Tag Archives: mellow

[Hip-Hop] Slaughterhouse – Goodbye ft. Skylar Grey (Prod. Boi-1da)

With an all-star line up including Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I, Slaughterhouse is 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.

’Slaughterhouse – Goodbye’
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[New] Michael Kiwanuka- Home Again

British singer/songriter Michael Kiwanuka is a fresh cup of coffee for a world of drowsy, early morning, soul music. Michael comes equipped with melodic guitars, light percussion, and a voice that’s somewhere between Otis Redding, Miles Davis, Bill Withers, and Robert Pattinson. The title track of his new CD, “Home Again”, is an introspective take on the comfort and safety of home, and how you long for it when you’re away.

Home again, Michael’s new album, will be out on March 26th 2012 on Mumford & Sons‘ Communion label. Pre-orders are available.

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[Mellow/Throwback]Department of Eagles 'Sailing by Night' + 'Brightest Minds' Archive 2003-2006


I’ve always been a pretty big fan of In Ear Park, the 2008 album from Department of Eagles, so I was pretty excited to learn that they would be releasing some material that’s been recorded for years but has never seen the light of day. And in the process, I found out that there was actually an album before In Ear Park (I know, get with the times, right?). So after a little exploring of that, I sort of fell in love with this tune. It’s pretty much all that I love about this band, a hint of that Grizzly Bear sound (actually, it’s probably much more historically accurate that Grizzly Bear has a hint of that Department of Eagles sound) mixed with some electronic elements, all bundled together in a great lo-fi package.

pressphoto1Department of Eagles – Sailing by Night

Sailing by Night

In the ‘slight’ chance that you have been living in a cave for the past couple of years and have no idea who these guys are, it is only fair for you to also listen to ‘No One Does It Like You’, a whimsical wonder from their sophomore album In Ear Park released by 4AD on October 7, 2008.

Department Of Eagles – No One Does It Like You

’Department Of Eagles – No One Does It Like You’

And here’s a bonus track from the upcoming Archive 2003-2006, a collection of unreleased songs, due July 20th

Department of Eagles – Brightest Minds

Brightest Minds

Article was written by Guest Blogger Chris from dailybeatz.com

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[Folk] A sad but strangely compelling tune

Six Feet Under by Folk Singer Louis Aguilar


I apologize. It is uncalled for putting up a sad folky mellow tune on a Monday. You might be already depressed for knowing that the weekend is over and this tune might not help you feel any better. But in the interest for GREAT music, I must continue. Six Feet Under is a bitter sweet song from French born folk singer Louis Aguilar, who know resides in Marshall, Missouri.

With a calm rusty voice, Louis shares a tale about a man who is going through an important change in his life. Whether it is a metaphorical change about life, or simply a much literal reference to death itself, Louis reminds us to enjoy life and all its glory. No matter what we are or believe in, the truth of it all is that life is short for a reason, so we can treasure every minute of it… and ill stop there before I sound too corny! Such a powerful tune can be found on his album Old Man Poems and much more on his myspace.

Louis Aguilar – Six Feet Under


[This Song was released under a CC license by Bad Panda Records.]

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The Perfect Album for a Mellow Christmas in 2009! + FREE Giveaway for 3 Music Ninja Readers


Its here! The 2009 Music Playlist for Christmas! Now I wish I could take credit for this awesome compilation of chill songs but it was really the guys from Indiecater Records that made this possible!

After their success with their first Christmas album last year, they decided to step it up a notch and improve their selection for 2009. Most of the songs on this collection were written especially for the occasion and even includes bands we had previously covered like Adam and Darcie

You can stream the songs or buy it off their website.

And what is Christmas without giving presents!? We Love each an every one of our readers! and to show how much we care we will be having a lot of contests & giveaways throughout December. If you like these songs and would like to recieve a FREE copy heres what you have to do!

Very Simple.
1) Comment below with your real name and email address (just so we can contact you!)
2) Join our Facebook page and wish us a Happy Christmas! on our Wall 🙂
AND (optional if you want to be counted twice, increasing your winning chances)
3) Follow us on Twitter and tweet “Hook me up with The Perfect Album for a Mellow Christmas in 2009 @themusicninja http://bit.ly/7Ep7LB”

And thats it! We will select 3 people at RANDOM this Friday 11th and you will recieve your free digital copy by email!

1) The Garlands – Christmas Song (Carving Ice Sculptures In Stockholm)
2) Candy Claws – Snowdrift Wish (Writing Gift Lists In Fort Collins)
3) Loxsly – Mrs. Kris Kringle (Overdoing The Outdoor Lights In Austin)
4) Adam and Darcie – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Calling Round To Neighbours In Provo)
5) Allo Darlin’ – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Buying More Stamps In London)
6) Woodpigeon – Little Nemo (Winter Lullabye) (Making Festive Mixtapes In Calgary)
7) Boca Chica – Snow Angels (Humming Stop The Cavalry In Pittsburgh)
8 ) Oldfolks Home – We Don’t Cry At Christmas (Suffering Indigestion In Winnipeg)
9) Betty & The Cavaleros – Hey! I’m Your Gift Today (Googling Eggnog In Fredrikstad)
10) Standard Fare – Tinsel Politics (Taping Good TV In Sheffield)

’Standard Fare – Tinsel Politics.mp3′

11) Sunset – New York Love (Making Snow Angels In Austin)
12) I Hate You Just Kidding – It’s Fun To Do Bad Things (Cleaning The Chimney In Costa Mesa)
13) Sweet Jane – Silent Night (Downing Hot Toddy’s In Dublin)


I made a list of all the people that participated in the contest (and added your name twice if you tweeted ) and thanks to RANDOM.ORG, it randomized the order of my original list. I simply chose the TOP 3! If you are gonna blame anyone blame the random website!! lol The winners are Michelle Dillman, Gustavo Bernal and Lydia Simmons and should be receiving their digital copies via email. Thanks to everyone that participated and be sure to check back with us soon as we have another GIVEAWAY/CONTEST planned for next week.

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[Remixes] TV On The Radio – Staring At The Sun (In Digital Time Remix) and La ZEBRA – LOVE


Melody melody melody. I am all about rich prolonged melodies… The new remix from In Digital Time has managed to grab a beautiful song and delicately turn into something amazing.

Staring at the sun In Digital Time

’Staring at the sun In Digital Time.mp3′

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BONUS: La Zebra – Love

Since we are talking about awesome melody remixes, heres a fresh new mix (just came out the oven yesterday) from upcoming talent electro-house DJ “La Zebra“.. and just to have fun with his name, this dude is a whole different beast.. a DJ’ing beast that is… If you like this song make sure to check out his myspace
la Zebra -LOVE

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The Music Ninja 2.0


ahhh Freeee at lasst! The weekend is here! Sad and shameful I have only done 2 posts in the last 7 days! Full Time job has become almost a full life job and from the Music Blogger Reply All madness, I have been spending my time creating and maintaining http://www.replyall.ws a forum exclusively for music bloggers. However, it is now time to continue to do (one of) the things I enjoy doing the most, post new songs here on The Music Ninja!

Whats new about The Music Ninja that makes it a new version 2.0? The site itself has not change, it is referring to the way I will start blogging from now on. Shorter posts, updated more often. I think this will be a nice change of pace and will allow me to catch up with my inbox. There are too many great songs that need to be discovered and for now, I rather post them on the blog today than spend about 4 weeks on my inbox in obscurity. This will allow me to start doing interviews and covering live shows in Orlando, Florida.

So much work and keeping busy that tonight I just needed to relax and chill out. Here is Feist And The Constantines cover of Island in the Stream

Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton)

’Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton.mp3′
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