[Rock] Ted Zed – Believe

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Ted Zed
Believe (Single Version)

If you haven’t been paying attention to The Music Ninja today, then you probably are unaware of the fact that we’re entrenched in a blog-a-thon. What does that mean exactly? Well, all of our writers are facing off against one another, trying to find the the greatest tunes they can find. The person with the highest amount of posts at the end of the weekend wins it all.

At the age of 30, I certainly don’t expect to win any contest when placed against younger adversaries. However, I’ll give it the ol’ college effort and track down some tunes that truly impress me. Speaking of which…have you heard of Ted Zed? I hadn’t, but I’m sure as shit glad that I stumbled across them.

“Believe” has one of those anthemic structures that’s instantly infectious. A flurry of traditional instrumentation and electronic elements comprise a pop-centric indie rock tune that demands your attention. It’s grin-inducing. It has that undeniable, hip-moving quality. It has that thing that you can’t quite put your finger on. Regardless of what that quality it, it makes me want to believe.

Get inspired by “Believe.” Three minutes of this catchy-as-hell tune is all it will take to be sold on this Castle Cary outfit.

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[R&B] Tory Lanez – Henny In Hand (Prod. Noah Breakfast & Matti Free)

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Henny In Hand (Prod. Noah Breakfast + Matti Free)

Tory Lanez is a multi-faceted star, and in the last year or so, has quickly become another one of our favorites to hail from the land up north. While many musicians these days attempt to toe the line between hip-hop artist and R&B singer, the Toronto native manages to execute both roles flawlessly. His latest single, “Henny In Hand,” is proof of that, as the Canadian crooner operates in falsetto for most of the sultry number over some silky smooth production from Noah Breakfast & Matti Free. It’s not until the end of the bedroom jam that he hits us with some bars, choosing to close out the track with a quick verse.

“Henny In Hand” is the third single from Tory’s upcoming debut album, Lost Cause, which will be available September 29th. He also has a corresponding tour set to kick off later this month in Austin, Texas. Make sure to check out his website to find out when he’ll be making his way to your city.

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[Ambient] Bon Iver – Heavenly Father (Outburns Remix)

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Bon Iver
Heavenly Father (Outburns REMIX)

As the sun starts to slowly creep its way up across the horizon and the birds start becoming a bit more vocal than normal, it’s a sign that we may have just spent our entire night wrapped up in the wonderful world of music. At times it’s important to take moments to truly feel the music we listen to and enjoy it for what it’s worth in that moment. Typically, music sounds and feels better the closer we get to sunrise because we tend to feel things on a much deeper level. Whenever a Bon Iver song comes on (especially at hours like this), it’s almost as if there’s a little fairy inside our mind that sprinkles pixie dust full of feelings all over the place.  When it comes to Bon Iver remixes, those are typically an off-limits area because, well, it’s Bon Iver and he is a lyrical and melodic genius. We came across a new name on our news feed a little while back by the name of Outburns. The Seattle native decided to re-work the massive Bon Iver track, “Heavenly Father” and ultimately made us stop what we were doing and get lost in the beauty that flowed into our ears, our mind, and our soul. With a subtle, Tycho-like feel, Outburns intricately weaves in soothing elements and blends them all together to form a cohesive mass of euphoria. Bon Iver’s flawless voice over this properly done remix just takes us to Swoonville and we aren’t coming back. Outburns has made this song available for download, so do yourself a favor and download your copy today – we promise your soul will thank you.

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[Indie] Visuals – A Pixel

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Visuals
A Pixel

A broad spectrum of influences can be picked up from Visual’s latest release on Other People’s compilation, which is due out on September 28th. While the gleefully clumsy walking bassline supporting the playful xylophone-style synths and occasional guitar chords are enough to tie you into “A Pixel,” it’s ultimately the vocals that provide a lasting impression.

Full of whimsy and engaging celebration, this tune has all of the amusement one would need at the start of their weekend. It’s obscure, culturally significant, enchanting, and in ways, heartwarming. A few listens over, and it continually builds upon itself, giving us more and more reasons to love it.

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[Dreamy] DEATHS – Lonewolves

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DEATHS
Lonewolves

While some of you may be gearing out for a wild night out on the town, there are a fair amount of you who are looking forward to the complete opposite. Maybe it’s a good book and some carefully selected tunes you’re looking forward to. Maybe it’s a bottle of wine and a long bath. Whatever it is, we’re not judging, but we do have some tunes for you to check out.

Formed in late 2013, DEATHS have recently released their debut single, “Lonewolves.” While this track is a free download via their website, it certainly warrants much more attention than a freebie would demand. Combining influences of RnB, indie, and electronica, this tune is ultimately housed in a dark and ominous nature.

Dreamy, dark, sultry, and wicked, “Lonewolves” is the perfect soundtrack to your solo night in. It’s introspective, delicious, and deviant, prepped and ready for you to get lost, if only for a brief three minutes.

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[Indie Electronic] Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight (Togetherness Remix)

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Tokyo Police Club
Hot Tonight (Togetherness Remix)

Is it hot tonight or what? Considering it’s about 100 degrees over here in hell (Southern California) and there are absolutely no signs of it getting any cooler anytime soon, we would have to say it’s pretty damn hot. Adding to the unbearable heat is a remix we stumbled across by NYC’s very own Togetherness. Made up of St. Lucia’s Nick Paul and Ross Clark, Togetherness appears to still be under the radar – but not for much longer because these two are taking the indie electronic sound to a much more sophisticated level. Taking on Tokyo Police Club’s, “Hot Tonight”, Togetherness adds the perfect amount of heat to keep the fire burning and our body’s movin’. After giving this remix a few good hundred plays or so, we might have to go grab some sunscreen because it’s literally and figuratively going to be hot tonight.

We’re pretty stoked to have come across Nick and Ross’ little indie electronic side project, so mark our words now because  Togetherness is well on their way to being the next TMN all-stars like some of our favorite artists, RAC and The Knocks. Keep your eyes peeled on them, ninjas, because we guarantee they’re going to take off before we can even press play.

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[Groovy] The Knocks – Classic (feat. Powers)

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The Knocks
Classic (feat. Powers)

We deserve to wear the cone of shame with this one, ninjas. How could we possibly let the #1 song of the year from one of our most favorite artists of all time just slide right through the cracks? Last month, The Knocks teamed up with Powers and unleashed some shimmery love in their new original, “Classic”. Easily one of the greatest songs to have permeated the overly-saturated layers found in commercial dance music, “Classic” delivers with some refreshing Summery vibes to help us keep the streak going a little bit longer. With its neon disco resonance, an addictive guitar melody, and some sweet, sweet energies from Powers, The Knocks give us more the reason to make those endless days of Summer love that much more timeless.

It was a summer time, that summer high
Oh what a masterpiece
The way your eyes met mine, sweet
Like apple pie, caught in your energy
The future came to me, I see

We’re not lying when we say this song might have won the year for us (specifically this ninja, though) and our shameless number of plays can reveal so much more about how much we dig what these cats have evolved into. If you haven’t heard this song, then you’re in luck because you may or may not want to go get yourself a funky guitar, a slice of apple pie, and a sweet young thing to share those classic moments with. Support The Knocks by purchasing a copy of “Classic feat. Powers” on iTunes today – trust us – this is worth the $1.29.

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