[Hip-Hop] Big K.R.I.T. – Lac Lac (Feat. A$AP Ferg)

Lac Lac
Big K.R.I.T. feat. A$AP Ferg
Lac Lac (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)

For the third installment of his “Week of K.R.I.T.” series, Big K.R.I.T. hooks up with the Trap Lord himself, A$AP Ferg on the impeccably smooth “Lac Lac.” Produced by K.R.I.T. himself, “Lac Lac” is a laidback hip-hop masterpiece, with the Mississippi native utilizing his confident drawl to keep listeners engaged, while Ferg’s flow evokes memories of classic Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. In our previous post, we mentioned that K.R.I.T. seemed to be returning with a whole new level of focus as he prepares for the release of Cadillactica, and these last two efforts have certainly restored our faith in his abilities. Grab a free download above, and keep your ears ready, as we still have four more days of free K.R.I.T. awaiting us.

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[House/Electro] Simon Lee & Alvin


Malaysian DJ/producer duo Simon Lee & Alvin have been relatively new to the scene, only having released a handful of remixes in the last 6 months, however its becoming more transparent they want to make a statement in 2014. Being an international blog, The Music Ninja is always trying to reach out to any corner of the world for talent and while we have not featured any other artist from this beautiful peninsula, Simon Lee & Alvin urged us to take notice.

With tracks full of house elements like “Space Chase” that quickly build up emphasizing on rhythm, texture, and energy to other more electro based like “Lights Loud” continue to add to the evolution of their evolving sound. In terms of production, there are some drier opaque elements that can come off underwhelm but they make up with their ferocious intensity. Simon Lee & Alvin have opened for Above & Beyond, Ummet Ozcan, Gareth Emery and claim to be supported by the likes of Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Fedde Le Grand. You can find out more over at their soundcloud and facebook.

Simon Lee & Alvin
Simon Lee & Alvin
Space Chase
Simon Lee & Alvin
Lights Loud
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[Twist on Pop] Laura Welsh – Betrayal (Jakwob Mix)

Laura Welsh
Laura Welsh
Betrayal (Jakwob Mix)

“I want to learn to love this feeling…”

The beginning to an unbelievably stunning and haunting song by London based artist Laura Welsh, “Betrayal” is the perfect song for Welsh because it combines her strong and powerful voice with the intense melodies of DJ Jakwob. The lyrics paint quite a picture of what Welsh is singing about: she is looking for redemption for the person who she appears to love after making some wrong choices along the way. This is a song that has a pop like feel with a dark twist, but a good dark twist. Reminding me a bit of Florence Welch, this beautiful artist is sure to capture the attention of your ears and mind.

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[Hip-Hop] 21 – The Pink Bride

The Pink Bride
The Pink Bride

Memphis native 21 hasn’t been featured on our pages before, but if he continues to churn out gold like this, chances are you’ll be seeing his name far more frequently around here. While hip-hop is no stranger to feelings of unrequited love and forlorn loneliness these days, the 19 year old, takes a fresh approach to the topic that many more seasoned emcees haven’t tried before. Utilizing complex wordplay and armed with confident wisdom beyond his years, the young rapper provides insight into a situation most of us have had the misfortune of dealing with before. 21 recently detailed some of this own thoughts about the track in an interview with Pigeons & Planes:

Basically ‘The Pink Bride’ is about loving someone who doesn’t fully love you back or love you back at all, which is something we’ve all been through,” 21 explains. “If you listen to the hook, she says, ‘I wanna say I love you, but it’s alright.’ That essentially sums everything up. So my process was just me thinking back on girls in the past who have led me on and had me in deep love with them, only to say they don’t feel the same way or only to be halfway in it. And the same for me, the girls I’ve led on and made them feel like I love them or was in love with them, only to let them down by not loving them the same. So it’s just about me telling my story about a girl (The Pink Bride) who led me to believe that she loved me as much as I loved her only to come to find out that she didn’t.”

Much of the single’s success can also be attributed to the use of Ta-Ku‘s “I Miss You” as the song’s instrumental, which itself utilizes a sample of Willow Smith‘s “Summer Fling,” whose sweet, almost despondent vocals add an extra layer of depth to the song’s message. Expanding on the concept Ta-Ku outlined in his own Songs To Break Up To EP, this one’s perfect for the heartbroken and the downtrodden among us, but still makes for an enjoyable listen regardless of your current mood.


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[Indie] Marika Hackman – Deep Green

Marika Hackman
Deep Green

As we close out a month long celebration of the artistry of UK based Marika Hackman, we’d like to offer up a sincere thank you for her time with us. With that being said, we have a tasty new track for you to enjoy.

Taking a slight departure from her expected sound, Marika has crafted something a little more upbeat than what we’re used to. Utilizing some deep, driving, tribal drums, we’re given a much less folk-centric sounding tune. While the tempo is something that we’re not used to coming from her, the dark and often ominous sound is definitely apparent.

“Deep Green” is due out on this youngsters upcoming EP, Deaf Heat, which will be dropping April 14th.

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Sam Brookes – Kairo [Album Review]


With an intro as chillingly beautiful as one could have hoped for, we were sold on Kairo in the first thirty seconds. While we would have been perfectly happy only enjoying the 2:00 minute intro to Sam Brookes upcoming LP, there’s a whole other world of exploration to delve into.

We’re all waiting for albums that timelessly populate our speakers for years to come. They need to have the dynamic ability to capture your heart and captivate your imagination. With absolutely stunning soundscapes providing an illustrious backdrop for Brooke’s ethereal vocals, we’re left hopelessly daydreaming, carrying away to a much more cerebral place. Varying from haunting tales, articulately told over subdued finger picking, to upbeat folk gems that induce irresistible toothy grins, this is an album that fits that aforementioned description.

While the older version of “Numb” is listed below, one can feel the immense weight it carries in sheer vocal beauty, flawlessly displaying a gorgeous tone and range from Brookes. The instrumentals are understated, featuring a splashy jazz style drum pattern and light finger picking, which allows you to intensely follow the vocals word for word. Boasting associations of Patrick Watson and James Vincent McMorrow, “Numb” will have you feeling anything but, carrying an ominous electricity with every verse.

“Frequency” offers a much more instrumentally-driven sound, combining playful melodies of strings, piano keys, and an almost new-age feel. Utilizing some vocal percussion in addition to the instrumentals, this softly sung tune is are given a unique sound, playing effortlessly with enchanting harmonies. On the other side of the spectrum, you have songs like “This is The Place” and “James” that features a much more upbeat tempo. With a big bass kick, endearing lyrics and some playful guitar work, you can instantly feel yourself throwing these playful songs on in the car during your next road trip.

As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.

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Jarred A.G.
Errands (Prod. BoatHouse)

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