Author Archives: Blas Yaselli

The Music Ninja + Hype Machine.

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I am Blas Yaselli, founder of The Music Ninja. It is unfortunate that I feel forced to write this post, but at the end of the day, The Music Ninja is my pride, my joy, and my baby. As a proud parent, I will do ANYTHING to protect it.

I will keep this short because there isn’t really much to say.

Recently, Hype Machine was made aware that there are PR companies and labels trying to infiltrate themselves into music blogs in hopes of pushing their artists. They are making an effort to crack down on this, and I support that.

A month ago, they approached us and expressed some concerns about writers within our team. Someone got singled out; a person had only posted nine times in four months, with each and every post vetted and enjoyed by our internal team. Regardless, evidence was gathered and we dealt with the party involved.

Following an internal investigation, we identified an additional account that warranted removal.

Case closed! (we thought)

We felt good about the situation, as well as our relationship with the Hype Machine.

As such, it came to us as a complete surprise that yesterday, Hype Machine stopped indexing the site we’ve worked so hard to build over the past six years. After a few heavy sighs and conversations with Hype Machine, it all came down to a person using a pen name, a practice which is otherwise commonplace in journalism and writing. Again, we understood their concern, but there was nothing we could do about it.

In light of that, I want to publicly disclose our system for publishing new music.

Only five Ninjas on our entire team have the ability to publish a post, all of which have multiple year tenures with our site. Their job is to filter submissions by other contributors, and ensure that we continually bring you the latest and greatest music.

So what happens next? Well, we are still optimistic and hope for a positive resolution in the near future.

Are we banned from Hype Machine? No.

Did Hype Machine stop indexing us? Yes, but we are working on fixing that.

Are we irritated with the nonstop drama and rumors flying around? Yes. We graduated high school over a decade ago.

Will Hype Machine index us again? That will be determined by what we do next. So what’s next?

Even though we wholeheartedly love and appreciate every post that each Ninja has written through the years, we have to make some changes. Despite people not wanting an onslaught of press release emails, IMs, texts, tweets, and smoke signals, all authors will be listed by their full name. We are also going to roll out detailed author pages with links to people’s social media (twitter/facebook or whatever they are comfortable with). This way, everyone is completely accounted for and there’s absolutely no confusion with who everyone is within our team.

The Music Ninja and Hype Machine go way back. We’re consistently ranked one of the top blogs on their site, and were even featured as blog of the month within our first year of being online. Not to mention all our wonderful fans that ONLY listen to us on their system. We want no drama and understand their concerns, which is why we are taking steps to address them.

Thank you for everyone who has sent words in support. We hear your concerns and we are working to make the universe whole again. And for people that listen to us on SONOS… My heart goes out to you because that is how I listen to my own baby.

Here’s to discovering new music. Every. Damn. Day.

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The Eiffels – More [TMN PREMIERE]

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More

With a vividly playful and melodic start, “More” delivers an energetic yet nostalgic approach to post 80’s synth rock, something this Los Angeles trio knows how to execute. A follow up to their previous single “I Did It Now“, this second release containing thriving power chords and anthem like lyrics, builds on top of their current momentum. Some people have described their sound to be somewhere between Phoenix and The Killers, and while there is an absolute truth to that, I like to believe they came from the Breakfast Club soundtrack.

The Eiffels is set to release their debut EP this spring, having worked with producers Ethan Kaufmann (Wild Party) and Will Brierre (The Killers, Neon Trees, Walk The Moon, Imagine Dragons). And with a massive U.S. tour starting this May, it is obvious you will hear more of them in 2015.

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George Maple – Vacant Space (Sondrio Remix)

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Vacant Space (Sondrio Remix)

Australian Dj/Producer Sondrio released a powerful rendition of Calvin Harris’ Blame just two month ago and the blogosphere had a field day, topping the charts of the popular music blog aggregator Hype Machine.

And so what? Many posts and number of plays have never impressed us, nor is the reason why we share music on The Music Ninja. Yet we cannot deny the fact that Sondrio is able to create fresh new experiences for every one of his remixes, including “Blame”. That is the reason we respect him so much, letting original songs shine through without compromise while still maintaining a unique approach that very song is easier said then done. Today we have a new renditions of the especially seductive track from George Maple “Vacant Space”. Providing a much calmer baseline to match the many softer aspects of the original, Sondri adds many non-intrusive electronic layers that happily coexist in a soothing environment where the vocals never get overshadowed.

You can download this track via a follow here.

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[Resident Artist of the Month of January] Datsik

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If there were such a thing as an Olympic event for Electronic Dance Music where each country selected their most talented representative every four years, Datsik would already be one of Canada’s sophomoric leaders. The promising young producer that started under a moniker with origins derived from his old Xbox Live gamertag, rapidly become his own establishment just months after his first release in 2009. And “rapidly” could not be more of an understatement. Soon after teaming with Excision the spring of the following year, Datsik was already joining forces with Bassnectar in the fall to deliver the eclectic track “Yes” (And till this day we still have the email from Lorin’s team that blessed us with a preview before release.)

But who really wants to talk about music from 5 years ago? Fast-forward to just a few months back and Datsik is still infusing a dark and mechanical aggression to his music while heavily paying tribute to distinguishable components of both old-school and modern swagger-forward hip/hop. The years of 2013-2014 came with ubiquities hits like: “Hold it Down”, “Hollow Point” (in collaboration with Getter) and the haunting basslines of “Scum”. Robust and coherent collections outlining his musical maturity: Cold Blooded EP with the official single “Vindicate” paving the way, the sequel release Let It Burn LP (September 2013) and finally we arrive at his latest endeavor, Down 4 My Ninjas EP. All the while signing a wide variety of dubstep/ bass producers under his very own successful record label Firepower Records.

Needless to say, most of us at The Music Ninja have had a front row seat of Troy Beetles’ music journey and today we cannot be more excited to present to you The Music Ninja’s Resident Artist of the Month of January.

But that is not all we are doing. Datsik has called upon the ninja brotherhood announcing, The Ninja Nation Tour, a comprehensive and lethal electronic adventure across The United States and Canada, is set to kick off January 22nd and carry all the way through April 9th. Be sure to come back here regularly for tour information, exclusive giveaways, interviews, and fresh new music.

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Won’t Back Down (Boehm Remix)

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Won't Back Down (Boehm Remix)

Can you really say no to Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Trumpets? I think not.

Boehm (a.k.a Alex Craciun) hailing from Bucharest, Romania just released a soothing and riveting interpretation of Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s 2012 Tom Petty cover of “ Won’t Back Down”. The original takes advantage of Leftwich’s sultry vocal performance to provide completely mellow undertones, yet even with the playful kicks and trumpets, Boehm gives his soft voice room to breath through each verse.

It is fascinating how in an age where Indie Dance is ubiquitous and artist like RAC are well known for providing colorful electronic pop remixes to indie songs, producers like Boehm can come along to occupy the space with a uniqueness that makes this sound their very own.

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Milky Chance – Unknown Song feat. Paulina Eisenberg

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Gathering deserving momentum with their infections and honest approach inclusive to both lyrics and melody, Milky Chance is on their way to solidify their presence in 2015 with a brand new single “Unknown Song” featuring Paulina Eisenberg. And while the season has passed, this song very much feels like a Christmas present.

The German duo released their debut studio album, Sadnecessary on October 2013 and the month that followed brought them critical acclaim with singles “Stolen Dance” and “Down By the River” leading the way. “Unknown Song” follows similar themes to their light hearted styles and emphasis on conducive rhythms present in songs like “Flashed Junk Mind” but with a lighter percussions making wave for the real hero, the leading harmonica to shine between verses.

It feels good so good to start the year this way. Enjoy!

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[DENVER] DECADENCE 2014 PREVIEW

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Denver is growing at an exponential rate. Not just with the ever expansion in the field of tech and startups, or the amount of new restaurants and international cuisines that are calling this city their home, but more importantly its become a breeding ground for all things dance music. Granted, the Mile High City has had this very reputation for decades now, but it becomes even more apparent when the reply from electronic lovers when asked what they will be doing for New Years Eve, is in fact, “DECADENCE.”

Celebrating their 4th annual dance party (having expanding to two days last year and continuing to do so for 2014), Global Dance is turning it up to eleven, in cooperation with AEG and Live Nation to make the welcoming of 2015 the most promising. Think we are hyping this up too much? How does back to back sets from Paper Diamonds, Ecotek, Claude Vonstroke, W & W, Disclosure and Bassnectar among others sound? and in Decadence fashion that is just considered a tease as for the following day you can expect Felix Cartel, Grazmatik, Madeon, Flux Pavilion, Deorro and Big Gigantic to finish it all off.

Pure, sweet and devastating electronic destruction is always what to be expected when Global Dance is involved. The Music Ninja will be there for both days at the Colorado Convention Center and you can follow us through live updates on twitter #decadenceninjas. Without further ado, here is our 2014 end of the year Decadence Preview Playlist.

On The Horizon
Manic Focus and GRiZ
Life Goes On
Kill The Noise feat. Mercedes
Jump Ya Body (ExMAG Remix)
Deorro vs MAKJ
READY! (Original Mix)
Deorro ft. DyCy
Five Hours (Dont Hold Me Back)
Gareth Emery Feat. Krewella
Lights & Thunder (Deorro Remix)
DJ Sliink X TWRK X Green Lantern
Trifecta (If You Dont)
Kaskade & John Dahlbäck
A Little More feat Sansa
Kaskade & John Dahlbäck
A Little More feat. Sansa
Strong (Claude VonStroke Remix)
Hardwell & W&W ft. Fatman Scoop
Dont Stop The Madness
Claude VonStroke
EYE I EYE (Preview)
W&W
Bigfoot
Tinashe
2 On feat. ScHoolBoy Q (Paper Diamond Remix)
PAPER DIAMOND X LOUDPVCK
WYLIN
Armin van Buuren
Together (In A State Of Trance)
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Intense
Dillon Francis + Sultan & Ned Shepard
When We Were Young Feat. The Chain Gang Of 1974
Sultan + Ned Shepard vs. The Boxer Rebellion
Keep Moving (OUT NOW)
Vato featuring YG, Jeezy, and Que
DJ Mustard
Down On Me Feat. 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign
Felix Cartal
Ready For Love (feat. Chloe Angelides)
Madeon
Imperium
Felix Cartal
Young Love (feat. Koko LaRoo)
Madeon
Cut The Kid

Steve French feat Steve Aoki (Milo and Otis Remix)
Freeway (Flux Pavilion And Kill The Noise Remix)
Bassnectar & Craz
Thursty
Bassnectar & Jantsen
Lost In The Crowd Ft. Fashawn & Zion I (LOCOJA Remix)
Loco Ono (Bassnectar & Stylust Beats Remix)

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