[Event Preview/Playlist] The Underground Music Showcase – 7/28 – 7/31 – Denver, CO

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It’s no secret at all that The Underground Music Showcase in beautiful Denver, CO has become a mainstay for our Mile-High Ninjas, and as we’re just a day out, we are once again gearing up for another edition of one of the U.S. festival scene’s best kept (not-so) secrets. One of the few remaining music gatherings in the fair city of Denver to eschew the typical smattering of major label festival fare, The UMS boasts a lineup of over 400+ acts strewn across various shops and bars dotting Denver’s historic South Broadway district, and we’ve been salivating like one of Pavlov’s pit-bulls in anticipation of this year’s entry.

Headlined by a number of intriguingly eclectic acts including Poliça, Thee Oh Sees, Sunflower Bean, Allah Las, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and The Bright Light Social Hour as well as some of the city’s most promising acts like Flaural, Shady Elders, déCollage, The Yawpers, Inner Oceans and Sunboy; 2016’s version of The UMS offers us yet another tastefully curated weekend of music in one of the best settings possible. We’ll be out in full force all weekend, and in anticipation of this year’s festivities, we’ve put together a playlist highlighting some of our favorite UMS artists. Get your sunscreen ready, and we’ll be seeing our Denver friends in the sun all weekend!

 

’POLIÇA – Chain My Name’
’Thee Oh Sees – Web’
’Sunflower Bean – Easier Said’
’Allah
Las – Buffalo Nickel’
’The Yawpers – Sister Mary’
’Lee Fields & The Expressions – You’re The Kind Of Girl’
’Bright Light Social Hour – Escape Velocity’
’Flaural – Mind Field’
’Inner Oceans – WILD’
’Sunboy – Oracle’
’Shady Elders – Pale Blue Dot’
’déCollage – Rise Above’
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Haux – Seaside (Turtle Rework) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Seaside (Turtle Rework)

Earlier this month, a fusion of dream-folk and calming electronica came together via a budding young artist named Haux. His debut EP, All We’ve Known, is a 6-track collection of delightfully transient, wandering, and simply encapsulating work, highlighted by positively stunning vocals. One of our favorite stand-outs, “Seaside,” recently got a proper remix treatment from the oft-mysterious Turtle.

Turtle’s Rework features a wonderfully long build up that slowly layers in elements, creating a gorgeously-crafted ambient soundscape. From fluttering synths, to deep bass hits, to the eventual incorporation of subdued percussion, each accentuates Haux’s glowing vocals with a gradual, textural, and enveloping manner. All that’s left to do is close your eyes, lie back, and get lost for a few blissful minutes.

Currently, you can pick up All We’ve Known through Akira Records on Spotify or iTunes.

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[Event Preview] Enchanted Forest – Black Oak Ranch – 7/22 – 7/24

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It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that we love to get down, let loose, and imbibe quite often. However, we also understand the importance of taking care of the temple and making sure our ninja minds stay fine-tuned and on point. With that in mind, Enchanted Forest and its healthy dosage of sweet grooves in a life-altering collective social environment is calling our name next week.

For four days, festival-goers will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime musical and cultural experience, with more than 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, PANTYRAID, Minnesota, Fanna Fi Allah, Autograf, Lila Rose, Thriftworks and more.

In addition to the lineup, Enchanted Forest is also home to what they call, “NorCal’s Sauciest Soiree,” where visitors are encouraged to “fully embody their highest and truest self.” That means inside this fairytale woodland setting are 50 workshops in yoga, dance, movement and flow arts instruction, led by globally-renowned teachers. Yoga not your jam? Maybe you’ll find something of interest at one of over 60 educational workshops and forums covering subjects around relationships and sexuality, science and spirituality, health, wellness, nutrition, and ancestral arts.

The forest is full of healing sanctuaries, foam dance floors and, of course, plenty of shade for comfy camping. Forewarning, if you’re trying to booze up, it’s maybe not the festival for you, as they have “Get saucy, not sauced” policy, which promotes a safe, alcohol-free environment. But, after marathon party sessions at festivals like EDC, Coachella, and Ultra, this could be a very welcomed break.

Before you dive into the playlist we curated for you, we also should mention that our friends over at Cadence & Cause have your chance to win two (4-Day All-Inclusive) Yogi Passes, a Saucy Spa Pass (in case you need a shower), and a $100 gift certificate for merch at the festival. Your entry will help impact a cause that really hits home to the show’s promoter’s – planting new trees in American forests – so events like this can continue to happen for a long time to come.

’Thirftworks – The Newter Shooter’
’Lynx – Picture (The Polish Ambassador Remix)’
’Wildlight – The Tide – Rain’
’pantyraid – Wanting Moves’
’Where are ü now – Ember Island cover(Minnesota remix)’
’Minnesota – Hold Up’
’Minnesota – Living Together’
’Doja Cat – So High (StéLouse Flip)’
’Owl City X Said The Sky – Fireflies (StéLouse Edit)’
’Champagne Drip – Open Your Eyes’
’Champagne Drip – Moonlight’
’Autograf – Dream.’
’Autograf – Metaphysical (ft. Janelle Kroll)’
’Autograf
Future Soup (ft. Patrick Baker)’
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 7/14 – 7/17

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Once again, 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 11pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 5:00p on Sunday.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is ONLY valid for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights this week.

See you on the dance floor.

Milo & Oatis/Henry Fong - 7/14

’Galantis – Louder, Harder, Better (Milo & Otis Remix)’
’Henry Fong & Reece Low – Slapjack (Original Mix)’
Funtcase - 7/15
’Virtual Riot & FuntCase – Borg’
Bad Boy Bill vs Richard Vission - 7/16
’DJ Deeon – Where The Hoez (Bad Boy Bill & Gettoblaster Remix)’
’Scotty Does Know – The Creator (Richard Vission Edit)’
Bruno Pronsato - 7/17
’Lies About Nights’
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 6/23 – 6/26

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As we march ahead into the summer months, 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 <strong>11 pm</strong> on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before <strong>5:00PM</strong> on Sunday.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

See you on the dance floor.

Mat Zo - 6/23

’Mat Zo – Real Life’
Must Die! - 6/24
’Flux Pavilion & Matthew Koma
Emotional (MUST DIE! Remix)’
Deux + Manfucatured Superstars - 6/25
Butch - 6/26
’Butch – BadAssAcid’
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[Alternative Pop] Tigers Are Bad For Horses – Embers

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Tigers Are Bad For Horses [Blisspop Premiere]

First things first. Tigers Are Bad For Horses is a ridiculously awesome band name. Despite what you might be picturing music-wise with this sort of name, these two craft a soulful and electric sound that pulls together the strongest traits of Tom Misch and Oh Wonder into a satisfying union.

“Embers” glides along with lush synths, pining and harmonized vocals, and a matured sense of cool that grabs your attention before you really even begin to register it. Captivating hardly begins to describe it, and Tigers Are Bad For Horses may just have a defining tune on their hands here. “Embers” simply is three and a half minutes of pleasantries that you can appreciate anywhere and everywhere. Close your eyes and enjoy.

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[Indie Electronic] Deep Dark Blue – Atoms

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Deep Dark Blue is aptly named. “Atoms” proves this without a shred of doubt. Washed over with waves of reverb, lightly harmonized vocals, and a slight Pink Floyd influence, this is the sort of song that immediately sticks with you after the first listen. It’s downright beautiful. It’s enchanting without being overzealous. You can get lost within every single crash of the drums and find yourself swept up in the current of the celestial bliss created from the very start of the song. It’s not very often we’re struck silent by a tune, but something about “Atoms’ truly is breathtaking. Give yourself some time, grab your good headphones, and mull over life with this gorgeous tune. You’ll like what you hear.

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