Schul​Kid – Slow Dancing feat. Valair [TMN PREMIERE]

SchulKid Slow Dancing Artwork
Slow Dancing feat. Valair

One of the many blessings of this profession is being continually reintroduced to artists we love. While we’d love to keep tabs on every single musician that comes across our path, it’s simply not possible due to the sheer volume we’re introduced to. Today though, we’re certainly excited to once again cross paths with the elusive London producer SchulKid and Belgian vocalist Valair.

You may remember our premiere of their collaboration back in December of last year. What we came to know and love with “Wildest Promise” has come front and center with “Slow Dancing,” as we’re once again welcomed to this unique pairing.

SchulKid provides a luscious, layered backdrop for Valair in this tune. With cinematic sections of strings in the intro, upbeat drum racks, a club-friendly lead melody and bassline throughout, the vocals have the perfect accompaniment to allow them to shine. As an added bonus, they carry a perfect message for bringing the crowd’s need to dance to the forefront of their minds.

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[Denver Giveaway/Event Preview] Miami Horror w/ De Lux – 5/26 – Larimer Lounge

Miami Horror
Love Like Mine feat. Cleopold + Denver Giveaway!

It’s our favorite time again friends, as we’ve got another great show put together for the fair city of Denver. The Music Ninja, along with our friends at Souls In Action, are proud to present flag-bearing Melbourne synth-rock & dance troupe Miami Horror and L.A. rising alt-poppers De Lux next Tuesday, May 26, at one of our most cherished and intimate Mile High venues, the Larimer Lounge. Of course, we haven’t just come today to toot our own horn; as always, we wanted to get you Ninjas in on the action as well. We’ll be giving away a pair of free tickets to one lucky winner to join us early next week for what will certainly be a night featuring incredible music, an educated and lively crowd and lots of libations (unless of course you are under the legal US drinking age as this is a 16+ event).

Entering our contest is beyond simple. Just “like” both The Music Ninja & Miami Horror on Facebook, and comment on the post below with your favorite Miami Horror song (we’ve even made it easy by including their single “Love Like Mine” above)  and boom! You’re entered. For those of you who’d rather secure their spots at the show, you can punch your ticket the old fashioned way here too. Good luck Ninjas!

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Maribou State Talk their Musical Evolution and the Making of ‘Portraits’

Maribou State

UK production duo Maribou State have had a fascinating musical journey starting as a high school band who evolved into accomplished DJs and, more recently, coming full circle with their newly revealed fully live setup. Building on countless influences along the way, they have undoubtedly established a lane all their own as they prepare for the release of their debut album. It’s no accident that Maribou State have hit their stride lately–they’ve, quite literally, been building and fine-tuning for years. Recorded and engineered in a home studio that they assembled themselves, their output thus far, “Wallflower” being the most recent, balances electronic and live instrumentation blurring lines between dance and easy, trippy listening.

We had a chance to chat with Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, the long-time collaborators behind Maribou State, over the phone while they were on tour in Berlin and they went in-depth about their roots and the making of their upcoming debut, Portraits. Read it in their own words below. Portraits drops on June 2nd and can be pre-ordered here. You can also keep track of their upcoming tour dates at their website.

TMN: You guys have been on tour for a while now. How’s it going? 

Chris: Yeah, on and off. We’ve always kept the dates pretty regular. Good thing about DJing is you can go there on the weekends and play a set then come back and get in the studio. Now that the live band’s coming together and touring, it’s going to be more of a thing where we actually have to block out time. We’ve always played gigs most weekends since doing this. 

TMN: Have you unveiled the full live set in front of a crowd yet? 

Chris: We’ve only actually had two shows as a live act at the minute. One was in London and one was in Holland and we had that BBC performance. When we come back from Berlin in a few weeks, we’ve got some festival dates across Europe up until September. Then hopefully we should have a full tour come November.

TMN: So, backing up a bit, how did you first get into music? You both grow up outside of London, right?

Liam:  Yeah, we grew up in a place called Hartforshire which is about 25 minutes north of London. It’s close enough for us to get into the city but it’s really rural and excluded. I got into music, on the production side of things, when I was 16 or 17. I took music as a GSCE at school and one of the modules was to produce a piece of music. It kind of stemmed from there and I ended up doing it in college and further. 

TMN: And you both also played in bands prior to getting into production? 

Chris: Yeah, we both played in separate bands when we were like 15 in school. We eventually joined the same band that was originally full on guitar, bass and drums—there was no electronics involved in it. By the time I joined, we started using laptops and keyboards. From that up until what we’re doing now, we’ve stayed working with the same band. We moved in together and then carried on with that. We kept condensing it until it was just a laptop.

Liam: Now the band’s back!  Continue reading

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The Deep & Disco Dojo #2

Deeo & Disco Dojo

Welcome back to the Deep & Disco Dojo! In the second episode, we have a stacked playlist featuring many talents. From the US’s very own, and also no strangers to TMN, Thee Cool Cats, Dr. Fresch and Lane 8, to overseas powerhouses like Dennis Kruissen, Shaun Frank and Tough Love, these acts all set the standards high for a continuously expanding underground dance scene. Listen to this week’s features, and as always tell us what you think!

The Weeknd
Devil May Cry (Dennis Kruissen & Chris Meid Remix)
Tough Love Ft Nastaly
Work It Out
Ghost ft. Patrick Baker (Lane 8 Rework)
Chris Lake & Chris Lorenzo – Piano Hand (Original Mix)
All This Before (Dub Mix)
Thee Cool Cats & Lika Morgan
Thee Worst
Shaun Frank & Vanrip
All About (Original Mix)
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Ummet Ozcan
The Hum ( Lost Frequencies Remix )
The Beach (Les Loups Remix)
Missy Elliot
Lose Control (Julius Jetson Remix)
Blonde ft. Alex Newell
All Cried Out (NVOY Remix)
Jason Burns & Sarah Winters
Lightweight (Dr. Fresch Remix)
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[Electro/Synth-Pop] Elohim – She Talks Too Much

She Talks Too Much

When one spends a majority of their time perusing through countless press blasts, blog rolls and Soundcloud posts; those moments in which an unknown artist surfaces out of the blue with a complex and thought-out debut tune tend to be the most special. Currently stationed in Los Angeles, Elohim stirred up one of those aforementioned moments within this writer by way of her first single, “She Talks Too Much”. Comparisons have been drawn by a couple of us TMN staffers already to early Dragonette, but most importantly, Elohim carries a sound of her own. Blending luscious synth hooks over a rolling 80’s drum kit at its base, “She Talks Too Much” simultaneously wields an obviously vocal driven focal point. Elohim’s buoyant but penetrating refrain inches its way into every nook and cranny of the pop driven melody, resulting in an admirable introduction to the world. “She Talks Too Much” will see release on a 12″ vinyl A/B side, featuring backing single “Xanax” as well, via B3SCI Records, which you can pre-order here, and you can bet we’ll be on the line for more from Elohim in the near future.

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[Future] Made In Heights – Panther (Clayjay Remix)

Made In Heights - Panther (Clayjay Remix)
Made In Heights
Panther (Clayjay Remix)

Following his last remix “Deer Stared At Me”, Clayjay is back with yet another crazy track. He knew he had to give this track a change-up as soon as he heard it for the first time, and the results are stupendous. Reworking Made In Height‘s “Panther”, the talented producer infused sharp synths and a chill trap beat to further bring out the ominous vibe of the original. The drums put accent to Clayjay’s signature sound, and the strings are kept to create the constant suspense throughout the tune.

The unique sound of Clayjay continues to impress us. It’s no question that the 18-year-old producer is well on his way to become a dominant force in the future trap scene. Make sure to grab this as a free download and show some support!

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[Future House] The Magician – Together

The Magician - Together
The Magician

There’s a few things we know about The Magician: he’s Belgian, he makes good music, and he’s magical as hell. Following the success of his last original “Sunlight”, The Magician is back with another hit, this time venturing into future house territories. The smooth vocals set the scene for the heavyhitting bass synths, which provide catchy bounces to the drop that will seriously cause an adrenaline overload for all listeners. The bells that start off the tune are also there to end it, adding a surreal and mysterious vibe to the mix.

There’s literally nothing The Magician cannot do. This new track follows the sound of the future, and the Belgian absolutely crushed it. It’s safe to say he’s got more tricks up his sleeves than we could all imagine.

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