[Album Stream] Crystal Castles – (III)

On Tuesday, November 13th, the new Crystal Castles record, (III), officially drops. We’ve shared a few of its tracks here on The Music Ninja, such as “Plague”, “Wrath of God”, and “Affection” (below).

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AFFECTION

But if these weren’t enough to get you pumped, no worries. The Canadian experimental group has revealed a full stream of (III) via Spotify. Check out the player here and don’t forget to purchase it next week.

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[TMN PREMIERE] Harriet – No Way Out

Today, Los Angeles quartet Harriet — fronted by former Dawes and PAPA keyboardist, Alex Casnoff — share a new dark, dramatic and harrowing tale. “No Way Out,” full of daunting, pounding piano and Casnoff’s weathered and pained vocals, is a song about a close-call, near-death experience with an unlikely drug… marijuana.

It’s a drug that could require joining a 3 month drug rehabilitation program for others, or nothing at all for some hardcore users.

With hints of folk’s twang, rock’s bite and electronica’s shine, it’s a beautifully intense, elegiac anthem born out of fear and suffocation.

No Way Out

Casnoff shares the story behind the song:

“Two years ago on the holiday known as 4-20 I overdosed on weed. My heart stopped. What I thought was half a dose of a hash oil candy bar, was three doses of the strongest edible the club had.”

To read more and see Harriet’s upcoming tour dates with The New Pornographer’s A.C. Newman, continue after the jump… Continue reading

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[Hip-Hop] A$ton Matthews – Mini Van Dan (Remix) Feat. Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Nast (Prod. Trade Vorhees)

Halloween may have been last week, but it doesn’t seem like these dudes got the memo. Trade Voorhees crafts a chillingly haunting beat creepy enough to scare Freddy Krueger away from your worst nightmares. Unfazed, A$ton Matthews, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies and A$AP Nast all step up to the mic to deliver some absolutely nasty bars, making damn sure you’ll never listen to this one alone in the dark (or leave your stoop again).

A$ton Matthews – Min Van Dan (Remix) (feat. Danny Brown, A$AP Nast & Flatbush ZOMBiES)
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[Hip-Hop] Kendrick Lamar – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (ft. Lady Gaga)

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A few weeks before the release of Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. CityLady Gaga confirmed rumors that she had been in the studio with Lamar and that the two had struck up a close friendship. Fans of both eagerly, and anxiously, awaited the track only to be disappointed when Gaga announced that, due to timing issues, she would no longer be featured on the project. However, she did promise to put the song out at a later time and, staying true to her word, today she gives us what was likely the original version of a song that has already reached legendary status. Gaga only appears on the chorus, but her presence is powerful and, surprisingly, fits perfectly. This cut is a true testament to the talent and creativity that exists between these two stars from practically different planets. Enjoy the visuals above and don’t let anyone kill your vibe tonight.

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Bitch Dont Kill My Vibe (ft. Lady Gaga)
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[NEW] The Weeknd – Valerie

The Weeknd is back today with yet another brand new bonus track from Trilogy, coming courtesy of BBC Radio 1. Like the previous release, this one takes us on a complex, emotional tour through The Weeknd’s conscience. On “Valerie,” Abel struggles with the emotional toil associated with being unfaithful. Although the act itself seems familiar to him, the guilt involved is foreign, and he details the effect these new feelings coursing through his mind have on his actions. To make matters worse, both parties know the other’s lying about the illicit relationship or the knowledge of its existence, yet they continue to push on in their relationship despite the presence of the elephant in the room. It’s definitely a telling tale that’s been done countless times in music, but for some reason everything seems fresh once The Weeknd laces the track with his vocal prowess.

The Weeknd continues to grow and mature as an artist, and if you’d like to hear more where this came from, make sure to pick up Trilogy when it drops next week on November 13th.

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Valerie
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Martin O’Donnell – Halo Theme (Victor Niglio’s MLG Remix)

The verdict is in and Halo 4 is already out to be one of the most critically acclaimed games of the entire franchise. With so much buzz around its recent release, it is obvious producers are stepping up to the plate to remix the popular “awe”-inducing theme song. Victor Niglio, the innovative producer from Philadelphia, just released an attractive trap remix for the theme song that smoothly intertwines with the original harmonics while still packing an extra punch of trap swag.

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Halo Theme (Victor Niglios MLG Remix)
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[Experimental] American Royalty – Honey & Queen

Los Angeles’ own experimental outfit American Royalty give off psychedelic rock/electro-pop vibes on their latest song “Honey & Queen,” off the forthcoming Prismatic EP. Led by droning, mechanized vocals and accompanied by bewitching tribal percussion patterns and buzzing beats, it’s a grizzly track that’s one part wild dance ritual, one part hypnotic magic. According to the band, instead of relying on stock digital samples, they found their own sources of percussion, one of which was a water cooler! Light up a bonfire, summon your inner animal and throw this track on:

American Royalty
Honey & Queen

American Royalty’s Prismatic EP is due out February 2013.

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