Back in August HARD Events announced the monstrous final lineup for their Haunted Mansion: Day of the Dead Festival in Los Angeles, California on November 3rd. The event touts one of the strongest lineups around featuring the likes of Knife Party, Justice, Diplo, Dillon Francis and Kill The Noise. Along with the announcement of the lineup for Day of the Dead Festival, Knife Party also announced that they will be embarking on their Haunted House Tour, a mini-tour hitting six cities across the United States the week of Halloween which will culminate in Los Angeles at Day of the Dead Festival. Plus, as a special event, on All Hallows’ Eve, Skrillex announced that his ‘Spooky Tings’ tour will return to Colorado to throw down a back-to-back set with Knife Party. Best of all, Knife Party and Skrillex will be supported by none other than Kill The Noise, Tommy Trash, and Zane Lowe. If you’re in close proximity to any of these shows I highly suggest you purchase tickets because these are guaranteed to be ghoulish events to remember for the ages!
Lana Del Rey is indisputably the woman of the year, and her latest track ‘Blue Velvet’ has only cemented her reputation for creating stylish pop with a knife edge. Penguin Prison’s dark electro reworking of this track has given ‘Blue Velvet’ a sensual touch, with Lana’s murmurs looped throughout the track and layered over some icy synths. Definitely a late-night club banger in the making, stream this remix below.
Quirky Aussie singer Kimbra is still best-known for her work on Goyte’s summer smash “Somebody That I Used To Know,” but her new video for “Come Into My Head” will definitely put her on the map. Kimbra manages to pull off the “fabulously retro Snow White stuck in a psychiatric ward” look in this clip, but it’s the sheer manic energy of her vocals and the sassy brass-led instrumentals that really make “Come Into My Head” stand out. One for fans of eccentric lady pop stars, Kimbra’s record VOWS is out now.
Bonus: Listen to Kimbra perform “Come Into My Head” live on KCRW.
Rihanna has been consistent in dropping new material and keeping her fans anxiously waiting for more. With eleven No.1 singles at just age 24, she has proven that she knows how to make a hit. On her newly released single “Diamonds,” she enlists the production stylings of hit-makers Stargate and Benny Blanco for an unexpected new sound. Stepping away from the dancefloor, the Bajan beauty delivers a dramatic tune that shows off her vocal prowess coupled with an undeniably catchy, and remix-friendly, hook. The Sia penned pop ballad is the first single off her upcoming seventh studio album, due out in November.
Over the past few months of electro and synth-pop madness, it’s felt as though rock has taken something of a backseat. Tall Ships are about to make all that change with their debut album Everything Touching. As the band’s second single “Gallop” proves, Tall Ships have a lot going for them – jaunty guitar riffs, Smiths-esque lyrics, you name it they have it – and this little beauty of a track should by now be firmly glued in your brain. Definitely one of 2012′s highlights, Everything Touching drops on October 8th.
Flosstradamus and Sub Focus are definitely two names that will make me listen to a track without even questioning it. Trap, while still in its infancy, has gathered a lot of momentum and while there are still people that are hesitant to validate the genre, here at The Music Ninja we have always been early adapters to the new sounds coming from the electronic dance scene and have loved every minute of it. Chicago producing duo Flosstradamus brings a new twist the Sub Focus ‘Tidal Wave’ transforming it into a trap anthem that already has recieved over 20k plays on soundcloud in less than 24 hours.
Australia’s own Strange Talk seem poised for the big stage. Their latest offering, “Cast Away,” is an epic electro-pop powerhouse of a single. And everything about it is huge: pumped up beats, glowing synths, and spot-on chorus hooks so catchy they’d make an arena shake. If this is just the first taste of their 2013 debut album, then consider us stoked.