San Diego isn’t the first locale you think of when talking about big music festivals but that’s changed quickly this year with the help of CRSSD Festival, a collaboration between San Diego’s FNGRS CRSSD & festival heavy weights Goldenvoice. With a stacked bill and idyllic backdrop, the first installment in March proved a huge success (you can read our review here) helping cultivate a fanbase sure to bring their friends along this time around. The fall edition of CRSSD boasts possibly an even stronger lineup than the last promising the perfect place to both see some of your favorite acts and discover new ones. For all you ninjas who will be in Waterfront Park next weekend, nu-disco aficionado Oliver Nelson, who will be playing at the City Steps stage, put together a playlist to help you prepare. If you’re still undecided, it’s not too late–you can grab tickets here.
I Cant Lose Ft. Keyone Starr (Pomo Remix)
Sunshine ft. Dan Harkna (Radio Edit)
Holding On feat. Sam Dew
Sober feat Queen Magic (Childish Gambino Cover)
Isla Feat. Kaleem Taylor (Radio Edit)
Shelter ft. Alex Mills
Why Do I Do (Ft. Jason Gaffner)
Years & Years
Desire (Jerry Folk Remix)
The Birds of Finland
Every time we hear a new song from Texas-based Conner Youngblood, we have to stop and ask ourselves, “Why isn’t this kid blowing up right now?” Not to discredit the success he’s already experienced, especially given the reach of tracks like “Australia” and “The Warpath.” But, in our eyes, Conner Youngblood should be a household name. He’s been a long-time favorite of ours, both within TMN HQ, and individually amongst writers, and it can’t be too much longer before droves of others are proclaiming the same.
There’s a certain casual, unassuming, and welcoming vibe from Youngblood’s music. It’s not pretentious. It’s not overly complicated. It’s just…good. “Birds of Finland” shows us that again, as we experience a blend of experimental and familiar. We’re welcomed in by strange, vocoder-filtered vocals, oriental-style strings, and understanded piano keys. The song transitions into a powerful, building folk song, highlighted by that voice we’ve come to know and love through the years.
“Birds of Finland” can be found on his upcoming EP, Generation of Lift, due out October 9th.
It seems like it’s been ages since we first came across the incapacitating and hauntingly beautiful voice of Ms. Ofelia K. In reality, though, it’s only been a handful of months since we fell head-over-heels with “White T-Shirt.” Like a pleasant, unexpected text from a long time friend, this impressive indie chanteuse has come back into our lives, and we’re pretty damn thrilled about it.
“Gone” draws listeners in with a slow, calming, piano-driven build, which eventually leads us to those softly-sung vocals we’re so easily enamored with. Coupled with a reverberating beat, playful synths, and subdued percussion, “Gone” will quickly have you lost deep inside your own mind, and blissfully so.
PatrickReza: W(≈)MPS FOR WATER
We’ve had the pleasure of watching PatrickReza evolve over the years, continually relishing in his inventive tunes, regardless of genre. Now, we get to see the next step in his evolution, as he turns his attention onto providing clean water for people in Kenya, Uganda, India and Haiti.
Fans of Reza won’t want to miss the opportunity to win a pair of his signed SOL REPUBLIC headphones. On top of the chance to pick up this legendary piece of memorabilia, each entry will buy water filters which can provide a person with clean water for a year. Think about it this way – if you contribute the minimum ($2), you’ll provide 40,000 gallons of clean water to those in need. Pretty insane, right?
To highlight his recent campaign with our buddies over at Cadence & Cause, Mr. Reza has dialed up an absolutely filthy mix, which includes a few unreleased tunes, as well as some of his favorites at the moment. If you’re really feeling it, you can get it for free by entering to win his headphones. That’s also the only way you can figure out what the tracklist is too.
Cant Feel My Face Ft. Ian Everson
It won’t be long before Minneapolitans, St. Paulites, and the rest of Minnesotans find an all too familiar second meaning to the line “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Whether or not this stellar remix from Twin City-based producer/DJ had that in mind when he stepped into the studio will remain unknown. What we do know is this – this remix/cover, which was dialed up by Truancy and vocalist Ian Everson, will certainly heat up the dance floor for the coming months, providing not only Minnesota, but the rest of the country with a vehicle to warm themselves up while cutting some rug.
In a city where bass and big drops reign supreme, this up-and-coming producer is being hailed as somewhat of a hometown hero, serving up those who want to populate the early morning windowless warehouses. One listen through this artful house interpretation should have you feeling the movement he’s currently spearheading, by means of a driving kick, funky bassline, enveloping melodies, and those sultry vocals.
As he’s done in his own scene, Truancy (with the help of Ian Anderson) separates himself from the pack of other producers across the globe who took on this wildly popular song. To top it off, this remix is a prelude to something bigger than himself, which will be coming out next week via the charitable music platform, Cadence & Cause.
We suggest you stay tuned and find out what exactly that will be.
High (feat. Waka Flocka Flame & Dylan Guthro)
Released as a part of The Last of Us album, “High” is a single from the Halifax group Neon Dreams who collaborated with none other than the great Waka Flocka Flame and fellow Nova Scotian Dylan Guthro. The vocal juxtaposition between the performers is phenomenal, and with each of them interwoven within the framework of the hypnotic production, everything is in place for a huge track. And that’s just the introduction. Once we get around to the meat of it all, Neon Dreams blasts us with a raspy synth line that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head. Although it’s the only trap track on the album, it holds down the sound amongst a myriad of house tracks. “High” was put together perfectly, and Neon Dreams had to be excited to finally collaborate with Waka Flocka after remixing two of his tracks. Let’s just say, we’re glad they did! If you want “High” for yourself, iTunes has you covered.
Two family members from Texel, an island of Holland, have launched a new project called Campsite Dream. Their first song is a tropical house jam called “Crush.” The two producers killed it with their heart-warming instrumental that will melt away any bad feelings one can have. Laid on top of the exquisite composition is a vocal from an unlisted female whose performance is nothing short of captivating. There’s something superbly genuine about this record, which is why it’s so easy for listeners to connect to it. Great tropical tracks are few and far between, but this one is easily one of the top that have come out in recent memory. For a first track, Campsite Dream did well, and we hope to hear more from these two again soon!