The Music Ninja is ecstatic to be presenting two of our absolute favorite burgeoning acts, both out of New York, ASTR and The Knocks (Live) next Tuesday in Denver, CO. There’s a veritable buzz circulating around the TMN office as of late, and it’s pretty safe to say that is has to do with June 24th. Just 6 months removed from their Varsity EP, ASTR, whose story sounds like something out of a movie, bring their cimmerian, R&B tinged brand of electronica and pop for the first time to Denver with an incredible supporting cast. Also on the stacked bill is a very special live set from nu-disco revivalists The Knocks. While they’ve brought performances with regularity to Denver in recent times, most have come in the form of DJ sets, and to have them plying their craft in their true vision is always an inviting, raucous experience. We’ve once again teamed up with our friends at the Larimer Lounge to get you ninjas involved in what will be without a doubt a can’t miss concert and one of TMN’s most anticipated nights of 2014. We’re giving away not one, two or three, but FIVE pairs of tickets to our studious readers through Facebook (just follow the instructions below) and for our friends who would rather not take their chances and want to secure a place in what will be a tightly packed venue, grab your tickets here.
Entering is a breeze. Simply “like” The Music Ninja, ASTR and The Knocks Facebook pages and share our Facebook status here for a chance to win! The contest runs until the day of the show, June 24th, at 5:00 p.m., and our winners will be contacted via Facebook but there are a few rules of course:
– You must be 16 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation to the venue
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door..
– You must promise to have as much damn fun as possible on our behalf
Listen to a couple of our favorite tunes below from ASTR, “Operate” and The Knocks “The One” below to tune your cochlear cavities before the show.
The One Ft. Sneaky Sound System
It is always tough for our Resident Artists to come up with their top 5 songs of the moment because let’s be honest, there is always a lot of good music at all times of the year. But low and behold, our Residents always come up with amazing songs that speak highly to who they are as artists. The Chainsmokers had to change their list a few times because of all the good music being constantly played on their computers and in their headphones but finally came up with a list of 5 fabulous songs that will make any summer day 100 times better. Take a listen:
Dont Wanna Dance (Zimmer Remix)
Wasting My Young Years (The Aston Shuffle Remix)
If anyone can write a song about ‘Scars’ and make it beautiful, it would be the duo GEMS. Lindsay and Clifford are two musicians who combine their beautiful musical minds to form GEMS, based out of Washington D.C. The two recently released their new song ‘Scars’, which is raw and brutal and honest, from its lyrics to its seductive melody. The song tells of the scars left from a loved one, how that loved one can see through the fake and the bullshit and the “I’m okays”. The lyrics pull on all heartstrings making the listener feel vulnerable to ones they love and have loved. Lindsay has a light and airy voice that sits quietly in your mind, allowing you to indulge in this stunning song. Be prepared to feel a few scars of your past burn as you hear these two sing each of our stories back to us.
Busy Doin' Nothin' (Bad Language Remix)
Little is known about Bad Language, other than the fact that these guys are both high profile players in the electronic dance music world. What we do know is they’re a duo located out of Los Angeles. No matter the circumstance, if it’s uplifting music like this, than you’ll always hear it here first! This funky remix of Ace Wilder had me dancing out of my bed this morning. Between the soulful deep vibes and the fact this is a WMG release, you know Bad Language isn’t playing!
Taking You With Me
Get ready to go on a ride, because Oslo based Kid Astray are taking you with them. Comprised of six childhood friends from the land of the midnight sun, this indie synth-pop act has created a remarkably memorable tune that is sure to carry you through the summer months with ease.
Made up of an eclectic bunch, including a Vogue cover model, a junior golf champion, and a Chinese/Norwegian piano virtuoso, this sextuplet has a sound that flirts effortless between classic 80’s synth pop and contemporary gold. Displayed by this premiere of “Taking You With Me”, we’re shown a love-laced journey driven by a repitious melody and a downright catchy hook.
Coming off their second EP, (due out June 23, 2014 via Cosmos) this title track boasts influences ranging from M83 to Pet Shop Boys, which will surely going to take the blogosphere by storm. Hopefully we’ll see them come through the states full swing for 2015’s festival season.
If You Ever Want To Be In Love
We’ve had James Bay on our radar since last year, covering “Move Together,” a song dripping with soulful cadence and raw emotions. Fast forward a year and a few months, we had the pleasure of writing up this ahead-of-his-time vocalist’s most recent release, “If You Ever Want to Be in Love.”
Carried by the backbone of a booming piano melody, this beautifully produced, heartfelt single off of the Let It Go EP possesses an undeniable charm that carries across generations of music lovers effortlessly. While the instrumentals are second to none, they are elevated to an entirely different level with the raspy yet refined vocals of Mr. Bay.
One would be crazy to argue against that last point, especially when given the opportunity to watch this acoustic version. Coupled only with a guitar, we find the inescapable raw captivation displayed right in front of our eyes, leaving us only one option: swoon.
Down With Webster
Chills (Shaun Frank Remix)
If you’re getting ready to head to bed right now, don’t press play. Actually, do press play. You have it in you to get up and boogie for a couple of minutes before you call it a night.
Originally composed by Down With Webster, whom also reside in Toronto, “Chills” is a pop/hip hop tune that gained quite a bit of attention just six months ago. With an anthemic chorus, one could see why an artist would take on remixing a tune like this.
Torontonian beatsmith Shaun Frank has a crafted a progressive house remix rife with big room bounce, glitchy electro house elements, and a melody that will get stuck in your head for days. Soloing out perfectly timed vocal samples provides this energetic, melodic backdrop with the type of mental associations that occur in some of the catchiest pop songs. It’s because of this, that we’re not only posting this song, but also why we simply can’t stop singing:
They came from you. They came from you