Ever since traveling to South America I’ve been in love with the folk music of Colombia called “Cumbia.” It has a great mix of African and Latin sounds and usually includes a simple shaker for percussion and a flute or accordion for melody.

On their track “Cumbanchero,” Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel team up with Graham Mushik to bring you a psychedelic Venezuelan Cumbia that is infectious. “Cumbanchero” literally means “bravo combination.” It usually refers to someone how is of both Spanish and South American descent. In this case, I think it might be describing the fantastic combination of latin and afro Cumbia.

Cumbanchero – Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel [feat: Graham Mushnik]

Major Lazer – Too Original (Argüello Remix)

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Miguel Argüello is a Colombian DJ/producer living in LA. Known for his chillstep, tropical house remixes, Argüello broke out on the scene after releasing a Progressive House rework of the Tiesto remix of “All of Me” by John Legend.

Last week he dropped fire with his remix of “Too Original” by Major Lazer. If you’re into House music, keep an eye out for what this guy does next.

Major Lazer – Too Original (Argüello Remix)


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HAMJAM are these two dudes from Perth, Australia that make some wicked music. One moment I feel like their music is Nirvana inspired with a song like “Love” and then you hear another one of their tracks like “Cooked” and you get into a synthed out grove that is more psych rock (think Tame Impala or Mac Demarco).

Either way, I’m loving the vibe. Give these guys some love over at their Bandcamp page and then go stalk the shit out of them on the Facebook.

HAMJAM – Cooked


HAMJAM – Double Ride

Alternative Rock


As we waddle our way through the middle months of winter a gradual transition is made and my musical ears draw inspiration through bands influenced by the nostalgic alternative rock scene of the 90’s. And although it seems to be a rising trend in bands regardless, I feel that some of the best times to enjoy the more “moody” and emotion driven styles of rock is when chirping birds fly south, broads and boys bundle up and the coffee you make every morning is means to more than just waking with Folgers in your cup.

Below are a few tracks by newer artists I felt matched the representational spectrum of alt rock and the progression it has made since the early 90’s. – Styles ranging from hard rock legends like the Deftones to dream pop innovators Mazzy Star. Running your snotty nose though this collection of talented groups could brighten a hazy cloud-covered day.

Happy Diving

Happy Diving is a 4 piece rock band from the raider nation that is what I might call a guitar/vocal led band. The group offers a driving sound backed with heavier guitars that utilize a bunch of feedback and reverb and vocals baritone vocals. Mix and matched with a punk-paced Weezer, HD is signed to Father/Daughter Records and TOPSHELF RECORDS you can find more of there material via the bands bandcamp.

Happy Diving – Mikey’s Rules


Tyler Richardson started Quell as a solo project in the dead of an Oregon winter and ended up expanding to a crew of two in order to complete the Quell dream. -Steering away from the stereotypical grouping of alternative rock and nailing shoegaze almost quite directly in the face, Quell provides dissonant and soothing vocals with plenty of guitar wailing and a solid backline of drums and bass provided by Hakeem Hashash.

Quell – Drown

The Death Of Pop

Go grab your girlfriend. This group will have you swooning over anything majestic. The Death Of Pop is what you’d get if you were high on LSD and you walked in on Marc Demarco gettin’ it on with a unicorn-llama pegasus. Its strangely soothing in an unsettling way. The Death Of Pop consist of brothers Angus James, Oliver James, Thom James, and cousins Isaac Jones and George Abram. If you’re into jizz-jazzy these blokes are already right up your alley. You can find many of their songs on the bands soundcloud page.

The Death Of Pop – Gardens


Crime Lab.

Theres enough crime to go around. And definately enough Crime Lab for us all. These guys hail from Albuquerque and have been mixing criminal masterpieces in the growing comeback of the alternative rock scene. The group includes Oskar Petersen (vocals/guitar), Jameson Ray (drums), Joshua Prigge (bass/vocals) and Julian Sanchez (guitar/vocals). The groups debut album “Ya’ll Need Jesus 422-2″ hits the head like a drag queen on the crack pipe. Producing bass heavy guitar riffs and expressive lyrics Crime Lab is sure to turn more heads than they already have in the coming year. Keep up with the crime and slime via the bands facebook as they plan to record their sophomore release in the San Fransico with the prestigious Jack Shirley

Crime Lab – Orange County

Infinity Girl
Dreamy as the come. Infinity Girl is just that. For any gazer who is looking for the ambient emotional piece, the groups most recent album Harm does not disappoint.

Brooklyn-based but formed out of Boston Nolan Eley, Kyle Oppenheimer, Mitchell Stewart, Sebastian Modak create a bassy fuzz mix with pop inspired drumming and dueling guitars. Their most recent release Harm can be purchased on 12″ vinyl or streamed in its glitzy dream entirety via TOPSHELF RECORDS. If youre into The Pixes or Yuck this will be gold to you ears.

Infinity Girl – Not Man


Mumrunner is a well put together 4 piece band reaching our ears yonder the big blue. Signed to Soliti Music, Finnish fuzz-gazers Kati, Sauli, Juuso, and Jukka have been curating an almost “motorik” punk-pop sound thats firmly grounded with shoegaze roots. Since their latest EP release “Full Blossom”, Mumrunner has been staying busy playing shows in their local Tampere area and recording material for a new EP -hopefully to be released late spring. If you like what you hear look here to purchase a 12″ vinyl or other merch and on the groups bandcamp for digital releases. Check out Mumrunners’ track “Full Blosoom” below.

Mumrunner – Full Blossom

CHAMPS. – Vamala


Michael and David Champion are the brothers behind the UK based band called CHAMPS. They’ve been cranking out music from the Isle of Wight in south England for three years now which has culminated in a brand new album called Vamala. Check out the title track for the album below.

CHAMPS. – Vamala

Chillwave Wednesday LXXXIV


Chillwave Wednesday: a semi-weekly shortlist of chill music from around the internet.

This week we kick it all off with a sweet Bondax remix of “Give It All” from Foals. Their are loads of other big names on this mix including Little Boots, Odesza, Of Monsters and Men, Penguin Prison, Little Dragon and a sweet Frank Ocean cover of “Thinkin Bout You” by Midnight Pool Party.


Madeline Kenney

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I came across this fancy dream pop music today by Madeline Kenney and you’ve gotta hear it. Let’s put aside that she has an amazing voice for one second and acknowledge the lazy guitar that echoes off into a big room. It’s all contrasted with an easy going snap here, a brush of the snare drum there. The music is all very laid back which works beautifully with Madeline’s voice which is very strongly felt.

Madeline Kenney herself, was born in Seattle but lives in Oakland now. She has experience working in bakeries and studying neuroscience which (thankfully) culminates into this lovely twang heavy dream state music for us to enjoy.

Check out her new single “Tricky Way” below and give her some love on her Facebook page if you like what you hear.

Madeline Kenney – Tricky Way

February 2016 Podcast


The New LoFi podcast is an hour-long mix covering all of the music posted to the blog last month. Want to be cooler than all your friends with the latest tracks from the coolest new bands? This is the mix you need to listen to.

This month’s mix features tracks from Booka Shade, Katy B, Four Tet, Sampa The Great, and a collaboration between Bronze Whale and Khai. We also have new singles from SOFI TUKKER, ANIMA, Vessels and Them Swoops.

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

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TNLF 2016 February Podcast

  1. GROUNDERS – Secret Friend (-56:08)
  2. Xul Zolar – Ilajaly (-52:44)
  3. Katy B x Four Tet x Floating Points — Calm Down (-49:18)
  4. Bronze Whale – Love To Feel (ft. Khai) (-45:21)
  5. Them Swoops – Into The Atmosphere (-40:53)
  6. ANIMA! – Silver Screen (-37:10)
  7. Stealing Sheep – Apparition (-33:27)
  8. Ella On The Run – Cavalry (-30:20)
  9. Sampa The Great – Blue Boss (-27:15)
  10. SOFI TUKKER – Matadora (-24:40)
  11. Booka Shade – Love Inc (-20:45)
  12. LOYAL – Blue & The Green (-14:30)
  13. Fall Through – Space Above (-10:53)
  14. Vessels – 4AM (-06:30)