[Event Preview] Take 2 Entertainment Presents: Boatylicious

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Grab the sun tan lotion and throw on your bathing suits everyone, because Boatylicious is back again this year and hotter than ever! Brought to you by Take 2 Entertainment, Boatylicious is set to depart from the docks of Long Beach, CA on July 5th at 6 PM. Celebrating its 1 year anniversary on 4th of July weekend, Boatylicious is bound to make us all wanna go bump in the night. This year’s line-up is stacked with some of the spiciest talent out there, such as: Yolanda Be Cool, Moon Boots, Sam Hiller, Kid B, Ruby SparksaRod, and The Interns. The triple-decker boat will have both an indoor and outdoor stage, which should create a more intimate vibe that’s strong enough to get everyone out on the dance floor and ready to groove the night away. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect way to celebrate your 4th of July weekend, then we might ask you to re-evaluate your idea of fun.

If you are stationed in the Los Angeles area, and want to attend a party before the party actually starts, then you’re in luck because Take 2 Entertainment is bringing back the party buses – and this time with 2! The buses will only be able to hold 54 people, so make sure to book your ticket and get groovin’ before anyone else. For more information about pick-up locations, check out Take 2 Entertainment online.

If you’re down to party with good music and people, all while cruising around the Long Beach harbor on a boat, then Boatylicious is calling you! Get your tickets today before it sells out. See you ninjas on the deck.

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Whatever You Need
Yolanda Be Cool
Cause I Like It (Original Mix)
Case Of The Ex (Ruby Sparks & Shiny Remix)
AROD & BONES
Holidaze 2013 Mix
Kid B
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The Interns
Lunch Break Vol. 7
Control Radio 065
Mixed By Sam Hiller

Check out last year’s Boatylicious adventure in this re-cap video after the jump: Continue reading

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[Chill] fwdslxsh – With You (P A T H remix)

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With You (P A T H Remix)

We know you ninjas love to chill out on “hump day”, so we present you with this beautiful remix. P A T H has been cranking out some serious heat and making his way all over the blogosphere lately. You may not believe it from his mature production quality, but P A T H is only sixteen years old. The fact that his tunes don’t really fit into a specific sub-genre really sold me on his music. His latest production is a spin on fwdslxsh’s “With You”. This remix has my body swaying uncontrollably with the panning on the percussion and chopped up vocals. The pitched vocals and water noises add a beautiful touch as well. Really looking forward to more from this prodigy after this soul piercing track. When it ends you’ll be craving for more; luckily this is a free download so you can enjoy until his next release!

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[NEW] Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine

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U.K.-based band, Alt-J, blew the music world away with their 2012 debut album, An Awesome Wave, which won England’s highly-respected Mercury Prize and led them on an extensive worldwide tour. After a long hiatus from new music and parting ways with one of their band members, they are back with the lead single from their upcoming album, This Is All Yours.

“Hunger of the Pine” continues the unique, experimental narrative expressed in their first project, but carries a slightly more solemn progression to it meant to capture feelings of longing. The slow-build proves powerful drawing the listener into Alt-J’s deeply and delightfully emotional world. If you listen closely, you may recognize an unexpected, warped vocal sample through out, which the band members identified as Miley Cyrus singing “I’m a female rebel” on her song “4×4.”

Although it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, the track definitely leaves speculation open as to the direction of their sound making it a particularly compelling glimpse. Stream above and pre-order the album, which drops on September 22nd, on iTunes to get an instant download of this first release.

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cln – Sideways EP [TMN Premiere]

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We here at TMN have come to the conclusion that the Aussie’s know a thing or two about music. Not only have they cultivated their own genre of music (ADM), but they continue to push production towards a more forward thinking level. One such artist that has caught the likes of our attention is 19-year-old Brisbane native, Callan Alexander, or as we know him, cln. After stumbling upon his SoundCloud, we instantly became drawn to his style of music and his ability to capture our attention at the drop of a beat.

Well ninjas, we are extremely happy to announce the premiere of his debut EP, Sideways. The EP contains 5 tracks in which each song tells a story in and of itself through cln’s intricate style of production. Last month he released the lead single, “Better Than”, and received an overwhelming response from people all over the world. We are stoked to have been apart of that particular mass of people to have come across this extremely talented producer and felt the dire need to share his artistry with all of you.

The Sideways EP has spoken something extremely rare to us and coming from a team of experts who have such a dellectable taste in music, there aren’t too many artists at cln’s age that have made us rethink everything about the external world around us like he has. His sound resonates the type of vibe that only the introverted mind can truly wrap their minds around and understand the story that each song tells us. Cln is approaching the classic Aussie style of production in an entirely different way when compared to the big dogs in the game like Flume, What So Not, L D R U, Kilter, Yahtzel, and many more. In all honesty, cln has the knowledge, the skills, and the emotive tie to music that sets him apart from these guys and we could not be any more excited for what he has in store for us now that his career is taking off.

So before you press play and zone out into a new dimension of thought, we suggest that you go sit outside and soak in the ray of sunshine that permeates every barrier that lie within you. Let the entirety of this EP take you on a journey towards a more elevated state of mind and feel each song in their organic form. We promise you’ll come back to reality with clarity, peace, and a rejuvenated soul to get you through the rest of the week. So as we welcome all of you music fanatics to the enchanting side of the world, just know that we wouldn’t want to introduce you to this side of the spectrum with anyone else but cln. Cheers, ninjas!

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Sideways
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What You Said
Golden Vessel
Stairwell (cln Remix)
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Broke For Free – Summer Spliffs

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Yet another amazing release from Oakland based Broke For Free. This is off of part 1 of his album “Petal” that just dropped earlier this week. It’s titled “Summer Spliffs” and delivers some vibes suitable for any occasion, whether your posted twisting up a spliff, or just trying to study for finals. This track will do the trick. Also make sure to check out some of the other tracks off the album that we selected below. Cheers.

Everything is available for FREE download.

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Summer Spliffs
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Add And
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Golden Hour
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Wash Out
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A Beautiful Life
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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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[Seductive Sonatas] StéLouse – The City Ep

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Denver based producer, StéLouse, just put out an EP on DIE HIGH Records which touches a few different vibes. “The City EP” features songs from a few genres, including post trap (as BBC referred to it for Wave Racer’s mix), jersey club and chill trap. The first track on “The City EP” is “T-Shirt” which is probably the hardest songs of this style I have ever heard! Bed squeaks on the buildup, funky slap bass, and crazy tom rolls make up this unregistered heater. The vibes on “Sixteen” are a bit sweeter. With smooth chords that will make you feel like you’re laying on a beach in Australia, this is one of our favorites on “The City EP”! My personal favorite on the EP would have to be “Joyride”. “Joyride” goes from a trap banger to an anthem Jersey club tune! On the last track, StéLouse winds things down with the title record on the EP. “The City” is the most seductive of all tracks from this EP. The brass on “The City” makes “the Sexy Sax Max” look like a joke. In it’s entirety, “The City EP” creates one of the most unique experiences you can have listening to music. Seeing as StéLouse gave this one out for free, we’re hoping we hear songs from “The City EP” when roaming festivals this year!

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