Stella Donnelly

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Just came across Stella Donnelly and her new EP: Thrush Metal and it’s fantastic. Slightly sad but fantastic. It’s stripped down acoustic songwriting with Donnelly’s voice soaring over the top.

Stella Donnelly – Mechanical Bull


Toto Bona Lokua – Ma Mama

This amazing video by Toto Bona Lokua caught my eye the other day so I did some research on the band.

I learned that it’s three musicians who have teamed up across France, Cameroon, and Congo. Gerald Toto is the multi-instrumentalist force behind the band while Richard Bona plays the bass, and Lokua Kanza sings. The three have combined to create a magical 11-song record aptly named ‘Bondeko’ (‘friendship’ in Congolese). The CSN-esque harmonies and Afro-jazz melodies leave your ears tingling with happiness.

Toto Bona Lokua – Ma Mama


Hurley Mower – Metronome

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Hurley Mower and singer/songwriter Manasseh have teamed up in Chicago to create the new electro-R&B single called “Metronome.” Mower crafts the sultry bedroom beat while Manasseh serenades with his silky smooth voice.

Loving the vibe.

Hurley Mower – Metronome (feat. Manasseh)


Jason Nolan: Late Night City Hawks

Jazz flautist, songwriter, vocalist and electronic producer, Jason Nolan has just released his official video for the title track on his EP: Late Night City Hawks. The track is rooted in R&B with an electronic-disco twist. It’s ambient in a late night cruising way but teasing the line between underground and pop.

Check it:

Jason Nolan – Late Night City Hawks


Khruangbin

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Khruangbin was created in 2011 by Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and DJ (drums). The band is based in Burton, Texas and they are said to enjoy making music in a barn. Their latest single, “Maria También” celebrates women in Iran before the 1979 revolution.

Khruangbin – Maria También

Khruangbin – A Calf Born In Winter

Khruangbin – White Gloves


January 2018 Mixtape

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Listen to this! The New LoFi mixtape is back for 2018 and we have a crackin lineup of artists to start off your year. As always, the mixtape is very eclectic; you’ll hear a banging electronic track one minute and delicate indie tune the next minute. Think of it as your audio sampler each month. If you like a track, click on the link below to learn more about that artist.

This month we have a few rising stars to look out for in 2018 as well as some seasoned music veterans. The mix starts off sutbly with Fhin’s new single “Quand On Arrive En Ville” before jumping right in to a nu-disco banger off of Moullinex’s new album Hypersex. I’ve choosen this track (“The Huggers”) because it was their first single but you should def check out the whole album. It’s non-stop dance-you-face-off material. The video for “The Huggers” is pretty fantastic as well. I challenge you not to dance out of your chair to this one.

It’s not all about the electronic music though. We’ve got a couple of tracks from the up-and-coming Atlanta-based rapper, J.I.D too. I chose two singles off of his latest album called “The Never Story” which show off his lyrasism pretty well. The first single, “Never” is an epic hip hop overture. And I’m not using epic hyperbolically here; the track tells a story with its sound and takes you on a journey with a beginning middle and end.

We end the mix with an ode to Leonard Cohen and his track “You Want It Darker.” Paul Kalkbrenner give Cohen’s song a remix treatment that takes the track somewhere even darker which I thought could only be fit for an outro.

Get invovled!

Learn more about each artist by clicking on the track title in the playlist below. You can also download the whole mix by right clicking on the title of the podcast and selecting “Save As…”

…or just stream the mix below:

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TNLF 2018 January Mixtape

Playlist


Shazam’d Music From 2017

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I know most of the music blogs and magazines are doing “2017 wrap ups” right now but I thought I would do something slightly different. I thought I would select some of my favourite Shazam’d tracks this year. I’m also that guy in the restaurant, bar, house party, shamelessly Shazaming anything that sounds interesting or I haven’t heard before.

I’m warning you, this is a VERY RANDOM mix of music. I’m the type of person who gets excited about hearing a track I’ve never heard before, and so most (not all, but most) of this music is something you’ve probably never heard of before. The mix might not be fore everyone (If you don’t like a track… just hit the next button). But if you are brave enough, come on a journey of discover with me over my favourite Shazam’d tracks from 2017.

Shazam’d Music From 2017

Read about where I shazamd all the tracks here


J.I.D – The Never Story

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I just came across The Never Story album by East Atlanta-based lyricist, J.I.D and I was blown away.

I was introduced to his music when someone sent me “Never” the first single off the album. It’s two-part anthem that switches to some ascending futuristic bass vibes at the halfway mark. The track starts off with some haunted melodies in the background and J.I.D spitting some fire over a tight snare hook.

He reminds me of Kendrick but he’s got a style all his own. Soft-spoken with an occasional punch-to-the-gut cocky side.

Below are my two favorite singles from the album. The other one is “EdEddnEddy” — a gangster leaning cut with a tongue-twisting bridge and a sweet slowed-down sample from A Tribe Called Quest. Check out the full album on Soundcloud now and give this kid some love.

J.I.D – Never

J.I.D – EdEddnEddy