True to Escapists’ stated intention to create a sound that describes “the energy of staying-up all night” when the “bright-eyed optimism of the day…quickly evaporate[s] into paranoia and disorientation”, the original offering of new single Blood wrapped itself in haunting elegance and funked-up euphoria. In this latest, stripped back version of the track, the British four-piece have created the perfect aural evocation of the all-nighter.

With their sonic nod to British contemporaries Bombay Bicycle Club, Escapists seem similarly poised to become the latest indie intellects to reimagine the genre into a more morose and introspective state.

When reinventing Blood within a new acoustic haze, Escapists have been careful not to strip away, or steal from, their lyrical subject matter. In fact, the midnight musings and dawn driven disorientation are all the more evident for the refined reinvention. The ethereal realms of the original remain intact, with the clarity and sloppiness of dusk-til-dawn obscurity cyclically and intermittently relayed throughout. Fluid and hazy changeability continually emerges as rhythmic cohesion meets afterhours dreamscapes. With lead singer Simon Glancy murmuring ‘we’ve been up all night / slurring vocabulary / can’t you see your eyes / oh they’re kinda scary’, the lyrical descent into late night reality removal issues forth from an equally disorientated musical backdrop.

An acoustic display of pathetic fallacy, with Blood Escapists have truly curated the soundscape to their own subject matter.

Blood (Acoustic)

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 6/19


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
– This deal is only valid for Thursday and Friday night’s shows. If you wanna peep Booka Shade, you’re going to have to buy tickets.

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Blasterjaxx - June 19th
Jack Eye Jones
Far East (Blasterjaxx Remix)

Eskimo (DJ Set) - June 20th
Push And Pull 2013 (Free download)

Booka Shade - June 14th
Love Drug feat. Fritz Helder (Bookas Red Light Mix)
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Kayzo & Jordan Alexander – Recoil (Aylen Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Kayzo Jordan Alexander Recoil Aylen Remix
Kayzo & Jordan Alexander
Recoil (Aylen Remix)

We know all you ninjas are getting excited for EDC, so we decided Aylen’s “Recoil” remix would be the perfect track to pump you up! Aylen is no newcomer to The Music Ninja, which is exactly why we’re excited to be the first to show you his Recoil remix. This “Recoil” remix has such a rising feeling to it, that by the time it breaks from the drop, you are a bit worn out. After that resting time is over, the second drop kicks in and it picks the energy right back up. As I was writing this I kept breaking out dancing, and I had to tell myself “stop dancing you need to be writing this…” This song will have the same effect on you; you are going to be headbanging in a matter of moments. This track is available for download, but make sure to show our homie Aylen some love by following him on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.

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Zak Waters Discusses Music, Hair Product, & Klondike Bars [TMN Interview]

Zak Waters
Over You (Available Now)

We’ve said it time and time again and we will say it again – Zak Waters is the reason for the dramatic rise of unplanned pregnancies around the globe. Whether we like to face that truth or not, we cannot deny his ability to swoon us all with his soulful sound frequencies. We have been featuring most of Zak’s music on TMN for quite some time now and have come to love everything about his music. Not only does he fill our lives with passion, funk, and enough dirty love-making-groove-house to make us want to bump and grind into the night, but he has showed us an entirely new different side to dance music. So we decided that it was time to sit down with Mr. Waters and talk more about his musical upbringing, his recent EP release, and everything else in between. Check out the interview below.

TMN: Hey Zak! Thanks for sitting down with TMN today. We really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk more with us about what you have going on these days. You know, it has been really cool to watch you grow over the past few years from collaborations with Madeon, to Candyland, to Adventure Club and David Dolano, etc. Before we talk more about that side of music, can you tell us a little bit more about your background in music and any instruments you learned to play?

ZW: Well, i’ve been singing my entire life, but it wasn’t until I got into the 6th or 7th grade that I became conscious of it. My grandpa told me to pick up a voice recorder and listen to myself. I realized then that I had something good going on for me so I stuck with it and here I am now! When I was in the 8th grade, I learned how to play the guitar and electric bass.

Funny story about how I learned how to play the bass – I moved to Canada for a little bit and started school a little later than everyone so I was put in band class to which I was forced to play whatever instrument was left. I thought, “Oh shit, i’m going to have to play the oboe or something (no offense to all the oboe players who kill it).” However, it was the electric bass! I wasn’t quite sure why no one wanted to snag that instrument, but I lucked out for sure.  I should mention that i’m actually not that great with the guitar or bass, but I do incorporate these live elements into my music and that’s something i’ll continue to do. When I was 20 I started learning the piano and know that very well. I love everything about that instrument so I love incorporating it into my productions.

*FUN FACT*: Zak was obsessed with 90’s R&B as an adolescent. TMN stamp of approval.

Zak Waters
PONY (Out Now)

TMN: Hey, you could have made the oboe sound really cool had you been forced to play that! (laughs) So we know that you used to be in a band back in the day. How would you say your experience with them influenced your transition into the dance music world?

ZW: To be honest, I really didn’t get into dance music until later on in life. I grew up listening to a lot of old school, 80’s/90’s funk. Eventually I got into hardcore music and guys like The Fray and Augustana. I actually used to hate dance music back in the day, but after I left the band, I stumbled upon Madeon and my opinion entirely changed – and i’m talking 15-year-old original Madeon. Once I heard him I said to myself “Wow, this is good music”.  Hearing Madeon for the first time really opened me up to dance music and I’ve learned to appreciate it that much more.

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[World Cup Rock] Vaudeville Smash – Zinedine Zidane (ft. Les Murray)

Vaudeville Smash - Zinedine Zidane
Vaudeville Smash
Zinedine Zidane (feat. Les Murray)

Zinedine Zidane was one of the best footballers in the history of the sport. We figured this would be a perfect time to show some love to the record with the World Cup going on. This tribute to the legend is much deserved, seeing as he won the “FIFA World Player Of The Year” three times in a row. During the 110th minute of his last game, he was dismissed from the match. Apparently Materazzi made some foul remarks towards Zinedine’s family on the same day he found out his mother was very ill. Although he made a rash decision and got angry, he was one of the greatest players of all time. Since 2013, Zinedine has continued his career as the assistant coach and sporting director for Real Madrid.

I think that’s enough history for now. Back to the music… I’ve never really heard a band like Vaudeville Smash. This band is from Melbourne, Australia and they have an extremely unique sound. This dynamic record is backed up with an awesome video which will pump you up for the rest of the World Cup matches.

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[Hip-Hop] Mac Miller – Melt (feat. ScHoolboy Q) (prod. Pete Rock)

Mac Miller
Melt (feat. ScHoolboy Q) (prod. Pete Rock)
Mac Miller
The Star Room  (OG VERSION)

Mac Miller took to his twitter a few minutes ago to casually let loose an incredible previously unreleased cut that features production from the legendary Pete Rock and a ScHoolboy Q guest verse. “Melt” has a jazzy summer groove to it with layered piano melodies, an addicting bassline and a humming vocal loop. Mac’s goofy flow shines over the lush backdrop and, although we are not accustomed to laid back verses from Q, the TDE emcee switches things up for some smooth, creative bars.

Mac’s most recent album, Watching Movies With the Sound Offwas released exactly a year ago and the SoundCloud description for “Melt” reads ‘movies we didn’t watch’ suggesting it just missed the cut for that project. Earlier today, as further celebration of the album anniversary, Mac also released the original version of the opening song“The Star Room,” which strips down the production completely transforming its tone into a relaxed, introspective one. Check out both of these unique, surprise releases above.

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[Sexy] Mayer Hawthorne – Crime (DYNOHUNTER Remix)

Mayer Hawthorne
Crime (DYNOHUNTER Remix)

Livetronic trio DYNOHUNTER are following the footsteps of numerous other notable electronic musicians from their hometown of Boulder, Colorado, and they’re doing it in a big way. Combining pristine production, soulful sax, live drumming, and heavy electric bass, these boys are doing the Centennial State proud.

With their latest release, we’re offered up a groovy interpretation of Mayer Hawethorne and Kendrick Lamar’s vibe-heavy song, “Crime.” Orchestrating a luscious soundscape, this party song is given a new identity, complete with a smooth bassline, gorgeous melodies, and top notch sampling. What could possibly make this track any better? The fact that it’s available as a free download on their Soundcloud page.

If you happen to be heading out to Sonic Bloom this weekend, make sure to swing by and catch Clark Smith (Sax/Production), Justin Ehmer (Drums), and Fred Reisen (Bass/Synth) live. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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