James Vincent McMorrow
How To Waste A Moment
Taking a break from his usual, slow, sensual, and swooning style, our favorite Irishman is back with a freshly released tune, and it delivers on multiple levels. Per usual, we’re welcomed into the soundscape with James Vincent McMorrow’s painfully beautiful vocal tone, one which we’ve fawned over more times that we can count. This time, though, that soft, yet distinguished voice is set to an upbeat, walking synth melody. Coming in on the back of a booming bassline, and pronounced percussion, it all culminates into an addicting combination.
We can only imagine that “How To Waste a Moment” is being incorporated into his live acts. If you’re one of the lucky ones that’s planning on catching it, we’re sure you’re eagerly waiting hearing it live, just as we are.
Catch JVM on tour at one of the following dates below. Having seen him multiple times before, we highly recommend picking up some tickets and checking him out.
Aug 19 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO
Aug 20 The Bluebird w/ Blake Mills Denver, CO
Aug 22 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Salida, CO
Aug 24 Weesner Amphitheater w/ Kevin Garrett Apple Valley, MN
Aug 25 Majestic Theater w/ Kevin Garrett Madison, WI
Aug 26 Thalia Hall w/ Kevin Garrett Chicago, IL
Did you just do a double take? We know we did when we first glanced upon MUTEMATH in a newly released song. But, when we clicked play, we were immediately rushed with a wave of nostalgic emotions from those late-night, headphone-adorned listening sessions close to a decade ago. In fact, after one listen through “Monument,” we immediately went back and relived hits like “Control,” “Typical,” and “Blood Pressure.”
“Monument” is the first release in quite some time from Grammy-nominated alternative rock band MUTEMATH, and what a return it is. Yes, the style has changed slightly from that of the aforementioned and quite adored songs, but the underlying nature of this storied NoLa band is very much there. Heavily rooted in glowing synths and upbeat percussion, this newly-released tune still has that classic anthemic nature that we’ve come to love over the years.
While citing bands like Steely Dan and The Police, we can’t help but hear associations of current electro-pop acts (ahem, Phoenix) coming through in their highly-engaging tune. It’s warm, shimmering and leaves listeners clamoring to hit repeat, over and over again.
Expect this tune and more on their upcoming album, out in late 2015. There’s also an accompanying tour, but it is literally sold out, top-to-bottom.
This Yorkshire-based rock outfit is looking to capture the nostalgic post-punk fans around the globe, and they’re doing it in a way that will also garner an appreciative nod from the greener fans within the massive, blanketing term of “alternative rock.”
Heavily rooted in lyrical craft, FANS touch on popular aspects of social commentary, without overwhelming listeners in their message. There’s a certain artful dexterity in the songwriting that latches listeners in, encouraging them to not only appreciate the lyrics but appreciate the song as a whole. “Take It” will take older listeners back, finding themselves in a sea of familiarity with grainy, yet powerful vocals. Accompanied by distorted guitar hooks, a steady bassline, and the steady interchange of snare and kick, it envelopes listeners with ease, easily obtaining undivided attention.
Find this tune, as well as a few others, on their upcoming debut EP, out September 4th. Follow them on facebook to make sure you pick it up as soon as it’s available.
The Music Ninja Residency Guest Mix
It’s been one hell of a month over here at TMN Headquarters. Over the past four weeks, we’ve been lucky enough to shine a spotlight on one of our favorite Producers and DJs in the game, showcasing an in-depth, insightful interview, a solid travel playlist for your upcoming adventures, and this exclusive guest mix from the man himself, Mr. Chris Lake.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your time getting up-close and personal with this witty, uber-talented, and trendsetting musician. We know we certainly have.
Roger Sanchez Ft. Stealth – Remember me (Hannah Wants remix)
Fono – Real Joy (Chris Lake & Rrotik remix)
DJ S.K.T. – Dirty
Disclosure ft. Gregory Porter – Holding On (Melé remix)
Pele & Shawnecy – Better for my brain
Icarus – Don’t cry wolf
Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Claptone remix)
Dom Dolla & Go Freek – Define (Cassian remix)
Calvin Harris & Disciples – How deep is your love (Chris Lake remix)
Housequake – GET.ON.
KDA – Rumble (Shadow Child re-edit)
Jay Robinson – Carnage
Sinden – Paco vs Curly
Billy Kenny – Ron Dat
Chris Lake & Anna Lunoe – Stomper
There’s a nostalgic air that surrounds “Memory Hole,” one which instantly transports listeners to a completely different time and place. The first 30 seconds incapsulate a specific era in music, calling on associations of long-haired, flower-adorned gatherings somewhere near Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s. However, as far back in time as it takes you, it also firmly plants its foot in the present, giving us the undeniable associations of one of our favorites, Tame Impala.
This head-nodding, multi-decade influenced track is made possible by one man, and one man alone. That’s right – Bitmap is comprised of only Luke Barwell, formerly of John Peel Favourites Salako . After a few listens through though, you’ll soon realize that one man, and this one in particular, is more than enough to create this highly-engaging, and extremely well-crafted gem.
The past is not a memory and you are not an archive of your time alive. Sometimes it’s better to forget than forgive. The Memory Hole is a place where facts and figures are forgotten. Where you end up when you’re unfriended by life. – Bitmap
Over a year in the making, this release is the first off his upcoming LP, Magnetic Fields, via Love Our Records. If you’re feeling “Memory Hole,” make sure to head over to Bandcamp and pick up previous releases from this highly talented musician.
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over two years now. We know you’ve had 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)
See you on the dance floor.
Amtrac & Castle - 8/13
Chemical (Amtrac Remix)
Dotcom & Party Thieves - 8/14
DOTCOM x KAYZO
Take A Picture FEAT. SAM KING
Amine Edge & Dance - 8/15
Took The Night (Amine Edge & DANCE Remix)
Teeth (ft. M F L R)
Let’s all take a second and admit something – summer is coming to a close. We’ve already noticed the days starting later and later each morning, which is a strong indicator that our favorite season is waning. The best way to hold onto those sweet, sun-soaked vibes is to go out and live it up, and “Teeth” is a solid addition to wherever your final summer adventures might take you.
Crafted by up-and-coming, Long Island-based producer/DJ Tyler Roper, “Teeth” is the first single off his upcoming EP, The Cognition. Listeners will immediately get hooked by this shimmering, warm-weather original which features a sultry, rolling bassline, rapid drum hits, glowing synths, and a set of catchy-as-hell lyrics. Coming together perfectly, the smooth, lush, and inviting tone from M F L R, and flirtatious nature of the lyrics fit the overall laidback nature of “Teeth”
Teeth started out as me tinkering and experimenting with some new ideas. I wanted to make something that had a strong vibe with some ‘thick’ bass, – but still light and easy on the ears. I was fortunate enough to be put in contact with Tyler (M F L R) through my manager, and the stems he shot back were exactly what the song needed. I feel like this song was a huge step for me, and a great learning experience. All I can hope is that it gets peoples’ heads bobbin’! – Tyler Roper
Make sure to keep an eye out for Roper’s upcoming EP, The Cognition, which drops on 8/27 via Jam Family Records.