[Event Review] Big Black Delta bring the noise at Great American Music Hall – 5/26

DNP_3959For this Ninja’s first time inside the Great American Music Hall, I can’t imagine a better first impression that what was left by Big Black Delta. The stage name of frequent M83 collaborator and Mellowdrone frontman Jonathan Bates, BBD impressed right from the jump. With stylistic and sonic similarities to some of the more recent Neon Indian works, Bates weaved together a dynamic setlist in his headlining slot.


Touring in promotion of his just released album – the first new album in three years – Bates gave attendees plenty of reason to continue supporting and following along his artistic journey. Trágame Tierra builds on his explosive electronic sound, pitting icy Scandinavian beats against acoustic instrumentation. Further, the influence of new wave and synth pop were dotted throughout Bates’ performance. Opening with the crowd pleasing “It’s Ok”, Bates kicked a lively performance into high gear. A steady use of vocal modifier throughout the night added a dynamic aspect to the lyricism, one that is unfortunately not present on the recorded version of Trágame Tierra. A lively rendition of “Kid Icarus” midway through was a personal highlight, containing the loud, catchy chorus that attracted me to BBD in the first place.

’Kid Icarus’



With another release and another tour under his belt, we can only expect BBD to rise to greater prominence; his work with the likes of Kimbra, Debbie Gibson and Brandon Flowers will only prove to help refine his nostalgia-inducing sound. Listeners who missed one of the 26 Big Black Delta stops this spring can cure their fomo by getting a copy of Trágame Tierra here and by following along with Bates’ journey and latest developments on his website.

’It’s Ok’


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[Stream] M83 – Oblivion Soundtrack

"Oblivion" (feat. Susanne Sundfør)

As you might already know, M83 was tapped to create the soundtrack for the new Tom Cruise sci-fi flick, Oblivion. He’s previously released its title track (above), but now the entire 17-song collection is available online courtesy of Soundcloud. The OST officially drops on April 9th via Back Lot Music, while the actual film hits theaters on April 19th.

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M83 – Steve McQueen (BeatauCue Remix)

It is easy to be saturated with M83 remixes, after all their rise to popularity have paved the way for indie-seeking producers seeking special harmonics for their next electronic tune. “Steve McQueen” of French electronic band M83’s sixth studio album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is already more than a year old but thanks to french producing duo BeatauCue, we are welcoming its resurgence. Combining many of the current electronic elements that make dance music so vibrant today, BeatauCue have packed it all into a worthy remix.

’M83 – Steve McQueen (BeatauCue Remix)’
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[VIDEO] M83 – Steve McQueen + Maps Remix

M83 will be releasing their next single off their sixth studio album (2011), “Steve McQueen”, on November 27th. Along with this exhilarating track, they have decided to bundle it with four other remixes by SALM, BeatauCue, Alluxe and Maps. Just a few days ago, KCRW featured UK-Based artist James Chapman, better known as MAPS, and his fantastic rendition built upon the original feel of the track. Listen below:

’M83 – Steve McQueen (Maps remix)’

November 1st – Pitchfork Paris Music Festival – Paris, France
December 4th – 107.7 ‘The End’s Deck the Hall Ball 2012’at Key Arena – Seattle, WA
December 5th – 94/7 ‘December To Remember’ presents M83 at the Rose Garden – Portland, OR
with Tegan and Sara and The Killers
December 7th – 91x ‘Wrex The Halls’ at Viejas Arena – San Diego, CA

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[Throwback] M83 – Run Into Flowers (Jackson Midnight Fuck Remix)

A throwback to a remix we really never got a chance to listen to. Thanks to our friends over at raketa4000.ru, we are able to bring you this glitchy experimental madness that evolves into quite possibly one of the best remixes of M83 we have heard.

“Run into Flowers” is from M83’s 2003 album release, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts.

Run Into Flowers (Jackson Midnight )

’M83 – Run Into Flowers (Jackson Midnight Fuck Remix)’
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[Remix] M83 – Reunion (Mylo Edit)

M83 has recently announced that they will release a new EP, titled Reunion, on May 8th via Mute. The EP will revolve around ideas established in “Reunion”- the second single from their sixth studio release titled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Rumored to be around seven tracks long, the EP will provide a new perspective on the track from artists like: The Naked, Famous, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Sei A, Polly Scattergood, White Sea, and Mylo – featured below.

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[Video] M83 – Midnight City (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) [PREMIERE]

Late last year we came across one of the most wonderful dubstep remixes of Lana Del Ray’s “Blue Jeans” from (at the time) an obscure up and coming producer called PatrickReza. PatrickReza’s enthusiasm for creating powerful well-structured dubstep basslines, along with his attention to melodic detail took us utterly by surprise. What came next, is quite honestly something we will note in Music Ninja History. PatrickReza’s powerful yet-equality-soothing rendition of “Midnight City” by M83 automatically set him apart from the rest. The tasteful build-ups, none overbearing drops and the delicate balance to not cross over onto the brostep world has given his music immunity in the dubstep scene, with only 18 years old.

This brings us to what you have seen (or are about to see) at the very top of this post. New York/San Francisco-based content creation/production company Bodega director Jimmy Diebold has teamed up with PatrickReza to match “Midnight City” with the visuals it deserves. Between each beat and every wobble, they light up the Seattle night paying tribute to the Seattle Seahawks and their home stadium. Diebold explains, “I wanted to create a piece that was an architectural appreciation and provided a sense of place, but also captured the raw energy and excitement of what happens there.” An interesting marriage between lights and music makes the Seattle stadium come alive in this midnight city.

Download: M83 – Midnight City (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix)

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