[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 76: Gorillaz, GoldLink & K-Dot

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Music Ninja Radio #76: Gorillaz, GoldLink & K-Dot

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Last week was a massive one for new music with both Gorillaz and Kendrick Lamar announcing upcoming albums. Episode #76 includes singles from both alongside a diverse mix of genres spanning electro-soul, indie pop, far out hip-hop and forward-thinking house. Other personal favorites from this episode include a dreamy remix from Conrad Clifton, summer-ready cuts from GoldLink‘s new album, Nite Jewel‘s effortless latest single & Djemba Djemba‘s future house take on Jnthn Stein.

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Light Bodies – Gravity [TMN PREMIERE]

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Gravity

You hear that? It’s the faintest of rumblings coming over the horizon. It brings with it unadulterated freedom and a worry-free vibe that will wash over you in just a few hours. By now you should have guessed it –it’s the weekend and its charge is being led by a phenomenal collection of tunes from the newly-founded Bribery Corporation. If you’re not familiar just yet, don’t worry. This record label/fashion house is set to make a huge splash, as today’s release will indicate.

Dropping as a free download in partnership with BitTorrent, “Gravity” is one of twelve tunes that highlight the tastes of this Miami-based project. Written, produced, and sung by Light Bodies, who has somehow flown under our radar, it was a personal favorite amongst the mix. If this track is any indicator of what’s to come, we can easily assume that it won’t be long before more people start to catch on.

“Gravity” is a sultry stunner, heavily driven by smooth a thumping, seductive bassline, minimalistic beeps, brooding piano chords, and some otherworldy vocals. It’s alluring, but not overwhelming or overdone–a perfect balance of soul-driven lyrics and gorgeous production sure to incite some goosebumps throughout the ride.

If you’re digging “Gravity,” make sure to grab the full bundle on BitTorrent.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 239)

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Miami Music Week is coming to a close and Ultra weekend is taking over. Whether you are soaking up the good vibes in Florida or are trying to do your own thing elsewhere, music is going to play a central role in your experience. The weekend is here and letting loose is the goal. Here to help you attain your goal are several producers from all around the world including The Golden Pony, DEVAULT, Autograf, Buku, Figure and more. As usual, all twelve of these records have been released as free downloads, so if you are someone who still downloads songs like we do, then feel free (no pun intended) to take the tracks home with you. Most importantly, don’t forget to #danceirresponsibly.

’The Golden Pony – Trust Feat. Cintia Lund’
’Take Five – Breeze (w/ Curfew)’
’Kehlani – Undercover (DEVAULT Remix)’
’Terravita X Bare – Right Now ft. Tima Dee
’Lektrique & aUtOdiDakT – Alpha Dogs’
’Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay (Revolt Remix)’
’Luna Shadows – Waves (Jasper Dietze Remix)’
’Klangstof – We Are Your Receiver (Autograf Remix)’
’RVDY – Fairytale’
’Buku – Ready 4’
’Big N Slim – Jump In’
’Figure & Niveau Zero – Escape’
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[It’s Almost Summer] NoMBe – Freak Like Me

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Freak Like Me

For this moment–this one right here–I’m going to pretend that global warming isn’t happening at an alarming pace, instead, choosing to soak in the sunny rays of Denver’s unprecedented 80 degree weather. My soundtrack for this near-summer day? NoMBe’s “Freak Like Me.”

I can see it all now: pool parties, BBQs, rowdy rides to festivals, and epic nights out on the city. Those warm-weather visions are currently being brought to life with this catchy-as-hell arrangement of playful, funky guitar work, emphatic kick drums and spiraling toms, and cooler-than-the-other-side-of-the-pillow vocals.

If you’re not hip to this Angelino just yet, now’s the time to get acquainted. He has a healthy stable of tunes ready for you to dive into, so get to it already!

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[Future Bass] MSTR ROGERS – Sooner Or Later

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“Sooner Or Later” from the LA producer MSTR ROGERS has come to the fold thanks to Ultra Records. Coming off a #1 Spotify chart topper, MSTR ROGERS collaboration with the Aussie Inka Wood has the same potential of success. Out now on digital services, “Sooner Or Later” is a song you’ll be buying sooner rather than later.

Soft, smooth and delectable are some terms that come to mind while listening to this jam. Ultra Records is often known for it’s electrifying house records, but that doesn’t mean they don’t back amazing future tunes like this one. MSTR ROGERS is among a ton of talented artists on the roster, but he’s looking to establish himself as one of the top, go-to producers on the label. If he keeps putting out tunes like “Sooner Or Later” then he surely will succeed in that.

I just want people to feel good, and have fun in the process. Hopefully help them get a little lost for 3 or so minutes and escape the everyday! Whenever I create, I’m searching for that ‘moment’ for the audience.
– MSTR ROGERS

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Get To Know The Mad Beat Scientist Jack Squire [TMN Interview]

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Often times when producers preach that they’re doing something special, they aren’t really. Jack Squire is someone who is in the lab cooking up some hot concoctions that are sure to change the game. There are already several producers fusing classical music with dance, but Jack is one of the notable ones you’ll need on your radar.

Recently, Jack came out with his fiery electro tune “Creatures” that showcases just the style he is going for, however that doesn’t mean he can’t take his style into new sonic territories. With “Creatures” we get a single that moves from an old-school dance sound to a cinematic break that finally leads us into some energetic bass. It has come just in time for festival season, so if you want your set or playlist to stick out, you’re going to want this in there. We brought Jack Squire into the dojo to answer a few questions so that all of us could get a glimpse into the mind of such an intriguing producer.

TMN: Where did the name Jack Squire come from?

JS: It’s actually my name! Squire is my middle name.

TMN: What was the inspiration behind “Creatures”; and how do you tap in creatively to the bass sound that fits you?

JS: I wanted to do something that felt very cinematic, and I’ve always loved the sound of string ensembles. They're so full of emotion. For the drop, I wound up using a lot of random sound effects for little fills. Gunshots, a woman shrieking, chainsaws, even the famous Wilhelm scream. It all makes it sound like the song is playing during a monster movie montage. Hence the name “Creatures”.

TMN: Who do you look to artist-wise if you are lacking inspiration in the moment?

JS: Joyryde and Blackgummy. Joyryde’s music is on a whole other level. I absolutely love it. Blackgummy and I actually have a studio together, and he is always doing some wild stuff. I don’t think anyone uses effects (whooshs, sweeps, little noises, subtle changeups, etc) as well as he does in his tracks. There’s lots of producers out there doing really interesting things across all genres, it really depends on my mood and what I’m doing. I think Pixel Terror’s remix of ARMNHMR’s song ‘Wings’ is one of the most interesting bass heavy tracks I’ve heard.

TMN: What do you wish you knew 2 years ago as a musician that you hope other young producers will learn now?

There’s no right or wrong way to make music. Use loops, use presets, make every sound from scratch, record the sound of stuff around your house, do whatever the hell you want. At the end of the day, if it sounds good, it sounds good.

TMN: What is your dream show?

JS: Honestly, in my experience, as long as the dance floor is packed and everyone is feeling what I’m playing, it doesn’t matter if its 50 people, 500, or more. It always feels amazing. But I definitely dream of doing some incredible stuff live eventually. I would love to bring out live instrumentalists and vocalists to big shows in the future, and do some live performance shows with incredible visuals. That’s still quite a ways off for me, though!

TMN: What is the Jack Squire plan for 2017?

JS: Lots and lots of new music! I’ve got tons of solo stuff I’m going to release this year, and have a few collabs in the works as well. You can definitely expect at least one new song every month from me.

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DAUNT – Unbearable Light [TMN PREMIERE]

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“Unbearable Light” gave me such a blissful, encompassing experience. In only a matter of seconds, the deep, brooding synths, simplistic percussion pattern, and light, spattering of piano keys had me well inside my own psyche, enjoying the depths I was receding into. And that was all before I dug into the lyrics and vocal cadence.

Drawing on comparisons of Bob Moses and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service)–whom I consider the one of the best songwriters of our time–this up-and-coming Londoner has my attention piqued. His previous releases elude to the fact that the quality is steadfast, far from a one-hit flash-in-the-pan. Each provide a gorgeous simplicity, tapping us on the shoulder to relish the beauty of a well-crafted song.

With a bevy of influences from hip-shaking hip-hop beats, timeless, soulful rhythms and iconic disco bass lines, as well as the genre-bending artists like Beck and Glass Animals, it’s safe to say we’ll continue to see Daunt pushing the boundaries.

If you find yourself in London on April 26th, make sure to head out and catch the his EP launch show at The Waiting Room.

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