Adam Tell – Fiction In The Fire [TMN PREMIERE]

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Adam Tell
Fiction In The Fire

It’s easy for electronic pop to be given a bad rap these days, with common preconceptions of being all flash and little substance when compared to masterful displays of production that can hold their ground without any need for lyrics. And then along comes an artist like Adam Tell to turn that perception around in an instant, putting forward a solid case that words can elevate these sounds to another level beyond pure melodic obsession. That will be the story told through his Fiction EP set to release tomorrow, and who better than Fox Stevenson’s own Cloudhead records to share it?

In the lead-up to the event, we’ve been given a taste of what’s in store with a premiere of ‘Fiction In The Fire’. As promised, you’ll find an addictive combination of Adam’s uplifting vocals together with sweeping soundscapes and glorious melodies that offer something more than what you’ll get from mainstream radio.

If you feel your previous assumptions fading, you can check out the pre-order here.

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[Ethereal Pop] SLO – Shut Out Of Paradise

Shut Out Of Paradise

E-T-H-E-R-E-A-L. That is what comes to mind when we first heard this stunning new track, Shut Out Of Paradise’, from Pop sensationalist, SLO. This emotional and physically moving track grabs hold of our every sense, permeates our flesh, and cleanses our soul to rid our body of all our tears and suppressed feelings. Produced by the wonderful Catching Flies, SLO takes this soothing instrumental and pierces our ears with her flawless, atmospheric voice and touching lyricism. It almost feels as if our mind is wrapped in a longing embrace with our heart, slowly dancing to the soft piano melodies and the ambient percussive elements that harmoniously sync together as one. In contrast to the heartbreaking lyrics, SLO gives us something to reminisce all the times we’ve had a broken love and ponder why we even allowed ourselves to be intoxicated by such madness. This contemporary pop gem will undeniably swoon you back into a lovers embrace and make you question the heartache all over again. Make sure to grab your free download now because it won’t be available come Monday!

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[Pop] Swim Deep- Hotel California

Hotel California

After selling out their first UK tour in almost two years, Swim Deep continues to roll now with new music. ‘Hotel California’ is the b-side to recent single ‘To My Brother‘, soon to be available digitally and on 7” via Chess Club Records. Spinning for nearly five and a half minutes, this new tune strengthens with time. It will be an excellent addition to their live set with its intricate structure and euphoric chorus. Swim Deep has taken their sound to an exciting level with these new releases. Both were recorded at London’s The Church studios under the guidance of Dreamtrak and mixed by David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs, Kate Tempest). Expect a lot of attention on this five piece in next few months as they seriously impress here.

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[Alt-Pop] The Japanese House- Teeth

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The Japanese House
London-based 19-year-old Amber Bain is The Japanese House. She recently teamed up with fellow Dirty Hit Records comrades George Daniel & Matthew Healy of The 1975 for production on ‘Teeth’- the third release from her debut EP. Available April 27th, Pools to Bathe In is an intimate, personal play from this young and exciting songstress truly pushing the boundaries of listeners. The layering of her vocals on this record creates a distinct energy sure to test those who may stumble upon it. Her first two singles are available on Soundcloud for your pleasure and also be sure to pre-order the Pools to Bathe In EP on iTunes.
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[Indie Pop] Day Wave – Drag

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Day Wave

In the age of electronic music, many indie acts could struggle to appeal to the masses. Oakland-based musician Jackson Phillips a.k.a Day Wave once again proved otherwise with the release of “Drag”, a track that possesses an organic sound that is supported by the lo-fi vocals. The quick drums complement the clever guitar melodies, as the sustained vocals further bring out the uplifting vibe of the track. It’s one of those songs you’ll catch yourself singing along to after a couple of listens.

With only three tracks under his belt, Day Wave showcases his ability to create music with endless mellow melodies. As he continues to put out hits after hits, we simply can’t wait for what’s next for the talented musician.

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[Event Recap] SXSW – The Highs and Lows of our Week in Austin, Texas


Another SXSW is in the books, and as we look back with aching feet, muddy clothes wrapped in plastic bags, and a phone full of video clips and pictures, we’re slowly trying to process everything that went on during this intensely crazy week. It was one to be remembered, that’s for sure, providing ample amounts of “Only at SXSW” surprises, newly discovered artists, and, of course, plenty of BBQ.

In lieu of a lengthy, play-by-play recap of everything we experienced, we’re going to change it up and just cover some of the high and low lights. Our hopes are such that you will not only put some acts on your list for this upcoming year’s touring season, but also learn how to SXSW better and more effectively in the years to come.


Our dance card was admittedly jam packed, as you would expect from us. Since we don’t focus on a particular genre, our schedule often looked like a game of Tetris, numerous colored blocks stacking on top of each other quicker than we could anticipate. With that in mind, we tried to divide and conquer, leaving certain ninjas to review their favorite genres.

Mew: We’ve been waiting to see Mew for the better part of a decade. If you could peek into our all-time play count on Spotify, you would notice that “Am I Wry? No” has garnered an absurd amount of plays. Our adoration goes further back than Spotify days though, discovering this act long, long ago.

Their live set was absolutely flawless, with Jonas’ vocals echoing what we’ve heard through our headphones in so many walks around our college campus. It was truly one of those life-affirming shows, reminding us of exactly why we started doing this.

Satellites (Acoustic)

ELEL: This band of relative newcomers stole our hearts, and did so in one of the hardest venues to do so. We caught them in a small hall, that was less than forgiving acoustically. Their ability to overcome that, and still get a crowd of people to dance and smile was notable. “40 Watt” particularly shone bright, giving us a glimpse of their unique harmonic abilities. We can’t wait to catch them on tour, as we’re sure they’ll be bringing this seven-piece to every major city really soon.

40 Watt

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[Event Preview/Denver Giveaway] Bag Raiders w/ Action 52 & Rose Quartz- 4/10 – The Bluebird Theater

Miracle (Bag Raiders Remix) + Denver ticket giveaway!

Australia’s Bag Raiders have brilliantly maintained a coveted spot between the staunchest of electronic and dance aficionados, and full-fledged mainstream success in a way so few acts have the ability, yet countless artists aspire to. The duo behind indie-dance gems like “Shooting Stars”, and “Nairobi” are bringing their skills behind the DJ booth for a special DJ Set this Friday at Denver’s Bluebird Theater, and we’ve teamed up with our friends at AEG & Global Dance Music to give away a pair of tickets for one lucky winner. Rounding out the bill are a pair of TMN darlings out of the burgeoning indie scene of Denver, CO: Action 52 & Rose Quartz.

Fresh off of a superbly composed and wonderfully executed EP: Axis of Love, Rose Quartz has been sharing their sound all over the contiguous U.S. lately, behind a nationwide tour with Generationals and Ishi; and never come close to disappointing anyone in attendance for one of their hometown shows. Finally, kicking things off will be the underground tipping, fun loving house music of Action 52, who last landed on these hallowed pages with their take on Ludacris’ “How Low”. Needless to say, we’re getting positively jazzed up for this one, and as always, it just wouldn’t be half as fun without a couple of our Ninja friends in attendance as well. Entering this one is a cinch. Just “like” The Music Ninja Facebook page here, and comment with your favorite Bag Raiders tune below in the comments section for guaranteed entry. We’re announcing our winner on the day of the show, so stay tuned for the reveal!

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is all ages, so tell all your friends to increase your odds of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Bluebird Theater box office.
– You must find a TMN representative and let them buy you a shot (or Red Bull for our non legal friends)
Good luck Ninjas!

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