Qtier – Set Me On (Edu Imbernon On Fayer Remix) [TMN EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE]

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Set Me On (Edu Imbernon On Fayer Remix)

It’s always tough when you look ahead in your calendar and see four more full days of work ahead of you. It’s time like these we need to dig deep and find some amazing music to get us through the bulk of it. Bourbon also helps, but we certainly don’t encourage that while at work.

Electronic soul outfit Qtier released the sultry “Set On Me” just last month, gaining some significant attention with music lovers all over the world. With a funky, soulful bassline layered with atmospheric elements, sexy vocals and industrial percussion, it was only natural to see some solid remixes loaded up in the queue.

Today we’re offered up Valencia based Edu Imbernon’s remix of this tune, premiered exclusively here on The Music Ninja. In this groovy interpretation, we get a glimpse at some rhythmic cymbal work that provides a dancier feel that the original. Keeping the vocals intact, Imbernon has elevated this tune in tempo while still maintaining the engaging vibe set by Qtier.

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[Event Review] Chet Faker – 6/3/14 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

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On a blustery Wednesday night in Denver, some of our Ninjas were treated to an intimate live set from one of Australia’s most revered electronic exports, Chet Faker, and the sold out crowd in attendance at the Bluebird Theater weren’t slighted in the least. An early set from NYC’s Antonio Cuna, who is much more readily recognized under his alias Sweater Beats, lit the stage wonderfully while tuning the pre-packed venue’s collective cochlear cavities for what was to come. Sweater Beats paced us with a veritable smattering of his own breezy two-step and four-four bass rhythms, leaving the perfect amount of vibe on the floor for the night’s main event while stoking what seemed to be a very well educated crowd of music minds.

When the house lights came down, and a collective pandemonium seemed to consume our congregation’s psyche, we quickly and clearly realized why a majority of the crowd left the comfort of their couches on a Wednesday night. It’s pretty safe to say that since our first collision with Nicholas Murphy back in 2011, along with the 2012 pensive soundscape that was the Thinking Textures EP, and most recently the incredible Chet Faker debut long player Built on Glass;  we’d been patiently waiting for this moment for years. Immediately, an incredibly inviting atmosphere drew most attendees’ attention center stage to Chet Faker, who tonight was playing just a one-man set rather than the live projects we’ve been seeing over the last few years involving guitar, bass and drums. No, tonight it was a stripped down MIDI controller, an intimidating Akai MPC machine which must’ve been loaded with literally thousands of samples, functioning as much of the concert’s center piece and Murphy’s haunting, melancholic yet syrupy sweet vocal chords. Not even an expensive lighting or stage rigging setup, just a simple set, one man, an army of electronics and the house lights. He toyed with his fans right off the bat, seeming to tune and shape beats out of thin air off of his gadgetry strewn table, and before we realized Chet Faker was actually cobbling together whole pieces and drum patterns from his library, “I’m Into You’” had suddenly been fully formulated and we were thrown headfirst into the hour long instrumental assemblage.

Chet Faker rolled through tried and true tunes like Flume collaborations “Drop The Game” and “Left Alone”, Thinking In Textures favorites “Cigarettes and Chocolate” and “Everything I Wanted”, and even his chart defining cover of “No Diggity”, which had the packed house doing their best Blackstreet impersonations when we were tasked with carrying its chorus; before rounding out with a heaping dose of Built On Glass selections. The effort, or lack thereof, with which Chet Faker strung highs and lows together was truly a sight to behold and by the time the encore of “Talk Is Cheap” took us home, it felt as if this quaint sea of people were very figuratively eating out of his palm.

It was another lovely night of live music for us, a truly sonic journey and a perfect way to satisfy our Chet Faker fix… for maybe another year.

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[Chill/Indie-Pop] Wolf Colony – The One

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The One

It’s always been a special treat when an act whom we had been previously unaware of completely sweeps us off of our feet. Adding themselves to that envious list of artists is NY to LA, coast spanning indie-pop duo Wolf Colony. While we were first tipped to their lush sonic landscapes and emotionally driven avant-pop sound a few months ago, we initially caught them in a lull of new material; so when lead vocalist, known simply as “Wolf” and producer Neal Sarin dropped us their latest tune, “The One”, we were a bit elated to say the least. The lead single from Wolf Colony’s debut long-player Unmasked; “The One”, plays out in defiance to the current wave of synth and indie pop. Whereas so many electronic artists today texturally clutter their sound with as many differing, and boisterous elements as will fit onto the arrangement, Wolf Colony offers their compositions  an alternately enlightened path, featuring  relatively bare arrangements dominated by a few, high-impact elements that offer a roomy, massive, yet intimate soundscape. “The One” shuffles its way to a breezy stride out of the gate, before an 80′s leaning synth kit and two-step percussive line open up a paradisiacal amount of space for Wolf’s melancholic, and deeply emotive vocal refrain to dictate a dark, graceful and positively catchy atmosphere. While just a short jaunt, Wolf Colony manages to hook its listener and leave us with nothing to do but simply set “The One” on an endless loop for the rest of the day. Let this one give you a few feels today, we sure did.

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Shoffy – Into Oblivion [TMN PREMIERE]

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Are you experiencing a general lacking of feels? Do these symptoms keep you up in the middle of the night? Do you wish you could have a life full of feel-rich experiences? If you answered yes to any of those questions, we have just the thing to cure what’s ailing you.

Coming out of the City of Angels, soulful producer/vocalist Shoffy just dropped his first song under this moniker. Previously known as Alexander Shofler, this brand new sound will be coming your way, little by little, over the next month or so. “Into Oblivion” is your first glimpse into this new project, paving the way for electronically based, RnB. Dripping with atmospheric layering, muted drums and bassline, and Shoffy’s understated vocals, we’re left swooning over this debut release.

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. via On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Take a listen and then head over to his facebook where you can pick this tune up for free.

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[Get Crunk] Gazzo and Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 104)

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I honestly can’t believe I’ve been doing this playlist for two years now. It started out of the need for good party music for my weekend festivities, which then steamrolled into showcasing a lot of amazing up and coming artists through their free bootlegs, mashups, and originals. Alongside of supporting so many talented people, I’ve also had the pleasure of providing you with not only over 1,000 free tunes, but an ample number of wicked hangovers as well.

For the second anniversary, and my final party playlist, I’ve roped in one of my regulars, Gazzo. He’s curated some of his favorite party tunes, coupled in with his latest release and an exclusive mashup. Check out what he had to say below, then get ready to dance.

Clayton’s Party Playlist has been a panty-droppin’ ultimate source for great up and coming music fo free 99. I’m super honored to be able to not only host this week’s playlist, but also call Clayton a friend of mine! He’s been a huge supporter of mine since day one and I want to take this moment to thank him and The Music Ninja for staying with Team Gazzo. <3 U!
H8RS (Tom Staar & Kryder Remix)
Waiting Up (Original Mix)
The Fray
Love Dont Die (Alexandre Remix)
Gregor Salto & Wiwek
On Your Mark (Dubsefs Festival Trap Remix)
Monstro
Rave Control pt.1
Reid Stefan feat. Matias Mora
We Are The Earthquake (Kastra & Damien Anthony Remix)
Fareoh
Daydream (Original Mix)
Zeds Dead
Hadouken
Lush & Simon
Banshee (Original Mix)
Oh Be Clever
Next To You (Elephante Remix)
Kickdrum (Ikon Remix)
Reece Low
Cannon (Original Mix)
HLM
Deep Field (Original Mix)
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
Rather Be (WasteLand Bootleg)
Tiesto, Ummet Ozcan feat. Matthew Koma
Wasted (Jacob Soul Bootleg)
Gazzo
Funky Beats (Original Mix)
BETTER OFF KNAS (Gazzo Mashup)
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[Album Stream] Yeah Boy – Can’t Get Enough EP

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We’ve been awfully proud witnessing one of our ‘Artists to Watch in 2014′, Johnny Castro and his Yeah Boy project, begin receiving the critical acclaim and fan related credit that we’ve known to be his since interviewing and premiering his “Can’t Get Enough” single back in late 2013. Now, on the heels of some very credible and groovy remixes, Yeah Boy has officially released its first EP, Can’t Get Enough. Behind the aforementioned electronically textured debut single to which the EP was named for, Yeah Boy has also included two brand new original tunes, “Tell Me” and “Take It All” which held just as high a place in our hearts and ears as “Can’t Get Enough”.

Rounding out the extended play are three remixes of “Can’t Get Enough”. The incredible Marlon Hoffstadt, who stormed every underground dance club around the globe last year with his highly infectious collaboration with Dansson, “Shake That”, joins forces with HRSSN to paint a thick bassline and a bit of funk fueled house rhythm onto the malleable track while a synthy disco edit from Chicago’s Sam Padrul and a slightly more bass leaning revision from The Geek x VRV round out the entire release with a little dancey lacquering. There’s a little something here for our electronic listeners from just about every sub-genre, so take a little spin, start your week with some intoxicating electronicism  and rinse the entire half-hour extended play below.

Cant Get Enough
Tell Me
Cant Get Enough (The Geek X VrV Remix)
Take It All
Download: Yeah Boy Cant Get Enough (Marlon Hoffstadt & HRRSN Remix)
Premiere: Yeah Boy
Cant Get Enough (Sam Padrul remix)
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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 103)

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Happy Friday, Ninjas! Once again we’re here to bring you an arsenal of party-inducing tracks that are not only free, but all released in the past week. We have a nice mix of some up and coming producers and a few more well known acts (ahem, The Glitch Mob).

With that being said, we have an important announcement to share with you regarding Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist. Next week marks our two year anniversary of this particular playlist.. That’s right. 104 playlists will have filled you with the need to dance, and we have something special planned to celebrate. That something special is a surprise guest curator, but we’re not spilling the beans just yet.

Once we get through next week’s special guest curator though, I will be gracefully bowing out of the party playlist role and passing the reigns to one of our newest ninjas, Brooke Ferguson. As you’ve come to expect with my playlists, each week will contain at least 10 of the latest party tracks out there. We know that her desire to rage hard will radiate through all of you with each and every playlist she puts out.

One last thing before I go.

#pleasedanceirresponsibly

Matt Lange
I Cant Forgive (Blood Groove & Kikis Remix)
I Got It
Nicholas (Jam Master House rework)
Space Jump Salute
Under
Lush & Simon
Banshee (Original Mix)
U Take Me Home (HELENA Mashup)
Bombs Away vs. Adrian V, Lefty
Big Booty Buffalo (Kastra Edit)
Michael Jackson
Beat It (Rio Vegas & Eran Hersh Remix)
Eminem ft. Nate Dogg
Shake That (Moët & Ledeux Remix)
TRST
Drop It Low (Original Mix)
The Glitch Mob
West Coast Rocks (2014 Mix)
ZHU
FADED(AMP LIVE REMIX)
Kicks N Licks
Lost & Found
Kennedy Jones
INTL (Original Mix)
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