[Fresh] Different Sleep – Lost Profit feat. Angelina Lucero

Different Sleep
Lost Profit ft. Angelina Lucero

Delicious break beats? Check. Radiating beautiful vocals? Check. Dance-inducing bassline? Double check. Yes, it would seem that Chicago-based Different Sleep and singer/songwriter Angelina Lucero (from IDYLL) certainly have all the necessary elements to give electronic music lovers something that’s as refreshing as an ice-cold Lipton Brisk tea on a hot day.

As we’ve come to know from this young, up-and-coming producer, boundaries don’t exist. Elements from all musical genres can come into play at any time, giving way to both euphoric ambience and up-tempo party moments. “Lost Profit” certainly addresses both of these, and does so through some articulately crafted synths, inventive percussion, and well placed vocal chops.

Ok, enough gushing. We love Different Sleep and we’re pretty damn sure you do too after this track. Click here to stay in touch with all of his goings-on.

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[Denver Giveaway] TMN Presents: Inner Oceans w/ Plume Varia, Lizzy Rose @ Lost Lake – 1/29


While much of our writing staff here at TMN is spread across the entire world, we’ve maintained an active presence in the great city of Denver for good reason. For years now some of our favorite producers, DJ’s and bands throughout countless genres have emanated from the Mile High City, and every chance we have to get behind talent which may not have quite crossed over yet to a national audience, is a special one. Inner Oceans have long been a warm staple inside of the talent-rich Denver indie scene with their brand of haunting, synth-fueled minimal indie-pop; and over the course of a few years and several live shows, we’ve seen their project blossom into one of the most exciting bands heading into 2016. In the past few weeks, the Denver based quartet have dropped a pair of singles, “These Dreams” & “Sunbathe” (both of which are included in our mini-playlist below), which both wield more of an upbeat, drum-machine assisted structure which we can tell will add another engaging layer to their already impressive live show. Needless to say, we’re excited about this one.

On Friday, 1/29, The Music Ninja is proud to present Inner Oceans’ uniquely entrancing sound at the Lost Lake lounge in Denver, CO along with the downtempo dream-pop of Plume Varia and the eclectic stylings of Lizzy Rose. If you haven’t caught on yet, there’s nothing we love more than giving our readers a chance to come groove with us at every ‘TMN Presents’ showcase, so we’re giving away not one, but THREE pairs of tickets to see Inner Oceans. Entering our contest is as always, beyond easy. Just “like” The Music Ninja on FB, click on this post header if you’re still on the TMN front page, then comment below with your favorite Inner Oceans song, and boom, that’s it! And of course we want as many people as possible to come dance with us, so for our friends looking to secure their spot, tickets are only $8.00 and can be purchased using the ticket link here.

There are a few rules, of course:
– The event is 16+ Be sure to tell all of your friends to increase chance of winning!
– You are responsible for your own transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Lost Lake door.

Check out our preview mini-playlist, start commenting below and best of luck ninjas!

Inner Oceans
8 Cousins
Inner Oceans
These Dreams
Inner Oceans
Inner Oceans
Ready Your Ghost (Demo)
Plume Varia
Lizzy Rose
A New Song
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[Indie] MONEY – Three Days Drinking and as Many Lovers Too

Three Days Drinking And as Many Lovers Too

Manchester-based indie rock band MONEY has become one of our favorites here at TMN. From the emotion they put into every composition to the romantically distorted lyrics, they deliver one song after the next. For them, though, it doesn’t ever seem to be about “delivering.” They’re more just one of those bands that make whatever they want to, and it happens to be …. money… every time. Wow. You may have just witnessed a live-blog epiphany.

Their newest single release came after some long awaited anticipation by TMN but we’re here to say that it was worth the wait. “Three Days Drinking and as Many Lovers Too” is a track that further solidifies the band as true melancholic talents. This almost 8-minute long epic sets the stage for a crescendo that never comes with faint vibrato strings, dry acoustic guitar and falsetto vocals from Jamie Lee who’s considered to be the driving force of the project. This ballad stays true and gets deeper rather than louder, remains consistent in its stringed components throughout its duration, and gives the listener theatrical vocals that will have you feeling just as heart-wrenchingly, pensively low as the group suggests.

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You don’t have to scan far through my posts to know that I appreciate a solid pop tune. Will you find any Taylor Swift or the Biebs? No. Not to say that I don’t appreciate their craft, but I like to find stuff a little more inventive, a little more under-the-radar, and a little fresher to the scene. That’s where ERIEL INDIGO comes in.

Racing into the industry at the young age of 19, this LA-based songstress/creative director/activist uses her art as a means to promote well-being, productive rebellion, intentional evolution and communal consciousness. After only a couple of releases, she’s already drawing on associations of Charlie XCX and Tove Lo, yet maintaining her own eclectic style. Now, she’s ready to drop her debut EP, Elevate.

“Every Little Thing” is just the second release from that EP, and it’s nothing short of pure pop bliss. Expect a groovy little beat, memorable lyrics brought forth by a unique vocal tone and some infectious synths that instantly latch on, leaving you craving for just one more play through.

Keep tabs on this budding young chanteuse by following her on Facebook. I can assure you that the rest of the upcoming EP will more than impress.

Photo credit: David Zayas Jr.

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[Indie Rock] Viola Beach – Boys That Sing

Viola Beach
Boys That Sing

It’s been nearly six months since we premiered Viola Beach’s debut single, “Swings & Waterslides.” From there, the track went on to experience tremendous success, hitting the Hype Machine’s Popular charts and racking up nearly a million plays across SoundCloud and Spotify. After all that success, it’s not hard to see why a lot of people had it pegged as one of the best tracks from 2015, including myself.

The band has since released “Cherry Vitmo,” a few months back, and are now keeping up the pace with “Boys That Sing.” Once again, listeners are blanketed by a warm familiarity that’s draped in classic songwriting structures, infused with well-executed guitar work and extremely catchy lyrics. Expect to catch catch yourself drifting between decades, blissfully singing along after only one listen through.

The release also launches the Communion Singles Club, a new platform for the much respected indie label to echo some of the magic generated in the early days around their first 7” and 12” offerings. After you pick it up, I highly recommend checking their tour dates below to see if you can catch a live show.

Tour Dates:

29th January – Koko, London (BBC Introducing and Club NME)

30th January – Carsons, Middleton

4th February – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland (w/ Blossoms)

5th February – Green Room, The Academy, Dublin (w/ Blossoms)

6th February – Limelight 2, Belfast (w/ Blossoms)

10th February – Sub89, Reading (w/ Blossoms)

11th February – Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa (w/ Blossoms)

12th February – Where’s The Music Festival, Sweden

13th February – Boiler Room, Guildford (w/ Blossoms)

18th February – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth (w/ Blossoms)

19th February – Concorde 3, Brighton (w/ Blossoms)

20th February – The Bullingdon, Oxford (w/ Blossoms)

23rd February – The Townhouse, Middlesbrough

24th February – The Welly Club, Hull (w/ Blossoms)

26th February – O2 Academy, Leicester (w/ Blossoms)

27th February – Albert hall, Manchester (w/ Blossoms)

3rd March – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (w/ Blossoms)

4th March – Kasbah, Coventry (w/ Blossoms)

5th March – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent (w/ Blossoms)

11th March – Opium 10, Barnsley

12th March – The Pyramid, Warrington (w/ Blossoms)

25th March – The Academy, Liverpool (w/ Blossoms)

26th March – Stockton Calling, Stockton On Tees

1st October Parr Hall – Warrington (tickets available from 22 Jan)

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The Sleep Millennium – The Sky Is Zero [TMN PREMIERE]

The Sleep Millennium
The Sky Is Zero

Before you press play, go ahead and throw on some blue tinted sunglasses, fire up the lava lamp, and partake in your favorite adult indulgence. The Sleep Millennium is bringing you a taste of the psychedelic 60s, shaded with modern production techniques that will fuse music nerds from past and present.

This is the first single from this brand-new act from Portland, Oregon, which brings us yet another reason to hail the Pacific Northwest. In addition to tasty craft brews, top-notch wines, and the legendary Voodoo Donuts, “The Sky Is Zero” expresses another layer to the culture, and counter-culture, that’s so well defined up there. It’s slow-building, providing a perfectly dreamy build up with delightfully hazy guitars. Booming percussion comes in at about the 2:00-minute mark, giving way to a spiraling crescendo of powerful lyrics and layers of entrancing instrumentals.

As you enjoy this tune, know that it’s the first time the planets have aligned in over a decade. Coincidence? We’ll let you decide. As far as the rest of the debut EP goes, you can expect it on February 26th, 2016. It boasts strong messages of heartbreak, struggle, and triumphs – something we can all associate with.

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[Vibes] Paces ft. Jess Kent – 1993 (No Chill)

Paces ft. Jess Kent
1993 (No Chill)

If you’re not hip to Paces just yet, now’s the time to get acquainted. This Gold Coast producer has a unique approach, fusing together tropical, future bass, and pop elements to create something that has listeners eagerly awaiting their next pool party. “1993 (No Chill)” is Paces first original in five months, following “Bamboo.” This time around, the future bass influences are long gone, giving away to pure pop bliss.

Sydney-based singer/songwriter Jess Kent helps further that pop prowess with her casual swagger, leaving us with a burning desire to nod our head and sing along. From the sounds of it, Paces was hit with the Jess Kent bug after hearing her debut release.

I first heard Jess Kent via her track ‘Get Down’ on Triple j Unearthed. I could tell right away that it was the feel-good hit of the summer and that Jess and I were on a very similar musical vibe. Luckily the timing was right and everything else just fell into place!

If you’re stuck indoors, looking at those untamable snow drifts that just won’t melt, throw this on, make yourself a margarita, and crank up the heat. Just because it’s winter outside, doesn’t mean you can’t have your own tropical getaway inside.

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