Here we have a much too long overdue post on an artist we’ve had our eyes on for a while now, Bronze Whale. Their latest release, “Hear Me,” only gives us more reason to keep our eyes glued. Providing quite a shift in sound from their previous work, Bronze Whale executes versatility with grace. The boys take a step away from the relaxed future bass, and take on a concept that infuses their initial electronic sound with upbeat pop elements.
The tune is a direct reflection of its title, as Kenzie May’s clear voice elegantly glides over the lively production in a way that enhances every single element of the track. “Hear Me” holds on to our attention from beginning to end, making a statement that we can’t ignore (or resist).
One of our favorite Colorado creators is Dirt Monkey. Recently he released his CHROMA album that featured a collaborative single called “Super Sayain” with Harvey J. Dirty Monkey didn’t stop there as he enlisted a fellow animal loving producer to flip his single into something new. That producer is Wooli, and his remix can be heard for the first time in the dojo with this Music Ninja Premiere.
In its original form, “Super Sayain” was a strong hybrid tune that straddled the fence between trap and dubstep, something Dirt Monkey does often. With Wooli’s take, he keeps some of the trap influences, but brings in a more future driven style to the mix. Airy synth-scapes weaved into the classic vocal chops and subtle wubs make this one a straightforward, yet massive remix. If there was anyone who wasn’t jiving 100% with the more heavy style of the original, then this remix will be perfect for you. It still has that big, encompassing attitude, but the tone of Wooli’s remix is much less in your face. Wooli did an amazing job with this tune, which you can download for free. Chances are, you’re looking forward to more Wooli just as we are!
If we told you right now that a big record was here, then we’d only be telling half the truth. The full truth is that a big record has come, as well as an even bigger video. The song? “Feelin U.” The artists? KickRaux and Ras Kwame. Those two didn’t do it alone though, as they enlisted features from Ayo Jay, Demarco, Doctor and Tyga for this hit.
With an ensemble like you have behind “Feelin U” you know you are getting a special tune. The moombahton/dancehall single comes at a time when a lot of top tier musicians/producers are leaning towards this style. Those tracks are good, but when you get a record from those who do it best, the others are put to shame. KickRaux and company have been killing it for a long while, and after coming together, the result is something extraordinary. It doesn’t stop at the song, as the video is equally as cool. Because this is a love song, we get to see the search for a companion in an interesting way. Let’s just say, if you are a fan of Pokemon – more specifically Pokemon Go – then you are going to really enjoy this one.
Iowa City’s newfound treasure Attom is back again with another magical single. After the release of his track “Better” we meet his creation “Afterglow” that has been released by MNF Music, a subsidiary of Ultra. With that backing, big things are coming from Attom.
In all honesty, big things are already here for this producer, whose work speaks volumes despite his newer fanbase that is rapidly growing. The single “Afterglow” is sure to bring in a whole horde of new followers, as its pop undertones and crossover sound will attract a variety of listeners. The light-hearted, downtempo feel makes this one a perfect track to transition from Summer to Fall with. Ciele‘s vocal performance on this one is simply beautiful. Her tone matches the humble nature of the instrumental, but even without a boastful mood, the power of each contributor’s work is tremendous. “Afterglow” may have just been released, but we feel its popularity will continue to shine for a long time to come. Stream it today, and grab a copy through the digital store of your preference.
International fame and critical acclaim have attached themselves to everything Ta-Ku has released for an unprecedented amount of time. With a stacked resume of late containing the release of Songs to Break Up To in late 2013, the foundation of Create & Explore, releases under the moniker HWLS, collaborative efforts with HW&W and Street Dreams Magazine, while also having a hand in the success of Australia-based Weston’s Barbershop, the Perth trendsetter has been hard at work creating a multimedia empire off of his many talents. Your favorite Music Ninja writers has covered multiple Ta-ku releases over the years: Frogs, I Miss You, Down For You, Long Time No See, Love Again, No Reason, and Help Me Lose My Mind. His June 2015 release – appropriately titled Songs To Make Up To – exceeded all expectations in its depth and composition. As impressive as his catalog has been up to this point however, the recently released EP may overshadow them all in complexity – thanks to the lyrical infusion.
Median, stylized as (m)edian, is a concept album in the form of an EP; it’s short, succinct and tell a formative story of the dual protagonists Ta-ku and Wafia. Starting in 2015 and after much collaboration, the duo, Regan Matthews and Wafia Al-Rikabi, released their breakout take on Estelle’s “American Boy” with their aptly titled “American Girl, along with a collaboration with Charles Murdoch on “Frongs”. Shortly after, they debuted their joint live act during Ta-ku’s MoMA PS1 show. This spawned the duo’s (m)edian EP sessions in early 2016 that also included Wafia’s trusted collaborators Thomston and Ben Abraham. After solidifying a bond around their experiences with their fathers, they poured those feelings into (m)edian, which resulted in a raw confessional that unearthed a bedrock of complicated emotions.
Lyrically, the album focuses on several themes: strength in the face of adversity, maintaining a balance emotionally, and the space between familial love and forgiveness. As one of our first glimpses at Ta-ku the vocalist, the dynamic range of his singing is a welcome addition to the repertoire. While listeners are processing the limitless talents of Ta-Ku, Wafia comes into the fold, seductively harmonizing her lines intermittently throughout Median. On the introductory track, “Treading Water” a sparingly light sequence of piano keys sets the scene, before a dynamic lyric-infused ballad takes hold and finishes painting this masterpiece. Tracks two and four act as instrumental bridges between one, three, and five – accentuating the storytelling vibe of the album. Taku and Wafia sat down with TMN to discuss their experiences putting the album together, as well as inspirations behind the project, in great detail: Continue reading →
Summer is about to be dwindling away. That doesn’t mean the party won’t stop though. No matter what time of year it is, when it’s the weekend, it’s time to party. You can relax too, but that’s not why we deliver the Friday Party Playlist each week. Unless you’re one of those individuals who can listen to party tracks while kicking back, then we’ve got you covered along with the party people. This week’s playlist includes some ninja favorites including Venessa Michaels, Bad Royale, and Luca Lush; all of whom deliver dope record after dope record without an end in sight. Other producers whose works you will come across are Forgotten Funk, Goldplate, Atom Pushers, 8Er$ and Getter. Check out all twelve tracks and don’t forget, all our FPP tunes are available as free downloads. More importantly, whether you stream or download: #danceirresponsibly.