There are certain elements of a laid-back tune that elevate it to the status of summer music. We’re talking beach music, long-drive music, afternoon beers on the porch music. For chill summer sounds, the key ingredient is the beat, so this week we’re celebrating with plenty of infectious jams to enjoy for when the days are long and the sun is smiling down.
What better way to get things started than with a funked out collection from the latest album Dowhatyoulove by Aussie beatmaker Ta-ku. He may be immersed in the thick of winter in his part of the world right now, but he’s got you covered with a heap of dope mixes with that signature Ta-ku polish and future groove. The whole 18 track album is a must-listen for sure, but we’ve narrowed it down to the 6 that will get your summer right. A heap of other artists are in the mix with similar sounding fresh hip-hop beats, but as you work your way through the playlist you’ll hit a selection of downtempo trap and electronic flavours as well.
We’ll keep the amount of reading to a minimum though cos the drinks are getting warm. So sit back, hit that play button and do what you love. Peace out.
What is up, my ninjas? It is finally Friday, and we already have the bottle open ready to pour some shots of delicious freedom down out stressed out little faces. You should be doing about the same right now.
Wait…what’s that? You’re not quite in the mood. Well hit play on that first little button under these words, and get ready for some audible inspiration. This is easily the most diverse and party inducing CFPPs I’ve ever crafted, so get ready to get down.
If you happen to maintain as one of the fortunate people “in the know” about the extremely listenable psych-pop/synth-wave duo Psychic Twin, then we commend your taste and cutting edge eye for up and coming talent. On top of that, if you have been following the New York via Chicago band, specifically front-woman Erin Fein on Facebook, then a few weeks ago you may have received the message asking if we the fans would be interested in a new track. Well, after previous singles “Strangers”, “Dream State” and “Are You Gonna Get Her”, self-released mostly through Bandcamp and via exclusive 7″ vinyl pressings, we were salivating like one of Pavlov’s pitbulls for any sort of new material from the uber-talented pair and our answer was an emphatic “Yes!!!!!”. Finally after a slight wait, “Unlock Yr Heart”, Psychic Twin’s newest single was unearthed through an obscure (to us Americans) German source, and lucky for you, it has landed right here in our Ninja laps. The track begins with pretty synth waves and a bass line a la Visions era Claire Boucher, while being bolstered by Fein’s airy, but penetrating vocals. The track rounds out with a pop sensibility that appeals to so many walks of life, signaling an end to Psychic Twin’s air of underground-ness most likeyl. Enough gushing already, just listen to “Unlock Yr Heart” above, and dig into Psychic Twin’s back catalogue if you have the chance, as they will no doubt begin to surface on many a music publication’s radar in the coming year.
If we had a nickel for every Lana Del Rey remix we’ve heard, we’d have a shit load of nickels. Yes, as music bloggers we hear droves of remixes of popular artists. Lana Del Rey is definitely one of the most remixed (although M83′s Midnight City still holds the record). While some are less than desirable, some grab us by the ear and demand our attention.
That’s exactly what we have for you today. French producer Cedric Gervais has taken some time off from his endless quest for a girl named “Molly” to throw down this energetic vocal house remix of Lana’s “Young and Beautiful.” The uplifting synths and dancy big room beats beg to get play time on dance floors this summer, and they most assuredly will.
Another month, another amazing artist we say goodbye to. Celldweller has filled all of our ears and heads with some incredible beats and inspired us to keep pursuing our dreams no matter what. Celldweller showed us that behind the amazing hair, he is just a guy doing what he loves, making music and helping other aspiring artists do the same. But before we say goodbye for the time being, we asked Celldweller to send us over his five favorite tracks right now. Hope you enjoy them as much as he does!
Barretso – Chase
Sister Crayon – Cynic
Tycho – Hours
Lazerhawk – Electric Groove
Gojira – Toxic Garbage Island
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
Today we have a trio of club tracks from brand new Deep/Tech-House, Nu-Disco and Indie Dance label Night Supply Records. Featuring contributions from three of Denver’s premier electronic taste-makers in the underground, Night x Night Vol. 1 was a breath of fresh air musically speaking and hopefully signals more good things to come out of our city’s club scene. option4, an artist previously featured here at TMN, sets the pace with a peak hour primed house tune “Ain’t Nothin’ Buddy”. With a vocal sample from Tupac & Snoop’s classic “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” backed by an infectious house beat fit perfectly for a packed dance floor. “Ain’t Nothin’ Buddy” definitely sets the tone for the EP, and had our attention for its entirety. Brand new Deep and Tech-House duo Keepers‘ comes in with the sophomore contribution and take us a slightly more Summery direction with “Hello”. The deep cut is supported by a warm synth line and bongo percussion before scooting into a dancefloor friendly hook which had our heads bobbing to the beat in approval. Rounding out Night x Night Vol. 1 is a tune from one of the rising House and Techno pairs not just in Denver, but on the nation wide underground scene as well. Need & Necessity‘s “Love On” was produced in a way earmarked to display their knowledgeable and established deep club sound, but catchy enough to warrant an approving listen from even the most casual of electronic listeners.The three track extended play was definitely a solid debut for the fledgling label, and we will be sure to bring you more of what they have to offer as it becomes available. Things get even better from the Night Supply crew as they have offered up the downloads on Facebook for the hefty price of one “like”. Do yourself a favor and head on over and grab Night x Night Vol. 1 here.