[Hip-Hop] MellowHigh – Extinguisher


Last month we were introduced to MellowHigh, the newest subgroup within the Odd Future Collective. While the pieces may be familiar, the music has all been incredibly fresh so far. “Extinguisher” seems like an appropriate title for this new heater, because that’s exactly what you’ll need after you hear the fiery verses from Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats on this cut. Both emcees channel their inner M.O.P. as they bring an endless amount of energy to the blaring, boom bap instrumental provided by Left Brain. Check out the single above, while the video for another one of recent tracks, “Yu,” can be found below.  The trio’s self-titled debut is set for release on Halloween.

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[Chill-House] Passenger – Let Her Go (Kygo Remix)

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Boy have we got quite the lovely, uplifting electronic tune for you Ninjas today. 22 year-old Norwegian Kygo has retooled Passenger’s lovelorn, acoustic ditty “Let Her Go” into a mature and sensuous house ballad which stands miles apart from the original. Kygo’s remix begins with an almost contemporary 80’s feel à la early Genesis, riding on a hollow rim-snare kick and poppy highs before a low and lush synth is worked on top of  the entire production. Furthermore, the work done vocally – pitching them down, folding them into an airy but profoundly rooted synthesizer melody and working them in as a welcome and distinct addition to the entire fold – is just stunning, and enveloped every aspect of my senses along the 7 minute listening journey. It was high time Kygo earned his own writeup after a couple appearances on our always amazing Chill Dojo and there is no doubt that we will see this burgeoning talent once again grace the pages of TMN in the near future especially after such a captivating start. As an even brighter bonus, the remix is up for free download on Soundcloud, so please go get your listen on.

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Active Child – Rapor EP [FULL STREAM]


After releasing his critically acclaimed debut album ‘You Are All I See’ , Pat Gross better known as Active Child catapulted himself as one of the most exciting acts of late 2011 and beyond. This October will mark another milestone for the Los Angeles native exposing his musical maturity with the release of Rapor recorded in his home studio sharing the same name. Serving as a “culmination of Grossi’s heartfelt journey around the world in support” of his latest album, the sounds contained in six-song EP accentuate his already aggressive 1980s synth-pop tendencies yet remain enthralled by his acute production and experimental layering for modern consumption.

“The house is made up almost entirely of glass, designed by the architects Buff and Hensman as their personal refuge from the chaos of LA. Inside the studio you can feel the sun pouring through the skylights and the mountains wrapping around on all sides. They named it Rapor, Ra meaning sun and Por meaning house. Sometimes i would spend weeks alone at home writing without leaving or having visitors. It was during those periods that i realized how important that space was to me creatively. I relied on that solitude.” – Active Child

Active Child’s ability to cohesively introduce new experiences with a backdrop of distinctly familiar sounds leaves us wanting to explore the very world he created. Delicate tracks like “Calling In The Name of Love” evoke nostalgia by revisiting similar sounds of the 80’s and if the Breakfast Club had a risque love scene, this would undoubtedly be its soundtrack. The EP also features impressive collaborations with vocalist Mikky Ekko and our beloved Ellie Goulding whose appearance in the track ‘Silhouette’ borders into the angelic.

Set for release on October 22nd via Vagrant Records, Rapor EP is a journey you will want to take and will soon be thanking Active Child for taking you with him. You can stream the entire EP below.

Active Child
She Cut Me
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Subtle (Feat. Mikky Ekko)
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Feeling is Gone
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Silhouette (Feat. Ellie Goulding)
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Calling In The Name of Love
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Evening Ceremony
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Vandetta – Vandetta EP [TMN EXCLUSIVE]


After premiering Ground Zero from Singaporean artist/musician Vanessa Fernandez a.k.a Vandetta, we were instantly hooked. Even based on sheer attractiveness in sound, this would be a keeper. However, when you dig deeper into what actually went into making this EP, you can’t help but just take a step back and glow in admiration for the depth of her artistry.

Inspired heavily by soul, hip-hop, bass and beats, the EP’s sound is a true reflection of her influences. When asked about the concept as a whole, Vandetta said,

The concept for the EP started with the idea of a caged bird. The caged bird metaphorically represents what it feels like being a singer/artist in Singapore. In many ways it is like living in a cage, albeit a very beautiful one. On the surface everything seems so prosperous and clean but there is no soul.

Without actually knowing how to read music, Fernandez took on the daunting production by herself using her mobile set up (Mac, Ableton Live, Focusrite Saffire 6) in a Downtown LA loft, her boyfriend’s house in the San Gabriel Valley and her home in Singapore. As we mentioned in our first premiere, the one thing that really blew us away was the fact that she only uses her voice to create the entire track. Every sound is produced by just that, which we find as a refreshing and unique take on producing something that is truly entirely hers.

You should be familiar with two of her tracks already (“Fly,” and “Ground Zero), as they were released a few weeks ago. The other three tunes from the EP though are equally impressive, with “Walls” being our personal favorite. The EP’s vision stays consistent in this track, harnessing the gorgeous interaction between downtempo, crisp beats, vocal percussion and Fernandez’ soul-rich vocal tone.

This EP is full of avant-garde stylings, yet Vandetta’s classic vocal style brings it all back into the realm of familiarity. Take a moment to listen to all five tracks exclusively here on The Music Ninja.

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[Bass] heRobust – SHEKNOWSHEBAD


Hotlanta producer Hayden Kramer, aka heRobust, is back at it again with another devastating bass heavy tune. This time around he’s dropped an original track for all of you bass heads to enjoy. “SHEKNOWSHEBAD,” kicks off with a Cashmere Cat style intro, utilizing eastern musical influences. From there the track starts its journey to a full on banger, building up to an eventual drop riddled with razor sharp dubstep style synths.

Each and every time we hear something from heRobust, we always find ourselves being overwhelmingly impressed. The level of production just seems to get better and better with each release, foreshadowing the path of success this young EDM producer is on.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #57

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So it seems with all this chill music in our heads, we’ve been caught napping on the release of Shook’s debut self-titled album at the start of August. That’s a whole two months we’ve been missing out on our dose of funk from the master himself, but to make things right we’ve highlighted two of the best tracks from the release. ‘Walking To The Sun’ and ‘Always’ carry the signature dreamy groove and sweet melodies that will have your ears charmed in an instant. Go and peep the rest of the album for more of his infectious upbeat tunes. One thing we weren’t going to sleep on is the latest remix from German producer Dinner Date.  The indie roots of the DAWA original is maintained in this mellow house interpretation, with a relaxing beat and stunning atmosphere taking this song to the next level as the perfect chill-out material. When you hear tracks like this, you can be sure he’s a name you will see again for many more playlists to come.  Check out his other remix below for more of the great work coming from this artist. If any of you were caught dozing this past week and happened to miss this post from earlier on, here’s a wake-up call to say that the Thomas Jack remix of ‘Little Talks’ is definitely worth your attention. He’s certainly got the attention of Hype Machine on numerous occasions, and with the tropical vibes flowing freely from this catchy tune, it’s not hard to see why. Now let’s crank it up a bit from warm to hot and steamy with the latest bedroom magic from Giraffage. Our man from San Fran infuses a bright melody into the sultry tone of the original and then let’s loose with a rumbling bass breakdown for good measure. No stranger to this sexy side of the spectrum is dojo favourite stwo, wooing fans like only the French know how with two emotional R&B delights. And of course, if we’re talking the smoother side of things, we couldn’t leave out one of our favourite vocalists, Patrick Baker, whose amazing single ‘Control’  received the silky remix treatment from 5 Reasons, an artist combo that’s worked mighty fine in the past as well.

So now we’re all caught up on the latest chill news to report. Try not to get too lost in these relaxing tunes. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #57 zip

Walking To The Sun
Roll The Dice (Dinner Date Remix)
José González
Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)
Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
Of Monsters and Men
US (Giraffage remix)
Emmanuel (Stwo Remix)
Virgo (ft. Shay Lia)
Patrick Baker
Control (5 Reasons Remix)
Warm Water // Zebra Safari Remix
The Magician
When The Night Is Over Ft. Newtimers (Claptone Remix)
Dilla & Phat Kat
Game Over (Moods Remix)
The Stuyvesants
Good Times
Sunday Jazz Party
Hold Moi
Peace Of Mind
Henry Green
Electric Feel (Kygo Remix)
So Fine
Mark Morrison
Return Of The Mack (Traveler Remix)
Get It Up For Love (Roller Radio Edit)
Simply Red
Sunrise (Deepjack & Mr.Nu Slomo Edit)
Simply Red
Something Got Me Started (Deepjack & Mr.Nu Dance Mix)
Shine A Light
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[MP3 Playlist] The Indie Dojo (October 2013 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSurprises. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But when tiny surprises come wrapped up in a sweet little playlist, its kinda hard not to come back for more. (Once a week.  Every week. Every Tuesday Morning. Just in case you were wondering).

Rolls Bayce
The Moth & The Flame
Denitia and Sene
A Part
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