If you downloaded Acid Rap last week, you may recognize this collaboration from NosajThing and ChanceTheRapper. Hidden as a secret track on the mixtape (right after “Pusha Man“), “Paranoia” is just the latest contribution to the “Songs From Scratch” series made possible by YoursTruly and Adidas Originals. Like previous editions of the series, this pairing may seem odd at first, but as soon as you press play you understand the genius behind the choice. Chance sounds right at home as he flows over the ambient, slinky bankdrop, describing his reasons for being paranoid in Chicago. If you appreciate this new tune from Chance and Nosaj, take a look at some behind the scenes footage below to understand how the song came about.
Australian duo Empire of the Sun astounded us with their comeback single, “Alive,” when it dropped last month. Now, they’ve commissioned TMN favorite, Zedd, for a brand new remix. It has all the typical ingredients of a guaranteed Zedd banger: a buzzing build up, a cascading bridge, and finally a boisterous, captivating drop. Although it’s just a preview, this might be the best two and a half minutes of music you hear all day. Make sure to look out for the full version when it drops on May 21st. Also, don’t forget to purchase Empire of the Sun’s sophomore effort, Ice on the Dune, when it hits our shores on June 18th.
The second taste from Swedish indie-pop group Club 8‘s forthcoming album Above the City, “I’m Not Gonna Grow Old” sees them move away from the darker, italo-disco sounds of previous single “Stop Taking My Time” and more towards straight 70′s disco meets 80′s synth-pop. Lead singer Karolina Komstedt’s delicate, but dignified vocals soar sky-high above Johan Angergård’s focused production, and why shouldn’t they? Throughout the past decade the duo has proven a mastery of a multitude of pop sub-genres and “I’m Not Gonna Grow Old” is no different. Above the City is due out May 21 through one of Sweden’s most reliable indie-pop labels Labrador Records, and as a Ninja hook-up you can pre-order the release here. Just try not to release your inner late 80′s Madonna while grooving to this one if you’re in public… or do because we love that kind of thing.
Oh shit, Ninjas! It’s time for another Music Ninja party in Denver. This time around we’ve teamed up with local music video magicians Blurred Pictures to throw a day party. You read that right. It’s about time we have a legit day party to kick off summer with.
May 19th we’re invading Norad Dance Bar for Sunday Therapy. We have a stellar day planned out with music and drink specials. Local pickle purveyors, The Real Dill, are providing a custom bloody mary bar with their Habanero Horseradish dills and their bloody mary mix. Alongside of that will be the Drink Dice girls handing out free Drink Dice. If you’re not familiar with this product, you will be after this post. Drink Dice is a Denver based company that makes alcoholic otter pops. Yeah, that exists, and it’s awesome.
Aside from specialties of the alcoholic variety, you can also expect some amazing beats. We have an array of local DJs leading up to our headliner. Arther Schmidt aka BasicPerspective (Anjunabeats, Armada) is up first, new comer Pawnee will follow, then Electro Bliss. Jontron (Black Hole) will jump on next to lead into one of our favorite DJ/Producers, PatrickReza. Patrick is making the voyage from LA to grace Norad’s decks. Just a side note, this is Patrick’s first show in Denver!
Tickets will be $5 for girls, $8 for guys. It is a summer themed party, so summer attire is welcome. So throw on your board shorts or your bikini top and head down. It’s going to be one hell of a party. And sorry kiddos, this event is 21+.
From Russia with love.
It is not everyday we get a piece of music that intrigues us and the artist just happens to be from Moscow. But that is what has happened with “Confessions of a Sleepwalker” by Anvil Smith. He is a newer artist on the scene who has been obsessed with funk/electronic music for most of his life. Smith doesn’t have much musical background and started teaching himself on a barely functioning computer but what has come from this producers dream is something captivating. This album is one for those lazy spring days, chill and relaxed. In all honesty, he sounds a lot like Pretty Lights with his funk and electric mixes, grabbing vocals from different eras and adding in just the right touch of beats. He’s getting there and for a first album we give him some big credit. With a bit more time and exposure, we have no doubt Smith will be rocking with some great artists.
I love when our Resident Artist for the month sends me an email saying: Hey, I’ve got a new song I want you guys to preview. That is one thing we will never say no to and, he is giving is as a free download to all of his fans. PatrickReza is our highly skilled artist this month and my ears got to hear his song first and I have got to say, highly impressive. The song, “Vitals”, reminds me of just that. I picture a person lying on the floor and another person hovering over them, checking to see if their vital signs are working properly. Are they breathing? Is their heart beating? The song begins with a slow piano melody, intriguing us listeners to check our own vitals. Then at :55, Reza puts in his first drop. No it is not the typical huge drop but this is something I admire with Reza, he picks the right beats, electronic sounds and drops with each of his pieces. He knows what is enough and what would overwhelm the song and we love that he is dipping into making PR original works. The song continues with some electronic bliss and carries until the end where the piano fades away leaving us listeners with just our breathing and our hearts beating.
UPDATE #2: Spinnin’ Records has done all of this for a reason, even if this track is Martin Garixx, we’re going to title the track ID – Animals (Original Mix) until the full release.
UPDATE: Originally we thought it was Hardwell & GTA but that was proven incorrect. Now Martin Garixx has said via Twitter that is it his track. Sorry for the confusion.
Spinnin Records posted a teaser of this massive track. Now we have the Original Mix of this massive anthem titled, “Animals”. It features some booming synths and massive big room drops, for arguably one of the biggest tracks of the year. It’s safe to say this track will be supported by the biggest names in the game. Cheers.