Jake Houlsby – Oklahoma [TMN PREMIERE]

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Jake Houlsby
Oklahoma

It’s the middle of the week, which means its time to stop, take a moment to reflect, and drink in everything that’s coming your way in the next few days. To begin the process, we highly recommend delving into this lovely tune from Newcastle-based Jake Houlsby. It’s the perfect blend of shoegaze, pysch-rock, and folk to get you in the right frame of mind for some self-reflection.

This is just the second track coming off his upcoming Vondelpark EP, due out May 5th via Tipping Point Records, and it should have you clamoring for a full experience with the entire collection. Pronounced percussion work definitely provides a hearty backbone, allowing glowing keys and guitars to settle in nicely behind. Each of these elements comes together beautifully, providing the perfect soundscape for Jake’s unique vocal tone and delivery.

You might be asking yourself how a young fellow from the UK landed on a song title for what most Yanks would consider a “fly-over” state. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“There’s something about the American South that has always enchanted me. I’d just read Woody Guthrie’s autobiography a few years ago when I remember seeing Oklahoma and getting this weird feeling of discount and nostalgia. I wrote this song shortly after.

We’ll go ahead and assume that you’re feeling this release, which means you’ll want to catch it live. You can do so by hitting up one of the following shows below.

Apr 29 – Live At Leeds

May 5 – The Mining Institute, Newcastle

May 6 – The Eagle Inn, Manchester (supporting Joan Shelley)

May 20 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2017 Round #5)

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Spring has this sort of “out with the old, in with the new” kinda vibe. So why not take it to the next level and let some new indie music into your life. And would you look at that, there just happens to be a brand new Indie Dojo down below. We couldn’t make this any easier if we tried.

’Daunt – Unbearable Light’
’Oh Malo – Miss You’
’Chinalane – Marco Polo’
’Joel Porter – St. Anthony’
’Marvin Powell – Salt’
’Adam Melchor – The Archer’
’Bradley Stone – On The Moon’
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Light Bodies – Gravity [TMN PREMIERE]

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Light Bodies
Gravity

You hear that? It’s the faintest of rumblings coming over the horizon. It brings with it unadulterated freedom and a worry-free vibe that will wash over you in just a few hours. By now you should have guessed it –it’s the weekend and its charge is being led by a phenomenal collection of tunes from the newly-founded Bribery Corporation. If you’re not familiar just yet, don’t worry. This record label/fashion house is set to make a huge splash, as today’s release will indicate.

Dropping as a free download in partnership with BitTorrent, “Gravity” is one of twelve tunes that highlight the tastes of this Miami-based project. Written, produced, and sung by Light Bodies, who has somehow flown under our radar, it was a personal favorite amongst the mix. If this track is any indicator of what’s to come, we can easily assume that it won’t be long before more people start to catch on.

“Gravity” is a sultry stunner, heavily driven by smooth a thumping, seductive bassline, minimalistic beeps, brooding piano chords, and some otherworldy vocals. It’s alluring, but not overwhelming or overdone–a perfect balance of soul-driven lyrics and gorgeous production sure to incite some goosebumps throughout the ride.

If you’re digging “Gravity,” make sure to grab the full bundle on BitTorrent.

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[It’s Almost Summer] NoMBe – Freak Like Me

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NoMBe
Freak Like Me

For this moment–this one right here–I’m going to pretend that global warming isn’t happening at an alarming pace, instead, choosing to soak in the sunny rays of Denver’s unprecedented 80 degree weather. My soundtrack for this near-summer day? NoMBe’s “Freak Like Me.”

I can see it all now: pool parties, BBQs, rowdy rides to festivals, and epic nights out on the city. Those warm-weather visions are currently being brought to life with this catchy-as-hell arrangement of playful, funky guitar work, emphatic kick drums and spiraling toms, and cooler-than-the-other-side-of-the-pillow vocals.

If you’re not hip to this Angelino just yet, now’s the time to get acquainted. He has a healthy stable of tunes ready for you to dive into, so get to it already!

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DAUNT – Unbearable Light [TMN PREMIERE]

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DAUNT
Unbearable Light

“Unbearable Light” gave me such a blissful, encompassing experience. In only a matter of seconds, the deep, brooding synths, simplistic percussion pattern, and light, spattering of piano keys had me well inside my own psyche, enjoying the depths I was receding into. And that was all before I dug into the lyrics and vocal cadence.

Drawing on comparisons of Bob Moses and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service)–whom I consider the one of the best songwriters of our time–this up-and-coming Londoner has my attention piqued. His previous releases elude to the fact that the quality is steadfast, far from a one-hit flash-in-the-pan. Each provide a gorgeous simplicity, tapping us on the shoulder to relish the beauty of a well-crafted song.

With a bevy of influences from hip-shaking hip-hop beats, timeless, soulful rhythms and iconic disco bass lines, as well as the genre-bending artists like Beck and Glass Animals, it’s safe to say we’ll continue to see Daunt pushing the boundaries.

If you find yourself in London on April 26th, make sure to head out and catch the his EP launch show at The Waiting Room.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2017 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaGoooooobyyyyye Winter. Hello sunshine, rainbows, and Indie Dojos to put a little pep in your spring step.

’Dyan – What Fiction Is For’
’Rosie Tucker – Fault Lines’
’Maxin Ludwig – All My Nightmares’
’Kidswaste – Alone’
’Rogue & Jaye – Little Relief’
’Private Island – Aisle 7’
’Max Subar – Morning Song’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2017 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninja Daylight savings time might throw a wrench in your game, but the Indie Dojo will save you. You’ll be able to find a new playlist in the same place, at the same time, every Tuesday, no matter what weird time dimension we have to follow. Enjoy!

’Fialta – Give Up Your Ghosts’
’Harry Pane – Ghosts’
’Oxford Drama – Coney Island’
’Levi Robin – Airplane’
’MaJLo – Worry’
’Native – Ocean’
’Tommy Ashby – Further’
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