[Event + EP Review] SHIP2SHIP San Diego & The Silence is Deafening EP


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If you know Gary Richards, otherwise known as Destructo, then you probably know about his Holy Ship! events and SHIP2SHIP tour. The HARD Events entrepreneur has recently brought on good friend Justin Martin and Isabelle Rezazadeh a.k.a REZZ to join him for this year’s SHIP2SHIP shows. The up and coming producer from Niagara Falls never ceases to amaze with her new brand of dark techno, as she completely wowed everyone during her set at the Quartyard in downtown San Diego last Sunday. Destructo’s techno-friendly sets are also great complements to what REZZ has to offer for these SHIP2SHIP sailors. We could tell that he really showed REZZ the ropes of touring as shown in her maturity as a DJ. The crowd quadrupled as soon as she started spinning, and she quickly heightened the atmosphere with her hard-thumping basslines. The pivotal part of her performance was when she dropped tracks from her new EP, which was released on mau5trap only two days before the SD show.

The Silence Is Deafening EP perfectly showcases the Niagara Falls native’s musical style and it digs deep into what she represents. Of the four tracks in the EP, three of them are what she claimed to be having a lack of melody. You might be thinking how is that ever a good thing? Well the hardhitting kicks and recognizable sounds on her tracks are so uniquely dominant that you might just be fascinated. Her hit single, “Lost” featuring singer Delaney Jane, stuck to us like no other. Among the eerie strings and knocks in the background, REZZ is mastering the art of incorporating her distinctive sounds into her tracks. If you’re not convinced yet, try listening to “Edge” – it’s one of those tracks that you will fall in love with in an instant. The cricket-like sounds at the drop really had the crowd going nuts at the show. At only 20 years of age, we think it’s safe to say she is slowly revolutionizing the game with her innovative sounds. Check out the full playlist of The Silence Is Deafening below and let us know what you think!


REZZ (feat. Delaney Jane)
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2016 Round #1)


So wait…It’s February already? Anyone else feel like 2016 is already flying by? Geez. Well, unfortunately, we can’t stop time, BUT we can make sure we have an awesome Indie Dojo to accompany the passing minutes. And while we can’t guarantee it will slow anything down, we at least have something good to listen to while we travel through this thing called life at an incredible rate.

Western Man
Ghost Hours
Dahlia Sleeps
Black And Blue
Ali Robertson
Something About Your Love
Laura Gibson
The Cause
Blanco White
The Lily
Sometimes Im Wrong
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Emerson Long – Heatwave [TMN PREMIERE]

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Emerson Long

Happy Monday folks! You may be reading this thinking, “Omg, work sux and so do Mondays,” and you would be right, until moments like these when TMN gets to bring you a fresh track that will lift your spirits and get your week off to a skippy lil’ start. With this new release we at TMN are ready to send you on your happy day way with a premiere of Melbourne-based producer Emerson Long’s new track “Heatwave.”

The first in a set series of releases scheduled for 2016, this track is sure to bring a tropical lightness to your day (don’t let its February release fool you). Starting with a sun-dazed electropop synth intro, Long’s vocals come in smooth creating a soundscape that puts you in the vaycay mindset, filled with visions of palm trees and Coronas. How much more anti-Monday can you get? The track is exactly what Emerson is quoted as saying he hoped it would be: “Something that can add a little touch of summer to your life, no matter who you are or where you are in this world,” – Emerson Long.

Dang Emerson… nice.

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[House] Aprés – Prophet


We first ran our ears into U.K. club stalwart Après back in July when we featured his Annie Mac ‘Sunset Mix’ supported house gem “This Ain’t Love”. So, leave it to Miss Mac, who this time graced the Après cut with a full on BBC Radio 1 ‘First Play’ (along with plays on Danny Howard & Monki’s respective BBC Radio 1 programs this past weekend), to cause us house heads to perk up and take notice of the Kent based musician once again. Certainly an artist who’s already asserted himself at the foreground of 2015’s breakthrough house producers, fresh-faced beat-maestro Après returns to one of our favorite boutique electronic labels, Love & Other Records, with “Prophet”. Again, Après trots out his signature sound with an infectious classic house piano hook, steady but vibrant synth play and a thumping low-end to achieve a pulsing, yet subtle house cut. And one we simply just can’t stop rinsing either. Let’s take Mondays back, starting with a little proper house from Après. Stream “Prophet” above.

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Travis Scott – I Can Tell (DEVAULT Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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I Can Tell (DEVAULT Remix)

Orange County’s young gun DEVAULT is bringing the heat today with this Music Ninja Premiere. Sage knew he could turn up something sweet by flipping “I Can Tell” by Travis Scott, which is just what he did. His future take on the record features a much lighter, airy sound than the dark and bass driven original. The first minute is a very simple introduction and build that feel much shorter than the actual time allotted. Although this remix is a bit n the shorter end, DEVAULT hits you with a one-two punch of drops with majestic synth work and some clean vocal chops. A lot of the time when future bass producers try to bring that big atmospheric vibe to the track, they fall flat, but DEVAULT was able to not only keep things on the chill, more groovy side, while also making the track have that gigantic feel you look for in festival ready future. For a producer who legally can’t drink yet, I’d say he’s well on his way to establishing himself as someone to keep an eye on this year.

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[Tropical House] Campsite Dream – Lean On

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Campsite Dream
Lean On

If someone were to send us a message that said that this email contained a tropical house remix of “Lean On” then it would be extremely hard for us to really want to open it. However, an act Campsite Dream that has swayed us in the past as fans, has offered up a new original take on the 2015 classic by Major Lazer, DJ Snake and MØ. After hearing what the Texel producer did, along with a new vocalist, we were fully embracing the tropical vibes. We were forced to admit, Campsite Dream has done it again.

These guys put together a fresh face on a track that has had a seemingly infinite amount of remixes already. Some would say that they were late to the party, but I think Campsite Dream’s timing was great. The fire has died down on the remix front, and they offered a whole different perspective by dishing this one out with a different vocalist, and keeping things as original as possible. Epic Amsterdam put this one out, however it can’t be found in digital stores. Stream on Soundcloud, or Spotify, or maybe check around the web for a download. You might just find something!

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Cadence & Cause x The Music Ninja


When TMN Co-Founder Clayton Warwick first came up with the idea for Cadence & Cause, we all rallied behind him in support. The fusion of music and charity has always been a big part of the industry, from “We Are the World” to artists donating portions of their ticket sales to their charity of choice. But, we had yet to see someone bring the two together in a way that carries the passion and dedication we know Clayton is capable of.

If you’re not familiar with this platform just yet, you’ll want to start digging in sooner rather than later. The site offers a selection of exclusive music, merch, memorabilia, and experiences from artists you know and love. Each time you enter a sweepstake or pick up a new shirt from the site, you’re benefitting one of the many charities they’ve curated.

We’re not an official partner, nor are we monetarily invested, but we are, in a way, related. It’s easy to look at The Music Ninja and Cadence & Cause as cousins, both in the ever-growing family tree that is the music industry. With that in mind, we wanted to showcase some of the incredible work they’re doing. So, for the next thirty days, you’ll be given an inside glimpse at some exclusive content from both the musicians that support this initiative and the charities that are supported.

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