[Electro-Pop] PROM – Flickers

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Flickers

There is something truly beautiful about today, everyone, and despite the 100 degree weather we are currently sitting through at 7: 45 in the evening, we have found comfort in this disgusting heat. Helping us find solace in the midst of our dripping sweat is Brooklyn duo, Ella Zoller and Gabriel Stanley (who collectively make up the band PROM). These two surprised us all and left us without words after stumbling upon their newly released song, “Flickers” (produced by Dave Weingarten). Bursting with vibrant instrumentals, spine-tingling melodies, powerful percussive elements, and a ying and yang effect to balance out Ella and Gabriel’s stunning vocals, “Flickers” is an enchanting piece of art that is bound to make you smile from ear to ear. PROM took an impressive leap into some of the most cutting and rewarding subgenres of electro-pop to which these two create a divine synchronicity within their harmonies.

“Flickers” essentially left us without words and we presume you might endure the same response. So prepare your heart to conduct a symphony for your mind and let these beautiful frequencies take you to new heights.

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[Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Cloak & Dagger Music Festival – Denver, CO – 9/20

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It seems within recent years the Mile High City of Denver, CO has been blessed with an abundance of incredible live music; especially larger scale offerings. So, when we heard our good friends at TheHundred Presents had put together one of the most eclectic and multifarious festival lineups we’d ever seen, we knew we had to get our Ninjas involved. On September 20th, The Cloak & Dagger Music Festival brings a wealth of underground dance talent, including Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, Justin Martin, Thomas Jack, Kidnap KidMartyn, Midland, Moon Boots, Gigamesh, Sango, Pomo, Homework, Golf Clap, Graff as well as a few more lesser known acts championed by TMN in the past including Need & Necessity, Keepers. and Action 52 all in the span of one day. Well with the one day mega event just one business week away from becoming a reality, we wanted to extend our hands and invite our Ninja friends in Colorado (or anyone else who wants to make the trek to Denver for that matter) to try and win a pair of free tickets. As with every one of our contests, entering is streamlined and simple for you savvy readers.  Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 19th (one day before festival). If you don’t respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- 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



 

In anticipation of what seems like a lineup curated just for some of our dance-head Ninja readers, we’ve also put together a nifty little playlist featuring the artists we’re most excited to see at Cloak & Dagger to get us focused up on the long Saturday ahead. Why not let this playlist soundtrack your day, and we’ll see you soon!

With Me
Okay
Henry Krinkle
Stay (Justin Martin Rmx)
Of Monsters and Men
Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
Like You Used To
Martyn & copeland
Love Of Pleasure
Whatever You Need
Wunder Wunder
Coastline (Gigamesh Remix)
One Of My Kind (Original Mix)
This Life (Original Mix)
Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)

 

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[Duo Magic] Made In Heights – Ghosts

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Made In Heights
Ghosts

Now this is a nice mix.

LA duo Made In Heights have found a catchy way of combining vocalist Kelsey’s voice with the static electronic beats of producer Sabzi. This song makes you want to first bust out a cowbell and second, turn anything around you into a drumstick. Kelsey has a light and airy voice. Seductive and inviting, her vocals connect our listening from our ears to our brain and back again. Sabzi is a wizard on the melody, combining electronic beats while also throwing in some classic scratch magic. Combining their strengths, the duo shows what they have to offer and then some.

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Amber Run – Thank You [TMN Premiere]

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Amber Run
Thank You

Please stop what you are going and take a few minutes to listen andI mean really listen, to the song I am about to share. Plug your headphones in, go into a quiet place, turn off all other electronics, and whole-heartedly listen to this song.

I get the honor of premiering Amber Run’s final song ‘Thank You’ off their upcoming EP ‘Pilot’ due out September 21st. This beautiful final song captures the true identity of this incredible London group. The lyrics tell a familiar story, finding oneself, and being able to because of someone in our lives. This beautiful thanking song mixes the classic instrumental melody with mesmerizing vocals that will make any listener feel a sense of tenderness in their heart. Amber Run is a group that is good today, better tomorrow, and will be even more magnificent in the future. Give this astounding song a proper listen and be thankful for every note that you hear.

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[Tropical House] The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Venice (Bearson Remix)

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The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Venice (Bearson Remix)

This past weekend, we partook in our first ever TMN Blog-a-thon; we searched long and hard to bring you some of the most underrated talent out there and ultimately went above and beyond our own expectations. Not only did we come out on top with over 120 posts in 3 days, but we stayed true to our dojo mantra and found some of the best music out in the world today. After exhausting our creative writing resources for days on end, we found an extra few ounces of juice left to share the latest from TMN Tropical House favorite, Bearson.

The Norwegian sensation blew us all away in his last remix of astronomyy’s, “Nothin’ On My Mind”; since then, Bearson has been working vigorously to bring us something that will leave us astounded like never before. Well ninjas, the wait is over because Bearson just took his music to a level no one can compete with in his latest remix of The Lighthouse and the Whaler’s throwback hit, “Venice”. If ever there was a time where listening to a song in full was absolutely necessary, it’s today. Full of cheerful melodies, flawless percussion, and a stunning vocal that takes us soaring above the clouds, Bearson has officially outdone himself yet again, and we can’t seem to figure out how this young producer is capable of producing such excellence. We already know you’re going to have this one on repeat all week, so do yourself a favor and hit play.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #101

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We’re fresh into the triple figures now, and it’s interesting to hear how the sounds we feature have developed since the very beginning. Case in point, Kasbo kicks off edition 101 with some future bass goodness, demonstrating the evolution of the kind of music that push this chill playlist into the expansive reaches of electronic music. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a more than appropriate title for this magnificent aural experience, with the cosmic effects seeming to manifest themselves into visions of color inside the listener’s mind. From reflections of light to sensations of pure serenity, Dutch producer Arman Cekin has conjured up some sun-kissed vibes truly befitting the name ‘Smooth Waves’. The feel-good acapella sampling coupled with the beach-side atmosphere combine for the perfect backdrop to your next majestic summer holiday. Repeat this song enough times and you’ll already be halfway on a plane to get there. With a new Flight Facilities track hitting the site this week, there was no doubting it would appear in the features for this week’s Dojo as well. The ethereal new original from the Australian act may just be the chillest we’ve heard from them so far, scoring points in our book for just about every single element they’ve included in this blissful 7-minute dreamscape.

Another vocal delight comes courtesy of this gorgeous cover of ‘Sky Full of Stars’ from Michael Schulte, given additional tropical treatment from Germany’s Shoby. The electronic pop style of the original is replicated to perfection, with flute and bright acoustics breathing a softer voice to the uplifting melody of this 2014 anthem. Much like many of his Norwegian countrymen, Matoma is one of the best in the business when it comes to similar kinds of tropical transformations, and the past few days have seen two new remixes from the talented workhorse. Saturated in his signature string-filled melodies, he’s worked another spell over these two to ensure your bank of summer tunes continues to grow despite the season coming to a close. Now we’ve posted our fair share of takes on the sexy Ciara hit, but when you hear a version as good as this, how could we possibly resist another? Trust a Frenchman to take things to the next level of smooth, and ALVY has done that and so much more with this sultry number. Silky chords and deep vocal sampling are the ingredients which have our ears infatuated with this one, ensuring that the memorable lyrics continue to be spun for a long time to come.

The sounds may change over time, but the chill vibes of the Dojo will always be undying. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #101 zip

Kasbo
Kaleidoscope
Arman Cekin
Smooth Waves
Flight Facilities
Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Extended Version)
Coldplay
Sky Full Of Stars (Michael Schulte Cover) (Shoby Edit)
Imagine Dragons
Its Time (Matoma Tropical Remix)
Truls
The Next (Matoma Remix)
Ciara
Love Sex Magic (Alvy Remix)
Knight One
Hollow (Les Loups Remix)
Icona Pop
Get Lost (Tobtok Remix)
Miami Horror
Wild Motion (RAC Mix)
Miami Horror
Wild Motion (Rogue Vogue Remix)
The Magician 
Sunlight (Darius Remix)
Futurecop!
Sun Is Mine feat. Mereki (Cesare Remix)
Embody
Bad News
Pretty Pink Feat. Ian Late
Hey Girl (Pretty Pink Mix)
Dinnerdate
Filou
Viceroy
The Life Ft. Penguin Prison (Two Can Remix)
Tapes
Find Y.O.U.
20syl
Seven Eleven Feat Ibrahim Maalouf
Moods
Flashback
Sebell
Promiseland (Stint Remix)
Lqd Hrmny
Time (Original Mix)
Hatch
New Direction
JACUZZI
CURTAIN CALL (P A T H REMIX)
Son House
John The Revelator (Charlie Beale Remix)
Jordan Bratton
Must Be (esta Remix)
Sia
Breathe Me (Metwally Edit)
Krono feat. Linying 
Run (ManiezzL Remix)
Disclosure
Latch (Chas Bronz & Ser Clave Remix)
Midnight Pool Party
If You Were Mine (Baby) (cln Remix)
IGLOOGHOST
Bristol Airport (feat. Riley Lake)
Howie Lee
Yrmt Feat.I Am Kaiju (NeguimBeats Remix)
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[NEW] Childish Gambino – Sober

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Childish Gambino
Sober [rough]

Forgive us for somehow missing out on this gem earlier today, as we were engaging in our usual Sunday football rituals. Although that’s not the best excuse, we hope you’re just as pleasantly surprised as we were to discover new material from Childish Gambino. Titled “Sober,” the track is set to be included on Bino’s double-sided mixtape, STN MTN / KAUAI, which is yet to receive a release date. Pulled from the KAUAI side of the tape, “Sober” finds the talented artist demonstrating his vocal chops, creating a pop tune that sounds right at home with many of his recent records.

While on the surface the lush, mercurial soundscape gives the song the appearance of a rather upbeat tune, if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize it’s actually rather grim. With a hook that declares, “And now that it’s over, I’ll never be sober/I couldn’t believe, but now I’m so high,” it’s pretty clear that Bino had his heart broken recently and is turning to other substances to help ease the pain. The rest of the track finds him trying to reason with the girl and patch thing up in a last ditch effort, but his efforts seem to be in vain. It makes for an interesting dynamic, as your natural instincts to smile happily and nod your head along with the delightful melody contrast heavily with the song’s contents.

Given the title of the track on SoundCloud, it seems like this is still a rough version, but nonetheless, we’re interested to see what other sounds Childish has been experimenting with lately and can barely contain our excitement for the upcoming mixtape.

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