I wish I didn’t have to sleep. I really do. It’s incredibly hard to have a full time job, pursue writing, enjoy my hobbies and find the time to discover awesome new music to write about for The Music Ninja. So I multi task. While I’m working, writing, cooking, working out, driving in the car, I take full advantage of my unlimited data plan and stream Spotify like it’s going out of style. It was during a particularly trying day at work that I came across Little People’s debut album The Mickey Mouse Operation, I instantly fell in love down tempo electro beats and thoughtful piano overlays. I promptly made a radio station and put Little People among my favorite electro bands, right next to pioneers like Dimitri from Paris and St. Germaine.
Imagine my joy when Music Ninja Sensei Claytonious (as he now refers to himself, apparently) assigned me with Little People’s newWe Are But Hunks of Wood! With zeal, I began listening, and this little album accompanied me for the next week or so, everywhere I went.
We Are But Hunks of Wood is something of a departure from Little People’s first effort The Mickey Mouse Operation as the artists relies more on soft strings for melodies in this time around, rather than the prominent piano from The Mickey Mouse Operation. “aldgate patterns” features intricately blended chimes, muted piano, and a powerful string melody. On the opposite end of the spectrum is “wonderland”, with its slightly industrial feel and female vocals, reminiscent of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album. Somewhere in between is the haunting track, “Farewell,” which opens with delicate high keyed piano that leads to an emotionally powerful and stirring string melody. In the backdrop of the entire album is the faithfully simple electro beats and simple drumming that blend songs together, knitting a tight album.
We Are But Hunks of Wood is a great effort from a great artist. Little People definitely earns a place in my preferred electro artists. This is an album that you can listen to in almost any setting: whether it be toiling away at work or on the elliptical, driving you car, entertaining friends or making a quiet meal for your partner. Enjoy this music in any setting. Good luck with your multitasking!
After the release of the acclaimed ‘Clamor’ EP earlier this year, Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow is back with another endearing bedroom track of washed out synths a mist chilled melodies. His second, ‘Aspera’ will be released December 3rd under the Snowfall imprint. ‘Behest’ lends itself to beautiful yet cold tones of escapism that can ironically warm the soul. This young and talented UK producer is an absolute must follow for anyone looking to relax to new sounds.
London based Indie pop five piece Laurel Collective is at it again with another free download for your listening enjoyment. We’re no stranger to Laurel Collective, as we first posted on them with their whimsical track “They Hate Me.” After listening to that ad nauseum, we have since enjoyed all of their other releases.
On deck today is upbeat jam with a surf rock feel, poppy vocal harmonies, and snare-centric drumming. It’s the perfect track to forget the fact that we’re in the dead of winter, months away from flip flops, tank tops, and beer fueled BBQs and pool parties.
After giving us a taster of the upcoming Italians Do It Better compilation with “Looking For Love”, Chromatics return with the next single to be featured on the triple LP. “Cherry” sees the Portland-based outfit wrapping an infectious guitar hook around hazy layers of synth and seductive vocals to produce a slick slice of synth-pop perfection.
When searching for music to add to the playlist each week, some would say there’s a point when a track becomes too dancey to be suitable for the Chill Dojo. Well we don’t care too much for rules, and potential candidates are judged by one criteria and one only, vibes.
Why the prelude? Because we kick things off this week with a tune that will have you moving as if you were still running off the buzz from Saturday night. Montreal’s Kaytranada remixes a house classic in ‘Lady’, adding an infectious groove that is funky beyond control. If that’s all a bit too much to handle on your Sunday, then our second track will tone things down with a beautiful downtempo remix of a Seven Lions hit courtesy of Washington producer, Lindsay Lowend. It’s been a few weeks since our last dose of that smooth Shook sound, but he’s back again with a slow jazzy piece of magic that’s all a part of his usual charm. Another classic receives a modern twist with German producer Vaguesh taking on a Grammy-winning 80′s hit, ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, adding some acoustic riffage and an extra oomph to the beat. Other goodies in this playlist include some helpings of chill trap, DnB from London’s Blu Mar Ten, and deep house vibes flowing from a couple of Bit Funk mixes. Something for everyone no doubt. Peace out.
Datsik has been dropping this “Swagga” VIP in his sets recently, and the footage of it is just insane. Yesterday he released this massive Trap tune for free, and it’s incredible. Featuring a dark and grimey sound design accompanied with a catchy 8-bit melody. The drops on this track are so heavy, they slap you in the face with the fierce bass that Datsik does so well. The bonus track is another Trap VIP of his song “Bonafied Hustler” featuring some incredible samples mixed with squeaky bleeps and bloops. Both of these songs are free, so lets all bow down to Datsik for this filthy tuneage. Cheers.
This is seizure music at it’s absolute best, Knife Party for the win. This “Rage Valley VIP” is ripped from their Mix Of The Week for MixMag that was released a few hours ago. They start off with a new euphoric melody, then a creepy sample that talks about zombies. No one had the balls to remix this track so KP went ahead and did it for us, reworking it in all the right ways. Adjusting the drops and tweaking the wobbles to allow everyone to once again fall in love with “Rage Valley”.
Also make sure to check out their entire Mix for MixMag titled, “Clever Title Like Deadmau5 Would Use Mix”. It features 19 brain scrambling tracks and you can check out the whole Tracklist, by clicking here. Cheers.