[TMN Resident Artist] Figure + Adventures in Time and Space Tour

Well music lovers everywhere, happy 2013.

A new year means so many changes here at The Music Ninja and I am proud to be the one to introduce the latest project that will be taking up valuable space here on the site.

Drum roll, trap beat, dubstep drop please…we are proud to present, every month, the TMN Residency Program. Each month, a new artist/group will be featured. During that month, you will be exposed to personal mini-mixes made just for TMN, humorous interviews, a little biography and also learning what music/artist our resident is jamming to these days. We are super excited to get this residency rolling and hope everyone enjoys getting to know some stellar artists on a more personal level.

And with that, I am psyched (seriously I’m over here with a huge ass smile on my face while I type this) to introduce our first resident, a fellow who has graced TMN’s pages many times, a lover of dirty bass, high-tops and the Adams Family.

For your ears deafening pleasure, Figure.

For those of you who know and love Figure, you will be ecstatic to know he has released the dates for his wildly anticipated 2013 Adventures in Time and Space Tour. Figure was generous enough to send over the dates so everyone can mark up their calendars and start buying those tickets. What was even more generous, Figure sent over a mini-mix that he whipped up just for TMN’s fans. Nice guy and he makes dirty dirty beats? What is not to love?
Check out the tour dates above to find out when this Midwest showstopper will be heading to a city near you that is, unless you don’t want to go to a guaranteed body jumping, head throbbing (the good kind) pulse raising concert.

But, I’ll let you Figure that out.

Figure
Adventures in Time and Space Tour (Mini Mix)
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[Indie Rock] Golden Sun – Bonneville

Although it’s been a year since Golden Sun dropped ”Bonneville” via Golden Sun EP, we’ve all still been anxiously awaiting something new from the SLC quartet. With the track being the heading-shaking and echoic jam-anthem it is, utilizing splashy beats with spaced-out drones, I wonder what else Golden Sun has in store… Oh and let me assure you, the entire EP is just as good.

Bonneville by Golden Sun
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[Electronica] BenZel – Fallin’ Love (Video)

benzel - fallin' love

Originally from Japan, but now based out of New York, BenZel are a young duo with a penchant for groovy, syrupy, R&B-leaning production. You’ve heard their work on Jessie Ware‘s cover of “If You Love Me” (originally by 90′s group Brownstone), but now we get a taste of an original in “Fallin’ Love”. It’s dubbed as a “demo” on their Soundcloud (below), but you wouldn’t know it. They recently released the official video for the stylish tune; it’s a tad risque, but hey, it’s Monday. Best to start the week with some spice. Check it out.

BenZel
Fallin Love (Demo)
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[Experimental] Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (BMB SPACEKID Remix)

Lately there have been a ton of “Swimming Pools” remixes floating around, but this one is quite unique. BMB, which stands for Beat-Maker-Beat is from Saint-Petersburg, Russia and features a dreamy Experimental sound design. He tweaks Kendrick‘s hit in all the right ways with subtle vocal edits and ambient synth work. Best of all he gives this one to us for free. Cheers.

Also make sure to check out these other two massive remixes of “Swimming Pools”: Bird Peterson Remix and At Dawn We Rage Fest Edit.

Kendrick Lamar
Swimming pools (BMB SPACEKID remix)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #19

Well it’s a new year and hopefully we have all well and truly recovered from the revels of the celebrations that have taken place over the last week. For those still in need of some downtime or just wanting to kick 2013 off the right way, the Chill Dojo makes its triumphant return for the first Sunday of the year. There are plenty of treasures still to find from 2012, and this will likely be the case for many weeks to come, but rest-assured that the new year will deliver a stack of more incredible tunage our way in no time at all.With new names arising and stellar vibes aplenty, this is certainly the time for amazing discoveries.

And speaking of hidden gems, our first track for the year is none other than a remix of one of the breakout songs of 2012 in Seven Lions’ ‘Days to Come’. A collaboration from trio of friends, Slander, 7DeadlySynths, and DireWolfe, this stellar trapstyle take on the original substitutes the heavy bass hits for hi-hats and mellow synths which work just magically with the euphoric vocals of Fiora. Now prepared to get your funk on as we move on to our next few features, the first two being some absolute jams courtesy of Dutch beat-maker Moods, who is a strong prediction to be a name that will continue to pop up in 2013, and we have a good track record with these things. The other is an old-school jazz delight from a fellow Dutch producer in Demouche, whose entire Food For Happiness EP is filled with vintage treats like this and should definitely be checked out. Like, right now. ‘Youth’ has been the inspiration for many chill mixes in 2012, and another one just recently discovered is thanks to German producer Alle Farben, crafting a gentle and hypnotic bassline that perfectly caresses the acoustics of the original and creates vibes that are on another level.  You’ll also find a familiar name in WISKIM with his first release for the new year that bodes much promise for good things for the months to come.

So there you have it, a strong start that makes 2013 seem brighter already. Surely things will only continue to grow from all the wonderful sounds of the previous year. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #19 zip

Seven Lions
Days To Come (Slander, 7DeadlySynths & DireWolfe Remix)
Moods
Love Is Real
Moods
Keep It Movin
Demouche
Gotcha
Daughter
Youth (Alle Farben remix)
Miguel
Sure Thing (WISKIM REMIX) (FREE DL)
Blond:ish and Climbers feat. Forrest
Back to Back (FREEE DOWNLOAD)
BoomBox
Lost Ya
Fleetwood Mac
Dreams (Walter Sobcek Remix)
Blood Diamonds, Phone Sex (Lemonade Remix)
Dry Ice
Canyons
When I See You Again (Duke Dumont Rain On Kilimanjaro Mix)
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[Hip-Hop] Mac Miller – All The Time ft. Ab-Soul (Prod. Chuck Inglish)

When thinking about emcees to watch in 2013, Mac Miller and Ab-Soul are most certainly near the top of the list. On this recent collaboration, Pittsburgh’s Mac goes in with a slow and staggered flow over some wavy, minimal production from Chuck Inglish, while the LA-based Soul brings some smooth melodies. Grab this free gem below and expect this to be a special year for hip-hop.

Mac Miller
All The Time (feat. Ab
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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #34

Wait a minute. What the hell happened? Oh yeah, New Year’s Eve happened. We’re finally feeling normal again after our ring-in-the-new-year-rage-fest with some lovely ladies to the bass-laden tunes of one, Flosstradamus. After Decadence, we definitely had to lie in a dark room for hours on end, drinking Gatorade, eating Pho, and watching movies that made us feel like somewhat of a normal human being. With that being said, we’re ready to get after it once again. So, if you didn’t lose your dancing shoes somewhere in your NYE adventures, please lace those bad boys up.

#danceirresponsibly

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Kendrick Lamar
Swimming Pools (At Dawn We Rage Fest Edit)
Kanye West
Clique ft Jay Z & Big Sean (Singularity Remix)
Hardwell
Cobra (Christopher Roberts Trap Remix)
Tocadisco vs. Bingo Players vs. Chuckie
Whos Ready 2 Rattle Jump (Mike Kenzo Rework)
Hot Mouth Feat. Chris James
Totally Worth It (PeaceTreaty Rmx)
Deorro
Hands Up
The Jane Doze
Follow Running Foxes (Zedd x Foxes x Deniz Koyu x Wynter Gordon x Youngblood Hawke)
Back To New (F4Me Bootleg)
Michael Canitrot & Polina VS TV Noise VS Rihanna
Youve Been Right On Me (Julian OK Mashup)
Eric Pyrdz
Everyday (Xristo Remix)
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