Back in early December we featured the stellar debut EP, VENA, from Toronto based Coleman Hell, which if you read our review, we were gushing over. Today, the versatile producer has returned with a new single “2 Heads”, and has introduced yet another alternate glimpse into an impressive production psyche. “2 Heads” most notably takes its cues from a twangy, reverb steeped banjo line, which rests itself nicely on top of Coleman Hell’s smooth vocal track and an airy, melodious synth-pop backdrop. “2 Heads” is the first track we’ve had the pleasure of hearing in advance of a debut LP, Srry Bout Last Nite, so we’ll be tuned in as Coleman Hell’s latest album develops. Until then, get your Coleman Hell fix above.
To celebrate the still young days of 2015, duo IYES hands off an intimate, stripped down and live demo track entitled ‘Simmer’. After being exposed to their ability to create such rich music with releases ‘Glow‘ & ‘Toys‘ amongst others, it’s exciting to hear a more shadowy side of the pair with this cut. Birthed in their Brighton studio, we find Josh and Melis urging us to be more receptive in the most delicate times of our relationships. It sounds like loyalty. ”I will make it work for you. Overcome my fears for you.” This record will help us progress toward being better and stronger partners. Their current single ‘Glow’ is out on the 1st of March, via Love by Mistake/Sony UK. IYES will be performing live @ Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London next week (tickets available).
#unabomber (feat. The One and Only Matt Miller)
If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly looking for musical escapes throughout your work weeks. You know the ones. The songs we’re looking for are something completely encompassing, possessing the ability to completely derail our train of thought with anything regarding the day-to-day minutia.
Stage Hands has served up one of those tracks today, exclusively premiering “#unabomber” here on TMN. The highlight of the forthcoming LP, this tune boasts all of the complicated, glitchy, jazz-informed electronica one would hope for when looking towards a musical escape. Members Brandon Locher and Gerald Mattis harness their past experiences with acts like The Meets to create an avant-garde mixture of multiple genres. The end result allows them to highlight a calculated pairing of electronic and acoustic, digital and analog, and abstract and accessible.
“#unabomber,” which features The One and Only Matt Miller, glows with nerdist musical intellectualism, slowly building with spattering drum kit hits, glowing synths, and calculated progressions. At time it reminds us of acts like Tycho, Bonobo, or Little People, all of which are some of our favorites in the game.
If you’re digging this tune, make sure to mark your calendar for Feb. 10th. This LP will be dropping via the art collective My Idea of Fun.
In a culminating swirl of RnB, Gospel, Soul, Indie Rock, and folk, we were left enamored when we took that first listen to JP Cooper’s “When the Darkness Comes” back in December. The emotive lyrics, the flawless vocal range, and the impressive fusion of multiple genres had us eager to premiere it to our readers and the rest of the blogosphere.
Today, we’re equally excited to bring you another exclusive taste of this Mancunian’s artistry by hosting an exclusive interview, and a listen to his full EP. Press play and enjoy the soundtrack for this quick and entertaining read.
We Were Raised Under Grey Skies (Acoustic)
TMN: Hey JP. First off, thanks again for letting us premiere “When the Darkness Comes,” back in December. That feels like a long time ago! What’s been going on since then?
JP: Ah thank you! Well, I had a handful of wonderful intimate solo shows in December.. They were a really nice way to round up the year. Over Christmas I was mainly just spending time with family, the year had been so busy so it was great to be in one place for a few weeks. Throughout December and January I’ve mainly been writing, I’ve taken some much needed solitary time for it and it’s been great.
I've Been Drinking
Prelow is building off an impressive run of single releases – ‘Mistakes Like This’ has racked up over 1.2 million plays, plus ‘Simple Song‘ & ‘For The Team‘ have combined for nearly 500k spins. All three records are featured on their EP, Why Does Everything Happen So Much, which was recently made available on iTunes. ’I've Been Drinking’ is track four of five on the slender debut from the young NY duo. This record draws out memories and solicits an apology. The production is reminiscent of a good time in your life and is very steady. Jesse & Matt played a set at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn on Wednesday to celebrate the release of the EP. Hopefully a tour will rollout shortly.
Happy Thursday, ninjas. You’ve now officially made it through the halfway point of your week, which means you’re deserving of a little present to yourself. Set down the chips, snuff out that one cheat cigarette, and pour out that lunch time beer, because we have something more deviantly satisfying than any of those, or even all of those combined.
With a swagger appropriate for her last name, London/Liverpool-based pop artist Natalie McCool is offering up a delectable treat which will most assuredly make the highlight reel for your week. Set to a simplistic electronic backdrop, thanks in part to Dave Berger from Outfit, “Pins” hums with delightful finesse. McCool’s vocals caress each digitally formed pop and clap, flirting in and out with the multiple arrangements of synths, all of which provide the perfect soundscape for the heart-grabbing lyrics.
You’ve stuck like a splinter in my finger
You know how much damage there is to be done
And so I have to take a hot needle to get in there
‘Cos you prick and chip away just for fun
Look for this tune to drop on her new EP sometime this year. From what we hear, it’s one not to miss.
Former songwriter turned indie-pop darling Phoebe Ryan burst onto many a critic’s radar with a blog-chart smashing, celestially delicate vocal mashup of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” with Miguel’s “Do You”. Luckily for us, the L.A. via New Jersey solo-crooner returns with a debut original recording, “Mine”. “Mine” plays like a buoyant parcel of vocal driven indie-pop, backed by a warm expanse of synth chords and a captivating hook; resulting in a tune we can envision soundtracking long night drives, blissful dance floors and heavy makeout sessions. As Phoebe Ryan continues to fine tune an already mature pop sound, we’ll continue to dive headfirst into the rising artist’s catalog. Stream “Mine” above.