British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka is coming to Denver tonight, and we couldn’t be more excited. This acoustic and often bluesy artist is a personal favorite here at The Music Ninja. When we found out we had an opportunity to review his show, we immediately asked to do some sort of a promotion to make more people aware of his soulful voice and emotionally crafted lyrics. So what are we promoting? Well first off, Michael is going to be playing at the Outer Lands festival. So if you happen to be going to that, make sure to head over to catch his set. He’s also in the midst of a full scale US tour, and is most likely coming to a town near you. If you can’t do either of those things, make sure to pick up his album, Home Again.
Now, onto the contest. After you’re done listening to Michael’s track, “I’m Getting Ready,” make sure to enter. It’s incredibly easy, and you could snag a 7″ Vinyl and a copy of his new album. The contest will run until Friday at 10am Pacific time. We’ll pick one entry at random to take home this prize pack.
Around two months ago I was introduced to Gent & Jawns‘ “Holler” (Original Mix) and was immediately blown away. It’s a massively catchy song, full of booty-bouncing shakes and wobbles. Helped a little (ok, A LOT) by their collaboration with Diplo on his critically-acclaimed Express Yourself EP, Gent & Jawns seem to be having a good past couple of months.
“Holler” (Original Mix) can be found on Holler — an EP that solidifies this unstoppable duo’s position as one of the leaders of the massive moombah movement sweeping across every festival in the country. The Holler EP has another Gent & Jawns original called “Bugoff,” a big room-ready, 128 BPM sledgehammer of a track that is sexy and industrial at the same time. There are also two remixes included: Valentino Kahn‘s remix of “Holler” is a percussive masterpiece fattened and livened by tribal drums and horns, while David Heartbreak amps up the chorus to make it club-friendly.
If you are at all interested in the future of moombah, check out “Holler” (Original Mix) below and download the entire EP, out via Mad Decent/Jeffree’s, right here.
Mac Miller hit Twitter last night to release the second single off his upcoming collaborative EP with one of the most influential and unique veteran producers, Pharrell Williams. Since his arrival on the scene several years ago, the Pittsburgh representing Miller has taken enormous strides both musically and financially, as he was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list earlier this year. At first, many loyal hip-hop fans mistakenly wrote him off as either riding on the success of Wiz Khalifa or being a corny, frathouse rapper. In the last couple years, with the success of his debut album Blue Slide Parkand subsequent awesome mixtape Macadelic, he has emerged far from Wiz’s shadow and proven himself with both his real lyrical talent and admirable work ethic.
“Glow” gives a glimpse of what makes the rising Miller and established Pharrell great artists with extensive wordplay and original, bouncy production. Stream and download the track below and look out for their Pink Slime EP, out soon.
“Chained” is the latest track to surface from Coexist, the highly anticipated sophomore album by The xx. Ambient and sultry, backed throughout by a soft, palpitating beat and utilizing little guitar work until the more rousing ending — it’s the kind of understated, yet lush track we’ve come to expect from the UK group. Even more moving than the music itself are the lyrics, which tell the story of a faltering relationship and lovers who are growing apart. The repeated line, “We used to be closer than this…” is especially heartbreaking.
Coexist comes out on September 11th via Young Turks.
If you haven’t noticed already, we are quite the fans of Seven Lions here at The Music Ninja. Everything this California producer does is just magic. His latest effort is a remix of “All Alone,” the new single from French rock/pop group, Superbus. The synth-pop sounding original gets put on overdrive with intensified chorus sections while still keeping its effortlessly rhythmic flow. Seven Lions is becoming synonymous with progressive dubstep, and I daresay if he continues at this pace he’ll soon have main stage potential.
Interscope Records is pleased to present new indie pop duo, Frank and Derol. The LoFi indie pop collaboration was founded in 2012, and is comprised of Codi Caraco and Brandi Cyrus. You may immediately recognize that second name, and you are correct. That’s Miley Cyrus’ sister. While Miley will most assuredly never get play time here on The Music Ninja, her sister is a completely different story.
This recently released single is a delectably drum-driven pop track with insanely catchy hooks. Lead singer Codi Caraco’s distorted vocals pair beautifully with the repeating guitars making a track that even the most manly of men would get caught singing to in his car.
Iconic singer Björk is known for her innovative projects, and this latest is definitely one of the most adventurous to date. As part of the promotion for last year’s Biophilia, Björk is releasing a series of remixes from some of the best electro producers out there – Hudson Mohawke and El Guincho, to name two. Part two of the series sees Death Grips take on the incredible “Sacrifice,” and it’s an intriguing experimental take on the track, with Björk’s airy vocals providing plenty of power and emotion to the mix.