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[Nu-Disco] Naxsy – Get On The Floor

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Naxsy
Get On The Floor (Radio Edit)

The dance floor beckons many with her warm, siren song, but for some, they need an extra push to overcome social anxiety. Usually, a few adult libations will lend a helping hand, but an alluring song can work just as well. While we encourage a healthy combination of the two, we’re pretty damn convinced Naxsy just created something that work well without alcohol’s assistance.

This Parisian producer follows suit with other fellow countrymen in creating a true dance song, through and through. “Get on the Floor” features lovely bassline, sultry synth arrangements, playful vocal samples and layered guitar riffs, all of which make even the biggest anti-dancing curmudgeons get out and bust a move.

Pick this tune up on iTunes just in time for your holiday weekend by clicking here.

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Imagine Dragons – Shots (The Young Professionals Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Shots (The Young Professionals Remix)

You know that moment when a song perfectly encapsulates the feeling you’re experiencing? It’s quite the phenomenon, often inciting things like spontaneous office dancing, random fist pumps, confirming head nods, toothy grins, and maybe even some enthusiastic hand claps. Well, Tel Aviv’s electrifying pop duo The Young Professionals has successfully made us do all the aforementioned actions, giving us the perfect soundtrack to carry us through the work day and into a long holiday weekend.

You’ve probably come across this act before, either from their dance-inducing originals like “All of It But Me,” or from any of their dazzling remixes of artists like Tove Lo, Tegan and Sara, Zedd, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Moby, or Lana Del Rey. Whatever you’ve experienced with them, one thing is constant throughout: it’s downright infectious.

Today, we’re bringing you an exclusive first listen of their interpretation of “Shots.” The original Imagine Dragons‘ song already had an upbeat synth-pop soundscape, but The Young Professionals saw it dialed up a few notches further, bringing an 80’s dance tempo into the mix.

Paying an artful homage to the original, Ivri Lider and Johnny Goldstein ensure that hardcore fans of Imagine Dragons won’t turn a nose at a reconstruction of their favorite tune, yet ensured that TYP’s signature captivating style is all over it. Most notably is the absolutely wicked guitar solo that comes in just after the 2:00-minute mark, that may or may not make you wail out on your air guitar. If you get caught in the act, make sure to tweet them and let them know.

2015 looks like it’s shaping up to be a big year for The Young Professionals. Fans can expect a full album release later this year, as well as a slew of new remixes. Keep your eye on them by visiting their website.

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[Give Back] Surfer Blood Playlist + Go Fund Me

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If you’re a fan of this West Palm Beach band, you’re probably very familiar with what’s going on with their guitarist Thomas Fekete. If you’re not familiar with Surfer Blood, or the uphill battle they’ve been facing lately, then today is the day that this changes.

We first started posting their music back in ’03, becoming instantly enamored with “Weird Shapes.” The sharp guitar riffs definitely hooked us within minutes, followed by swooning over the juxtaposition between front man Jon Paul Pitts charming vocals, a spattering of hardcore screams, and glowing vocal harmonies from Thomas Fekete (guitar/backing vocals), Kevin Williams (bass guitar/backing vocals).

Since then, we’ve posted a handful of songs over the years, yet haven’t kept up with their greatness. It’s not that we’ve fallen out of love with their laid back, coastal sounds, it’s just that the amount of music that comes out on a daily basis is simply overwhelming.

With the news of guitarist Thomas Fekete’sstruggle with cancer, we thought it was the proper time to re-visit their catalog and put together a playlist of our favorite tunes. So please, take the next thirty minutes, or so, and enjoy our curation.

On a more serious note, we as music lovers take quite a bit for granted when it comes to our favorite bands. These guys are hitting the road for months on end, usually living out of a van, making less than we probably all think. What’s worse is, there is no health care for musicians. There is no 401k. There is no disability insurance that’s automatically provided when you choose your band name. Up until a certain point that few see, it’s entirely on them to make ends meet.

As music fans, it’s important that we take some time to help out these heroes that dedicate their lives to filling our headphones, venues, and festivals with our favorite songs. Please read Thomas’ personal note below, then head over to his Go Fund Me page and donate what you can. No amount is too small, as it all adds up to the collective amount of helping him out.

A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.

Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I’m no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can’t help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor’s alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.

Island
I Cant Explain
Dorian
Drinking Problem
Im Not Ready
Catholic Pagans
Twin Peaks
Take It Easy
Weird Shapes
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Zibra – Great White Shark (MORRT Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Typically, when we read the words “Great White Shark,” there’s a small feeling of panic, knowing it’s probably associated with some sort of bad news. Well, today is the exception to the norm, as those three little words represent something shimmery, summery, and downright enjoyable. Get ready to throw on your Ray Bans and flip flops, because MOORT has the perfect accompaniment to your sunny day.

The original track comes via London-based Zibra, who exploded onto the scene with their dance-inducing glitch indie last year. Dropping as a part of their brand new EP, 2000, “Great White Shark” once again showcases the infectious nature in songwriting, instrumentation, and recording they’ve expertly brought together.

Today though, we’re shining a light on MORRT’s remix of “Great White Shark,” which finds its way into a much more calming, future bass interpretation. Let’s put it this way. If the original were a raging Saturday night dance party, this remix is would be a vibe-heavy pool party, with adult beverage in hand. Think about it – those light, echoing synths, playful claps, and smooth bassline all scream for your next summer outing. Luckily for you, you now have a handy place to access it for the weekend.

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[Indie Pop] The Watermelons – Best of You EP

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The Watermelons
Best Of You

It’s warm outside. The sun is shining. Flowers are blooming. The beer in our fridge is ice cold and beckoning our immediate attention. All we need is a soundtrack to this bright, sunny day, and coincidentally, The Watermelons came tumbling into our inbox.

Any time a band lists Paul Simon as one of their influences, there’s a 99% chance we’re going to enjoy it. To this day, we still listen to Graceland from start to finish here at TMN HQ, giving it a thoughtful nod as one of the best albums of all time. Though this band infuses some of those mid-eighties sounds into their persona, they also harness more modern acts like Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Little Comet. Yet, as much as we like to pick out who sounds like who, they have a well-defined sound that stands firmly on its own.

Their debut EP comes out on July 20th, but for right now, you’ll have to enjoy just their debut single, “Best of You,” which is an undeniably upbeat, summer anthem. The combination of catchy-as-hell lyrics, danceable 80’s-style guitar work, and glowing synths come together perfectly, leaving even the stingiest of warm weather disapprovers stopped in their tracks, helplessly singing along.

“To Be In Love” follows suit, providing listeners with a rock-centric, head-nodding ride, complete with another uplifting, all-to-catchy chorus. On the other hand, “This Time” showcases the band’s ability to deviate from those upbeat poppy anthems, reducing the tempo and highlighting some beautifully sung harmonies. Rounding out the four-track EP is “If You Want To Love Me,” which is an endearing song, complete with yet another memorable chorus, fused into a ballad-style structure.

All in all, this is an overwhelmingly impressive collection of four songs, especially given they’re all on a debut EP. These Chichester/Brighton-based boys have quite the career ahead of them, which should definitely include, but not be limited to the following: iTunes commercials, car commercials, indie movies, blockbuster movies, sold out rooms, and festival appearances. And, speaking of shows, we highly recommend heading out and witnessing them in person. While we haven’t had the pleasure, we’re pretty damn sure it’ll be worth the small price of admission.

Upcoming Shows:
4th July @ AlleyCat
17th July @ Smiths of Spitafields
24th July @ Amersham Arms

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[Indie] Tearjerker – Perfect

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Tearjerker
Perfect

We have July 17th marked with a big red X here at TMN headquarters, and there’s one reason alone for that. It’s the date that Toronto-based Tearjerker releases their upcoming album, Stay Wild, which features this hazy delight that we’ve come to fall in love with today.

“Perfect” comes damn near close to embodying its title, leading listeners on a cool, dreary, shoegaze journey. It’s definitely not going to find it’s way into your “Uplifting Summertime Indie Playlist,” but will fit well into your “Grey Fall Day Playlist.” If you’re not that specific with your playlisting, then we just recommend throwing it on when you’re spending a quiet night at home.

The song features beautifully textured soundscape, rife with slow, meticulous strumming, subdued drumming, and echoing vocals. Impressively enough, everything, including the writing, recording, production and album artwork, has come from just the three band members. In fact, Tearjerker has released special edition cassettes of their albums with handmade packaging, which help create that tangible feel that’s so often lost in this era of music. When asked about this record, Taylor Shute had this to say:

We spent a lot of time getting everything right with this record. From a hanging note at the end of a song, to a barely audible sample in a breakdown in the middle of a track, we tried to make a record that will reward repeated listens.

Pre-order Tearjerker’s 10-track LP by clicking here.

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[Event Playlist + Sweepstakes] Global Dance Festival – July 19-21 – Red Rocks

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It’s hard to believe that July is right around the corner. It seems like just yesterday we were pulling ourselves out of bed from a two week SXSW/WMC/Ultra slumber, swearing to never go to another festival again. Since then, Coachella, Bonaroo, EDC, and Electric Forest have all come and gone, which leads us into one of our all-time favorites.

Global Dance Festival returns to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater once again, bringing three nights of top-notch talent. If you’ve never heard of Red Rocks before, now is the time to google it. If you’ve never been to Red Rocks before, now is the time to pick up some tickets. If you’ve been to Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks, well, you probably already have tickets. If you don’t though, you can pick them up here.

To get you pumped up for this upcoming event, we’ve put together a playlist with amazing tracks from nearly every performing artist. Just don’t blame us if you end up dancing in your seat.

Hot As You Want ft. Solomon Grey
Divine Sorrow By Wyclef Jean Ft. Avicii(Goldfish Remix)
Route94
Forget the Girl
Peking Duck
Take Me Over ft. SAFIA
Green Velvet & Saso Recyd
Minitaka
Vanic X K.Flay
The Cops
Benny Benassi & Chris Nasty Aphrodisiak
Above & Beyond feat. Alex Vargas
Blue Sky Action (Radio Edit)
Jack ü
Where Are U Now (with Justin Bieber )(Kaskade Remix)
Blinders feat. Charles
Always (3LAU Mix)
Tiësto & DallasK
Show Me
Mako feat. Madison Beer
I Wont Let You Walk Away (Radio Edit)
New World Sound
Cheer Up
Trippy Turtle
FoFo
Wolfgang Gartner
Unholy (Milo & Otis Remix)
Seven Lions & Xilent
The Fall
Galantis
Gold Dust (Illenium Remix)
Alison Wonderland
U Dont Know (Slander Remix)
FETTY WAP
MY WAY (FLOSSTRADAMUS X 4B REMIX)
Doctor P Going Gorillas (Doctor Ps Bananas Remix)
Pegboard Nerds
Swamp Thing
Datsik
Troynado
RIOT
Jazz Cat Funk (Terravita Remix)

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