Saturday Selection Vol. 3

Saturday Selection

This has already been a tough year for music lovers, and April is just wrapping up. We’ve lost some major icons who were trailblazers in not only their music, but also social and cultural shifts. We’ll miss them constantly, but there’s a bright side. We’ll always have their legacies through their discography, and, even more luckily, we get new and amazing music to enjoy every day. We can at least smile about that. Let’s explore.


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Monogem – Take It Slow

Monogem holds an inherent magnetism throughout her material. “Take It Slow” certainly is one of those pop songs that will make you want to fall in love under the right circumstances, and, even with the atomospheric production swirling back and forth, her crystal clear voice cuts through with a surprising and engaging strength. Get caught up in mediocre pop music can be easy if you aren’t careful, but there’s no trace of that when it comes to Monogem. Even with only a handful of tracks currently out, she has a little something for everyone.


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Matthew Riley – YEARS

Finding the first track an artist posts on SoundCloud is always exciting, and we’re very glad to have Matthew Riley join up. “YEARS” is awash with reverb and gentle, faint synths that float together with his short verses in simple and serene harmony. He’s crafted a fine balance between ambient, pop, and electronic music that manages to provide feelings of both relaxation and reflection. Sometimes that is exactly what you need on a slow morning, and we definitely hope to hear more Matthew Riley in the near future.


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The Kount – Only Human

There’s no contest here. The Kount is a student of the groove. He might even be a teacher of it after hearing this one. If you aren’t somehow feverishly bobbing your head after 20 seconds into “Only Human,” we’re not exactly sure what to tell you. It’s instrumentals like these that stand on their own. No need for bars, verses, or choruses. There’s enough substance and space that allow the instrumentation to speak for itself in the absence of lyrics. It’s a pretty great thing to find when you need a break from constant narration. His style is constantly shifting, so check out the rest of his material when you can.


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Robokid – 23

Nothing predictable comes to mind when discussing Robokid, and that’s great. Being a co-founder of Moving Castle will have that effect on you. On this new tune, which you may recognize from the Coachella LIVE video, there is an entirely different side of Robokid put on display. Shedding his more upbeat style, he opts for a little more sullen and slow approach on “23.” There’s an air of hope matched with escapism that isn’t weighed down with too many elements. It’s wonderful for a myriad of settings, and might just be one of his best creations yet. That’s a bold statement, but “23” is a force all its own.


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Bo Rocha – Hold My Gaze

We’d like to apologize for Bo Rocha managing to fly under our radar for this long. The London native has an undeniable command of her sound as evident from “Hold My Gaze,” and, as she flips from her mighty chorus to double-time verses, she knows her power. Between songwriting and production, Bo Rocha covers it all, and her hypnotic voice complements the ebbs and flows of this sweltering song perfectly. “Hold My Gaze” is such a strong follow up to her Even Green EP from a year ago, and we absolutely hope another project is the works soon that will build upon this radiant single.


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Bayonne discusses his album, BBQ in Austin, and annoying house cats [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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When we first stumbled across Bayonne’s new album, we were absolutely mesmerized from start-to-finish. This one-man army brings the sensational ability to create an immersive listening experience, both on record and at his live shows, which is no easy feat. After being incapsulated for the better half of an hour, we decided to reach out and set up an interview with him ahead of his show at the Lost Lake in Denver, Colorado. Here’s what went down.

TMN: Hey Roger, welcome to the Mile High City. Is this your first time here?

B: I’ve played here a couple of times, back when I was doing a folk thing three years ago. I’ve been here a lot more than I’ve played here too.

TMN: You’re in the midst of a pretty lengthy tour, which included a few showcases down in Austin for SXSW. As an Austinite, what did those showcases mean to you?

B: It’s good to me because it’s when a lot of my friends and industry folks get to see me in my stomping grounds. And, I don’t have to travel. They’re bigger plays. They’re important plays. They’re comfortable plays. It’s bittersweet. It’s a lot of work and a pain in the ass, but it’s when everyone is in town.
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TMN: Also, as someone who calls Austin home, do you all have a secret celebration when SXSW is over so you can resume normal life?
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 4/21 – 4/24

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As we continue along into 2016, we’re excited to bring you more opportunities to check out our favorite club. As you probably already know, we’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over three years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 9PM on Sundays.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

See you on the dance floor.

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’Fleming & Lawrence – Beyond the Limit (Deep Mix)’
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’More Tea’
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Claude Vonstroke - 4/24
’Claude Vonstroke – Can’t Wait (Original Mix)’
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Matt Simons – Catch & Release (Alex Adair Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Anytime you have a track with massive, eye-opening stats like being #1 in the Spotify Viral Charts in 20 countries, hitting #1 on Hype Machine three separate times, and being Top 5 most Shazamed globally, you know some remixes, both official, and bootleg, are bound to follow. That’s exactly what we have here today, as up-and-coming UK producer Alex Adair offers up a first look at Matt Simons‘ 2014 international smash hit “Catch & Release.”

Maintaining all of the delightful pop sensibility from the original, Adair pays at artful homage by infusing the signature sound fans have come to appreciate through tracks like “Make Me Feel Better” and “Heaven.” The vibes are chill, the synths are tropical, and the vocal sampling is impeccable, creating a perfect addition to your warm weather playlists.

This remix follows a wildly successful interpretation from Deepend, and we’re sure it will follow right along in its footsteps, winning over the ears and hearts of the music lovers around the globe.

Pick it up for your personal collection starting tomorrow on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

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[Electronic] Imad Royal – Down For Whatever Ft. Pell (Bronze Whale Remix)

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It must have been a minute since we’ve heard anything new from Bronze Whale, but we can assure you that when they pop up in our feed, we’re listening. The guys’ latest work comes in the form of a remix of Imad Royal’s sensual track “Down For Whatever,” and it marks an interesting and pleasant deviation from the Austin duo’s normal routine.

If you’re familiar with Bronze Whale, this remix is probably going to catch you a bit off guard. As they distance themselves from their signature coalescing of future and trap-esque influence, they electrify the original with a new zest. Their production proves flawless as their unique sound surrounds and bolsters Royal’s smooth vocals, prompting listeners to zone in on both the original’s detail as well as the crisp new details of the remix.

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[Future Disco] FlyBoy – Maze (feat. Gavrielle & Jake Newton)

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FlyBoy might’ve just become another personal favorite. Following the success of his remix of French song “Est-ce que tu m’aimes”, the Italian producer shifts gears and explores a different sound with this collaboration with Gavrielle and Jake Newton. An infectious melody provided by Gavrielle’s vocals begins the track, and builds up with a casual disco beat and muffled backup vocals from Newton. The dance break comes in with some melodic synth stabs and cadences.

Whether you’re chilling beachside or cruising for a night drive, “Maze” will definitely serve its purpose and put you in a good mood. Like all of his other releases, this track is available for free download, so grab it while it’s hot and make sure to show some support!

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[Denver Giveaway/Event Preview] The Music Ninja Presents: Day Wave @ Lost Lake – 5/3

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Few acts burst out of the gates with such a far-reaching resonance like what we’ve been witness to with Oakland based troupe Day Wave, and for good reason. Cohesive and developed ensembles like Day Wave come along but once in a while in today’s highly saturated musical climate, so it’s with great excitement that we announce our next ‘The Music Ninja Presents’ concert in Denver, CO, headlined by one of the most exciting bands in any corner of the music industry. Most recently, the Jackson Philips led four-piece released their second EP Hard to Read, and after their earliest singles including “Total Zombie” and “Nothing At All”and of course the Mark Hoppus championed “Drag”, its only solidified their place near the top of countless critics’ ‘Breakout Acts of 2016’ list. On Tuesday, May 3rd at our favorite intimate venue, the Lost Lake Lounge, Day Wave bring their hazy brand of pop structured indie-rock to the Mile High City for the first time, and we’re beyond delighted to help ring them in properly with what will no doubt be a completely packed house. It seems like just yesterday we caught and interviewed Philips & Kevin Friedman’s (who is also an integral part of Day Wave’s touring band), first project Carousel, perform to about 20 people at the Walnut in Denver; so May 3rd also marks something of a sentimental show and reunion of sorts for a few of our TMN mainstays, but let’s save the nostalgia for a few weeks down the line…

Of course, it wouldn’t be a ‘TMN Presents’ night without letting our savvy readers in on the fun, so we’ll be giving away TWO pairs of tickets to this one. Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, then comment below with your favorite Day Wave song, and boom, that’s it! (We even provided five below if you need!) And of course, we want as many people as possible to come dance with us, so for our friends looking to secure their spot, advance tickets are only $12.50 and can be purchased using the ticket link here.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 16+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Lost Lake door.

Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!

’Day Wave – Stuck’
’Day Wave – Gone’
’Day Wave – Drag’
’Day Wave – Come Home Now’
’Day Wave – We Try But We Don’t Fit In’
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