[Indie] Ofelia K – Gone

Ofelia K

It seems like it’s been ages since we first came across the incapacitating and hauntingly beautiful voice of Ms. Ofelia K. In reality, though, it’s only been a handful of months since we fell head-over-heels with “White T-Shirt.” Like a pleasant, unexpected text from a long time friend, this impressive indie chanteuse has come back into our lives, and we’re pretty damn thrilled about it.

“Gone” draws listeners in with a slow, calming, piano-driven build, which eventually leads us to those softly-sung vocals we’re so easily enamored with. Coupled with a reverberating beat, playful synths, and subdued percussion, “Gone” will quickly have you lost deep inside your own mind, and blissfully so.

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[Mini-Mix] PatrickReza – W(≈)MPS FOR WATER

PatrickReza: W(≈)MPS FOR WATER

We’ve had the pleasure of watching PatrickReza evolve over the years, continually relishing in his inventive tunes, regardless of genre. Now, we get to see the next step in his evolution, as he turns his attention onto providing clean water for people in Kenya, Uganda, India and Haiti.

Fans of Reza won’t want to miss the opportunity to win a pair of his signed SOL REPUBLIC headphones. On top of the chance to pick up this legendary piece of memorabilia, each entry will buy water filters which can provide a person with clean water for a year. Think about it this way – if you contribute the minimum ($2), you’ll provide 40,000 gallons of clean water to those in need. Pretty insane, right?

To highlight his recent campaign with our buddies over at Cadence & Cause, Mr. Reza has dialed up an absolutely filthy mix, which includes a few unreleased tunes, as well as some of his favorites at the moment. If you’re really feeling it, you can get it for free by entering to win his headphones. That’s also the only way you can figure out what the tracklist is too.

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The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face (Truancy Cover) ft. Ian Everson [TMN PREMIERE]

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Cant Feel My Face Ft. Ian Everson

It won’t be long before Minneapolitans, St. Paulites, and the rest of Minnesotans find an all too familiar second meaning to the line “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Whether or not this stellar remix from Twin City-based producer/DJ had that in mind when he stepped into the studio will remain unknown. What we do know is this – this remix/cover, which was dialed up by Truancy and vocalist Ian Everson, will certainly heat up the dance floor for the coming months, providing not only Minnesota, but the rest of the country with a vehicle to warm themselves up while cutting some rug.

In a city where bass and big drops reign supreme, this up-and-coming producer is being hailed as somewhat of a hometown hero, serving up those who want to populate the early morning windowless warehouses. One listen through this artful house interpretation should have you feeling the movement he’s currently spearheading, by means of a driving kick, funky bassline, enveloping melodies, and those sultry vocals.

As he’s done in his own scene, Truancy (with the help of Ian Anderson) separates himself from the pack of other producers across the globe who took on this wildly popular song. To top it off, this remix is a prelude to something bigger than himself, which will be coming out next week via the charitable music platform, Cadence & Cause.

We suggest you stay tuned and find out what exactly that will be.

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[Deep House] Chordashian ft. Beth Aggett – All I Need

Chordashian - All I Need
All I Need feat. Beth Aggett

We might’ve just found your next favorite house tune. Brooklyn-based duo Chordashian just teamed up with vocalist Beth Aggett from London for this stellar hit “All I Need”.

Beth’s infectious vocals are definitely the highlight of the track. Harmonizing with her own melodies, her powerful vocals soar throughout the entire song. The melodic piano chord progression drives the tune really well and further brings out the emotional aspect of the track. The deep bassline fits right in as well, leaving you dancing and singing along at the same time. What really impressed us is the level of production in this track, as it’s one of the first ever deep house tunes put out by the duo. They’ve once again shown us the limitless diversity in their music.

Out via Thrive Music, this tune is bound to be a massive hit. Make sure to support these guys if you dig the track!

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[Giveaway] Mad Decent Block Party – Chicago 9/26


Chicagoans! Mad Decent Block Party is coming to town this Saturday and we’re giving you a chance to snag a free pair of tickets before the weekend! With a lineup that includes Major Lazer, Grandtheft, Martin Solveig, Klingande, Party Favor, Thomas Jack, Towkio and UZ, you will not want to miss out. Here’s how to enter. All you need to do is submit your email address below along with your first and last name. It’s as simple as that. Entrants must be 18 and over to enter. Winners will be notified by email with instructions on how to obtain their tickets. Please remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to the event in order to redeem your prize.

If you would like to find out more info about Mad Decent Block Party or purchase tickets yourself, make sure to head over to the official event page and follow React Presents on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud to keep up with all the latest news and announcements.

Mad Decent Block Party in Chicago

Grandtheft & Sleepy Tom
Hold On
Klingande Feat. Broken Back
RIVA (Restart the game) Original Mix
Major Lazer
Lost feat. MØ (Frank Ocean cover)
Martin Solveig & GTA
Party Favor
Booty Loose (feat. Fly Boi Keno)
Thomas Jack
Heaven Only Knows (Ft. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)
Only A Girl (UZ Remix)
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[Indie-Pop] Death In The Afternoon – We Don’t Have To Go Out Tonight [TMN Premiere]

Death In The Afternoon
We Don't Have To Go Out Tonight

Death in the Afternoon, who are earnestly named after an Ernest Hemingway novel, is a Swedish joint collaboration dabbling in the highly addictive combination of 80’s washed synth-pop, indie and shoegaze. Already displaying a tasteful pop maturity beyond what their modest 7 track catalog would suggest, we got our hands on DITA’s latest single “We Don’t Have To Go Out Tonight” before anyone else and it weaves wonderfully within their stylish sonic design. Much like its predecessors, the third single off of their impending self-titled LP, which is due out October 30th on Summer Heart’s Sommarhjärta label, remains airy, dreamy, craftily arranged, filled with stunning vocal play form the pair and all the while sporting enough hooky melody to have us swooning for the rest of the week. Furthering everything along, “We Don’t Have To Go Out Tonight”‘s layers of interloping male and female vocals compliment each other superbly by creating a soft yet powerful veil over the complete composition. Just beautiful stuff, really.

Clearly, the duo simply known as Christian & Linda have synced their artistic measures perfectly and landed as one of our favorite burgeoning indies to emerge on our radar this year. Stream Death In The Afternoon’s latest single “We Don’t Have To Go Out Tonight” above in the form of a shiny new ‘TMN Premiere’, and be on the lookout for the pair’s debut LP soon.

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Crywolf – The Making Of Cataclasm, Episode 1: Lásabrjótur [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]


Cat”a*clasm\ n. A breaking asunder; a violent disruption.

The creative process is a fickle beast. There are countless factors that can adversely affect you – from work, to romance, to the very environment that surrounds you. We certainly understand these trials and tribulations, to a degree, even though what we’re doing is on a much simpler level than creating music.

Crywolf recently experienced a collective of aforementioned factors, which lead him to do something completely outside the box. Yes, plenty of artists, whether they be writers, painters, or musicians, have gone to a secluded spot, far away from society, to draw some inspiration. Few have chosen to fly halfway across the globe to obtain said inspiration. The end result for Crywolf is a body of work known as Cataclasm, which was written in a village in Iceland.


At the beginning of this year, I started feeling super discontent with where I was musically and creatively in general. I felt stifled from being so deep in the music industry – felt so much pressure to be so many things I wasn’t. I decided to get away for a month and a half to a cabin in the remote Icelandic village of Bildudalur, population 65, to intensively write and record the skeleton for my debut album. What I returned with was more than I could have dreamed of, and I am ridiculously proud of it.

Fans of Crywolf will once again find themselves pleasantly lost in the vast soundscapes, and that gorgeous vocal tone that they’ve come to love and appreciate over the years. Those who haven’t crossed paths with this brilliant, young musician, will have their eyes and ears perk up at the hauntingly beautiful collection of songs.

To highlight this life and art-changing experience, Crywolf has put together a mini documentary series, which kicks off here, today, on The Music Ninja. The song featured in the video is “Rising, Rising,” which will be found on this upcoming LP.

I wanted you guys to be able to follow me on this journey, to be able to see everything that went into this album; the trip to get there, the process of sourcing equipment, the isolation, the moments of inspiration, everything. One chapter of the series will be released with each of the singles from the album, each one named after a different Icelandic stave, which were symbols used in 17th century Iceland thought to have magical powers.

The first episode, Lásabrjótur (Lock-breaker), represents breaking free of the norms and standards that I am used to in my music. It documents the process of getting to Iceland, sourcing equipment, and trying not to freeze to death.

Photo credits: Elise Mackay

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