In case you haven’t been blessed yet, Skrillex and Boys Noize joined forces and created a group called Dog Blood. If we’re lucky they will be run for president and slowly take over the world. But until then we have “Middle Finger” and “Next Order”. These two tracks were released on iTunes two days ago. On Sunday I saw Skrillex close out Outside Lands in San Francisco and when he dropped “Next Order,” words cannot describe how hectic it got. This track is just plain insanity, I was at a loss for words hearing it live, and it hits at all the right times, TURN UP THE BASS FOR THIS ONE. On the teaser that Skrillex posted on his Facebook about a week ago, he mentioned this as being “Acid Terror”. Others have gone as far to describe it as “Break-Acid-Tech-Noise”. Regardless what we call it, this collab is one of the biggest to hit the “EDM” scene in a long time. I like “Middle Finger” a little bit more, as it starts off with some glitch-acid-infused breaks and bleeps. Then we get some classic Skrillex vocal editing building into brain-scrambling filth that never lets up. Cheers.
With an all-star line up including Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I, Slaughterhouseis bringing its A-game once again. The Shady Records supergroup goes in over a hard-hitting piano with a melodic chorus by the beautiful Skylar Grey. Talking about their own experiences with death, each member (minus Royce) channels the angst that comes with losing someone. Each verse brings a new level of pain and this emotional ballad is sure to relive emotions evoking a certain empathy from the audience.
You can stream this somber single below and head to iTunes to cop if you are feeling it. With their album Welcome to: Our House releasing August 28th, none of their songs should be slept on, and not just because they drew from their mentor Eminem.
Himanshu, aka Heems, of Das Racist has one of the most unique, goofy styles in hip-hop. On his most recent release, “Killing Time,” he goes in lyrically with an extremely intelligent and insightful stream of consciousness over the noisy and addicting production of Yorissey. The Queens-based artist transitions flawlessly between topics discussing everything from structural societal issues to his own personal tendency to not care what others think.
Das Racist is planning to release their second album early next year. In the meantime, stream and download this cut, which will be featured on Himanshu’s upcoming mixtape, Wild Water Kingdom, out this fall.
Indie-rock trio Turtle Giant (who are originally from Brazil, but now based out of Macau) recently released the song “We Were Kids,” off their forthcoming All Hidden Places EP. Featuring chiming, distorted guitars and deep, laid-back vocals, the track is a well-crafted and unbelievably catchy surf rock treat. It’s especially hard to resist blaring out “Oh! Oh! Oh!” during the jolting chorus.
Today, The Music Ninja is happy to premiere the official music video for “We Were Kids.” Fittingly, it follows a few adults acting like complete children — food fighting, demonstrating spur of the moment ninja moves (!!), etc. — but more as a tribute to youth and spontaneous fun than brattiness and immaturity. It seems slightly strange at first, but by the end it’s clear that the video suits the music perfectly. Definitely worth a look and listen.
Turtle Giant’s All Hidden Places EP is scheduled to drop on September 18th, but you can stream it in its entirety on the band’s Bandcamp page.
Anyone familiar with Harlem’s rising star, A$AP Rocky, has likely noticed that he is a big fan of just about all things purple. On his most recent track and, rather explicit, self-directed video, that PMF brings us another set of slowed-down, smoky and purp-filtered audio with visuals to match, featuring a variety of his favorite lady friends. On this cut, the A$AP headman continues to improve his flow alternating pace along with the beat leading into the chorus, a chopped and screwed rendition of Buddy Holly‘s It’s So Easy.
“Purple Kisses” will be featured on A$AP Mob‘s upcoming compilation LP, Lord$ Never Worry, which is set to drop on August 28th. While the last release from the project was more intense, Rocky lays back on this one creating a trippy aura ideal for his fellow purple enthusiasts.
Stunning as it is beautiful, the delicate vocals of Daughter always leave us speechless. “Smother” is her latest gloomy ballad that will be released on 7″ vinyl on October 1st through 4AD (UK, Europe & ROTW) & Glassnote (North America) with a new version of one of her most popular tracks “Run”.
Not into vinyl? Both tracks will be available digitally on September 3rd.
“Hippies Is Punks” by experimental indie-pop outfit Wavves is one of the newest releases in the Adult Swim Singles Program, and it’s definitely a track to make you sit up and listen. Easy singalong vocals and powerful pop hooks give “Hippies Is Punks” a slightly Weezer-esque sound, with some messy guitars and ‘ooh-ooh’ BVs providing a vintage rock backdrop. If you’ve been missing a feel-good song recently, then this latest effort by Wavves will put a ridiculous grin on your face and some rhythm in your feet.