[Synth-Pop] Garden City Movement – Terracotta

Garden City Movement - Terracotta

Israeli synth-pop trio Garden City Movement put out their newest record “Terracotta” and it’s by far the most graceful piece of art to land its way in my feed in a long time, quite possibly ever! The way Garden City Movement combines wispy vocals, layered guitars, bells, and eastern soundscapes will have you reaching a musical nirvana. If you’re not nodding your head within twenty seconds in, you may need your hearing checked because this song is utterly beautiful! The feelings that wash over you when listening to “Terracotta” is completely incomparable to any track on your local bars’ jukebox or your public radio station, so prepare yourself for Garden City Movement to take you on a spiritual journey with this masterpiece!

Garden City Movement
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[Remix] Five Knives – Savages (Pretty Lights Remix)

Five Knives
Savages (Pretty Lights Remix)

It hasn’t even been a year yet since producer extraordinaire Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, wowed us with A Color Map of the Sun (and of course, who can forget the remix follow-up or outtakes found in The Hidden Shades?). Riding a seemingly endless wave of inertia, he’s back at it with his first “new” material since, remixing “Savages” from powerhouse electro-rock quartet Five Knives–one of three solid remixes for Red Bull Editionsremix campaign.

True to PL style, this one starts subtly, cuing you in with vocal teasers, dialed-back stabs and strings before a sashaying reveal about 40 seconds in, a danceable beat resonating and effortlessly carrying the vibes deep into the song. The real magic happens about halfway in, as the song swells and all arrangements combine. All energy elegantly lets loose, underscored with a healthy helping of permeating, buttery bass that satisfies the drop-hungry club-goer and the laid-back lounger all at once. It’s not a drop; it’s a denouement.

I’m always hungry for what’s coming next, and this track’s sure to tide anyone over for a long while. It’s an exceptional blend and, as always, showcases Smith’s reworking chops on top of an already powerful track. And while DVS might have the limelight here, keep a close eye on Five Knives, who are already raking in rave reviews. They’re currently hard at work on their debut album. Until then, be sure to sample their EP, The Rising.

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[NEW] Dawn Golden – All I Want (Diplo Remix)

Dawn Golden
All I Want (Diplo Remix)

Few established producers have demonstrated as much versatility as Diplo, who has delved into and succeeded in nearly every genre. On his latest re-work, the eclectic Mad Decent founder puts a heavy twist on Dawn Golden’s airy, self-described #SadBanger, “All I Want.” The track still holds the hazy-pop stylings of the original until it slowly develops introducing some enormous, Hudson Mohawke-esque horns. The result is a unique dynamic that manages to relax and energize simultaneously.

Dawn Golden is the monicker for Dexter Tortoriello, of the duo Houses, and “All I Want” can be found on his debut solo project Still Houses, available now on iTunes. Happy Turnip Tuesdays, ninjas!

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Who just turned off the lights? Who lit these candles? Why is there this massage oil sitting on the nightstand? Oh wait. I know why. JMR is about to release a new song.

Coming out of central Florida, this young artist has grabbed the blogosphere by the horns, showing his musical prowess without the backing of a label. We know one thing: it’s only a matter of time before someone snags him up.

“Closer” is the deliciously seductive follow up to “Pioneer of Your Heart,” which has grabbed the hearts of listeners on the internet far and wide. This latest track is just as sultry as the last, boasting a booming, sexy bassline, lusty guitar riffs and of course, JMR’s delightfully maddening vocals.

It goes without saying that this will soon be on playlists across the world titled with the likes of “Bedroom Playlist,” “Closing the Deal,” “Knockin’ the Boots,” and “Awwwwwwww yeah.”

Throw it on the next time you’re with that special someone and see how it goes. We can pretty much guarantee the results will be top notch.

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Noosa – Begin Again [TMN PREMIERE]

Begin Again

Photo Credit: Myles Pettengill

We’ve been writing about Noosa for quite some time. In fact, our adoration for this indie act dates all the way back to the debut EP, which dropped in February of 2012. Fast forward a couple of years and we’ve grown even fonder of this collaboration between Noosa and her producer, Mickey Valen.

Aside from a few releases here and there, Noosa has been relatively quiet for a while, and now we know why. Today marks the first release from their upcoming LP, Wonderland. Featuring nine songs, this album is self-released under her own label. The goal behind this is to inspire other people to take charge of their own creative potential.

Everything you hear was recorded in an apartment. Vocals were literally done in a closet. It’s just taking what you have access to and finding ways to maximize your potential”

We’re fortunate enough to be bringing you every single song from this new album over the next week. Each day, we will be premiering multiple tracks, and frankly, we couldn’t be happier about doing it. First up is one of our favorites from the album, ‘Begin Again,’ which offers up a slightly more electronica-based exploration of Noosa’s sound, in comparison to the rest of the album. Of course there’s a glowing piano melody, as we’ve come to expect, but we’re also offered up a light section of strings. Coupled in with layered levels of synths and chopped up vocal samples, we’re helplessly enchanted by Sky’s lyrics. Her sensuous and nurturing voice helps illustrate a wondrous message that has us completely lost in our day dreams.

This is just the first song of many that you’ll hear first on The Music Ninja. Make sure to check in every day to hear what’s next!

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[Chill/House] The 1975 – You (Sebastian Carter Edition)

The 1975
You (Sebastian Carter Edition)

It really is one of our happiest sights when two artists whom we both deeply admire come together beautifully through a collaboration, edit or remix. Honestly it’s like a match made in blogosphere heaven. Which is exactly how Sebastian Carter’s (whose name by now our readers should be familiar with) remix of The 1975‘s “You” plays to us. While we can only loosely tag Carter’s textured electronic compositions as house based on their structural backbone of a four-four kick and melodious, typically soulful vocals; every other blip, sequence and arpeggio are uniquely his own. Here, Carter takes the slick indie rock and pop of Manchester based quartet The 1975 and slightly contorts their sound within his expansive musical frame of mind to fit perfectly together. The droning, reverb soaked guitar pushes this version off the ground softly before a simple four-chord progression sweeps across; bolstered by a spacy synth and muted kick-drum. Again, Sebastian Carter reveals another layer of production psyche and a musical maturity lightyears beyond his 19 years would suggest all in the span of 5 minutes. Not to mention it can be snagged as a free download so go ahead and have a track on us. And those boys from The 1975 sure are dreamy…

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Young Rising Sons – High [TMN PREMIERE]

Young Rising Sons

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times – there’s nothing I love more than premiering a debut track from a band. There’s just something overwhelmingly enticing about getting to break them into the blogosphere. Today, we’re especially excited to bring you this ever so infectious indie-pop act from Red Bank, New Jersey.

This four piece rock outfit has obviously stirred up some buzz for themselves through touring, as they’ve already amassed close to a thousand likes on facebook. Regardless of which, this is their debut track on the internet and it’s a pretty damn good one.

“High” is a catchy as hell indie thrill ride that will have you checking your TV to see if there’s an Apple commercial on. It has everything you would want from an indie pop song, providing playful whistling, booming drums and charging vocal harmonies that carry the listener through memorable choruses. Couple that with the lighthearted vocal range and inflections from the lead singer, and you pretty much have the recipe for an indie rock chart topper.

Get ready, blogosphere. Young Rising Sons are here, and they’re ready to make you sing along. Don’t try to fight it. You won’t be able to.

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