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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 108: Floatin’

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

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Episode 108: Floatin'

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Inspired by Mint Field‘s gorgeous performance at Cafe Du Nord, this week’s show features an array of dreamy indie jams with a touch of future beats. Highlights include Vacationer’s first new single in years, NoMBe‘s debut album, an unexpected SBTRKT edit and an epic Keinemusik remix courtesy of DJ Tennis.

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[Festival Review] Life on the Incline: Sasquatch!, the Gorge and the Hill’s Eternal Serenity

17496069434_2c6a933028_oThere’s nothing quite like the sensation of sitting sideways atop the slope of the Gorge Amphitheater’s hill at Sasquatch! Music Festival overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Add entrancing music to a background that no picture or piece of art could ever do justice; and, at that intersection, you’ll find the happy place Squatchers look forward to all year. The so-far-past picturesque backdrop sets the tone for the festival but, with arguably one of its best lineups yet, was a far cry from Sasquatch’s only attraction this year. Rather, the main stage’s slope served as the much-needed anchor after a dance party at the Chupacabra tent or Big Foot stage—a place to lie, head up or down, and absorb the collective consciousness of thousands of equally inspired concertgoers.

Music festivals have become such chaotic events and Sasquatch! is, certainly not an exception, but it’s that same comfort felt on the hill that permeates throughout the entire campground. No matter what you’re going through or how you’re feeling, the hill will take your emotional state to serenity, where it belongs.

18009447496_4d9cd9882f_oWords, photos and songs really can’t do justice to just how incredible the Squatch is but we’ve done our best to recap, from our perspective, the musical highlights from the 4 days. For those of you who were there, we hope this brings you back even if just a little bit and for those who weren’t, well, you’re going to want to be there next year after peeping our recap.

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[Electronic] SBTRKT – No Less

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nO less

Since the release of his sophomore album last year, SBTRKT has kept busy touring the world performing both solo shows and festival spots. As a result, we haven’t heard much new music but all of that started changing earlier this week when the UK producer began covertly dropping new music on his Soundcloud page. Thus far there isn’t much info on where the three tracks will land but, based on the collection, they seem to be short musical sketches, each experimenting with different elements.

The latest loosie, “No Less,” came out earlier today and, despite clocking in at only 2 minutes, proves a relaxing, steadily building beauty. Utilizing quick, warping percussion the track immediately grabs your attention before commanding orchestral instrumentation emerges. After dipping down the energy one more time, the song ties together flawlessly at the end with all its different facets in full force. Give this enchanting jam a listen above, check out SBTRKT’s Soundcloud to see the rest of his recent releases and make sure not to miss him if you’re heading to one of the major festivals this year.

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SBTRKT – Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg)

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VOICES IN MY HEAD ft. A$AP Ferg

Given the releases thus far, it is pretty safe to say that SBTRKTs upcoming album is going to be one of the best of the year. Each song has pushed genre boundaries in original ways and the A$AP Ferg-featuring “Voices In My Head” is, unsurprisingly, no exception. With an airy, yet ominous backdrop, Ferg diverges from his usual trapped-out style delivering a powerful, introspective verse with a versatile flow that adjusts to fit SBTRKT’s brooding, evolving instrumental. Wonder Where We Land is out on October 7th.

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[NEW] SBTRKT – Higher (feat. Raury)

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Higher (ft. Raury)

Atlanta’s Raury has been seemingly omnipresent in the last couple months culminating in his excellent debut project, Indigo Childand subsequent signing with Columbia Records. The young artist has an extremely versatile repertoire of styles, which although classified by many as hip-hop, incorporates a strong folk influence as well as impressive vocal melodies. More important than his genre-classification, though, is the evident passion portrayed in his music that has already earned him a loyal fan base and, in some ways, sparked a movement of its own. Although Raury tends to lean more towards singing, he has an incredible flow as evidenced in his recent freestyle on Sway in the Morning.

The latest Raury sighting comes in the form of his feature on SBTRKT‘s upcoming project, a song we’ve been waiting for since the tracklist was released a few weeks ago. “Higher” is the fourth glimpse into SBTRKT’s much-anticipated album Wonder Where We Land and might be our favorite yet. Over a minimal, electronic soundscape, Raury employs a quick-hitting stream-of-consciousness flow reminiscent of his ATL predecessor Andre 3000 with two particularly personal, and powerful, verses. Enjoy this one above and head over to iTunes to grab a pre-order of SBTRKT’s upcoming project, which drops on October 7th.

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[NEW] SBTRKT – War Drums (ft. Warpaint) + Highs & Lows

’SBTRKT – War Drums (ft. Warpaint) LIVE AT MAIDA VALE’
’SBTRKT – Highs & Lows LIVE AT MAIDA VALE’

With his forthcoming album about a month away, SBTRKT continues to provide us reasons to be excited. On his latest release, the pioneering electronic producer let loose track number 3 from the second part of the project.

“War Drums,” which features the vocals of talented Warpaint front-woman Emily Kokal, delivers exactly what its name suggests with intricate, driving percussion. Per usual, SBTRKT shows off an immaculate attention to detail and an ear for the perfect singing voice to match leaving the listener in a state of awe that only grows with incremental listens. According to the track listing, this one will clock in at just under three minutes, but the version presented here is a stunning live rendition from BBC‘s Maide Vale Sessions, which is nearly two minutes longer.

As part of a three-song Soundcloud set, all from the same live session, SBTRKT also shared a live version of the Sampha-assisted “Temporary View” and “Highs and Lows,” from his Transitions EP. Peep the new sounds above–Wonder Where We Land is out on September 23rd and can be pre-ordered via iTunes.

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[NEW] SBTRKT – New Dorp, New York (feat. Ezra Koenig)

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New Dorp, New York feat. Ezra Koenig

Since the release of his self-titled debut album in 2011, SBTRKT‘s follow-up project has consistently been one of the most anticipated records in music. Today, almost exactly three years later, the acclaimed UK producer finally let loose the first single from the long-awaited project. “New Dorp, New York” departs from the lush synths and drum ‘n bass percussion fans have become accustomed to in favor of a far more avant-garde feel. With some help from Ezra Koenig, of Vampire Weekend, SBTRKT creates a sort of tribal groove continuing his experimentation and combination of sounds. Give this one a spin above and rejoice that SBTRKT’s sophomore effort, Wonder Where We Land, is on the way.

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