[Music Video] Kllo – Potential

Melbourne-native cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have often been featured here on The Music Ninja, under the artist name of Kllo. They’ve returned today with their first single release since their acclaimed 2017 album Backwater, which firmly cemented their sound and identity as artists. With nothing left to prove, Lam and Kaul take some creative liberties and experiment a bit more on latest single, titled “Potential”.

“Potential” interlaces Kaul’s characteristically dreamy vocals with moody piano chords, said to have been conceived in a green room while on tour one day. You see a little bit more R&B influence come through on this track, representative of the duo’s desire to expand beyond the sonic persona that they established for themselves in 2017. The emotional track laments the loss of a love that just couldn’t work out. It comes with an accompanying music video, check it out below:

If you liked what you heard, Kllo will be kicking off a tour at the end of the month, making stops in the States before heading off to Europe. Tour dates and a ticket link are available below. Continue reading

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The Indigo Project – As Always [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

The Indigo Project
As Always

Coming hot off a string of successful shows, including Live at Leeds, Yorkshire-based The Indigo Project have something to tide fans over until their next tour.

“As Always,” their first single of 2018, has been making waves for the past month or so, leading the way to cheering fans across the UK this spring. Anthemic in nature, it sizzles with eccentric guitar work, equal parts booming and splashy percussion, and a delightfully raucous chorus. It’s energetic and infectious — the type of tune you can picture yourself screaming at the top of your lungs in a rowdy, humid venue.

The accompanying video, which we’re premiering here today, showcases a Day in the Life-style story, interspersed with live-action shots of Joe Spink (Frontman), Oliver Barry (guitar), Alex Crow (bass), Tony Francis (guitar) and Jack Manktelow (drums). It’s the perfect visualization, according to the band:

A teenage tale of love and loss, “As Always” is about knowing that someone will always come back to you even if it really isn’t good for you

Check out the music video below, then head over and support these lads online.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (Round #3)

Today is the day. The day you try listening to something new. The Indie Dojo is your oyster.

’Honeyfeet – Sinner (Radio Edit)’
’The Underhill Family Orchestra – Chickasaw Fields’
’Oliver Hazard – Hey Louise’
’Any Voices Speak – Necessaries’
’Wildhart – Is It Possible’
’Hannah & Falco – “Eye Of The Storm”‘
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[Synth-Pop/Experimental] John Maus – Running Man

Much to this writer’s delight, we’ve had the chance to shine a welcome light on visionary producer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist John Maus in these recent months. With an impending long-player, Addendum, due out May 18th; we’ve been offering a few pieces of that one, including “Episode”, in the wake of its buildup. A collection of B-sides and new tunes alike, Addendum features 12 additional recordings from his Screen Memories sessions including this latest offering, “Running Man”.

Sharing an aural aesthetic with the 1987 film of the same name, “Running Man” layers staccato synths atop one another and over glistening pads & shuffled percussion all heavily steeped in reverb-y delay. Maus experimented working with an all-analog batch of synths to create his last two records, literally building every rumbling, squelch and blip from the ground up before turning them into full, cohesive movements; and his uniquely personal touch towards his production methods is felt in every inch of his latest works. In anticipation of Addendum‘s release, Maus will be conducting a Reddit AMA via /r/indieheads on Tuesday, May 5th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern; so for our redditor family, polish those questions up and be ready for tomorrow. Until then, stream “Running Man” below.

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[Electronic] Laarsen – Peace Of Mind

Laarsen
Peace Of Mind

If this week has already started off hectic for you, then you need “Peace Of Mind.” Even if you’re chilling, Laarsen‘s latest is a treat to be treasured. It lives up to its name and will give even the most anxious of minds some comfort.

Beautiful, cerebral and poetic, this instrumental speaks volumes without the need of words, although they do come very subtly. Laarsen manifests a composition that is two and a quarter minutes of pure bliss. It’s one of those songs you wish was longer, but hey, that’s what the replay button is for. Kick back, throw this one on and enjoy your own peace of mind.

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[Future Bass] Kalide, Outr3ach, Evix – December (feat. Bianca & Nick Summerfield)

Kalide, Outr3ach, Evix
December (feat Bianca, Nick Summerfield)

You would think having five acts on one song would be a logistical creative nightmare. That wasn’t the case at all with “December” from Kalide, Outr3ach, Evix, Bianca and Nick Summerfield. Granted you have a few producers and a couple singers, but man, these chefs meshed well in the kitchen and cooked up a hot one.

As far as the more melodic side of future bass goes, this one is super solid. In utilizing a duet between Nick and Bianca, it really sets a powerful tone to the song that continues to soar through the drop. You feel the synths rise as they flutter through the mix. There’s a lot of stale future bass out there and this isn’t in that lot. Get your copy today.

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[EDM] LOUDPVCK & KillaGraham – Liar

LOUDPVCK & KILLAGRAHAM
LIAR

LOUDPVCK and KillaGraham, both notorious for their incredible trap and bass music, decided to switch it up on their new collab, “Liar.” With a very “Jack Ü” vibe to it, this track has a simple, but unique sound to it that makes the whole thing bang.

After LOUDPVCK split up at the end of 2017, a change was certainly expected to be heard in the music. If you compare this track to any of LOUDPVCK’s recent releases, you can see how different this one is from the rest. Meanwhile, KillaGraham has been really adapting and experimenting with his style in the past year, and it’s been sounding absolutely incredible. I personally love when artists experiment with new influences, and I think it’s definitely working for LOUDPVCK & KillaGraham in this track.

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