[Stream] Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob

On January 29th, sisterly synth pop duo Tegan & Sara will release their new album, Heartthrob. If you’re like us, you’ve been aching to listen to it. Well, we’re all in luck. Happy Thursday, ninjas! The LP is streaming in full over at Rolling Stone. Check it out here. Enjoy.

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Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Monsieur Adi Remix)

No longer a stranger to the pages of the Music Ninja, diligent producer Monsieur Adi gets his hands on Lana Del Rey‘s somber, dramatic track “Summertime Sadness”. The remix takes most of the frown out of the original, and instead injects it with dance floor speed, funky lines and a newfound sizzling sexiness. Listen in below.

Lana Del Rey
Summertime Sadness (Monsieur Adi Remix)

Be sure to check out Monsieur Adi’s other featured remixes “Pompeii” and “Born To Die”.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Figure Interview: The Man Behind the Monsters

Now this has been a fun week with our wonderful resident artist Figure. We were able to sit down and have a fun interview and learn some really great things about Josh (and about his favorite shoes and food, anyone else like sushi and a good pair of Jordan tennis?). So sit back and get to know Mr Gard on a little bit more of an intimate level.

TMN: First off, we just wanted to say thanks again for being our first resident artist of the month and that we have enjoyed working with you and all your wonderful managing crew. You all are kick ass. Boom.
Now we would like to dive right in. Traditional interviews are great and we love doing them, gives the fans a bit of insight into an artist music world and gives the artist a chance to express themselves and get fans excited about upcoming shows. But we decided to go off the grid with the traditional because we want to know a bit more about YOU Josh Gard and what it means to be Figure. We also would like to have a few laughs and get some insight into the person behind the amazing music.

TMN: So tell us, we will start simple, what is your favorite drink (booze or no booze, your choice)?

Water, Bold Coffee and Dark Dark beer! I don’t really booze it up much at shows anymore though , but I do like to have a drink.

TMN: Every artist has a way of coming up with new music. Some spend hours in the studio working on one song. Some artists put together a mix of different beats to not have full songs but the start of many songs. Some artists grab a drink, smoke a little smoke and see where the night takes them. Describe in your own words what a typical day/night of music making looks like for you.

Well it all changed once I started traveling, for the better in my opinion. I used to sit at home in my basement and work on music, with nothing else to do, other than act like I was job hunting. But once I started travelling, my time at home has become just that: MY time at home. Now 80% of my production is done on the road in various headphones I travel with and then tested in clubs. Once I’m home I mix and master it all in the studio, but the creative stuff, is all on planes and in hotels!

I love it, it takes all the empty slow boring time out of traveling, because I am always working on tunes!

TMN: You have played in so many countries and cities all over the world. I’m not trying to make you play favorites here but is there one city that sticks out in your mind that just blew you away?

Hell yea, Denver and Chicago hands down. I love all my crowds, all the cities.. but I feel a certain energy in those cities .. Something is very very right there.

TMN: You are a Midwest boy born and bred. Tell us some of your favorite things about Indiana. Is there a certain restaurant you always go to when you get home from a tour?

Well, Indiana is actually super boring.. and that’s why I love it.
We live far out in the country, my neighbor has horses and all that.. It’s great. There’s a few food places, one good sushi spot and a good sandwich spot. My girlfriend and I either stay in and hermit down in the house or drive to Louisville, Nashville, or Saint Louis to go shopping and run around. Since I live in a small city, it’s hard to go out for 5 min to the mall or something and not see tons of people you know, grew up with, want to ignore.. or used to date.

Haha I always tell my producer friends to come fly out .. let’s make some music, cook burgers and shoot guns …no one has taken me up on that yet.

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[HOT] Disclosure – White Noise feat. AlunaGeorge

This is one of those collaborations that needs no real persuasion: electronic duo Disclosure team up with Music Ninja favorites as of late, fellow UK electro pop pair AlunaGeorge. Tingly, groovy, it’s worth repeated plays today. Check it out below.

White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge
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[Hip-Hop] Ab-Soul & JMSN – You’re Gone

As two of the most promising up and coming artists in the game right now, Ab-Soul and JMSN released arguably two of the best albums of 2012, with Control System and ∫Priscilla∫ respectively. When it was announced that they’d be releasing a collaborative project together this year, it’s needless to say that fans were excited. We finally have our first taste of what these two have been cooking up, and boy is it spicy. Despite this being a collaborative album, it’s clear that Ab-Soul dominates throughout this track, with JMSN essentially providing what amounts to some background vocals. Nonetheless, his presence is certainly welcome on this one. The Top Dawg influence is certainly prevalent in the production and tone of the song, causing you to expect Kendrick Lamar or ScHoolboy Q to pop out at any second to drop an ill verse. Hopefully we can get a remix with either of them sometime in the future. As for now, we definitely have a solid foundation for Unit 6, dropping later this year.

Soul & JMSN
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[Electro House] PrototypeRaptor – Timeless

PrototypeRaptor has definitely shown off his versatility of late with some impressive experimentation into new sounds and genres, but whether it’s a curse or a comfort, there will always be major love and demand for an artist’s classic style. In a way, the origins of their musical ambitions become timeless. Whether the title of this track is a nod to that point or not, ‘Timeless’ is definitely the perfect example of everything to love about the Oklahoman bass menace. It’s a strong blend of his early mixes and the maturity he has developed from constant work and progression. Featuring funky piano, bouncing chords and generous helpings of 8-bit flavour, it’s very reminiscent of his standout tune ‘Drive Hard‘, with a little added kick and gritty aggression to ensure it sends any crowd into a wild frenzy. The best part about this release though is that it comes with the announcement that this is just the first track in his soon-to-be-released sophomore album, Nostalgiarithm,  in two weeks time. There was definitely no better way to stir up excitement levels than with this free download, so make sure to snag it right away and keep it pumping until the rest of the album is unleashed.

  Timeless (Free DL)
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[Alternative] Fyfe – Solace

It seems these days the more mysterious you are, the more notoriety you receive in the music world. It’s a strange trend given the nature of the social networking frenzy that’s upon us, where we expect our favorite artists to reveal every last detail of their lives through Twitter and Instagram. Maybe that’s what distinguishes artists like Fyfe from the rest of the noise out there. These faceless musicians essentially want to let their music speak for them before any other judgments can be made. Perhaps we could call it The Voice phenomenon, except now we’re the ones sitting comfortably in the fancy swivel chairs.

The young Londoner’s first release is certainly a remarkable one, featuring some melodic, low-key guitar riffs, and breezy, captivating vocals. “Solace” at its core is a song about the downtrodden who feel broken, lost and even trapped, but try to make peace with their situation. Because of that, the song is also on-point lyrically with an infectious and insightful chorus that you’ll have memorized instantly after one listen. With such an impressive debut, Fyfe will certainly have lofty expectations for his upcoming EP, set to drop sometime in March. Stay tuned for more details until then.

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