[TMN PREMIERE] Benjamin Francis Leftwich – In the Open EP

The mark of truly inspirational music is something that evokes a strong emotional response. This could be feelings of joy and excitement, the need to hang out with friends for an epic evening, or heart-wrenching sadness. Regardless of what that emotion may be, you know once you’ve experienced it that you’ve heard something truly great. Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s work does just that. His ethereal vocals and emotionally crafted lyrics dig deep into planes of your subconscious to bring forth previous experiences and the feelings associated with them.

In the title track “In the Open,” (which has been available for streaming for the past month) Ben has crafted an uplifting sound using soft acoustic guitar strumming, tribal drumming, and welcoming strings. His lyrics, as usual, do an impressive job at creating a story in your mind. It’s always important for a title track to be the shining star since it’s bearing the name of the EP, and this doesn’t disappoint.

“Break the Day Open” provides vocals that glide over strumming notes with wistful lament. This track gave us quite the emotional experience, as we wondered what experiences crafted these soul-gripping words. This was our favorite on the EP, and is the perfect track for deep personal reflection.

The remaining two tracks on the album are equally as impressive. “Manchester Snow” has a hauntingly calming sound to it, while “Is That You on That Plane” features painfully beautiful lyrics, and gorgeous added female harmonies.

We’ve always been a fan of BFL’s work, and this new EP (Out 11/19) bears our same level of appreciation as any of his previous bodies of work. You may have already heard the title track, “In the Open,” as he made it available to stream it a little while ago, but the three other tracks along with it are an exclusive premiere here on The Music Ninja. Take some time to digest his music, as he’s one of the best new songwriters out there.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich
In The Open
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Break The Day Open
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Manchester Snow
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Is That You On That Plane
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[Trap Anthem] Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic (Carnage & Luminox Festival Trap Refix)

So about a month ago Carnage dropped a live mix on Ustream, this track was amongst the madness that took place. Having two trap heavyweights on the same track, such as Luminox and Carnage, is a recipe for an anthem. This Refix tweaks the played out anthem “Epic” in all the right ways, allowing you to once again rage to this massive track. Enjoy the free download, Cheers.

Sandro Silva & Quintino
Epic (Carnage & Luminox Festival Trap Refix) (FREE DOWNLOAD)
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[Hip-Hop] Rihanna – Diamond (Remix) (ft. Kanye West)

Rihanna churns out chart-toppers at a pretty absurd rate. Her latest hit single, “Diamonds,” departs slightly from her usual sound with out losing its mainstream appeal. Today, Kanye West dropped this remix adding some raps to the first half of the song. As usual, Yeezy is on point with his raw, confident flow spitting lines that really only he can pull off. Peep below and, if you’re feeling it, grab it on iTunes.

Diamonds Remix (ft. Kanye West)
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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #27

Oh man. Ninjas…it’s Friday. And in a completely unsolicited product placement message, we’d like to highly encourage that you declare today Fireball Friday. That cinnamon-y shot of deliciousness has your name written all over it. So call some friends, lay down some shot glasses, and belly up. It’s time to let loose!

And, per usual, please #danceirresponsibly

The Bee Gees
Stayin Alive (K Theory & TYR Remix)
Wynter Gordon & Laidback Luke
Dirty Talk (Party Favors Festival Trap Fix)
Deniz Koyu feat. Wynter Gordon
Follow You (Aylen Remix)
Alive (MitiS Remix) *Free Download*
Madeon x Nervo
Love Icarus (Aylen Mashup)
Hard Rock Sofa & Squire + Cratesz + Rihanna
Just Cant Shotgun Love (KATB Bootleg Edit)
Dirty South and Thomas Gold
Alive feat. Kate Elsworth (Lucky Date Bootleg)
Deorro & duvoh
Black (Original Mix)
Kastra & Nick James
American Sex (Original Mix)
Love and Lies
I Kissed A Koyote (Candyland & Katy Perry mashup by Goats)
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[Folk Rock] Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – Rooftop

Originating from Portland, Maine is the folk artist Aly Spaltro, better known as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Having spent four years working at a DVD store which submerged her in a sea of films and soundtracks ranging from the Rocky Horror Picture Show to Spider-Man, this lovely artist has grown to produce a most unique and eclectic rock sound in the realm of folk music. Kicking off the tune with a lighthearted acoustic melody, the song progresses into a medley of upbeat instrumentals. Keep your ears to the ground for her debut studio album, Ripely Pine coming February 19th, 2013 via Ba Da Bing! Records.

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[R&B] Miguel – The Thrill (Live)


Suave, emotionally-charged R&B breakout star Miguel reveals a special video for his track “The Thrill”. Unlike most music videos, this one does without the flash and gaudiness, instead stripping it down and focusing on the art of the performance. Produced by the gifted folks at Yours Truly (who almost always create stunning, intimate visuals like this), it’s the kind of piece that reminds us why we are so drawn to artists like Miguel: for the heart in music.

Miguel’s Kaliedoscope Dream is out now.

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[Amazing] Rhye – The Fall (Live) + Two Inch Punch’s Can’t You Stay Rework


Rhye is no stranger to the pages of The Music Ninja, and with such stunning electro-soul music, can you blame us? For both the new and old fans, this post is sort of a Rhye goodie bag, featuring both a tender & heartbreaking live version of “The Fall,” and a beautifully twisted & warped take from the UK producer Two Inch Punch. Enjoy!

The Fall (TIPs Cant You Stay Rework)
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