Apparat – A Violent Sky

Apparat returns with “A Violent Sky”, the first track to be lifted from his forthcoming concept album, Krieg und Frieden (Music For Theatre) which has been written as a score for Sebastian Hartmann’s stage production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

“A Violent Sky” is our first taste of the electronica maestro’s follow up to his stunning 2011 album, The Devil’s Walk, and sees Apparat juxtaposing haunting synth drones and mournful vocals with a hypnotic piano loop and jazzy drums. The Krieg und Frieden album is out on Mute next month but you can grab a free download of “A Violent Sky” below …

Apparat
Krieg und Frieden
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[Soul] Mikky Ekko – Chained (The xx Cover)

Soulful crooner and relative newcomer Mikky Ekko stopped by Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and covered The xx‘s subtle and somber Coexist track “Chained”. It’s still very much a tragic, heartbreaking song, but Mikky really makes it his own with this rendition, inserting runs and shifting octaves throughout. In a way, it’s almost unrecognizable, an entirely separate R&B ballad, and this is hardly a bad thing. In addition to glimpsing his creativity, we get yet another taste of his smooth, smooth vocals. We heard it on his breakout single “Pull Me Down” (produced by Clams Casino), but this cover in particular puts his voice front-and-center, and it’s beautiful.

Mikky Ekko
Chained (The xx cover) (Live on Radio 1)
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[CONTEST] Seth Hill’s Shred Playlist + Snowboard Giveaway

When SIMS rider Seth Hill is gearing up to shred the Slopestyle event at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper, he likes to jam out to a proper playlist. We recently reached out to Seth to see what some of his favorite tracks are when he’s throwing down. As an added bonus, Seth’s sponsor, SIMS Snowboards, has provided us with a sweet little package to giveaway. So, we’re going to give you the opportunity to win this SIMS Quest 154, and a “Thanks Tom” t-shirt and sticker package, which was designed in memory of SIMS founder, Tom Sims.

Once you’re done checking out Seth’s favorite shred tracks, find details on how to enter at the end of this post.

CONTEST UPDATE: CONTEST HAS CLOSED.

SETH HILL’S SHRED PLAYLIST

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Big Boi (feat. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram)
Express Yourself feat Nicky Da B
Flux Pavilion
Blow The Roof (PREVIEW)
Jah No Partial (with Major Lazer)
Raging Silhouettes (ft. Avicii, Ralvero)
Bingo Players
Cry (Just A Little) (Original Mix)
Space Atom (Koyote Bootleg) Wolfgang Gartner Vs Nari & Milani
Chuckie Vs. Sander Van Doorn
Breaking Up Kangaroo (Kevin Alves Mashup)
Swedish House Mafia Vs. Zedd
Greyhound Falls Into Sky (Fantom Freq Bootleg)
Hardwell vs Fragma
Spacemans Miracle (Hardwell Sensation MashUp)
Matisyahu
Live Like A Warrior (Richello Remix)

Killer Playlist? Check. Epic Prize Package? Here’s the deal:

1.) Follow both Seth Hill and SIMS Snowboards on Twitter.
2.) Click this link to send out a tweet. OR tweet “Sick playlist from @Sethdreidelhill on @themusicninja and a chance to win a snowboard package from @SIMSSnowboards! http://ow.ly/gFACO “
3.) On Friday at 12PM EST we’ll pick one lucky winner to take home this epic prize!

Again, don’t forget to follow Seth and SIMS and click that tweet button. Only followers of those two are eligible. Must be 18 to enter. US and Canadian residents only. The size of the 2012/2013 Quest is a 154.

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[Electro House] James Egbert – Chopper

It’s fair to say that the past few years have been massive for one of Colorado’s favorite sons, James Egbert, whose popularity continues to rise with every show he rocks and every banging track he produces. This year will surely only yield further glory as he launches into 2013 with another insane original called “Chopper”. The dramatic opening build-up evokes feelings of an impending military battle, with the bombs well and truly being dropped at the 1:45 mark, as an aerial assault of bass and gritty electro synths wreak havoc through your speakers. This is an epic tune that could easily fill the scene of a futuristic war film at its critical moment, and is further evidence of the artist’s ongoing development of his high-energy sound. Bunker youselves down and prepare to unleash the pure sound of blazing glory!

James Egbert
Chopper (Original Mix)
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[Indie] Generationals – Spinoza

New Orleans-based duo Generationals will put out their third album, Heza, this Spring. The new LP is the follow-up to 2011′s Actor-Caster, a record that gained the indie rock group quite a bit of success, including spots on commercials and even the HBO hit show Girls. This week, they preview their forthcoming release with a new track. Titled “Spinoza,” it’s a delightful and jangling surf-pop tune, and a nice way to pave a bright and sunny anticipatory path toward the full-length. Check it out below!

Generationals
Spinoza

Heza comes out April 2nd via Polyvinyl Records.

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[Hip-Hop] Kami de Chukwu – Stop Crying

In celebration of his 20th birthday, Kami De Chukwu drops a new track from his upcoming untitled mixtape. The single “Stop Crying” has the Chitown emcee mixing some rhythmic drums and jazz samples with some even wittier and progressive rhymes. A classic jazz-rap that with a chill vibe and emotion-filled lyrics. The determination in his words is well heard with each bar and a dope preview for his upcoming effort.

Kami de Chukwu
Stop Crying.mp3
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[TMN Exclusive] Kaskade – 4 AM (Bring The Noise ‘Space Trap’ Remix)

 One of Kaskade‘s classics, “4 AM” gets a healthy bass makeover from Bring The Noise. Starting off with a dreamy intro, tweaking the sexy vocals in all the right ways in the massive Space Trap remix. Each drop features some catchy laser infused synths and chords that hit at all the right times. Enjoy this free download and make sure to also grab BTN’s Trap remix of Porter Robinson & Mat Zo‘s track “Easy” by clicking here. Cheers.

Kaskade
4 AM (Bring The Noise Space Trap Remix)
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