[Event Review] The Verge Campus Tour w/ Chance The Rapper + Kygo – Boulder, CO – Balch Fieldhouse – 10/1

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Last Wednesday in beautiful Boulder, CO, a couple of us Ninjas were treated to one of the more eclectic concert pairings to ever come through such a musically rich and diverse city; and both acts proved to deliver on their global hype. The author of one of our favorite albums of 2013: Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper and Norwegian tropical house sensation Kygo were the main course for what was a beautiful night of distinct and divergent sounds right in the heart of Colorado University- in their football stadium’s adjoining training center, the Balch Fieldhouse of all places. At roughly 4,000 strong and mostly of the college-aged persuasion, there was a sporting match vibe to the night as the trained crowd which was armed with more than enough glowing paraphernalia to light a small village for a few days, would unexpectedly erupt into stadium style soccer chants in support of the night’s fearless artists. It was an exciting one to say the least.

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First up for the evening was an artist with whom our TMN faithful should be more than familiar with at this point: Kygo. The 22 year-old sensation has earned an incredible following in a relatively short span behind his unique, melodic and charming take on laid back tropical leaning house structures; such as his intoxicating remixes of The Weeknd, M83 and more, as well as recently inking a major label deal with Sony Entertainment. Kygo’s two-hour set was built upon those feelgood inklings from which he draws such a large fan base as he cycled through a groove heavy sampling of mostly original tunes and remixes. From deeper cuts like Kidnap Kid’s “Animaux” to lighter, but just as effective top-40 fare including Thomas Jack’s epic Of Monsters and Men remix, an edit of Milky Chance’s “Stolen Dance” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” (which unfortunately far too many young attendees left us as only a handful of concert-goers to know the words… c’mon!) the light on his performance was certainly a luminous one. Not to mention, it was quite revitalizing witnessing a crowd that large dancing to a more tranquil end of the EDM spectrum rather than just fist-pumping to the standard college diet of big-room electro and house. Once the dust cleared on a lovely performance from Kygo, we quickly realized that most of the night’s music consumers had, in their eyes, placed Chance The Rapper as the night’s most worthy spectacle.

Read the rest of our review and check out more pictures of the event after the jump!

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[Concert Preview/Denver-Boulder Giveaway] RÜFÜS DU SOL, Option4, and Hermitude – 10/15 – Fox Theatre

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RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL
We Left (Night Version)

Us Denver Ninjas are getting pretty dang excited for next Wednesday’s Fox Theatre show in Boulder, CO. The bill showcases one of Australia’s single most coveted musical exports, and one of TMN’s favorite acts in the entire electronic and indie landscape, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are bringing their entire live act for one of the most anticipated concerts on our agendas to round out 2014. The Aussie trio combine the spectacle of live instrumentation with a keen pop sensibility and dance undertones to hone a sound that has thrust them into international spotlight over the last few years. With singles like “Desert Night”, “Take Me”, official remixes for The Presets and most recently ZHU, as well as a pending debut long-player, Atlas; the indie-dance triumvirate have begun to bubble over into more mainstream consciousness during perhaps their richest musical stretch in the band’s short history. Further rounding out the card is another TMN favorite, Denver house maestro option4, who has become a serious mainstay here over the last year behind a jacking, soulful and unique take on house music, including his most recent debut on Fool’s Gold Records; and rounding out the evening is fellow Australians Hermitude who will undoubtedly pace the night wonderfully with their blend of instrumental, hip-hop infused electronicism.

Of course, we wouldn’t just tell you all about a show and not get our awesome readers involved. So we’re giving away a pair of tix through another contest! Entering is a breeze as usual, just “like” the TMN Facebook page and enter your e-mail below for a chance to win. There are a few rules as always, and be sure to stream “We Left” from RÜFÜS above. Winners will be notified via e-mail on Monday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Get to it!

There are a few rules, of course:
- The even is all ages (12+) so tell your friends!
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

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Jamie N Commons – Lead Me Home (TYR Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Jamie N Commons
Lead Me Home (TYR Remix)

Here at TMN we only give you the freshest and most unique content, and this track certainly does not disappoint. Colorado-based producer TYR just released this interestingly intriguing remix of a Jamie N Commons song titled “Lead Me Home”. which features this funky housey sound that gets you movin’ and groovin’. Being that it’s slower than most house and garage mixes, the futuristic beat work perfectly with this folky goodness. Jamie N Commons’ vocals give this tune a mysterious and ominous feel, making it rather memorable and easy to sing along. It’s one of those songs that leaves you wanting more after hearing it for the first time.

TYR has once again proven himself to be a heck of an artist to be reckoned with. With that said, we are very excited that you get to hear it first here at TMN!

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ZHU – Paradise Awaits (RUFUS Remix) [NEW]

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ZHU- Paradise Awaits (RUFUS Remix)

This flawless remix got premiered on Billboard earlier this morning, and RUFUS nails it on all levels. Going very deep on ZHU‘s track off his Night Day EP, titled “Paradise Awaits”. RUFUS transforms it into a dark track that hits at all the right times, and is sure to get played out by the best. With that said just take a listen to this godlike collab or nah?

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The Chainsmokers – KANYE (Kasum Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Chainsmokers
KANYE (Kasum Remix)

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that what The Chainsmokers have done in the past few years is beyond impressive. Song after song continues to chart on the Hype Machine, and a few have even become mainstays in the pop world. Anytime you have this amount of success, remixes are sure to follow. While some aren’t worth batting an eye at, this Boston-based master of the melodic has dialed up one you’ll surely place in your regular rotation.

With SirenXX’s vocals left very much in-tact, “Kanye” is given a uplifting, near-tropical facelift, focusing on synths that have a steel drum feel. The steady four-to-the-floor beat accentuates the glowing melody and vocal samples expertly, giving a smile-inducing interpretation of this smash hit. And while the original had plenty of oomph, this remix is an energetic thrill ride at a dancefloor-friendly 128 BPM, which is sure to provide some aching legs and tired feet.

While you’re probably no stranger to Kasum, especially if you pay attention to the Hype Machine, take a moment to like this college student’s (that’s right, college student) facebook page.

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[D&B/House] Kove – “Murmurations” EP

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Out now via Chase & Status’ MTA Records is Kove’s new EP, “Murmurations.” This producer is an outstanding example of how far versatility can project their sound to a wider fan base – having only signed to the label a year or so ago, Kove now plays all over the world and has just been asked to join Netsky on his forthcoming US tour.

UK-based, Kove had his first release on Program – the sub label of Andy C’s drum and bass platform Ram Records. Now, he works in both house and drum and bass, ensuring that he satisfies the hoards of dance floor lovers that eagerly follow his progress. “Murmurations” follows on from last year’s “Measures” EP that was also split half and half with each genre.

House tracks here are “VCO” and “Drop” – the former being a garage-inspired cut with plenty of chopped vocals for texture and “Drop” adding on a touch of big room into this atmospheric jam. The drum and bass is of a typically high standard – he collaborated with promising talent Dimension for the vibrant “Feel Love Again” and the spaced-out, trippy “Still High” is an exquisite track.

Kove continues his rise to the top in spectacular style with this release – you can pick up “Murmurations” here. 

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Feel Love Again
VCO
Still High
Drop
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[House] Sammy Bananas – Money Time feat. Antony & Cleopatra (option4 Remix)

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Sammy Bananas
Money Time feat. Antony & Cleopatra (Option4 Remix)

It’s always such a thrill for us at TMN when an artist we’ve been following from the ground up starts receiving the critical support for which we believe was due from the beginning. After an impressive 2013 and start to 2014, which included founding the digital Night Supply imprint, singles on the hallowed Nurvous Records, and absurdly viral remixes for Great Good Fine OK and Elizabeth Rose; Denver’s option4 makes a soulfully jacking debut on one of the biggest electronic tastemaking labels in existence, Fool’s Gold, by re-visioning Sammy Bananas’ “Money Time”. As with much of his back catalog, option4 paints a vibrant, deep and jacking U.K. house shine onto Bananas’ original; resulting in a tune armed with more than enough dark funky lacquer to incite a dancefloor storm. This one’s coming out as part of Sammy Bananas’ Money Time EP package, which dropped today through iTunes. Snag a copy here, and since you’ve made it this far, get your boogie onto option4′s remix above.

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