[Chillstep] Daytona – Dark Child

Colorado is exploding with new talent. We last posted about Jeremy “Daytona Velasquez” exactly one year ago with his track “Disconnect”, jagged and robotic dubstep tune.

Today Daytona brings forth something much more fluid in its conception with “Dark Child”. Introducing itself with a somber beginning, the track picks up in intensity and emotional undertones as light vocals glide through a series of ever evolving structures of wobbled bass lines. A definite chill and poetic sounding track to vibe through while ending a night full of surprises.

Dark Child by Daytona
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Drule – The Samples (Prod. by PatrickReza)

There is no question that it is hard to make a name for oneself in the current state of music. With so many new rising new artists, particularly in the electronic genre as anyone can make beats using their computer, it is hard to stand out. However, once again PatrickReza delivers promise under a new moniker for a much experimental project, Drule.

We have seen PatrickReza improve in style and execution with every single dubstep-driven track, and today we have a much more sporadic yet equality intriguing collection of sounds to share with you.

Drule feels like a sketchbook with an empty canvas for PatrickReza to work on non-dubstep related tracks. Ranging from drum&bass to glitch hop, he is able to create new sound and experiences that while not fully materialized, feel just as coherent as his main project. Both “Stars” and “Skyfall” bring a level of insight into the mind of the youthful Los Angeles producer.

Listen below and please check out his Soundcloud page.

Fugue State
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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Interview – Minus the Bear

Steel And Blood

There’s few bands I can legitamtely claim as being one of my favorites. There’s also few bands that I can say have redifined the way I see music. Minus the Bear is one of those bands though. I first heard Minus the Bear when they released their album “Highly Refined Pirates.” I remember listening to the timing signatures, the creative hammer on/pull off driven riffs, and the hilarious song names and thinking how unique of a sound it was.

Since that time, I’ve purchased every album, seen every show, and purchased more merch than I could ever need. Merely seeing them play live is an amazing experience, but getting to interview drummer Erin Tate, elivated my appreciation and respect to another level. We sat down at the arcade bar One Up in Denver, Colorado and got talking.

TMN: First off, welcome to Denver. How has the tour been going so far?

ET: So far so good. It’s been a total blast. We were in Lubbock Texas yesterday.

TMN: Your guys’ last tour was probably our favorite just due to the fact that you played Highly Refined Pirates in it’s entirety. What was it like doing a 10 year anniversary show like that and having so many people singing along with something you released a decade ago?

ET: It was wild, fun as hell, and really cool. We all felt horribly humbled by the crowd reaction that we got. It was really fun.

Random Drunk Girl: Are you talking about Minus the Bear? They’re playing across the street. Are you going?

ET: We are! We’re actually doing an interview for Minus the Bear right now.

Random Drunk Girl: Are you going?

ET: I’m in the band, and he’s interviewing me as a band member.

Random Drunk Girl: So you already have a ticket and everything?

TMN and ET: (Laughing) Yep.

ET: This is all going into print, just so you know.

Random Drunk Girl: Who are you?

TMN: He’s the drummer for Minus the Bear, and I work for The Music Ninja

Random Drunk Girl: Well I was just trying to see if I could sell a ticket.

TMN: (Laughing) I don’t think he needs one.

TMN: Talk to us about how all of your backgrounds in different bands helped influence your guys’ sound over the years.

ET: Dave was in Botch and he was really very metal. Not really metal…agressive, but it was also really artsy. Sharks Keep Moving was very pretty, but also very artsy. Kill Sadie was very loud and annoying, and also really artsy. So, we kind of all came from the same background where we were just trying to do something that was interesting to us. When we came together as Minus the Bear, it became a thing where we were like, “Let’s do pop music, but let’s make it artsy.”

TMN: How many pedals does Dave use during a show? Continue reading

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[R&B/Electronica] Autre Ne Veut – Counting

Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin, aka Autre Ne Veut, crafted a song that I literally cannot take off loop. A powerful and painful throbber, “Counting” shows off a brilliant mix of sleek R&B vibes and palpitating electronica. The expert collision of the two genres, alongside a very real sadness and unmistakeable need for something — be it love, attention, reciprocity, etc. — allows the track to have great depth; it eats at you and chills even the marrow inside your bones. After the 2-minute mark, forget it: the chorus seems to spiral and swirl like a tortured heart. Though comparisons to How To Dress Well, the other wonderboy who does this sound without breaking a sweat, is inevitable, Autre can certainly stand out and hold his own, and once you fully absorb “Counting,” you’ll undoubtedly feel its every breaking moment.

Autre Ne Veut

Bonus: The remix featuring Mykki Blanco. Autre Ne Veut’s new album, Anxiety, comes out February 12th via Mexican Summer/Software.

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Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Star Slinger Via London Refix)

If you aren’t already trying to squeeze the catchphrase “Bitch, don’t kill my vibe” into everyday conversation, Star Slinger is here to give you yet another reason to start. While traveling to London the producer laid down this “refix” of the soon-to-be-classic Kendrick Lamar joint. He throws the original into overdrive, speeding it up and effectively giving it a very club-ready polish. The translation into a dance track is nearly flawless. Download below!

Kendrick Lamar
Bitch, Dont Kill My Vibe (Star Slinger Via London Refix)
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (November 2012 Round #3)

Happy “be grateful for what you got” Week. Time to surround yourselves with love and stuff your faces with goodness. And while you lay on the couch with one button (or all) left undone,  let us serenade your tryptophan dreams with an Indie Dojo playlist to show how grateful we are for you.

Johanna Samuels
Count This Penny
The River Has Many Voices
She Wasnt Doing Nothing, Just Standing on the Balcony
Cicada Rhythm
Do Not Destroy
Chelsea Wolfe




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[Remix] Parker – So Beautiful (Candyland Remix)

No this isn’t filthy Dub or an OG Trap anthem, but it is a remix from Candyland and they kill it. Going a little more mainstream and remixing Parker, who has recently teamed up with artists such at Nicki Minaj. This time bringing what that call, “Big Room Hip-Hop” and featuring some sexy chords and some catchy melodies. Then dropping into some blissful and heavy bass accompanied by the vocals from Parker. Best of all it’s free so support Candyland and download this on Facebook.

So Beautiful (Candyland Remix)
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