Author Archives: Clayton Warwick

Ruu Campbell – Crossroads [TMN PREMIERE]

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Crossroads(Heartsong)*Ruu Campbell

Ruu Campbell has a cinematic quality about his music, which can most likely be attributed to a long and storied career comprised of years of genre-jumping. From a major label deal with Dreamworks at 15, to work with Leftfield, to dabbling in EDM for a short bit with trance outfit Younger Brother, to collaborations with British jazz and electronic collective the Cinematic Orchestra, each experience along this epic path has helped mold this intriguing musician. The pinnacle of the lengthy musical adventure: Heartsong, his debut LP, which will release in August of this year.

Captivation awaits. Seemingly coming straight out of a classic US Western film, “Crossroads” walks along a dusty road, carried by finger-picking, the loud hum of a standing bass, and Campbell’s understated and absolutely radiant vocals.  Pressing play on the track above will not only take you into a film-quality soundscape worthy of a classic Clint Eastwood tip of the cowboy hat, but it will also completely consume you, if only for two minutes and fifty seconds.

I want to share beauty with you as a listener, and I’m so happy that I can do it.
- Campbell

Calling on comparisons of other brilliant songwriters who boast the same ability to encapsulate you in a listening experience (think Nick Drake, James Vincent McMorrow, and Ry X), this seasoned musician is bringing more than enough to catch the blogosphere’s attention with this album. We know the world will be shortly behind, admiring the incredible breadth of talent that is Ruu Campbell.

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[Dubstep] Stvrchvsr – Chainwax

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Chainwax

There are few things that we get excited about more than bringing you fresh, unheard-of artists. Looking at a soundcloud play counter under 100 gets us licking our chops, and that’s exactly what we have for you this evening.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, this up-and-coming producer has quickly shown us that it’s not just the stars at night that are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. In “Chainwax,” which was just released seventeen days ago, Stvrchvsr lays it all out for us. Is it melodic? Yes, it resembles Seven Lions, at times. Is it hard as fuck? Yep, in fact we can’t help but think of UK dubstep bass barons like SKisM. Is it well produced? Quite. Whoever mixed and mastered this tune knew what they were doing.

While we don’t have much information beyond this, we do know this: Stvrchvsr is here to stay. This kid has a bright future in front of him, and we’re god damn tickled pink to have brought you the first glimpse at this absolute monster of a track.

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[Alternative] Adult Jazz – Spook

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Spook

August is going to be a good month for music. As we’re sure it will be rife with the normal amount of notable releases, there’s one in particular we’re looking forward to. Coming via the UK, Gist Is, the debut full length album (out Aug 5th) from Adult Jazz, will surely dazzle music lovers around the world.

Like a bunch of giddy school kids who just found out they’ll soon be touring Disneyland, we’re admittedly experiencing overwhelming excitement after listening to the breathtaking piece that is “Spook.” Describing this song is no easy feat. It’s not your traditional pop song, stacked heavily in favor of it’s catchy hooks. This is a tune that takes a while to sink in.

Taking it’s time, “Spook” casually builds up, focusing highly on an odd, yet inviting vocal arrangement from the lead singer. Joined together by some fluttering piano notes and low, brooding strings, the listener is pleasantly lost, not knowing what to expect. As time goes by, we’re welcomed into a bevy of instrumentation, articulately calculating a well-dressed and impressive song.

While one expect this to be a culminating swirl of cinematic-structured rock goodness, you’d be wrong. As we stated before, the structure is anything but traditional, which can be found in multiple places, but most notably at the 4:30 mark of this nearly ten minute song.

Transcending across every musical norm that we’re used to, Adult Jazz casually and effectively embraces anti-pop, heady approach, giving the music world a breath of fresh air.

One thing is for certain: we simply cannot fucking wait for this album. Pardon our french, but the music nerd in us is currently hyperventilating.

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[Pop] EVVY – Collide (Keljet Remix)

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EVVY
Collide (Keljet Remix)

As we head into July, we can effectively say one thing: this has been the summer of tropical music. From Kygo to Thomas Jack, it seems like this wave of steel drums and beach-style beats is here to stay. In all honesty, we couldn’t be more pleased, as the summer months are definitely our favorite time of the year.

Taking a crack at the relatively brand-new vocalist EVVY’s tune “Collide,” Netherland’s based DJ/Producer duo Keljet have dialed up a synth-heavy pop remix that’s primed and ready for your weekend endeavors.

Look to follow Keljet on Facebook, as well as EVVY and the insanely busy producer Mickey Valon (Noosa, EVVY, Ayer), who produced the original version of this tune.

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[Gorgeous] Nick Hakim – The Light

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The Light

It seems like ages ago that we were writing up Nick Hakim’s stunning tune, “Cold”. In all reality, it was just last month, but in internet time, that seems like an eternity ago.

This DC-based indie soul artist flaunts effortlessly between genres, infusing classic vocal interpretations with jazz piano work and future soul style atmospheric elemental layering. In “The Light,” we’re given a glimpse into a delightfully seductive ballad, which lightly drifts though understated vocals coupled with light percussion work and engaging piano chords.

Coming off his newly released EP, Where Will We Go Pt. 1, this is the type of song that’s perfect for a lonely night at home, or a special night with that special someone. We’ll leave it up to you to decide when you choose to enjoy it.

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[Beach Music] Goldman – Bonne Idée (Ocean Avenue Remix)

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Bonne Idée (Ocean Avenue Remix)

Taking it’s name from the often-found street name in beach-side destinations, Ocean Avenue just released a song that is represents those vibes felt while walking along every Ocean Avenue in America.

Throw on your flip flops, Ray-Bans, and short shorts, because this remix of the late 90′s tune “Bonne Idée,” originally performed by Grammy Award winning Jean-Jacques Goldman, will have you ready to roll the windows down, and catch the sweet embrace of the warm summer air.

Adding a nice little flanger effect onto the original guitar work and adding in some trop-house synths, this groovy little remix is quite original, providing the perfect soundscape for your sunny-weather adventures.

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[Future Trap] Maison Cartel – Telegraph

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Telegraph (Original Mix)

If you’ve been scanning our blog feed tonight, you’ll know that sometimes we miss songs, posting them a bit behind the curve. Well, for as many times as that happens, we have countless other times where we bring you the freshest jams within hours of release. Case in point: Maison Cartel’s “Telegraph”.

Dropping just five hours ago on this SoCal duo’s soundcloud, this tune is a bit of a departure from their usual intensity. However, this completely original track is quite the delight, sporting a gloriously melodic build. The drop comes in and throws you for a loop, providing a dirty Lunice style drop, which is sure to get asses on the dancefloor.

Press play and try not to groove to this one. If you can manage not to, please tweet us and let us know. If you end up shakin’ it a lil’ though, you need to tweet Maison Cartel and let them know what’s up.

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