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[Swoon] Nick Hakim – I Don’t Know

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NickHakim
I Don't Know

As if pre-destined for major motion pictures, “I Don’t Know” possesses an undeniable charm that makes us want to give up music blogging, instead looking to a career in screenwriting. In an enchanting progression through this five-minute, cinematic musical journey, we can’t help but think of a drizzly day on the streets of our nation’s capital.

Nick Hakim is back, and he’s brought his glorious voice with him. In this latest release, out today, this DC-based crooner has pulled out all the stops. With a haunting bassline, light flicks of the guitar and an eloquent twinkling of the ivories, this story comes to life. The instrumentals are more than enough to hook our minds and hearts, Hakim sends us into another world with his sometimes smokey, yet always refined vocals.

If you’re looking forward to the fall months and the chilly weather that accompanies them, make sure to bookmark this page. This tune begs for a glass of something stiff and some grey, rainy weather.

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Black Honey – Teenager [TMN PREMIERE]

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Black Honey
Teenager (Demo)

Taking a moment to drink it all in — the swirling guitar chords, the clashing cymbals, the echoing surf rock riffs that complement the brooding vocals in an effortless fashion — we can’t help but get completely encompassed in the latest release from the newest Duly Records signee, Black Honey.

“Teenager” is the second release from this practically unheard-of band, who dare to explore the dark chasms of indie rock through nostalgic instrumentation rife with Americana-style undertones. Their first release, “Sleep Forever,” soared through Hype Machine, tugging on the ears of the blogosphere. In a commanding fashion, this newly formed outfit calls on associations of the legendary Lana Del Rey, as if tipping their proverbial cap to her sultry swagger.

While there’s not much information about this intoxicating band, they’ve offered up an opportunity to remedy that situation. In a completely unorthodox and rather impressive attempt to open up to the world, Black Honey is available through text message. That’s right. Shoot them a text, and ask them whatever your little heart desires. Just promise us one thing, though? Keep it PG.

Black Honey – 07578533359

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/31 – 8/2

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
- Deal is NOT valid for the Subfocus show. If you wanna catch his amazing set, you’re going to have to cough up some dough.

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Ilan Bluestone - July 31
Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab
Satellite (ilan Bluestone Remix)

Sub Focus - August 1
Close Feat MNEK

No Regular Play - August 2
No Regular Play
Endangered Species (Special Version)
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Tobtok Interview and Summer Mix [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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We may only have a few more months of sunny weather to look forward to, and Tobtok wants to make sure we get the most of them.

Hailing from Sweden, this Producer/DJ is anything but what you’d expect from electronic music associated with his fellow countrymen. We had a chance to ask him a few choice questions the other day to take a deeper dive into the man behind the music. Press play on the delightful summer mix below, and catch up on this fast-rising young artist.

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Summer Mix

Track List:

1. Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne – My Love (Oliver Nelson Remix)
2. Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better
3. Cyclist & Malko – Sunrise
4. Munk – Happiness Juice
5. Janet Jackson – Can’t B Good (Allure Remix)
6. Gigamesh – Your Body (JBAG Remix)
7. Jonas Rathsman – Skepparkrans
8. The Magician ft Years & Years – Sunlight
9. The Presets – No Fun (Lancelot Remix)
10. Blonde ft. Charli Taft – Higher Ground (Tobtok Remix)
11. Julian Perretta – Wildfire (Anoraak Remix)
12. Kiesza – Giant In My Heart (Billon Remix)
13. Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never (Wayward Remix)
14. Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back
15. Chris Malinchak ft. Mikky Ekko – Stranger (Blonde Remix)
16. Secondcity – I Wanna Feel
17. Julie McKnight – Diamond Life (Alex Adair Remix)
18. Aluna George – Superstar (Cosmo’s Midnight x Lido Remix)

TMN: Thank you so much for taking some time to answer a few questions for us! We really appreciate your time. Let’s kick things off by talking about your latest release. What can people come to expect from it?

My pleasure, I’m a big fan of Music Ninja!

My latest release is called “Higher”, which features vocals from the amazing Emil, who is the lead vocalist of Urban Cone! It’s a special tune for me, and the journey behind it has been long yet rich. It’s a simple and playful tune which could be described as Indie Disco.
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[Folk] Jeremy Loops – Skinny Blues

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Jeremy Loops
Skinny Blues

In our eyes, the mark of a truly impressive folk song is the ability to completely submerge the listener in the artist’s story, making them feel an intimate connection with what’s being verbally illustrated.

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Jeremy Loops has captured Americana effortlessly, combining engrossing story telling with upbeat percussion worthy of the dustiest of dive bars. Set with the backdrop of waves clashing against the shoreline, this tune is brought to life with intricate guitar work, delicate banjo picking, and stunning vocal harmonies. Most impressively though, we can’t seem to over the flawless switch between gritty southern rock vocals and falsetto howls which Loops nails with eye-opening ease.

If you’re in a shit-kickin’, boot-wearin’, beer-drinkin’ mood, look no further. “Skinny Blues” has all of that wrapped up to perfection in just over three minutes.

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[Folk] Ánders – I Wish (You Were Mine)

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Ánders
I Wish (You Were Mine)

Let’s face it, there’s not a single one of you who can’t relate to this song. Through the years, we’ve all experienced a wistful longing for a member of the opposite, or same sex. There’s been that certain someone that just won’t leave your mind, no matter how hard you try, how much you drink, or how much you cry. Even if that person might not be the best thing for you, in your mind, they’re all that matters.

Swiss-Australian folk vocalist Ánders seems to capture the aforementioned situation perfectly, flawlessly tugging on listener’s heartstrings. Comprised of clean guitar work, subdued synths luscious vocals, “I Wish (You Were Mine)” carries a self-reflective message that hits close to home.

As a debut release, we can say that we’re overwhelmingly impressed, instantly expecting great things from this budding young artist. On top of a stellar first song, he also put together an impressive video featuring twelve strangers calling that one person they wish were theirs. Check it out below.

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Enzo Bennet – Interview and Mini-mix [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Enzo Bennet
The Colours Mix (mau5trap)

We recently had a chance to catch up with mau5trap Records up-and-coming artist, Enzo Bennet, asking a few choice questions regarding his signing to Deadmau5′s legendary label, and his newly released EP. To accompany this quick Q&A session, this youngster threw in a sweet little mini-mix to give you a soundtrack to read to.

TRACKLIST:
1 – Marek Hemmann – Zunder
2 – Jamie Woon – Shoulda (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Remix)
3 – Worakls – Good Night My Love
4 – Go Freek – We Can Ride (Dom Dolla Remix)
5 – Monomotion – Coma
6 – Fehrplay – Everywhere You Go
7 – Enzo Bennet – Zen
8 – Pryda & Empire Of The Sun – We Are The Mirage (Roman Kay Intro Bootleg)
9 – Mord Fustang – Something Right Meow

TMN: Hey Enzo, thank you so much for taking a minute to chat with us. First up, let’s talk about this upcoming EP, The Colours. What was the inspiration behind this EP?

Enzo: When it comes to music, for me, it’s not about seeing something or hearing something, and feeling inspired to create something because of it. My brain doesn’t work like that. It’s more of a subliminal, unconscious build up of experiences and feelings that manifest themselves without me even realizing. My ideas come in bursts and at strange times. I could be sitting eating my breakfast when a melody will just pop into my head, so I rush to the computer and get it down in a really simple format. Once I have that, I will just flesh it out as it comes to me. Sometimes I’m walking around all day with just that original melody playing in my head and my brain will just add in something out of the blue. I spend the rest of the day replaying it in my mind so that as soon as I get home, I can add it to the track. Sometimes I even call myself and leave a message on my voicemail, singing the melody so I don’t forget, haha. But it’s taken me a long time to get my skill level up to this point. The production for Zen & Colours started 3 years ago, but it’s taken me this long to bring them up to the standard you hear now.

TMN: The first song, “Colours,” is an incredibly melodic and progressive body of work, focusing highly on a drawn out journey. On the other hand, “Zen” has a much dancier feel, sporting a driving bassline and some club friendly kicks. Walk us through how you approached the production for each song.

Enzo: Production is pretty similar to what I mentioned above, but essentially the melody will come to me at random times. Or sometimes I sit myself down and literally just play around with notes on FruityLoop, and the pieces kind of just fall into place. You would not believe how many demos I have. I get inspired by new melodies so easily that it’s almost like an addiction. I can’t leave my chair until I get the track to where I want it to be. There’s a track that I’ve been working on for a while now that I practically did just in one night. I was just on the computer, and this melody came to me. From that moment on, I couldn’t stop. I was up until 10am the next morning. I think my mum thinks I’m crazy, haha. She’ll be getting up to go to work and find me still awake working.

TMN: In listening to your music, we can definitely pick up on why you’re signed to mau5trap! What has that experience been like for you so far?

Enzo: The experience has definitely been insane, in this industry its so hard to get noticed and get your stuff out there, let alone to find a record label who’s willing to give you a chance. I still remember the message I got from Mau5trap on Soundcloud. It was surreal. To be honest, I still can’t believe this is all happening. My friends find it weird cuz I’m not going crazy with excitement, but to be honest, it’s because I feel like it’s too good to be true! I don’t want to jinx it!

TMN: Are their any inter-label collaborations you’re working on that we can be privy to?

Enzo: At the moment, most of the focus is just on the EP and all the work that goes into that, but in the near future I think anything is possible!

TMN: Back to your music, it seems like there’s layer upon layer which creates an incredibly atmospheric listening for the experience. While there are plenty of EDM associations we can call on, we can’t help but think you listen to a lot of Tycho and Bonobo. Are we on point there?

Enzo: To be honest, I literally listen to everything. Bonobo and Tycho and definitely in there, but so is a lot of other stuff. I actually have a Soundcloud page where I post all the amazing tracks I find. I know a lot of blogs and sites, that I search on regularly to look for new tracks. I love great rap and hip hop, especially when there is a great instrumental accompanying it. I listen to alot of deep house, progressive house and electro, pretty much everything. As a producer, you can tell when the artist has put alot of work and thought into the track, you pick up the little things. So, if the track is good, and it’s got good workmanship, it’s hard for me not to like it. Does that make sense? haha

TMN: You’re from France originally, but now living in the UK. What brought you to the decision to make the jump?

Well I got accepted into the Point Blank music college, which is an amazing music school. It was tough though, because everyone at the school had a really strong command of the language, but my English was quiet weak compared to my peers. So, it was a pretty steep learning curve for me, but I learned a lot. Living away from home and having to be self-sufficient and all that helped me grow up a lot. I learned a lot about the importance of self-motivation and how to stay focused.

TMN: How do you feel your studies at top notch music schools have helped your career?

Enzo: Funnily enough, I actually dropped out half way through my course. Don’t get me wrong, the school is incredible; best equipment, best teachers, amazing people, everything. The difference with me was that I had already taught myself a lot of the stuff they were teaching us. I’d watched a ridiculous amount of YouTube tutorials about mixing & mastering techniques, so when I started going to classes, I already knew a lot of stuff they were teaching us. I like to do things myself, so I like being my own teacher because you can learn exactly what you want to learn. It’s great. It’s like a tailored education, haha. By the time i dropped out, I’d had all of my computer stuff shipped to my flat in London so I was already producing like crazy (which is around the time I finished producing Colours), and school meant that I had to give up valuable production time. So, I decided to go it on my own, and it was the best decision i ever made. It feels great taking a decision like that and having it pay off. But I still speak to my friends from Point Blank, a lot of them are popular artists right now like Felix Jaehn and Gunes Ergun, and are based all over the world now. I made some amazing contacts and some amazing friends.

TMN: Is this something you suggest up and coming artists to look at if they want to further themselves as musicians?

Enzo: I think everyone is different, and you have to do what works for you as an artist. What I definitely do suggest, music school or no music school, is educate yourself independently. YouTube tutorials, like I mentioned, taught me an insurmountable amount of stuff, from mixing techniques, sound engineering, mastering, ect. All the information you need is out there, you just have to be willing to sit down for hours at a time, absorb as much information as you can, and apply it straight away. So that it sticks in your mind. Practical learning is the best learning, in my opinion.

TMN: Alright, let’s wrap this up by talking about what’s on deck for you, aside from this EP. Any shows coming up? Tour dates? More music? Thank you so much for your time.

Enzo: No shows or tour dates for the moment, but like I said, the whole process is still only in it’s early stages, so anything is possible. And music… there’s always more music. Theres a few at the moment that I’m about to finish, just putting on the final touches on. One in particular I’m really excited about. I think it’s gonna go down really nicely, just in time for the end of summer. Will keep you posted!

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