Brooklyn based electronic-pop auteurs Jon Sandler & Luke Moellman -better known as Great Good Fine OK -first landed themselves amongst the heaps of fine music here at TMN all the way back in 2013, and have found themselves supplying our listeners time and time again with a lush brand of heartfelt, synth-driven ditties in the years since. Outside of these Ninja confines, the duo have found themselves racking up countless moments of acclaim; from music video premieres on MTV, features in Billboard, and appearances at some of the world’s most notable festivals, GGFO have established themselves as a forceful live act blessed with the ability to fill eager rooms wherever their sound careens through a loaded set of live monitors.
Great Good Fine OK find themselves marching into 2017 armed with a new EP, III , (stream “Take It Or Leave It” & “Always” from III below) which lead vocalist/songwriter Jon Sandler noted as housing “…some of the best songs we’ve ever written…”, a hefty upcoming North American tour, and a more polished, mature aesthetic. On the heels of all that hype, we’re feeling like some rather eager beavers to be presenting their Denver stop on January 25th at the Larimer Lounge, and we wanted to get our readers equally as excited by giving away a couple pairs of tickets. 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 Great Good Fine OK song, and boom, that’s it! (We even provided a few 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 can be purchased 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 Larimer Lounge door.
Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!
Great Good Fine OK – ‘Take It Or Leave It’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘Always’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘Already Love’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘Something To Believe In Ft. St. Lucia’
Great Good Fine OK – ‘You’re The One For Me’
Bad (feat. Armani White)
Ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump-and-grind to start your Monday off. Dallas-based singer Christopher Blake teamed up with producer Caden Jester and Philly-based rapper Armani White on this sexy little tune called “Bad”. Blake’s soulful vocals and White’s crafty verse fit perfectly with the slow jam. The lustful guitar solo towards the end further adds to the the sexiness of the track, which resembles the sound of “The Hills” by The Weeknd.
The continuous collaboration between Blake and Jester really shows the versatility of their production and the different territory of sounds they are exploring into. Be sure to check these guys out if you dig “Bad”, as all of these talented individuals are on our list of artists to watch in 2017.
Easier (Electric Mantis Remix)
It’s been several months since we’ve heard any new material from Electric Mantis, but thankfully the wait is over. Since the explosion of “Flips And Flops, Drips And Drops” three years ago, he’s concocted a slew of innovative remixes, along with the massive Braincase EP, and now this fresh take on Mansionair‘s “Easier” provides the same amount of gusto and hard-hitting bass that he’s made all his own.
There’s a refined sense of sleekness throughout the tune compared to some of his previous work as it juggles the delicacy of the vocals with his signature style, and it truly feels as though Electric Mantis has found the perfect medium between power and poise on this remix. If you dig this one, absolutely check out his original tune “Daybreak” that was released on Majestic Casual a few months back. It’s always great to see a familiar face back on our SoundCloud feeds, and Electric Mantis continues to bring quality material to the table every single time.
In Time (ft. Belle Doron)
Clean and crisp are the first words that come to mind when listening to DROELOE’S latest release, “In Time.” Not only does this describe the production, but vocals from Belle Doron deserve the same adjectives to be applied. Though the lyrics remain simple they guide you through an intrinsic pairing of sounds that leave the listener to experience everything from intense emotion, climactic synth laden lines, hip-hop beats and can’t be missed bass. A beyond impressive track for DROELOE leaving us excited for more.
When we were first working on the instrumental we had an idea of how the song was going to sound, but we weren’t sure about the specific feelings we were trying to convey. Then, Bella sent us her vocals and we were absolutely blown away by her emotion and lyrics. We instantly knew that the track was going to carry a sense of ‘reminiscing of the past’ and that’s how “In Time” was born.
Even better, the track is available to stream or download, for free, here.
Electric Relaxation (T4PES X Nick AM Edit)
Remixing A Tribe Called Quest is a tall order. You’ll need to bring your best, but as it turns out, Nick AM and T4PES did exactly that. These two managed to flip a hip-hop classic into a bounce-riddled house tune that would be difficult to distinguish from a KAYTRANADA edit. It feels like a completely natural progression, doesn’t overshadow the original, and maintains the funk that ATCQ has been priding themselves on for just about three decades now. Some may be hesitant about remixing staples such as this, but there’s no need to sweat because this duo simply smashed it. Enjoy a free download, get grooving immediately, and as always, RIP Phife.
Whethan VS Oliver Tree
All You Ever Talk About
Whethan and Oliver Tree may have only put out two songs together so far, but they already are demonstrating a calculated approach to crafting insanely catchy pop music. “When I’m Down” marked a deviation from Whethan’s usual sound, and the inclusion of Oliver Tree is what really brought the entire song over the top. Their newest effort pulls back the reins on Tree’s vocals as he focuses more on a co-production role, and “All You Ever Talk About” leans more toward a full-bodied electronic tune than a pop record as a result.
Their distinct collaborative sound still shines through, so it goes without saying that this is yet another earworm from the intriguing duo. We’ve got another free download on our hands, so be sure to grab that and support these guys in any method you can. You’ll be hearing more from them in the future without a doubt.
Light (Taska Black Remix) [NEST HQ PREMIERE]
There’s no doubt that “Light” was a major hit for those who enjoy the melodic and future bass sound of San Holo and the exciting part is the track has only gained momentum as the Bitbird label continues to release the remix package. Bringing us a heavier version to the euphoric vocals while adding instruments including guitar, piano and more Taska Black, a resident Bitbird artist, has given new light (pun intended) to this airy track.
San Holo did a great job on the melody. I wanted to do something with that and make the climax as wide as it could possibly get. The blend with the opera-like voice is what makes this remix stand-out in my opinion.
Taska’s rendition adds edge to the slightly softer original making this a sharp comparison and giving those who enjoy a heavier beat a taste of what they’re looking for. Taska has surely joined our radar for artists to keep an eye on in 2017. Check out the track and stream or purchase the remix here