Daft Punk – One More Time (Black Boots Bootleg) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Daft Punk
One More Time (Black Boots Remix) // @BlackBootsX

**SPOILER ALERT**

What you are about to hear is 100% STRAIGHT HEAT. It may only be a Wednesday, but hot damn do we have the ultimate Daft Punk bootleg that’ll send you into the future and the past all at the time time. Las Vegas rebels, Black Boots, decided to nostalgically spice things up in their latest bootleg of Daft Punk’s classic gem, “One More Time”, and it has us feelin’ all types of ways. If you’ve been following Daft Punk over the course of their career, then you might have a deep connection with this song like we do. Black Boots just gave us a game-changing rendition that will guarantee set off every fire alarm around the world. Filled with trap snares galore, futuristic side-chained synths, and heaps of rage-face breakdowns, Black Boots just re-amped “One More Time” and took it to a level beyond comprehension. How could we say no to a co-premiere opportunity with Run The Trap on a track like this? We just couldn’t let this one slip through the cracks.

So while you prepare yourself for one of the most epic bootlegs of the century, make sure to let your bosses know you won’t be able to function today since Black Boots is about to blow your mind beyond belief. Get ready to keep this on repeat ninjas because there’s no way you won’t NOT listen to this just one more time.

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[House] Mario Winans – I Don’t Wanna Know (Jerry Folk Remix)

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I Don't Wanna Know
Jerry Folk Remix

Oh my oh my! Check out this brand new Mario Winans remix by Norway-born producer Jerry Folk. Artists always come up with ways to be innovative and creative when it comes to remixes, and Jerry Folk certainly did the original song justice by adding his own spice to it. It is truly amusing to see how he turns the R&B classic into this housey goodness. The tune starts off with a vocal sample together with a heavy groovin’ synth melody that immediately catches your attention. Following an anticipated buildup, the beat drop steals the spotlight with this future house and disco fusion. The funky bass line to the drop is also a notable and deserves its own shoutout. There is no doubt it is an exceptional remix by an exceptional producer.

Signed under Next Wave Records, Jerry Folk is definitely an exciting artist to watch and making a name for himself as one of the front runners of the label. We can’t wait to see what he has to offer in the future. Make sure to download this awesome remix on his Facebook page here!

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City Reign – Disappear [TMN PREMIERE]

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City Reign
Disappear (Official Audio)

The progression of the music scene is a funny thing, casually taking us along a path of discovering new genres and bands. Tastes tend to evolve as goes along this path, continually moving and evolving, while never forgetting our musical pasts.

Seeing as how I’m a bit older than most bloggers out there, a lot of my musical past is rooted around acts who adorned stages at Warped Tour. Having worked merch for a buddy’s band on said tour, I’ve often found myself gravitating to the likes guitar-centric, fast-paced, and heavier songs.

While the world has been focused on folksier indie rock, electronica, and ambient, the guitar is making a strong comeback, and Manchester based City Reign is a perfect example of this up-swinging trend. Fusing together dreamy, cinematic soundscapes with roaring percussion and intricate guitar work, “Disappear” is a far departure from the happy-go-lucky Apple commercial indie pop. And we’re pretty damn excited about that.

Maybe now it’s time, to close our eyes and disappear, make this all disappear!

On the heels of their recent single, “When You Got It All,” the band is back with this premiere. Boasting vocals that are somewhat reminiscent of Oasis, only much less calm, it’s delightfully dark and heavy. With an unrelenting surging energy, it’s no wonder these cats are garnering nods of approval from Steve Lamacq, Clash Magazine, Fake DIY, and many others.

Upcoming shows:
14 November – The Garage, Islington London
15 November – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

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[Nu-Disco/Synth-Pop] Penguin Prison – Calling Out

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Penguin Prison
Calling Out

Oh Chris Glover. Your lovelorn, Anglophilic, dreamy dance-pop and beautiful songwriting never fail to bring a smile and hip wiggle from us. Glover, who’s tenfold more renowned as his artist moniker Penguin Prison is back with another pop construed dance ditty, “Calling Out”. It’s been much too long since we’ve gotten an original from the crafty, 80′s driven producer, as we’ve seen Penguin Prison taking on remix duties for the likes of Maroon 5 & Youngblood Hawke, lending those beautiful vocal chords on tunes like RAC’s “Hollywood” and Viceroy’s “This Life”, as well as authoring shiny new covers of Lionel Richie & Sade; and “Calling Out” has certainly made up for the lack of solo tunes in the last few years. “Calling Out” rolls on a four-four disco kick drum, provocatively drippy synths and Glover’s extraordinary refrain to result in a worthy and welcome comeback single. The fact the tune ends with a frizzy guitar lead only sweetens the deal. The word is out that there will be another Penguin Prison LP in the near future, so we’ll keep you posted. Until then, enjoy “Calling Out” above.

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Catey Shaw – Outerspace [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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Catey Shaw.
Outerspace

We spend so much time buried in emails, scanning from soundcloud link to soundcloud link , that we rarely get to see the more human side of the music industry. Even if we head out and catch a show, or interview a band at the venue, we don’t get to see all that goes into this tumultuous lifestyle, which should be chronicled and highlighted.

Today we’re that all up by bringing you an inside look at one of our favorite new artists, Catey Shaw, and her band-mates make their first trip to Canada. Shot and directed by SVA alumni Bryan Russell Smith, the video for “Outerspace” is a completely different take in comparison to his previous work with “Human Contact,” which was a more traditional pop-style music video. Today’s premiere goes the route of a tour diary, displaying the raw the often-quirky Shaw from two different debut performances, one in Toronto and one in Montreal.

Set to the playful percussion of bongo drums, and a repeating guitar lick, the video winds itself around the engaging structure of the song. Flirting back and forth with upbeat, groovy verses and dreamy choruses, we’re offered what life on the open road would be like, and what a fan gets to experience at a live performance.

The bad news? You’ll pry never get closer to touring with Catey Shaw than this video. The good news? You can catch this delightful indie pop act next week at one their three upcoming CMJ showcases below.
CMJ Showcases:
October 21 Marlin Room at Webster Hall for BalconyTV Showcase @ 7pm
October 23 Gibson Showroom @ 7pm
October 25 Spike Hill for Deli Mag Showcase @ 12am

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The Kooks Front Man on His Father, Doing Prince Songs, and Paper Dreams [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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The Kooks
Around Town

For a lot of you out there, The Kooks have had a very special place in your heart over the past few years. This Brighton-based indie outfit has been churning out hits that inspire even the most shyest curmudeons to light up and sing along.

Right after their absolutely stellar show in Denver, we were able to catch up with front man Luke Pritchard to ask a few choice questions about this latest album. Surprisingly open about some very intimate details about one of our favorite new tunes, “See Me Now,” this down-to-earth singer/songwriter casually talked to us as if we were a close mate, which is always refreshing.

Before you get too far into this transcribed phone call, know that this current tour is one not to miss. While you’ll hear some of their new tunes (as to be expected), you’ll also come across all of your favorites, ensuring you’ll leave the venue with satisfied ears and hoarse voice.

TMN: Hey Luke, thank you so much for taking a few moments to speak with us. We’ve been fans for a long time! Let’s chat about this tour you’re on – how’s it going so far?

Luke: No problem. It’s actually a pleasure. The tour has been excellent. It’s great that we can see so many places in the US, do you know what I mean? The fans have been pretty receptive to the album too, which is pretty cool for us. So, it’s been great!

TMN: You just hit up Denver, which is where we’re at. What are your thoughts on the mile high city?

Luke: (Laughs) Good! I’m really intrigued by this legalization thing. It’s always fun here though. We’ve had some great times in Colorado.
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Jared Wohl – You Are [TMN PREMIERE]

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Jared Wohl
You Are

We have the unique pleasure of hearing hundreds of stories a week. Hundreds of emails a day come across our screen, all of which are sharing a small piece of their life with us. Whether it be whimsical and light-hearted, dark and gloomy, or incredibly uplifting, we get a chance to hear more than just music. We get a chance to hear about people’s lives through their art. Today marks one of the more remarkable stories we’ve come across, as we take a deeper look into Jared Wohl.

Having previously worked with Wohl on his initial project, Farewell Luna, we had never known any of his backstory, until now. Eight months ago, this New Jersey native laid in the transplant unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital recovering from a traumatic surgery leaving him with only 35% of his liver. Just two years earlier, he had sat in the same hospital, undergoing extensive testing, which would reveal whether or not he could save his brother’s life. Cameron, Jared’s brother, has been living with a chronic, potentially fatal disease (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis) for over a decade. The brothers soon realized that in addition to sharing the same birthday three years to the day, they would soon share something much more significant. On February 11th 2014, Jared successfully donated 65% of his liver to Cameron.

Going through a life experience like Jared did is sure to incite powerful life changes, which is why he has decided to reintroduce himself as a singer-songwriter, only this time, as himself. While he had a strong following under his previous moniker, the gravity of becoming a living organ donor, and inevitably saving his younger brother’s life, gave songwriting an entirely new meaning.

The title track for his new EP, which can be found on their upcoming documentary (trailer below), is premiering today here on The Music Ninja. Wohl once again reminds us of why we were drawn to him in the first place, effortlessly displaying his stunning vocal tone and range. Set to the backdrop of energetic percussion, some light and glowing guitar work, and a steady bassline “You Are” instantly hooks the listener in, commanding attention for the full five minute tune. While the focus on vocals is heavy in the beginning, the instrumentals ultimately catch up, leading way to a soulful outtro that leaves a lasting impression.

After you’ve listened through, take a moment to watch the trailer for the Wohl brother’s documentary below, which will ultimately shed light on their newly formed foundation, The Wave Set.

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