[Event Review] Chet Faker – 6/3/14 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

Chet Faker
Talk Is Cheap

On a blustery Wednesday night in Denver, some of our Ninjas were treated to an intimate live set from one of Australia’s most revered electronic exports, Chet Faker, and the sold out crowd in attendance at the Bluebird Theater weren’t slighted in the least. An early set from NYC’s Antonio Cuna, who is much more readily recognized under his alias Sweater Beats, lit the stage wonderfully while tuning the pre-packed venue’s collective cochlear cavities for what was to come. Sweater Beats paced us with a veritable smattering of his own breezy two-step and four-four bass rhythms, leaving the perfect amount of vibe on the floor for the night’s main event while stoking what seemed to be a very well educated crowd of music minds.

When the house lights came down, and a collective pandemonium seemed to consume our congregation’s psyche, we quickly and clearly realized why a majority of the crowd left the comfort of their couches on a Wednesday night. It’s pretty safe to say that since our first collision with Nicholas Murphy back in 2011, along with the 2012 pensive soundscape that was the Thinking Textures EP, and most recently the incredible Chet Faker debut long player Built on Glass;  we’d been patiently waiting for this moment for years. Immediately, an incredibly inviting atmosphere drew most attendees’ attention center stage to Chet Faker, who tonight was playing just a one-man set rather than the live projects we’ve been seeing over the last few years involving guitar, bass and drums. No, tonight it was a stripped down MIDI controller, an intimidating Akai MPC machine which must’ve been loaded with literally thousands of samples, functioning as much of the concert’s center piece and Murphy’s haunting, melancholic yet syrupy sweet vocal chords. Not even an expensive lighting or stage rigging setup, just a simple set, one man, an army of electronics and the house lights. He toyed with his fans right off the bat, seeming to tune and shape beats out of thin air off of his gadgetry strewn table, and before we realized Chet Faker was actually cobbling together whole pieces and drum patterns from his library, “I’m Into You'” had suddenly been fully formulated and we were thrown headfirst into the hour long instrumental assemblage.

Chet Faker rolled through tried and true tunes like Flume collaborations “Drop The Game” and “Left Alone”, Thinking In Textures favorites “Cigarettes and Chocolate” and “Everything I Wanted”, and even his chart defining cover of “No Diggity”, which had the packed house doing their best Blackstreet impersonations when we were tasked with carrying its chorus; before rounding out with a heaping dose of Built On Glass selections. The effort, or lack thereof, with which Chet Faker strung highs and lows together was truly a sight to behold and by the time the encore of “Talk Is Cheap” took us home, it felt as if this quaint sea of people were very figuratively eating out of his palm.

It was another lovely night of live music for us, a truly sonic journey and a perfect way to satisfy our Chet Faker fix… for maybe another year.

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[Hip-Hop] Bishop Nehru – Isolated (prod. 9th Wonder)

Bishop Nehru
Isolated (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

NY-based newcomer Bishop Nehru demonstrates that he is steady on the grind with his latest track, “Isolated”. Separating himself from the daily distractions of adolescences and fame, Nehru spits about keeping to himself, staying out of trouble, and avoiding negativity. The young emcee definitely has a good head on his shoulders and with tutelage and some dope production from 9th Wonder, the Rockland county youth keeps that focused message with an enjoyable, chill listen. Nehru definitely possesses wisdom beyond his years with his intelligent delivery and message in the bars. This is one of the first listens from LRG‘s upcoming Brilliant Youth EP, which also features new material from Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright and many more.

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[Electronic] Bastille – Bad Blood (Lido Remix)

Bad Blood (Lido Remix)

Norwegian producer Lido has quickly become a Ninja favorite over the last few months with his unique style that embodies everything we love about EDM’s current trajectory. On his latest masterfully crafted remix, the young artist takes on Bastille‘s hit “Bad Blood” completely transforming the original’s dark vibe into an enormous and triumphant one. Lido has a way of dropping out the instrumental and/or vocals at just the right times helping solidify his brand of minimal, future-bass bounce. On “Bad Blood,” he combines this with drum ‘n bass percussion making for a dynamically energetic sound. Enjoy above and look out for Lido’s debut EP, Pelican Fly, set for release on June 23rd

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 6/5


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

** Deal is ONLY VALID for Friday and Saturday’s shows. To see Gareth Emery, please purchase tickets here. **

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

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Craze - June 6th

Funkagenda - June 7th
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[Future Bass] BANKS – Waiting Game (Ennui Remix)

waiting game

If we had to pick an artist that we would want to be remixed for the rest of our lives, hands down, Banks would be our choice. Her soothing vocals exude enough soul to make every redhead (myself included) feel as if we actually do have a soul ourselves. Now that the world has been treated to the enticing sound frequencies of Banks, TMN has an extra special premiere for you today from Future Bass boss, Ennui.

The Chicago native took on the incredible Banks song, “Waiting Game”, to which he takes us down a bass-heavy road that leads us to a pond full of sensual feels. As we cleanse our souls in this pond, we experience a range of feelings that move fluidly throughout our veins. Each and every beat emits the type of passion and depth to make you question the definition of beauty itself.

Ennui effortlessly transformed “Waiting Game” into one of the most intrinsically pleasing songs of the year. As the future bass movement continues to roll through our world, Ennui continues to bring forth new sensations to his production that gives us a reasons to feel the music on an entirely different level. So sit back, relax, and let the ethereal beauty of Banks and Ennui cleanse your soul and give you life.


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[Tribal House] Abu Ashley – Asmaa

Abu Ashley Asmaa
Abu Ashley
Asmaa (Original Mix)

‘Tribal House’ like this has always had a quality of bringing out my primitive roots and making me dance. This morning when I woke up there were some serious gems in my inbox. The first song I checked out had me convinced it was going to be a good day. That record was Abu Ashley’s “Asmaa”. The tribal percussion and choir makes me want to rub mud on my face and go to battle against the neighbor village. I have always been addicted to minimal house like this, but haven’t been seeing as much of it lately. Let’s hope that Abu Ashley makes it somewhat of a growing trend to do songs in this style, because this track blew me away!

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[Future R&B] R. Kelly – Ignition Remix (Giraffage Remix)

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Ignition Remix (Giraffage Remix)

Back in late April, I was blessed with the opportunity to see Giraffage live here in Orlando. Whenever I go out to an event there is always a song that stands out to me. Giraffage was an amazing performer and no exception to that. The song of the night that really grabbed me and got stuck in my head was a remix to R. Kelly’s “Ignition Remix”. I kept asking around who’s remix it was and not one person told me Giraffage; everyone was clueless. Today has been an amazing day for me, being that I found out the remix was actually by Giraffage himself!

Giraffage seems to be making all sorts of moves with his career. This remix of R. Kelly’s classic, “Ignition Remix”, was in celebration to being signed to Fool’s Gold Records and he’s about to go on tour with Porter Robinson. It’s becoming apparent that Giraffage is about to blow up! Not to say that Giraffage isn’t huge already, but soon enough he will be a household name so to speak. With an EP coming out very soon on Fool’s Gold Records, expect to hear this name more frequently from us.

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