In a world of production wizards: we’re hearing songs that are bigger, better, wilder, weirder crisper, catchier, and with more sheen and polish than ever before. It’s almost too hard to keep up. Alright, whos making the hottest songs in the world right now? All aboard! Let’s use them and abuse them until their sound is so supremely overplayed and washed up that we never want to hear anything like that ever again.

It’s refreshing to see an artist playing the game a little bit differently. mxmtoon aka Maia, the “bay area teen that owns a uke,” writes simple songs with simple messages and simple production (even offering an acoustic version of almost all of her tunes alongside the original release). This is counterprogramming if I’ve ever heard it.  Let’s let the music speak for itself instead of every trick known to man to sell a record to the masses. 



And does it speak for itself? Absolutely! “Dream of You” is a heartfelt message, with honest instrumentation and a catchy hook. What more do you need? This feels like the real deal, people! The girl next door, writing songs in her bedroom, playing them just for you.

How endearing!

In the music video for the song, the singer/songwriter patiently eats her cereal while the track plays softly behind her. There are no frills here, no music video hooplah. mxmtoon portrays herself as functionally normal… which is just so bizarre for a budding pop star.  Maybe this is the future we need. Real people making real music. Not committees and computers. My only ask is that mxmtoon stays this honest in the future. It’s a tricky industry! Please don’t be swayed by record labels who want to commandeer your talent and turn you into something you’re not!  Keep it raw and real. It works so much better that way.  We’re fortunate to have a voice like this writing songs today. 


From deep within the murky depths of the Los Angeles River emerged a creature: 50% raver, 50% comedian, 10% Robotcop. Kurt Kroeber doesn’t own a dog, operates Soundbleed (the world’s only dance party comedy talk show rave), and is down to party with you. Come up some time and say “Hey dude!” But definitely make sure to casually drop the secret Illuminati password.