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Tep No – Pacing [TMN PREMIERE]

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Tep No
Pacing

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind – Tep No has been on an absolute tear since his or her first release, back in May of last year. This Torontonian has had a wilder ride than Mayor Rob Ford, figuratively speaking, of course. He or she has had tracks rack up hundreds of thousands of play, picked up support from Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, and also seen some significant love on Spotify as well. But, who is this mystery neighbor to the north?

Well, while we’d love to tell you, that’s not what this post is about. This post is all about “No Pacing,” which is Co-Premiering here on TMN today. Let’s put it simply – this tune is pure, sweet, summery bliss. It’s calming, casually transporting you to a whole different state of mind, and it does so on the back of smooth guitar work, lazily drifting vocals, and whirling atmospheric elements.

Head over and show Tep No some love with a follow on SoundCloud.

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[Indie Rock] Seapony – Saw the Light

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Seapony
Saw the Light

When we stumbled across Seapony, we had a feeling they were from the Pacific Northwest. Something about their somewhat dreary take on surf rock has those Seattle vibes written all over it. To be honest, we’re all about what they’re laying down.

We’re a little bit behind the curve with this uniquely charming indie act, but we’re sure glad we finally caught up with their infectious sounds. “Saw the Light” features a hazy soundscape comprised of simplistic percussion, coastal guitar melodies, and a chilled out attitude perfect for a drive up the coast.

Make sure to keep an eye out for this four piece by following them on SoundCloud.

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[Smooth as Silk] Chris Stylez – Who Is (Kryptogram Remix)

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Chris Stylez
Who Is (Kryptogram Remix)

Some of you are gearing for a wild weekend out on the town. Some of you are prepping for a relaxing weekend at home. Some of you are going through your checklist to properly woo that special someone this weekend. For those of you who are leaning towards the latter, Kryptogram has just the thing for you.

Originally crafted by NYC singer/songwriter Chris Stylez, “Who Is” was already rife with a strong message. Simply put, we can’t even classify these as innuendos. These lyrics very literally lay it all out there, and they also beg for a smooth, groovy beat. Luckily for us, this Chicago-based beatsmith saw things in just that light.

Taking this tune into the dancefloor, and most likely the bedroom, Kryptogram has dialed this with some timeless swagger. He brought in some 70’s style guitar flicks, future style synths, and, of course, some sexy, sexy sax. The mood he designed is absolutely perfect for the vocals, creating something that still maintains the original identity, yet brings an entirely new attitude.

Throw this on tonight at the end of your date. It’s a bold statement, but who could honestly resist it?

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 5/28-5/30

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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)

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Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS featuring Aleesia
Gold Skies (Original Mix) OUT NOW
Koan Sound - 5/29
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Strike
Max Cooper - 5/30
Essential Mix
Max Cooper
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[Indie Rock] Redspencer – Ride It Out

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Redspencer
Ride It Out

Melbourne-based three piece Redspencer sure do have a warm, memorable, and iconic sound with their latest release, “Ride It Out.” It calls on associations of so much of that post-punk goodness we came to know and love during our musical discovery phase (which, we’re pretty sure we’re still in.)

Blogger jokes aside, this Aussie trio is the perfect accompaniment to a drive through rainy city streets, winding mountain roads or a sunny California highway. In all actuality, the echoing guitar notes casually flirt with the lead singer’s vocals, making a dreary yet enticing listening experience for whatever situation you find yourself in.

Follow these cats on SoundCloud so you can keep up with everything they have coming up,

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[Hip Hop] Azad Right – Mend My Heart (Freestyle)

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Azad Right
Mend My Heart

One of our favorite Los Angeles-based hip-hop acts somehow flew under our radar last month with a fresh new freestyle, courtesy of DJBooth.net, and it’s simply pure fire and finesse. We only wish we would have caught it earlier.

We had the opportunity to catch Azad Right and his freestyling abilities down in Austin during SXSW, and we have to admit we were pretty damn stoked to see something put on record. The backdrop is perfect for Right’s style, laid-back and nostalgic, providing the perfect accentuation to the casual, liquid flow we’ve come to know and love from this up and coming lyricist.

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[Folk] Mandi Mapes – Birmingham

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Mandi Mapes Music
Birmingham

Every once in a while, it’s nice to take a break from the slew of emails, IMs, texts, and twitter submissions and just spend time hunting for music we love. That’s exactly what we did this morning, and we uncovered an absolute hidden gem.

Mandi Mapes has nine followers on SoundCloud. Her only song, assumedly her debut release, has a little under 50 streams, with a few of those coming from us hitting repeat. However, this will surely change soon, as people catch wind of her heartwarming, unassuming vocals, charming cadence, and thoughtful lyrics.

“Birmingham” is a peach of an indie folk song, recounting this singer/songwriter’s love for the Alabama city. It features plenty of southern flair, rife with bluesy riffs, accentuating brass, and the simple shake of a tambourine, all of which add to the infectious nature.

On her SoundCloud account, Mapes goes into detail on her affinity that inspired the song:

Birmingham, Alabama is a treasure. I had no idea the incredible decision I was making, the day I moved to Birmingham seven years ago. Everyone here has a story. Whether you’re a 23 year old hipster, playing in your first (and certainly not your last) band at Sound & Page. Or you’re a 65 year old African American woman who can still remember where she was the day 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed and four precious girls were killed. This is a city with scars & regrets, but also hope, forgiveness, plans for the future, a celebration of life, music and southern comfort food.
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