Zinedine Zidane (feat. Les Murray)
Zinedine Zidane was one of the best footballers in the history of the sport. We figured this would be a perfect time to show some love to the record with the World Cup going on. This tribute to the legend is much deserved, seeing as he won the “FIFA World Player Of The Year” three times in a row. During the 110th minute of his last game, he was dismissed from the match. Apparently Materazzi made some foul remarks towards Zinedine’s family on the same day he found out his mother was very ill. Although he made a rash decision and got angry, he was one of the greatest players of all time. Since 2013, Zinedine has continued his career as the assistant coach and sporting director for Real Madrid.
I think that’s enough history for now. Back to the music… I’ve never really heard a band like Vaudeville Smash. This band is from Melbourne, Australia and they have an extremely unique sound. This dynamic record is backed up with an awesome video which will pump you up for the rest of the World Cup matches.
’Mac Miller – Melt (feat. ScHoolboy Q) (prod. Pete Rock)’
’Mac Miller – The Star Room (OG VERSION)’
Mac Miller took to his twitter a few minutes ago to casually let loose an incredible previously unreleased cut that features production from the legendary Pete Rock and a ScHoolboy Q guest verse. “Melt” has a jazzy summer groove to it with layered piano melodies, an addicting bassline and a humming vocal loop. Mac’s goofy flow shines over the lush backdrop and, although we are not accustomed to laid back verses from Q, the TDE emcee switches things up for some smooth, creative bars.
Mac’s most recent album, Watching Movies With the Sound Off, was released exactly a year ago and the SoundCloud description for “Melt” reads ‘movies we didn’t watch’ suggesting it just missed the cut for that project. Earlier today, as further celebration of the album anniversary, Mac also released the original version of the opening song, “The Star Room,” which strips down the production completely transforming its tone into a relaxed, introspective one. Check out both of these unique, surprise releases above.
Crime (DYNOHUNTER Remix)
Livetronic trio DYNOHUNTER are following the footsteps of numerous other notable electronic musicians from their hometown of Boulder, Colorado, and they’re doing it in a big way. Combining pristine production, soulful sax, live drumming, and heavy electric bass, these boys are doing the Centennial State proud.
With their latest release, we’re offered up a groovy interpretation of Mayer Hawethorne and Kendrick Lamar’s vibe-heavy song, “Crime.” Orchestrating a luscious soundscape, this party song is given a new identity, complete with a smooth bassline, gorgeous melodies, and top notch sampling. What could possibly make this track any better? The fact that it’s available as a free download on their Soundcloud page.
If you happen to be heading out to Sonic Bloom this weekend, make sure to swing by and catch Clark Smith (Sax/Production), Justin Ehmer (Drums), and Fred Reisen (Bass/Synth) live. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
With You (P A T H Remix)
We know you ninjas love to chill out on “hump day”, so we present you with this beautiful remix. P A T H has been cranking out some serious heat and making his way all over the blogosphere lately. You may not believe it from his mature production quality, but P A T H is only sixteen years old. The fact that his tunes don’t really fit into a specific sub-genre really sold me on his music. His latest production is a spin on fwdslxsh’s “With You”. This remix has my body swaying uncontrollably with the panning on the percussion and chopped up vocals. The pitched vocals and water noises add a beautiful touch as well. Really looking forward to more from this prodigy after this soul piercing track. When it ends you’ll be craving for more; luckily this is a free download so you can enjoy until his next release!
U.K.-based band, Alt-J, blew the music world away with their 2012 debut album, An Awesome Wave, which won England’s highly-respected Mercury Prize and led them on an extensive worldwide tour. After a long hiatus from new music and parting ways with one of their band members, they are back with the lead single from their upcoming album, This Is All Yours.
“Hunger of the Pine” continues the unique, experimental narrative expressed in their first project, but carries a slightly more solemn progression to it meant to capture feelings of longing. The slow-build proves powerful drawing the listener into Alt-J’s deeply and delightfully emotional world. If you listen closely, you may recognize an unexpected, warped vocal sample through out, which the band members identified as Miley Cyrus singing “I’m a female rebel” on her song “4×4.”
Although it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, the track definitely leaves speculation open as to the direction of their sound making it a particularly compelling glimpse. Stream above and pre-order the album, which drops on September 22nd, on iTunes to get an instant download of this first release.
The Music Ninja is ecstatic to be presenting two of our absolute favorite burgeoning acts, both out of New York, ASTR and The Knocks (Live) next Tuesday in Denver, CO. There’s a veritable buzz circulating around the TMN office as of late, and it’s pretty safe to say that is has to do with June 24th. Just 6 months removed from their Varsity EP, ASTR, whose story sounds like something out of a movie, bring their cimmerian, R&B tinged brand of electronica and pop for the first time to Denver with an incredible supporting cast. Also on the stacked bill is a very special live set from nu-disco revivalists The Knocks. While they’ve brought performances with regularity to Denver in recent times, most have come in the form of DJ sets, and to have them plying their craft in their true vision is always an inviting, raucous experience. We’ve once again teamed up with our friends at the Larimer Lounge to get you ninjas involved in what will be without a doubt a can’t miss concert and one of TMN’s most anticipated nights of 2014. We’re giving away not one, two or three, but FIVE pairs of tickets to our studious readers through Facebook (just follow the instructions below) and for our friends who would rather not take their chances and want to secure a place in what will be a tightly packed venue, grab your tickets here.
Entering is a breeze. Simply “like” The Music Ninja, ASTR and The Knocks Facebook pages and share our Facebook status here for a chance to win! The contest runs until the day of the show, June 24th, at 5:00 p.m., and our winners will be contacted via Facebook but there are a few rules of course:
– You must be 16 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation to the venue
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door..
– You must promise to have as much damn fun as possible on our behalf
Listen to a couple of our favorite tunes below from ASTR, “Operate” and The Knocks “The One” below to tune your cochlear cavities before the show.
’The One Ft. Sneaky Sound System’
It is always tough for our Resident Artists to come up with their top 5 songs of the moment because let’s be honest, there is always a lot of good music at all times of the year. But low and behold, our Residents always come up with amazing songs that speak highly to who they are as artists. The Chainsmokers had to change their list a few times because of all the good music being constantly played on their computers and in their headphones but finally came up with a list of 5 fabulous songs that will make any summer day 100 times better. Take a listen:
’MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance (Zimmer Remix)’
’London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years (The Aston Shuffle Remix)’
’Siren – I Think I Like You’
’Dawn Golden – All I Want’