[Video] Marika Hackman – Bath Is Black

Marika Hackman
Marika Hackman
Bath Is Black

“Bath Is Black” is the latest cut from Marika Hackman‘s debut mini-album, “That Iron Taste”, to receive a brilliantly bonkers video treatment. Coupling her unique blend of folk with a hazy fog of cannabis smoke and lap dancing gangsters, the new video somehow captures the intoxicating, playful beauty of Marika’s songwriting amid the NSFW carnage.

“That Iron Taste” is available now on iTunes

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[TMN Exclusive] Iwan Rheon – Interview


It was a great privilege for The Music Ninja to conduct an interview with actor/musician/great guy Iwan Rheon. Known in Great Britian for his leading role in the TV series The Misfits, he’s also active in the cinema world through his work in movies like Wasteland and Liberatdor among many other efforts East of the Atlantic.In addition, look for Mr. Rheon in season 3 of the epic Game of Thrones series.

Oh yeah, and he plays some pretty darned good music too! Aside from acting, Mr. Rheon is a exceptional singer/songwriter and showcases his thoughtful lyrical ability, down to earth singing voice and impressive acousitc guitar work in his four track EP Bang! Bang!. Take a look at Mr. Rheon’s thoughts on balancing his artistic efforts and on his musical inspirations here!

The Music Ninja: I guess the first question we have is…between acting and music, when do you sleep? Seriously though, everyone hears about the time demands of acting and most of us know the time demands for playing an instrument proficiently. How do you balance the two artistic endeavors?

Iwan Rheon: I don’t know to be honest, I just play when I can. Take a guitar with me when I’m working and stuff. Sleeping’s boring anyway!

The Music Ninja: I noted that Oasis and Radiohead are two of your musical inspirations according to your IBDm bio page. Are there some singer song writers that you look to for inspiration? If I were to guess – Ben Howard? Maybe David Grey?

Iwan Rheon: I really like Ray Lamontagne, Joe Pug and Bon Iver…not sure if I sound like any of them.

The Music Ninja: I was a little surprised to read about your punk rock roots! Does any of that energy carry over into your music as an adult?

Iwan Rheon: I’m still secretly a bit of a punk. Love The Clash and a bit of the Pistols. I guess as I’ve got older I’ve chilled out a bit. But, my teenage angst is still stirring somewhere!

The Music Ninja: What does your creative process look like?

Iwan Rheon: I normally write the melody first. Just jamming to find a progression or a riff, singing random words. Then, a lyric creeps in and I develop that. Basically it’s just luck!

The Music Ninja: At the Music Ninja, we’re noticing a trend among our young listeners: it seems that both musicians and music aficionados in general listen to a wide variety of musical genres. Who do you listen to?

Iwan Rheon: Recently I’ve been listening to Nick Cave’s new record. Atoms for Peace and Everything Everything. Cold Specks is someone who I really admire. Plus there’s always an iPod full of classics to bust out. There’s so much bloody music out there.

The Music Ninja: And for all of us across the pond—do you have any tour information to share with us Yanks? Denver’s nice in the summer time. Just saying. No pressure.

Iwan Rheon: I’m sure Denver is beautiful in the summer. The problem with touring is the time and commitment it demands. It’s difficult for me to have either because of filming schedule. I have to make do with doing the odd gig and recording when I can. I hope I can come to the States soon and play some shows.

We were grateful to have this little virtual chat with Mr. Rheon. We wish him all the success in the world and look forward to his future musical and cinematic endeavors. Cheers to Iwan Rheon! Love from Denver!

Iwan Rheon
Bang! Bang!
Iwan Rheon
You Are In Me
Iwan Rheon
Pick Pocket
Iwan Rheon
Your Soul
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Disclosure – You & Me feat. Eliza Doolitlle (Toro Y Moi Remix)

You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle (Toro y Moi remix)

Oh, how fortunate it feels when a pair of your hands-down favorite artists/groups in the entire landscape of music conjoin to create a musical lovechild. Such was the case this morning when Toro Y Moi’s remix of Disclosure‘s recent single “You & Me”, featuring the lovely Miss Eliza Doolittle on the mic, came across our office desk. Coming off of critically acclaimed studio album Anything In Return, which was an admirable stab at a pure pop record from the Prince of Chillwave (I hate that tag), Mr. Bundick seems to have stayed in that vein with his latest strung-out take on “You & Me”. While it is definitely a far-cry from the garage-pop, funk infused original; toning down dance-hall friendly drums in favor of warping the track down to a breezy stride, there is still a veritable amount of danceability encased within. It seems this last year of constant live touring, mostly off of new material, has left a stamp on Toro’s production prowess and resulting sound, and it is also something that pleases the entire TMN family. Expect even more new material from both Disclosure and Toro Y Moi, as the Brothers Howard are getting ready for the release of their first full-length Settle, and Toro Y Moi’s hectic touring schedule has begun to level off as to focus more on pushing out original music from his L.A. studio. Listen to the laid-back take on “You & Me” above and be on the lookout later today when Disclosure unveils the studio version of single “F For You” on Zane Lowe’s BBC1 Radio show a little later on.


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The Trap Dojo #40 [MP3 Playlist]


40 weeks of running the Trap here at The Music Ninja, and this weeks playlist is packed full of bangin tunes. Starting with Major Lazer‘s take on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ hit “Can’t Hold Us”, and to say the least, they nail it. Next is some Childish Gambino infused Trap step from DJ Reflex featuring squeaky synths and heavy Dub in each drop. Kid Kamilion finally released his highly anticipated track “Say Whut” along with “Sex Panther” and they both go hard. Crizzly dropped hands down the filthiest tune of the week, with this massive remix of A$AP Rocky‘s track “Fuckin Problem”, no comment. Thanks to the homies over at Run The Trap we got an amazing Re-Twerk from FREE DRINKZ of Lana Del Rey‘s anthem “Lana’s Theme”. In case you missed the 10 track album from Bro Safari and UFO!, make sure scope this track “Burn The Block”. BenZel‘s tune “Fallin’ Love” once again gets a sexy makeover, this time from King Henry. Make sure to check out the rest on your own and TuRn^.

cant hold us remix (ft swappi and 1st klase)
Reflex Body So Tight ft. Childish Gambino (Explicit)
Kid Kamillion
Say Whut!
A$AP Rocky
F**kin Problems (Crizzly Remix)
Bro Safari & UFO!
Burn The Block
Fallin Love (King Henry Remix)
Danny Byrd
Bad Boy (Back Again) (Flux Pavilions #BADBOY Remix)
What So Not
The Quack (WSN Club Dub)
Mr. Carmack x Arnold
Muney (Gimme That) (LOUDPVCK Edit)
Kid Kamillion
 Sex Panther
Crystal Fighters
You & I (Yellow Claw Remix)
Gold Top
Booby Trvp (Original Mix)
Bad by Dodge & Fuski ft. Messinian (Flinch Remix)
Seize (Original Mix)
Cake (Sweater Beats Bootleg)
Like Whaaat (Salva Remix)
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[Electronica] Snow Ghosts – Secret Garden

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British electronic instrumentalists Augustus Ghost and Throwing Snow, just put the finishing touches on their collaborative debut full-length album, A Small Murmation,  under stage moniker Snow Ghosts, which is getting polished up and mastered as we speak for a July 8 release on Houndstooth Records. Already being championed with invitations to support live for the likes of uber-tastemakers in Thom Yorke and Bonobo mostly on the back of 2011′s Lost at Sea EP, Snow Ghosts’ ominous music clearly effects those who have been privy to their unique blend of folk-pop, black-metal, and electronica. Their latest single “Secret Garden”, so far the second coming from A Small Murmation, balances Augustus ghost’s stark and rich vocals with cyclical melody and a chillwave inspired beat that seems to have developed a case of the “trip-hop’s”. You can pre-order Snow Ghosts’ forthcoming long-player here, and as always stream the track above.

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[Video] //Fractures – Twisted


Another fresh face to burst out of a rapidly burgeoning Australian independent scene, artist Mark Zito recognized as //Fractures, has already begun to bear the fruits of his labor, receiving loads of critical praise in the last few months without even playing a headlining spot on a concert bill (His first headline show is set for June 20th).  Another multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, //Fractures takes a very “hands-on” approach, producing music from top to bottom in the same vain as SBTRKT and James Blake and in the span of only a few months has seemed to have evolved light years ahead of schedule – no doubt due to an insane array of musical capabilities. From the humble confines of a bedroom studio pet recording project, to now delivering some of the most progressive electronic music on his side of the World, //Fractures has already witnessed down-tempo debut single “Twisted” log over 80,000 plays on Soundcloud as well as earning a coveted ‘Top-5′ spot on the Hype Machine. This weekend, the official music video for “Twisted” was given to us, and we were thinking that it would be a nice Monday Morning treat for our Ninja collective to consume. Stream the emotionally heavy music video featuring actress Danielle Baynes below.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #37

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That time of the year is almost upon us and this edition of the Chill Dojo will get you excited for summer weather like nothing else. While we can’t wait for the season of long cruises, warm nights and good times, at least we will be fully prepared with all the right soundtracks for when that day finally arrives.

One song that is guaranteed to be on repeat all season long is a gorgeous drum n bass gem from Polish producer Silence Groove. ‘Dreams Do Come True’ is liquid dnb at its very best, with bright chords and a clean sound that is oozing with joy. Try not to smile, just try. If that last song left you floating on a cloud of happiness, then the latest from XTRAFUNK will ensure to maintain that elevation. The track title is no lie, this is music that will carry you away to where you want to be. It’s not only music that can achieve this sensation though, with some vocalists containing that very special power in their voice alone. LA songstress BANKS is one of those unique few, and when you combine such a gift with the production prowess of TEED,  you have yourself a mind-blowing result. Catch the original post from last week here if you missed it. In other news, SF producer Giraffage has been on a roll lately with a string of amazing mellow tunes, which may have just given him the confidence to bring a new take on the classic dance hit from Stardust. It’s a bold edit, but one that has been mixed to perfection and hits all the right notes. And while we’re on the topic of successful remixes, this next trap take on a JT smash by NY dJ eSenTRIK  is sure to make some serious waves. In a now heavily saturated genre, it’s polished sounds like this that will be the ones to stand out.

The fun doesn’t end there though, with plenty more fresh beats and tropical grooves from a heap of dojo favourites. Don’t be caught sleeping on this one! Peace out.

Chill Dojo #37 zip

Silence Groove
Dreams Do Come True
Drift Away
Warm Water (Prod. By Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
Music Sounds Better With You
What Goes Around...
PartY Prod. MeezY
Ho Hey (Yum Yum Trap Version)
Cat o Nine Tails (Original Mix)
Inside ft. Andrea.mp3
I Love Beyonce
No Good
Alice Amelia (Maximoe Remix)
Fallin Love (King Henry Remix)
Bonobo : Emkay
Stepping Stones
Coloured concrete.mp3
Boz Scaggs
LowDown (Moods Remix) Link in discription
Airbird & Napolian
In The Zone
Flight Facilities
I Didnt Believe feat. Elizabeth Rose (Extended Version)
Hold On (Fred Falke Remix)
Mix Chopin
Make Me Hot
Tropical (The Revenge Remix)
The Force (Miguel Campbell Remix).mp3
Le Youth
C O O L (Ben Pearce Remix)
Moon Boots
Love Strong
Feel Me (Original Mix)
Silent Gloves
We Live Forever
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