East of Ely – Waterfalls [TMN PREMIERE]

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East of Ely
Waterfalls

One in eight people are over 65 years old in Sydney.You might be asking yourself, “Why the hell is The Music Ninja googling random facts about Sydney?”

With good reason, ninjas. While trying to make some sense out of the plethora of great music that comes out of Australia day by day, it only made sense to take a deeper look into what was going on over there. We stumbled across this factoid in our research, and it all clicked. Young people = good music.

Sydney-born synth-pop five piece East of Ely is the most current of our musical discoveries. Hailing from the land down Under, Moeaki, Nic, Daniel, Chris, Michael have us ready to shout out “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi,” with this first listen to “Waterfalls,” which is the first single off of their upcoming EP.

Stabbing attempts at cultural references aside, these guys have an infectious sound that calls on association of some of our favorite synth-popsters like Pet Shop Boys, CHVRCHES, and Carousel. This tune in particular boasts a lovelorne tune message carried through by glorious falsetto work, classic 80’s guitar riffs and an upbeat tempo worthy of some foot-tappin and head noddin’.

Put these guys on your radar by following them on facebook. It won’t be long before this EP is out, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

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Bad Suns on The Cure, Tycho and Never Used BBQ Sauce [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Bad Suns
Cardiac Arrest (WoodysProduce Remix)

There’s no denying that Woodland Hills four piece Bad Suns are on the up and up. With gaining radio love and backing from Vagrant records, these fellas are taking their post-punk sounds to the masses. With that in mind, we wanted to get a few quick questions answered by frontman Christo. Check out what he had to say about being influenced by The Cure, who their dream collaboration would be, and the always present but never use BBQ sauce.

TMN: Hey guys! Thank you so much for taking some time to answer a few questions for us. We loved your show in Denver! Let’s kick this off by talking about your journey up until this point. How did you guys start off?

Christo: Gavin and I met in school. Aside from that, we all met through music and jumping around from band to band.

TMN: What were those early times like? What were you guys writing about?

Christo: Miles, Gavin, and I have been playing in a band together for five years now. We’d have band practice every day, after school. From the beginning, it was apparent that we were all people with the same level of passion for playing music. We’ve always kept at it, and we’ve worked at getting better, over the years. By the time we met up with Ray, our friends were applying to colleges, or already in college, and we were set on making this band work.

TMN: One thing that was undeniably apparent was the set of lungs on Christo. Good god. Did those come from years of vocal practice or was god just smiling down on you the day you were born?

Christo: I always get so surprised upon hearing comments like that. In our old bands, my voice was always a lot of what was holding us back. I never really gained full control of it, until recently. I don’t know how to answer the question, but I really appreciate the compliment.

TMN: Let’s fast forward to signing with Vagrant. That’s one label that has to be overwhelming to get an email from. Not only have they carried some massive names in punk music, but tons of notable indie rock acts as well. Talk to us about that moment.

Christo: It was great, as you could imagine. The fact that record labels were reaching out, at all, was surreal. As soon as we met with them to get to know one another and discuss the band, it was clear that we were on the same page.

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[Indie Rock] Cate Le Bon – He’s Leaving

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He's Leaving

Cate Le Bon wasn’t unearthed at a 60’s psych/folk convention. She isn’t French, she didn’t write this track in a black and white Jim Jarmusch montage on the Left Bank of Paris. She isn’t the love child of Simon Le Bon and she didn’t find Nico alive and persuade her to cameo on ‘He’s Leaving’.

Cate Le Bon is in fact Welsh, and was recently quoted in the British press stating: ‘Nico and dead animals. I don’t think I’ll ever hear the end of them’. She probably won’t. Vocally, Cate
Le Bon channels quintessential Nico better than sometimes Nico. This has all the steady tempo and lo-fi charm of The Velvet Underground, circa ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’. A nod to
one of the most prestigious and defining albums of all time: never a bad thing.

Comparisons shouldn’t detract from what is an ornate and rare talent. Similarity aside, this graceful and uncluttered offering comprises of beautiful authenticity, poise and absolute effortlessness. Cool and composed, Le Bon sings with the most moving of sentiments, but encased in the sound of regretful simplicity.

‘He’s Leaving’ manages to reduce a vastness of emotion and spit it back at you, with the sort of raw and wistful force you just can’t dodge.

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[NEW] Pharrell – Gust of Wind (Feat. Daft Punk)

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Gust of Wind (Feat. Daft Punk)

When the tracklist for G I R L was first announced, we knew right away that there was one track that we absolutely needed to hear. With the album stream for Pharrell‘s latest album going up last night, we also figured it wouldn’t be long before that particular song would surface to the net. After teaming up for two spectacular singles on Random Access Memories, Daft Punk and the ageless wonder that we know as Pharrell are aiming to see if they can “Get Lucky” (see what we did there?) with a third team-up on “Gust of Wind.” Unsurprisingly, the trio have struck gold once again, with a groovy, disco-infused number that’ll have you tapping your toes the instant the beat kicks in. Take a listen to the addicting tune above, and be sure to get your pre-orders in for G I R L as soon as possible.

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[NEW] Rick Ross – In Vein (Feat. The Weeknd)

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In Vein (Feat. The Weeknd)

A week prior to its release, it looks like Rick Ross‘ latest album has already sprung a leak. Earlier tonight, we shared with you one of the album’s most anticipated singles, “Sanctified.” This one right here though, might be the true highlight of the project. The Weeknd‘s been on quite a tear lately, dropping stellar remixes of “Drunk In Love” and “Or Nah” over the last two weeks. He continues his hot streak with “In Vein,” another drug-induced slow burner that delves into the crooner’s risqué lifestyle and features a chorus where he claims “I don’t got a single sober vein in my body.” We’d totally believe it, and while this is a Ross single, Abel definitely steals the show here (just as he always does). Check out the track below, and let us know what your thoughts are on Mastermind based on what you’ve heard so far. Maybe you’ll even be enticed to pre-order a copy for yourself. Feel free to stream the album on iTunes Radio yourself before deciding.

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[NEW] Rick Ross – Sanctified (Feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross)

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Rick Ross
Sanctified (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)

It’s already been a busy week for hip-hop so far, but it only seems to be looking up from here. With Rick Ross‘ sixth studio album, Mastermind, set to drop next week, we’re getting an early listen of the most anticipated track from the project, “Sanctified.” Featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Kanye West and Big Sean, “Sanctified” is a soulful banger, crafted through a combined effort between Yeezy and DJ Mustard. All three emcees trade bars interchangeably over an instrumental that features a few trademarks from both talented producers. While this is probably the first single to really move the needle for us on Ross’ latest album, there’s still some interesting collaborations yet to be heard featuring The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Mavado, Scott Storch, and more. Check out the single above, and make sure to get your pre-orders in for Mastermind before it drops on March 4th.

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[Album Stream] Pharrell – G I R L

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With less than a week away until the release of his first solo album in eight years, Pharrell has decided to give his fans a sneak preview of G I R L through iTunes Radio, as has become the custom these days for most major releases. Revealing the final tracklist through Instagram late last night (which you can view below), the album is set to include exciting features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, with additional contributions coming from Daft Punk, Timbaland, Hans ZimmerKelly Osbourne,  Leah LaBelle, Tori Kelly and JoJo. Although the only single we’ve heard so far is the insanely addicting “Happy,” we have a feeling Pharrell will have no problem asserting his dominance over the charts with this latest project. Don’t take our word for it though. Follow the link below, and find out for yourself.

STREAM: Pharrell – G I R L

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