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[Festival Preview] CRSSD Festival: Oliver Nelson’s Prep Playlist, San Diego 10/1-2


San Diego isn’t the first locale you think of when talking about big music festivals but that’s changed quickly this year with the help of CRSSD Festival, a collaboration between San Diego’s FNGRS CRSSD & festival heavy weights Goldenvoice. With a stacked bill and idyllic backdrop, the first installment in March proved a huge success (you can read our review here) helping cultivate a fanbase sure to bring their friends along this time around. The fall edition of CRSSD boasts possibly an even stronger lineup than the last promising the perfect place to both see some of your favorite acts and discover new ones. For all you ninjas who will be in Waterfront Park next weekend, nu-disco aficionado Oliver Nelson, who will be playing at the City Steps stage, put together a playlist to help you prepare. If you’re still undecided, it’s not too late–you can grab tickets here.

Mark Ronson
I Cant Lose Ft. Keyone Starr (Pomo Remix)
Sunshine ft. Dan Harkna (Radio Edit)
Julio Bashmore
Holding On feat. Sam Dew
Them Changes
Miami Horror
Sober feat Queen Magic (Childish Gambino Cover)
Isla Feat. Kaleem Taylor (Radio Edit)
Shelter ft. Alex Mills
Sam Padrul
Why Do I Do (Ft. Jason Gaffner)
Years & Years
Desire (Jerry Folk Remix)
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[Festival Preview] Symbiosis Gathering 2015: Tone of Arc’s Prep Playlist, 09/17-20


Particularly during this time of year, there seems to be a music festival every weekend. Although we, of course, value the lineups as much as anyone, it’s equally important to think about the experience as a 360 one–not just a place to watch your favorite artists perform but also one to celebrate and enjoy the culture that surrounds it. With every event, the vibe and crowd are different, but few have done a better job of cultivating an all-encompassing, yet laid-back, atmosphere than Northern California’s Symbiosis Gathering.

Nestled on the Woodward Reservoir in Northern California, Symbiosis has the immediate appeal of a scenic camping location with beautiful wilderness sitting on a lake that festival goers are free to enjoy. In its tenth year now, Symbiosis has created a culture outside of just the music and backdrop that brings workshops, yoga courses and art installations to the event. This year, they’ll even be introducing the concept of ‘Art Boats,’ which will allow attendees to bring their own creativity with them by creating amphibious vehicles that can roam the grounds.

Aside from the diverse experience, the festival’s lineup this year may be their best yet with artists including Nicolas JaarFour TetGriZ and Sylvan Esso serving as headliners but a strong bill from top to bottom. For those of you who will be in attendance tomorrow, we asked San Francisco’s own Tone of Arc to put together a playlist to prepare you for their set, which you can check out below. If you haven’t gotten a ticket yet, and are feeling like you need an escape this weekend, they are still for sale here.

Shiny Objects
The Velvet Slide
Tone of Arc
Run Rabbit Run (Eric Volta Running With The White Rabbit Mix)
Paul McCartney & Wings Vs. Timo Maas & James Teej
1985 /// BBC Radio 1 /// Essential New Tune
Navid Izadi
Lost in the Fold Pt. 2
Always (Brett Johnsons House Bump Mix (Vocal Version)
Tone of Arc
Chant No. 1
If I Try (Tone Of Arc Remix)
Leonard Cohen
Nevermind (PillowTalk Rerub)
Kenny Glasgow
Open Your Mind
Signal Flow, Navid Izadi, Jonny Cruz, Pattern Drama
Colours Feat. Gretz
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Introducing Music Ninja Radio on! (Fridays 4-6PM PST)


We’ve been serving up the latest and greatest tracks for close to six years now. From embedded SoundCloud links, to streaming HTML5 players, we’ve covered all the bases in the Internet music game. Now, it’s time to add a new medium with some old school flare, to our clan. That’s right, we’re getting an online radio show on the coolest station in San Francisco–Best Frequencies Forever aka!

Starting this week, Bay Area editor Ash will be hosting Music Ninja Radio every Friday from 4-6PM PST. For those of you who’ve been following us for a while, you might already recognize BFF as we’ve been guest DJing monthly with our friends at Make it Funky, who’ve also got an awesome show on the station. Music Ninja Radio will be everything you know and love about us–an eclectic mix of the latest tunes across genres fused with material from the pioneers who inspired our contemporary favorites. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the BFF community and to have yet another medium to spread our passion for music to the world.

You’ll be able to listen straight from the BFF website or on the Soundtap or TuneIn apps. If you can’t tune in live, you can find full archives on our show page, where you can also read a more in-depth description of our plans for Music Ninja Radio.

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[4th of July Playlist] The Music Ninja’s July 4[0] Dojo


Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin? Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep six feet under? Screams but no one seems to hear a thing. Do you know that there’s still a chance for you ’cause there’s a spark in you? You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July…

You guys are all Fireworks!!! Enjoy our eclectic 4th of July playlist–fitting for your pre, during and post celebrations (don’t worry there’s no Katy Perry in there).

As a wise Ninja once said, “Fourth me up fam!” Peep below or check it on Soundcloud here.

Phony Ppl
End Of The Night (Louis Futon Remix)
Pharrell ft. Jay Z
Frontin (Disclosure ReWork)
Free n Losh
I Love You So
Time (Lxury Remix)
Trails & Ways
Justin Timberlake
My Luv (Sable Edit)
Get Down (ft. Sunsquabi And Manic Focus)
Dance On Me
Masego x Medasin ~ Sunday Vibes
Lion Babe
Treat Me Like Fire (Snakehips Remix)
Memories That You Call (BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD Remix)
The Knocks
Modern Hearts ft. St. Lucia
At All
No Maam Feat. Rome Fortune & Rich The Kid
Big Wild
La Brisa X International Players Anthem
Peking Duck
High (Yahtzel Remix)
Chet Faker x SAINT WKND
Stevie Wonder
Superstition (C2C Remix)
Them Changes
Toro Y Moi
Empty Nesters
Daye Jack
Still Barking
Kendrick Lamar
Westside, Right On Time ft. Young Jeezy
Danny Brown
Grown Up
House Party
Big Dope P Hit Da Blokk (Rustie Remix)
Aloe Blacc
I Need A Dollar (Big Gigantic Remix)
Day Wave
Total Zombie
Bob Marley
Jammin (Kungs Remix)
John Denver
Country Roads (Pretty Lights Remix)
Jay Z & Kanye West
Otis feat. Otis Redding
Heaven Only Knows (Ft. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)
Bombay Bicycle Club
Home By Now (Nicita Remix)
The Watermelons
Best Of You
Bobby Nourmand
Birds (original)
Beautiful Light
Feed Me Jack
Definitely You
Club Cheval
From The Basement To The Roof
Dojo (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
Main Attrakionz
Summa Time
Janet Jackson
Got Til Its Gone (Dr. MaD REMIX)
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[Electronic] Breakup – Roads To Rome (Ji Nilsson Remix)

Roads To Rome (Ji Nilsson Remix)

Taking the chance to shine with a new remix this week is Swedish singer/songwriter Ji Nilsson, who presents her dynamic and irresistible rework of Breakup’s ‘Roads To Rome.’

Already proving a popular release from Universal Sweden and Svenska Inspelningar, this track has been given a summery gloss by the talented Nilsson, who adds a driving R&B beat and complements the already glorious vocals with gliding piano chords. This remix will certainly strike a chord with festival revellers this season, and it pays brilliant homage to Breakup’s prior production.

If this one has got you bobbing away, (as it has us), you can stream it here.


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Show Me

Since premiering “Show Me” two months ago, we’ve been anxiously awaiting more music from this up-and-coming Orlando artist. Unfortunately, we’re still a ways off from hearing “Be Honest,” so we’re giving you the next best thing: an in-depth interview.

Take a few minutes off from whatever it is you’re up to and get to know the intriguing R.LUM.R

What does the name R.LUM.R (pronounced ar-luhm-ar) derive from? 

R.LUM.R is the representation of everything I am at his point.

To be brief about it, it’s a combination of my first and middle name. Growing up, I was always made to be ashamed of myself about being who I wanted to be and liking what I liked, so I hid it all. It was for a multitude of reasons, and for the sake of brevity I won’t get specific, but it can mostly be boiled down to pressure to be “blacker” and the insidious effects that has on one’s psyche, but I did what I was told, and whatever I thought a person like me was supposed to do.

My middle name, Lamar, was just one I never really felt attached to. So I hid that.

Getting my starts in music, I played acoustic and released and performed music as a singer-songwriter for a long time, which started basically because of my limited resources, and I kept going because of the positive ways I was affecting the world around me through that medium, but there’s always been another part of me that wanted to explore the stuff I’m exploring now, but never had the bravery or resources.

So in the process of evolving into this music, I wanted to do something that pulled from my past and exposed all those things, but created a clear focus on the future. Reggie, my first name, is in the first R, and with it being at the beginning of R.LUM.R, it’s the past, and the music I created that got me here. Though I’m evolving, I don’t want to abandon where I came from.
LUM is part of Lamar (my middle name) and represents the parts of myself I’d always hidden, and the present time. It means to me that I can take that stuff from back then and wear it proudly, turning it into positives. It’s also the center of the idea right now, so it’s fitting for it to be sitting where it is visually.

The last R is the future and the person I can be, coexisting with the person i’ve always been. Lamar ends with an “r”, and Reggie starts with an “r”, so it’s like bringing the ideas of the past and the present together, but in the future.
I hope that wasn’t too convoluted. lol
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[New Wave] Mirror Talk – Some Boys

Mirror Talk
Some Boys

We don’t know about you ninjas, but once that clock hits 5 pm on a Friday, we feel like we’re king of the world…at least until the weekend ends. There’s almost nothing better in the world than heading home on a Friday, with no more work to worry about, while listening to some great music.

If there was a song that perfectly described the feeling above, it would be Mirror Talk‘s new original, “Some Boys.” The track teleports you straight back into the 80s – boombox, mixtape,denim jacket and all – making you feel like you’re in The Breakfast Club throwing your fist in the air. “Some Boys” is the second release off of their forthcoming 1997 EP, and on the track, the LA-based quartet stays true to their synth-heavy, ballad-esque style. Frontman Court Alexander’s soulful croons shine through the powerful synth ballad and stunning melodic hook. 1997 is slated to be released on May 19th via Yellow Year Records, so be sure to check out Mirror Talk’s upcoming EP and check out “Some Boys” above!

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