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The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face (Truancy Cover) ft. Ian Everson [TMN PREMIERE]

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Cant Feel My Face Ft. Ian Everson

It won’t be long before Minneapolitans, St. Paulites, and the rest of Minnesotans find an all too familiar second meaning to the line “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Whether or not this stellar remix from Twin City-based producer/DJ had that in mind when he stepped into the studio will remain unknown. What we do know is this – this remix/cover, which was dialed up by Truancy and vocalist Ian Everson, will certainly heat up the dance floor for the coming months, providing not only Minnesota, but the rest of the country with a vehicle to warm themselves up while cutting some rug.

In a city where bass and big drops reign supreme, this up-and-coming producer is being hailed as somewhat of a hometown hero, serving up those who want to populate the early morning windowless warehouses. One listen through this artful house interpretation should have you feeling the movement he’s currently spearheading, by means of a driving kick, funky bassline, enveloping melodies, and those sultry vocals.

As he’s done in his own scene, Truancy (with the help of Ian Anderson) separates himself from the pack of other producers across the globe who took on this wildly popular song. To top it off, this remix is a prelude to something bigger than himself, which will be coming out next week via the charitable music platform, Cadence & Cause.

We suggest you stay tuned and find out what exactly that will be.

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Crywolf – The Making Of Cataclasm, Episode 1: Lásabrjótur [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]


Cat”a*clasm\ n. A breaking asunder; a violent disruption.

The creative process is a fickle beast. There are countless factors that can adversely affect you – from work, to romance, to the very environment that surrounds you. We certainly understand these trials and tribulations, to a degree, even though what we’re doing is on a much simpler level than creating music.

Crywolf recently experienced a collective of aforementioned factors, which lead him to do something completely outside the box. Yes, plenty of artists, whether they be writers, painters, or musicians, have gone to a secluded spot, far away from society, to draw some inspiration. Few have chosen to fly halfway across the globe to obtain said inspiration. The end result for Crywolf is a body of work known as Cataclasm, which was written in a village in Iceland.


At the beginning of this year, I started feeling super discontent with where I was musically and creatively in general. I felt stifled from being so deep in the music industry – felt so much pressure to be so many things I wasn’t. I decided to get away for a month and a half to a cabin in the remote Icelandic village of Bildudalur, population 65, to intensively write and record the skeleton for my debut album. What I returned with was more than I could have dreamed of, and I am ridiculously proud of it.

Fans of Crywolf will once again find themselves pleasantly lost in the vast soundscapes, and that gorgeous vocal tone that they’ve come to love and appreciate over the years. Those who haven’t crossed paths with this brilliant, young musician, will have their eyes and ears perk up at the hauntingly beautiful collection of songs.

To highlight this life and art-changing experience, Crywolf has put together a mini documentary series, which kicks off here, today, on The Music Ninja. The song featured in the video is “Rising, Rising,” which will be found on this upcoming LP.

I wanted you guys to be able to follow me on this journey, to be able to see everything that went into this album; the trip to get there, the process of sourcing equipment, the isolation, the moments of inspiration, everything. One chapter of the series will be released with each of the singles from the album, each one named after a different Icelandic stave, which were symbols used in 17th century Iceland thought to have magical powers.

The first episode, Lásabrjótur (Lock-breaker), represents breaking free of the norms and standards that I am used to in my music. It documents the process of getting to Iceland, sourcing equipment, and trying not to freeze to death.

Photo credits: Elise Mackay

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kiiara – Tennessee (Babel Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Tennessee (Babel Remix)

As we glance back on the greatness that was the weekend, it’s important to have an ample amount of laid back tunes to ease us into the start of the work week. Thankfully, for us, Antwerp-based Babel has his signature “hangover chill” persona all over this brand new remix.

After a few stellar remixes, and an impressive original, this up-and-coming producer has his sight set on a deliciously lush remix of the widely popular “Tennessee.” Taking well-crafted samples of kiiara’s glowing vocals, and key elements from Felix Snow’s original production, Babel has crafted something that pays an artful homage to the original, yet carries through his own distinctive style.

Driven by a gorgeous piano melody, and light, airy percussion, this re-imagination will surely kick your week off properly, as well as find a way into your regular “Chill Out” playlist.

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TomorrowWorld TMN Playlist #1 – Bixel Boys [EXCLUSIVE]


With TomorrowWorld slowly creeping up on the collective dance community, we reached out to a few of our favorite performing artists to commission a playlist for our listeners, their fans, and all of the festival attendees who are counting down the days till September 25th.

To kick this series off, we roped in Bixel Boys to pull together a selection of tasty tunes. Everyone dance fan out there should have this LA-based DJ/Producer/fashion duo on their radar at this point. With a slew of top notch remixes, impressive originals, and the seemingly everywhere #FREELIFE brand, it’s hard to go more than a week without being reminded of this multi-faceted, extremely talented duo.

Before you press play on this artfully crafted “classics and throwbacks” playlist from the Bixel Boys, please do these two things:
1. Put their set time in your lineup schedule (Mythical Frames stage on Saturday, September 26th from 7:15PM-8:45PM).
2. Pick up tickets for the Gathering, which is a Thursday night party for those camping at TomorrowWorld. While it doesn’t feature the Bixel Boys, we’re pretty damn sure you’ll want to pre-game here before the full festival gets kicked into gear.

For those of you not heading out to TomorrowWorld, but still wanting to catch these two live, hit up their show with Ookay and Astronomar, tonight, at Webster Hall.

Kid Sister
Pro Nails (Dirty)
Cool Kids
Champions (Gone Fishing)
DJ Mehdi
Signatune (T. Bangalter Edit)
Boys Noize
Carte Blanche
Gare Du Nord
Switch ft Andrea Martin
I Still Love You
Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden
Crazy Love (Todd Edwards Underground Remix)
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[Music Video] Brick + Mortar – Hollow Tune

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Hollow Tune

We had the pleasure of catching the riveting, quirky, and wildly entertaining Brick + Mortar when they made their way to Denver this summer. Set on the main stage at The Underground Music Showcase, they quickly won over a crowd during a set in the early evening. And, of course, one of the fan favorites was their hit tune, “Hollow Tune.”

Released nearly a year ago, “Hollow Tune” starts off with an ample amount of whimsy, only to head into a procession of booming percussion, soaring melodies, and incredibly uplifting lyrics. Sang with a powerful vocal prowess, each and every word latches quickly, making it a tune you can’t quickly shake.

Lyrics like those deserve quite the visual representation, and thanks to the Denver-based Blurred Pictures, they most certainly do now. Riffing off of the powerful line “You’re not alone,” Blurred and the band crafted a story line revolving around a gay veteran, who has returned home from war, and a tough-to-watch hate crime. The end result is raw, real, and powerful.

Take a look at what Brick + Mortar had to say about their collective vision for the video, then watch below.

We make music for people who believe in equality and acceptance for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or belief. This song was written about love to say: ‘You’re not alone, I’m not alone,’ to the one you love. Love is love period. – via Out

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THE ISLAND BAND – Swimming (Sax Edit feat. Kjetil Møster) [TMN PREMIERE]

Swimming (Sax edit feat. Møster)

We’ve always been drawn to the larger-than-life, cinematic, and lush side of the vast musical landscape we travel through as bloggers. There’s something about the time taken to layer in all of the elements, creating a delicate, yet powerful soundscape that’s completely enveloping for listeners. Today is one of those examples, as we bring you a first look and listen to “Swimming.”

Crafted by Norway’s The Island Band (Lars Myrvoll), “Swimming” also features vocalist Maria Due, and in this particular edit, legendary saxophonist Kjetil Møster (Datarock, The Core, Ultralyd). Artfully crafted, this stunning piece harnesses classical instrumentation and modern production in a way that creates a remarkably distinctive experience throughout. The love-laced alternating vocal sections from Myrvoll and Due articulate a story with ease, one that flirts perfectly with the sections of strings, piano, and some gorgeous sax work from Møster.

Remember when
we fell in love that time
We were swimming and
it was warm outside

If you’re digging this edit, make sure to catch the original this Friday. Fans can expect the full album on October 2nd, 2015.

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[Indie] Max Pope – All That I Need

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Max Pope
All That I Need

To be perfectly honest, it’s been quite some time since we’ve come across something like this. A few years back, we were completely inundated with talented artists who were flawlessly drawing on musical styles from decades past, endlessly listening to folks like Mayer Hawthorne, Michael Kiwanuka, and Nick Waterhouse. Today, we’re reminded of the enamouring charm an artist can have by harnessing recording techniques, song structure, and lyrical style from music well before our time.

Brighton/London-based Max Pope has been rather silent since we premiered his video over a year ago, and now we know why. “All That I Need” is the first song off his debut EP, and it showcases a delightful dexterity in songwriting and vocal finesse. It casually transcends generations, putting itself on a pedestal for both the blogosphere, and their parents, and even grandparents, alike.

Listening through the dreamy guitar work, lovey-dovey lyrics, near-doo wop backing harmonies, and, of course, Pope’s crooning style has us in a completely different time and place, and we couldn’t be happier for it. We’re sure you’ll feel the same.

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