[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 280)

Today we’re ready to get the party started right off the bat, no pre-game necessary. We’re jumping right into the fun with some heaters from Jace Mek, Dusty Bits, ATLiens x TYNAN, Crystalize and more, including the debut single from Birthdayy Partyy to kick things off properly. As we do every Friday, we’re delivering a dozen free downloads for you to enjoy while you’re letting loose over the weekend. We’re starting things off hot and it only gets hotter until the last few tracks where we’re looking to ease into the end of the night with some vibey james from a range of talents. Enough of this blabbering though, let’s get the party started, shall we?

’Birthdayy Partyy – Unwrapped (ft. Rico Act)’
’Jacek Mek – Lost’
’Jameston Theives – Ghost (Dusty Bits Remix)’
’HIDDN X RIVERO – Shadow’
’Switch Up (Kyral x Banko Flip)’
’ATLiens & TYNAN – Malfunction’
’Martin Garrix – Animals (Crystalize Remix)’
’KLAXX – Stars’
’X&G – Belong (JEANIE Flip)’
’Silva –
intentions’

’WAVES – Still Dreamin (feat. Angeline)’
’Dooqu – Letting Go (ft. Trove)’
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[Electronic] Culprate – Unity Project, Pt. 3

Culprate has been flexing hard with his latest string of EPs that he’s dubbed the Unity Project. Two were released and now the third is here with another batch of collaborators including Protostar, Aether and many more. As with the other two EPs, this carries a conceptual vibe throughout for a cohesive release from start to finish.

Coming in at six tracks it is equal in length as the other two releases. With it Culprate and friends bring an ethereal landscape to life with various tones and textures that piece together for what may be the best part of this series yet. They really did something different with this one and we’re loving it in the dojo. Looking to support the project and grab a copy for yourself? Head over to Bandcamp to do so!

’Culprate & Quok – Aqueous’
’Culprate & Keota Ft. Sophie Meiers – Mechanic Heartbeat’
’Culprate & Protostar – Duality’
’Culprate & Bloom – Aurora’
’Culprate & Frequent – Drifting’
’Culprate & Aether – Flora’
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[Indie/Synth-Pop] Yoke Lore – Goodpain (Blondage Remix)

YOKE LORE
Goodpain (Blondage Remix)

Brooklyn based indie-pop auteur Adrian Galvin (formerly of Walk the Moon) spins lush webs of synth soaked pop music under the Yoke Lore moniker, and closed out 2017 with the release of an excellent EP: Goodpain. This past weekend, Yoke Lore’s Goodpain was buoyed by the release of an accompanying Goodpain Remixes sister-EP featuring indie mainstays including Yeasayer, Chad Valley, Shy Girls and more; and we’ve been happily consuming it in the time since.

Standing tall among Yoke Lore’s impressive offering of remixes is Danish electro-pop duo Blondage‘s sparkling treatment of the EP’s title track “Goodpain”. Blondage unravels Lore’s original melody, infusing their revision with a healthy dose of soulful piano stabs, and a bent take on its hooky synth line. Instrumentally, the pair manage to simultaneously gloss up their version of the tune, while also painting flecks of a more minimal approach to pop music throughout. Be sure to check out the rest of Yoke Lore’s Goodpain Remixes EP, but until then stream Blondage’s remix of “Goodpain” above.

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[Electro] Solstis – Open Your Eyes

Solstis
Open Your Eyes

It may take some time, but electro is definitely making a comeback. Although the style can be split between BPMs, the sound is much the same and today we’re sharing with you a midtempo marvel called “Open Your Eyes” by Solstis. This original is the third single off the duo’s upcoming debut album set for release next month.

“Open Your Eyes” doesn’t pull any punches with its warehouse ready basslines that are full of aggression and grit. This industrial-influenced monster may not be as fast paced as a lot of electro out there, but Solstis manages to input enough groove to get the perfect swing for a headbanger’s anthem. Raw, unrefined and truly a work of bass-driven art, “Open Your Eyes” is likely to continue to terrorize sets until the end of Summer 2018 and beyond. Best part about it is it’s a free download!

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 278)

Let’s start 2018 off right by jumping straight into the party this week! In this volume of our Friday Party Playlist we’re bringing a ton of energy early on and keeping it up through the entirety of the set. If you’re using these tracks tonight, then you’ll be in for one wild ride. We’ve collected our favorite free downloads over the week and compiled them here with works from Hot Mess, Goshfather, k?d, YehMe2, Pixel Terror, Virtual Riot, Jantsen, Crystalize and more. All together you should have what you need to take your first official weekend of 2018 to the highest of levels. Party hard, stay safe!

’Lauv – Paris In The Rain (Hot Mess Remix)’
’Boehm x Aalyiah – If Your Girl Only Knew (2018)’
’ARMNHMR Farewell ft. Aviella (Goshfather Remix)’
’k?d – Glass’
’A Different Way (YehMe2 Remix)’
’ATB – Ecstasy (Pixel Terror Power
Up)’
’Virtual Riot – Everyday Ft. Yosie (VIP)’
’Jantsen – Kaiju’s Theme’
’Knife Party – Rage Valley (Crystalize Remix)’
’Gladez – Mile High Club’
’Element & zav – Broken’
’Godly(SINGLE) – ash.ØK featuring Kaly X Rah Sungee’
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[17 To End 2017] Ninja Clayton’s Best of the Year

A friend in the music industry told me a few years ago about a study that shows changes in musical tastes as you grow older. There comes a certain point where you shift the weight of your interest from discovering new music to revisiting music that meant something to you at different points in your life.

This year was that year for me. I don’t think I’ll ever go full-blown “you kids don’t understand good music” mode, but I did spend a good portion of my year looking back, rather than forward. Thrice, Strung Out, As I Lay Dying, Metallica (pre-Black album), Pantera, and countless other punk and metal acts filled my headphones, leaving little time for much discovery.

But, as much as I delved into songs from my past, my profession keeps me into up-and-coming acts, which continued to impress me throughout 2017. Here are my 17 favorites, in no particular order:

Martin Luke Brown – ‘Opalite’

I received an offer to premiere “Opalite” earlier this year. It was a no-brainer. I immidiately loved the juxstaposition between booming kick drums and raw, enchanting vocals. In fact, not only did Martin Luke Brown deliver one of my favorite songs, but he also became one of my new favorite artists.

’Opalite’
Martin Luke Brown – ‘Into Yellow’

The artist so nice, I listed him twice. Holy, hell. ‘Into Yellow’ is absolutely gorgeous. Definitely one of the highlights from this past year. It calls on associations of other solo-vocalists like James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, and Bon Iver. If I were you, I would definitely keep him on your ‘Artists to Watch’ lists in 2018.

’Into Yellow’
Mat Hunsley – ‘Do You Need Me Near’

Mat Hunsley’s folky gem always gets me longing for epic summer adventures in the mountains. His voice is powerful, dreamy, and soothing. It’s the perfect accompaniment to whatever warm weather activities lie ahead later this year. I just can’t wait to crack out this one out come May.

’Do You Need Me Near’
James Vincent McMorrow – ‘True Care’

JVM is one of my absolute favorite artists and will be till the end of time. To put it into perspective–my wife walked down the isle to ‘Cavalier.’ When I interviewed him and let him know, he dedicated it to us later at his show. ‘True Care’ is my favorite off his 2017 album offering. It’s raw, gorgeous, and showcases what everyone should know about him–he’s one of the voices of our generation.

Absofacto – ‘Light Outside’

I’ve been head over heels for Absofacto for years. It was an absolute pleasure to see him come roaring back with a stellar new tune. ‘Light Outside’ is absolutely worthy of you belting out each and every lyric as you drive to work. Take one listen and see for your self.

’Light Outside’
Someone – ‘Forget Forgive’

Someone delivered one of the most beautifully simplistic tunes from 2017. It’s very minimal, but offers a completely encompassing experience from start to finish.

’Forget Forgive’
Sam Dew – ‘Runner’

I first got turned on to Sam Dew with his Bill Wither’s cover. I would love to include that, but it’s a few years old, so I’ll opt to showcase another tune. ‘Runner’ is dubbed as R&B, but the heavy, distorted bassline guides it into the alternative realm, crossing genre lines with ease. It’s a fantastic tune and one that left a lasting impression on me.

’Runner’
Northern Faces – ‘Messin’ With Me’

Absolutely loved this indie rock jam from NY-based trio Northern Faces. With a big, bold, anthemic nature, I was immidiately hooked on ‘Messin’ With Me’ and could see this as a pivoting point for a huge 2018.

’Northern Faces – Messin’ With Me’
Moncrieff – ‘Symptoms’

Gritty, bluesy and soulful. This Londoner has plenty of attitude to share, and ‘Symptoms’ is the perfect embodiment of that edge. It’s raw and powerful, but still beautifully refined.

’Symptoms’
Vilde – ‘Just Visiting’

I wrote up a few tracks from Vilde this year. I love his unique tone and range and inventive instrumentation. It has such a unique air around it, one which I couldn’t shake throughout 2017. Keep your eyes peeled for more from this up-and-coming artist.

’Just Visiting’
The War On Drugs – ‘Pain’

I didn’t get into many albums this year, but The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding was one of the few. It was a body of work that shimmered with reflections with the likes of Dylan and Springsteen. Fantastic listening experience, through and through, with ‘Pain’ leading the way for me, personally.

Butterjack – ‘Good Girls’

One hell of a tune from an artist that has less than 100 followers on Soundcloud. It’s smooth, groovy, and has lyrics that keep you coming back. Be on the lookout for Butterjack in 2018.

’GoodGirls’
Eat More Cake – ‘Heat of the Night’

Undoubtedly my favorite new song from 2017. I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve listened to it. All I have to say is thank you, Eat More Cake.

’Eat More Cake – Heat Of The Night (Original Mix)’
Bobby Nourmand – ‘D U S T’

Bobby is a close, personal friend of mine. I typically don’t include him in lists like these because it feels a little awkward. But, I’ve been waiting on this track’s release for years. It’s easily one of my favorite works by him and I simply cannot leave it out. Absolutely brilliant piece from one of my favorite people on Earth.

’D U S T’
Icarus ft. Talay Riley – ‘Trouble’

Hot damn, I grooved my ass off to this number quite a few times in 2017. The horns, the lyrics, the driving, four-to-the-floor beat all add up to one of my top picks from this year. It shouldn’t come as any surprise, though. Icarus has been killing it regularly.

’Trouble (feat. Talay Riley) (Extended)’
Walker & Royce – ‘Take Me To Your Leader’

Despite my growing age and receding hairline, I do, in fact, like to still get out on the dance floor and boogie. This tune from Walker & Royce was always my go-to when I was ready to ramp up for an evening out. Sporting silly lyrics from Dances With White Women, it’s a carefree party-starter. Big ups, boys.

’Walker & Royce – Take Me To Your Leader (Radio Edit)’
Jesse Ware – ‘Midnight’ (Goldie Remix)

Oof. This track saw a heavy placement in my regular rotation. I’m a massive DnB head and this Goldie jam not only holds a place in my 2017 favorite list, but in my all-time DnB favorites.

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 97: Ash’s Best of 2017

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 #97: Ash's Best of 2017

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We had a very rare episode to close out 2017 featuring all my favorite tunes of the year and a special guest appearance from former co-host Ninja Dom, in town from London. I started this playlist with about 12 hours worth of music and ended up focusing on tracks from my favorite albums of the year. To round it all out, I mixed together 11 of my favorite 2017 house tracks. We have some even more comprehensive end of year lists from our staff coming to the website later this week so stay locked. Thanks to everyone and anyone who rocked with Music Ninja Radio in 2017! – Ash

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