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Introducing Music Ninja Radio on BFF.fm! (Fridays 4-6PM PST)

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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 BFF.fm!

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

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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
Jungle
Time (Lxury Remix)
Trails & Ways
Skeletons
Justin Timberlake
My Luv (Sable Edit)
Griz
Get Down (ft. Sunsquabi And Manic Focus)
GoldLink
Dance On Me
Masego x Medasin ~ Sunday Vibes
Lion Babe
Treat Me Like Fire (Snakehips Remix)
ODESZA
Memories That You Call (BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD Remix)
The Knocks
Modern Hearts ft. St. Lucia
Kaytranada
At All
iLoveMakonnen
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
Lover
Stevie Wonder
Superstition (C2C Remix)
Thundercat
Them Changes
Toro Y Moi
Empty Nesters
Daye Jack
Still Barking
Kendrick Lamar
Westside, Right On Time ft. Young Jeezy
Danny Brown
Grown Up
StarRo
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
Towkio
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)
Uppermost
Beautiful Light
Feed Me Jack
Definitely You
Club Cheval
From The Basement To The Roof
Curren$y
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)

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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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Get to know R.LUM.R [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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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

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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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[House] Beyoncé, With You – Partition (Remix)

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Beyoncé, With You.
Partition (Remix)

The ZHU trend is in full force. The masked dance virtuoso made his break into music with the mantra of letting his music speak for himself. Now, it seems that many have tried to implement the same scheme into their artist projects, but the ideology only works if the music sticks. The newest to jump on the enigmatic train is a producer named With You and his remix of Beyonce’s “Partition” absolutely caught our ears to see what he was all about.

With You places the international pop superstar amidst an addictive house environment that he then throws in a set of sexy French murmurs to beef up the passion. When it comes to the bassline, With You jacks up the throb to really pulsate through your ears and into your core. With all the deep house being pumped out, it sometimes can get cloudy, but With You’s newest remix truly puts itself in the top tier of rising names. It’s up for free download so be sure to snag this one.

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[House] Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody (The Rooftop Boys Remix)

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Ain't Nobody (The Rooftop Boys Remix) [Radio Edit]

The Rooftop Boys have been on a tear since they graced the dance music world with their first remix of Yeezy’s “Bound 2″ nine months ago. Their blend of tropical and future house elements are incomparable and really separate them from other producers trying to find their own niche in both genres. Just before festivals begin to kick off and summer is in full force, The Rooftop Boys have injected a fiery stimulant into Felix Jaehn’s revamp of Chaka Khan’s 80s hit “Ain’t Nobody.”

Jasmine Thompson is on vocals at the tender age of 14, but her voice is well beyond her youthful years with its mature complexity. The Rooftop Boys tend to her gracefulness with their boisterous melodies, but give it that extra edginess with a pounding, future house bass. Ultimately, its clear that the NYC duo should trademark their sound because it is truly an admirable one. Check it out below and add it to your growing summer playlist.

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