[Summer] The Knocks – Classic (RAC Mix)

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The Knocks
Classic (RAC Mix)

Well the internet is about to explode because The Knocks just put out their latest remix of RAC’s Summery tune, “Cheap Sunglasses” featuring the lovely vocals of Matthew Komawhich we literally just posted not too long ago. However, to make matters worse (and we mean that in a good way), RAC just dropped his remix for The Knocks’ latest jam, “Classic” featuring Powers. Ninja Clayton and I came up with the theory that these two artists came together and said, “”hey, let’s remix each other’s songs, release them one after another, and see how much the internet freaks out.” Well ninjas, their plan of taking over the internet is in full force and we’re just here waiting for SoundCloud to shut down so we can go make some popcorn and watch our social media timelines freak out.

Now that the pandemonium has been unleashed, we can share our thoughts on the latest RAC remix and praise these artists for being neat as hell. Recently, The Knocks released their newest song with Powers, titled “Classic” to which everyone was out buying apple pie and singin’ to their baes each and every day. Honing down on his ability to throw in his oh-so-calssic RAC guitar riffs, the master of remixes takes us to new heights with this stunning number. We can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside and we hope you do to.

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[Chill/Pop-House] Birdy – Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)

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Birdy
Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)

At just 20 years of age, Sebastian Carter has shown us time and time again that musical  maturity should be merited on sound regardless of age or experience. The Swiss electronic producer’s music tends to carry an emotive weight and groove which would sail directly over some of his contemporary listeners’ collective heads; casting a stunning amount of crossover promise on the young artist’s career in the process. Already with stirring retouches of The 1975, Bad Suns, and Alt J along with a few addictive originals; today Carter’s taken Birdy’s cover of the Bon Iver staple “Skinny Love” and spun a tranquil web of house all over its pop leaning framework. With rising pads serving as a slow-burning build and simultaneous mood setting device, his airy synths are free to bubble their way to the surface while Birdy’s ethereal vocal stylings submerged in hazy reverb play as beautiful as ever amongst the wunderkind’s polished instrumentation. Sebastian Carter has certainly hit the mark again with this one, and we hope you’ll drift away with us for the four minute, alluring sonic expedition.

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[Synth Pop] TROVES – Youth in Decay

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TROVES
Youth In Decay

If you’re reading this sentence, that probably means you made it through Monday. Regardless or not of whether we were unscathed in our epic conquest to get through the worst day of the week, looks like we made it.

Ok, most of you out there won’t get a Barry Manilow reference, and that’s a conversation for another day. However, TROVES is a name that you’re going to become familiar with. Not only with this song, but future releases to come as they hit the trajectory we think they’re going to, which ultimately will take them across the blogosphere and into the mainstream.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. We know what you’re thinking. “Music Ninja, you crazy. This is their debut song.” You’re correct in your assessment, however, take a gander at the melancholic pop structure that supports sultry vocals which boast an easily memorable hook. Coupled with those ear-grabbing poetic verses is a lightly danceable bassline, some near-french electro synths, and steady percussion work, and you can start to piece together what we’re talking about.

This may be the first time you hear of TROVES, but we can assure you that this certainly won’t be the last.

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[Indie-Dance/Disko] The Juan Maclean – A Simple Design

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The Juan Maclean
A Simple Design

Some labels just manage to carry a weight with them when uttered: in that regardless of who or what is being released people take notice. So when anything from indie-dance imprint DFA bubbles to the surface, we tend to take notice. And what better way to revisit one of our favorite labels than with one of the cornerstones which helped solidify their status as indie icon; The Juan Maclean. The long time DFA staple is ready to release another full LP on September 16, In A Dream, and have brought with them the second single from the album in the form of “A Simple Design”. A moody groover which rides the line between new-wave and darker disko, the tune once again features full time The Juan Maclean member Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem acclaim) front and center. Her effortless vocal stems glide throughout John Maclean’s expansive, spacey dance vibes like never before, consummately fueling a hypnotic hip shaker of a melody. You can preorder In A Dream from iTunes, but for now we’ll be relishing in the beautiful dancefloor rumblings of “A Simple Design” to satiate our anticipation.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaCommunication is key and sometimes we suck at it. Music, however, seems to be a universal language that soothes the soul, melts the heart, fuels the fire, and calms the storm. If you happen to be one who sucks at the whole communicating thing, try saying it with a song. Better yet…..try it with a whole entire playlist.

Rare Darling
Cold Sweat
Daniel Wilson
Killed Ya
Jordan Riddle = Suffocate
Balancer
under the same sky
Neda
The Sound
Jake Weary
Mountainside
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[House] Panama Wedding – All Of The People (option4 Remix)

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Panama Wedding
All Of The People (option4 Remix)

Oh option4. Will there ever be a tune released from your arsenal with which we are not thoroughly in love with? Probably not, but that’s more than okay with your trusty TMN staff. After riding an immense wave of hype since we first featured the Denver based beatsmith over a year ago, option4′s diverse brand of “more house than tech, more deep than disco” dance music finds itself in the midst of its most mature and accessible stretch yet. His latest retooling of Panama Wedding’s “All Of The People” is nothing short of breathtaking either. Fusing a kick drum that is somehow as expansive and wide as it is punchy, those signature option4 vocal chops and a beautifully layed synth/piano line; option4′s production prowess seems to evolve with every passing release while maintaining the musical integrity with which we fell in love with in the first place. The real treat on this one though is the way in which Peter Kirk’s melancholy but pop-fueled vocals mesh their way into such bouncy and groove laden instrumentation. We even dare you to try and stifle the natural head-bob and hip-wiggle which seems to come attached to option4′s entire catalog. You won’t be able to. As an even better bonus, you can snag a free digital copy of option4′s remix from Panama Wedding’s Soundcloud here. Hop to it Ninjas.

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[Chill/Disco] Goldroom – Till Sunrise ft. Mammals

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Goldroom
Till Sunrise

The way So-Cal dance-producer-turned-live act Goldroom approached the release of “Till Sunrise” was nothing short of inspiring. By now within most relevant electronic communities, Goldroom has become somewhat of a household name; and with every passing release, it would be quite simple to pick a handful of big name artists to author remixes and pocket a nice penny or two. But, rather than that extremely tired formula, the entire stem package was given away for free weeks ago, allowing any artist with a pirated copy of Ableton to try their hands at an official remix before anyone had even had a chance to hear it. We’ve heard great revisions already from names like MyKill and Justin Faust, which truly only stoked our proverbial fire before its concrete release today. But alas, it is Goldroom’s original tune which of course surpasses anything else done with the song. A wave of soft synth and airy pads give life to the track’s two-steppy stride of a melody before  Mammals’ breathy vocal incantations take their seat as our focal point. Goldroom’s slowed down brand of dance plays as luminous as ever, immediately taking our subconscious to late night rooftop parties and beach side soirees with our best friends; which is something we’ve almost come to expect from the multi-faceted dance creator. This one is about to go viral, so be a few steps ahead and stream “Till Sunrise”, which is out now on Binary, above. Trust us, it’s the most perfect Monday tune you’ll have listened to in months.

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