Lately It Feels Alright
California five-piece Kid Bloom certainly knows how to pull on my 90s music-loving heart strings. Maybe it’s the casual vocal cadence that beckons back on acts like Beck or Cake. Maybe it’s the crunchy power chords that give me joyful flashbacks to start-to-finish listening sessions Weezer’s Blue album. Yet, as much as we hear influences from that era, we also catch plenty of modern vibes from some of their techniques, which call on associations of one of our personal favorites, Tame Impala. Either way, elements from both decades are coming together seamlessly, leaving us grinning ear-to-ear.
“Lately It Feels Alright” is the third single from their debut EP, A Different State of Mind, following up the release of the title track, and “Electric U.” Guitar driven in nature, it presents a wonderful collection of both psychedelic riffs and foot-tapping, distorted chords. Those dueling styles provide the perfect backdrop for the nonchalant vocal style, giving way to an immensely enjoyable 3-minute ride.
If you happen to be in the SoCal area this Friday, we highly recommend heading to the Soda Bar in San Diego to catch their opening set for T.O.L.D. If you’re anywhere else in the world, just make sure to follow these cats on Facebook to keep tabs on upcoming news.
New stuff can be scary stuff. Even venturing into a new genre of music. But don’t turn your ears off before giving something a chance. You could be tapping into a brand new music obsession you never knew you had. And that is why the Indie Dojo is a perfect transition into the unknown world of new indie jams. We promise not to shove anything down your throat, but we do encourage you to at least give it a try.
’Fever Charm – Never Had Before’
’The Lagoons – California’
’Julia Jacklin – Leadlight’
Music Ninja Radio
Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm — Best Frequencies Forever. You can tune in here every Friday from 4-6PM PT / 7-9ET.
Last Friday’s show marks the one year anniversary since we took our talents to the airwaves of BFF in San Francisco’s best kept secret(alley). From deep in the Mission District, through the port of a pirate ship, we’ve been bringing the best of the best to your ears – Best Frequencies Forever wasn’t voted ‘Best Radio Station‘ in the Bay Area for nothing!
With that in mind, now seems as good a time as any to start providing our fellow Ninja readers with a weekly recap of our show, Music Ninja Radio aka Dojo by the Bay. Curating the best releases each week, themed shows coinciding with specific artist releases, and a fair amount of throwbacks sprinkled throughout, Music Ninja Radio has something for everyone.
The full show’s playlist can be found on the website’s archive here.
Sander van Doorn & Chocolate Puma
Raise Your Hands Up [OUT NOW]
The heavy hitting veterans Sander van Doorn and Chocolate Puma recently came out with a huge new single called “Raise Your Hands Up.” Both festivals and clubs will be bumping this jam that comes to us through the Musical Freedom imprint.
During this time of the year, many acts are releasing what is to be their Summer single. That’s exactly what we get from these two acts. They went in to deliver an electro-tinged single that plays towards a variety of crowds, making it a dynamic hit that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime. If fans don’t already have their hands up, they certainly will now with this call to action. Sander van Doorn and Chocolate Puma have been doing it big for a while, but it’s good to hear a refreshing statement of their adept musical skills. Stream it today, or head over to the digital store of your choice to get a copy of the single.
We hope your Friday morning started off with some coffee and donuts, or a nice big brunch, because those will come in handy later. Starting your day off right is important, but so is how you end it. We hope you get to party your face off tonight, and kick out to catch all the z’s you missed during the week. To help you prepare for and execute the party plans, we have collected another dozen songs for you this Friday. Tracks this week come to us from artists including Ghosts, Axel Boy, Warez, Luca Lush, Wildfellaz, Spag Heddy and more. As usual, all of the tracks presented in this playlist are available as free downloads, so don’t be shy; run through the various links to grab the ones you really want. Don’t want to download them just quite yet? Just pull us up at the party, and stream them here with your friends. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.
’Element – Can’t Have You (ft. Eileen Young)’
’Warden – Do It Like This’
’Ghosts – Powerless feat. Lea Santee’
’Black Tiger Sex Machine & Dabin – Break (Axel Boy Remix)’
’BENNY BENASSI X SKRILLEX ft. GARY GO – CINEMA (LUCA LUSH Remix)’
’Wildfellaz & DJ Whoo Kid – Flex (ft. Young Buck)’
’FT. TRICK DADDY AND L
BO – BLINDED BY THE LIGHT’
’Jackal – Anonymous (feat. Mister Blonde)’
Flosstradamus, FKi 1st & graves
Came Up feat. Post Malone & Key!
What happens when you put Flosstradamus, graves and Post Malone together? We can’t be exactly sure, but when FKi and Key are thrown into the mix as well, you get “Came Up.” Ultra Records released this single today, and it is set to be one of the biggest records of the Summer.
Flosstradamus move away from their usual trap style and bring some future sounds into the mix. From the producer side of things, “Came Up” is interesting because you can hear the contributions from each party. Obviously with the vocal route, that’s more obvious. With that side, we get a more R&B meets hip-hop style that has been plaguing the radio within the past year. “Came Up” is only partly what you may have expected, but any expectations you had about songwriting quality surely will be blown away. They really did a nice job with this one, making it a familiar, yet unique single that is accessible to both the mainstream and the underground. As we mentioned earlier, this single dropped today, so if you would like to get a copy, head over to iTunes.
HWLS, the production project of Justin Elwin, just released a cross-genre dance gem that will pump up your Friday morning. HWLS first came into spotlight after Elwin teamed up with Ta-Ku with the release of tracks like “Plays” with Ty Dolla $ign and a remix of Tokimonsta‘s “Realla”.
Co-producing with fellow Australian producer ShockOne, HWLS combines a hardhitting bassline with sharp synth stabs to create an all-out infectious melody. To our surprise, Gamma’s high energy and upbeat production is drastically different than the chilled out and ambient vibe. The two various drops also put Elwin’s versatility in production in display. The genre-ambiguity will definitely satisfy a wide range of dance crowds.
Released via Future Classic, “Gamma” will be sure to make some waves for HWLS going into his debut US tour with Flume in August. Make sure to stay tuned for more tour info and exciting news for the talented HWLS!