[Indie Electronic] KOLAJ x Eric Nam – Into You

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If you haven’t heard of KOLAJ yet, you definitely will after “Into You”. This is one of those singles that can define an artist’s trajectory into big things, and their signature blend of tropical house and K-Pop brings together the best of both of those worlds. In their premiere with Fader, they exclaim,

We first got inspired by the tone of Eric’s voice, it’s breathy but cool in the verse so we wanted to playfully complement each other in a way that felt like we were incomplete without each other. We only got together for one day and basically turned out the entire song. We were big believers in the song even if it was outside of all of our comfort zones we still wanted to share with the world. K-Pop and Tropical could sound sweet together… perhaps we invented “K-Trop.”

Good luck getting this one out of your head because you’ll be hearing it all summer. Hit play and enjoy!

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[REMIX COMPETITION] MOSAICS – Freedom

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Following a slew of strong singles, MOSAICS released their sophomore project, Year of Valor, last month capturing the attention of various publications and a growing online fanbase. Delivering on the promise of its title track, the 5-song EP sees the SF-based three piece defining and solidifying their craft. While plenty of artists combine organic and electronic elements effectively, their positioning within that intersection proves novel. The intro track, “Freedom,” finds Mosaics at their best—with an inventive percussion arrangement, layered guitar loops and powerful, pop-tinged vocals. Even with its attention to intricacies, “Freedom” never waivers from a stripped-down aesthetic. Those same qualities make it a prime tune for remixing–either by adding to the arrangement or completely re-inventing it.

For that reason, we’re stoked to be teaming up with MOSAICS to give producers an opportunity to reimagine the song through a remix competition! Winners will receive a post on the The Music Ninja including their remix, a short interview and placement on our Soundcloud page. 

To enter: 

1) Download the stems here

2) Send your submission to ash@themusicninja.com with ‘Freedom Remix Competition’ in the subject line. Private Soundcloud links and MP3 attachments are both acceptable. 

The winner will be announced on July 18th. May the best tune win! 

You can grab a copy of the Year of Valor EP here now.

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Saturday Selection Vol. 10

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Here we are at volume 10 of Saturday Selection. It feels good. What makes this so enjoyable is the fact that we’re lucky enough to get great music released every week, and we’ve got the artists & producers to thank for that! Whenever, wherever, and however you can, support these talented people. They make our lives better and the least we can do is attempt to reciprocate by showing we enjoy what they create. On that note, let’s explore what we’ve found from the last week!


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San Holo – Still Looking

You may have caught this tune in our latest Wednesday Workout segment, but it’s so good that we just had to mention it again! With that being said, San Holo needs no introduction. He’s been on a roll for a while now, especially since his monumental release “We Rise”. He’s taken to bitbird to show off his latest track, and the first taste of the label’s upcoming Gouldian Finch compilation. “Still Looking” is textbook San Holo in the sense that it combines the best of melodic, trap, and bass elements into his festival-ready style. It’s carefree. It’s substantial. It’s innovative. Enjoy this one when you just want to feel good.


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KHAI – Alive

Here’s what’s cool about Khai: he’s unapologetic in his ability to detail exactly how he feels in his music and creates something beautiful around that principle. “Alive” is the latest shining example of this and, after his awesome If You EP, we’re just so glad to he’s back at it. There’s an air of optimism amidst the brooding production in this tune, and the balance between the two defines this stellar single as one of Khai’s best releases to date. Play this tune when you’re feeling a little down, but you’re also sort of okay with that.


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Jerry Folk – Where I’m Going

Jerry Folk has been on an interesting journey with his music as of late. Each release really has been something entirely different from the last, and this is somewhat the mission statement of loosely structured project, The Kids Tape. With “Where I’m Going”, he actually lends his own vocals to the radiant production that juggles prominent and funky slap bass, smooth keys, and an overall sense of positivity. Enjoy this one with the windows down.


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g l u e 7 0 – Conclusions

Sometimes all we need is a little bit of lo-fi in our lives. Some may find it stale, but when it’s done right, it’s pretty phenomenal. g l u e 7 0 is here to provide some of the best of it. “Conclusions” feels like a hazy and slightly distorted dream world driven by a hip-hop influence while scant vocals flutter every which way across the soundscape. You sort of get drawn in without noticing, and before you know it, you’re digging through the entirety of g l u e 7 0’s material. The magnetism of this sort of music is tough to deny. Listen to this one on a late summer night right as the sun is going down.


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M!NT – Sleepwalker

M!NT just dropped off his Through Darkness EP and it is NICE. It was difficult to only pick one tune from it to talk about, but “Sleepwalker” stood out after a few listens. It’s part spooky, part chill, and wholly great. Without a doubt, the innate sense of head-bobbing-ness (let’s just pretend that’s a thing) is strong with this one with a smoothly riding beat and big presence that’s tailor-made for a night cruise. Explore the city late night and enjoy the flashing lights with this one.


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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 199)

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This weekend is quite the weekend for dance music. Mysteryland, Spring Awakening and more will take place, but not everyone can afford to go. Whether you’re in route to one of the festivals, or you’re just going to party in your own town, we’ve got some killer tracks for you in this week’s Friday Party Playlist. All tracks are free, and all are certified party tunes. Works from DiRTY RADiO, Sam F, Snails, Bad Royale and more can be found among the twelve singles we have collected for you and your squad. You’re not going to want to pass up any of these ones, as they are just a handful of the best free downloads you are going to come across this week. Stay safe as you rage this weekend, but make sure to #danceirresponsibly.

’Mssingno – XE2 (DEVAULT & Wildfire Remix)’
’DiRTY RADiO – Killin Me 2.0’
’Darth & Vader – The Deep Side’
’SAM F & Yntendo – Vegas To LA’
’Snails & Botnek – Happy Hour’
’KSHMR & Felix Snow Feat. Madi – Touch (TRIADE Remix)’
’Traumatized (feat. Galvanize)’
’Bad Habit – Whore Island’
’The Chainsmokers – Inside Out (Bad Royale Remix)’
’Rickyxsan Feat. iE
z – Growlin’ (ATLiens Remix)’
’Crichy Crich “Lil Debbie” (prod. by Styles&Complete)’
’BROCCOLI – LUCA LUSH x SOBER ROB Remix’
’Ramzoid – Home’
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[Trip-Hop] Rain and Flashing Lights – Breathless

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Rain and Flashing Lights is the latest addition to the always beguiling Onamazu label, and his debut tune makes quite the case for why they picked him up. “Breathless” immediately plunges you into a dreamy state of affairs from the first note, and, as the synths wash in and out over the minimal drum patterns and slow but steady crescendo of pads, you slip into a welcoming tranquility.

Onamazu prides itself on its focus around the “wave” subset of electronic music, which is vague in structure, but you know it when you hear it. 23 singles later, they are still bringing great new stuff to the table, and Rain and Flashing Lights has already become an instrumental part of their fresh direction. Grab a free download of “Breathless” here!

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Hi Fi Cali – Ocean Love [TMN PREMIERE]

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Hi Fi Cali sprung up as an unintentional side project between two of the members of Bora York. A few unpublished synth-pop tunes later, they began catching people ears, and it encouraged them to continue creating together. With a name like Hi Fi Cali, it’s tough to imagine anything but sun-drenched, pleasant tunes that wistfully waft around in the warm summer. Well, the heat is here, and “Ocean Love” fits that bill with prime material to make the best out of the sunny days ahead.

Inherently carefree and optimistic, this song exhibits the best traits of what synth-driven pop can accomplish, because a lot of it can get lost in 8-bit, 80’s nostalgia. These two pull in just the right amount of pop and alternative elements to eschew the typical styles of this genre. “Ocean Love” is absolutely a pleasant listen. It makes you feel great. We can always use a little more of that.

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Champagne Drip – Open Your Eyes [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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We’re huge fans of Champagne Drip here at The Music Ninja, and getting the chance to premiere something new from this fun producer is always a treat. We’ve got the visuals for his stellar track, “Open Your Eyes”, and they are CRAZY. Created through Hyperspektiv, this video distorts reality into a clash of colors, noise, and sporadic effects that warp perfectly in time with the music. Champagne Drip’s sound fits right in with this trippy type of video production, giving “Open Your Eyes” the full experience of melding song with sight. Interestingly enough, Justin Boreta, who you may know as a third of The Glitch Mob, is a developer for Hyperspektiv. He exclaims,

The goal with Hyperspektiv is to make digital video art easy and accessible. We wanted to make a powerful tool that professionals would want to use, but it’s also easy enough for someone who isn’t tech savvy to enjoy using it. The idea is to have the app itself get out of the way and to dive straight into real-time creativity.

It’s a wild concept all around, so don’t be surprised if you see it pop up more and more. If you’re really feeling this tune, give the Conrank and Kid Froopy remixes a spin also! Be sure to support Champagne Drip on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter. Check out the video below and enjoy!

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