[TMN Resident Artist] A Personal TJR Weekend Mini-Mix

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The Music Ninja Exclusive Mini-Mix

TGIF.

And to celebrate the freakin’ weekend what better to listen to than a new mix made exclusively for TMN by our Resident Artist Mr. TJR? This mix has it all, the big bouncy beats, the crisp melodies, and the insane remixes that we have come to know and respect from TJR. Turn the volume up on whatever speakers you have available and let TJR lead you into your weekend in style.

Photo Credit – Topher Riley

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[NEW] Justin Timberlake – TKO (Prod. Timbaland)

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Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) is set to drop at the end of this month, and although very little is known about the album so far, one thing seems to be certain: this sequel will definitely have a musical identity of its own. While the first 20/20 Experience boasted a much more mature and soulful sound from the Tennessee crooner,   “TKO” seems to take things back to 2006, falling more in line with the Timbaland produced hits on FutureSex/LoveSounds. Fans who complained about the lack of pop friendly singles from Timberlake’s comeback record will certainly be pleased with this one. Make sure to pre-order The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), which will hit shelves on September 30th, and also include features from Drake and Jay-Z.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 9/19

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. We recently spoke with the Rolling Stone #1 Club in North America just last weekend, and you know what they said about you? That they love you guys, and they love the energy the ninjas bring to the crowd.

So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Get in line up front door before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier

Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only stipulations to this deal is that you have to be 21 and older, and you have to be there by 11pm. Also, due to awesomeness from Martin Solveig and Beta Nightclub, we cannot offer this deal for tonight’s show. The two have teamed up to donate all proceeds (including Solveig’s fee) to help with the Colorado flood victims. The show is only $10, and you’ll sleep easier knowing you helped out.

The deal does still work for Friday and Saturday though.

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

Martin Solveig Benefit Show - September 19th
Martin Solveig & The Cataracs Hey Now feat. Kyle

Netsky - September 20th
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Come Alive
Morgan Page - September 21st
Morgan Page & Nadia Ali
Carry Me
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[Remix on Repeat] John Newman – Love Me Again (TYR Remix)

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Love Me Again (TYR Remix)

John Newman has one sexy voice, period.

So to make a remix of his, and to do it well, an artist must keep all that is sexy in his vocals and our Rado boy TYR did just that with his remix of ‘Love Me Again’. The 19-year-old producer took the sultry voice of Newman and added a splash of electronic TYR sound, full of quick melodies, piano chords and intense vocal alterations. Another powerful remix by TYR to listen to again and again and again.

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[Indie Pop] Holychild – Happy With Me

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Happy With Me

It really is a simple question that we have all asked someone in our lifetime, why can’t you be happy with me?

The new tune from Holychild is a wonderful mix of ecstatic pop with a wave of indie twisted in. The song starts off with the beautiful tunes from vocalist Liz Nistico followed by some strong electronic/drum beats by the other half of this duo, Louie Diller. On their site, they say their particular sound takes some time to digest but I was immediately hooked to its intense beats and vocals followed by moments of quiet, dream like state of mind. This song has catchy lyrics and beats that will keep you moving until the very end.

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Minnesota – Collective Identity Tour VIP Ticket Giveaway [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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MILE HIGH CLUB EP

Minnesota’s smooth melodic style captured our attention quite some time ago, and has continued to impress us with each and every release. Meticulously crafted, his sound is beautiful and often hip hop inspired, layering fast paced hi hats over rolling bass lines. With carefully extracted samples and clean natural atmospheric elements, he creates a rich and luscious soundscape that’s both relaxing and invigorating.

Given our long time affinity for this Santa Cruz producer/DJ, we were of course elated to give our readers the chance to win two VIP/Meet and Greet tickets to one of his shows. Our elation grew as the details emerged that we’d be doing this for his entire tour. That’s right, for every single one of Minnesota’s tour dates from October 9th and December 22nd (not including festival dates) we’re hooking up VIP tickets.

…but wait! There’s more!

We’re not handing out just one set of VIP tickets. We’re giving out two sets of VIP tickets per show!

Pretty insane, right? We thought so to. Well, we won’t keep you any longer. We know your unbridled excitement has you already searching this post up and down looking for how to enter. Well, keep your pants on. We’re about to give you that information.

To enter, you must:
1. Connect to the Punchtab App below.
2. List the city and date you want to submit your entry for.

That’s it. If you’re chosen, you will be notified via email. Make sure to head to Minnesota’s site to check out all the tour details, and read the official rules for this contest. Contest ends October 7th.

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[Interview] TMN Chats It Up With Yeah Boy

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Can't Get Enough

So rarely does a music project debut as a fully developed and functioning artistic medium, but when they do, it is especially easy for us here at TMN to take notice. Such was the case with the side project of Parachute Youth’s Johnny Castro; Yeah Boy, and his electronically textured debut single “Can’t Get Enough”, which dropped back in August. This one, due out October 6 on Baked Goods, follows the path of a funky, feel-good Summer groover, but is awash in elements from a multitude of genres. A flitty electric guitar, which wouldn’t be out of place on an 80’s funk record tones the tune, while a beatific melody ties together a reverb soaked vocal track, deep synth work and housey piano licks. The resulting product was a sound we just couldn’t get out of our heads, and one which warranted some probing for more information from the largely mysterious Yeah Boy.

We had the opportunity to dig a little deeper into the psyche of Johnny Castro and his music project(s), finding out what is on the horizon musically in the coming months, what his recording process has been like, Daft Punk, Pink Floyd concerts and a whole bunch more. Check out the entire transcript below:

We imagine that your two-piece Parachute Youth takes up quite a bit of free time. What was the deciding factor in sort of breaking away for a bit to focus on your solo work with Yeah Boy?

I think it was simply wanting to write something different and having a completely different approach in my songwriting. I’m loving going back to my roots and writing/singing more soulful/funky vibes and its something you need to explore on your own I think when you have a band with a completely different sound.

What sound differentiations are you able to focus on with Yeah Boy that might not have gone over as well with Parachute Youth?

I think going more hip hop/soulful, which is where I started in the first place. Parachute Youth has a distinct sound and we push that sound to define who we are as a band, I’m ready to do the same with Yeah Boy, which explores my inner love for experimental hip hop/soul.

With basically only one single out at this time, can you enlighten us a little more about your forthcoming EP, such as title, release date, etc. Will most of the material be in the same instrumental vein as “Can’t Get Enough” or have you been playing with all different types of sounds?

There’s going to be some changes of course! ‘Can’t Get Enough’ was a great door opener and showed that I do love writing something very different than usual that can still come across as a pop record. I’ll be working with different artists for this EP also to explore the true potential of Yeah Boy and where I want to go with it. It’s still early days but expect a cool EP :)

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