[Event] CMJ Music Marathon 2012: Must See Acts

Right now in New York City it’s the calm before the storm. Next week the CMJ Music Marathon will blow through with its hundreds of bands, industry panels & presentations, and nightly showcases, and it will be nothing short of pure intensity. Aside from the cheap booze and sometimes free events, the music is the festival’s main focus and best part because for nearly one week seemingly all the best new and established acts from various genres will descend upon this city and show us their stuff. I’ll be covering it for The Music Ninja so expect reviews in the coming weeks. Until then though, here are 20 CMJ 2012 Must See Acts (in no particular order). We’ve got a scattering of indie rock, electronica, hip-hop, electro, synth pop and more. Some are popular, some rising; some you’ve seen on this site, and some you haven’t, so keep a lookout:

Doe Paoro
Born Whole

The Stepkids
Shadows On Behalf

Hook N Sling feat Evermore


Rollup (Baauer Remix)

Cities Aviv
G A L L E R Y G U R L Z (prod. by Star Slinger)

Chad Valley
Tell All Your Friends

Home (Taken from The Wild Youth EP)

You Wont
Three Car Garage


Make It Known


Holdin On

Magic Kids

She Keeps Bees
See Me




Conner Youngblood
A Summer Song

Indian Rebound
Bowery Brats

For more information on CMJ, including how to purchase a badge, click here.

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[Glitch-Hop] Kimbra – Come Into My Head (Opiuo Remix)

Kimbra instantly garnered fame after being the voice behind Gotye’s masterpiece “Somebody I Used to Know”. However, despite contributing the vocals to one of the most played and remixed tracks of 2012, Kimbra has also invested in her solo career with both an LP & EP released via Warner Brothers Record Inc. Now, Kimbra gets the royal remix treatment from none other than the king of glitch/neurofunk, Opiuo. The Australian producer transforms Kimbra’s original tune “Come Into My Head” (which we covered here) into a glitch-infused banger emphasizing Kimbra’s airy vocals with heavy drum kicks and loads of funky bass. This track will have you bumping from start to finish, so do yourself a favor and grab this sensational free download.

Come Into My Head (Opiuo Remix)
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[Indie] Coves – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)

UK-based duo Coves take Chris Isaak‘s ’80s rootsy hit “Wicked Game” and shroud it in dark shadows that seem to scream creepy love. It’s very much a hypnotizing rendition, complete with a fuzzy, psychedelic fogginess that sprawls and permeates throughout the entire track. Download the cover below and be sure to connect with the band through their Facebook page.

Wicked Game
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[Dubstep/Glitch] Dodge & Fuski – Bad Meaning Good EP

Over the past few years, Never Say Die Records has without a doubt established itself as one of the premier labels representing some of the most innovative and talent producers in all of EDM. Being a fan of heavy bass music, I eagerly await any material Never Say Die Records puts out, and their latest release, Dodge & Fuski’s Bad Meaning Good EP is no exception. Bad Meaning Good, is a refreshingly diverse EP featuring five quality releases which highlight a vast range of tempos and styles of bass music. The first track off the EP, “Got 2 Come Together” is a high-energy track brimming with hard-hitting bass and strident synths. Another highlight of the EP, is “Turn It Up,” a glitch-hop track riddled with wobbles and ingeniously spliced vocal samples. “Turn It Up” is an excellent example of how this EP showcases Dodge & Fuski’s aptitude to create top-notch productions regardless of the genre. “Bad” is an aggressive drum and bass tune, which highlights Messinian’s grimy vocals with heavy wobbles and laser pitched synths. Also included on the EP is Brown & Gammon’s incredibly unique remix of “Bad” and arguably the most unique track of the EP, “Call My Name,” a more melodic bass filled tune. All in all, this EP is exactly what one should expect from any Never Say Die release, pure gold! Give each track a listen and grab a copy on Beatport here. Enjoy.

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Got 2 Come Together
Dodge & Fuski
 Bad Ft. Messinian
Dodge & Fuski
Turn It Up!
Dodge & Fuski
Call My Name Ft. 720
Dodge & Fuski
Bad Ft. Messinian (Brown & Gammon Remix)

Dodge & Fuski’s Bad Meaning Good released on October 8th on Never Say Die Records.

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[NEW] Kanye West – White Dress


This week has been all about The Man With the Iron Fists. The Quentin Tarantino-presented and RZA-written-and-directed film, which hits theaters on November 2nd, has enlisted an all-star group of hip-hop’s finest for its epic soundtrack. Yesterday, we heard The Black Keys & RZA collaborate on “The Baddest Man Alive,” this morning we listened to Wu-Tang Clan‘s contribution “Six Directions of Boxing,” and right now we’re presenting Kanye West‘s “White Dress”. The highly anticipated track doesn’t need much introduction and could’ve certainly stood on its own, but it’s accompanied by a video that literally takes you around the world. You can also stream it below, enjoy!

Kanye West
White Dress

The soundtrack comes out October 23rd via Soul Temple

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[Electronica] Summer Heart – I Wanna Go (MAU Remix)

As if Summer Heart‘s original mix of “I Wanna Go” wasn’t a succulent synth pop treat on its own, Portugal’s MAU has swooped in to give it the good old remix treatment, infusing it with enough sun, haze and dreaminess to keep us floating with summer euphoria well into November. Download it for free below and don’t forget to check out Summer Heart’s About A Feeling EP on his Bandcamp page.

Summer Heart
I Wanna Go (MAU Remix)
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[Hip-Hop] Wu-Tang Clan – Six Directions of Boxing

As we’ve noted in some of our previous posts, The Man With The Iron Fists is not only on pace to be the best original soundtrack of the year, but the argument can also be made that it’s in contention to be one of the top albums of the year as well. On the latest leak from the project, RZA manages to reassemble the full Wu-Tang Clan minus only a few members. It’s almost like the 90′s never left on this low-key, funky trip with U-God, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and Inspectah Deck all stepping into the ring to sock you in the face from multiple directions with their fiery fists of fury (hence the name of the song). I wouldn’t call it a comeback for the Wu just yet, but it’s definitely a start. Hopefully this leads to even more collaborations in the future, and maybe even a 20 year reunion project once 2013 rolls around.  The idea’s not that farfetched is it?

Tang Clan – Six Directions Of Boxing
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