Fractures – Reset [EP Review]

I was already very familiar with Australian-based Fractures before Reset came across my virtual desk. My experience stems from my wife’s, dare I say obsession, with “It’s Alright.” Not to say that I don’t enjoy that track, as well, but it’s cemented firmly in her regular rotation. In fact, that very song played in our hospital room, from her pre-planned playlist, right after our son was born.

While the listening experience of “It’s Alright” is slow and ethereal, Reset offers some variance, often more upbeat. This isn’t a huge shift, though, as we’ve seen this style before in tracks like “Eastside.” Yet, in comparison to his most popular offerings, this EP goes off the track of comparisons of Ry X and James Vincent McMorrow, and lines up more so with The Postal Service.

The title track was my favorite from the bunch, set to a quick-hitting synth and Fractures’ alluring vocals. It’s emotional and warmly familiar, enveloping you from the very start. Don’t get me wrong, though, I loved the full collection. It’s the type of listening experience best served sprawled out on the floor, with your favorite person, preferably with it playing via vinyl. That is, assuming it will come out on vinyl (fingers crossed).

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[Pop] Sapphire Adizes – Birth

Sapphire Adizes
Birth

Sapphire Adizes recently released ballad “Birth” is just that, the birth of a new artist on the cusp of something really special. The first ever original single shows off a certain versatility for the upcoming songwriter and producer that hadn’t yet been hinted at in older remixes.

“Birth” is a crossover tune that bounces back and forth into various sectors of music: pop, electronic, indie rock and even some others. Sapphire Adizes debut LP is due out sometime in 2019, so keep a tab on his socials for new music soon. In the meantime, enjoy this sensational single.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 84]

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, dont forget to click the links below to make sure youre alerted as soon as we update the playlists on Spotify and SoundCloud!

Playlist Links:

SoundCloud || Spotify || Spotify Archive

Amilli
Into You
Choker
Petrol Bliss
Lolo Zouaï
Jade feat. Blood Orange (Prod. by Stelios)
Shay Lia
Feels
kaleem Taylor
Not Alone
Argo & Aduna
Why?
Sam Rui
your dog loves you
Boogie
Skydive II (feat. 6LACK)
Summer Walker
Wasted
rosy
beloved(feat. LILMONEY)
Charlie Burg
Far From
levicantsing
oh fuck (rough) prod. by dubbisdope
Billy Lemos, Still Woozy & Blake Saint David
Wait
Gus Dapperton
My Favorite Fish
Stella Talpo
Easy
Kamiko
Clueless Minds (Prod. by Jaq_D)
Natty Reeves
November feat Kai Khan
slodown
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE
DALI
S L I D E (prod. xander)
Adeline
Come & Go (feat. Denitia)
Jixi
Floating Away
Charlie Burg
Make You Wait Ft. Hans.
Summer Soul
Loving Is Gold
koji.
Choose the money w/ Kay Franklin
Dreezy
Ecstasy (feat. Jeremih)
Johnny Maxwell
Lane Switch
Elias Boussnina
Bring The Pain Feat. UnoTheActivist
Syru Hajile
ICY
JUST SHAD
DRIPPIN (feat. DOUBLE O SMOOVE )
Jay Prince
LUV ME
Oscar Jerome
Misty Head / Sunny Street
Christian Kuria
Too Good
99 Neighbors
Lock N Key
Elujay
Twenyfiddynine(Demo)
craig david
hot stuff (sans edit)
Boogie
Time (feat. Snoh Aalegra)
YIORGOS
Sunny Side
DESIIRE
Goodbyes ( ft TiKA & Casey MQ )
slenderbodies
queen
Choker
Lily
BILLY DAVIS
Shoulda Known Feat VanJess and Matt McGhee
Cassette Tapes
This Year
Dathan
Could’ve Been
Branko & Sango
Hear From You (feat. Cosima)
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[Event Preview] BUKU Music + Arts Project – New Orleans – March 22-23

Nestled right in the heart of New Orleans, BUKU Music + Art Project is a wildly unique festival experience. It has the culture of a boutique event, coupled with the organization and production of a large-scale event, topped off with a diverse and eclectic line-up. On top of all of that, it’s in one of the best cities for dining, partying, and history. Unlike other festivals, located in remote forests and deserts across the US, this is one event you can definitely plan a full trip around.

We went down last year for the first time and couldn’t quite find the words for our experience. It’s culturally relevant, musically intriguing, brimming with top-notch art, and has a world of opportunities after the lights go off. It’s unlike anything else out there.

With that being said, it should come as no surprise that we’re heading back down this year. As we’ve seen in years past, the lineup is artfully crafted, boasting a thoughtful collection of all sub genres of dance, a dash of Top 40, some killer hip hop artists, as well as guitar-heavy emo rock, with Mayday Parade and Dashboard Confessional.

If you’re still on the fence, we recommend tuning in to Music Ninja Radio on BFF.FM this Friday from 4-7PM PST. We’ll be dedicating the first half of the show to everything BUKU.

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mxmtoon – My Way [TMN PREMIERE]

I spent my childhood soaking in classic crooners like Sinatra, Martin, and Prima, thanks to my 2nd-generation Italian-American grandfather. Those songs are timeless to me, which is why I had some pause when I first glanced at this submission. It only took a few seconds to shift my perspective, though, falling in love within a few bars.

If you’re not hip to mxmtoon, now’s the perfect time to get acquainted. Having soared to immense heights over the course of last year, this soft-singing, Oakland-based, 18-year-old indie songstress has an endearing style that’s worthy of your attention. Admittedly, this is my first experience with her music, but it certainly won’t be the last.

Her rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” is wonderfully unique, which is necessary when approaching a larger-than-life track. What drew me in particularly, was the inclusion of building vocal harmonies over the chorus. It was a clever way to deal with the power from Sinatra’s vocal prowess. But, that’s the mark of a well-done cover, right? There has to be something that’s ownable and different than the original, with enough remnants to pay respects to the creator. And, mxmtoon has executed that perfectly.

Frank Sinatra has always been a personal favorite. ever since i started playing ukulele, i’ve been singing his songs and “My Way” was one that really resonated with me! So much so, I wanted to do formal cover of it. I’m excited to be releasing this cover and to have been able to put my own spin on it as well, and I hope people love the song just as much as I do. Hope I did Frank proud! – mxmtoon

While tickets are sold out, I’d like to still mention that she has an upcoming tour this March, with dates listed below. You’ll be hard pressed to get in, but it’s always worth a shot.

Chicago – Schubas – 3/6 – SOLD OUT
Brooklyn – Baby’s All Right -3/9 – SOLD OUT
Seattle – The Crocodile – 3/13 – SOLD OUT
San Francisco – Rickshaw Stop – 3/14 – SOLD OUT
Los Angeles – The Echo – 3/16 – SOLD OUT

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2019 Round #4)

Hey. It’s another Tuesday, which sounds pretty whatever, UNTIL you remember there’s a brand new indie dojo waiting for ya. Here to make things a little less ‘eh. You can thank us later.

’Spooky Mansion – I’m The Moon’
’Ghost Soul Trio – Pantherland’
’Good Morning – Escalator’
’daste – SOBER’
’Mavica – Plastic Hearts’
’Leah Noble – Slow Burn’
’Milkbar Collective – Body is a Temple’
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 83]

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, dont forget to click the links below to make sure youre alerted as soon as we update the playlists on Spotify and SoundCloud!

Playlist Links:

SoundCloud || Spotify || Spotify Archive

Toro y Moi
Miss Me (feat. ABRA)
Space Monk
CUT THE CHECK!
De’Jour Thomas
Facäde (feat. Saba Abraha)
James Blake
Barefoot in the Park (feat. ROSALÍA)
Harrison Brome
Shelter
SWANES
Cozy
Ayelle
Obvious
novelties
pillow talk
KALLITECHNIS
DIAMOND BABY prod. by Maky Lavender & Intalekt
JiN
4:44 am
Dennis.
If Flowers In Forrest Fires Could Speak prod. by J.MIL
Kyle Jackson
Pray Love
jacuzzi
Vageta
Irie Lee
Made Love
APHRA
FIRST
MistaDC
Dont Call feat. Parisalexa (Prod. LUNAGOD & Kyo Ken)
Joyce Wrice
Blurred Lines (Prod. by Shawn Butler)
Imani
I Love You So
Charli XCX & Troye Sivan
1999 (Stripped)
shanuka
Worry (prod. rarelythestudent)
Dom McAllister – Prospects Remix (feat. Nakala)
D E I D R A
Questions (prod. by The Deli)
Ego Ella May
Table for One
Fossa Beats
Please Believe (feat. FKi 1st & Allen Ritter)
Brandon
Mourning
Angelo LeRoi
binge
IamDoechii
Doechii Potion
Galvanic & rn
Loving Lies (ft. Chevy)
Lvrboy.
Pretty
Hope Tala
Eden
Shy Girls
This Is Your World
Nick Pacoli
Bump Sum DAngelo
Sidders
Breathe
Swsh
Break The Fall
Harriet Brown
Drivers Seat
Maggie Rogers
Say It
Grady
Only One (prod. by Whethan & Rogét Chahayed)
CARTER ACE
Slip
Jay Wile
2AM (feat. Phon & Omenihu)
Iamddb
Waterfall (Ekany vibe out Remix)
Gallant
Gentleman (DRKTMS Remix)
SIROJ
For The Night (Jeftuz Rmx)
chicongo
OTW Remix (Khalid, TY $ SIGN, 6LACK)
Billie Eilish
My Boy (Party Pupils Remix)
whereisalex
freak
Boston Chery
I Like It
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