[17 To End 2017] Ninja Clayton’s Best of the Year

A friend in the music industry told me a few years ago about a study that shows changes in musical tastes as you grow older. There comes a certain point where you shift the weight of your interest from discovering new music to revisiting music that meant something to you at different points in your life.

This year was that year for me. I don’t think I’ll ever go full-blown “you kids don’t understand good music” mode, but I did spend a good portion of my year looking back, rather than forward. Thrice, Strung Out, As I Lay Dying, Metallica (pre-Black album), Pantera, and countless other punk and metal acts filled my headphones, leaving little time for much discovery.

But, as much as I delved into songs from my past, my profession keeps me into up-and-coming acts, which continued to impress me throughout 2017. Here are my 17 favorites, in no particular order:

Martin Luke Brown – ‘Opalite’

I received an offer to premiere “Opalite” earlier this year. It was a no-brainer. I immidiately loved the juxstaposition between booming kick drums and raw, enchanting vocals. In fact, not only did Martin Luke Brown deliver one of my favorite songs, but he also became one of my new favorite artists.

’Opalite’
Martin Luke Brown – ‘Into Yellow’

The artist so nice, I listed him twice. Holy, hell. ‘Into Yellow’ is absolutely gorgeous. Definitely one of the highlights from this past year. It calls on associations of other solo-vocalists like James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, and Bon Iver. If I were you, I would definitely keep him on your ‘Artists to Watch’ lists in 2018.

’Into Yellow’
Mat Hunsley – ‘Do You Need Me Near’

Mat Hunsley’s folky gem always gets me longing for epic summer adventures in the mountains. His voice is powerful, dreamy, and soothing. It’s the perfect accompaniment to whatever warm weather activities lie ahead later this year. I just can’t wait to crack out this one out come May.

’Do You Need Me Near’
James Vincent McMorrow – ‘True Care’

JVM is one of my absolute favorite artists and will be till the end of time. To put it into perspective–my wife walked down the isle to ‘Cavalier.’ When I interviewed him and let him know, he dedicated it to us later at his show. ‘True Care’ is my favorite off his 2017 album offering. It’s raw, gorgeous, and showcases what everyone should know about him–he’s one of the voices of our generation.

Absofacto – ‘Light Outside’

I’ve been head over heels for Absofacto for years. It was an absolute pleasure to see him come roaring back with a stellar new tune. ‘Light Outside’ is absolutely worthy of you belting out each and every lyric as you drive to work. Take one listen and see for your self.

’Light Outside’
Someone – ‘Forget Forgive’

Someone delivered one of the most beautifully simplistic tunes from 2017. It’s very minimal, but offers a completely encompassing experience from start to finish.

’Forget Forgive’
Sam Dew – ‘Runner’

I first got turned on to Sam Dew with his Bill Wither’s cover. I would love to include that, but it’s a few years old, so I’ll opt to showcase another tune. ‘Runner’ is dubbed as R&B, but the heavy, distorted bassline guides it into the alternative realm, crossing genre lines with ease. It’s a fantastic tune and one that left a lasting impression on me.

’Runner’
Northern Faces – ‘Messin’ With Me’

Absolutely loved this indie rock jam from NY-based trio Northern Faces. With a big, bold, anthemic nature, I was immidiately hooked on ‘Messin’ With Me’ and could see this as a pivoting point for a huge 2018.

’Northern Faces – Messin’ With Me’
Moncrieff – ‘Symptoms’

Gritty, bluesy and soulful. This Londoner has plenty of attitude to share, and ‘Symptoms’ is the perfect embodiment of that edge. It’s raw and powerful, but still beautifully refined.

’Symptoms’
Vilde – ‘Just Visiting’

I wrote up a few tracks from Vilde this year. I love his unique tone and range and inventive instrumentation. It has such a unique air around it, one which I couldn’t shake throughout 2017. Keep your eyes peeled for more from this up-and-coming artist.

’Just Visiting’
The War On Drugs – ‘Pain’

I didn’t get into many albums this year, but The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding was one of the few. It was a body of work that shimmered with reflections with the likes of Dylan and Springsteen. Fantastic listening experience, through and through, with ‘Pain’ leading the way for me, personally.

Butterjack – ‘Good Girls’

One hell of a tune from an artist that has less than 100 followers on Soundcloud. It’s smooth, groovy, and has lyrics that keep you coming back. Be on the lookout for Butterjack in 2018.

’GoodGirls’
Eat More Cake – ‘Heat of the Night’

Undoubtedly my favorite new song from 2017. I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve listened to it. All I have to say is thank you, Eat More Cake.

’Eat More Cake – Heat Of The Night (Original Mix)’
Bobby Nourmand – ‘D U S T’

Bobby is a close, personal friend of mine. I typically don’t include him in lists like these because it feels a little awkward. But, I’ve been waiting on this track’s release for years. It’s easily one of my favorite works by him and I simply cannot leave it out. Absolutely brilliant piece from one of my favorite people on Earth.

’D U S T’
Icarus ft. Talay Riley – ‘Trouble’

Hot damn, I grooved my ass off to this number quite a few times in 2017. The horns, the lyrics, the driving, four-to-the-floor beat all add up to one of my top picks from this year. It shouldn’t come as any surprise, though. Icarus has been killing it regularly.

’Trouble (feat. Talay Riley) (Extended)’
Walker & Royce – ‘Take Me To Your Leader’

Despite my growing age and receding hairline, I do, in fact, like to still get out on the dance floor and boogie. This tune from Walker & Royce was always my go-to when I was ready to ramp up for an evening out. Sporting silly lyrics from Dances With White Women, it’s a carefree party-starter. Big ups, boys.

’Walker & Royce – Take Me To Your Leader (Radio Edit)’
Jesse Ware – ‘Midnight’ (Goldie Remix)

Oof. This track saw a heavy placement in my regular rotation. I’m a massive DnB head and this Goldie jam not only holds a place in my 2017 favorite list, but in my all-time DnB favorites.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 276)

Friday is here; the week is no more. Work is being taken over by relaxation… or partying depending on your style. Today we’ve got another roundup of our favorite free downloads for you to enjoy while you do whatever it is that you need to do to shake off the weight of the week. In our 276th volume we have works from Xie Motoko, Bijou, CRWNS, Jackal and so many more. We warm up with some pre-game tracks, turn up the heat and then end with some tracks for you to throw on repeat while you segue into sleep mode. Turn up your speakers and get ready, the weekend is starting!

’Billie Eilish – Watch (Xie Remix)’
’JVLY – Void (ft. SARAI)’
’2SCOOPS & PIERCE – NETWORTH’
’Rynx – Want You (feat. Miranda Glory)’
’New Rules (Motoko Rebirth)’
’Thoreau – No Conversation (feat. MNYS)’
’Bijou –
Assassin’

’graves – Meta (feat. bbno$) (CRWNS Remix)’
’Jackal – She Ruins’
’Hi I’m Ghost – Spooky Riddim’
’Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do ft. SZA (Element Remix)’
’Josh Jacobson –
Fade’

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Nick Talos ft. BullySongs – Glass House (YNC X S3RIOUS Remix) [TMN Premiere]

To help brighten up your day we’ve got you covered with an exclusive first listen from Nick Talos. His song “Glass House” with BullySongs was reshaped by YNC and S3RIOUS. This dark treat is just what you need to get you to – and through – the weekend on the right note.

“Glass House” in its new form is a clubby, brooding song that isn’t hard to imagine being the late night jam that reinvigorates the party. The vocal is a major emotional force for the song, but YNC and S3RIOUS match its power with their own production that is both catchy and captivating. If you’d like to check out where this remix started from – IE the original song – then you may do so here.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 275)

Only a few more weeks until 2017 officially comes to a close. As we move through the calendar each Friday we tack on more free downloads for you to enjoy over the weekends. If you’ve been following us all year, that means you have quite a deep library filled with gems. If you’re just stopping by, then hopefully this week’s collection is enough to get you to stick around with us each week. The latest songs we’ve gathered come from Kaizen, Space Race, Rell The Soundbender, Jinco, Ray Volpe, Minnesota and more. All together they should serve you well while you shake off the week from your mind. Let loose, relax; whatever you do, enjoy!

’Kaizen – Bloom (Radio Edit)’
’WAJU – Good Company Ft ELIONA’
’Post Malone – Congratulations (ft. Quavo) (Space Race Bootleg)’
’Humble – Skrillex Remix (Rell The Soundbender x Lvndo Bootleg Remix)’
’Jinco –
Breathe’

’The Gooniees – Do That Shit’
’Fatesky – Back To The Fire’
’Element The City –
Augustine’

’FLTHY ANMLZ & WKND BAES – INLUV’
’Gammer – Stay Tonight ft. Dylan Matthew (Ray Volpe Remix)’
’Minnesota – Dark Crystal’
’Oolacile & Spock – OMG’
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 273)

Hope your belly still isn’t full from Thanksgiving. Today instead of stuffing your face, we’ll be stuffing your ears with some fat beats from incredibly talented producers. We’ve got another batch of twelve free downloads for you to enjoy whether you’re going to simply stream or collect them in your digital library. We’ve got quite the party for you today with a lot of great electro tunes making up the meat of this, along with plenty of other heavier and lighter sounds to mix things up. Songs this week come to us from Wet Paint, Bandlez, Downlowd, The Frederik, Soltan, Notixx, Vincent and more. Take these treats with you over the weekend and continue to let loose this holiday weekend!

’Post Malone – I Fall Apart (Wet Paint Remix)’
’Aryay – Always Wanted You Feat. Kimbra(Bandlez Remix)’
’Switchblade – Send Off’
’Downlowd – Unplugged’
’Snavs – Riot (The Frederik Remix)’
’NuKid – Lose Control’
’Soltan –
Pappu’

’Notixx – Better Slow It Down’
’Tascione – Get It (Snafu Flip)’
’Nato Feelz – Thumpin’
’Selena Gomez & Marshmello ~ Wolves (Vincent Remix)’
’Kids Want Techno x Rosé Throne
Back To House (Original Mix)’
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 272)

Take a deep breath and relax, it’s finally Friday. After that breath and relaxation, you should be ready to take the necessary steps to get your party on. Step one, you’ll need some music and that’s what we’re here for. We’ve got another dozen free downloads for you to enjoy while you let loose tonight. We’re jamming to records from brothel, Diamond Pistols, Dustycloud, Kompany, Hairitage and more. There’s also a few collaborations including a major remix by Whipped Cream and YehMe2. All together you should have what you need to party hard! Love bass? We’ve got plenty of that for you in the latter half of the playlist!

’WHIZw/BUTCH CLANCY’
’Namek (ft. Chester Watson)’
’Diamond Pistols – The Way (ft. Josh Sharp)’
’ANGELZ – Countin 100s’
’FVCKDIVMONDS – Fresh One’
’Dustycloud – Ride’
’A$AP FERG EASTCOAST – (WHIPPED CREAM & YehMe2 RMX)’
’Boombox Cartel – Dem Fraid (TYNAN & Khaos Flip)’
’Snails & NGHTMRE – Only Want U (Kompany Remix)’
’🐻 Big Shaq – Mans Not Hot (Hairitage Remix)’
’Kris Cayden X Porn & Chicken – Send Off (Original Mix)’
’TrollPhace & Uber – The Pain Train’
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[Electronic] Night Tales – Move You

Night Tales
Move You

Majestic Casual has brought a hot new record through the pipeline from Night Tales. The Australian duo made up of the producer Third Floor and former Olympic Ayres frontman Kamaliza dropped their single “Move You” which is exactly what it is going to do.

“Move You” isn’t your typical electronic track. Night Tales take from several different genres, bringing in elements from house music and 80’s sounds for a timeless treat. It’s not something you’d expect to be hearing in the poppy landscape that has seemingly taken over the electronic world, but it’s a worthwhile break that stands out above the now crowded space of dance music. “Move You” is currently available for those looking to spice up their digital libraries today.

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