Various Blonde – Smoke [TMN PREMIERE]

Brought to life by multi-instrumentalist Joshua Allen and drummer Mark Lomas, Various Blonde is Kansas City’s best kept secret. Cooked up in 2009, this outfit has taken on many forms, working with a revolving cast of musicians and producers. Most recently, the pair has teamed up with LA-based producer and bassist Brandon Eugene Owens, who has performed with acts like Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill.

My first experience with “Smoke” brought up associations of one of my all-time favorites, Absofacto, another uber talented multi-instrumentalist. Personally, that was all I needed. From there, I spent more time with it, digging into the complex soundscape and subtle nuances. It’s a dark and cosmic ride, spun up with so many rich textures and layers. The heavy bassline, dark and haunting synths, quick-hitting hi-hats, and Allen’s alluring vocals, all come together to create an enveloping experience.

Have a listen below, and then head over to Various Blonde’s channels and support.

Facebook | Soundcloud | Spotify.

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[lo-Funk] daste. – Sober

daste.
SOBER

Hot damn. Within a few seconds of “Sober,” I was hooked. The smooth bassline, the cool-as-James-Dean vocals, and the funky lo-fi synths create an undeniably addicting soundscape.

“We don’t follow any specific recipe approaching each track. It all evolves from a hive mind of ideas and refining them into the mood we’re feeling. ‘SOBER’ came about quite quickly. Pretty much within a day of writing the basis of the songwas done, and we then started doing our thing on the production which is often when we like to take our time focusing on the smaller details. As Tyler likes to say “The ‘d’ in daste. stands for detail.

This is just the second release from this brand-spanking-new act, and what a doozy. We’ll high-key have it on repeat until we get the next sampling. Hopefully, that happens sooner than later.

In the meantime, make sure to follow these guys on Facebook, so you can keep up.

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[Pop] Manila Killa – ALL 2 U (feat. Sara Skinner)

The new year brought a fair amount of change for Manila Killa (Chris Gavino), as he embarked on his first year as a solo artist. Aside from a shift in his career path, he’s also showcasing a glimpse at a shift in his musical style. Maybe this is the true Chris? Whatever it is, we’re all about it.

“All 2 U,” which features Sara Skinner, is the last single from his upcoming EP. A through-and-through pop gem, this track exudes pure authenticity. It’s catchy as hell, not overdone, and extremely well put together, complete with organic guitars, playful percussion, and approachable vocals. Simply put–you won’t be hard-pressed to put this one on repeat.

If you’d like to catch this tune live, make sure to pick up tickets to the 1993 tour, which makes 11 stops across April and May. Tour dates are posted below, for your convenience.

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[EDM] Juicy M vs. Subshock & Evangelos – Psyhaus

Juicy M vs. Subshock & Evangelos
Psyhaus

Now, the term “EDM” isn’t something we like to use to describe a record as a whole, however if we wrote psytrance and bass house, you might think us crazy. You might think Juicy M and Subshock & Evangelos crazy for making a track that smashes those sounds together, but they did it anyway and it’s a heater.

Released on Spinnin Records, the aptly named “Psyhaus” is basically two tracks in one. At first I thought it was a mash-up, but turns out this original came hot out the studio as is, sewing together two genres you wouldn’t really expect to hear together in this fashion. They took a risk and it worked out because this all out barrage of energy is just the kind of weird, unexpected thing dance music needs right now.

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[Pop] TRXD – Vice

TRXD
Vice

The TRXD duo have only been making music a few years together, but time and time again do they prove they can rival some of the best veterans in the game. To kick off 2019, TRXD have dropped their single “Vice” through Sony Norway.

The Norwegians have been known for their EDM/pop crossover style, which is highly evident in this catchy single. The two creatives team up with the incredibly talented vocalist Caroline Ailin whose work with Dua Lipa on “New Rules” was a huge step for her career. Now she’s taking center-stage on “Vice” with a beautiful musical backdrop provided by TRXD. Overall, killer tune, definitely add this one to your playlists asap!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2019 Round #3)

How’s 2019 going for you so far? Good, great, don’t want to f’n talk about it? Cool. You don’t have to. Here’s the 3rd Indie Dojo of the new year. No need to say a word.
’mindchatter – trippy’
’Highschool Jacob – Cant Get Enough’
’Camel Power Club – Ventura Acoustic (feat. Racoon Racoon)’
’Daggy Man – Atlas’
’Andrew Goldring – Right On Time’
’Aodhan – when your eyes speak’
’Uma – Mockingbird’
’Faye Webster – Kingston’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2019 Round #2)


Before you hit play on this Indie Dojo, be sure you are fully committed to chill, cuz we’ve got a sexy, kick back, chillax’, no worries about a thing, kinda thing going on here. We just want to make sure you fully enjoy.

’Arlo Parks – Cola’
’Loyal – Patterns That Fall’
’Mark Whalen – Happen Twice’
’Boyo – Hit Or Miss’
’Vraell – Fall’
’Sunken
Swoon’
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