Ninjas, today we will be presenting to you the undeniably talented composer and pianist Evan Duffy. Sir Duffy takes it upon himself to make masterful piano versions of originals and remixes of all types of electronic music. Never underestimate how difficult it is to transpose the notes from the cacophony of synths in electronic music to just one guy with two hands and a piano. Yet time and time again, he shows off his composing and playing abilities. It does not take long to realize when going through his catalog of videos that a gold mine has been found.
Right here you will witness the tackling of Nero‘s “Must Be the Feeling” (Kill The Noise Remix) with a monstrous performance. Somehow managing to transition all the texture and details involved in the KTN remix to his hands makes this just a stunning 4 minutes.
When not making piano covers of electronic anthems, the James Madison University student makes his own arrangements. Below is one of his epic originals.
For other piano reworks, including a Noisia remix and Dillion Francis cover, check out his youtube channel here. Evan has said if he were to reach 30,000 subscribers on YouTube he will release his piano cover of “Strobe,” so how but we ninja’s give him a little help with that.
If you still haven’t heard, Trap music is absolutely taking over the EDM scene, with producers from all over the world and from different Genres tackling the dirty south sound of Trap. Meyhem & Antiserum kick off this week with an absolute banger that definitely deserves the title of “Anthem”. Ian Boom slaughters it with Own Supply Hi, a huge track to be sure. Next, Bleep Bloop produces some of the deepest bass on the list; play this one on the loudest system you can find because it will definitely shake your foundations. Le1f, one of the first openly gay rappers lays waste to the haters and spits homoerotic fire over a killer trap beat by 5kin and Bone5, with an awesome video you can findhere. Next, everyone’s favorite South African Rap/Rave group Die Antwoord kills it with, what else, a song about singer Ninja rubbing his dick on expensive shit. DJ Hi-Tek’s production really shines on this one. ETC!ETC and Brillz, hot off their Bueller EP last week show no signs of slowing down with a huge remix to Pharoahe Monch’s Simon Says, a killer track in its own right. I won’t go into too much detail about the rest and let you enjoy the 808s, but the last two tracks by DJ Slink and Alter Natives, show a much different and chill side of the Trap wave. As always, don’t be afraid to hit the “buy track” button, you might get lucky with a freebie.
Canadian indie/folk rocker Andy Shauf has been building a cult following in Canada for some time now. Hopefully after this post, he’ll start to build a cult following in America.
Atmospheric ambient noises couple Andy’s dark yet enviting voice in “You’re Out Wasting”. This chill, ominous sounding tune is a single off his EP The Bearer of Bad News. Keep an eye out for it on November 6th.
Today Muse let loose the visual treatment for their recently released single Madness. Starting out in a underground metro the storyline helps to carry the tension left hanging in the air by the band. Police in riot gear cover every frame as the song slowly builds up until all chaos breaks loose a mist the tunnels. Once that happens there is no coming back.
If you look at the segments where it cuts to shots of the band playing you will see that the synth you hear is actually being played through the Misa Digital Kitara. It’s a midi instrument that gets played like a guitar but uses a synthesizer to create the unique sound you hear in this song. Madness is off of the upcoming album The 2nd Law.
Scandanavian born DJ Todd Terje remixes and takes the Hot Chip single “How Do You Do” into a disco-themed, futuristic odyssey. Mixing synths and some heavy electronic rhythms, Terje brings this track into a 9-minute dance anthem, and making it is as addictive as it is pleasurable to the ears. You can hear Hot Chip’s original on their latest album In Our Heads, available now on Domino Records.
Formed in 2009, Minneapolis trio Night Moves are preparing to drop their first album Colored Emotions. “Country Queen” is one of the two singles they’ve released prior to the unveiling of the debut. The track runs along the border between folk and shoegaze, with even a dash of southern rock thrown into the mix. It also has a bit of a gritty texture to it, as though it’s being played through an old radio. Acoustic strumming is the backbone of the song, but it’s layered with echoing notes, lax guitar riffs and deep vocals. It transitions smoothly throughout and builds up, just to be brought back down by acoustic folk picking. It’s a perfect single that definitely makes Colored Emotions an album to look out for in the near future.
Colored Emotions is set to be released October 9th by Domino Records.
In 2008, four well known and talented emcees banded together and decided to deliver some dope music that the rap game has been missing since the days of The Black Sheep or Leaders of the New School. Members Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Royce da 5’9″ formed the group Slaughterhouse and recently have been dropping a mixture of singles and mixtapes that have kept their buzz heavy in the industry. With their newly-inked Shady/Interscope record’s deal, the rap supergroup step out into mainstream success on their debut album Welcome to: OUR HOUSE.
From the beginning, the album starts on that dark, crazy tone that is signature of Royce da 5’9″ and Em’s recent style with added hooks from the macabre Skylar Grey and the high-energy Busta Rhymes featured track “Coffin”. Quickly shifting from chainsaw and horror-movie themed tracks to the stripper-party inspired single “Throw That” ft. Eminem, OUR HOUSE fluctuates from raw underground vibe, real rap, and some commercial tracks but still manages to give each member their shine. While delivering well timed puns, in-verse rhymes, and metaphors, the lyrical content throughout the OUR HOUSE is top-notch.
Coupling dope lyrics with A-list production, it is clear that Slaughter House wanted to do the fans justice but rise away from just underground success. With a darker, drum heavy AraabMuzik produced beat on the street single “Hammerdance,” snare drum rhythms on the No I.D. “Get Up,” radio friendly Street Runner single “My Life” ft Cee-Lo, to the intimate Boi-1da produced single “Goodbye,” OUR HOUSE has a variety of content that doesn’t sacrifice the group’s personal style of delivering real rap without sacrificing lyrical prowess for a more pop-frienfly sound. Although collectively this album isn’t the rap game’s “savior” LP, it is a strong return to the days of focusing on clever lyrics-regardless of content-with top production for an ever growing stagnant music industry.