[Electronic Pop] Pennybirdrabbit – Safer EP Review + “Run” Music Video

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Los Angleles based pop-songstress Pennybirdrabbit first crashed into mainstream consciousness through a number of vocal features on tracks from the likes of her friends Skrillex, The M Machine and countless other producers for the past few years. Although many casual listeners are familiar with P.B.R. as a featured vocalist with the smattering of guest spots, our favorite lost-boy alien princess hasn’t neglected her solo project in the slightest. First, in 2012, Penny’s debut extended-play Treehouse took us all by surprise, showcasing an intrinsic ability to pair a powerfully soaring, yet girlish coo with a sample of differing instrumentation. Now, in 2013,  this latest collection of songs conjoin to create the Safer EP (out now on Big Beat Records) which was another step forward in the young artist’s evolution, again covering a wide range of production styles, but in a much cleaner and polished package.

Whereas Treehouse felt like a talented bedroom recording, every track contained within Safer comes across as if it was backed by a complete professional studio; and on that note, a group of sound engineers with a collective intent to bring out the most of those vibrant, rangey windpipes. “Dumbutton” leads the way, and immediately had my attention in no less than two bars. With a hooky synth line punctuated by a galloping, hollow drum kick, “Dumbutton” had piqued my interest without the use of Ms. Penny at all. Safe to say, once the tiny-teen heartthrob soundly makes her appearance, “Dumbutton” evolves into an emotive and pensive slow burning pop ballad, setting the scene for the duration of Safer. 

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[Indie] Midi Matilda – Just My Imagination (Temptations Cover)

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Just My Imagination (Temptations Cover)

We’ve had a real thing for the classics over the past few weeks. Sure, there’s been absurd amounts of amazing tunes coming out, but we like to take a little time to appreciate the artists that help influence the sounds that we’ve come to love. One of our favorite playlists we’ve been listening to on Spotify is comprised of R&B from the 50′s and 60′s. The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and the O’Jays have been getting some major playtime, and with good reason.

While we love the classics, we know that artists do too, which is why we can always appreciate when an artist does their rendition of a classic tune. Today we’re excited to bring you Midi Matilda’s cover of the Temptations “Just My Imagination.” This San Fran based electro pop duo has really put a fun twist on this soulful classic. Press play and enjoy.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2013 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaIt’s summer. We shouldn’t be all cooped up inside glued to our computer screens.  Totally understandable if you are though. Especially if you feel like you are walking on the surface of the sun when you step outside. In that case, here’s a suggestion, sit your ass in front of a fan, naked if you damn well please, and let the seranades of the Indie Dojo wipe the sweat from your brow….

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Wolves
Lazer Cake
Push Up Girls
Kid Francescoli
Blow Up (Single Edit)
Swimm
Feels
GYMNAST
Away the Sun
Goldheart Assembly
Stands To Reason
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[NEW] Kid Cudi – Going To The Ceremony (Prod. WZRD)

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Going To The Ceremony (Prod WZRD)

With Indicud still fresh on our minds, Kid Cudi decided to unleash a brand new single today. Produced through his WZRD side project, “Going To The Ceremony” features Cudi once again channeling his inner rock persona over a drifting, guitar driven instrumental. While some were left disappointed with the Kid from Cleveland’s last project, this one is sure to please Cudi fans of all types. Check out the freebie above, and let us know what your thoughts are on Cudi taking another stab at exploring his rock alter ego.

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[Fresh] Free n Losh – The Best is Yet to Come EP

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One of our most cherished parts about doing what we do is when we hear something completely unexpected. And it’s even better when we hear something completely unexpected from an artist that we’ve never heard of.

Yes, Toronto based Producer Duo Free n Losh are somewhat new to the game, but they have a sound that’s decadently rich with history and skill. With their eclectic taste in music they are creating a sound that is loved by connoisseurs of the classics, hip hop and electronica alike.

Take “Things You Don’t Understand” for example. The soulful gospel inspired lyrics play beautifully with the jazz centric hip hop beats. Ray Charles vocals are left in such a natural state that the original tones feel completely organic and unscathed.

Track after track, Free n Losh impress us; they blend classic tunes from the likes of Led Zepplin and Frank Sinatra with modern production techniques. It’s simply overwhelming in all the best ways. With too many talking points to cover, we’ll just let you simply listen. Get ready to go for a ride. This is one of the most impressive things we’ve heard in the past few months.

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Shes Leaving Home
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The Best Is Yet To Come
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Babe Im Gonna Leave You
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Where Do They Go?
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[Rock] Crooked Hands – The Stream

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The Stream

This self released rock tune has got our attention, and with good reason. This cinematically crafted song by Newcastle based rockers, Crooked Hands, is rife with emotional undertones, frenetic bouts of intense drumming and strumming, and carefully orchestrated finger picking. It may not be the best choice for your Friday night activities, but it demands to be played over and over again.

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[Indie Pop] Join the Riot – Queen Marmalade

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Queen Marmalade

Swedish indie pop quartet Join the Riot have a truly infection sound. In the same vein as TMN favorite Royal Concept, this four piece creates melodic sounds that will get you moving, and get you singing along.

“Queen Marmalade” was released just three months ago, and has a hip moving synth pop sound that we simply can’t get enough of. It blends so perfectly with the warm weather. Take a listen for yourself.

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