[Experimental] Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator

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Coronus, The Terminator

Flying Lotus released yet another peek into his upcoming album today with “Coronus, The Terminator.” While the tracks we’ve heard thus far seem to lean a bit more towards the darkness of his 2010 album, Cosmogramma, the latest glimpse combines those vibes with the aesthetic of his most recent project, Until the Quiet Comes. The result is ominous, yet relaxed and glimmering, making for a laid-back, albeit brief, listening experience. Give this one a spin above–You’re Dead! is out October 7th via Warp Records.

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[Chill] Henry Green – Shipwreck (Lonely Child remix)

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Shipwreck (Lonely Child remix)

If you’re anything like us, you’re slowly winding down a long and arduous day behind a computer. Even further than that, you’re probably right back in front of a computer, hunting down tunes to help you wind down.

Well, you’re in luck. Austin-based artist Lonely Child, who is a regular here on TMN, has taken a crack at Henry Green’s “Shipwreck.” The original is simplistic, raw, and emotional, featuring only an acoustic guitar and forlorn vocals. Crafting a remix out of this would be difficult, to say the least, but Bryan Ray (the man behind Lonely Child) has managed to do so, and do it well.

Expertly sampling sections of the guitars, Ray accentuates the painfully emotion-rich vibes from the original, while giving it an up-tempo facelift with pronounced percussion work. The light addition of electro-style synths add intrigue to Henry Green’s vocals, creating a wavy soundscape worthy of listening to again and again.

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[Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Cloak & Dagger Music Festival – Denver, CO – 9/20

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It seems within recent years the Mile High City of Denver, CO has been blessed with an abundance of incredible live music; especially larger scale offerings. So, when we heard our good friends at TheHundred Presents had put together one of the most eclectic and multifarious festival lineups we’d ever seen, we knew we had to get our Ninjas involved. On September 20th, The Cloak & Dagger Music Festival brings a wealth of underground dance talent, including Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, Justin Martin, Thomas Jack, Kidnap KidMartyn, Midland, Moon Boots, Gigamesh, Sango, Pomo, Homework, Golf Clap, Graff as well as a few more lesser known acts championed by TMN in the past including Need & Necessity, Keepers. and Action 52 all in the span of one day. Well with the one day mega event just one business week away from becoming a reality, we wanted to extend our hands and invite our Ninja friends in Colorado (or anyone else who wants to make the trek to Denver for that matter) to try and win a pair of free tickets. As with every one of our contests, entering is streamlined and simple for you savvy readers.  Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 19th (one day before festival). If you don’t respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

In anticipation of what seems like a lineup curated just for some of our dance-head Ninja readers, we’ve also put together a nifty little playlist featuring the artists we’re most excited to see at Cloak & Dagger to get us focused up on the long Saturday ahead. Why not let this playlist soundtrack your day, and we’ll see you soon!

With Me
Okay
Henry Krinkle
Stay (Justin Martin Rmx)
Of Monsters and Men
Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
Like You Used To
Martyn & copeland
Love Of Pleasure
Whatever You Need
Wunder Wunder
Coastline (Gigamesh Remix)
One Of My Kind (Original Mix)
This Life (Original Mix)
Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)

 

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[Hip-Hop Instrumental] Moods – Flashback

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Flashback

We hadn’t really heard from Moods‘ after his one-hit wonder “Love Is Real” was featured on Majestic Casual a while back. His record label Darker Than Wax just released a compilation called 10K to showcase their talented roster and what they’re really about.

This is a special track off the album titled “Flashback.” The hip-hop producer definitely holds it down for all the Dutch hip-hop beatmakers with this one. There’s this killer bassline that drives the whole instrumental, and Moods throws in hip-hop voice samples to make things even more interesting. The synths come in to fill the spot, resembling something from Evil Needle. This beat is so incredibly dope that you just want to bust a freestyle right on the spot.

Make sure to check out the whole compilation on their SoundCloud here.

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[Electronica] Spazzkid – Something About Us (Daft Punk cover)

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Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover)

Attempting to cover a Daft Punk classic is always risky and ballsy, but here we have Spazzkid‘s cover of “Something About Us” and he definitely killed it, keep it original and unique. The LA producer slows it down with this one, mixing tropical synths with electronic beats, and incorporating them nicely with the original vocal samples, building this awesome cover from scratch. It’s truly amazing how this cover differs from the Daft Punk classic in terms of distinctiveness and musical style. The breakdown towards the end comes in with a bang, sealing the deal with that melodic solo.

The key to a cover is to be creative and different but at the same time maintain credibility to the original, and Spazzkid manages to do just that. If you’re into instrumental electronica, go check out Spazzkid’s other stuff. They’re one of a kind and will leave you in awe.

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[Electro] Chromeo – Lost On The Way Home (Shash’U Remix)

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LOST ON THE WAY HOME feat. SOLANGE (SHASH'U PWRFNK REMIX)

Funk powerhouse Chromeo is a popular target for remixes. This time around, Montreal DJ, producer and songwriter Shash’U did a rework of their song “Lost On The Way Home.” Having similar musical style, Shash’U juices up the funk in this tune even more and certainly does his fellow homies justice. The slapping bass drives the whole tune, and when it’s mixed in with David Macklovitch and Solange‘s voices, you can’t help but get up and dance your life away.

Give this gem a listen and be sure to check out Chromeo’s new album White Women!

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[Indie Electronic] Dirty South – With You feat. FMLYBND

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Dirty South- With You ft. FMLYBND

As we enter the second day of our Blogathon, it has become apparent that the ninjas here at TMN have been doing a fantastic job at finding you the best tunes on the internet. Having only slept a total of 9 hours in 2 days, I, personally, have been digging and digging to find some presentable tunes. With my morning coffee poured and my mind a little bit sharper, it’s time to share with you the latest from Los Angeles producer, Dirty South and his STUNNING new track, “With You feat. FMLYBND”. Now, before we dive into this one, we just have to let you ninjas know that this song unexpectedly sucked us into a tornado full of emotion. It’s so refreshing to hear two artists from different genres come together and produce such soothing frequencies to create both a lyrically moving and internally pleasing end result.

dreaming with my eyes open,

I breathe in – feel the light,

soak in with you

It’s evident that Dirty South is stepping into new territories with his latest productions and “With You” is auditory proof that we have reached that important landmark in dance music where we aren’t hearing “bangers” as much, but instead are being blasted with intrinsically satisfying works of art. This is easily the best song we could think of to get you up and going for the day, so press play and soak into these delectable sound waves for the remainder of the day.

Pre-order Dirty South’s new album, With You, which is set to release later this year.

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