If we posted every single PR email we received every day, we wouldn’t have a music blog. And yet as we go through all our emails, there are things that resonate with us musically, and personally. Sound City Studios, a two-building complex in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, which houses sound stages, is most notable known for being one of the most prolific studios before the music scene went digital. Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon, Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash, Metallica and Neil Young are just a few that utilized the space to create some of the best albums in the world.
What is so interesting to us about this story is that even as we cover so much electronic music, music that anyone with a laptop can produce, there is still a sense of nostalgia for how music used to be produced, for natural unfiltered recordings. There is no doubt in our minds that technology and the very use of it has improved music and its discovery. But, as humans (and music junkies) trying to make a personal connection with the sounds we hear, there is something to be said for spontaneous unedited recordings, that much like a live show, increase our involvement between artist and fan.
Sound City, A Film by Dave Grohl will be out February 2013 via Roswell Films
Straight out of Virginia Beach comes our most recent fascination. Up and coming artist Jackson Breit brings a new level of freshness with smooth (and almost Timberlake) voice while still combining an instrumentation that pulls influences from blues, hip/hop and even reggae. His most recent track, a remix from Parisian newcomer French Kiwi Juice has the perfect balance of genuine light hearted vocals with the glossy and funky background of the original track.
You can listen to this track (more than once if you are like us) bellow and make sure you check out his soundcloud here.
The holiday of constant carols and jingles is here, and while we will surely be inundated with so much Christmas music this time of year, Sky Barbarick comes to the rescue. We are honored to present you a wonderful and refreshing version of a Christmas classic. Sky, whose vocals have captivated the world through her indie project NOOSA, has delivered a seemingly delicate and soft rendition of “Silent Night”. If you are already coming up with a modern Christmas playlist for the holidays, look no further and download this free track today.
Sky Barbarick (NOOSA) Silent Night (The Music Ninja Exclusive)
There are few songs that have been remixed, reconstructed and edited this year as much as Knife Party’s absolutely massive hit record “Internet Friends”. However, if there was ever a reason to listen to one more remix of this track, it is hands down the latest effort by heRobust. Completely murdering this remix, heRobust flips the original on its head incorporating ingenious samples, thumping 808′s, rattling snares and heavy wobbles to create a trap anthem of monumental proportion. heRboust gave this track out for free so I suggest you turn up your speakers, grab this free download and prepare to run the trap.
Don’t forget to show heRobust some love on Facebook and download this fantastic release here!
Knife Party Internet Friends (heRobusts Run Da Trap Bootleg)
Lending his voice to the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained, the MMG emcee Rick Ross drops some new heat titled “100 Black Coffins” off the soundtrack. The Jamie Foxx produced single is a Rozay narrated track describing the dark tale of the western movie about the slave turned bounty hunter. With a strong western vibe and strong verses from the Maybach lyricist, this is a dope release and a side from the always flossin’ rapper. Be sure to check it below and hear more from John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, and collaborations from the late James Brown and Tupac Shakur on the Django Unchained soundtrack dropping 12/18.
Two TMN favorites hook up here on this stellar track from Big Boi‘s upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. The focus of this fresh new track revolves around winning back the affection of an ex lover, with Kid Cudi providing the convincingly hopeful chorus. Cudder brings a unique vibe to this track that only he could provide through his mellow melodies, while Big Boi continues to thrive as a solo artist on the mic. It’s definitely a divergence from what we’ve gotten used to hearing from Big Boi, but we’ve seen that this album is all about stepping out of the box for the ATL veteran.