Portable Midi Keyboard Controller Picks for 2018-2019

The Akai MPK Mini MKII — Limited Edition in white easily fits into a backpack and seems to be quite durable after playing on mine for the past year. It’s powered by USB — and is full of all the features one would need to bring your musical ideas to life. The keyboard controller is equipped with 25-synth-action mini-keys, 8 velocity-sensitive rubber drum pads with two banks, and eight assignable control knobs — look no further than the MPK mini MKII, and for only $99, this midi controller is a steal.

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Cubgod

Cubgod’s “Wearing What I Want” is anchored down by a heavy bass-line — and held up by smooth vocals that seem to glide along the dark soundscape like a nocturnal spider monkey smearing its essence across the translucent skies.

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NVDES

“Mind Body Soul Music“ by LA-based artist NVDES is an intense track from the Jungle of a metropolitan wasteland. An homage to an era now gone. A sort of gyrating masterpiece of authentic movement and frantic desperation set to the colorful world of NVDES.

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Darby

“Cologne Was Coming Down From The Moon“ is a classic folk tale of poignant story-telling. A labyrinth of shallow faces looking through the window glass — lost and wandering the unknowable.

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How a Weekend of Music in Berlin Forever Altered My Perception

Two years ago, I stopped my thumb on my phone screen, dragged down a few centimeters and took a second look at the National’s Instagram post about a weekend of music at Funkhaus in Berlin. A university friend had recently moved there, so I instinctively messaged her asking for a place to crash. She complied. I didn't know it yet, but this weekend would forever change the way I perceived music.

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Jealouspainter

Alternative underground bedroom slack-rocker Jealouspainter lays down some existential truth with the very cool "Giant Hands" a radical track off her new grunge-folk album, Wired & Tired. It's a lackadaisical jam worthy of a righteous slow burner. Now, listen and dig.  

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