“Young Boys” is a rich, breathtaking track from the very first tambourine rattle to the very last low hum. Led by the ethereal vocals of Icelandic artist Sin Fang (who is also the genius behind indie folk band Seabear), its tones are cool and weightless. But it’s nothing to shiver about — the chanting choruses give off a contagiously warm and inviting vibe — as though we are being called to gather around a crackling bonfire with friends. Much of the song’s ambiance can also be attributed to its producer, Alex Somers, who has previously worked with artists like Sigur Rós & Jónsi. Download it below!
Sin Fang’s new album, Flowers, is out February 1st via Morr Music.
There is nothing worse for a new relationship than dealing with the baggage from a previous one, but what happens when the love for the last was just too strong to overcome? R&B newcomer and Def Jam signee Elijah Blake croons about a Chris Brown-Rihanna worthy relationship of having trouble letting go of love for an ex. Mixing Blake’s soft but emotional vocals with the Yonny & Sleepy piano-driven beat, this soulful R&B track comes across as nothing less than raw. Enlisting the help of fellow Chitown native Common to drop some knowledge on an ex he too cant get over, this single is a dope effort and strong first listen for the new artist. Be sure to check it out below and hear more off his latest free digital LP Bijoux 22, available now.
XOX ft. Common
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!”
End of Year Mix 2012
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.
Bring You Down feat. George Maple
Flume’s self-titled LP drops February 29th.
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:
Feed Me Diamonds (RAC Mix)
MNDR’s debut full-length, Feed Me Diamonds, is out now.
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.