[Resident Label of the Month November] Circus Records

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Here in the dojo, we’re ending the year with something special. To end November and takeover December, the Circus Records crew has joined up with us ninjas to be our Resident Label of the Month.

Since 2009, Circus Records has been one of the pillars in bass music, specifically dubstep. If you take a look at its founders, which includes Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, Simon Swan and Earl Falconer, you see how that was accomplished. The London-based label now is the exclusive home to artists such as Cookie Monsta, FuntCase, DISKORD and more. Together, these bass behemoths put out some of the gnarliest wubs you can find around the world.

2016 has been a tremendous year for the label. To close it out, not only are they partnering with us in residency, but they recently released their compilation, Circus Three, complete with thirty tracks. Safe to say, you should be covered in December with more than your fair share of low frequencies. Stream some of the tracks below, but make sure to head over to the digital service of your choice for a copy of the full project.

’Flux Pavilion and DISKORD – Locked In feat. Flowdan’
’Doctor P and Flux Pavilion – Party Drink Smoke feat. Jarren Benton’
’FuntCase and Max Headroom – Lets Do it’
’Cookie Monsta – Ruff feat. Tima Dee’
’Doctor P and Adam F – The Pit (feat. Method Man)’
’MARK THE BEAST – In Love With The Devil feat. Seids (Circus Records)’
’Standard&Push – Wonderland feat. Rebecca Devereux (Circus Records)’
’CRaymak – Tesseract (Circus Records)’
’I.Y.F.F.E and Holly – Big Time Player’
’Cyran – Just Like You (Circus Records)’
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Axel Boy Shares His Thoughts On 2016, What’s Coming & New Single [TMN Interview]

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Axel Boy
Bun Up 'N' Tun Up

At the end of each year, artists and their teams look to not only bring things to a close, but get ready for the next year. One artist who is doing that in a huge way is Axel Boy. 2016 has been a wild year for the Bristol beatmaker who has seen releases on labels like Buygore, Kannibalen Records, Elysian Records and Never Say Die.

Through all this, the people over at Slvyvll had their eyes on him, eventually taking him on board their management roster. Now, things are looking better than ever for one of bass music’s finest gems. To celebrate this, Axel Boy has released two free downloads in the past two weeks, with the most recent being a return to dubstep in “Bun Up N Tun Up.”

We had the pleasure of having a quick chat with Axel Boy to give us a recap of his 2016, as well as give us some insight on what’s to come. Stream the single, read the interview; most of all, enjoy.

TMN: Looking back, how has 2016 been for the Axel Boy project?

AB: 2016 has been very progressive and productive! The beginning of the year saw my first tour of Australia which was life-changing, it really set me up with a ton of motivation to enter into the year with. I’ve really worked on my craft over the last year, wrote a load of music and learnt a lot about myself and the music I enjoy making! I played my biggest show to date in Paris in October which was an unbelievable experience. And of course I’ve linked up with SLVYVLL which is the real landmark of the year, I really feel a sense of optimism now I’m part of the team! Besides Axel Boy I also managed to graduate at University, so it was an excellent feeling to accomplish that alongside working on my own music project.

TMN: You recently got involved with the Slvyvll team, how did you get connected up with them?

AB: I met Steven and Christina back in 2015 when I spent a few weeks in LA. My previous manager Daniel helped me A LOT in taking my first steps towards cementing myself in the industry, credit to him, he helped me make some vital connections & SLVYVLL was one of them! He moved on in his own career and lead me to begin working with the SLVYVLL team. It was a natural progression for both off us, I couldn’t be happier with how things have worked out!

TMN: Can you tell us a little about your most recent release, “Bun Up N Tun Up” that you just dropped?

I was working on various styles of music before my show at ANIMALZ in Paris & I decided it was time to make some fresh dubstep to play. So I worked on some VIPS of other tracks and also decided to write a dubstep original. I wanted to push myself in creating some really fresh sound timbres which I haven’t necessarily heard so much before. I kind of went down a metallic route for the sound design in this track which is fairly obvious, so using Serum I tried to push the boundaries of the sounds I can come up with.

I wanted to capture a few different vibes in this track. One was a very trappy, hip-hop influenced theme which is very obvious in the structure, beat & lead melodies! And the other was a more Halloween & sinister vibe which comes across best in the chords and their progressions! I then proceeded to record and process vocals to put the cherry on the cake! The lyrics just came straight to mind during the production process which in turn helped me christen the track ‘Bun Up ‘N’ Tun Up’. I must say I absolutely love it when a track name comes to mind during the production process, it just makes everything feel so right!

TMN: In 2016, you released a ton of originals with only a few remixes including an official one for Black Tiger Sex Machine. Do you want to keep up focusing on original work next year?

AB: Original work is the number one priority for me. So you guys can expect a lot more of that, I have lots of originals lined up and ready to go. But I think early next year I will be more than happy to start releasing more remixes and collaborations, working with others can really help breathe new light into my inspiration for writing!

TMN: What can fans expect from you in the upcoming months?

AB: I’m going to continue dropping originals of all different styles! I have some singer-songwriter/future stuff on the way, some house/breaks hybrids & of course some more dubstep to come. There is also a big announcement around the corner that I think the fans will be pleased to hear, so stay tuned for that! 2017 is definitely going to be the biggest year for me yet.

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[Electro] Jameston Thieves – Cookie Butter EP

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Two of our favorite camps have come together on an EP that is just out of this world. The EP is Cookie Butter by the astonishingly talented Jameston Thieves who got Uprise Music to back this project. There are lots of notable producers out there making big bucks, but few, if any, come close to JT.

With Cookie Butter we get four singles, including a collaboration with Aaron Jackson and Megan Hamilton. Together these three kick off the EP with “Wonder,” a dynamic single whose composition shifts shape throughout the entire song. It’s like a whole bunch of good songs in one, which the same can be said for “Circadian Rhythm.” If by now you haven’t noticed that JT’s sound design is absolutely maddening then “Shottahs” will take care of you. Lastly, “Back In It” is what may be the most wacky song on the project. It’s a fun listen, even by Jameston Thieve’s standards. Cookie Butter is now available on digital services, so grab it!

’Jameston Thieves & Aaron Jackson – Wonder (Ft. Megan Hamilton)’
’Jameston Thieves – Circadian Riddim’
’Jameston Thieves – Shottahs’
’Jameston Thieves – Back In It’
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[Multi-Genre] Michael White – Never Look Back EP

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You might recognize MA Music from their blog or Youtube channel, but they’re a kick ass label too. This week, they dropped an EP from a fellow kick ass human being, Michael White. Spain’s musical treasure dropped his Never Look Back project, complete with four singles; all currently available on iTunes.

Each song is a collaboration, with the list including Lonemoon, Brig, TWOFACE! and STEREOLIEZ. The EP is split in half, with one sharing an electro house sound and the other aligning with trap. With that said, these songs shouldn’t be put into any boxes, as they’re not as straightforward as we make them sound. In fact, once you listen through, you’ll see just how easily Michael changes sounds, even within a single song. Each one is amazing, but we think the standout record on this one is “Freeze!” because it’s just too fun.

’Michael White – Struggle (ft. Lonemoon)’
’Brig & Michael White – Freeze!’
’Michael White & TWOFACE! – Twerk It Out’
’Michael White & STEREOLIEZ – Next Level’
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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Goldroom Delves Into West of the West & Musical Metamorphosis

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Unless this is the first time you’ve trekked through the hallowed grounds of TMN, you’ve no doubt ran into at least a song or two from L.A. based producer Josh Legg and his solo remix project turned nationally touring live act Goldroom. He, and the rest of Goldroom’s live iteration just recently wrapped an expansive, 30 date live co-headlining tour with fellow TMN regulars Autograf, and before quite a memorable show in Boulder, CO, we had a chance to catch up with Josh on the heels of Goldroom’s debut long-player West of the West, and ended up having one of the more in-depth conversations regarding music we’ve had in some time. Enjoy our interview with Goldroom below.

The Music Ninja (TMN): Alright… Matthew Bloss of The Music Ninja here with Josh Legg, the mastermind behind the Goldroom acclaim. First off, thanks so much for taking the time before your show to sit down with us. Firstly, you just recently released your first full length LP under the Goldroom name, West of the West, which we’ve had the chance to listen to a couple times and I really, really enjoyed it. After talking to friends around the music industry who know you, and from following your social media accounts, this was something that has been years in the making. Can you speak a little more to that? How long has West of the West, been coming together, and how does it feel now that it’s finally out?

Josh Legg (JL): Yeah, I mean there was a moment in time, probably in 2013, right after we started to tour with the live band for the first time, that it was just really clear that at some point if things went the right way that at some point I was going to need to put a record out. And I’ve always lived my life, sort of through albums of other people’s. So, I started thinking about it right then… I was thinking about the first Goldroom record as early as January of 2013, so I’ve kind of been writing for it for three years now. But, I don’t know, it’s weird… You were saying earlier, that you guys have been paying attention for along time. But, if I walk into a radio station or something like that, I’m going to talk about it (West of the West) like it’s my first statement, but in a lot of ways it feels like my sophomore record because the Embrace EP took me all around the world twice, and I got to play Coachella this year, and I released that independently… and that EP did all of this. It’s a seven song EP, and for a lot of purposes it worked as my debut full-length record, so this is actually closer to my sophomore record from sort of a traditional perspective. But, I wasn’t thinking about that EP in the same way that I was thinking about West of the West. I wasn’t thinking like, “Hey, would I be proud of this if I died?” But, I have been thinking about that with this record. I wanted this record to be so good that, when I die, I’m going to be like “I have this at least. At least I did this, and I’m proud of it.” hahaha. And, I don’t know, as things went a long, I started to feel more and more strongly about certain things about the way producers in my world were making records. And I was getting more and more discouraged with the fact that it was just this endless cycle of people throwing acapellas to each other, and getting random features and finsing out that the artists, that you think that you love didn’t even write the song that you loved. And, I want a glimpse into people’s hearts I guess. And so, the only thing that I promised with this record is that for better or for worse, it would really be me.

’Goldroom – Silhouette’

Read the rest of our interview with Josh Legg after the jump!

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Kaptain – Wouldn’t Change A Thing [TMN Premiere]

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Kaptain
Wouldn't Change A Thing

Engineer by day, producer by night, San Francisco based artist Kaptain has brought us another incredible original, following up from “People in Motion.” His early start with instruments, such as the viola and drums, have shone through in his productions boasting an array of unique acoustic sound.

“Wouldn’t Change A Thing” garnered a short video by Pretty Light’s visual director, Greg Ellis (The Laser Shark), and boasts Kaptain’s signature love of trumpets and plenty of guitar riffs mixing an ominous intro with a funky build. Although vocals aren’t present in this new original, multiple layering throughout the track brings something new with each passing minute. “Wouldn’t Change A Thing” is out now as a free download!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (November 2016 Round #4)

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This week we give thanks to all the things we are grateful for. And there are SO MANY THINGS, we don’t even know where begin! So, we’ll start with the easy one. Today & everyday, we are grateful for talented indie artists who put their music out into the world so the less musically inclined can create things like the Indie Dojo. Thank you for making our job an easy one. We more than appreciate you!

’Matt Maeson – Cringe’
’Blonde Ambition – Shasta’
’Tilly Valentine – Coins (Original beats. Mattis)’
’Ploz – Blues’
’Magnets – Stay’
’Will Rowe – Body And Soul’
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