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[Vibes] Rationale – Fast Lane

Fast Lane

East London’s Rationale is bringing style and substance in his full debut “Fast Lane,” which has surfaced online in the last few hours. From the start, he welcomes his exceptional vocals which are distinctive enough to be embraced by radio. Set to the fantastic backdrop of some effortlessly cool feel-good summer production, which are very much the supporting cast member in this show, this is one tune that’s summer-ready.

You can hear Rationale on vocal duty in a previous Jakwob offering “No Place Like Home.” This is the first of his forthcoming EP though.

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MC Hot Dog: Music To Get Your Mouth Around

It’s always good discovering new music. It’s even better when the music you’ve discovered is made by a man named after a juicy sausage wrapped in a soft bun. Quite possibly topped with mustard. Ketchup. Maybe even a pickle or some chilli. Enter MC Hotdog.

Like sweet, tasty fast food for the ears, MC Hotdog has been one of Taiwan’s biggest popstars for over a decade and has been dubbed the godfather of Chinese hip-hop amongst fans and peers alike. Continue reading

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XYLØ – America (Vasta Remix) [Chill]

America (Vasta Remix)

Miami based Dj/Producer Vasta just released a house rendition of indie pop newcomers XYLØ ‘s “America”, which has become one of the biggest tunes to hit the blogosphere. Not surprising, as the incredibly talent of Paige Duddy’s controlled and soothing vocals has not only captivated our attention but elevates this act even further.

Taking on the remix with big pianos, house drums, and trendy chops and cuts, Vasta dresses the original with a much lively yet light and playful electronic outfit, ready to be debuted during upcoming summer days. For now, there is really not a lot known about this newcomer Floridian DJ, but with an ear for executing layered vocals without overshadowing them with intrusive basslines, that is all the information we need for now.

We expecting a lot from XYLØ for 2015, but this is another solid lead remix to hold us over. Take a look and make sure you grab a free Download after you follow XYLØ and Vasta here:

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[House/Electro] Simon Lee & Alvin

Malaysian DJ/producer duo Simon Lee & Alvin have been relatively new to the scene, only having released a handful of remixes in the last 6 months, however its becoming more transparent they want to make a statement in 2014. Being an international blog, The Music Ninja is always trying to reach out to any corner of the world for talent and while we have not featured any other artist from this beautiful peninsula, Simon Lee & Alvin urged us to take notice.

With tracks full of house elements like “Space Chase” that quickly build up emphasizing on rhythm, texture, and energy to other more electro based like “Lights Loud” continue to add to the evolution of their evolving sound. In terms of production, there are some drier opaque elements that can come off underwhelm but they make up with their ferocious intensity. Simon Lee & Alvin have opened for Above & Beyond, Ummet Ozcan, Gareth Emery and claim to be supported by the likes of Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Fedde Le Grand. You can find out more over at their soundcloud and facebook.

’Simon Lee & Alvin – Unicode’
’Simon Lee & Alvin – Space Chase’
’Simon Lee & Alvin – Lights Loud’
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The Unlikely Candidates – Follow My Feet (Elephante Remix)

Elephante was one of the fastest rising EDM producers in the game by the end of 2013, with his Soundcloud amassing over 500k plays in the last two months of the year. Already a few weeks in 2014 and has dropped another undeniably singable house remix of The Unlikely Candidates’ indie-alternative gem “Follow My Feet.” Elephante’s ability to fuse his energetic and accessible brand of melodic big room house with TUC’s soul grabbing lyrics and folk-inspired vocals makes for a song that captures the energy of a summer festival, during these cold winter times. Whether you’re looking to start a party, crush a tough workout, or jam out on a road trip with the windows down and the volume up, you won’t find a situation where this track won’t do the trick, and do it well.


’The Unlikely Candidates – Follow My Feet (Elephante Remix)’

Also check out Elephante’s latest release, another well crafted indie big room house remix of AYER’s cool, infectious smash entitled “Young.”


’AYER – Young (Elephante Remix)’
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Ben Khan – Eden

Ben Khan

We kept no secrets about our love of Ben Khan’s debut track, ‘Drive (Part 1)‘, and we’ll keep none about this one either: ‘Eden’ is another vital slice of future-soul. Displaying a deep mastery of songwriting as well as technical creativity, the elusive London-based artist again veers between influences to create a compelling sound that’s all his own.

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[Indie] Little Comets – Woman Woman (Acoustic Version)

British indie mavericks, Little Comets welcome the start of summer with the announcement of a new single in the UK and the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, “Life Is Elsewhere”, in the US. To celebrate the releases, the trio have recorded a stripped back, intimate video of “Woman Woman” performed in a tunnel for a lone jogger.

New single, “W – O – E” is out in the UK on July 8, with both “Woman Woman” & “W – O – E” featuring on Little Comets’ “Life Is Elsewhere” album which is set to be released in the US in the late summer.

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