It seems that the best things in life are produced from people doing what they enjoy. That’s certainly the case with Isla Vista six piece indie band FMLYBND. This freshman group of friends became “family” by growing up playing music together. Their dreamy blend of synthesizers, electronic drums, guitars and vocals encapsulate this bond that they have. Take “Electricity” for example. The first release from FMLYBND already has a depth of sound that has echoes M83, MGMT, and Passion Pit. That’s pretty remarkable to step onto the scene and evoke associations like that.
Make sure to head over to FMLYBND’s soundcloud and download this free debut track. You won’t be disappointed.
F For You
Yesterday was quite the busy day, chalk full of amazing releases including three tracks from U.K.’s hottest export, and last month’s talk of Coachella, brotherly duo Disclosure. We already premiered Toro Y Moi’s remix of “Me & You”, and today are thrilled to share another original tune, “F For You”. Previously the bouncy cut, featuring vocals from the youngest Lawrence: Howard, was previewed on Zane Lowe’s BBC1 Radio show, but was only heard on the web as a radio rip. Now a week out from the release of highly anticipated debut album Settle they’ve dropped the complete studio version as well. Thus far Disclosure have released a smattering of material from Settle with “Latch” ft. Sam Smith, “White Noise” ft. AlunaGeorge, “When a Fire Starts to Burn”, “You & Me” ft. Eliza Doolittle, “Grab Her!” and now what will likely be the last pre-taste before a June 3 release on PMR, “F For You”. As you can tell, we’re a little bit excited for it. Stream “F For You” above.
Bath Is Black
“Bath Is Black” is the latest cut from Marika Hackman‘s debut mini-album, “That Iron Taste”, to receive a brilliantly bonkers video treatment. Coupling her unique blend of folk with a hazy fog of cannabis smoke and lap dancing gangsters, the new video somehow captures the intoxicating, playful beauty of Marika’s songwriting amid the NSFW carnage.
“That Iron Taste” is available now on iTunes
It was a great privilege for The Music Ninja to conduct an interview with actor/musician/great guy Iwan Rheon. Known in Great Britian for his leading role in the TV series The Misfits, he’s also active in the cinema world through his work in movies like Wasteland and Liberatdor among many other efforts East of the Atlantic.In addition, look for Mr. Rheon in season 3 of the epic Game of Thrones series.
Oh yeah, and he plays some pretty darned good music too! Aside from acting, Mr. Rheon is a exceptional singer/songwriter and showcases his thoughtful lyrical ability, down to earth singing voice and impressive acousitc guitar work in his four track EP Bang! Bang!. Take a look at Mr. Rheon’s thoughts on balancing his artistic efforts and on his musical inspirations here!
The Music Ninja: I guess the first question we have is…between acting and music, when do you sleep? Seriously though, everyone hears about the time demands of acting and most of us know the time demands for playing an instrument proficiently. How do you balance the two artistic endeavors?
Iwan Rheon: I don’t know to be honest, I just play when I can. Take a guitar with me when I’m working and stuff. Sleeping’s boring anyway!
The Music Ninja: I noted that Oasis and Radiohead are two of your musical inspirations according to your IBDm bio page. Are there some singer song writers that you look to for inspiration? If I were to guess – Ben Howard? Maybe David Grey?
The Music Ninja: I was a little surprised to read about your punk rock roots! Does any of that energy carry over into your music as an adult?
The Music Ninja: What does your creative process look like?
Iwan Rheon: I normally write the melody first. Just jamming to find a progression or a riff, singing random words. Then, a lyric creeps in and I develop that. Basically it’s just luck!
The Music Ninja: At the Music Ninja, we’re noticing a trend among our young listeners: it seems that both musicians and music aficionados in general listen to a wide variety of musical genres. Who do you listen to?
Iwan Rheon: Recently I’ve been listening to Nick Cave’s new record. Atoms for Peace and Everything Everything. Cold Specks is someone who I really admire. Plus there’s always an iPod full of classics to bust out. There’s so much bloody music out there.
The Music Ninja: And for all of us across the pond—do you have any tour information to share with us Yanks? Denver’s nice in the summer time. Just saying. No pressure.
Iwan Rheon: I’m sure Denver is beautiful in the summer. The problem with touring is the time and commitment it demands. It’s difficult for me to have either because of filming schedule. I have to make do with doing the odd gig and recording when I can. I hope I can come to the States soon and play some shows.
We were grateful to have this little virtual chat with Mr. Rheon. We wish him all the success in the world and look forward to his future musical and cinematic endeavors. Cheers to Iwan Rheon! Love from Denver!
You Are In Me
You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle (Toro y Moi remix)
Oh, how fortunate it feels when a pair of your hands-down favorite artists/groups in the entire landscape of music conjoin to create a musical lovechild. Such was the case this morning when Toro Y Moi’s remix of Disclosure‘s recent single “You & Me”, featuring the lovely Miss Eliza Doolittle on the mic, came across our office desk. Coming off of critically acclaimed studio album Anything In Return, which was an admirable stab at a pure pop record from the Prince of Chillwave (I hate that tag), Mr. Bundick seems to have stayed in that vein with his latest strung-out take on “You & Me”. While it is definitely a far-cry from the garage-pop, funk infused original; toning down dance-hall friendly drums in favor of warping the track down to a breezy stride, there is still a veritable amount of danceability encased within. It seems this last year of constant live touring, mostly off of new material, has left a stamp on Toro’s production prowess and resulting sound, and it is also something that pleases the entire TMN family. Expect even more new material from both Disclosure and Toro Y Moi, as the Brothers Howard are getting ready for the release of their first full-length Settle, and Toro Y Moi’s hectic touring schedule has begun to level off as to focus more on pushing out original music from his L.A. studio. Listen to the laid-back take on “You & Me” above and be on the lookout later today when Disclosure unveils the studio version of single “F For You” on Zane Lowe’s BBC1 Radio show a little later on.
40 weeks of running the Trap here at The Music Ninja, and this weeks playlist is packed full of bangin tunes. Starting with Major Lazer‘s take on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ hit “Can’t Hold Us”, and to say the least, they nail it. Next is some Childish Gambino infused Trap step from DJ Reflex featuring squeaky synths and heavy Dub in each drop. Kid Kamilion finally released his highly anticipated track “Say Whut” along with “Sex Panther” and they both go hard. Crizzly dropped hands down the filthiest tune of the week, with this massive remix of A$AP Rocky‘s track “Fuckin Problem”, no comment. Thanks to the homies over at Run The Trap we got an amazing Re-Twerk from FREE DRINKZ of Lana Del Rey‘s anthem “Lana’s Theme”. In case you missed the 10 track album from Bro Safari and UFO!, make sure scope this track “Burn The Block”. BenZel‘s tune “Fallin’ Love” once again gets a sexy makeover, this time from King Henry. Make sure to check out the rest on your own and TuRn^.
cant hold us remix (ft swappi and 1st klase)
F**kin Problems (Crizzly Remix)
Lanas Theme (FREE DRINKZ RE TWRK)
Burn The Block
Fallin Love (King Henry Remix)
Bad Boy (Back Again) (Flux Pavilions #BADBOY Remix)
The Quack (WSN Club Dub)
Muney (Gimme That) (LOUDPVCK Edit)
You & I (Yellow Claw Remix)
Booby Trvp (Original Mix)
Seize (Original Mix)
Cake (Sweater Beats Bootleg)
Like Whaaat (Salva Remix)