[Event Review] The Verge Campus Tour w/ Chance The Rapper + Kygo – Boulder, CO – Balch Fieldhouse – 10/1

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Last Wednesday in beautiful Boulder, CO, a couple of us Ninjas were treated to one of the more eclectic concert pairings to ever come through such a musically rich and diverse city; and both acts proved to deliver on their global hype. The author of one of our favorite albums of 2013: Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper and Norwegian tropical house sensation Kygo were the main course for what was a beautiful night of distinct and divergent sounds right in the heart of Colorado University- in their football stadium’s adjoining training center, the Balch Fieldhouse of all places. At roughly 4,000 strong and mostly of the college-aged persuasion, there was a sporting match vibe to the night as the trained crowd which was armed with more than enough glowing paraphernalia to light a small village for a few days, would unexpectedly erupt into stadium style soccer chants in support of the night’s fearless artists. It was an exciting one to say the least.

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First up for the evening was an artist with whom our TMN faithful should be more than familiar with at this point: Kygo. The 22 year-old sensation has earned an incredible following in a relatively short span behind his unique, melodic and charming take on laid back tropical leaning house structures; such as his intoxicating remixes of The Weeknd, M83 and more, as well as recently inking a major label deal with Sony Entertainment. Kygo’s two-hour set was built upon those feelgood inklings from which he draws such a large fan base as he cycled through a groove heavy sampling of mostly original tunes and remixes. From deeper cuts like Kidnap Kid’s “Animaux” to lighter, but just as effective top-40 fare including Thomas Jack’s epic Of Monsters and Men remix, an edit of Milky Chance’s “Stolen Dance” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” (which unfortunately far too many young attendees left us as only a handful of concert-goers to know the words… c’mon!) the light on his performance was certainly a luminous one. Not to mention, it was quite revitalizing witnessing a crowd that large dancing to a more tranquil end of the EDM spectrum rather than just fist-pumping to the standard college diet of big-room electro and house. Once the dust cleared on a lovely performance from Kygo, we quickly realized that most of the night’s music consumers had, in their eyes, placed Chance The Rapper as the night’s most worthy spectacle.

Read the rest of our review and check out more pictures of the event after the jump!

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[Electronic] Golden Coast – Dream And An MPC (VICE & Justyle Remix)

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Last month, we were introduced to the artist, Golden Coast, and ultimately fell in love with their sensational song, “Dream And An MPC”. After hearing the Televisor remix, we could not wait to hear what other artists interpretations were going to sound like. Today we have a fun genre-pushing remix of “Dream And An MPC” from VICE and Justyle. The two infused this song with pitched vocals, futuristic synths, Jersey Club elements, and a powerful percussion that’ll make you feel all sorts of ways. Vice and Justyle transfom the Golden Coast number into something perky, vibrant, and full of life in which they give us more the reason to dream the rest of the day away. Make sure to cop your free download while you’re at it!

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[Progressive House] The Chainsmokers feat. SirenXX – Kanye (Lash Remix)

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With every girl in line at Starbucks waiting for their pumpkin spice lattes while wearing overly-sized sweaters, leggings, and Ugg boots, it might be a good indicator that Fall is here and festival season is a thing in the past. Well, don’t go throwing your crop tops and floral headbands in the back of your Summer box just yet because it seems as if our favorite season has extended itself just a tad bit longer for us to enjoy in our cozy sweaters (or bikinis if you’re in Southern California).

Not too long ago, The Chainsmokers unleashed their latest original, “Kanye” featuring SirenXX, and made Kanye himself want to be like Kanye. Now that everyone and their mom has heard this song, producers from all over are lining up to reveal their renditions to share with the world. Today we have a fun remix from Dominican Republics very own Lash; these two spiced up their version with a whole lot of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Filled with poppy synth leads, enticing piano melodies, and a bursting breakdown to make you feel even more basic with your latte, Lash gives us another reason to keep the party going strong. Grab your free download and get ready for some progressive feels.

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[Concert Preview/Denver-Boulder Giveaway] RÜFÜS DU SOL, Option4, and Hermitude – 10/15 – Fox Theatre

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Us Denver Ninjas are getting pretty dang excited for next Wednesday’s Fox Theatre show in Boulder, CO. The bill showcases one of Australia’s single most coveted musical exports, and one of TMN’s favorite acts in the entire electronic and indie landscape, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are bringing their entire live act for one of the most anticipated concerts on our agendas to round out 2014. The Aussie trio combine the spectacle of live instrumentation with a keen pop sensibility and dance undertones to hone a sound that has thrust them into international spotlight over the last few years. With singles like “Desert Night”, “Take Me”, official remixes for The Presets and most recently ZHU, as well as a pending debut long-player, Atlas; the indie-dance triumvirate have begun to bubble over into more mainstream consciousness during perhaps their richest musical stretch in the band’s short history. Further rounding out the card is another TMN favorite, Denver house maestro option4, who has become a serious mainstay here over the last year behind a jacking, soulful and unique take on house music, including his most recent debut on Fool’s Gold Records; and rounding out the evening is fellow Australians Hermitude who will undoubtedly pace the night wonderfully with their blend of instrumental, hip-hop infused electronicism.

Of course, we wouldn’t just tell you all about a show and not get our awesome readers involved. So we’re giving away a pair of tix through another contest! Entering is a breeze as usual, just “like” the TMN Facebook page and enter your e-mail below for a chance to win. There are a few rules as always, and be sure to stream “We Left” from RÜFÜS above. Winners will be notified via e-mail on Monday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Get to it!

There are a few rules, of course:
- The even is all ages (12+) so tell your friends!
- 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



 

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[Indie] Emily Wolfe – Ghost Limb

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Sometimes it’s difficult to understand exactly why we live in a world where genre is such a predominant consideration.

Like many others, it’s not occurred to me to premeditate all my record buying. I generally like to casually peruse a store: have a purchasing ponder, a quiet consideration, a vinyl vs disc dilemma. In fact, the only place I rush is home, to ascertain whether newly procured record-in-hand lives up to all expectation. But to be reductive: efficiency triumphs and the genre riddled record shop remains. Without the ‘locate indie here’ directive I may find myself fumbling through a dub step section; and that people, is a place I never wish to be.

We procrastinate, but the point is poignant enough: I don’t know where Emily Wolfe should be placed within our label loving social scenario. The genre dilemma is readily avoided in worldwide webspace. We can attach many a tag to the track, but ultimately new release Ghost Limb is an accolade to authentic sentiment and subject. Emily Wolfe is considerably honest, and if we were all honest all of the time, we definitely wouldn’t sound the same on any two days. So if you’re relying on Emily Wolfe’s previous release Swoon for direction, look away now.

(Disclaimer: For those of you whose heads are swimming with questions like ‘is she really indie though?’ we are succumbing to the social norm and will attempt to categorise).

Ghost Limb (released October 7th) is a starkly haunting and head turning effort, combining the straight forward matter of classic rock, with something a bit more sultry. Featuring the sort of raw riff the mid-nineties would be proud of, Ghost Limb resonates with palpable passion. Whilst the subject matter speaks to the perils of consumerist society, there’s a grabbing grittiness lurking beneath the unblemished but believable vocal.

Save the pop passé stamp, this is a more vintage rock, meets femme sincerity, sort of affair.

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[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune – Small VVorld (Album)

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Atlanta has long been home to some of hip-hop’s most unique characters dating back to Outkast‘s emergence, which not only opened the doors for southern rap in the mainstream, but also gave ATL emcees confidence to be as epically strange as they are today. Over the last year we’ve seen artists from Young Thug to Raury rise to prominence and their vastly different styles are a true testament to the diversity of creative minds coming out of the area. In the midst of countless burgeoning Atlanta artists, Rome Fortune has managed to stand out carving out a multi-faceted sound all his own.

After a series of impressive releases, Fortune’s debut project premiered on Billboard yesterday and it’s a must listen for hip-hop fans looking for music that pushes the genre forward. Small VVorld has a distinct abstract feel to it as Rome Fortune delivers his laid-back vocals over a truly impressive range of instrumentals. Aside from far-out production courtesy a few of the South’s many talented beat makers, Fortune teams up with experimental, electronic producers Four Tet and Bassnectar displaying an aptitude for songwriting over dynamic production. Although the emcee features are light, his tracks with oft-collaborator OG Maco display a clear chemistry and the cut “FriendsMaybe” with iLoveMakonnen is one of the most fun, memorable moments of the project.

In some ways, Fortune’s steez on the microphone over ethereal production brings to mind the “cloud rap” popularized by Bay Area acts like Main Attrakionz, while maintaining Atlanta’s trap influences and developing a compelling narrative. The result is one of the most progressive, creative rap projects of the year that we would describe in short as cloud-trap rap. Stream the whole project, and grab the free download, below.

DOWNLOAD: Rome Fortune – Small VVorld

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The Experiment feat. OG Maco (Prod By Cubby)
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4 Seasons feat. OG Maco (Prod By Dizzle)
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Why (Prod By Pat Lukens)
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5 second RULE (Prod By SuicideYear)
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Workin Gal (Interlude) (Prod By Lava Dome)
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Workin Gal (Prod by SuicideYear)
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FriendsMaybe (Feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN) (Prod. By Money Karlo)
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No Evidence (Demo Prod By Blood Diamonds)
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Flashback (Prod By Bassnectar)
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Suit Case feat. OG Maco (Prod By honeycoma x SuicideYear)
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BONUS: One Time For (prod Four Tet)

 

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[Electronica] Summer School – Nightly News

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Like his moniker, LA-based producer Summer School has a summery sound we just can’t get enough of. If you’re into old school video game music with a little bit of experimental synthwave, this unique tune titled “Nightly News” might just be the one for you.

The intro starts off with this hollowed chant, then proceeds to get into this 8-bit groovy synth that sets the stage for the whole track. The catchy high synths will definitely get you pumped and leave you headbanging ’til your head falls off. The wave-like sound that supports the melodies of the song is perfectly incorporated into the fast-paced jumpy beat. It also provides this chill vibe that gets you going with whatever you’re doing.

With that said, stay tuned for Summer School’s upcoming single “Control” that’s coming out 11/7. He’s one heck of an artist to watch for.

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