[Synth-Pop] Bad Suns – Salt (Peter Thomas Remix)

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Bad Suns
Salt (Peter Thomas Remix)

We’ve grown quite fond of Woodland Hills quartet Bad Suns since uncovering their grounded indie sounds last year, so when a very worthy dance-pop remix from Peter Thomas of their original tune “Salt” permeated our speakers late last night, which we posted back in January,we knew we had to get it out to you ninjas. Thomas sprinkles a healthy dose of Summertime dancefloor vibes with a thick four-four heartbeat and sprightly plucked synth notes sounding as if they were laid down on an original MOOG during the 80′s synth movement. Just addictive stuff to this writer’s ears. While much of Bad Suns’ original music carries a heavier, less uplifting but incredibly emotive set of feelings with it, frontman Christo Bowman (whom we had a lovely interview with a few months ago) fits like the last piece in a jigsaw puzzle amongst Thomas’ ear enslaving instrumentation. Take this one home for the price of… on us, over on the Bad Suns Soundcloud and let your mind be taken to a breezy, poolside Summer party a little earlier than our seasons suggest.

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Tycho talks Spirituality, Cartoons and Deep Dish Pizza in SF [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Tycho
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Over the years, we’ve continually fallen deeper and deeper in love with Tycho’s seamless blending of two of our favorite artistic expressions: design and music. With that in mind, it was obviously an incredible experience to sit down with Scott before his show at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado, to chat about spirituality, what his favorite cartoons are, and what his last meal would be. Check out the conversation in full below.

TMN: Thank you so much for sitting down with us today before your show at the Summit Music Hall here in Denver. First up, let’s talk about how the tour is going so far.

Tycho: Yeah, we played Santa Cruz and San Francisco to start the tour off, and then we headed to Europe for about six days. We’re basically kicking off the US tour again here (in Denver).

TMN: Alright, you’re obviously on tour promoting your latest album, Awake, which just released a few weeks back. Tell us how this album translates into your live performances.

Tycho: I think it’s impetuous for the change in sound and the way we went about writing this record. The record was made for the live show originally, so touring with these guys… just the way the songs were interpreted for the live context, some of the older songs really had some changes and more drive. That’s what this record is really about. Now, it’s kind of like a one to one thing. It’s more of a traditional instrumentation.

TMN: Let’s touch on that album a bit more. We noticed that it leans a little more on the guitar side than previous albums. Was there any particular reason behind that?

Tycho: With Dive, a lot of those songs like “Daydream,” were me learning guitar. I came to guitar pretty late as a musician. I had played keyboard for years and then came to guitar. It’s always been an interesting instrument to me because I feel like I’m more creative with it. I feel like I’m not stuck in ruts with it, like I am with keyboard.

I wrote this record with Zach, and he’s a guitarist, so that just kind of came to the forefront. I wanted Awake to be more of a balance between the synths and the guitar. I really appreciate guitar-centric music.

TMN: Nonetheless, it’s a great body of work. With this being your fourth full album, has the process gotten any easier for you?

Tycho: It’s the third full album. The other was a half release where I just added a couple of songs. The other ones…I wouldn’t really call them albums. I don’t look at them in the same way because they weren’t concentrated efforts. They were more of a collection of ideas and things that I had been working on for years.

This is the first time we sat down, from start to finish, wrote and recorded an album. I think this is more of an album, in the sense that it’s more cohesive, and it’s a slice of a point in time. That being said, it’s hard to compare this to the other ones, but it definitely went faster and flowed a lot better. I think that was from working with more people and having more perspectives.

TMN: Let’s change gears a bit. Some people might not know that you’re also known as ISO50 in a completely different artistic community. Talk to us about that side of your creativity.

Tycho: I don’t see it as that divided anymore. With Tycho, I’m trying to bring those two together. I was always getting the same ideas with the music and the design, but I never really found a comfortable middle ground to bring them together and that’s what the live show has been. It’s the perfect combination of music and design. There’s this movement and energy to it that you don’t have with static design. It kind of echoes what music can do.

I look at Tycho as an audio visual project now, so everything that I do goes towards Tycho. I see it as a singular thing. I don’t see them as two different organisms.

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[Grunge Rap] Jez Dior – Old No. 7 (Feat. G-Eazy) (Prod. Danny Score)

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Old No. 7 (featuring G-Eazy) (prod. By Danny Score)

Last time we heard from Jez Dior, he left us with the question, “Who Drank My Whiskey?” Thankfully, it seems as if the LA native has recovered his favorite beverage of choice, and has decided to pour a glass of that “Old No. 7,” while subsequently pouring his soul out over another angst ridden, guitar driven instrumental. Channeling his inner rockstar once more, this new single finds the rapper on shaky ground, taking a big gulp of that liquid courage as he delves into topics ranging from alcoholism and recreational drug use, to the rocky relationship he shares with his father. G-Eazy chips in with a supreme verse to discuss some of his own youthful mishaps, while the pair finally decide to reach out to the last two people they can rely on once they hit the bottom of their spiral: their parents. While the material is rather dark, some hope can still be heard in the chorus, and we’d like to believe there’s a story of redemption following all of this.

Stream the spectacular single above before grabbing a copy for yourself from iTunes. There’s still no word on a release date for Jezzy’s next project, but we’re praying we won’t have to wait long to hear more grunge inspired tunes from the crafty artist.

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[Synth/Indie-Pop] Little Dragon – Let Go

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Little Dragon
Let Go

We’ve been following Little Dragon‘s every move leading up to the release of their fourth official long player, and this morning the Swedish dance-poppers have unveiled a third single off of Nabuma Rubberband. “Let Go” is a slow burning slice of melodic pop, leaning on a stripped down, sultry Yukimi Nagano vocal and subdued percussion; which to the delight of their purist fans falls more in line with the minimal dance sound of their debut self-titled album than the sticky-sweet electro-bounce the world at large has fallen for. Regardless, this one will no doubt find its way into the hearts of Little Dragon fans both old and new with its beautiful instrumentation and obvious crossover shine. We simply can’t contain our collective excitement around here for the album’s official release date of May 13 and subsequent live tour, so if you happen to vacate one of the lucky cities on their next jaunt, we highly recommend you don’t skip on the chance to be whisked into a gorgeous Little Dragon live set. Stream “Let Go” above.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo Playlist (April 2014 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSometimes we take music for granted. We’re so used to having it around, we  forget to take a moment and appreciate all the talented people in the world that fill our silence with glorious sounds.  But imagine the world  sans music for a second. Sounds like a horrible, horrible nightmare, doesn’t it?  Luckily, this could never happen. And even if it did, the Indie Dojo’s got an arsenal of sweet, sweet lullabies to send you back into blissful dreams full of guitars, drum machines, violins, triangles, shakers, tambourines, djembes ….and the list goes on and on and on….and on. You know where to find us.

Fox and Fowl
Birds On A Wire
Release You
Tom Misch & Carmody
Liam Finn
Better To Be
WOODS
Moving To The Left
Animal Years
Walking Slow
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[Remix] Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

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Lykke Li ft. ASAP Rocky
No Rest For The Wicked (Remix)

Subscribers to Beats Music were treated to a pleasant surprise earlier today, when Lykke Li decided to stream the remix of her single, “No Rest For The Wicked,” exclusively through the audio service. This is the internet though, and nothing stays exclusive for very long. Within hours, fans who previously felt left out, could now hear the glorious pairing that is A$AP Rocky and Lykke Li. For Rocky, it’s the latest in a string of heart-stirring pop collaborations that already includes previous team ups with GesaffelsteinJessie Ware and Florence Welch. By adding a little street flair to the already astonishing single, the Harlem native makes the song more accessible to a wider audience, without hurting its overall message.

Check out the stream above, and make sure to pre-order Lykke Li’s upcoming album, I Never Learn, before it hits shelves stateside on May 6th.

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[Indie/Electronic/Synth-Pop] Cut Copy – Like Any Other Day

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Cut Copy
Like Any Other Day

The seventh annual Record Store Day took place this past Saturday and music fans from around the world gathered to support their local record shops and get their hands on some pieces of new music from their favorite artists.

The long list of releases included some big names like Sunny Day Real Estate, LCD Soundsystem, CHVRCHES, and Disclosure to name a few. Also on that list were Australian synth-pop pioneers Cut Copy. Releasing a double-sided 10” vinyl, the band made their B-side single Like Any Other Day, available to stream. This psychedelic ballad is filled with a beautiful blend of sweeping synth and acoustic melodies that show why Cut Copy continue to be one of Australia’s finest exports of electronic music.

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