build into a cerebral scene that you can’t help but to immerse yourself in fully. It’s a touching record that shows off the trio’s tasteful sound. Stream the track today and make sure to get a copy from digital stores.

“Percussions > Repercussion”
– mAsis

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[Electronic] Limbic Void – The Alternate Life (feat. Iben Bjørg Anton)

Limbic Void
The Alternate Life (feat. Iben Bjørg Anton)

Limbic Void of Norway has an EP coming out soon entitled The Alternate Life. The title track featuring Iben Bjørg Anton has hit the web to give us a taste of what’s to come. If the rest of the EP is anything like this song, it’s going to end up in our digital library here in the dojo.

“The Alternate Life” is a mellow electronic single that brings the darker side of pop into the mix. Limbic Void paints a potent picture with his backdrop for Iben whose performance leads the track with fervor. Together their sounds work together extraordinarily for a result that you’ll be playing over and over again. The single is currently out on iTunes but will be included in LV’s EP to come.

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 88: Ketchup Lyfe

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

Music Ninja Radio
Episode #88: Ketchup Lyfe

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Anytime I take even a week off the show it feels like I’ve got way too much music to share. This time around I started with about 5 hours and whittled it down to the ones that best fit the vibe. Per usual, the show varies pretty drastically genre-wise spotlighting new albums from Mount Kimbie, LCD Soundsystem, Alvvays, Nosaj Thing, Brockhampton & Klyne. Also featured are singles from Adam Vida, Giraffage, Qrion, Slow Magic, Courtship Ritual & more.

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[Electronic] CVBZ – Be Somebody

CVBZ
Be Somebody

CVBZ continues his push to the top with his latest single “Be Somebody” that dropped on the first of the month. With it he expands on his electronic crossover sound that has some serious potential in the greater music scene. Dance music’s being tackled, but that alone simply won’t cut it for CVBZ.

The Los Angeles creator had some fun with this one as its sound just oozes with positive emotions. As far as “vibes” go, this has got all the right things going for it. “Be Somebody” is no doubt a great Summer track, but it will certainly be a bright light for us to bask in as the seasons shift and we enter into Fall. Big things are coming for CVBZ, so stay tuned for more work from him soon. In the meantime grab a copy of “Be Somebody” from iTunes today.

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[Electronic] What So Not feat. LPX – Better

“Better” is more than just a song from What So Not and LPX. It was created to inspire, to pull people out from any dark place they might find themselves in. After listening, it certainly catalyzes a feeling of awe and motivation.

It’s not one of those inspiring tracks that tries to be overly upbeat. Instead its honest with its intent, building a complex soundscape that portrays each emotion involved. Both the dark and light are brought together in a powerful record that happens to be What So Not’s first original release in 2017. It’s nice to hear him back in action putting out great work and we hope more comes soon. For those of you who want “Better” you can get a copy from digital platforms today.

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Martin Luke Brown – Opalite [TMN PREMIERE]

In all honesty, it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed something. I’ve been in a weird spot musically, combing back through albums from my youth, unimpressed with a lot of recently released work. While I’m sure you give a proper shit about what I’ve been listening to, you should know that Martin Luke Brown broke me out of that spell.

“Opalite,” his second single on Manchester indie label LAB Records, is a slightly more pop-forward track than his last release, “Into Yellow.” However, as much as it delves into something you might catch on the radio or a commercial for a trendy brand, it still maintains a rugged, real, and intrepid personality. That’s mostly thanks in part to MLB’s gritty, yet still wonderfully, soulful voice which immidiately grabs you.

‘Opalite’ as a song began with this hypnotic little drum loop and the words just came out. I write placeholder lyrics all the time and then chip away at them until they’re complete but I pretty much stuck with what rolled on ‘Opalite’. It just felt right. It’s about finding hope in something and not wanting to let it go. Whether you find that hope in superstition or religion or love. Whatever really

Gorgeous vocals aside, there is plenty of instrumental intrigue that will have you nodding in approval. I can personally attest to this and would like to offer a wholesome thank you. MLB, you’re talents have broken this old musical curmudgeon out of gridlock. I’m now flying down the highway, jamming to “Opalite,” grinning ear-to-ear.

Make sure to check out Martin Luke Brown’s work beyond “Opalite,” as it’s simply brilliant. I’ve included “Into Yellow” below, because I just couldn’t help myself. It’s that good.

’Opalite’
’Into Yellow’

Artwork Credit: Bjorn Franklin

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