Life Leone – Graceland to LA in the School Bus [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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There’s something about Life Leone that screams Americana. Maybe it’s the gritty vocals, maybe it’s the heavily distorted guitars, maybe it’s the catchy-as-hell lyrics. Whatever it is that gives us this feeling of red white and blue familiarity, it just got taken up a notch with the release of this video.

Premiering today, this Lucerne Valley based outfit continues their nostalgic rock and roll persona with a continuous filming of their trip from Graceland to LA. Set to their tune “Lonely Teacher,” off of their EP Comes Crashing In (July 2nd), night turns to day, and day turns to night as we witness a cross-country trip in an old school bus.

That, my ninjas, is as American as it comes. Open a PBR, press play and enjoy.

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[NEW] Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding – Because

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Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding
Because

A live rip of this glorious track hit the blogosphere a little over a year ago, and it was recorded while Skrillex and Ellie Goulding were still dating. The track was originally titled “Lovers” but naturally due to the break up the title was changed to “Because.” After hearing Skrillex play this song out live, they broke up the next week, and I felt like this was never going to see the light of day. So to say the least I’m ecstatic that Ellie just played this in her “Goodnight Valentine Mix” for Annie Mac, and hopefully it will be released soon. Cheers.

via Neighbors Hate Us

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[NSFW] Jarell Perry – Braindead [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Jarell Perry
Braindead

There’s never really a question of whether or not there’s good music coming out of the City of Angels. Every other day, we’re stumbling over a new artist that wins us over. While we were already very familiar with “Braindead” from alt-Soul act Jarell Perry, he’s yet another example of the swelling sea of musical talent in L.A.

Fusing together classic soulful R&B vocals, electronic synths and beats, and pop structures, Perry has paved his own lane in this genre. “Braindead” is a classic example of his unique style, offering up something that would be easily appreciated from a radio audience, or blog-reading indepedent music lovers as well.

This tune dropped about three months ago, giving us a teaser of his upcoming White EP. Fast forward a few other releases, “Black Valentine” and “Eleven,” and today we’re honored to premiere the music video for “Braindead.” This painfully emotion-rich song features visuals that are most assuredly not safe for the workplace or school. However, if you’re feeling brave on the job, take a gander at this sultry embrace between two young ladies.

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[Denver Giveaway] Life In Color – Denver Mart, 2/22

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The World’s largest paint party, Life In Color, touches its wings down in Denver this Friday, and we couldn’t wait to get you Ninjas in on the festivities. After a sold-out raucous shindig in Boulder last year, LIC is bringing a heavy dose of bass music to Denver with Carnage, Mt. Eden, Pegboard Nerds and Basscrooks providing all of their unique takes on dance, for what will no doubt be an insanely unforgettable evening. With the party right around the corner, it’s time to put some tickets into your hands.  See you Ninjas on the floor! Entering the contest is beyond easy and instructions are below. To get into the spirit, check out “Mara” by Carnage, “Chasing” by Mt. Eden and Basscrooks’ “Gangsta” off of their forthcoming Real Talk EP which drops tomorrow below the giveaway widget.

There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 16 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
– You must shout “I Love The Music Ninja” upon entry.

Good luck, ninjas!



Carnage
Mara (Original Mix)
Mt. Eden
Chasing feat. Phoebe Ryan
Gangsta
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Bastille – Pompeii (Audien Remix)

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Bastille’s debut studio album Bad Blood, released on March of 2004, continues to expand in its reach and grandeur. The British group has been capturing the attention of the blogosphere well before the release of Bad Blood and it is singles like Pompeii, well constructed in emotion and production that have crossed over into mainstream radio.

Their music, and in my opinion the strong and warm vocals of singer-songwriter Dan Smith have gained them nominations in several categories at the 2014 Brit Awards airing Feb. 19 including Best British Album, Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Group. For a list of all the nominations as well is their odds of taking home the award you can go toSportsBettingDime.com.

Yet as perfect as the original track may be, it has fallen victim to countless remixes, many of which we have featured on The Music Ninja. However, there is one iteration of a remixed Pompeii that caught our attentions a few weeks back that we haven’t been able to shake off. American dj/producer Audien, infused an energetic amount of kicks and electronics to make for a warm summer anthem in the middle of this cold winter. Without compromising the original structure and emphasis on the infectious vocals from Dan Smith, Audien creates a superb experience that elevates Pompeii to new heights.

The video was shared on Audien’s social media presence, which we can only estimate that a release is imminent in the next few days. Enjoy

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #72

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Around this time of the year the blogosphere gets inundated with love-making playlists curated especially for that one day in February. There’s no point adding more of the same, so we’re going to stick to what we know best and just bring you the best chill songs discovered the week. What you choose to use them for is completely up to you.

One thing did manage to steal our hearts this week though, and that is this incredible edit of an enchanting indie original courtesy of Tennyson. The young Canadian flaunts production skills far beyond his years, injecting serious vibes and a feline persona that could easily be taken as a nod to the work of Cashmere Cat. In any case, one point of no contention is that those keys are absolutely killer, traveling express from the ears to the soul in an instant. Fans of Myst should have no hesitation pointing and clicking to play this next track. NJ producer Au5 deviates from his usual heavy style with an ambient tribute to the cult videogame series, but you don’t need to be in any way familiar to enjoy the pure tranquility flowing from your speakers here. One thing just about everyone has heard about though is Flume’s remix of ‘Hyperparadise’ and this week GANZ’s flip on the track is proving to be just as popular, building an insane amount of views and for good reason too. The original has likely been on heavy rotation in your library ever since its release, and this fresh take certainly commands the same replayability. This week also saw a free compilation released from Pilerates Records containing plenty of chill material to beef up your playlists. Electric Mantis grabbed our immediate attention with his lush composition ‘Ticking and Tocking’, which is just as beautifully hypnotic as its name suggests. Meanwhile Trill Scott Heron has done a number on another one of his tracks, saturating it with his future sounds like only he knows how. Denmark’s Galimatias continues to prove why he’s a favourite in our eyes, combining with Joppe and the lyricism of Goldlink for a hip hop experience of tomorrow. The production here is next level with an undeniable beat to match, and we sincerely hope this kind of soul food will be generously served all through 2014.

So who really cares about that one day in the year? This kind of music has us falling in love every day. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #72 zip

Angus & Julia Stone
For You (Tennyson Remix)
Au5
Myst
Hermitude x Flume
Hyperparadise (GANZ Flip)
Electric Mantis
Ticking And Tocking
Electric Mantis
Gymnopedie + POS (Beat) (Trillys dranked out edit)
Galimatias & Joppe
One Step Back Ft. GoldLink
Moves Like Ms Jackson (Outkast Cover)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication (GAMPER & DADONI Remix)
Ferdinand Weber & Fabich
Aaliyah
London Grammar
Hey Now (Kilter Remix)
Chromeo feat. Toro Y Moi
Come Alive (The Magician Remix)
Le Sexe Faible
Wet Dreams
Odesza
Sun Models ft. Madelyn Grant
Mar
Man / Woman (Genius Vision)
MNEK
Ready For Your Love (Bearcubs Bootleg)
Slanger
Earlier That Day...
Wet
Dont Wanna Be Your Girl (Branchez Remix)
James Vincent McMorrow
Cavalier (Minorstep remix)
esta
Peache$
Sleepyhead
Untitled
Patrick Baker
Ritual
New Mantra
Polyhedron
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 14]

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Last week may have been our Valentine’s edition of Sunday Night Soul, but this week’s lineup features many of the singles crafted specifically with the special holiday in mind. Given that information, it’s no surprise that this week saw some major releases from many of the most exalted players in R&B. We’ve got an All-Star lineup prepared for you tonight (ironic considering the NBA All-Star Game just ended), featuring such lofty names as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, OmarionNe-Yo, Mya and JoJo (the latter three also happened to drop some spectacular Valentine’s EPs as well). Of course they weren’t the only ones feeling the love this busy week, as we have a loaded collection of gorgeous tunes from a slew of talented artists like Kites, mdnt, Oskar Key Sung, John MichaelRÁJ, Chet Faker, Erik Hassle, Shura, Maths Time Joy, Canid, Jeftuz and Trippy Turtle. Check out all there is to offer below, and if you messed up this Valentine’s Day, use this playlist as your way to patch things up.

Kites
A Taste Of Honey
subdaio
PillowTalk.
mdnt
Adonis (stripped version)
Maths Time Joy
Atlantis
Oskar Key Sung
Holograms
TVNE
Damnitbabe
ΔGØLDWYN
Nobody but you
vaisle
left
aywy.
Need U
aywy.
Lost Ft. Maximus MMC
GhostChant
Sincerity ft Låpsley (Demo)
Plue Starfox
Jhenes Lament
TEI SHI
NEVERMIND THE END (LIL SAD REMIX)
Daniela Andrade
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Mara Hruby
Cry Me A River
Iman Europe
Miine (Beyonce Cover)
Chet Faker
Talk Is Cheap
John Michael
Dead Wrong
Dao Jones
Good At Being Single
BOY/FRIEND
Eve feat. VA$HTIE (Prod. Gautier)
Ballad
Love You Down
Angelique Sabrina
Im Ready
Göld Spex
Lost In The Sound
RÁJ
Let Me Love You
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Persian Rugs
Prote J
Stepitup (feat. Mark Russell) (Prod. by Prote J)
LeMarvin
One More Night (Produced by T Town)
blackbear
The Afternoon
Ezra James
All About You
Robin Thicke
The Rest Of My Life (Remix) ft Tamar Braxton
Mya
Space
Alicia Keys
Zebras And Airplanes
JoJo
Caught Up In The Rapture
Mariah Carey
Youre Mine (Eternal)
Omarion
You Like It
Eric Bellinger
Kiss Goodnight ft. Kid Ink
Ne Yo
New Love
Mishon
Luckiest Man feat. Problem (prod. Jermaine Dupri & B. Cox)
Elijah Blake
Sing For Me feat Rick Ross & The Game
Luke James
One Of A Kind
LeToya Luckett
Don’t Make Me Wait
Erik Hassle
Pathetic
Audego
From my blue
Shura
Touch

Say Youll Be There
POWERS
Money
Shlohmo & Jeremih
No More
Drake ft. Jhené Aiko
From Time (Rey Ruccio Edit)
Duncan Gerow
Ciara + J.Louis = Like A Boy
Pharrell
Happy (T AARONmusic REMIX)
Aaliyah
Never CominBack (Jeftuz Remix)
Fortune
Wifey (Celine)ft. Etizzz *Is This Love 2 IS OUT NOW*
Blackstreet
Good Lovin (Jeftuz Refix)
SevnthWonder
Love The Way
Jessie Ware & Sampha
Valentine (Canid remix)
Braxton/Palmer
Callin Your Body
Drake
Living In The Moment (Kun Remix)
Trippy Turtle
Wet
Trippy Turtle
Wet (DJ TiGERFACE EDIT)
Beyonce
Drunk in Love (Hunt For The Breeze Edit)
Jeremih
Fuck U All The Time (The Flexican Remix)
Jo Def
Body Call
SHIVUM SHARMA
FLICKER (TCTS REMIX)
SOHN
Artifice (Radio Rip)
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