[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 150: Ninja Worldwide

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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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[Indie/Synth-Pop] xOxford – Be Yours

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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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[Dancehall] Offrami – Kumbaye feat. Rotex

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Kumbaye (feat. Rotex)

Challenging the American perspective on dance music, offrami is the cultured LA producer that enlightening the masses with each release. After exploring his craft professionally for a few years, offrami scored official remixes for notable artists by the likes of Nick Jonas and Bishop Briggs. On a mission to blend world cultures through his humbled creation, the Lebanon-raised artist traveled across the globe to film a music video in Kenya, showcasing daily life in an often misunderstood region.

On a mission to unite music from all over the world, it’s safe to say that offrami is fearless. His latest track “Kumbaye” featuring rapper Rotex is a breezy afro-centric dance joint with a colorful presence. Channeling the sounds of an oceanside vacation “Kumbaye” is as profound as it is lively. Driving hooks and catchy rhythms cascade atop Rotex’s buoyant flow, making “Kumbaye” one of offrami’s finest tracks to date. More than just music and creation, offrami is a mission-driven initiative.  

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[Denver Event] The Underground Music Showcase 2019

Rapidly approaching, from July 26th through the 28thDenver’s preeminent indie music festival, The Underground Music Showcase has announced its lineup for 2019. After updating its format last year, and adding a plethora of new stages and venues, which now totals four outdoor main stages and over 20 indoor venues, The UMS looks to once again take the city by the reigns for one amazing weekend in late July. Dotting the top of this year’s bill are the likes of Empress Of, Honne, Chicano Batman, Black Mountain, Tuxedo, Earthgang, and Still Woozy for a certifiably heavy hitting slate of headliners; but as always, the talent buyers for the UMS have flexed their mid-card and local muscles just as hard.

Additional national support includes Yves Tumor, DRAMA, LEIKELI47, Y La Bamba, Miya Frolick, Gardens & Villa, Tessa Violet, Spooky Mansion, Greyhounds, Dressy Bessy, DBUK, Kainalu, Clavvs, Rapperchicks, Rich Jones, Divino Niño, Parallelephants, Deezie Brown, and Garrett T Capps. Coming out of Colorado, we’re getting perked up for the much buzzed about set from synth-pop duo xOxford (pronounced Oxford) who will be making their live debut at the festival, as well as Mile High stalwarts including Falcon Punch, YASI, Andy Immerman, Nasty Nachos, Bud Bronson & The Goodtimers, DeCollage, Milky.WAV, and loads more.

 

As always, we will be out in full force during the hot, end-of-july weekend, so be on the lookout for your Ninja fam! Stream the official UMS 2019 playlist below, get your weekend passes for just $50, and single day tickets for the 2019 Underground Music Showcase here.

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[Music Video] Mokita – Kiss and Tell

Coming out of a successful 2018 that saw him release a range of gorgeous chill-pop masterpieces, Mokita is continuing that streak in 2019 with his first single of the year. “Kiss & Tell” will surely tug at your heart strings and is bound to pave the way for even more brilliant hybrid music to come from the hand of the Nashville-based producer and singer/songwriter soon enough. The Armada releas shows his ability to hold his own by himself without anybody helping on backing production, which an exciting and impressive direction for John-Luke Carter, who is known to most simply by his stage name Mokita.
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Finis Mundi – Right Now? [TMN Premiere]

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Right Now?

Nino De Felipe, known to most by his stage name Finis Mundi, is a producer and artist based out of Stockholm, Sweden. “Right Now?” started off as a Billie Eilish remix but turned into an original single where Mundi described the track as an “echo of a heartbroken person questioning it’s lover, ‘what makes you so happy right now?’ in silence. All alone.”

The genre-bending up and coming artist tosses warped vocals on a glitchy deep house infused record that crosses the border between R&B and Electronic music. “Right Now?” has a real ominous vibe to it that is perfect for a rainy day or dim lighting, so give it a spin and keep your eyes on Finis Mundi for the rest of 2019. Remember, you heard it here first at TMN!

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[Future Bass] TWO LANES – Back Down (ft. Kwesi)

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Back Down (ft. Kwesi)

TWO LANES are continuing to unveil their upcoming EP. After a hugely successful initial run with their first single, they’re well on their way to a massive EP release. “Back Down” featuring Kwesi is a strong next step in the right direction for these two brothers.

“Back Down” takes a cool, collected approach to the future bass sound. While the brothers don’t dive head first into the style, they certainly were inspired by its invigorating catchiness. Add in Kwesi’s addictive vocals and you have yourself a track you’ll never be backing down from. Throw this one on repeat and get your copy of it today.

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