Strange Familia – Ms. Badblood [TMN Premiere]

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Ms. Badblood

Get ready to get funky with “Ms. Badblood.” The new single from the Utah songsters Strange Familia can be first heard right here, right now in this Music Ninja Premiere. This dynamic creation is not your average song, as it hits all the right notes for fans of many differing genres.

“Ms. Badblood” satisfies your disco needs, your guilty pleasure for pop, as well as your taste for some electronic sounds. It’s been a while since Strange Familia have put out a tune, so it’s nice to hear them come back with something so incredible. Not only are we getting this single debut, but it comes with the knowledge that the band will be bringing a full length album in the Spring. If the rest of the album is anything like this, these Salt Lake City boys have something special on their hands. Stream “Ms. Badblood” today and be on the lookout for any other singles coming out before the album drops.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #3)

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we made an indie dojo, and we made it just for you. XOXO
’Gems – X Valentine’
’Parcels – Older’
’Floor Staff – Saviour’
’Stevie Talks – Pollyanna’
’Dan Clews – Mountain’
’Shy Nature – Eyes So Cold (Acoustic)’
’Pi Ja Ma – By The River (demo)’
’St. South – Furthest Thing – (Drake Cover)’
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[R&B] AMiR – Save Me

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“Save Me” is the first of what we hope are many songs from artist AMiR. As I write this the UK musician has less than 25 followers on Soundcloud, but that is sure to rise given time. “Save Me” will sink in and more projects will come. Then there’s no telling where AMiR will be.

R&B with pop or hip-hop has been a staple on the airwaves for a long time now. “Save Me” fits right into that category, but has a sort of unblemished quality to it. Sometimes R&B can feel a bit forced to sound like something, but the vibes that AMiR puts out are all genuine. As a trend, we’ve noticed song lengths starting to wane, so it’s nice to hear something that’s closer to the four minute mark that doesn’t get dull at any moment. AMiR may just be the hot new ticket in town, so don’t miss out.

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Dive Into The Mind Behind Two of Norway’s Biggest Hits, Julie Bergan [TMN Interview]

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Julie Bergan is what pop music needs, even if it doesn’t know it yet. From her home in Norway, Julie has been the creative mind behind two of the country’s biggest hits. First came “Arigato” then “Blackout,” both of which share a similar future pop sound that is steadily becoming a go to style for many artists. The only thing is, Julie is doing everything right.

These two songs have went viral on Spotify, and each have their own music video that have seduced fans from all around the world. With multi-million plays each, Julie is turning heads in a big way. She’s making all the moves she needs to pave the way to becoming one of music’s biggest stars.

We sat down recently with Julie to get a sense of where she’s come from and where she’s going. Part of where she’s going is – hopefully – everywhere, as she just unveiled her new live show. It’s already taking Europe by storm and we’d like to see her make her way across the pond. Enjoy the amazing music video for her single “Blackout” before diving into our conversation with one of music’s brightest talents.

TMN: “Arigato” was a huge moment for you in 2016. Tell us a bit about your breakthrough single – did you expect the track to leave as big of a footprint as it did?

JB: I was blown away by the way it was received. The whole track was based on a conversation I had with a friend about her over controlling boyfriend. I think everyone has the right to take their own risks and live life without someone trying to bubble wrap them. Relationships can be a place where this happens the most, so ‘Arigato’ was very much a track about liberating yourself from a safe and controlled environment. To see it stream and gain as much love as it did was really touching.

TMN: “Blackout” marked what seemed to be another very personal single from you. What can you tell us about the inspirations behind the single? Was it at all nerve-wracking to follow-up “Arigato”?

JB: “Blackout” is very much about being stuck in your own head and the mental barriers that appear in life. The idea was having these little “Blackout” moments are the only way to escape and find yourself. The video very much echoed this idea and I was very proud of how the track came out. I tried not to think of it too much as just a ‘follow-up’ to “Arigato.” I want every track to stand on its own feet and speak for me as an artist. The response has been great and I feel very positive about kick-starting 2017 with the single.

TMN: Where do you find the most inspiration from musically?

Real life is definitely one of the biggest influences on my music. Part of the blessing in making music is finding a way to translate human emotions into relatable art or memories. I am lucky because I get to see and be part of the whole process, from the creation of the music to the performance. All of my material to date has been inspired by real situations and feelings and I like to think that people can relate because of that.

TMN: You’ve recently been showcasing the live element of your project. How important was it from the start that your music could be re-produced and performed live?

JB: It has always been very important. I think listening to the records you can get an idea for my energy, but the show is where we can really bring it to life. I have been dancing since I was a child, so to be able to incorporate that to music I have made myself is of course a really fun thing. I am super lucky to have an amazing band behind me and the more we are playing the more people are seeing the fuller picture of what my music is about. I get to be involved in every aspect of it creatively, from the sets to the design, so it is a very personal and important side of the music for me.

TMN: What do you consider to have been the biggest challenge or obstacle to you within your career so far?

JB: The blessing and curse of anything involving creativity is that it’s easy to overthink. You can become obsessed or overprotective of certain aspects of a song or yourself and then when this happens it is hard to get out of your own head or make decisions on what should be the solution. With time I think I have been able to become really comfortable with my style and sound, as well as what I want to stand for as an artist.

TMN: You started 2017 on huge form with ‘Blackout,’ what can we be expecting for the year ahead?

JB: New music!! We are doing a lot of great shows around Europe off the back of “Blackout,” but there is plenty more to come for the rest of the year and I am very excited to show it off soon.

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[Mp3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #2)

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There’s nothing really too cool about Tuesday, other than it’s not Monday and we are that much closer to Friday. But what if we just go ahead and throw an Indie Dojo in the mix? That might just step it up a couple notches.

’Sasha & the Bear – See Me As I Am’
’Graeme James – Alive’
’Keston Cobblers Club – Almost Home’
’Alfie – Over Our Heads’
’Kyle Morton – Survivalist Fantasy’
’Black Oak – The Clearmountain Pause’
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[Music Video] Stalgia – Bdy

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Our friends over at Crooked Paintings have a ton of great stuff going on. One of their acts, Stalgia, is a big part of that. The group’s latest single “Bdy” was released back in November, but February has seen the unveiling of a fantastic music video.

“Bdy” is easily one of our favorite music videos. It’s visually striking with a concept that is down to Earth. A lot of music videos nowadays can be quite perplexing and it’s their provocative nature that shakes things up in the viewer, but with Stalgia’s video we get a captivating set of images that doesn’t prey on listeners with shock. It’s a simple, artistic video to go along with a song that is just as beautiful as its counterpart. View the video below and if you haven’t copped the single, head over to iTunes to add it to your library.

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[Music Video] JCY – Wasting Your Time (feat. Alida)

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We want whatever water the people who work over at Warner Music Norway are drinking. Nothing but magic comes out of that camp. One act that is contributing to the immensely cool catalog of tunes is JCY. The trio came out with their song “Wasting Your Time” with Alida earlier this month. The song release was not enough, as they just dished out a music video to accompany it.

The cool thing about this music video is it serves as a lyric video. Although Alida sings the lyrics with clarity and beautiful strength, the animations add a nice touch to the video and serve to further cement the words in your brain. No doubt you’ll be singing along just as we have. JCY’s future bass instrumental is purely awesome. It’s a tasteful tune that has energy without trying to. The same goes for the video; it’s simple and fun. If you haven’t yet, get your copy of “Wasting Your Time” today.

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