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Sam Brookes – Kairo [Album Review]

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With an intro as chillingly beautiful as one could have hoped for, we were sold on Kairo in the first thirty seconds. While we would have been perfectly happy only enjoying the 2:00 minute intro to Sam Brookes upcoming LP, there’s a whole other world of exploration to delve into.

We’re all waiting for albums that timelessly populate our speakers for years to come. They need to have the dynamic ability to capture your heart and captivate your imagination. With absolutely stunning soundscapes providing an illustrious backdrop for Brooke’s ethereal vocals, we’re left hopelessly daydreaming, carrying away to a much more cerebral place. Varying from haunting tales, articulately told over subdued finger picking, to upbeat folk gems that induce irresistible toothy grins, this is an album that fits that aforementioned description.

While the older version of “Numb” is listed below, one can feel the immense weight it carries in sheer vocal beauty, flawlessly displaying a gorgeous tone and range from Brookes. The instrumentals are understated, featuring a splashy jazz style drum pattern and light finger picking, which allows you to intensely follow the vocals word for word. Boasting associations of Patrick Watson and James Vincent McMorrow, “Numb” will have you feeling anything but, carrying an ominous electricity with every verse.

“Frequency” offers a much more instrumentally-driven sound, combining playful melodies of strings, piano keys, and an almost new-age feel. Utilizing some vocal percussion in addition to the instrumentals, this softly sung tune is are given a unique sound, playing effortlessly with enchanting harmonies. On the other side of the spectrum, you have songs like “This is The Place” and “James” that features a much more upbeat tempo. With a big bass kick, endearing lyrics and some playful guitar work, you can instantly feel yourself throwing these playful songs on in the car during your next road trip.

As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.

JAMES
Numb
Frequency
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Exclusive Interview with TMN Resident Artist Marika Hackman

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As we wind down our Residency with Miss Marika Hackman, we had the opportunity to shoot over a few choice questions, in hopes of getting to know this unique and alluring artist a little bit better. From her musical upbringing to who some of her biggest influences were, check out what this indie UK artist had to say.

TMN: First and foremost, we can’t tell you how excited we were to have you as our Resident Artist for this month. You’re not only our first female musician, but also our first non-EDM artist. We realize we’re not the only blog that’s given you love though, so talk to us about what the blogosphere and Hype Machine means to smaller artists such as yourself.

MH: I think they’re incredibly important as they provide an instant platform for up and coming artists, especially those without backing from a label or management. It’s great to know that there are blogs with real clout in the industry constantly searching for new exciting stuff, and sharing it.

TMN: So, we have to imagine that you had a musical upbringing as a child. Were your parents musically gifted, or did they just notice your talents at a young age?

MH: yeah both of my parents play a variety of instruments, and my grandparents too. We always had music playing in the house when i was growing up so its been at the forefront of my life for a while. I started having piano lessons when i was about 4 which also gave me a musical understanding from a very young age, although i was never particularly good at it. i then went on to have lessons in the bass guitar and drums, so i guess my parents were keen to let me explore the more musical side of myself.

TMN: Walk us through being a teenage Marika Hackman. What were you listening to? What were you dressed like? What kinds of kids did you run around with?

MH: i think i had two or three versions of the same navy blue hoody so that i could wash them on a rota which meant i could wear one every day haha. quite the fashionista. I guess i was really getting into Laura Veirs at that point, and the Shins as well. I think i just had both of them on repeat for a good few years. I went to quite a progressive school and it was very small so there weren’t really any cliques or anything like that, so most of the people i hung out with just normal teenagers i suppose.

TMN: Fast forward to working with Dirty Hit. This label has churned out some really impressive artists. What does it mean to you having them at your back, supporting you along the way?

MH: Its amazing to know that i have people behind me who understand what i’m trying to achieve, and who are trying to pave the way for me to do that rather than put their stamp all over me. i guess it’s just nice to know that my artistic integrity will never be put on the line and i can knuckle down and focus on writing the songs i want to write.

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[Soul] RKCB – Comatose

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Comatose

Alright, ninjas. Before you pull yourself off of the couch, as you gracefully embrace your lazy Saturday afternoon, we’d like you to throw this tune on. If you have your main squeeze with you, this experience will be even better.

While we don’t have much information on RKCB, we can tell you this: his first release is simply stunning. Calling on similarities of RY X and James Vincent McMorrow, this modern day crooner has a soul-soothing voice that conveys a sultry premise that will perfectly fit into your “Bedroom Playlist.” With a simplistic, pulsing beat, “Comatose” instantly grabs your attention, making you want to look up the lyrics before you’re even done listening to it.

When the time is right, try throwing this tune on this evening. It’s sure to bring satisfactory results.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 93)

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NINJASSSSSSSS, MOUNT UP. Ah, shit. It’s finally everyone’s favorite day of the week. It’s about that time of day where you start texting your crew, thinking about what you should get into, and envisioning what type of purchase you’re going to make at the LQ on the way home from work.

As you know, no night is complete without the perfect playlist, and below you’ll find just that. Uncork and get after it.

#danceirresponsibly

Nostalgia
Jerry Folk Early 00s Jam
Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown
Show Me (LOVELESS Remix)
Dr.Dre & Snoop Dogg
Still D.R.E. vs The Next Episode (Mark Ianni Bootleg)
How We Bigfoot (Victor Niglio Bootleg)
The Game & 50 Cent vs. W&W
Beyonce
Single Ladies (Elephante Remix)
Foxes
Youth (Modern Machines Remix)
Strange Talk
Young Hearts (The Chainsmokers Remix)
Calvin Harris ft. Kelis
Bounce (Artec Remix)
BOING CRASH FUNK (Koyote Edit) Dada Life // Conro // Chuckie
Afrojack (feat. Wrabel)
Ten Feet Tall (Jordan & Jayce Remix)
Chuckie
The Party Crasher (Genairo Nvilla DD10Y Anniversary Remix)
Just Fine & Ecotek
The Godfather
A$AP Ferg
Shabba (Sleepy Tom Bootleg)
Pound Cake (ENFERNO RMX)
Drake Ft. Jay Z
Vaski
The Nile
Son Lux
Flickers (Zeds Dead Remix)
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Marika Hackman’s Five Favorite Songs [TMN RESIDENT ARTIST EXCLUSIVE]

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We love displaying all of the wonderful musical talent of our Resident Artists each and every month. However, sometimes we like to change it up and get to know what they like. We hit up Marika Hackman to see what she’s listening to at the moment, and she came back with five of her favorite songs. We loved the mix that she came up with, especially giving a nod to one of our all-time favorite tunes, “Caring is Creepy”.

Have a listen below, and keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview coming in the next few days!

Alt J
Bloodflood
Beach House
Zebra
Bon Iver
Michicant
Lykke Li
Love Out Of Lust
The Shins
Caring Is Creepy
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[Indie Rock] Ruben Haze – City of Dreams

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Ruben Haze
City Of Dreams

You might be asking yourself, “Wait a minute. Haven’t I heard this before?” Well, you’re right and you’re wrong. Yes, this tune was a big club record made famous by Dirty South and Alesso, but you actually haven’t heard this version of it, until now.

If you were curious about the mysterious Ruben Haze, we can cure what ails you by telling you that this is essentially a fabricated character, sketched out as a passion venture from the creative minds of Australian producer Dirty South, aka Dragan Roganovic and vocalist Rudy Sandapa (Let It Go/Phazing).

This highly anticipated full-length EP from Ruben Haze is a live orientated band project with each track seething with gently building string elements alongside ethereal vocals and infectious melodies. When asked about the project, the duo said

We wanted to give ourselves a platform to put out music for years. Music for the ages. Ruben Haze gives us a chance to do that and throughout the past year Ruben Haze has truly taken on a life of his own.

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[Indie] Conner Youngblood – Confidence

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Conner Youngblood
Confidence

There’s something undeniably charming about Conner Youngblood’s music. It could be the understated, calming vocals. It could be the intricate, yet subtle instrumentals. It could be the laid-back nature that is always unassuming and overwhelmingly pleasing. Whatever it is, we’re into what he’s doing, and quite frankly, can’t understand why he’s not playing festivals near and wide.

While we wait for that day to come, we’ll gladly keep sharing his music, as we know there are so many of you out there who will enjoy what he’s doing. Take “Confidence” for example. This larger than life cinematic tune displays all of the aforementioned talents from this Texas based independent artist. Combining simple hand clapping, a booming bass drum kick, some down-south style strings, and his echoing vocals, we’re immediately taken to another place.

Press play and get lost with us. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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