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October Glow – Cellar Door [TMN PREMIERE]

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October Glow
Cellar Door

Sunday is a bittersweet day. On one hand, it’s developed a notariety for being the a day of rest, allowing you to slowly wind down before another week in the rat race. On the other hand, it is the last day of the weekend, presenting itself as a daunting reminder that real life kicks back into gear before you know it.

Regardless of whether you’re a “glass half full,” or “glass half empty” person, one thing should be a constant. Music plays a huge role in shaping our lazy day at home, and October Glow is adding to that with their debut song, “Cellar Door.”

Accentuating the laid-back vibes of this day properly, this Essex-based producer/vocalist brings the tune in with a South East Asian riff. Calling on associations of Apparat, Absofacto, and Tom Vek, “Cellar Door” crackles with anti-pop radiance. The understated vocals effortlessly blend with the instrumentals, leaving us yearning for more. Unfortunately, this is all we have for now. You’ll just have to exert some patience as we wait for more.

“Cellar Door” is now available to download via Sweet Release Records. Head over there, pick it up, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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[House] Skrillex & Diplo (Jack Ü) X Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now (Halogen Remix)

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Skrillex & Diplo (Jack Ü) X Justin Bieber
Where Are Ü Now (Halogen Remix)

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the weekend. Maybe it’s the fact that we’re in a pretty damn good mood. Maybe it’s the fact that this remix is actually just that damn good. Whatever the reason why we’re posting a song bearing the Beiber namesake, we’re charging ahead with it.

If you’ve been following TMN for the past few months, you’ll know that we’ve become quite fond of Atlanta-based producer/DJ duo Halogen. After a slight re-boot in their sound a while back, they’ve been churning out impressive tunes left and right, and we’ve been impressed with every release. Today’s is no different.

Yes, we’re a little late to the party, as this remix did come out four days ago (or four months in internet time), but it seemed like the perfect soundtrack to help lead us into the weekend. It’s light and energetic, boasting an engaging melody that begs to played on a sunny day with the windows down. Most of all though, Bieb’s vocals are pitched down, creating a perfect balance with the music.

If you’re slowly counting down the minutes until quitting time, throw this on and slip away for a few minutes. You won’t be disappointed.

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[Chill] Francesco Rossi Feat. Ozark Henry – Godspeed, You (Charming Horses Remix)

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Charming Horses Remix
Godspeed You (Francesco Rossi Feat. Ozark Henry

As winter dissipates and we inch closer to warmer days, we can’t help but be drawn to songs that remind us of summer. Over the last year, Francesco Rossi has undeniably made major strides as an artists. From Best Artist of the Year nominations, to hit records, the Italian-producers music has infiltrated the airwaves worldwide.

Like the law of gravity, a similar cause and effect relationship occurs with hit songs, there are always remix to follow guaranteed. Up-and-coming duo, Charming Horses, have flown under the radar…until now at least.

Remixing Francesco’s track “Godspeed You,” the charming duo has infused their signature laid-back vibes and a hint of tropical elements. The middle of the week is always a struggle, so why not escape reality for a minute with this enticing new remix. Stream above and start getting ready for the weekend.

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[Deep House] Justin Jay – You Give Me Butterflies (Stream + EP Announcement)

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Justin Jay
You Give Me Butterflies [Pets Recordings]

When traveling to the coast, our playlist usually consists of a mix of melodic deep house, an overabundance of tropical house, and upbeat chillwave to really set the mood for a perfect day in the sunshine. Typically, we wouldn’t include Justin Jay, as his previous works are more suitable for the early morning warehouse atmosphere. But, with the announcement of his upcoming Momentum EP and the release of “You Give Me Butterflies,” this young Dirtybird talent has made his debut on that aforementioned playlist.

With college graduation on the horizon, Justin Jay can’t help but be excited to finally delve into his career aspirations and produce full-time. He locked himself in his college dorm room over the past months to expertly craft his fourth EP that will be seeing its release on Catz ’n Dogz premiere record label Pets Recordings.

The other two songs, “Momentum” with Dirtybird brethren Kill Frenzy and “How I Knew,” will deliver the Justin Jay cuts that fans know and love, but the LA-based talent has shown us his true artistic versatility with “You Give Me Butterflies.” The summertime tune builds around his usual rhythmic percussion arrangements. but add in soft flute elements and whimsical bass tremors to add a surprise flair to the EP.

When asked about this tune, Justin had this to say:

As I’m finishing up an incredible last year of college, and getting to do all of these amazing things in music, it’s felt natural making happy, lighthearted songs that really capture my mood these days. I’ve spent a large part of the last year exploring darker sounds and textures. I definitely want to continue experimenting in that direction, but I wouldn’t want to neglect my goofy, cheerful side either. “You Give Me Butterflies” is a carefree day at the beach, spent with your friends, acting like 8 year-olds.
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 3/5 – 3/7

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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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Tommie Sunshine Talks Activism, Music, and The Power of Everyone’s Voice [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

It takes a lot to put yourself out there every day – to fight the verbal barbs of the internet community day in and day out, to brazenly express your opinion, even if you might experience unwanted backlash. No one knows this truth better than dance music journeyman Tommie Sunshine. Aside from putting music out regularly  over the course of a few decades, he’s also become quite engaged in the latest uprising of social activism that we’ve seen sweep our nation, and beyond.

One night, we were reading a string of  his passionately charged tweets, and decided to ask him to elaborate in a one-on-one interview. The end result was an in-depth look at his upbringing, dance music, and the state of the world we live in today.

TMN: Hey Tommie, thank you so much for taking some time to sit down with us tonight. Throughout the past year, we’ve noticed how big of a role activism has played in your career, and we’d love to get some insight on that. First off, tell us how this all started for you:

TS: The main reason why this of all things connects with me personally is – when I was 12 years old, I was lucky enough to have a cousin who sat me down on a family vacation. He ran with all the big figures of the 60′s. He went to school with Abbie Hoffman at Michigan State, and he was a huge part of the revolution of that time. At 12 years old, I was lucky enough to get this crash course from him of books, films, and albums.

He was like, “track down all these things, and when you read the books, if you don’t understand them, read them again in two years. And keep reading them until you get it. Once you get it – keep reading them. As you get older, there will be things that you won’t believe you missed that.

“Listen to these albums. Digest the artwork. Like, listen to the lyrics. Feel the music and understand it.” He was like “same thing with the films. Really watch these until you get what’s going on here.”

There was too many to mention, but by the time I was 14, my musical landscape was Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead and Jimi, and The Doors. Which, in the 80′s, it wasn’t that far out of the 60′s. Classic rock radio was still playing it, so I wasn’t so much of an outcast for listening to the music.

Where I hit the road bumps was…here I am living in super upper middle class suburbia, southwest of Chicago, reading William Burroughs, Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Tom Wolfe. I was completely stewed in all this counter-culture. What I was reading was so far ahead of what my life experience was at that time, but one of the biggest things that impressed upon me, was the thing that they were all fighting for the most. Besides Vietnam, which was the obvious thing, what all of those kids were trying to do was fighting for racial equality. At that point, in the 60′s, most white people in America didn’t even really think of black people as so much as human.

This was a real tough time. When we discussed all this, he did not instill a romanticized view of the 60′s revolution, he was very candid about the fact that they fucking blew it. He explained to me how they blew it. How it went into the 70′s, and all these things they fought for, they forgot about.

All the people who were young and fought for that went and got high paying jobs, became the same gluttonous pigs that their parents were, and forgot about everything they were trying to change.
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Lucy Mason – Lost and Found [TMN PREMIERE]

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It seems like such an easy formula, doesn’t it? Take some booming percussion, a gorgeous voice, and some light synths or string work to accentuate the lead singer’s tone, and we can call it day. While some may think that’s an easy feat, it takes something truly distinctive and noteworthy to do that well, and Lucy Mason has that down pat.

Facing an extreme amount of saturation can’t be an easy feat these days for a musician within any genre. Whether you’re a singer/songwriter, a producer, or a folk band, the cold, hard truth is – there are a lot of artists out there, and the internet gives everyone an equal opportunity to get heard. One thing that’s often not considered though is the internet’s keen ability to highlight those who shine, which is exactly what has happened for this London-based artist.

After just releasing two tracks, this honeyed vocalist has racked up a sizable amount of plays on soundcloud, and it’s not hard to see or hear why. Her latest release, which we’re more than pleased to bring you today, showcases her ability to to envelope a listener in a few, quick minutes. Calling on associations of She & Him, James Vincent McMorrow, and Feist, this up-and-comer has us staring down the rest of the week googly-eyed with her infectious tune “Lost and Found.”

When asked about this song, Mason had this to say:

I feel like I’ve really found my sound as an artist and this song is a result of pushing myself further and working out what it is I really want to say

This is obviously just the beginning for this quickly rising talent, so make sure to keep tabs by following her on Soundcloud.

Lost & Found
All You Want (Demo)
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