[Remix] Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Version)

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Drake
Come Thru (James Blake Version)

Just when you thought those Drake remixes were finally slowing down, we get this brand new revision of “Come Thru” courtesy of James Blake. While the original was a little too playful for my tastes, Blake’s rework adds a sense of urgency to the track, especially when the ominous synths kick in around the one minute mark where Drizzy begins his verse. Of course the transformation wouldn’t be complete without Blake adding in his own backing vocals, which compliment the dark overtones added through his production. Check out the tune above, and let us know your thoughts. Hopefully this means we’re one step closer to hearing that collaboration between the two artists we’ve all been anxiously waiting for.

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[Electronica] Max Cooper & Tom Hodge – Fragmented Self pt. 1 EP

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Rarely does the concept of pairing musically polar opposites pan out as both artists had intended, but the instrumental fraternization between electronic producer Max Cooper and classical composer Tom Hodge has resulted in a beautifully unique grouping of tracks. The first half of their joint effort, entitled the Fragmented Self pt. 1 EP is forward thinking music to say the least, beginning with the title track, which combines Hodge’s contemporary orchestrations with Max Cooper’s glitchy and confrontational cut up samples of the very same movements. At first listen “Fragmented Self” may come off as a bit rough, but when truly dissected is some of the more ambitious and exploratory music crafted within the last few years. Following up is  “Von Der Klippe Fallen”, which again couples tech heavy warehouse elements with classical piano and a scooting bassline; while ending tune “Quantet” (also available as a free download) plays as the most melodic of the bunch, employing a dreamy synth charge behind a wall of refined strings. If your palate for music functions as the type which needs to be pushed and challenged, Fragmented Self pt. 1 should absolutely be worthy of a few jog-throughs. Stream Max Cooper & Tom Hodge’s first collaborative EP in its entirety below.

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Fragments Of Self
Max Cooper and Tom Hodge
Von Der Klippe Fallen
Max Cooper and Tom Hodge
Quantet
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[Alternative] Fyfe – Lies Pt. II

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Lies Pt. II

Fyfe has already expressed his disdain for deceit once before, but it seems like he wasn’t quite finished with the topic. Hammering his point home for a second time, this sequel takes a much more minimalist approach than the original, with the UK crooner’s vocals floating seamlessly over a nearly vacant, serene ambient backdrop. It’s a truly beautiful song, and yet another gem to add to the London native’s excellent collection. Check out the single above, and make sure to grab yourself a free download of this wonderful tune.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (October 2013 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaIn our lifetime, it’s inevitable we will be placed in many, many awkward and uncomfortable situations. It’s how we deal with that situation that really matters. For some of us, we’d rather crawl into a cave and avoid confrontation at all costs. For others, we take that shit head on. Cave dwellers take note. What more do we have to lose when we face that awkwardness like a Ninja? There is always a new day and one day, in the near or far future, we will probably look back and laugh. Hey…no pressure though…if you still feel like curling up into a ball until the moment passes, let the Indie Dojo be your security blanket. It’s the least we can do….

I Know Leopard
She
Hannah Epperson 
Shadowless (Prod. by STINT)
Eska
Gatekeeper
Dustin Tebbutt
Where I Find You
Wet
Dreams
mutual benefit
advanced falconry
Mandolin Orange
Haste Make
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[Indie] Gentlemen Hall – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Kendrick Cover)

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Gentlemen HALL
Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (Kendrick Cover)

We’ve been hearing a lot of amazing covers lately. From Drake to Daft Punk, the internet era of music has created an amazing platform to pay tribute to artist’s work. This time around, we’re excited to serve up a vocally driven version of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

The slow rolling, laid back stoner jam from the Compton based hip hop giant is turned upside down from these East Coast indie rockers. With a tribal feel, Gentlemen Hall gave this tune a new identity, while still maintaining the chill vibe of the original. As expected, this tune is a free download on the groups Soundcloud page. Pick it up, light the nag champa and lie back to this one.

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[Dance] Goldroom – Embrace (Bixel Boys Remix)

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Goldroom
Embrace (Bixel Boys Remix)

I’m going to disregard the use of the Oakland Raiders logo on Bixel Boys’ facebook page. I’m a diehard Broncos fan (praise be to Elway) and despite the fact that I bleed orange and blue, I still love this LA based DJ/Producer duo. Their sexy dance tunes have a way of crawling under your skin, in all the best ways.

In this latest remix, the City of Angels duo has served up a loungey house tune dialed in with vocals from Goldroom’s indie pop tune, “Embrace.” What once was a synth laden pop tune has been twisted up with a heavy serving of sexy bass, ready to be enjoyed by dance floors across America. The drum work is particurily enticing, clashing perfectly with the high pitched vocals and melodic synths,

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[Sexy] FLXXDS – Lie to Me

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FLXXDS
Lie To Me

Once again we find ourselves being drawn in by FLXXDS. This time around, we’re swooning over their most recent original, “Lie to Me.” With lyrics that are familiar to pretty much anyone, this blogosphere darling has done it again with their seductive beats, gorgeous vocals and inciting structure.

This tune begs to be thrown on the next time you’re trying to get that special someone into the sheets. There’s no denying these vocals won’t help your situation.

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