Paco Versailles – Unwind [TMN PREMIERE]

Paco Versailles
Unwind (Mastered)

The sun is shining bright and summer is in full swing, especially in Ibiza, Mallorca, Tenerife and the many other beaches Spain has to offer. But why am I bringing up Ibiza? Do we have another EDM banger that will melt your face off with its radiating progressive bass? Not quite, but we have something just as satisfying and perhaps, even more refreshing that speaks to the heart of Spain. We are pleased to introduce you to Paco Varsailles.

Guitarist/composer Vahagni and songwriter/producer Ryan Merchant have combined two very distinct sounds, blending together rhythmic flamenco guitar with a prominent French disco electronic production, paving the way to a new genre they are calling Dancemenco.

The result is simply a fantastic poolside disco track that forces you to enjoy yourself. The flamenco instrumentation spreads across the track providing a new, almost foreign foundation in contrast with the nostalgic, inherently French production that we know so well. Spanish meets French for a European-influenced track that will no doubt be played in the beach parties of Miami.

You can listen to their single Unwind above, and also catch them tonight, June 26th at, The Peppermint in Los Angeles.

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Why waste time say lot word when few indie dojo tracks do trick?
’El Rocko – Half The Day’
’Make Friends – Drop Naked’
’The Tame and the Wild – Cold Is The Water’
’Mike Edel – Slowly’
’We Are All Fossils – Just A Little Spark’
’Katie Buchanan – The Hardest Part’
’surup – Best Time’
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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 150: Ninja Worldwide

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

Music Ninja Radio
Episode 150: Ninja Worldwide

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It was only fitting that the 150th episode of TMN Radio was one of the most eclectic yet — a true testament to how the show has pushed my music explorations forward. This episode features music from Nigeria, Mali, Turkey, Niger, France, The Congo, Ghana, England, Sweden and more making it the most internationally focused episode to date. Highlights include the beautiful Tuareg guitar of Tinariwen, psychedelic renditions of Turkish folk songs from Altın Gün, a summer essential from Ghana-natives Onipa and a medley of tracks in honor of French engineer/producer/artist Philippe Zdar who tragically passed last week. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to put this show together every week for nearly 4 years now. Help keep BFF.fm thriving and growing by contributing our Summer Sustainer fundraiser here.

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Whatever brought you to this Indie Dojo was truly meant to be. Just hit play and you will see. K, maybe we’ll just skip the poetry and stick to what we do best. Finding all the good indie jams and putting them together into a lovely little playlist just for you, boo.

’Fake Dad – Can U B My Home?’
’Mattie Leon – Boy’
’Andrew Phelan – Charlottetown’
’James Beau Barclay – Want Me’
’Portair – You Should Go’
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’Friedberg – Go Wild’
’Johnny Utah – HONEYPIE (music video out now)’
’TimAyre – Laxx’
’Lanai – Follow the Sun’
’Podge – Yuka
Peno’
’Julia Church – Heartless (Kanye West Cover)’
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[Indie/Synth-Pop] xOxford – Be Yours

xOxford
Be Yours

The dog days of Summer are just around the corner, which brings with it a host of certifiably sunny synth and dance tunes for our sonic consumption… for better or for worse. And while the songs themselves are always aplenty this time of year, sorting through every impending Summer’s slew of quality entries can be another feat entirely. But when that consummate symbiosis of timing, production and feel coalesce so harmoniously through one song; it makes these endless hours of perusing absolutely worth it.

Enter Denver based dream-pop duo xOxford (pronounced “oxford”) and their syrupy-sweet yet deeply emotive debut single “Be Yours”. “Be Yours” rides a sticky topline synth, soulfully booming reverberations ensconced in delay, and an infectiously soothing analog bassline that has this one ear-worming its way through our house monitors like few before it.

After years toiling as solo artists, the pair -comprised of singer/songwriter Rhema Srihartiti who as as a vocalist has lent her voice to blog hits from the likes of Tim Legend & option4, and prolific Denver producer & DJ Eric Lake- seem to have finally landed on a project which provides the breathing room to truly express their artistic range and tastes. “I feel like coming from dance music, a lot of times we can take ourselves too seriously, xOxford is a really fun project. We take it seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously. Music can be super-powerful and super-political, but sometimes it’s important to just have fun and have songs to relate to and sing to.” From a couple that cites influences as obvious as New Order and LCD Soundsystem, to contemporary influences including Provoker, Black Marble and Eli Escobar; these are exciting words to a music writer’s ears.

xOxford will be polishing up more singles, and a planned EP as we head into the Summer, with their debut live show set for Denver’s Underground Music Showcase. Until then, stream “Be Yours” above and be on the lookout for plenty more from xOxford in the coming months.

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’3 Roses – WOMB’
’Pelicandy – White Sky’
’Clavvs – Lay Back’
’Dekleyn – CARS’
’Selmer – Thinkin’ Freely’
’Paradisia – What a Fool’
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