Tanukichan

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You all need to check out the new indie surf-rock band Tanukichan. It’s the solo project of Hanna Van Loon from Trials and Ways. She has teamed up with Scott Brown and Aaron Gold from Astronauts etc. to bring us her first single entitled “Bitter Medicine.” The track is the first single off of her upcoming debut EP called Radio Love.

As for the origin of the band name… a Tanuki is a Japanese racoon dog. “Chan” is affectionate in Japanese. So Tanukichan is like a little Japanese racoon dog.

“I think the Tanuki is my spirit animal,” says Van Loon when describing why she chose the name for her project. There is a lot of mythology surrounding Tanukis, identifying them as shapeshifters and tricksters. They are also portrayed with enormous balls quite often.

Check out Tanukichan’s debut single “Bitter Medicine” below, and look out for Radio Love this summer.

Tanukichan – Bitter Medicine

Check out Tanukichan’s Tour Dates


Karma Kid: Man Of The Year

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We have an absolute banger to kick off your week today with Karma Kid’s new single: “Man Of The Year.” Sam Knowles is the 21 year old English DJ/producer behind Karma Kid. “Man Of The Year” is the latest single in a long list of incredibly catchy tracks that Knowles has been putting out since 2012. This one is the perfect Monday jammer.

Karma Kid – Man Of The Year


You Need To Go: Innocent Festival 2016 Preview

This year is the second year of the Innocent Unplugged festival and it is fast becoming one of our favourite new festivals here at The New LoFi. Kicking off on May 28th in Kent, England, Innocent Unplugged is billed as “a weekend off the grid” …a festival where you can unplug and recharge. And by “unplug” the festival organizers mean quite literally that you should unplug.

Consider this: on average, we spend 9 hours a day looking at a screen and we check our phones about two hundred times a day according to research carried out by Tecmark. This festival gives you an oppurtunity to put down the phone and get reacquainted with nature and people.

The idea is to spend the weekend in the woods without WiFi, texting, email notifications or even traditional electricity (all the electricity for the lights and stage is generated by stationary bikes, a huge human-driven hamster wheel and other alternative power sources). Say goodbye to Facebook, turn off Twitter, forget Google and prepare yourself for a load of people camping in a forest clearing with great music, real conversations and lungfuls of fresh air.

And as if you needed anymore incentive, this year’s lineup includes The Correspondents, DJ Yoda, Delaire and Mr. Motivator. So if you are ready to digitally unplug and reconnect with nature sign up at TheTicketSellers.co.uk.

Innocent Festival 2016 Playlist


Chillwave Wednesday CI

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

PS: The chill is also now available on Spotify. See all of the tracks posted to Chillwave Wednesday each week on Spotify here: http://open.spotify.com/user/thenewlofi/playlist/ChillwaveWednesday

Playlist


Atlas Bound – Lullaby EP

artworks-000151648481-xwax59-t500x500A few days ago, the Australian duo Atlas Bound presented us with their debut EP via SoundCloud. After hearing Landed on Mars back in the Fall, I was hooked. These lovely gentlemen have created a real gem; the 9 track EP almost plays like a full album and will surely delight your ears, especially if listened to all at once. Exactly what you need to accompany you on a sunny summer drive or a candlelit dinner for two, Lullaby has the perfect combination of soft vocals and chilled out melodies. Atlas Bound has clearly had a successful year and will undoubtedly continue to impress us with their magic. Listen to the full EP below!


Paradise – Linden Jay feat. Alyusha

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New Linden Jay normally means a good day, especially when the track in question is a trip hop/soul infused feel good collaboration with classically trained singer, song writer and composer Alyusha. The producer pairs her hypnotic, sultry voice with a gently-effervescing and kaleidoscopic trip-beat to create a track that stands up to speaker-melting levels of repetition.

You. Are. Welcome.

 


River Tiber: Acid Test

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Occasionally an artist comes up with some sort of, genre-bending, unexplainable piece of music. And us music writer types–who are used to glossy descriptors like “dreamy”, “lofi”, and “shimmering”–suddenly we don’t have much to say. When something is groundbreaking, there isn’t much to stand on. But some of us are the first to stand up.

At attention for River Tiber. The Toronto product born Tommy Paxton-Beesley. His debut album Indigo will be dropping June 24.

You might be asking, “Who the Hell Is River Tiber?” But Noisey already beat you to the punch over a year ago writing “he’s an artist who is one credit away from the fame and recognition he deserves.” How long come someone hold position poised?

Let’s just see what happens.

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River Tiber – Acid Test


Kauf – Through The Yard (Fort Romeau remix)

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Kauf passed us this incredible Fort Romeau remix of his single “Through The Yard” last week and we just can’t stop listening to it. You know when a track is already 100% and then the remix comes along and just opens up a whole new dimension? It’s not a case of one being better than the other, but just another reason to extend what was already great.

Take a listen to the Fort Romeau remix of “Through The Yard” below and if you like what you hear, cop the vinyl from Permanent Vacation records.

Kauf – Through The Yard (Fort Romeau remix)