[Electronic/Pop] John.k – Best of Me

John.k
Best of Me

John.k moves forward in 2018 with his first original of the year. “Best Of Me” is a smash, further showing just what John can do with his musical creativity. As he’s done before, but maybe to a higher degree here, he mixes genres beautifully for a wonderful record.

“Best Of Me” has an old-school feel to it with a few modern treats mixed in making this a hit for crowds of any age. It’s invigorating, lively and inspiring with its message that John defines simply below. John.k is set to have a massive year this year and this is just one of the many steps he’ll be taking to the top of the game. If you’re not on board yet, you will be after this one.

‘Best of Me’ is about evolving through young love, admitting to past mistakes and committing to giving someone the best possible version of yourself.
– JOHN.k

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[Electronic/Pop] Cape Lion – Week One EP

Do you think you could make an EP in a week? That’s just what the Stockholm’s Cape Lion did between 5th and the 12th of February. The result of his hard work was four incredible tunes all packed into one project.

Week One starts off with the soulful “Moped” whose atmospheric sound is as intoxicating as it is alluring. Next comes “Be So Bad” that has a retro vibe to it that makes it sound like an instant classic. Our favorite single on the EP, “Call Of The Void” comes next with its clubby sound. “The Open” closes things out with its epic sound, lead by strong horns throughout the production.

’Cape Lion – Moped’
’Cape Lion – Be So Bad’
’Cape Lion – Call Of The Void’
’Cape Lion – The Open’
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[Indie Dance] Allertz – Brave

Allertz
Brave

Just a few days ago the Swedish producer Allertz dropped the new single “Brave” to the world. It is one of the many releases that are signaling the shift of sound to the more Spring/Summer friendly vibe. Although it’s among a stream of releases of people readying for the season, this one is among the top.

“Brave” shares an indie dance sound that is perfect for the upcoming pool parties – don’t be surprised if this one shows up while you’re at Miami Music Week if you happen to be going. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Allertz, but he’s coming back extremely strong with this original. We’re looking forward to more from him this year, a year that could be a big one for him!

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#TMNMailbag #4: Sam Eagle – 15/8

Sam Eagle
15/8

This is actually the second time 18-year-old Sam Eagle has submitted music to the #TMNMailbag. This time, it stuck with me.

While I believe that he would benefit from a little refinement with his recording, mixing, and mastering, there’s something inherently charming about this Essex-based act. He’s lyrically adept, weaving in engaging storytelling through unique instrumentation. He goes well beyond “the guy with the guitar” stereotype, offering up playful, yet simplistic percussion work and intriguing song structures.

“15/8” has me head over heels, to be perfectly honest. And, we’re not alone. He recently got love from Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Six Strings playlist, and got some love from BBC 6Music and XFM. You’re catching on before almost anyone else, as this up-and-comer only has 50 soundcloud followers. Give him a follow, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

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#TMNMailbag #3: Flower Cult – Violet

Flower-Cult
Violet

Hailing from the Pelican State, Flower Cult is our latest addition to our #TMNMailbag series. Consisting of Dave Fol and Chandler Young, two producers from the pop/soul 5-piece OK Music, this developing act is following down a road of personal inspirations like Wilco, Yo La Tengo, and Local Natives.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with “Violet.” The calming and intriguing vocal harmony was the first thing that piqued my interest, calling on associations of TV On The Radio. Coupled with ethereal guitar work, smooth bassline, and a pronounced kick drum, it wound up hooking me in for the long haul.

With less than 50 Soundcloud followers, you’re coming in at ground level. Enjoy the ride as they continue to pick up steam.

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[Dream-Pop/Indie] Mt. Si – 911 EP

Throughout every corner of music, “supergroups” are all too often hyped to an unthinkable degree; resulting in music that sounds forced together failing to live up to lofty expectations. Such is nowhere near the case for electronic-pop project Mt. Si, who have been quietly authoring an excellent palate of sonic expressions.

Mt. Si is the tasteful union between friends Michael David of Classixx, Jesse Kivel of Kisses and Sarah Chernoff formerly of Superhumanoids now creating music as a solo artist. The trio first began collaborating during recording sessions from Classixx’ excellent LP Hanging Gardens, and discovered together they wielded quite the creative chemistry. Their latest release, the 911 EP, a follow up to their Limits EP in 2016, recently saw release via Cascine and features three new tracks from the group.

Mt. Si’s 911 EP follows the group’s blueprint, which is the effortless ability to brush pop sensibilities into a dreamy brand of low-key dance music.  Title track “911” is an addictive electronic gem featuring Chernoff’s weightless vocals vaulted against a bed of alto-saxophone, gentle harmonies, and rolling percussion. B-side “Annie” is another earworm of a pop diamond that excellently rounds out the EP after the Reed Mix of “911” has run its course. Perhaps the term side project will gradually be taking a backseat behind releases like this from Mt. Si, and you can be sure that we’ll keep you in the loop until then.

’911’
’911 (Reed Mix)’
’Annie’
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[Dubstep/Electro] Black Tiger Sex Machine Drop Two Singles + Contest Ahead of LP

Black Tiger Sex Machine have been making some major moves in 2018. From their multiple festival billings, including EDC Las Vegas, they’re readying the release of their second album, New Worlds, on Kannibalen Records. Since the turn of the new year they’ve dropped two singles from it, as well as one of the biggest contests in dance music ever. Period.

With regard to the music, first BTSM dropped an electro anthem called “Zombie” with their past collaborator Panther. Next they hit us with the metal meets dubstep fusion single “Madness” with the rising star Sullivan King. Together these two tracks, along with the previous release of “Lions” with YOOKiE has us excited for the LP.

What has us even more excited is the giveaway the tigers are currently doing. They’ve went ahead and set up a major contest with one winner that will receive one of the first edition tiger helmets and will be flown out to a festival of their choice to hang with the trio and get the helmet. We can’t think of another contest as big as this one, so make sure to enter asap!

Enter To Win A BTSM Helmet

’Black Tiger Sex Machine – Zombie feat. Panther’
’Black Tiger Sex Machine x Sullivan King – Madness’
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