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[Indie Pop] Ofelia K. – White T-Shirt

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Ofelia K
White T-Shirt

Sometimes a voice comes along that completely encapsulates you, leaving you incapacitated for the duration of that first blissful listen. Ofelia K. has one of those voices, which weaves a glowing tone and robust soul through each and every note.

Already experiencing tremendous success in the past, snagging three #1 most popular spots on Hype Machine spots in her work with Wanderhouse and Felix Cartel, this indie chanter now looks to take on the blogosphere with some solo work.

“White T-Shirt” comes off her highly anticipated forthcoming solo EP and shimmers with youthful expression through and through. It’s open, baring an intimate glimpse to listeners, roping them in for an emotional experience set to the background of understated drumming, glowing synths, and subtle plucks from a guitar.

Take a listen above, then head over and follow her on SoundCloud.

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Hilang Child – Endless String [TMN PREMIERE]

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Endless String

If there’s anybody that can properly ease you into your Tuesday morning workday, it’s London-based multi-instrumentalist Ed Riman, or, as you’ll come to know him today, Hilang Child.

Premiering today, “Endless String” accompanies the previously released “Thule” as a new double A-side single through Akira Records. The two pieces are influenced by time, place and emotions, which is evident in the grand, cinematic soundscape composed by this talented musician.

The track we’re bringing you a first look at documents a first encounter with a new love, showcasing the anticipation of what the future may hold. Long, legato piano chords mimic those long feelings and are bolstered up with haunting background falsetto vocals, and, of course, Riman’s gorgeous lead vocals. The end experience is nothing short of incredible, providing an intense, fleeting moment of pure bliss.

Make sure to follow Hilang Child on SoundCloud, so you can keep up with everything coming up from this intriguing new artist.

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Moving Castle Interviews [TMN RESIDENCY]

As we close out our month of Moving Castle, we wanted to take a moment to get to know a few of their members. This should come as no surprise to you, as we always include an interview with our Residency program. However, this particular one required a little change of pace.

It would have been mayhem to write and execute a half dozen individual set of questions, so, we sent out a Google form with a standard set of questions. Some cover their artistry, some are just downright silly.

Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and spend some time learning about a handful of quickly rising artists.

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TMN: Talk to us about how you got into music. Was in encouraged by your family growing up, or did you get into later in life?

I’ve always been into music but my first experiences were when I got a keyboard for Christmas when I was 10. Then I got into Linkin Park in elementary school, followed it into a metal band, and then when that ended me and Nabhanyu formed HYDRABADD. Then production and DJing became my focus and I’ve been at it ever since.

TMN: What was your first live performance like?

My first live performance was playing guitar in middle school with a cover band at a bar/restaurant doing Green Day songs and Sweet Child O’ Mine lol. I did the solos, it was tight.

TMN: Tell us about one moment in your musical career that has made you say “Holy shit! I can’t believe that just happened.”

There’s been so so so so so so many but most recently diplo liking my snoop/pharrell remix was crazy. It’s still unbelievable to me that people of that caliber are finding things that I’m making at home.

The most memorable was being selected as one of 25 ppl in the southeast to participate in RBMA’s Basscamp program at Bonnaroo. They had studios on site and lectures from people like Mannie Fresh and Thundercat, it was unbelievable spending personal time with them and also working with all the other participants.

TMN: How long have you been a part of Moving Castle?

Since Volume 3, Porsche Sunset was my first contribution

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The New Division – Introspective [TMN PREMIERE]

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Introspective

If you’re not hip to this Riverside, California-based electronic act just yet, today will mark the day you follow him on Spotify, Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter.

Having already experienced success with two albums, two EP’s, and experiencing tremendous love and support at Pitchfork and NME, The New Division is back with a third full-length album, produced in collaboration with F.J. DeSanto from Hypefactor. Titled Gemini, it boasts 13 songs, including “Introspective,” all which are officially coming out on June 23rd.

Also known as John Glenn Kunkel, The New Division’s roots are planted firmly in the new wave music sector of the massive electronic landscape we’ve come to know today. “Introspective” is a shining example of that style, bringing Kunkel’s signature sound to listeners through a luscious soundscape developed by layers of sonorous guitars, uplifting synths, and, of course, that iconic voice.

It’s also available to purchase, as of right now, via iTunes. We strongly suggest you head over and show your support.

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Findlay – Wolfback (Lostboy Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Wolfback (Lostboy Remix)

As a music blogger, we hear dozens of new songs each day, meticulously sifting through hundreds of pieces of communications that come in each 24-hour period. We’re not going to sugarcoat it, we hear a lot of the same sounds and styles being used, over and over again. Today brings one of those tunes that stands out with a unique identity, as we premiere the first official offering from London-based Lostboy.

Taking a crack at “Wolfback,” from fellow Londoner Findlay, Pete Rycroft (Lostboy) has dialed up one hell of an interpretation. The vocal sampling stands out as a shining star of this remix, using both hums to provide a haunting soundscape, and quick, interspersed chops to serve as an addition to the percussion. The bassline should also be noted, showcasing an aggressive nature that almost reminds us of Tchami or Oliver Heldens, only less commercial.

Rycroft’s background as a classically trained pianist and producer for leading house DJs across Europe are apparent throughout, which end up giving listeners a massive, toothy grin for the full 3:13 ride.

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Zedd ft. Jon Bellion – Beautiful Now (Halogen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Zedd ft. Jon Bellion
Beautiful Now (Halogen Remix)

Atlanta-based producer/DJ duo Halogen just keeps churning out impressive remixes, and today is no different from what we’ve seen in the past. This time around, these two have dialed up an energetic remix of Zedd’s “Beautiful Now,” which features vocalist Jon Bellion.

Still progressive in nature, “Beautiful Now” is elevated with bouncier beat that we’ve come to know and love from these two. Vocal samples have been chopped and rearranged in the intro, providing intrigue from the get go. From there, we’re lead through a progression of high octane, soaring synths and a driving piano melody.

For us, we see this as being a dance club-ready interpretation, varying from the anthemic nature of the original. We also could easily see Zedd using this in his set, especially ones at smaller venues where the energy would serve his fans well.

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Tom Budin – Cheeky Charlie [TMN PREMIERE]

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Cheeky Charlie

Can you hear that, ninjas? It’s faint, but it’s becoming stronger with each passing minute. Soon, you’ll realize that it’s the sweet siren call of the weekend, and she’s beckoning you with her open arms. Luckily for all of us, Australian up and comer Tom Budin has something to pair perfectly with the weekend’s gesticulation to come hither and get down.

Releasing today on Ultra Records, “Cheeky Charlie” is a dialed up future house tune that sizzles with a dramatic dancefloor presence. With a pronounced bassline, future house style melody, playful vocal chops, and a stadium anthem style progression, it’s sure to kick things into gear for your Friday festivities.

Whether you’re just trying to get through the rest of your workday or you’re already pregaming for a long night out on the town, “Cheeky Charlie” is the perfect accompaniment. Take a listen above, then head to Beatport and snag it for yourself.

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