In the subgenre of tropical house, producer Sam Feldt isn’t usually a name that will ring a bell to most people. This recent release of a remix collaborating with Bloombox titled “On Trees and Birds and Fire”, is a tune originally by indie folk group I Am Oak.
This remix is amazing in the sense of how well Sam Feldt manages to turn folk music into this deep house goodness. The tune starts off with these wooden drumsticks samples, then the tropical bell sounds come in to join the mix together with the vocals. They talk about trees and birds so you can call this a country/folk fusion pop song that got turned into a tropical house remix. The idea is simple but genius. It might not have the necessary tropical house elements in the song, but the lyrics and the instrumentals definitely make up for it.
We are really excited to see what Sam Feldt has to offer. Go have a listen and we promise you won’t be disappointed!
A Little Lost
Sufjan Stevens fans will be chomping at the bit do get their hands on this interpretation of “A Little Lost.” In a tribute compilation put together by The Red Hot Organization, notable artists from around the globe came together to pay tribute to American cellist, composer, singer, and musician Arthur Russell.
Master mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell comes out October 21 by way of Yep Roc, and includes works by Robyn, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphrescent, Jose Gonzalez, Devandra Banhart, and more. Today though, we’re covering just this body of work from Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens. Boasting a defined electronic bass and percussion section, the focus is on Steven’s voice, much as it was Russell’s. The beauty of both this interpretation and it’s predeceasing original are in the simplicity. With the understated nature, we’re left to get lost in the lyrics.
Obviously moved by the message, Steven’s had this to say:
I like “A Little Lost” because it’s all about kissing. I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser.
Perhaps one of the most forward thinking musicians in the world, Nick Zammuto -who made quite the name for himself as a member of one of the most influential and acclaimed indie acts from the past decade The Books- brings his progressive, lo-fi take on music, fittingly called Zammuto, to Denver at Lost Lake Lounge with a little help from your trusty friends at The Music Ninja this Friday, September 12. Coming off of their incredible LP Anchor which dropped on September 2, Zammuto’s live act is nothing short of an incredibly layered and beautiful spectacle. One which we were so excited about in fact, we wanted to extend our hand in presenting to our Denver readers for a chance at a pair of tickets. Entering the contest is a cake walk. Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 12th (day of show). If you don’ 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 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door
In anticipation of the show this Friday, stream one of our favorite cuts from Anchor, “Hegemony” below, and read our track review of “Need Some Sun” here. We’ll see you out this weekend!
Worried about the Zombie Apocalypse and/or the Robot Uprising? Yeah, you know who you are. The one who’s got their survival kit packed in the trunk of the car as you read this. Well, we don’t want to throw any more anxiety in your head, but have you ever really thought about what would happen to the world if music just died? Nothing new could be created and all musical talent disappeared? Yeah, we don’t like to think of it either. There are not enough survival kits in the entire world to prepare us for such horrors, except for maybe some Indie Dojos. We’ll just keep building up our arsenal of songs, so if there is ever such a tragic event (we don’t like to think about it, but at least we are prepared), you know where to find us. We will be more than happy to share our lifeline with you.
Fuckin Problems (A$AP Rocky Cover)
Tell It How It Is (with Ben Bishop & Dandelion)
Little Shoes Big Voice
Talking In A Vacuum
Dig It Out
As we wind down from a busy day of reviewing music, we’re switching over to the slower and dreamier variety of tunes to help us escape the endless onslaught on internet communications. Luckily for us, Irish singer/songwriter slow skies just released a deliciously dreamy tune to unwind to
“Ice Fields” beckons on associations of cold winter nights, making us call on foreshadowing of blankets, fireplaces, and spiked hot cocoa beverages. Karen Sheridan’s soul-captivating vocals remind us of a combination of Sigur Ros and Bjork, leading us down a calming, cinematic journey.
This ambient gem just dropped two days ago, and it’s surely populating everybody’s “Chill Out” playlists as we speak. If you’re not hip to it yet, you are now.
Welp, August, it’s been more than fun. Except for the sweltering degrees of weather you have been gifting us, you will be missed. Just remember to K.I.T. We’ll be seeing ya next year! And September, September you old friend, we welcome you with open arms and the first Indie Dojo to embrace the the beginning of the end of summer.
Sound Of Erasing
Oslo Parks just released their newest single, “The Night,” and it definitely brightened our day. This Brighton-based outfit has a unique take on indie house, of which they described as “layered vocals over a mixture of live and electronic instrumentation – pop writing in an alternative setting.” This latest release encapsulates that layered approach, with harmonized vocal sections carefully laid over a groovy bassline, and some heavily treated 70′s style guitars.
This is only the duo’s second track, and we’ve been nothing but impressed. Their production quality really shows that they didn’t just start making music yesterday, displaying something too impressive and mature for us to think they are new to this.
If you’re digging’ these vibes, pick up “The Night” on iTunes.