[Hip-Hop] Goldlink – Sober Thoughts (prod. Kaytranada)

Sober Thoughts ( Prod. by Kaytranada )

Goldlink quickly became one of our favorite young emcees back in April with his debut project, The God Complex. Earlier today, the DMV-bred artist unleashed a stellar summer jam featuring production from fellow up ‘n comer, Kaytranada. “Sober Thoughts” carries Kaytra’s signature future-funk feel, a perfect backdrop for GL’s relaxed, rapid-fire delivery and soulful chorus.

The aesthetic on all of Goldlink’s music thus far has been impeccable, and his work with the talented producers of Soulection (Lakim, Sango and Kaytranada thus far) has been particularly impressive. We are excited to see how this exciting lyricist can impact the future of rap music but, for now, we’ll just keep his already dope catalog in heavy rotation.

P.S. Kaytranada dropped a zip file on his Facebook page early this morning that includes “Sober Thoughts” among about a dozen other tracks. Download that HERE.

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Noosa – Love [TMN PREMIERE]


Photo Credit: Myles Pettengill

The next track we have for you on the Wonderland LP is “Love”. The fact that this record is titled “Love” will give you a bit of insight on what Noosa puts in to their music. As always, Sky’s lyrics have a soul piercing manner to them and Mickey Valen’s composition backs the track up perfectly. Within seconds of turning on “Love” I was hooked, and we’re positive you will be as well! The percussion really keeps the energy rising throughout the record, and the luscious harmonies in the background fill in the spaces to create an all around exquisite track.

Stay checking back with The Music Ninja for the next track from the Wonderland LP!

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Archis – Blood [TMN PREMIERE]


It seems like with the overwhelming accessibility the internet brings to musicians across the globe, we’re seeing artists create music that they want to, rather than what the labels want them to. The ability to get these songs to the masses is easier than ever, making the backing of a label something that is helpful, but certainly not necessary.

Dia Frampton has tried going the label route, and she’s done with it. After years of Meg and Dia and some additional side projects that stemmed from her time of the Voice, she’s ready to make what she wants to make. Teaming up with composer/film scorer Joseph Trapanese (Tron, Oblivion), they’ve created a cinematic musical journey that is anything but pop music.

We had a chance to speak with Dia for a few minutes to ask her about this project. Check out what she had to say about Archis.

TMN: Hi Dia. Thank you for taking a minute to chat with us. Talk to us a little bit about your new project.

Dia: Archris is an entirely new project. This is the first track to intro the new EP. I’ve been writing with so many people in LA and working with so many different producers, and I got a little burnt out. I called up my friend Joe and I said “I really want to make a new EP. It’s been 3 years since my last release, and I really want to do something special. Are you interested?”

This is a project between Joseph Trapanese and myself. To tell you a little bit about him, he’s not a pop producer. He’s a composer.

TMN: He does film scoring, correct?

Dia: Yeah, he did TRON with Daft Punk and Oblivian with M83. I said I wanted to have that feel to a movie…I want it to have that climax. I want it to have those moments where the music says something for you as well. It didn’t have to be as busy as a pop song with so much production. Joe is so good at just putting in what needs to be there, not adding in stuff.

One thing I love about this EP is that so much of it is done live. It’s so amazing to have an EP that has so many souls in it. It was so cool to watch a nine piece string session go on! We got a live harp player in there. A lot of the album is live, and in this day in age, it’s hard to get live strings and brass on a record. We wanted it to be it’s own thing.

I had been so used to people saying, “we can’t do that because it won’t get on the radio.” Joe never says that. In fact, he usually takes it over the top.

It was great to make this with someone who is basically family to me. He’s such a close, close friend.

TMN: Talk to us about ‘Blood’ in particular.

Dia: This song is very personal. I wrote it on my own, in my room at a not so good time in my life. It’s really special. It’s like producing a diary entry. This whole EP is an adventure, but it’s also going through some changes. I always had a problem with the pop world because I would be writing, or going in to talk to a producer and I would always hear, “the girls want to hear about strength and girl power.”

I always wanted to sing about sad stuff, or painful things, or being afraid. They never wanted me to write about that. I believe in strength, but I believe in vulnerability. I’m a very vulnerable person. There’s things that have happened in my life that have just caused change and I’m never the person who has been super optimistic about it.

It’s about overcoming something but not coming out on the other end looking like Beyonce. It’s about coming out and having those dark sides with you that you endured along the way.

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We Were Evergreen – Interview + Summertime Playlist [TMN EXCLUSIVE]


We’ve had our eye on French-born We Were Evergreen for the past couple years. Their wildly catchy brand of indie rock has made its way into countless playlists of ours, consistently providing toothy smiles time and time again.

From the perfect playful pop structures to the vocal harmonies used as percussion, we were overwhelmingly excited to have a quick chat with these cats. Alongside of this short interview, we also have a curated “Summertime Playlist,” which highlights some of their favorite warm weather tunes.

Karriem Riggins
Summer Maddness S.A.
La Madrague (Brigitte Bardot)
Bob Marley
Sun is shining original
Nina Simone
Here comes the sun
Summer Sounds (Tunog Ng Taginit)
Marvin Gaye
Sunny (Mercury Edit II) (1966/2011)
Ode To The Summer
Joe Dassin
LEte Indien (Original)
Sunshine Superman
Sun (Midland Re Edit)

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[Trap] Seven Lions – Don’t Leave Ft. Ellie Goulding (Slander Heaven Trap Edit)

Seven Lions
Don't Leave Ft. Ellie Goulding (Slander Heaven Trap Edit)

Slander’s second installment of “Heaven Trap” features a remix of Seven Lions‘ “Don’t Leave” with vocals from the heavenly Ellie Goulding! As if a track with Ellie Goulding isn’t perfect enough, Slander takes this edit to a whole new level with arpeggiated chords and ginormous 808s. We thought the way the track started out with high hats and a subtle ambience building it up to an all around perfect track was an amazing touch and hope you enjoy this as much as we did! Slander has not disappointed yet and we are starting to think that isn’t an option for them.

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[Booty Bass] Ivarr – Party People

IVARR Party People Cover art
Party People [FREE DOWNLOAD}

Here at The Music Ninja we supply only the finest records for all of you party goers out there! Whether it be a trap banger, a booty bass track, or even something sweet for your soft side we bring you nothing but the best! Ivarr’s newest track “Party People” samples bits and pieces from Kano’s “I’m Ready” and the Tag Team classic “Whoomp! There It Is” to create “Party People”! This booty bass track may be sitting at 128 beats per minute but it most definitely will make you twerk! It’s a bit crazy to see such talented artists like Ivarr have less than one thousand followers, especially being featured on a couple of David Heartbreak compilations! I guess that’s where we come into place, bringing you those hidden gems like Ivarr’s “Party People”; trust me we’re not stopping anytime soon!

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Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby (2014 Remixes)


A lot’s changed in the world of house music since 1999, but Madison Avenue’s cult hit ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ is a classic that has stood the test of time, and would still easily get crowds buzzing in any modern set. Nevertheless, the team over at Vicious recordings have assembled a remix package to mark this 15 year anniversary in style, re-imagining the original for the current day audience and highlighting how the electronic scene has evolved from then to now. Probably the best example of that development in musical styles is the version from young Australian producer Just A Gent. At only 16 years of age, he likely only started walking when the original first hit the charts, and yet his wonky off-beat jam manages to reinterpret it perfectly for the varied tastes of today’s listener. On the flip-side, the package also contains the veteran influence of Tommie Sunshine, who weighs in alongside The Disco Fries for a more conservative approach. Rather than reinvent the wheel, this remix respects the enduring groove of the original, amplifying the different elements of production where necessary and providing a thorough update to this track to make it ready-built for the dancefloors of 2014. The other one we’re calling out is from the remix competition winner Filterkat, hailing from Australia’s Gold Coast. With an infectious funk and insane effort on the beat, this nu-disco edit is ready to elevate any summertime dance playlist to the next level. Altogether this makes for a complete time-machine experience for the 1999 hit single, transporting it 15 years into the future and showing off all the production qualities we get to enjoy in this amazing era of dance music.

The package is available on Beatport now.

Madison Avenue
Dont Call Me Baby (Just A Gent Remix)
Madison Avenue
Dont Call Me Baby (Tommie Sunshine & Disco Fries Remix)
Madison Avenue
Dont Call Me Baby (Filterkat Remix)
Madison Avenue
Dont Call Me Baby (Motez Vicious21 Remix)
Dont Call Me Baby (Andy Van 2014 Full Vocal Remix)
Dont Call Me Baby (Andy Van 2014 Club Remix)
Dont Call Me Baby (Andy Van 2014 Dub mix)


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