Diplo & Swick – Keep It Gully [Preview]

We know Diplo likes to be a tease but a 30 second clip is just down right mean. Continuing the momentum of his much followed funky and full of bounce “twerk” movements comes another addition to his legacy. Swick, Mad Decent’s new rising star from Melbourne, Australia is just coming off releasing his Bubbles EP a few months back to now working on this new collaborative track with the Twerk King himself titled ‘Keep It Gully’. Featuring horn-like melodies layered over a dynamic and quintessential diplo production of drum loop and attitude-filled vocals samples, this new single
sets the tone for the new year.

Diplo & Swick
Keep It Gully **Preview**

“Keep It Gully” will be out Feb 4th via Mad Decent is Diplo

And if you can’t get enough of this track, make sure you check out the 2 hour mix of Diplo & Friends on BBCR1extra

Diplo & Friends BBCR1xtra: January 12, 2013

Tracklist: Continue reading

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Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre – The Recipe (Trapback Remix)

One of the most original Trap remixes we have seen, comes Trapback‘s rendition of “The Recipe” by Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre. Instead of going the typical overly bumpy trap route, the 18 year old Seattle based producer takes one step back for this ultra smooth track. I always cringe when I hear someone come up with a new genre name but it looks like we are seeing some of the early samples of what chilltrap *shutters* will become.

Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre
The Recipe (Trapback Remix)

Via TrapDoor Records

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Avicii – Three Million (Your Love Is So Amazing) [Free Download]

To celebrate hitting 3 million likes on Facebook, Avicii is giving his fans a brand new single “Three Million”.

Let’s get things straight, we love Avicii. We have interviewed him many times and apart from being one of the nicest producers in the world, his music has constantly inspired us and the world.

Yet, we can only find Three Million reasons as to why this song just doesn’t cut it for us. It is quite alarming that whenever an important artists releases a new single, all the other music blogs jump on it with rave reviews. Yes, we are grateful to have a “Free” track from Avicii but we are just not sure what to think of it. The bassline after minute 2.15 feels outdated, as to coming from a nintendo game (although we admit this is a perfect soundtrack for a Contra game). The strings that typically carry the track with such progressive momentum in an Avicii production, seem to be absent and lacking. But, of course that is just our humble opinion as avid Avicii fans.

We are eager to see what else Avicii has in store for us in 2013.

Avicii
Three Million (feat. Negin)

What did you think of this track? Tell us and Comment below!

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[Folk] Wake Owl – Wild Country EP Review

The resurgence of indie folk music is apparent in the last 5 years with an array of chemistry-filled bands like Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros, Of Monster and Men, Mumford & Sons among many others. While talent comes in many forms there is still a separation between the production quality of rising independent artists. At its core, folk music remains one of the most genuine sounding genres in music. Far from the melodramatic sibling, Country music, folk is about allowing the simplicity of the instrumentation fill the song with harmony and graze. However, not recorded or produced properly, these instruments are often shadowed by noise and echo.

The beauty and perhaps the most inspiring quality about Wake Owl‘s Wild Country EP is its impeccable and delicate recording. Every single instrument used, brings forward the warmth and charisma of each guitar pluck, percussion and of course, the longing vocals of singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron. Wake Owl has effortlessly awaken (pun intended) the energy behind my unquestionable admiration for the folk genre and delivered unique melodies wonderfully wrapped around the familiarity of heart-felt themes about love gained and love lost.

The most ironic part of Wake Owl story is Colyn’s history. Born and raised in southern California the aspiring musical poet was into “rhyme stuff/hip hop” explaining, “I wrote rap basically. I used to go around the school ground rapping my verses to whoever would listen. Then about seven years ago I picked up a guitar and taught myself basic stuff and immediately began writing songs.” It was this very event combined with travelling to different farms throughout the world, trained in organic agriculture, that solidified his passion for music writing.

After much experimentation and reflection, his debut release Wild Country EP was born. A collection of five songs that harvest raw, genuine emotions of hope.

The Wild Country EP was released via Vagrant Records on January 29th, 2013. and is available nationwide for purchase on iTunes.

Wake Owl
Wild Country
Wake Owl
Youll Never Go
Wake Owl
Gold
Wake Owl
Grow
Wake Owl
Seaside
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[Trap Bass] Sleepy Tom – Hit Em

Vancouver’s best kept secret, Sleepy Tom, has been on our radar here at TMN for quite some time now and if he isn’t on yours now then now is the perfect time to change that! His inventive progressive trap beats and heavy bass combine to create a truly unique sound that is rarely paralleled by similar artists fueling the monumental surge of trap music. Sleepy Tom’s latest creation, “Hit EM” is another spectacular example of just how creative and ingeniously inventive Sleepy Tom’s tunes are constructed. Combining astral synths, robotic vocals samples and massive 808′s, this massive trap tune is unlike any other trap being produced at the moment. Best of all, as of today, Sleepy Tom is giving this latest track out for free so make sure to show him your appreciation on Facebook and grab your copy of this jam. Enjoy.

Sleepy Tom
Hit Em
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[Hip-Hop] Tyga – Molly ft Wiz Khalifa and Mally Mal

There is no denying that Molly has become a staple in rap music and party anthems everywhere. From  to Trinidad James to Juicy J,  this infectious little pill or powder form has been boasted and dropped by rappers for the past year. So with this exposure to ecstasy inducing drug, there was only a matter of time before a rapper took the chance to make a song dedicated to it, enter Tyga. The YMCMB rapper flows over the synth-heavy computerized beat sampled from Ricky Gervais‘ “Molly”. Bringing in the weed-toting Wiz Khalifa and newcomer Mally Mall to drop a couple bars about big bank accounts and love for MDMA, this addictive banger may just be as big of a hit in the clubs and radios as Tyga’s “Do My Dance”. Both singles can be heard on the young emcee’s upcoming album Hotel California, dropping March 26th.

Tyga
Molly (feat. Wiz Khalifa & Mally Mall)
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On Ethics In and Among Indie and Upstart Music Reviewers: The Importance of Exposing the Masses to Art as a Collaborative Mission

Editors Note: This an excerpt from an amazing article written by long time Music Ninja writer “A Servant”. You can read the entire piece on his website .

For the past year, I’ve had the great fortune and privilege to write album and song reviews for the internet site The Music Ninja (www.themusicninja.com). This has been advantageous for me as an independent novelist because it gives me exposure and a chance to reach new markets. I am also a passionate music lover. I grew up playing blues and jazz songs on my grandmother’s baby grand piano, fell in love with rockers like Led Zeppelin in my adolescent years and grew to have a fondness for any musician with heart, intellect and creativity as an adult. Writing for The Music Ninja was a perfect fit for me.

However, I’ve noticed some areas where the industry of independent internet music review can grow stronger. I’ve noticed a lack of commonly agreed upon ethics when it comes to reviewing emerging artists. I’ve also noticed a lack of cooperative work between music sites. Finally, I’ve noticed an imperfect promotion of the art of writing among review sites. I submit to the reader that the industry of independent music reviews needs a unified mission. A duty. Above all else, we indie bloggers should devote ourselves to exposing emerging artists of all fashions (including us as writers) to markets that might best enjoy them, and in doing so, bring good art to the masses.

Is this too lofty of a goal? I don’t think so. Nor do I think it will take away from any financial profits we may make from reviewing artists. Although the mission statement above may seem Bohemian, I am first and foremost a Capitalist, and believe that the beauty of the art we expose our consumers to will, in and of itself, produce the profits we need to live off. Moreover, I don’t think it requires any special Descartian intelligence or Franciscan devotion to agree upon this common goal. For the most part we already do so! The average reviewer can certainly follow the guidelines listed below without learning any new skills. And indeed, this list is hardly exhaustive. Like all intellectual pursuits, the publication of these ideas may inspire others expanding on the positions stated here. Perhaps some will even disagree with these positions. I welcome these arguments in support or in opposition of my own. With that said, I make my case:

The indie/upstart music reviewer should not give any negative reviews .I’ve had several friends approach me about the lack of negative reviews I give: “Dude, you love everything. How can we take you seriously as a reviewer when you don’t tell us what to avoid?”

There is a strand of thought—furthered by the intellectual vanity of the world of art criticism—that states that an intellectual must tear down a work of art in order to be an effective critic. This phenomenon is well satirized in The Simpson’s episode “Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner?” My response to the question of why I don’t give negative reviews is always this: “In actuality, I do give negative reviews. I am constantly giving negative reviewers in the form of ignoring the music that does not move me.”

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