Manic Focus has continuously kept in his own lane with his own sound. The amazing thing about him is that his style translates across genre lines, which is undoubtedly evident from his past albums, as well as his newest in Minds Rising. Independently released, this major project is yet another example of why MF is one of the best in the game, with a certain confidence – not cockiness – that most producers lack.
Minds Rising runs the length of twelve singles, with a lengthy list of collaborators including Exmag, Psymbionic, Russ Liquid, ProbCause and many more. As with most of Manic’s tracks, we get whisked away on a chill adventure through several styles, including a few hip-hop records that are just about as dope as you can get. With other tracks like “Pushing” and “Rage Fits” Manic Focus hones in one some groovy basslines and guitar riffs that seduce the soul. Manic always manages to connect with people on a deep level with his music, which is one of the many reasons why he’s been able to do so well on his own.
Through and through this album is incredible. Going into this LP we didn’t expect we’d have to skip any songs and that held true. Some of our favorite musical works have come from Manic Focus and there may just be a few that get added to the list from Minds Rising. Check it out for yourself today and make sure to get a copy.
’Drop In feat. Marvel Years and Chris Karns’
’Putting All Of My People On Feat. ProbCause’
’Joy In The Noise feat. Psalm One’
’Stochastic Resonance feat. Statik’
’Snap Like This Feat. Artifakts And Erick Jesus Coomes’
’Manic Focus & Psymbionic – Pushing’
’Rage Fits Perfect feat. The MFin’ Band’
’Habit feat. Russ Liquid and The RapperChicks’
’Stronger feat. Late Night Radio, Jennifer Hartswick & Adam Deitch’
’Sowing My Zone feat. Ryan Viser’
’Your X Now feat. Exmag And Borahm Lee’
Cazztek & Tony Romera
Make You Drop
At The Music Ninja, we can guarantee our listeners that we provide the best and freshest music in all genres. Whether you’re looking to vibe with some indie, bump to hip hop, sing in the shower to a new pop song, or party hard to dance music, we have your back.
In this case, we’re providing you with a tune to rage to. Why? Because it’s Thursday and we’re ready to bust out our best moves on the dance floor. With that said, we want to introduce you to Cazztek and Tony Romeras‘ latest creation, “Make You Drop.” The track title says it all as this one will assuredly make you drop just as hard, if not more, than it’s speaker-blowing bass. Take a listen; you have our word that you won’t have to look any further for your Thursday night anthem.
Mindex is a Russian producer of intricate electronic music, eclectic collages he calls “full spectrum sonic constructions from the future for your third eye and ear. Sometimes he dabbles with jazz or hip-hop motifs, other times he makes cerebral downtempo, but his new EP, Opal Senses out on Time Resonance Music, is a rare combination of psychedelic bass music and four-on-the-floor dance music.
Not that these two classifying terms are mutually exclusive – “acid house” was particularly psychedelic and bass heavy – but Mindex fuses on Opal Senses the best from the bass music world (think Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man, Envision, Shambhala Music Festival) with the stalwart “house” beat always heard in clubs the world over. Imagine the staple of fine aldente pasta as the medium for a rich, flavorful new sauce you may have never tried before. This is a metaphor for Opal Senses.
“From East To West” immediately envelopes you in the “full spectrum” of sound described on the producer’s Soundcloud profile. A thumping bassline syncopates with a little 2-step. Weighty bass synthesizers stab and sweep over the beat and wrap each bass kick. There’s a great deal going on – glitching pops and intricate percussion here, traditional dance melodies there. It’s a gnarly club track if ever there was one. “Olympia” starts as a low down, rather anxious jam. Reverb on many of the sounds creates the effect of a dark, industrial room. A sly, squishy bassline permeates this tune, on top of which you’ll hear a simple descending melody that balances with the rather complex sound design taking place everywhere else. With a slight increase in tempo, “The Ones Who Watch Us” rounds out the EP with gusto. It’s the most minimal of the three tracks. Strings dance over the house beat, a clock-hand sounds like its clicking time away, and a classic acid house synth keeps the pace throughout.
Mindex is talented, and his catalog of music becomes even more diverse with the addition of this highly danceable EP. Grab a download here, and perhaps one of these tracks will find its way to your club playlist or DJ deck. The colorful cover art was created by Archan Nair.
Mindex – From East To West
Mindex – The Ones Who Watch Us
Arfus from St. Petersburg, FL is on one. His music is immensely creative and fun while achieving emotional depth. “Dark Forge”, his newest single, is masterful.
A house beat composed entirely of glitches opens the track. The main melody whispers into the mix, simple but profound, almost esoteric. The kick drum then thunders in with shocking volume and depth, coupled with the producer’s characteristically coarse synthesizers. All of the sudden there are three melodies weaving through one another, screeching sounds and a deeply-pitched new lead melody that sounds like it came from Lord of The Rings. From there the music moves even deeper into more complex territory.
It’s typical of Arfus’s mind-boggling production style to pack so much seemingly disparate material into one cohesive, bumping track. He achieves this same queer collage effect on “Dark Forge” but strings it together with a new, quicker tempo because, as he says on his Soundcloud, it’s a “club year”. Name your price and download this cut here.
As we move closer to the end of the year, artists are trying to get one more track out. This rush to wrap up brings out a ton of great records and because it is Christmas time, a lot of those releases are free. Good thing is we have collected some of our favorites for you from this past week. There were so many that we had to include an extra one, so instead of the usual twelve, you’re getting thirteen this week. Party on with works from Sean Turk, SKULS, Venessa Michaels, Reid Speed, Juicy M and many more. Stream them all, download the ones you dig, and enjoy the weekend. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.
’Phil Good – Sleeping In (Sean Turk Remix)’
’Gud – U Want Me (SKULS RIP)’
’Toot It And Boot It (VenessaMichaels Remix)’
’Steve James – Renaissance Ft. Clairity (Villms Remix)’
’Kayzo – Born Again (Callie Reiff Remix)’
’The News (Reid Speed Remix)’
’Gramatik – Satoshi Nakamoto (Psymbionic Remix) ft. Adrian Lau & ProbCause’
’Frida Harnesk – Toca’s Miracle (Kastra Remix)’
’Tucker Kreway – 12 Hunna Gigabyte’
’Holly ✖ Smookie Illson – Bad Beez’
’Head (Drug Money Remix)’
ONMZUSS026: Rain and Flashing Lights
Rain and Flashing Lights is such a visual phrase – a simple pairing of nouns which sounds like the title of a song or poem and conjures a sight most of us have seen, especially urbanites. Fitting, then, that Rain and Flashing Lights is a young producer and Ableton-head from Brooklyn whose latest single “Tunnel” on Onamazu is an audio visual escapade.
Three bright notes anchor the song. They form a simple but attractively familiar melody, the type which would grab your attention at the mysterious but hopeful beginning of a quality movie trailer about AI. If you listen close enough, you may hear the natural sound sample in the back (hint: it’s an integral part of Brooklyn and almost any huge city), just before a raw collage of glitches and unorthodox DnB percussion drops in hard. The melody is riffed and varied upon with a nice, ethereal synthesizer pad, and soon a bassline of the grimier variety peeks in, creating a uniquely pleasant juxtaposition of sound. It’s all rushing to a head until it ends, like leaving a tunnel.
“Tunnel” is the 26th track from the always-expanding Onamazu Single Series. Onamazu always utilizes resplendent visual accompaniment for their releases, and this single features art from Kylie Tseng. Grab a free download here.
Opal [The Music Ninja Premiere]
There’s nothing we love more than kicking off the day armed with a freshly banging premiere for our Ninja faithful. Stel Leo is a genre-skirting, Bermudian artist who has had releases with Team Supreme, Top Cats, TheMOB and Friends with Robots; and also played live alongside STWO and more tastemaking artists. Today the electronic style bender touches down on TMN with brand new single “Opal”, and our fire is glowingly stoked to share it with our lovely readers.
A crisply layed two-step drum beat patterns “Opal” before giving way into a luscious waterfall of thumping low-end, popping snare placement, and a swath of clicky percussive elements which all culminate in a sticky-sweet melody. Although it wields a highly synthetic sonority, “Opal” simultaneously feels very soulfully tactile and personal, while still brandishing a call-to-arms to get to the dancefloor. While we’re sure most of our U.S. Ninjas will be more concerned with the important item on today’s docket -the Presdiential Election or something like that, we heard- but for a little distraction, stream our premiere of Stel Leo’s “Opal” above.