The Zolas both look and sound like the next big thing to come out of Brooklyn, but the Canadian duo are in fact all about creating post-modern pop with a lo-fi sensibility. Take their stunning new track “Knot In My Heart,” which combines warm buzzy guitars and witty lyrics with some serious chart-busting pop hooks. At just over three minutes long, it is definitely on the short and sweet side, but we can guarantee you’ll be humming this infectious and joyful track all day. Don’t miss The Zolas’ sophomore record, Ancient Mars, out October 2.
Knot In My Heart
It’s Bollywood meets the trap with this brand new track from Heems of Das Racist. As one of the most bizarre emcees in the game right now, Heems brings that same gritty oddball flow to this swagged out cut from his Wild Water Kingdom mixtape, dropping October 15th. The song features a scattered sound, with an Indian sample which roughly translates to “Let me go,” while Cee Gee brings some reggae flavor to the chorus, all with some heavy drums blaring in the background and Heems talking trash throughout as usual. It definitely makes for an interesting listen, and one that will leave you scratching your head while bopping it at the same time.
Let It Go Feat. Cee Gee
Attention Hoodie Mob Denver, Hoodie Allen, The Broadway and of course The Music Ninja are bringing you an opportunity to go to the sold out show at the Summit Music Hall on Sunday, September 23rd. Entering this contest is ridiculously easy, and will take you all of a few minutes.
Here’s the deets:
1. Follow Hoodie Allen, The Broadway, and The Music Ninja on Twitter.
2. Tweet this, “S/O @hoodieallen @thebroadwayrap @themusicninja hookin up 3 sets of tix to the #soldout show in #Denver! Enter: bit.ly/PgoqPU” or, if you’re lazy like we are, just click this link, and it will automagically populate a tweet for you.
3. Contest starts at 10am Mountain Time Monday 9/17, and ends at 7pm Mountain Time Tuesday 9/18
4. MUST BE 18 years or older. Must provide own transportation to the show at Summit Music Hall, Denver, Colorado. Must be present at the venue to receive prize packs.
5. Three winners will be picked at random.
At 7pm Mountain Time Tuesday, 9/18 we will pick three winners to snag one of three prize packs.
One winner will receive 2 tickets, a signed Broadway CD, and a Broadway tee.
One winner will receive 2 tickets, and a Young and Reckless Hat.
One winner will receive two tickets and a Young and Reckless shirt.
Feel The Love (prod. by RJF)
Acetronik, a developing artist out of Englewood, NJ, may not be a name you are familiar with, however, it’s never too late to become acquainted. Acetronik, came onto the EDM scene less than a year ago and has an uncanny ability to transform late 90’s and early 2000’s jams into high energy moombahton, electro and dubstep bangers. His latest effort tackles a track which is near and dear to me, “Fat Lip” by Sum 41. In my opinion, nothing embodies early 2000’s punk rock like “Fat Lip” and Acetronik’s remix is nothing short of spectacular. Acetronik flips this track on its head transforming it into a moombahcore banger flaunting intense build-ups and massive drops. This is not something you want to miss out on so do yourself a favor: grab this free download, turn up your speakers and enjoy!
Fat Lip (Acetronik Remix)
Off his newly signed contract with Universal Republic, indie star The Weeknd dropped a relatively new track today. Although his single “Wicked Games” was already featured on his previous mixtape series House of Balloons, a remastered and enhanced version of the single is part of his commercial release. The newly-edited track isn’t as gritty as the original, but is a more refined emotional equivalent with altered instrumentation. His mixtape trilogy will be edited and released as part of his Universal Records debut album Trilogy, set to drop Nov. 13th. How do you Weeknd fans feel about this remastered version?
Wicked Games (Remastered)
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First, London’s fast rising electro-soul-pop AlunaGeorge gave us the excellent “Your Drums, Your Love” track. Now, they offer up a lovely accompanying video. Directed by Henry Scholfield, it features a number of street dancers and is set inside a gallery full of work by famed illustrator Arran Gregory. The single, which you can stream below, officially drops October 7th. AlunaGeorge are expected to release a new album next year.
Last week we brought you TRAILS AND WAYS‘ dubbed out M83 rework, and this week it’s Music Ninja favorite Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s turn to take on “Midnight City” and make it his own. Stripping the track back to basics, Benjamin rebuilds M83’s futuristic electro around his breathy vocals and reverb-laden guitar, taking it out of the city center and into the festival fields.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Midnight City (M83 Cover)
Grab a free download of Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s M83 cover as-well as a stunning cover of Frightened Rabbit’s “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” on his official website.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Swim Until You Cant See Land (Frightened Rabbit Cover)