Rarely does the concept of pairing musically polar opposites pan out as both artists had intended, but the instrumental fraternization between electronic producer Max Cooper and classical composer Tom Hodge has resulted in a beautifully unique grouping of tracks. The first half of their joint effort, entitled the Fragmented Self pt. 1 EP is forward thinking music to say the least, beginning with the title track, which combines Hodge’s contemporary orchestrations with Max Cooper’s glitchy and confrontational cut up samples of the very same movements. At first listen “Fragmented Self” may come off as a bit rough, but when truly dissected is some of the more ambitious and exploratory music crafted within the last few years. Following up is ”Von Der Klippe Fallen”, which again couples tech heavy warehouse elements with classical piano and a scooting bassline; while ending tune “Quantet” (also available as a free download) plays as the most melodic of the bunch, employing a dreamy synth charge behind a wall of refined strings. If your palate for music functions as the type which needs to be pushed and challenged, Fragmented Self pt. 1 should absolutely be worthy of a few jog-throughs. Stream Max Cooper & Tom Hodge’s first collaborative EP in its entirety below.
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“Parallel Jalebi” has to be the most brilliantly titled track of the year. For those of you unfamiliar with what jalebi is, it’s basically a dish made of fried batter that’s coiled together and soaked in a sugary syrup, generally found in India and certain surrounding countries. That contradiction in the name alone though isn’t what makes the title so clever. If you take a look at the waveform of the track on SoundCloud, you’ll be able to see that the “strands” of the beat basically look like straightened pieces of jalebi (especially since jalebi is orange). That amount of complexity in such a simple song makes it all the sweeter to listen to.
Remain on the lookout for Four Tet‘s upcoming album, Beautiful Rewind, set to drop on his label, Text, sometime this year.
Earth, Wind & Fire (Matthew Postrel Remix)
Today, we’ve got a jukey little house tune to perk up those dreadful Tuesdays. At this point in time not much is known about Miami’s 19 year-old Matthew Postrel, and thus far his remix of Earth, Wind & Fire’s timeless track “September” remains only the young producer’s second release through Soundcloud. Matthew Postrel crafts a beat employing the filtered E,W & F samples in perfect form, creating a dancefloor melody that feels like the original, but adds a layer of glittery dance and somewhat of a dubby drum-kick. All of these elements combined had the words “glitch-house” floating inside of my cerebrum, which was the first time these genres have been fused so seamlessly; at least in my tenure inside of the music industry. We expect to see a number of electro-house DJ’s play this one out this Summer and thought the rest of the Ninja community should be privy to this free download. Look for more from Matthew Postrel in the near future as he continues to perfect his sound.
BRING THE NOIZE
M.I.A. returns to the scene the only way she knows how, with a brash, blaring in-your-face new single, “Bring The Noize.” Paying tribute to the Public Enemy classic, Maya told Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 that the single is “coming out at a time where I think in America it’s kinda cool to hear something like this,” likely referencing the recent debacles involving the NSA and Edward Snowden. There’s no word on when M.I.A.’s fourth studio album, Matangi, will finally come out, but it’s pretty clear that she’s getting frustrated with the entire process right now, “It’s just one of those things where I’ve given up at this point. I was literally going to start putting out records from my bedroom. This was my last stab at it– I’m going to hand it in and wait for it to go out the way albums go out. If I didn’t get it out right now, I would’ve definitely exploded.” She also went on to mention that the album had been rejected for being “too positive,” whatever that means. Either way, we hope we get a chance to hear the album in its final form, through whichever delivery method she finally settles on.
Crickets (EELEYE Remix)
London based producer, EELEYE, an artist for whom we have something of a musical crush on, just sent us his latest track. An atmospheric take on freshly minted hip-hop triumvirate Drop City Yacht Club‘s first single “Crickets”, the beat maestro has our collective attention once again. R&B vocalist du-jour Jeremih – who has been increasingly omnipresent in the electronic scene on the back of recent collaborative live sets performed with Shlohmo – lends his harmonious coo to the track perfectly, and EELEYE has taken wise advantage of it by stripping down the original’s most boisterous points and placing those vocals in the driver’s seat. EELEYE’s remix feels like an errant Summer wind has been blown through every piece of instrumentation on the original, while an added drum kick only supports the airy vibe. This particular track must have looped on our in-house monitors twenty times before we temporarily let down our Ninja-Guard to share it with such a wise and faithful community. Check out EELEYE’s remix of “Crickets” above, watch the official music video for “Crickets” below and as always, let us know how we did.
TYR is no stranger to the task of remixing one of the greats, Moby. He’s already remixed “Honey”, “Flower”, and gained support from Moby on both. This time TYR tackles one of the most iconic tracks in Moby’s arsenal, “Natural Blues”. The approach on this remix is perfect because he enhances all the right parts of the original while still maintaing the natural flow of the song. Put it on repeat and enjoy, cheers.
Make sure if you’re in the Colorado area to check out TYR and Anvil Smith on June 8th at Summit Music Hall.
Natural Blues (TYR Remix)
As the calendar turns over, so do our sights for upcoming events in 2013. The experiences, shows, live performances, breathtaking nights and jaw dropping moments have passed, and a new set is just on the horizon. With the release of Coachella’s line up, we couldn’t help but get overwhelmingly excited. Postal Service? Sigur Ros? Baauer? Dillon Francis? There’s honestly just too many artists to name at this point.
We booked our flights. We booked our house. Our cameras are packed, and our Music Ninja shirts are laundered, pressed and ready for full on desert festival action. Yes, we’re going to make the pilgrimage deep into the California desert for what is set to be one of the most amazing musical weekends ever. We’ll be tweeting, instagraming and facebooking. Make sure to stay tuned.