[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaCommunication is key and sometimes we suck at it. Music, however, seems to be a universal language that soothes the soul, melts the heart, fuels the fire, and calms the storm. If you happen to be one who sucks at the whole communicating thing, try saying it with a song. Better yet…..try it with a whole entire playlist.

’Rare Darling – Cold Sweat’
’Daniel Wilson – Killed Ya’
’Jordan Riddle = Suffocate’
’Balancer – under the same sky’
’Neda – The Sound’
’ Jake Weary – Mountainside’
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[Hip-Hop] iLoveMakonnen – Tuesday (Remix) (Feat. Drake)

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Tuesday Feat. Drake

Just in time for your “Tuesday,” Drake decides to drop his very own remix of iLoveMakonnen‘s Sonny Digital & Metro Boomin-produced hit, “Club Going Up On A Tuesday.” As one of the hottest singles on the net, it’s only fitting that Drizzy hops on with a verse of his own–something of a trend recently, as he’s done the same with Tinashe‘s “2 On” and Soulja Boy‘s “We Made It.” Although he is the king of random releases, this comes from as far out of left field as you can get. What better way to build even more hype for his Lil Wayne vs. Drake tour though than by putting his own spin on of the catchiest tunes around? Receiving a co-sign from Drizzy is also just about the greatest boost the young ATLien could receive, and we’re interested to see if any other rappers follow suit and come out with remixes of their own. Grab a free download above, and let us what you think about this odd pairing.

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TMN Talks with The Griswolds [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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The Griswolds
Right On Track

There’s nothing quite like it. The experience of sharing a song with our readership, only to see it explode across the airwaves, leaving the beaming smiles of thousands of listeners filled with overwhelming joy. We recently had that experience when we premiered the Griswold’s international sensation, “Beware the Dog,” and in all honesty, haven’t been able to stop listening since.

After playing their collection on repeat for sometime, we had the ultimate pleasure of sitting down with Dan, Tim, Chris and Lachlan in a tiny pizza joint on Broadway during The UMS in Denver, Colorado.

Though we had never met or even spoken before, always relying on publicists and label reps, we had a conversation that was both personable and downright hilarious.

TMN: Welcome to Colorado guys! Thank you so much for sitting down with us tonight.

Lachlan: Thanks for having us!

TMN: Let’s kick things off first by talking about this trip to the states. How has the reception been?

Lachlan: It’s been pretty good. Some of the shows have been really surprising in crowds that come out to see us. It’s pretty crazy, coming from the other side of the world.

Tim: It’s our first tour and we’ve noticed something, I guess. We’ve noticed people coming to the shows to see us. We’ve done tours before, but this one…

TMN: Your song, “Beware the Dog,” has quickly reached tremendous success. We were lucky enough to premiere that song for you guys, and in doing so, we learned that this was about a friend who fell to drugs. Do you care to talk about that?

Dan: She’s fucking crazy, man!

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[House] DJ Dan – Make Ya Freak (Jamie K Remix)

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DJ Dan
Make Ya Freak (Jamie K Remix) OUT NOW :) .....

After a wild weekend at Splash House, one would think that we needed to take a break from roaring basslines, Tequila, and sweaty club music. However, the ninjas aren’t ready to trade in the Jose Cuervo for the espresso just yet because we still want to get our freak on, you know?

After receiving a lot of hype over his club-heavy banger, “Make Ya Freak”, DJ Dan is proof that House music is alive and thriving more than ever. UK native, Jamie K, decided to reach out and pick up the stems to this stellar track to which we fell in love at first play. Jamie K took this DJ Dan classic and spiced it up with a range of elements to give it more bass, more groove, and more intensity. If you’re still in party mode from the weekend like the rest of us, then you tuned it at the perfect time for this UK House anthem. We recommend pressing play for this one because Jamie K is about to make ya freak a little.

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[New] Arcade Fire – Afterlife (Flume Remix)

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Arcade Fire
Afterlife (Flume Remix)

It’s been a crazy ride for Australia’s wunderkind Flume, and by now, you should be familiar with the man and his music. The young producer has been coasting through the festival circuit with sets at Palm Springs’ Splash House and San Francisco’s Outside Lands this past weekend. Today, Flume, who is also one half of What So Not, has dropped a new remix, and it’s a stunner.

Arcade Fire track “Afterlife” gets the Flume fix, resulting in a rework with a hazy tinge to it. Flume’s “Afterlife” remix is considerably more mellow than his previous work, but he manages to orchestrate the track in a way where the beat’s sublime sound is the focal point, but does not compromise or upstage the original’s vocals.

Buzzing opinions appear to be less than favorable for Flume’s latest piece, but it’s undeniable that the man is talented. We’re interpreting the direction of this remix as an indication that the his sound is constantly fluctuating and evolving, but only time will tell us what he’s got up his sleeve.

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[Alternative] Love & Valor – Truly Dear

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Love & Valor
Truly Dear

I’ve got an absolute gem to share with you all tonight. Coming to us from Burlington, North Carolina is a new quartet by the name of Love & Valor. They’ve had a fair share of covers in the past, however “Truly Dear” is their first original piece and I am absolutely blown away by it. According to the band’s Facebook page, each member contributes to the writing process, in melody and lyrics, and the result is a collaborative effort that may just change your own perceptions on modern folk music. This indie love ballad is sure to resonate with you long after the song has ended and I cannot help put keep this song on repeat. It is masterfully gorgeous and I can’t help but share it with my fellow Ninjas.

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[House] Panama Wedding – All Of The People (option4 Remix)

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Panama Wedding
All Of The People (option4 Remix)

Oh option4. Will there ever be a tune released from your arsenal with which we are not thoroughly in love with? Probably not, but that’s more than okay with your trusty TMN staff. After riding an immense wave of hype since we first featured the Denver based beatsmith over a year ago, option4’s diverse brand of “more house than tech, more deep than disco” dance music finds itself in the midst of its most mature and accessible stretch yet. His latest retooling of Panama Wedding’s “All Of The People” is nothing short of breathtaking either. Fusing a kick drum that is somehow as expansive and wide as it is punchy, those signature option4 vocal chops and a beautifully layed synth/piano line; option4’s production prowess seems to evolve with every passing release while maintaining the musical integrity with which we fell in love with in the first place. The real treat on this one though is the way in which Peter Kirk’s melancholy but pop-fueled vocals mesh their way into such bouncy and groove laden instrumentation. We even dare you to try and stifle the natural head-bob and hip-wiggle which seems to come attached to option4’s entire catalog. You won’t be able to. As an even better bonus, you can snag a free digital copy of option4’s remix from Panama Wedding’s Soundcloud here. Hop to it Ninjas.

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