Our good music PR friends over at Danger Village were awesomely kind enough to make and share with us their End of Year Mix. Over 90 minutes long, it boasts 24 excellent tracks that span a variety of genres; from Frank Ocean‘s silky croon and High High‘s lush dream-pop, to Japandroids‘ post-punk raucous and Mt. Wolf‘s unique folktronica, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. DV had this to say about the collection:
“This is a mix of songs we loved this year from around the globe. 2012 will be remembered as the year that we fell in love with R&B and Australian music. It’s been a fantastic year for music and we look forward to seeing what 2013 will bring!”
MØ – “Pilgrim”
Rhye – “Open”
Chad Valley – “Fall 4 U (feat. Glasser)”
Usher – “Climax”
St. Lucia – “September”
Burial – “Kindred”
Foals – “Inhaler”
Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
Beach House – “Myth”
Miguel – “Adorn”
CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”
Mt. Wolf – “Life Size Ghosts”
Saint Lou Lou – “Maybe You”
Goldroom – “Sweetness Alive (feat. SLL)”
Alpine – “Hands”
Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
AlunaGeorge – “Your Drums, Your Love”
Chromatics – “Into The Black”
High Highs – “Once Around The House”
Arrange – “Cure”
Catcall – “Satellites”
Icona Pop – “I Love It”
Diplo – “Express Yourself (feat. Nicky da B)”
How to Dress Well – “& It Was U”
A mere couple of weeks after the release of his debut album in Australia, indie electronic producer and DJ, Flume has signed with American label, Mom + Pop Music, to promote his inevitable US release and tour. For those who may be unfamiliar with them, they are an independent label stationed in New York City, touting a lineup of talent including the likeness of Neon Indian, Andrew Bird and Metric.
To commemorate the news, the artist has released “Bring You Down” featuring fellow Aussie songstress, George Maple. The groovy, slow jam tune can be found on Flume’s self-titled debut, a record which we here at The Music Ninja were lucky enough to discuss with the artist himself. Interested in hearing more? Check it out here.
Though they just recently made their Late Night TV debut on Letterman, New York electro pop duo MNDR is certainly no stranger to the pages of The Music Ninja; we raved about their infectious single “Feed Me Diamonds” when it first dropped over the summer. On its own, the original is as solid as they come; we might’ve even said that it probably needn’t any tweaks and couldn’t possibly get better. However, remix aficionado and TMN favorite RAC has swooped in and proven us wrong. Check out the flawless, funk-infused rework below:
In the midst of winter’s icy grasp, we can’t help but find ourselves daydreaming about tank tops, flip flops, warm beaches, and cold water. Yeah, we know. Summer is so far off, but when it’s the best time of year, it’s ok to think about it all year round.
Arkansas singer/songrwriter Joshua Vest from The Airplanes posted this track earlier this year, and we’re sorry to say we missed it. The lo-fi, indie surf rock feel is sure to warm you up in the cold months leading up to that coveted section of the year we regard as the best section of the year.
Sometimes it’s the songs that seem to have the least to say that really make the most difference. “Hey Now” by English three-piece, London Grammar, is just one of those songs. While the phrase “hey now,” is relatively simple, the context it’s used in can be varied greatly. That mixed bag of emotions is captured nearly effortlessly through the singer’s cadence and fluttering instrumental on this soulful melody. London Grammar’s sound can easily be described as a cross between The xx and Jessie Ware, however, it’s not fair to quite box them in like that, as they’ve already proven with this track alone that they can hold their own amongst the top musical groups out there.
One of of the most anticipated tracks off of Long.Live.A$AP features a who’s who of some of the hottest young rappers in the game right now. “1Train” consists of six straight minutes of fiery bars from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T., Action Bronson, Yelawolf and Joey Bada$$. The song wouldn’t be quite complete though without the immaculate production courtesy of Hit-Boy. For those still getting accustomed to some of the names on this list, the song serves as a proper introduction to the future of rap music. This outstanding single is just another hit from the Harlem emcee who’s been churning them out left and right in preparation for his debut album, set to drop on January 15th.
A$AP Rocky 1Train Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)(Prod. Hit
You already know where The Music Ninja stands when it comes to Zedd. We’ve featured the Russian-German producer a number of times before, including the epic original version of this track “Clarity” featuring Foxes. But what happens when all the electronic flare is stripped away, what are you left with? Surprisingly, an absolutely charming piano ballad. Foxes’ vocals are especially impressively sweet, and become the main highlight of this EDM-turned-acoustic track. Check it out above! The original’s below for comparison.