[Concert Preview/Denver-Boulder Giveaway] RÜFÜS DU SOL, Option4, and Hermitude – 10/15 – Fox Theatre

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RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL
We Left (Night Version)

Us Denver Ninjas are getting pretty dang excited for next Wednesday’s Fox Theatre show in Boulder, CO. The bill showcases one of Australia’s single most coveted musical exports, and one of TMN’s favorite acts in the entire electronic and indie landscape, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are bringing their entire live act for one of the most anticipated concerts on our agendas to round out 2014. The Aussie trio combine the spectacle of live instrumentation with a keen pop sensibility and dance undertones to hone a sound that has thrust them into international spotlight over the last few years. With singles like “Desert Night”, “Take Me”, official remixes for The Presets and most recently ZHU, as well as a pending debut long-player, Atlas; the indie-dance triumvirate have begun to bubble over into more mainstream consciousness during perhaps their richest musical stretch in the band’s short history. Further rounding out the card is another TMN favorite, Denver house maestro option4, who has become a serious mainstay here over the last year behind a jacking, soulful and unique take on house music, including his most recent debut on Fool’s Gold Records; and rounding out the evening is fellow Australians Hermitude who will undoubtedly pace the night wonderfully with their blend of instrumental, hip-hop infused electronicism.

Of course, we wouldn’t just tell you all about a show and not get our awesome readers involved. So we’re giving away a pair of tix through another contest! Entering is a breeze as usual, just “like” the TMN Facebook page and enter your e-mail below for a chance to win. There are a few rules as always, and be sure to stream “We Left” from RÜFÜS above. Winners will be notified via e-mail on Monday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Get to it!

There are a few rules, of course:
- The even is all ages (12+) so tell your friends!
- 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



 

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[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune – Small VVorld (Album)

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Atlanta has long been home to some of hip-hop’s most unique characters dating back to Outkast‘s emergence, which not only opened the doors for southern rap in the mainstream, but also gave ATL emcees confidence to be as epically strange as they are today. Over the last year we’ve seen artists from Young Thug to Raury rise to prominence and their vastly different styles are a true testament to the diversity of creative minds coming out of the area. In the midst of countless burgeoning Atlanta artists, Rome Fortune has managed to stand out carving out a multi-faceted sound all his own.

After a series of impressive releases, Fortune’s debut project premiered on Billboard yesterday and it’s a must listen for hip-hop fans looking for music that pushes the genre forward. Small VVorld has a distinct abstract feel to it as Rome Fortune delivers his laid-back vocals over a truly impressive range of instrumentals. Aside from far-out production courtesy a few of the South’s many talented beat makers, Fortune teams up with experimental, electronic producers Four Tet and Bassnectar displaying an aptitude for songwriting over dynamic production. Although the emcee features are light, his tracks with oft-collaborator OG Maco display a clear chemistry and the cut “FriendsMaybe” with iLoveMakonnen is one of the most fun, memorable moments of the project.

In some ways, Fortune’s steez on the microphone over ethereal production brings to mind the “cloud rap” popularized by Bay Area acts like Main Attrakionz, while maintaining Atlanta’s trap influences and developing a compelling narrative. The result is one of the most progressive, creative rap projects of the year that we would describe in short as cloud-trap rap. Stream the whole project, and grab the free download, below.

DOWNLOAD: Rome Fortune – Small VVorld

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The Experiment feat. OG Maco (Prod By Cubby)
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4 Seasons feat. OG Maco (Prod By Dizzle)
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Why (Prod By Pat Lukens)
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5 second RULE (Prod By SuicideYear)
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Workin Gal (Interlude) (Prod By Lava Dome)
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Workin Gal (Prod by SuicideYear)
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FriendsMaybe (Feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN) (Prod. By Money Karlo)
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No Evidence (Demo Prod By Blood Diamonds)
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Flashback (Prod By Bassnectar)
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Suit Case feat. OG Maco (Prod By honeycoma x SuicideYear)
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BONUS: One Time For (prod Four Tet)

 

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[Electronica] Summer School – Nightly News

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Nightly News

Like his moniker, LA-based producer Summer School has a summery sound we just can’t get enough of. If you’re into old school video game music with a little bit of experimental synthwave, this unique tune titled “Nightly News” might just be the one for you.

The intro starts off with this hollowed chant, then proceeds to get into this 8-bit groovy synth that sets the stage for the whole track. The catchy high synths will definitely get you pumped and leave you headbanging ’til your head falls off. The wave-like sound that supports the melodies of the song is perfectly incorporated into the fast-paced jumpy beat. It also provides this chill vibe that gets you going with whatever you’re doing.

With that said, stay tuned for Summer School’s upcoming single “Control” that’s coming out 11/7. He’s one heck of an artist to watch for.

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[Electronica] QT – Hey QT (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)

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Hey QT (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)

Blackbird Blackbird has got to be one of most unpredictable producers in the game. Coming out with a remix of this quirky tune titled “Hey QT”, the SF-based musician once again surprises us with his unbelievable talent. The tune is brushed up with a soft trap beat, and the catchy melody is sampled throughout the track for the buildup and the drop. He definitely made this track his own with these complex maneuvers, and we can definitely see this being played in his upcoming shows. Big ups to Blackbird Blackbird and all that he offers to the industry!

Be sure to check out his other stuff and grab a free download of this new remix here.

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[Experimental Electronic] Mr. Carmack – Drugs (EP)

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Spring Shit Ft. Jacuzzi

Just about anyone who surfs Soundcloud regularly is familiar with the talented Soulection producer Mr. Carmack. His unique production style is all over the place in the best way possible drawing from all spectrums of electronic sounds and beyond. Carmack releases tunes in a raw, and rare, fashion almost in a stream of conscious with informal titles that give a glimpse into his creativity and allow his fans to feel a unique connection to his musical personality.

At midnight a day ago, Carmack let loose a long-anticipated 17-track EP titled Drugs featuring many releases he had already shared on his SC stream, or during live sets, along with some brand new collaborations and remixes. Included in the project are far-out takes on hits like Future and Pharrell‘s “Move that Dope,” Major Lazer‘s “Aerosol Can” and Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan‘s “Get TF Out My Face” along with a stellar original collaboration with fellow up ‘n comer Jacuzzi. The Drugs EP highlights Carmack’s wonderfully strange quirks and makes for a high energy, often 808-backed, listen fitting for a dance part of any size. You can stream a few of our favorites above, but head over to his Bandcamp to stream the whole project and grab a copy at any price (including free) that you’d like.

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Kid Moxie – Museum Motel (Kid Moxie & The Gaslamp Killer) [TMN Premiere]

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Museum Motel (Kid Moxie & The Gaslamp Killer)

Greek-born LA-based singer Elena Charbila, who goes by the name of Kid Moxie, is coming out with a much anticipated album titled 1888. Collaborating with talented producers like Angelo Badalamenti and The Gaslamp Killer, Kid Moxie is set to take over the electronic pop genre with such diversity in her bag of tricks.

Here we have a track titled “Museum Motel”, which is one of the two collaborations The Gaslamp Killer has contributed in producing. The Los Angeles-based DJ has been a renowned producer for his unpredictable and wide range of electronic style. Providing a classical and epic approach to this song, the two musicians put together something so catchy and jaw-dropping that we just can’t get enough of. From the heavy dependence of strings, classical style drum beats and a variety of brass and woodwind instruments, the unique sound is something right off of a movie soundtrack, or something of that caliber. The riff from the flute almost resembles and reminds us of the infamous Kill Bill featured “The Lonely Shepherd”. Kid Moxie’s muffled and sustained vocals mix together perfectly with the track by giving it an ominous and mysterious feel. There is no doubt that although her vocals are not the highlights of this track, the minimalist approach of her supporting vocals totally elevate the desired effect of the distinctive sound of distinctive tune.

With that said, make sure to check out Kid Moxie and The Gaslamp Killer, and stay tuned for the upcoming 1888 album that’s coming out on 12/2. Trust me, you do not want to miss that!

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[Chill] Beshken – Right Time ft. Soraya

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Right Time (feat. Soraya)

This one will honestly have you melting away until you think you’re on a new planet. Beshken is one of the signature staples on the up-and-coming Next Wave collective and he’s making major waves with his ethereal production skills, as showcased here on “Right Time”. Enlisting the sultry vocals of Soraya, this one is sure to strike a chord in your heartstrings. If Ryan Hemsworth and Amy Winehouse had a child, it would be this song. Be on the look out for much more from this rising LA producer soon!

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