It’s so easy to fall into a funk. Nothing goes right, nothing feels right, and when its REALLY bad, nothing even sounds right. It’s horrible. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever. When you are down in the dumps, it never hurts to call on some of your friends or even better…an Indie Dojo. Cause, we’ll be here. In good music and in bad. You’ve got a ninja.
LA production duo Vindataare veterans of the electronic music scene who have maintained a refreshing sound through the genre’s various twists and turns. With backgrounds in hip-hop production they were onto elements of the EDM Trap sound long before the sub-genre existed but, at the same time, were pioneers in straight electro music as well–I can still recall blasting their remix of Band Of Skulls’ “Fires” out of my dorm room 5 years ago. Over the last couple years, they’ve been particularly prolific with both originals and remixes (their take on Odesza’s “Without You” being a personal favorite) culminating in their latest EP–Through Time and Space.
The project spans, and builds on, their various sonic explorations proving a fascinating combination of sounds cataloguing their journey as artists thus far. The EP opens with the booming “Spirals,” a straight electro banger that long-time fans will appreciate. Following that enormous intro, as its name promises, the EP takes the listener on a journey with upbeat, R&B-influenced cuts like “Own Life” and “Gypsy” to more chilled-out, atmospheric tracks like the closer “Can’t Say No.” The track “Wide Awake” stands out as the catchiest tune with its beautifully screeching chorus but, as with all the songs, its emotional power is accentuated in the context of what is a truly cohesive project.
Through Time and Space is out now via OWSLA— you can stream it in full below and grab a copy over at iTunes here.
The week is finally over, and the Friday Party Playlist is here. Let’s get things going, shall we? We start things off with Tommie Sunshine and KANDY, along with a Grant Lazo mashup of some classic records to get the mood just right for tonight. Then, we take “Uber” to the party where Kastra, Choppa Dunks, YOOK!E and more turn things up for a solid night of good tunes from both the house and bass realms. As always, every track here is available for free, so make sure once you’re done partying tonight, come back tomorrow and download them for your digital library. And remember, #danceirresponsibly.
If you haven’t heard of LittleKings, you’re missing out. The Dutch production duo just put out their first track ever, and it’s pretty damn good. “Part Of Me” features Kareem‘s strong vocals mixed with a tropical dance vibe and melodies that will stick with you for a long time. The crafty synths are well put together, and are supported by a series of light strings in the drop. The transition from emotionally driven melody to an enchanting groove more than highlights this tune.
We are excited to see what else LittleKings has in store for us. Make sure to stay tuned and vibe away to this awesome gem!
Starting the week off with some smooth soulful R&B is the way to go. Last week, Miami artists WNWD released the first single off their upcoming District EP. “Cruise” is the the act’s only song on Soundcloud right now, but soon it will be filled with more great records. For now, we have a free download that everyone needs to get. Although it’s angelic with a soft tone, trap lovers will gravitate towards its hip-hop influenced sound. Sing along, and lose yourself in the easy going instrumental. As far as new acts go, WNWD is one to look out for. They have a unique style that will surely broaden once they unravel some more songs to us. We’re excited to see what they can do, as their crossover potential is huge. Have a listen to “Cruise” and try to tell us otherwise.
It’s a little later than usual, so let’s get jump started. This week has had a load of free downloads to choose from, but we narrowed it down to twelve exceptional ones that we felt we needed to share with you today. Whether you’re looking for big name tracks, or hidden gems, we got you here. From Disco Fries 1986 bootleg to the Snails and HeRobust VIP to NYMZ remix “Still In Love,” you will be partying hard. Try not to go too hard, though. It may be tough with how amazing these tracks are, but we’ll let you decide if they tickle your fancy as well. Rage on, and #danceirresponsibly.
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.