Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble (Lunice Remix)

While trying to battle a turkey-induced food coma last week, my cousin and I blasted TNGHT‘s self-titled EP in the car as we waited for this big box retail giant to open its doors for midnight Black Friday shopping (yes, we are very into “American traditions”). It’s one of my favorite releases of the year and I remain convinced that whatever they do pleases me.

Over the holiday weekend one half of the duo, Mad Decent’s Lunice, released a hypnotic and jarring remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ track “Trouble” that literally buzzes its way into your ear canal. I am not disappointed. Download it for free below!

Trouble (Lunice Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
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[Hip-Hop] Styles P – Lush Styles (Prod. Lushlife)

Legendary emcee Styles P has been taken an indie approach to the game these days. From working with rising internet stars like Azealia Banks on “Nathan” to dope lyricist Action Bronson, SP the ghost is beginning to appeal to a new rap generation. With the release of the AraabMuzik produced single “Araab Styles” off his new LP The World’s Most Hardest MC Project, Philly indie/hip-hop artist Lushlife remixed and renamed it “Lush Styles”. Adding a hazy and atmospheric new beat while keeping P’s dope verses, the mix is sick. Be sure to check it out below.

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Styles P (Produced by Lushlife)
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[Electronic] Julio Bashmore – Husk (Video)

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“Husk,” the throbbing and groovy house track from excellent UK producer Julio Bashmore, gets a set of visuals today courtesy of directors Jake Applebee and Spike Morris. If bright lights, weightlifting action and flying owls aren’t enough, stream the full 8-minute version of the song below and be sure to visit his Soundcloud page.

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Julio Bashmore

“Husk” will be released as a single on December 2nd via Bashmore’s Broadwalk Records.

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[Stream] Sufjan Stevens – Silver And Gold

There aren’t many modern artists who take Christmas music as seriously as Sufjan Stevens. For us, the listeners, we can’t really complain. His latest seasonal gift is Silver And Gold, an epic 10-volume, 50+ song release to give our holidays a healthy dose of charming — albeit sometimes eccentric — folk rock. There’s something for everyone in this collection, from weird numbers to calming lullabies, so don’t miss out. Below is one of the quieter tracks, “Justice Delivers Its Death”. If you enjoy it, head on over to NPR and stream all of Silver and Gold for free!

Sufjan Stevens, Justice Delivers Its Death
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[Soul] Solange Knowles – Lovers in the Parking Lot

The beautiful and creative Solange Knowles is back and, again, gets caught up in the game of love with her new single “Lovers in the Parking Lot”. The Blood Orange-produced melodic track is a sample of the 1985 Schoolly D’s single “PSK,” and is a funky number that focuses on Knowles’ vocal range. Taking a more serious mood than her previous singles, “Sleep in the Park” and “Losing You,” this single will also be included on her upcoming November 27th release EP True.

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Lovers in the Parking Lot
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The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Major Lazer Remix)

Prodigy was one of the most iconic international successful bands to hit the music scene in the late ’90s. With their experimental mix of trap and dance, this UK group’s sound was definitely ahead of their time. Recognizing their forward movement on music, XL is set to reissue a remastered mix of Prodigy’s ground-breaking LP The Fat of the Land. Included in this deluxe release is the Major Lazer remix to the smash single “Smack My Bitch Up”. Adding in some reggae sound bites and hints of dubstep, Major Lazer does the original justice by modernizing the sound for a new generation of EDM fans. Be sure to listen to the single below and make sure to cop the LP on December 4th.

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Smack My Bitch Up (Major Lazer Remix)
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Little People – We Are But Hunks of Wood

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!

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Wonderland

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Farewell

Little People
Aldgate Patterns
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