[Chillout] Dinnerdate – Memoire


Dinnerdate has surprised us once again with this new release. This tune titled “Memoire” features the unique signature sound by the German producer which consists of a combination of deep/tropical house, nu-disco and indie. The occasionally-muffled vocals help accentuate the minimalist approach to the track, and the subtle piano chords blend right into the noisy background effects. It’s one of those tunes you just can’t get enough of even though you can’t really pinpoint what sticks out. It is just that catchy and memorable.

Go give this a listen and dream away! This tune is also available for download on his Facebook page.

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[Indie] Absofacto – History Books

History Books

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard something from one of our all time favs, Absofacto. This Ann Arbor-based solo singer/songwriter has probably been busy between a stint with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and his work with Hollow & Akimbo, but we sure are glad he’s back with this peculiar new tune.

“History Books” is a delightfully messy piece, boasting a spastic and glitchy persona, all of which carry along Visger’s engaging vocals. Purposely crafted in this manner, this song gives an inside look at his psyche, which he elaborates on:

“History Books” is a confused, neurotic song in some ways, but I think that’s part of why it really captures how I’ve been feeling. It’s fanciful but honest, a little sad but still having fun, hopelessly lost but enjoying the adventure anyway, indignant but good-natured… and in the end, it’s far from perfect. And that’s something I can accept, and even love.

“History Books” came out a few days ago, and can be purchased for just a buck on his bandcamp page. Head over and pick it up for yourself.

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The Landing – We Are [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

The Landing
We Are

Just in time for the Holiday where we celebrate the unknown, the macabre, the mysterious, and the mystical, The Landing dropped this extraterrestrial video for the glowing tune, “We Are.”

Riding along the backbone of a bassline that would make Pinback proud, the instrumentals for “We Are” are delicate and cosmic, creating an ethereal soundscape. Accentuated by the gloriously refined falsettos which caress an other-worldly message, we’re left drifting along to other worlds while listening to this title track from his recently released EP.

While we admittedly miss the soundbite from British philosopher Alan Watts in the intro, the lead-in paragraph does more than enough to set the tone of “We Are.” Following that, masked beings pair up with this solo artist, creating an intergalactic dance party, which is assumedly outside of a recent crop circle. Feel free to steal some of those moves for your upcoming Halloween celebrations.

If you want to get taken to another planet via dreamy space pop, please hit up one of his upcoming shows:

Brooklyn, NY
11/2 @ Cameo Gallery – 7pm

New York, NY
11/8 @ Rockwood Music Hall – 12am

Arlington, VA
11/15 @ IOTA Club and Cafe – 9pm

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2014 Round #4)


Living in the present is not the easiest thing to do. We tend to let all the things we need to do, the things we did, or the things we should be doing run circles in our head. Most of the time we probably end up missing out on all the cool shit that is happening right in front of us and that’s gotta change. Yeah, training our brains to embrace something new can be a difficult. So, lets start simple. Sit back, chillax and let the indie dojo soundtrack your NOW. Not your potential tomorrow, not your “in the dust” yesterday, but this minute (or 30) in time you just now became aware of. Enjoy.

Mont Oliver
Nathan Ball
Green Light
Pin Tweaks
Girl On The Wire
The Rebel Light
Wonderson Slater
The Day
Out For The West
As I Am
Spooky Black
dj khaled is my father (bonus) (prod. Psymun & Spookyblack) *VIDEO IN DESCRIPTION*


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[Festival Review + Playlist] Photos & Songs from Treasure Island 2014, SF 10/18-19

_MG_1990As regular festival attendees, the Ninja staff has definitely learned to appreciate a well-organized event and last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be one of the best in the business. With no overlapping sets and plenty of room to dance, TIMF, even in its most well-attended year to date, felt like a paradise for festivalgoers who, with the current popularity of live music, have become accustomed to the more stressful aspects of music festivals. Treasure Island’s 2014 lineup featured masterful curation of diverse genres encouraging attendees to check out acts they might not have otherwise.

Check out a playlist of memorable songs to go along with some amazing photos of MØ, Chet Faker Outkast, Alt-J and more from Treasure Island Music Festival below. If you were in attendance last weekend, we hope this brings you back!

Day 1

Why we loved it: Electro-pop vocalist MØ has been on our radar for quite some time now. As a performer, she has an undeniable energy with a voice that translates incredibly well live. Due to an eye infection, she was rocking an eye patch during her set, which actually ended up making her look even cooler on stage. TIMF2014_4 TIMF2014_5TIMF2014_6

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Rubee Rayne – Don’t Say You Love Me (Jeff Sontag Cover Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Jeff Sontag
Don't Say You Love Me (Rubee Rayne Cover)

There’s nothing more delightful than waking up to the enticing smell of coffee and the sweet, sweet voice from Jeff Sontag to lift our spirits and permeate us with perfect harmonies and elevate our souls to new heights. It has been some time since we last heard from him and his healing voice; well today is your lucky day ninjas because we have just the right frequencies from Jeff to remedy your soul like never before. This time around, Jeff decided to switch things up a bit with a vocal cover remix of Rubee Rayne’s phenomenal song, “Don’t Say You Love Me”, in which he re-works the original into a mystical, spine-tingling new wonder that will make you feel some type of way. Filled with Flume-style synths, euphoric melodies, and sexual percussive elements, Jeff transports our minds to an entirely new world for the next 6 minutes and 8 seconds. We are extremely excited to share the latest from him and his ethereal work and cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeve in the near future. “Don’t Say You Love Me” is available for free download so make sure to get this one while you can because you’ll have this one on repeat for the rest of the season. We’re guarantee his soothing voice will enchant you like never before, so press play and drift off for the rest of the day.

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The Chill Dojo #105

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Tropical house has certainly been one of the talking points of 2014, and one of the artists at the forefront of conversation has undoubtedly been Thomas Jack. It’s not hard to see why this style has garnered such popularity over the course of this year, and this laid-back version of the anthemic ‘Back Home’ embodies everything that makes it such a joy to listen to. The catchy melody is accentuated by that sweet sax, working in perfect harmony with the acoustic bed underlying the moments of bliss layered throughout. In case you missed one of the hottest tracks from last week, stop whatever you’re doing now and dive head first into this one.

Funnily enough, as much as we talk about all these summery tunes perfectly designed for beach-side vibes, it’s not often we post things coming out of Brazil, arguably one of the best destinations for exactly that backdrop. Luckily, we have this recent jam from Cesare to remedy that glaring issue, and boy does it satisfy exactly what we’ve been lacking. Infectious lyrics mixed with a funky bassline are a powerful cocktail, and will bring a slice of paradise to wherever you may be listening. We’re continent hopping once again, but still rocking a similar vibe, this time courtesy of one of our favorite Swedes in Tobtok. His signature groovy synths are again the heroes of another solid remix that will take no prisoners in its mission to get everyone up and dancing. A body-moving sound of a different kind is woven by the ever-magical KAASI. This man is an artisan of seductively deep music, and ‘Lisse’ is another reason why we just can’t get enough of every new masterpiece he produces. Close your eyes and let it wash over you like the purest of waters.

We’ll conclude the write-up by calling out another batch of amazing ‘Say My Name’ remixes to add to the impressive list so far. That’s one contest which will see no easy decision to be made, but the rewards for us listeners have been growing with every passing week. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #105 zip

MYNGA feat. Cosmo Klein 
  Back Home (Thomas Jack Remix)
Fickle Friends
For You (Cesare Remix)
Keljet x AYER
If Its Not You (Tobtok Remix)
Thomas Jack x MYNGA x Odesza
Back Home (AA Say My Name Bootleg)
Say My Name (Basic Tape Remix)
Say My Name (Delusion Remix)
Rain Dance
Body Cry ft. Father Dude
Mr. Carmack
dear mama
Back Home
Eevee (Grimecrafts IRL Flareon Flip)
Laura Doggett
Moonshine (Authr Edition)
Hi Life
Give U The World
What Is Love (Tapetenwechsel Remix)
Low (Thats Nice Remix)
Jennifer Hudson Feat. R. Kelly
Its Your World (Henry Land Remix)
These Moments
Flight Facilities
Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (HNNY REMIX)
Kaleidoscope (Kaytranadas Flip)
Just, Hold On For a Second
Elliot Moss
Slip (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
Slow Magic
On Yr Side (Sebastian Carter Edition)


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