[House] Ronzel – Hallucinations

Ronzel
Hallucinations

The brand new imprint Jackson Records has launched with the release of “Hallucinations” by the San Diego producer Ronzel. This deep and enduring house record sees Ronzel play with new tones and textures, expanding his already impressive palate.

“Hallucinations” is all tech, with cosmic soundscapes, driving basslines, crisp, bustling percussion and so much more. It’s an intricate piece that’s more than meets the ears. It’s a track that is great in a club, but also engaging in headphones as you’re able to zone out of the world and immerse yourself in Ronzel’s creation fully. Check out the track today and if you like what you hear, then feel free to grab a copy of it from iTunes.

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[R&B] ChampionsLeak – Fuck The Pain Away (feat. Radiiio)

ChampionsLeak
FuckThePainAway ft. Radiiio

You might think a song called “Fuck The Pain Away” would be anything but subtle given its provocative name. However, ChampionsLeak‘s new single would fool you with its sexy, tasteful sound. The collaboration with Radiiio is ringing in the new year with a sensual sweetness that you’ll be savoring again and again.

“Fuck The Pain Away” comes as the debut original for the duo ChampionsLeak. They’re starting on the right note dropping this one as it molds together different styles for a radio-friendly feast. It’s one of those tracks you want to take all in, throwing it on repeat to experience every little detail. Suffice to say, ChampionsLeak is on our radar and should be on yours too!

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 98: Cosmic Amanda & DJ Chad on the Spaceship

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 #98: Cosmic Amanda & DJ Chad on the Spaceship

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On the eve of our Space Disco / BFF.fm Benefit, we were joined by BFF.fm’s founder Cosmic Amanda and the legendary DJ Chad. But before we got into the disco sesh, I kicked off the show with some hazy, spacey cuts from MGMT, Vivian Fantasy, Nabihah Iqbal and Akasha System. Vindata‘s new mixtape was so good that I had to squeeze in a lil sampler (4 songs!) of its soultronic magic. Before sharing some phenomenal disco cuts, Amanda and I chopped it up about BFF history, Victorian submarines and our mutual love of disco. DJ Chad closed the show out with some wiggly space bumps. – Ash

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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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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2018 Round #1)

Well, here we are. Ready to help fight the post holiday blues as best we can with the first official Indie Dojo of 2018. We cant promise a full recovery, but we can at least promise a few good songs to help get your through. We’re here when you need us.
’The Howlin’
Harmful’
’Andrew Galucki
I Know the Way Home’
’Nuriel
Caught in a Flame’
’William Wild
On an Island’
’Dan Flynn
Across The Wire’
’De Joie
Paris’
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[17 To End ’17] Ninja Ash’s Best of the Year

Listen to the playlist on Spotify // Apple Music.

Nite Jewel‘s Real High, full of lush instrumentation and flawless percussion, is meant for late night listening–“Obsession” captivates with its sensual atmosphere.

Gabriel Garzón-Montanos unique take on soul made for one of the most captivating albums of the year. “Fruitflies” is an earworm of a track that tells a heartbreaking, deeply human story that needed to be heard in 2017.

“Baybee” captures everything I love so much about Jay Som‘s 2017 debut Everybody Works–dreamy, expansive and larger-than-life.

Slowdive‘s first album back in over 2 decades is a transformative masterpiece and “Star Roving” exemplifies its beautiful vastness.

We might be a bit biased since we premiered his first track on TMN Radio earlier this year, but Still Woozy may be the artist I’m most excited for in 2017. “Cooks” displays just how much emotion and soul he pack into a quirky, playful tune. Continue reading

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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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