[Folk Rock] The Amazing – Gentle Stream (Album Review)

The Amazing, a band hailing from Stockholm, Sweden is tough to categorize.  Their sound places them somewhere between a folk band and a jam band, producing an all-together unique sound. Interwoven guitars create beautiful melodies, punctuated by horns and wind instruments, and anchored with masterful drumming. The vocals drift effortlessly through each track, complementing the instruments perfectly. While The Amazing’s songs seem to draw from folk music, they are almost certainly a jam band. Out of the nine tracks on their album, Gentle Stream, five of them are six-plus minutes long. “Gentle Stream,” the title track of the album, which you can listen to below, is a perfect example.  At just over seven minutes in length, the song steadily builds to a melodic crescendo of electric guitars, horns, and drums.

While The Amazing may not produce songs that instantly draw you in with catchy pop hooks and predictable melodies, they make a different kind of music, the kind that is crafted down to every detail to provide the best listening experience possible. So, give them a shot and allow yourself to be taken in to the world of The Amazing.

The Amazing
Gentle Stream

Gentle Stream is out now via Partisan Records. Purchase it via iTunes.

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Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (3.A.M. Bootleg Remix)

It’s really uncanny how well Florence + The Machine‘s songs translate into dance floor-consuming, earth-shattering electronic remixes, but producers 3.A.M. make it look so darn easy here with their soaring take on “You’ve Got The Love”. We featured them in the past when they splendidly reworked M.I.A.’s classic “Paper Planes,” but this one certainly takes the filth up a notch. Grab a free download below and check out the rest of 3.A.M.’s tracks on Soundcloud.

Florence and the Machine
Youve Got the Love (3.A.M. Remix)
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[TMN Premiere] The New Division – Night Escape EP

Los Angeles’ The New Division, though undoubtedly influenced by ’80s forefathers Depeche Mode and The Joy Division, approach electronic music with an ever-expanding open mind that’s ready to party as much as it’s ready to brood, equipped with both the crunchy glitches and the silky synths. The band’s latest output, the Night Escape EP, shows off this brilliant versatility in mood and sound exceptionally well with just four tracks and we’re proud to premiere it right here on The Music Ninja.

“Pride” starts off the collection strong, with its enticing balance of dreamy and hyper electro pop moments. Glistening and bubbly is “Kids,” a treat you’d be hard-pressed not to keep on infinite loop. Luscious, so sweetly tender, and emotional to the core is the title track “Night Escape,” featuring Greek chillwave duo Keep Shelly In Athens. The EP ends on a very high note with closer “Start Over,” a truly kaleidoscopic anthem that, despite all its varied parts — gushing synths, a warping mini-drop, delicate piano, fierce lasers — culminates perfectly and leaves you wondering: Will this EP ever grow old? And the answer would be: NO.



Night Escape (Ft. Keep Shelly in Athens)

Start Over

Night Escape is out via the band’s label Division 87. Be sure to check out The New Division on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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[Preview] Gramatik – Denver, CO 10/17 + Ticket Giveaway

Every person has that one musician that just makes their insides light up. That special artist who connects with that listener on a deeper level and makes them come alive whenever they hear that artist’s undeniable sound. The artist that a person can pick out whenever they hear those familiar jazzy beats or those jaw-clenching drops or those addictive whimsical lyrics. Well this Saturday night at the Fillmore, one of this writer’s favorite musicians is making his first headlining appearance. Gramatik, a master of mixing, is bringing his addicting sound to the mountain state. His unique jazz like sound combined with old school vocals and instrumentals always leaves this girl’s music soul begging for more. Helping Gramatik throw down what is sure to be an epic night is none other than Mux Mool and Talib Kweli. And what is even better, The Music Ninja wants to give you tickets to check out this awesome show.

All you have to do is leave a comment below. Tell us why you want the free tickets. We’ll pick one lucky winner Wednesday at 3pm Mountain to get a free pair of tickets. You must be 18 and up, and you also must provide your own transportation to and from the show. While we’d love to send you in style, we unfortunately spent all of our budget on throwing stars.

Expedition 44
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[Stream] Björk – bastards (Biophilia Remix Album)

The profound and nearly indescribable Björk released her seventh album, Biophilia, last October. On November 19th, she puts out its remix album entitled bastards via One Little Indian. The 13-track collection includes work by folks like Hudson Mohawke, Death Grips, These New Puritans and more. You can check out two of its songs below and then stream all of bastards via the lovely folks at The Guardian.

Virus (Hudson Mohawke Peaches and Guacamol Rework)

Sacrifice (Death Grips Remix)
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[Indie] Griz Adams – The Struggle

With fall in full swing and winter right around the corner, it’s easy to overlook summery gems like this. It’s got lyrics that you’re bound to catch yourself singing along with. Back that with simple guitar work, contagious organ chords, and smooth synths and you’ve got “The Struggle”. Los Angeles-based band Griz Adams is the new side project of Adam Roth and Fredrik Eriksson. They haven’t released any other tracks under the moniker but be sure to keep a look out for them to crank out more indie pop rock goodness.

The Struggle (Indian Summer PRE
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[Dubstep] Krewella – Alive (MitiS Remix)

It’s no secret that Krewella’s sensual vocals provide an excellent foundation for their original tracks and remixes alike. Last week, Pegboard Nerds released their monstrous remix of Krewella’s track “Alive” and now TMN favorite MitiS has released his equally impressive interpretation of the tune. Supporting Krewella’s vocals with the addition of crunchy synths and heavy wobbles MitiS absolutely destroys this remix. Grab this spectacular free download and make sure to show MitiS some love on Facebook.

Alive (MitiS Remix)
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