Aside from the weekend, Tuesday has to be our favorite day of the week. There’s just something about the throngs of new music bring released that really makes this day stand apart from any other weekday. Today, we’re kicking things off with a bang, thanks to Portland artist/producer EXROYALE.
Josh Schroeder (EXROYALE) has already had a busy year, producing singles for the ever-so-soulful JMR and newcomer Áine Aura. On top of which, he’s dropped five remixes and three singles of his own. We’ve had the ultimate pleasure of watching this artist through the years, and it has been tremendous to see the growth in musical exploration, which shines bright in “Lovesick Youth.”
This premiere has a shimmering electro pop glimmer to it, riding happily along a booming bassline and wavering, distorted guitar. Shroeder’s vocals, which we’ve come to adore over the years, create an enveloping experience with lyrics that we’re having trouble shaking after just one listen. Expertly accompanying the glowing pop cadence, the end result is one hell of a catchy tune, which is available as a free download on his Soundcloud.
To have an open mind is to be willing to experience all the new glorious things. And since the world of ”indie” music is like digging your hand into a bag full of glorious musical treats we have never heard before, we must be ready to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Basically, what we are saying is…Go into every Indie Dojo with open ears and open hearts. If you hate the song, skip right over it. If you love it, dig deeper into the world that inspired the inspired. It’s a beautiful, vast musical world out there, but if you go in with ears wide shut, you might miss out on the next “can’t take this off repeat EVER” song…….and you know we all love finding those gems.
Glimmer of Bloom
Wake Me Up
Eliza Hull ft. Texture Like Sun
NEVER MIND THE FINE PRINT
Jackal and the Wind
Boat Thats Capsized
Destructo feat Problem
Dare You 2 Move (Shiba San Remix)
Less than a week after unleashing the full version of his epic “I Remember” re-work, Parisian G-House master, Shiba San, brings us yet another club-ready remix this time reimagining Destructo and Problem‘s already explosive “Dare You 2 Move.” In signature Shiba fashion, the rapidly rising producer strips the original down drawing attention to an enormous bass line while sprinkling Problem’s strategically through out. This cut exemplifies what makes Shiba San such a potent, high-energy performer. Turn your speakers all the way up and see for yourself above.
“Dare You 2 Move” is the most recent single off Destructo’s upcoming West Coast EP, which is due out on November 24th and can be pre-ordered here. Shiba San’s remix will be featured on the official remix EP for that project, out on December 9th.
Bar In Every Room
It’s clear that South African producer Martin Folb maintains an astute and forward thinking grasp on electronic production that other artists could only dream of. From his inspiring work with PANTyRAID and multi-faceted MartyParty solo project, Folb has put forth quite the diverse library of music over the years. Yet Primal Intent, his newest collaboration with Miami bred Paul Gorman, sees a paradigm shift into the world of more club driven beats, and away from the more expansive, glitch wielding tunes which have been attached to the MartyParty & PANTyRAID brands. The duo’s first single, “Bar In Every Room” delves within a multitude of styles from minimal techno, soul, and all permutations of the prefix before “-step”. We’re bounced back and forth between layered two-step melody,pounding four-four bass and hip-hop infused claps; giving off an ambience somewhere between Berghain’s darkest techno parties and a straightforward trap banger. Primal Intent’s debut self-titled LP is set to be released tomorrow, November 18th, on iTunes so before then, get your fix with “Bar In Every Room” above.
Heroes (feat. Tove Lo) (Branchez Remix)
New York producer, Branchez, knows how to put together a hell of a remix. Today, the man behind an enormous re-work of What So Not‘s ”High You Are,” brings us another massive tune. Taking on Alesso‘s “Heroes,” Branchez kicks things off looping an ethereal sample of Tove Lo‘s vocals from the original before building up an addicting high-pitched synth. The song erupts magnificently a little past the 1 minute mark as the layers collide and the melody takes a mesmerizing, pitch-bending turn.
Branchez has been playing this one in his live sets for a while now and it’s easy to see why as it truly captures the uniquely gorgeous qualities of his music. If you’re digging this one, you won’t want to sleep on his original productions either–“Truth” was one of our favorite songs this year.
Alright, ninjas. Unfortunately the weekend is over. It’s time to gear up, grab the bull by the horns, and absolutely own the pathetic excuse for a weekday known as Monday. Luckily for us, we have some rippin’ tunes to help carry the tempo for today’s hustle, and it comes via New York outfit Barkhouse.
Do us a favor before you get too far into this post. Can you press play on “Oh No?” There we go. Now we have the proper mood set for this write up. As if pre-destined to be the perfect song to kick your day off, “Oh No” has a strong focus on frenetic percussion and grainy vocals, all of which create a manic, grin-inducing energy which produces the need to get up and punch the day right in the face. It beckons on associations of The Strokes, while maintaining a more feverish tempo than those larger-than-life fellow New Yorkers.
Not every song on Wolves at the Wall boasts a fast-paced intensity worthy of replacing your morning caffeine fix though. In fact, “Getting Away,” holds quite the contrast, displaying a delicate, indie rock vibe. The slowly cascading guitar riffs carefully accentuate the pronounced bassline, providing the perfect compliment to your road trip playlist.
“Twice a Day” continues to show the breadth of their talent, giving us a progressive rock build up. The glowing intro and haunting vocals slowly build into a crescendo of engaging guitar work and a head-nodding rhythm section, which quickly reminds us of some of our favorite Brit-pop acts.
At the end of the day, this five-track EP (recorded at Adrian Grenier’s Wreckroom Records) has us grinning ear-to-ear and wondering how in the hell they aren’t bigger yet. Regardless of whatever reason that may be, it won’t be long. Make sure to snag this gem, which comes out tomorrow, and be ahead of the curve.
Perhaps one of the most talented spacemen to ever grace our cochlear cavities, Moon Boots, kicks off a welcome U.S. tour this Wednesday in our backyard of Boulder, CO at The Fox Theatre with Henry Krinkle & option4 for a remarkably stacked midweek underground dance lineup. Of course, as is our modus operandi, we wouldn’t want to exclude any of our keen readers; so we’ve teamed up with our friends at Awesome Factory to offer a chance at a pair of tickets to what will be undoubtedly a night of groovy house and disco from three of our favorite rising stars. As always, contest entry is streamlined and simplified to make it as easy as possible, just enter your e-mail in our widget below. And for those concerned about missing out altogether, if you’d rather not take your chances, you can purchase your tickets for guaranteed entry here. Doors for the show open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9:00 p.m so be sure to get there early to not miss a single artist this Hump-Day (night?). To get into the concert spirit, stream “There’s No Love” from Moon Boots, “Stay” from Henry Krinkle and “You’re ILL” from option4 below.
There are a few rules, of course:
- The event is all ages (12+) so tell your friends!
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display on behalf of The Music Ninja
Theres No Love (FREE DOWNLOAD)