[R&B R.LUM.R – Surfacing LP

Nashville artist R.LUM.R‘s triumphant debut album Surfacing is an alternative R&b treasure. The thirteen track project not only shows off the Island Record artists song writing ability but also his versatility and the power of his falsetto. The engulfing album is emotional at times, and thoughtful at others.

Surfacing features buzzed about pre-released singles such as “How This Feels,” “Boys Should Never Cry,” “Cold,” and the most recent release which was also his directorial debut “Lonely”, which all explore sensitive emotional issues of vulnerability, self-awareness, male identity, and mental health. On top of the prior releases it is filled with a slew of new bops, like the stand out “Happy” or the title track “Surfacing”. In addition to the release of his debut album, R.LUM.R has also announced The Surfacing Tour, which will be his first major headlining tour across North America. The 5-week, 26-city run across the U.S. and Canada will open February 20th in Nashville, and will wrap in Charlotte, NC on March 28th. Head over to his website to see the full set of tour dates and to pick up your tickets. Stream Surfacing by R.LUM.R below.

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Artist to Watch: Oliver Malcolm

Nowadays, with technology and the power of collaboration, a lot of artists utilize a number of people and team members to craft their signature sound and music. However, every once in a while, a golden goose comes by that can do it all and Oliver Malcolm is one of those.

Having started producing on a cracked Logic program when he was only 15, Malcolm has turned into a 100% force that writes, sings, produces, and plays a myriad of instruments to create his unique sound. Starting as a producer under the moniker Big Kidd, the Swedish-UK star has been blazing a trail to take his own name and artist project to the next level.

Inspired by the likes of Eminem and MGMT, Malcolm first started to work with underground rappers like MF Doom and IDK, but has most recently found himself collaborating with a wide range of artists from Cee Lo Green to Masego to D12. This exposure has influenced his own sound to be a mixture of alternative, urban, soul, and even pop. With new music on the horizon, 2020 is the year that Oliver Malcolm is sure to become a force within the music community.

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[Pop] GALXARA – KILLA KILLA

GALXARA
KILLA KILLA

Although her name and style evoke the heavens, Galxara hails from far humbler roots. The artist was raised in Florida with her Nicaraguan mother and American father, both of whom were constantly blending the styles and genres of music of both backgrounds. Growing up in such an environment, Galxara took an interest in music early on and it is clear in her vocal talent.

Now based in Los Angeles, the up and coming act has been writing and recording songs for her debut album, due out 2020 via Atlantic Records. “Killa Killa” is just a hint of what’s to come from Galxara. The demo was produced by Jake Sinclair (Panic! At The Disco, Pink, etc) and she is not messing around. When asked about the debut drop, Galxara said “Although Galxara is fantastical, she’s still me,” the singer says, “She’s not a character. Instead, she’s the person I choose to be.”

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (September 2019 Round #3)

’The Leers – Far Away’
’The Nice Nice – Hi Talk’
’Alex Siegel – Dreamers’
’If Climbing – Than I Was Before’
’ruben pol – run and hide’
’Brevin Kim – somebody, some body’
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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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[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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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 92]

One week down, and another week ready to begin. The friendly faces at The Music Ninja are here to help smooth the transition as you get back to the daily grind. As usual, Sunday Night Soul is specifically designed to wrap up your weekend the right way, so dim the lights, grab a drink and let the relaxation begin. By the way, don’t forget to click the links below to make sure you’re alerted as soon as we update the playlists on Spotify and SoundCloud!

Playlist Links:

SoundCloud || Spotify || Spotify Archive

Dani Murcia
Darkness
AKUA
If
McClenney
quiet/us
Joshua Thew
Think You’re Getting Through
Juto
Homebody
Joël
VENT (STRIPPED)
Steve Lacy
N Side
Temple Haze x narou
Please Believe Me
Fake Dad
Indigo
Jessie Reyez
Imported
AKUA
Righteous Way
Oya Noire
Bad
SNOH AALEGRA
You
SOANE
The Way It Goes
apltn x MakOto
Celeste (feat. B
Phonte
Can We
Khalid
Paradise
Juto
Yum
sebastian mikael
Time
Gallant
Gentleman (feat. T Pain) (Remix)
McClenney
Art of the Loner
anderson .paak
Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson)
Joel Culpepper
Caroline No (feat. Kojey Radical)
Lick Neon
My Face Is Hangin’ Low
sebastian mikael
Rain (feat. $ean Wire)
Juto
Wayback
Kyle Lux
Rollin’ Stone
Lola ft. Lyam
Mountain Dew
Medasin & Felly
At Fault
David Blazer
Hush (feat. Naji)
Col3trane and FKJ
Perfect Timing
omar apollo
Kickback
KAYTRANADA, VanJess
DYSFUNCTIONAL
anderson .paak
Winners Circle
Linda Diaz
Fall in Love
Phonte
Beverly Hills feat. Devin Morrison
Rosehardt
High Hopes
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