Nocturnal Sunshine (Maya Jane Coles) – Self-Titled Album Review (I/AM/ME)

Side projects: so many musicians these days seem to have at least one other creative outlet outside their primary endeavor. Whether it’s for reasons of inspiration, camaraderie, money, a need to stay busy, or any combination thereof, keeping a couple irons in the fire seems to be the thing to do. Having an “alter ego”, though, is another thing. To call a side project an alter ego is to suggest that it reveals a distinct side of the artist — a significantly different set of characteristics, if not necessarily a night and day flip. As the designated alter ego of London-based house music Renaissance woman Maya Jane Coles, Nocturnal Sunshine folds her day and night into one.

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Global K-Pop Domination Mixtape (#40) Download & Stream

K-Pop pundits love to predict who’s going to be the one star to stick in America, and with the impending debut of 2NE1’s CL, these predictions have reached a fever pitch. These lists never seem to change much: Girls Generation, 2NE1, G-Dragon, CL, BIGBANG, and so forth. Problem is, half those acts have already exhausted large amounts of capital in their American expedition, to limited success. But if we take time to really examine what ephemeral success K-Pop has already had in America, it’s easy to see qualities that separate the Wonder Girls from the PSY’s. A few theories: A) He/She will (most likely) be a solo artist. Easier to digest. Even domestically, groups are harder to sell than individual

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TOP POPS! Shameboy, Rebeka, XUXA Santamaria (Video Premiere)

Music video premiere for XUXA Santamaria’s “Belshazzar”, which was inspired by the 1916 Kenneth Anger film, Intolerance. Also: tracks from Belgium’s Shameboy featuring Max Marshall and Poland’s Rebeka.

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Spectral Hypnosis: Föllakzoid, Archival Feedback (Track Premiere)

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This installment features a track premiere from the collaborative Archival Feedback “call and response” experiment, as well as a track from Chile’s Follakzoid.

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Desert Daze 2015 Mixtape (#39) Download & Stream

On this, the international day of canibus, we bring to you a mixtape courtesy of the creators of Desert Daze, a psychedelically-minded festival held in the deserts east of California. Taking place in the aptly-named Mecca, Desert Daze is what you might traditionally come to expect from an American psychedelic festival (Austin’s Psych Fest comes to mind), but rounded out with more introspective and meditative acts, as well as a night of camping, art installations, and more. Couple this all with amazing neon imagery created by Oliver Hibert (be sure to check out his limited edition tarot deck, by the way), and what one can imagine is, perhaps, a brain-frying good time. Full lineup below, and enjoy this very extended

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XRAY.FM Spring Membership Drive: BLOOM Mixtape (#38) Download & Stream

In support of Portland’s independent radio station, XRAY.FM, Intuitive Navigation DJs (Serious Moonlight and vVv Stardust) have sprung for spring in a soulful and danceable mix that goes from the rainy days into the sunshine.

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