[Sultry] Broods – Never Gonna Change (Dimond Saints Remix)

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Never gonna Change

Comprised of An-Ten-Nae + Re|eece, future bass project Dimond Saints have come screaming out of nowhere with a sultry, bass-heavy interpretation of Broods emotion-rich tune, “Never Gonna Change.”

The ambient, down-tempo synth-pop original is dialed up with some super sexy bass hits, providing a whole new sensual soundscape. Allowing Broods’ sexy vocals to shine through, this remix is expertly crafted, leaving us wishing we had Dimond Saints on our radar a long time ago.

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[Twist on Pop] Laura Welsh – Betrayal (Jakwob Mix)

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Laura Welsh
Betrayal (Jakwob Mix)

“I want to learn to love this feeling…”

The beginning to an unbelievably stunning and haunting song by London based artist Laura Welsh, ”Betrayal” is the perfect song for Welsh because it combines her strong and powerful voice with the intense melodies of DJ Jakwob. The lyrics paint quite a picture of what Welsh is singing about: she is looking for redemption for the person who she appears to love after making some wrong choices along the way. This is a song that has a pop like feel with a dark twist, but a good dark twist. Reminding me a bit of Florence Welch, this beautiful artist is sure to capture the attention of your ears and mind.

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[Indie] Marika Hackman – Deep Green

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Marika Hackman
Deep Green

As we close out a month long celebration of the artistry of UK based Marika Hackman, we’d like to offer up a sincere thank you for her time with us. With that being said, we have a tasty new track for you to enjoy.

Taking a slight departure from her expected sound, Marika has crafted something a little more upbeat than what we’re used to. Utilizing some deep, driving, tribal drums, we’re given a much less folk-centric sounding tune. While the tempo is something that we’re not used to coming from her, the dark and often ominous sound is definitely apparent.

“Deep Green” is due out on this youngsters upcoming EP, Deaf Heat, which will be dropping April 14th.

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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
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[Hip Hop] Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze

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Kate Tempest
Lonely Daze

What do you get when you combine South-East London, the spoken word, and one bad ass girl?
One female rapper with a killer accent.

Kate Tempest ladies and gentlemen is by far one of the coolest, yes coolest, artists I have ever written about.
She started off as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years, and now works as a poet and playwright too. I mean, why settle for one thing when you can have it all?

And let me tell you, this girl knows how to throw down words and use them. Her recently released ‘Lonely Daze’ is a song off of her upcoming album later this summer on Big Dada and just gives you a hint of the talent behind this girl’s mouth. Her accent is strong but that doesn’t take away from the power of her voice and her clear ability to make you hear her. This is quite a different sound, a mix of beats with Kate’s talking voice to combine for an addictive movement that leaves you ensnared to her will and her conversation.

Don’t worry, Kate’s words will find you and make you listen.

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[Synth-Pop] Great Good Fine OK – Not Going Home

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Great Good Fine Ok
Not Going Home

It’s hard to believe that with such a gigantic blogosphere buzz storm behind them last year that Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine OKs latest bubblegum sweet offering “Not Going Home” is only their second official single. Nevertheless, we’re thrilled to finally ring in 2014 with them, especially on the heels of undeniably alluring single “You’re The One For Me”, which racked up over 500k plays on Soundcloud and spawned a few incredible remixes as well. GGFO’s sound is surely in its infancy, but the pair no doubt emit an electric ability to pull a smile and head-bouncing nod on the same level as any of their bouncy pop contemporaries. “Not Going Home” tugs on that same quality, but is immediately commanding in the most lovely of feelgood indie-pop ways. An airy synth paces the emotive jaunt to the first bridge simultaneously serving as an aural tunnel into their first atmospheric chorus like Sonic the Hedgehog sprinting the barrel in an 8-Bit Emerald bonus round. About the tune the duo was quoted as saying  “Not Going Home’ was written in a similar way [to "You're The One"] . This time about not taking chances on being happy and living your dreams. You’ve got to fight for it. This song means a whole lot to us and we couldn’t be more excited to share it!” Hop on this one before anyone else above, and you can bet we’ll be all over any future releases from Great Good Fine OK.

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[Chill/House] Local Natives – Ceilings (Sebastian Carter Remix)

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Local Natives
Ceilings (Sebastian Carter Remix)

Swiss producer Sebastian Carter’s name is one deeply resonant within the confines of TMN, and at only 19 years of age his production potential flashes a limitless quality. As we’ve seen a recent shift in the underground from much of the harder and grimier dance sounds, more melody driven electronic artists like Sebastian Carter are carving out an educated and loyal following; especially behind tracks like his latest remix of Local Natives‘ “Ceilings”. The tune kicks off with a four-four kick and washy vocal pad leading into the  hypnotic reverberations of Taylor Rice which gracefully span across Carter’s soundscape in perfect harmony. You really just can’t help but lose yourself in its beauty, which is immediately why our Ninja faithful must share in that feeling as well. Cop a free download here, and since you’ve already made it this far, stream Sebastian Carter’s remix of “Ceilings” above.

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