[Album Review/Stream] Lincoln Jesser – Modern Color

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Much of today’s musical release climate is permeated by a steady influx of gigantic marketing campaigns behind singles, the occasional EP, and everything in between. Sadly, the disappearance of countless independent labels over the past 15  or so years has left this writer’s favorite release format, the long player, as somewhat of a novelty and a major gamble for smaller artists not signed to a major. So when one of our favorite rising sons of synth; indie-pop architect, Lincoln Jesser, announced the impending release of a debut LP, Modern Color, we were all ears on deck. To see such quality and a clear conceptual path put forth into an album format in 2014 without the backing of at least some type of indie is refreshing to say the least. Bending a bevy of electronic pop buoyed with a slick indie sensibility has been the auditory bait for more than a few of us Ninjas, as Jesser has become a regular amongst the pages of TMN over the past year through singles like “We’ll Be Fine”, “Wicked Son”, “Untold” (both of which can be found on Modern Color), “After_Love” and he’s put together quite the diverse, but focused collection of tunes to create his debut album.

Kicking off with an atmospheric, saccharine slice of indie-pop on “We’ll Be Fine”, Modern Color quickly highlights its superlative attributes through its opening tune: hooky, modulated synth lines and Jesser’s penetrating incantations. While “We’ll Be Fine”, a pop song in pure form, paces the LP; much of Jesser’s musical perspective on this one comes in the form of slower burning fragments. Tracks like “Untold”, and “Supertouch” provide an insightful glimpse into Jesser’s more emotive musical outlook on which Modern Color’s most poignant moments take place. But without the LP’s poppy respites on cuts like “Tops” & “Certainty” -which both dip into club-house territory along a flowing four-four kick and minimal electro house vibrations- and “Wicked Son”; those moments don’t feel like they’d come across as impactful. Modern Color closes its doors on the heels of two previously unreleased tunes, “Rolling Stones” and “Time Apart”; and both are an incredible close to a very worthy debut entry into the album form from Lincoln Jesser.

Modern Color is out now digitally and can be purchased on the cheap through iTunes, and for such a well thought out LP inauguration, we think it’s completely worth the squeeze. Stream Lincoln Jesser’s Modern Color below in its entirety

Well Be Fine
Untold
Tops
Supertouch
Wicked Son
Something Right
Certainty
Rolling Stones
Time Apart
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[Electronic] Anna Of The North – Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix)

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Anna of the North
Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix)(Free DL)

For those of you who may have first caught wind of The Chainsmokers through “Selfie” (and who blames you), you may not know that the duo got their first following in the industry by producing remixes of some of the most eclectic group of indie artists in the market today. They were some listener’s first introductions to Say Lou Lou, ASTR, and Banks. Now that the two are on two bigger and grander things like XM Radio shows, multimillion dollar recording deals, and creators of the song that nearly broke Youtube, they decided to take a nostalgic trip back to their indie roots and try out a new remix. Luckily for us, they picked up TMN-favorite Anna Of The North and her single “Sway” and bring her into the spotlight. The Norwegian dream pop starlet gets her angelic voice reinforced by the Chainsmokers’ outstanding production which is quite honestly a match made in heaven. AOTN was our best kept secret, but it seems like she will be ruling the airwaves sooner than we previously thought thanks to this long-anticipated remix by two of the industry’s best.

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[Get Crunk x 2] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 121)

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Has it really been 2 weeks since the last Friday Party Playlist?! Geez…where does the time go these days? Well, now that we have recovered from last weekends intense blogathon, it’s time to get back in the swing of things and get you ninjas your party anthems to help carry you through these next couple of days.

Since I decided to rain check ya’ll last week, I put together a MASSIVE Friday Party Playlist that can literally last you until next week. This girl doesn’t play around, so get up, get movin’, and shake what yo mama gave you.

Until next week, we ask that you #danceirresponsibly.

Party Favor
Bap U (JEFF085)
Hydraulix & Oski vs Creaky Jackals
Grind
Hudmo
Chimes (Maxx Baer Re
Flume & Chet Faker
Drop the Game (Sweater Beats Remix)
Tame Impala
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (IckyBob Bootleg)
Jennifer Lopez ft. Iggy Izalea
Booty (DeafMind Bootleg)
T Mass  & PatrickReza
Faith
Kito & Reija Lee
Sweet Talk (Lazerdisk Remix)
AutoLaser
Ya Comin Home (Future Fridays)
C2C
Down The Road (Beataucue Remix)
BISHU
Standby
Green Gardens (Djembas Fest Edit)
Wuki
Hot (Buku Remix)
Will Sparks & Zoolanda
Drop That (Tomsize Remix)
Losco
Drop
Oliver Heldens X Madonna
Gecko Music (TKDJS Mashup)
Artistic Raw
Miami (Havok Roth & HLTR$KLTR Remix)
Dillon Francis & Dj Snake
Get Low (The Rebirth In Paris)
FREAK
Mr. Carmack
terra instro
Woolymammoth
CULT
Revolvr & Genisis Ft Splitbreed
Unstoppable (Aero Chord Remix)
Justice
Phantom (Our Time Remix)
Nelly Furtado x Timbaland
Promiscuous (Dr. Fresch Remix)
Future
Covered In Money (GVME OVER Bootleg)
JayCeeOh And Woogie
2THAWALL (Original Mix)
Migos
Fight Night (Lambo Remix)
Round2Crew
Booty Had Me Like (Club Killers Remix)
Derek Rhodes x Reid Stefan x Juicy J
AlleyOop
Aquadrop
Changes
Valentino Khan feat. DJ Kool
Make Some Noise
BnW
I Dont Like It
Sikdope Ft. Ash Riser
Never Wanna Leave (Ash Riser VIP)
Tear Rambo Up (Koyote Edit) Alesso // Deorro // J
Trick
Long Shot (Cash Cash X Clean Bandit X The Chainsmokers)
Magic! & Zedd
Rude (Instant Party! Remix)
Ellie Goulding
Beating Heart (Steve James Remix)
Charli XCX
Break The Rules (Sava&Razz Remix)
Route 94
My Love feat. Jess Glynne (Young Bombs Remix
Clean Bandit
Rather Be (Modern Machines Remix)
SomeKindaWonderful
Reverse (Special Features Remix)
Parliament
Flash Light (Slynk Remix)
Edward Maya
Stereo Love (Kings Remix)
Young Franco Ft Joy
Close 2 U (Benson Remix)
ALT
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[Indie/Synth-Pop] GEMOLOGY – First & Last [TMN Premiere]

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GEMOLOGY
First & Last

We’re starting this fine Tuesday morning with a beautiful bang in the form of a TMN Premiere for Brooklyn dream-pop duo GEMOLOGY‘s first ever single “First & Last”. The translucent and multifaceted pairing of Natasha Chitayat and Joanie Wolkoff, GEMOLOGY respires a new life into an often times saturated synth-pop genre while providing their listeners with a visionary brand of pensive and introspective pop assemblage. While Natasha is a multi-instrumentalist/producer with an unwavering pop sensibility with Joanie cutting her teeth as a songer/songwriter with credits on projects such as Foxe Basin, Safra Nikoto and a forthcoming project titled “Her Habits.”; it seems they’ve both found the perfect musical balance for each others’ strengths. “First & Last” is a brooding slice of Chitayat’s resolute pop sensibility coupled with Wolkoff’s penetrating voice and lyrics; pulling from us a sense of longing, but also simultaneous hope. They say art in its purest form makes its audience feel something; and “First & Last” delicately pulls its listener in a number of welcome directions.  This one from GEMOLOGY got us off on the completely right foot this morning. Let it do the same for you.

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[Electro-Pop] PROM – Flickers

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Flickers

There is something truly beautiful about today, everyone, and despite the 100 degree weather we are currently sitting through at 7: 45 in the evening, we have found comfort in this disgusting heat. Helping us find solace in the midst of our dripping sweat is Brooklyn duo, Ella Zoller and Gabriel Stanley (who collectively make up the band PROM). These two surprised us all and left us without words after stumbling upon their newly released song, “Flickers” (produced by Dave Weingarten). Bursting with vibrant instrumentals, spine-tingling melodies, powerful percussive elements, and a ying and yang effect to balance out Ella and Gabriel’s stunning vocals, “Flickers” is an enchanting piece of art that is bound to make you smile from ear to ear. PROM took an impressive leap into some of the most cutting and rewarding subgenres of electro-pop to which these two create a divine synchronicity within their harmonies.

“Flickers” essentially left us without words and we presume you might endure the same response. So prepare your heart to conduct a symphony for your mind and let these beautiful frequencies take you to new heights.

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[Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Cloak & Dagger Music Festival – Denver, CO – 9/20

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It seems within recent years the Mile High City of Denver, CO has been blessed with an abundance of incredible live music; especially larger scale offerings. So, when we heard our good friends at TheHundred Presents had put together one of the most eclectic and multifarious festival lineups we’d ever seen, we knew we had to get our Ninjas involved. On September 20th, The Cloak & Dagger Music Festival brings a wealth of underground dance talent, including Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, Justin Martin, Thomas Jack, Kidnap KidMartyn, Midland, Moon Boots, Gigamesh, Sango, Pomo, Homework, Golf Clap, Graff as well as a few more lesser known acts championed by TMN in the past including Need & Necessity, Keepers. and Action 52 all in the span of one day. Well with the one day mega event just one business week away from becoming a reality, we wanted to extend our hands and invite our Ninja friends in Colorado (or anyone else who wants to make the trek to Denver for that matter) to try and win a pair of free tickets. As with every one of our contests, entering is streamlined and simple for you savvy readers.  Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 19th (one day before festival). If you don’t respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- 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



 

In anticipation of what seems like a lineup curated just for some of our dance-head Ninja readers, we’ve also put together a nifty little playlist featuring the artists we’re most excited to see at Cloak & Dagger to get us focused up on the long Saturday ahead. Why not let this playlist soundtrack your day, and we’ll see you soon!

With Me
Okay
Henry Krinkle
Stay (Justin Martin Rmx)
Of Monsters and Men
Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
Like You Used To
Martyn & copeland
Love Of Pleasure
Whatever You Need
Wunder Wunder
Coastline (Gigamesh Remix)
One Of My Kind (Original Mix)
This Life (Original Mix)
Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)

 

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[NEW] Childish Gambino – Sober

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Childish Gambino
Sober [rough]

Forgive us for somehow missing out on this gem earlier today, as we were engaging in our usual Sunday football rituals. Although that’s not the best excuse, we hope you’re just as pleasantly surprised as we were to discover new material from Childish Gambino. Titled “Sober,” the track is set to be included on Bino’s double-sided mixtape, STN MTN / KAUAI, which is yet to receive a release date. Pulled from the KAUAI side of the tape, “Sober” finds the talented artist demonstrating his vocal chops, creating a pop tune that sounds right at home with many of his recent records.

While on the surface the lush, mercurial soundscape gives the song the appearance of a rather upbeat tune, if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize it’s actually rather grim. With a hook that declares, “And now that it’s over, I’ll never be sober/I couldn’t believe, but now I’m so high,” it’s pretty clear that Bino had his heart broken recently and is turning to other substances to help ease the pain. The rest of the track finds him trying to reason with the girl and patch thing up in a last ditch effort, but his efforts seem to be in vain. It makes for an interesting dynamic, as your natural instincts to smile happily and nod your head along with the delightful melody contrast heavily with the song’s contents.

Given the title of the track on SoundCloud, it seems like this is still a rough version, but nonetheless, we’re interested to see what other sounds Childish has been experimenting with lately and can barely contain our excitement for the upcoming mixtape.

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