[Festival Review + Playlist] Photos & Songs from Treasure Island 2014, SF 10/18-19

_MG_1990As regular festival attendees, the Ninja staff has definitely learned to appreciate a well-organized event and last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be one of the best in the business. With no overlapping sets and plenty of room to dance, TIMF, even in its most well-attended year to date, felt like a paradise for festivalgoers who, with the current popularity of live music, have become accustomed to the more stressful aspects of music festivals. Treasure Island’s 2014 lineup featured masterful curation of diverse genres encouraging attendees to check out acts they might not have otherwise.

Check out a playlist of memorable songs to go along with some amazing photos of MØ, Chet Faker Outkast, Alt-J and more from Treasure Island Music Festival below. If you were in attendance last weekend, we hope this brings you back!

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Why we loved it: Electro-pop vocalist MØ has been on our radar for quite some time now. As a performer, she has an undeniable energy with a voice that translates incredibly well live. Due to an eye infection, she was rocking an eye patch during her set, which actually ended up making her look even cooler on stage. TIMF2014_4 TIMF2014_5TIMF2014_6


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Rubee Rayne – Don’t Say You Love Me (Jeff Sontag Cover Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Don't Say You Love Me (Rubee Rayne Cover)

There’s nothing more delightful than waking up to the enticing smell of coffee and the sweet, sweet voice from Jeff Sontag to lift our spirits and permeate us with perfect harmonies and elevate our souls to new heights. It has been some time since we last heard from him and his healing voice; well today is your lucky day ninjas because we have just the right frequencies from Jeff to remedy your soul like never before. This time around, Jeff decided to switch things up a bit with a vocal cover remix of Rubee Rayne’s phenomenal song, “Don’t Say You Love Me”, in which he re-works the original into a mystical, spine-tingling new wonder that will make you feel some type of way. Filled with Flume-style synths, euphoric melodies, and sexual percussive elements, Jeff transports our minds to an entirely new world for the next 6 minutes and 8 seconds. We are extremely excited to share the latest from him and his ethereal work and cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeve in the near future. “Don’t Say You Love Me” is available for free download so make sure to get this one while you can because you’ll have this one on repeat for the rest of the season. We’re guarantee his soothing voice will enchant you like never before, so press play and drift off for the rest of the day.

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The Chill Dojo #105

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Tropical house has certainly been one of the talking points of 2014, and one of the artists at the forefront of conversation has undoubtedly been Thomas Jack. It’s not hard to see why this style has garnered such popularity over the course of this year, and this laid-back version of the anthemic ‘Back Home’ embodies everything that makes it such a joy to listen to. The catchy melody is accentuated by that sweet sax, working in perfect harmony with the acoustic bed underlying the moments of bliss layered throughout. In case you missed one of the hottest tracks from last week, stop whatever you’re doing now and dive head first into this one.

Funnily enough, as much as we talk about all these summery tunes perfectly designed for beach-side vibes, it’s not often we post things coming out of Brazil, arguably one of the best destinations for exactly that backdrop. Luckily, we have this recent jam from Cesare to remedy that glaring issue, and boy does it satisfy exactly what we’ve been lacking. Infectious lyrics mixed with a funky bassline are a powerful cocktail, and will bring a slice of paradise to wherever you may be listening. We’re continent hopping once again, but still rocking a similar vibe, this time courtesy of one of our favorite Swedes in Tobtok. His signature groovy synths are again the heroes of another solid remix that will take no prisoners in its mission to get everyone up and dancing. A body-moving sound of a different kind is woven by the ever-magical KAASI. This man is an artisan of seductively deep music, and ‘Lisse’ is another reason why we just can’t get enough of every new masterpiece he produces. Close your eyes and let it wash over you like the purest of waters.

We’ll conclude the write-up by calling out another batch of amazing ‘Say My Name’ remixes to add to the impressive list so far. That’s one contest which will see no easy decision to be made, but the rewards for us listeners have been growing with every passing week. Peace out.

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MYNGA feat. Cosmo Klein 
  Back Home (Thomas Jack Remix)
Fickle Friends
For You (Cesare Remix)
Keljet x AYER
If Its Not You (Tobtok Remix)
KAASI
Lisse
Thomas Jack x MYNGA x Odesza
Back Home (AA Say My Name Bootleg)
ODESZA Ft Zyra
Say My Name (Basic Tape Remix)
ODESZA
Say My Name (Delusion Remix)
SWEATER BEATS
Rain Dance
Slumberjack
Body Cry ft. Father Dude
Mr. Carmack
dear mama
Harrison
Back Home
SolarLune
Eevee (Grimecrafts IRL Flareon Flip)
Laura Doggett
Moonshine (Authr Edition)
La+ch
Hi Life
xxanaxx
Give U The World
Kiesza
What Is Love (Tapetenwechsel Remix)
INNA
Low (Thats Nice Remix)
Jennifer Hudson Feat. R. Kelly
Its Your World (Henry Land Remix)
MyKill
These Moments
Flight Facilities
Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (HNNY REMIX)
BADBADNOTGOOD
Kaleidoscope (Kaytranadas Flip)
Melvv
Vibe
Luxas
53
Sizzlebird
Memory
Sango
Just, Hold On For a Second
Elliot Moss
Slip (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
Slow Magic
On Yr Side (Sebastian Carter Edition)

 

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[Deep/Tech-House] D4L – Laffy Taffy (Justin Jay’s Halloween Edit)

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Laffy Taffy (Justin Jay's Halloween Edit)

It’s Friday Ninja Nation, you’ve made it through another grinding work week. And since we feel like letting loose, why not express that feeling by posting another absurdly amazing underground house cut from the Dirtybird camp’s resident wunderkind, Justin Jay. Today Mr. Jay’s got us feeling all kinds of middle-school dancey with an appropriate edit of D4L’s “Laffy Taffy” to commemorate this Halloween season, and we’ve been doing our best “Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s” impression to keep up with the tune’s addictive nature. Justin Jay crafts his revision on the back of some analog sounding 808 bass and rolling drum work which kicks up into a hypnotic melody before D4L’s rudimentary lyricism -which works like gangbusters on this record- comes blasting through to create one of the young gun’s most consumable tracks yet. When pressed on the tune Justin stated: “Dirtybird’s 10-year anniversary is creeping up, which is crazy.” Justin says, “Can’t believe the label’s been doing its thing for 10-years. I wish I’d been in on it since I was 11, but I was getting down to jamz like this at the time so I can’t really complain. With Halloween coming up, this just had to happen…”. To keep up with the Halloween spirit, and to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Dirtybird Records are giving this one away on the house, so snag it here and roll out your dance moves… because it’s Friday.

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[Album Stream] Mansions On The Moon – Mansions on the Moon

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There’s no hiding the fact that we’ve become just a little bit enamored with alt-pop Casanovas Mansions on the Moon. And on that note, we’ve been waiting ever so patiently for their debut long-player like good little ninjas for just slightly over four years now. Yesterday, the So-Cal ensemble finally released their self-titled album and truthfully, some of us have been looping it for just over 24 hours straight. We’ve previously covered a handful of singles -“Radio”, “The Truth”, “Don’t Tell”, “Somewhere Else Tonight”, “Heart Of The Moment”- but our ears have obviously been a bit more glued to the cuts in which we had never previously consumed including “Take A Ride”, “Notice Me” and “All There Is”. We got lead vocalist Ted Wendler to say a few words about each of the ten tracks contained within Mansions On The Moon, and here’s what one of our favorite indie-pop crooners graced us with:

1. “Radio” was written in response to growing pressure for the band to write a breakout radio pop single.  We set out to create a poppy track that ironically spoke of the growing lack of unoriginality in radio pop music today.

2. We wrote “Don’t Tell” while we were stranded in Scranton, Pennsylvania because our northeast coast dates were cancelled due to super storm Sandy.  We set up a studio in the hotel and made lemonade out of lemons.
3. “Somewhere Else Tonight” has been with the band for a very long time.  We’ve been playing it live for two years while we not so patiently waited for the completion of our first full length album.
4. “Where You Are” started with an instrumental foundation laid down by TRAKGIRL. Ted used a TC Helicon processor to achieve the robotic sound of the vocals.  Then we went hambodian in the studio to take it to where it is now.
5.  The lyrics for “Take A Ride” were written in Missoula Montana in 2006, the instrumental was completed with Paper Diamond in Boulder Colorado and the vocals were finally recorded in a closet in Los Feliz.
6. Ted first recorded the vocals for “Notice Me” over an acoustic arrangement.  The band, along with Sunny Norway and David Ott, used the original acapellas and took the song to a completely different space.  Maybe someday we will release the original acoustic version.
7. “The Truth” was the last song we wrote for the album.  Lane was insistent that it needed to be included in the release.  After Baby Jeff laid down the P-Funk the deal was sealed.
8. “Heart Of The Moment”  was written by our bassist Jeff and inspired by a spiritual revelation. We played the track for Zee Avi while hanging out at a friend’s apartment in downtown LA. She graciously accepted our request to sing on the song.  The version appearing on the album is remixed, re-arranged and remastered from its original release.
9. On “All There Is” Ben wrote the instrumental foundation for his mom as a birthday present.  Then Ted used this to write the lyrics.  We hope to inspire people to revisit forgotten dreams and goals they had in their youth, no matter how impossible they may seem.

10. Ted wrote “Time” while house sitting in the mountain town of Roanoke Virginia.  He spent that month prolifically writing and recording while a English bulldog named Oscar snored in the  background.

And there you have it. Now that you’ve got a bit of insight into the psyche of Mansions as they wrote their first album, take just under forty minutes and listen to their worthy entry into the LP format in its entirety below.

Radio
Dont Tell
Somewhere Else Tonight
Where You Are
Take A Ride
Notice Me
The Truth
Heart Of The Moment (ft. Zee Avi)
All There Is
Time (ft. Codi Caraco)
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[TMN Exclusive Interview] A Conversation with Ásgeir at Treasure Island Music Festival

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Dýrð í dauðaþögn

At this point, it’s far from a secret that Iceland produces some of the most uniquely talented musicians in the world. Acts like Sigur Ros, Bjork and, more recently, Of Monsters and Men have solidified the international awareness of Iceland’s magical music scene. Although each artist brings something vastly different to the table, there does seem to be a sort of ethereal, mythological nature that ties them all together.

In 2012, Icelandic folktronica artist Ásgeir emerged in his home country with his debut album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, which broke the record for best-selling debut in Iceland surpassing some of his immensely successful predecessors. The ten-track project features Ásgeir’s phenomenal oft-falsetto Icelandic vocals over folky guitar and subtle electronic elements, most notably employed in the bouncy ”Leyndarmál” (later adopted in English as “King and Cross”). With his album owned by nearly 1 in 10 people in Iceland, Ásgeir took to spreading his music to a broader audience by releasing a fully English-translated version titled In the Silence earlier this year taking him around the world touring.

We had a chance to catch up with Ásgeir’s after his incredible set at this year’s Treasure Island Festival to discuss his musical background, home country and plans for the future. Give the conversation a read below and make sure to keep Ásgeir on your radar.

TMN: Tell us a bit about your first experiences with music and how you got started.

Ásgeir: I started playing guitar when I was about 6. My first guitar was a classical guitar and my parents are classically educated so I went to school pretty early playing classical guitar. Pretty soon after that, I started having an interest in writing songs. Then, I started listening to rock and grunge music. I eventually wanted to play electric guitar and started forming different bands. It pretty much started with my family who had a lot to do with encouraging me.

 TMN: What were some of the artists that you were listening to a lot growing up?

Ásgeir: I went through different periods. From 6 to 11, it was all Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Metallica and that kind of stuff. At the same time, I was playing classical guitar and I didn’t really feel connected to the instrument until I grew up more at 13 or 14. At that time, I started listening to more folk artists. I got my first acoustic guitar with steel strings and that’s where I kind of found country music. Johnny Cash was one of my favorites and an Icelandic artist Mugison. Sigur Ros was always one of my favorites as well as Sufjan Stevens and Kelly Joe Phelps.

 TMN: Icelandic artists tend to have a very distinct, unified sound. How has that played into your music and why do you think that is?

Ásgeir: A lot has to do with just the music in Iceland and what we grow up listening to, which inspires us. I grew up in the northwest side of Iceland in a really isolated small town and I was always really close to my environment as well. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that connects us and makes the music how it is. But there’s definitely an Icelandic vibe and sound that comes from our unity. I think its just how small of a nation we are, how few people live there and everything like that.
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[Electronic] MAZDE – Shifted Thoughts ft. La Mar

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The artistic musical project of genre bending German electronic producer Matthias Dierkes, Mazde, is back with a rock solid original recording, “Shifted Thoughts”. After first being featured here on TMN with a sterling remix of S O H N’s “The Wheel”, the enlightened 20 year old has come through with a promising and dynamic EP, fittingly titled Shifted Thoughts, which is the first release out on Australian tastemaker dance giants Stoney Roads’ new imprint. The title track from Mazde’s aforementioned extended play, “Shifted Thoughts” is a thinking listener’s take on an accessible glitched out two-step infused electronic record. Mazde’s newest single rides a hauntingly gorgeous vocal track from La Mar and like much of the incredible electronic music being pushed by our Aussie amigos, it’s an astutely wound soundscape dripping in texture. We’re certainly excited to see what else is coming down the pipe from Mazde as his work grows more mature and finely tuned with every passing release. Stream “Shifted Thoughts” above and check out the B-Side “Forest Of Gold” here.

 

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