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Jolliffe – Codeine Hate Cloud (Luke Hassan Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Codeine Hate Cloud Remix
Luke Hassan Remix

As the weather heats up, we’re all on the hunt for top-not dance records we can hold onto throughout all our summertime adventures, from road trips, to pool parties, to late-night kitchen dance sessions. Luckily for us, Birmingham-based beatsmith Luke Hassan has dialed up one hell of a clubby remix that’s sure to keep you grooving throughout the summer.

This interpretation of “Codeine Hate Cloud” is inherently groovy, pushing forward through pronounced percussion. We’re particularly thrilled with the inclusion of the tropical steel drums, which help counter-balance the dark, haunting vocal samples and synths. The bassline is heavy, which will serve this number well in the club, not to say that it shouldn’t be played through your $20 Bluetooth speaker either. Sometimes the best dance-offs are had surrounding one of those.

If you’re digging this piece of work, we highly recommend checking out the original number, crafted by the newly-founded Jolliffe. Dropping on Rui Da Silva’s Kismet Records, this track, and three others encompass his debut EP, which offers up a myriad of field recordings, sampled drums, and moog synths.

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Kidsmoke – And Mine Alone [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

Kidsmoke
And Mine Alone

With a few fast-paced guitar strums, some upbeat snare work, and a groovy bassline, Wrexham-based Kidsmoke have us daydreaming about sun-soaked adventures. In fact, it’s pretty damn hard not to picture this, the second single off their upcoming EP, as the soundtrack to whatever lies ahead of us over the next few months. It’s bright, shimmery, and full of a youthful vibrance–the kind we tend to look for around this time of year.

Aside from the release, which dropped nearly a month ago, we’re also here to bring you a first glimpse at the music video for “And Mine Alone.” A playful cinematic interpretation of the tune, it’s perfectly informal, offering up plenty of time with all four bandmates.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, we highly recommend catching this highly-infectious tune, among others, at one of their four upcoming shows.

Live Dates

May 26 – Dot To Dot Festival

June 09 – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester (EP launch)

June 16 – The Finsbury, London

June 28 Wrexfest 2017

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Someone – The Deep [TMN PREMIERE]

Someone
The Deep

We see it all the time. Artists are continually evolving as people, and with that lifelong progression, their sound typically follows. Sometimes it takes shape by way of a completely unexpected album (think Thrice’s Vheissu), and other times it comes to fruition through another project. What we’re bringing today is the latter, as Someone is the brand new act via former teenage singer-songwriter Tessa Rose Jackson.

This new project is all about creating, as showcased by a series of EPs that will cover a notably different theme. The first, which we’re highlighting currently, is The Deep which loosely describes the somewhat messy evolution from TRJ to Someone.

I wanted a name that meant: Don’t worry about who I am. Just check out what I make. I make a lot. Some you may like, some you may not. But I’ll like it. And you know what, I’m someone too.

The self-titled single has been streaming in our headphones for the past few days and we just can’t get enough. It still has elements of that well-defined pop sensibility, given the quite catchy hooks and heavenly voice, but the addition of buzzing guitars, laid-back percussion and basslines, and soaring strings bring it into an entirely different realm. And, it’s one that we’re sure you’ll be quite fond of.

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High Rule – Someone Else [TMN PREMIERE]

High Rule
Someone Else

It’s been over two years since we were first introduced to the quirky, alt-hip-hop duo High Rule. Often known for their tongue in cheek social commentary and unconventional beats, they’ve continued to pique our interest over the past two spins around the globe, with no signs of slowing down.

“Someone Else” is the first release since their debut EP dropped eight months back, and it’s a true embodiment of what people have come to know and love from this Chicago-based outfit. Complete with a casual flow, well-held notes during cascading background vocals, and pleasantly bizarre vocal-style synth hits, it’s a catchy ride throughout.

We caught ourselves singing along after only a few spins through and we fully expect you’ll do the same. After you belt out the lyrics, make sure to head over to Facebook and show these dudes some love.

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Northern Faces – Messin’ With Me [TMN PREMIERE]

Northern Faces
Messin' With Me

The old saying, “three’s a crowd,” doesn’t apply here. It’s quite the contrary, in fact. We’re beyond excited to guide you into the third album (via Equal Vision Records) from Big Apple-based rockers Northern Faces. While we can’t showcase the entire body of work just yet, we can uncover just a tidbit for you today. But, it should provide ample reasons for you to get excited for what we’re calling “one hell of a progression.”

Not to say that we weren’t already fans of this impressive trio, but we’re thoroughly enjoying their growth and maturation. “Messin’ With Me” proudly boasts just that, providing the inevitable desire to nod your head, tap your feet, and shake your hips. It’ll be hard not to, considering the driving bassline and catchy-as-top-40 hooks that lay oh-so meticulously on intricate guitar work.

More so than other bands we write up, we’re especially excited to catch these dudes live. Why’s that? It’s all in their attitude towards their live show.

Our live shows are our pride and joy. We take a lot of pride in trying to put on a show that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. The stage really is our home.

We’re planning on witnessing this tune, amongst others, at their upcoming show in Denver. We highly recommend you get out and do the same. Take a look below, figuratively circle that date, and get ready to lace up your dancing shoes.

6/2 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/3 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Sache at Intersection
6/4 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
6/5 – Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
6/6 – Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi
6/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/9 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/10 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/11 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion***
6/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
6/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
6/16 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
6/17 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
6/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
6/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/21 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
6/22 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
6/23 – Dublin, MN @ The Red Herring Lounge
6/24 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

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foreverandever – so guud (w. Summer Heart) [TMN PREMIERE]

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so guud (w. Summer Heart)

Hailing from Stockholm, foreverandever has effectively crafted a tune that’s worthy of a rambunctious evening out on the town, or a chill night at home, occasionally popping and locking across the kitchen floor. How’s this possible, you ask? Well, a combination of punchy percussion and progressive synths provide enough oomph and energy to induce rowdiness. Conversely, highly engaging and memorable lyrics from Summer Heart, whether they’re untreated, pitched down, or pitched up, offer up the proper laid-back vibes that make this tune approachable for all of us homebodies, as well.

David and I got together in my studio last year. We played around with some synthesizers, had some good talks and made some good songs. “so guud” is one of them. I am super happy about it! For me “so guud” and the other songs of the upcoming EP is about attraction. The tensions and releases when meeting someone new. The line “I need you around. Need you in my space. Make me new.” sums it up pretty good. – foreverandever

While I debate whether or not I should head out for an epic night on the town this week, you should cruise over and follow foreverandever and Summer Heart on Facebook. You won’t want to miss future releases from either of these stellar, budding artists.

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Mat Hunsley – Do You Need Me Near [TMN PREMIERE]

Mat Hunsley
Do You Need Me Near

Mat Hunsley’s “Do You Need Me Near” coincidentally came into my peripherals along with the changing seasons here in Denver and it already has me daydreaming about lazy summer nights, swinging in a hammock, heartfelt campfire conversations with only the closest of friends, and those unexpected weekend adventures in a pup-filled car, heading somewhere into the wilderness.

This emotive song is the first of the year for this Newcastle-based singer/songwriter, following up on a handful of stellar releases at the end of last year. Just like before, I’m finding myself in a lucid daze, complete with a content grin, digesting his thoughtful lyrics and calculated fingerpicking. With the addition of carefully-placed, fairy-like vocal hums, today’s offering is somehow even more alluring and encapsulating than expected.

This song is testament to my oldest and dearest friends. Like everyone else, I have had those friends whom I believed were essential to my happiness. I mistakenly thought that without their constant presence and participation in my life that I couldn’t possibly be as happy as I once was. Despite my worries and despite each of us having followed our differing paths, these friends have remained close to my heart. When reunited we slip effortlessly back into the old habits and patterns as if we’d never strayed away. These people don’t need me near them in order to get everything they need and deserve from life, but it’s comforting to know that our friendship will forever stay the same.

“Do You Need Me Near” was beautifully produced by Mick Ross (Lanterns On The Lake, Ajimal, The Lake Poets), and will be released on April 28th via Trellis Records. After you support the single, make sure to support Mat’s live show at the Evolution Emerging Festival in Newcastle this May.

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