[NEW] Jamie xx – Loud Places (feat. Romy of The xx)

Jamie xx
Loud Places (ft. Romy Croft)

Jamie xx stopped by Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 show earlier this week to premiere a single from his upcoming debut solo album, In Colour, and it truly lives up to the title of “Hottest Record In the World.” Calling on The xx bandmate, Romy Craft, Jamie crafts a beautifully anthemic number with “Loud Places.” Combining Romy’s signature somber vocals and ambient guitar licks with Jamie’s organic percussion and ear for a quality soul-sample, the track builds into an addicting, groovy chorus creating a perfect hybrid between The xx and Jamie’s solo work. In Colour is slated for release on June 1st and the iTunes pre-order comes with 4 instant downloads, including “Loud Places.” UPDATE: Watch Jamie and Romy relive their childhood below as they skate through London in the official video, which elevates the vibes of the track even further.  Continue reading

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[Future R&B] Mar – Not Like Here

Not Like Here

Riding the momentum of the phenomenal “Her Window” collaboration with Full Crate, Dutch vocalist/producer Mar presented the first single from his upcoming self-titled EP yesterday. Mar kicks off “Not Like Here” with his flawless vocals before a heavy, pulsing percussion breakdown opens up into a hard-hitting bass line. It’s an intricate and varied journey that combines the future movement of electronica with a perfectly honed R&B sensibility. Give this dynamic tune a spin above and see for yourself.

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[Event Preview/Denver Giveaway] The Golden Pony – 3/26 – Spill Lounge

Take Me To Church (The Golden Pony Remix)

It’s no secret around here at TMN, that we have more than a musical soft-spot for BangOn!NYC founders, dual afro-wielders, and insanely talented underground dance producers The Golden Pony. From the first time we featured their unproven yet incredibly refined remixing abilities all the way back in early 2013, through their “Golden Classics” series, to their foray into the completely original side of production, and finally their latest remix, for Hozier’s smash “Take Me to Church (listen above); we’ve not yet seen the genre blurring pair miss so much as a step within their beefy and constantly expanding catalog. So justly, it was only a matter of time before The Golden Pony stepped away from their throne of dane-party curation and took their DJ set on the road. Tomorrow, the indie-disco meets house sensibility that they’ve so readily claimed on the interwebs will touch down in Denver at Spill Lounge for our Mile-High faithful to absorb as well, and there was no way we couldn’t get our Ninja companions in on the action. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Granny Milk Events to give away a pair of free tickets to the show and entering is beyond simple. Just “like” The Music Ninja Facebook page here, and enter your e-mail in the widget below. We’ll be notifying our winners via e-mail tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. Eastern/ 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard time, so be on the lookout!

There are a few rules, of course:
- The event is only for attendees 21 +
- You are responsible for your own transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Spill Lounge entrance.
- You must find a TMN representative and let them buy you a shot.


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[Chill] A Sol Mechanic – flight

A Sol Mechanic

Things can get stressful by the middle of the week, and A Sol Mechanic is here to help ease the anxiety with a new original, “flight.” There’s no shortage of vibes when it comes to an ASM tune, and “flight” delivers with cascading synths, hip-hop rhythm, and comforting sense of calm. There’s even a little hint of Tycho throughout, and that certainly is never a bad thing. Whether you just kicking off your day as the sun rises, or you’re heading home after a long day at work, this fresh new ASM track is a perfect fit for your go-to playlist.

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[Alternative] Toro y Moi – Run Baby Run

Toro Y Moi
Run Baby Run

The latest single from Toro y Moi solidifies the direction of his highly anticipated upcoming album, What for?. Continuing in the vein of dreamy indie rock, “Run Baby Run” features a breezy guitar backdrop, with the lightest touch of funk and psychedelia, teamed with Chaz Bundick’s vocals, which feel like they could soundtrack a 90s movie. It’s yet another showcase of versatility adding to Toro’s many successful musical pivots. The results make for as enjoyable and pleasant a listen as any Toro track and, similar to “Buffalo,” grows on you with every play. Enjoy above–What for? drops on April 7th. Pre-order here.

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[Chill/Nu-Disco] Falcon Punch – Square One

Falcon Punch
Square One

The last time we had the pleasure of featuring Denver based laid-back dance slinger Falcon Punch was with a lovely contribution to MANI/PEDI Records “Silk”, and it was only shortly thereafter that he set the music blogosphere on fire with “Donald’s Bird”. Today, one of our most looked-to disko tastemakers is back with another tastefully arranged piece of placid dance construction, “Square One”. A funk-fueled, slow groover, “Square One” interweaves every piece of Falcon Punch’s sophisticated production psyche together effortlessly. Bouncing along on an understated and underground favoring deep synth line and a smattering of reverb treated Mo-Town vocal chops, we were easily entranced no less than four bars into his latest movement. But, the real treat for us was discovering the versatile musician’s talents extend far beyond the confines of computer production programs. Almost every inch of “Square One” pulses with painstakingly written and modulated analog instrumentation; from the delicate keys, to serene guitar plucking and swinging bassline, Falcon Punch occupies a tangible music space so few producers dream to delve into. It’s more than inspirative when we learn our favorite dance artists maintain and bridge the fundamental connection between legitimate music players and dancefloor wizards so needless to say, “Square One” has been on repeat around the TMN offices today. It’s high time our Ninja friends join the party, and to do you one better, grab a free download here.

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Jack Garratt talks about SXSW, Blunderbuss, and Secrets of Beard Culture [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]


TMN: Hey Jack! Thank you for taking some time to speak with us. First up, let’s talk about the upcoming SXSW shows. Are you getting excited?

JG: Thank you very much. I’m so excited for it. I’ve known about that festival for so long and have always wanted to come and experience it, either as a fan or a musician. To be able to come out and do it as a musician is a real honor.

And, I’ve never been to Texas either, so I’m really looking forward to that.

TMN: How many showcases are you playing?

JG: I’m doing four.

TMN: You’re also doing a few shows in the states after that, correct?

JG: After SXSW, I’m doing two shows in New York. I’m doing support with Kate Tempest, which will be great. Then I’m doing Babies Alright with Communion, which is – for some strange reason – sold out.

On top of that, I’m flying out to LA for a show there, then after that I’m flying to San Francisco for a show, as well. They’ve all sold out as well, which I don’t understand. It doesn’t make any sense.

After that, I have a few weeks off, and I’m hopefully going to stay in LA and do some work. I’ll keep my head down, see what happens, and try to look out for what’s going to happen for the rest of the year.

After that, I head to Europe for, I guess, my proper European debut tour.

TMN: When can we expect a full US tour?

JG: I don’t know! We’re looking at the possibility of it, and trying to make sure we can come over and do some good shows at great venues. We’ll look to do a lot of US dates before the end of the year, and hopefully sooner than I think.

We will definitely, definitely be doing one before the end of the year though.
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