[Metal Step] Slayer – Raining Blood (Aylen Remix)

Raining Blood (Aylen Remix)

Gah! My inner 18 year old self is freaking out right now. “Raining Blood,” is inevitably one of the greatest metal songs of all time, created by one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Trying to tackle an electronica based remix of this tune is no easy feat. Thank god it’s Aylen taking it on.

Razor sharp synths carefully layered across break beats, accentuated by masterfully crafted samples make this remix one for the record books. Maybe I’m biased considering my affinity for metal. Maybe I’m biased considering my affinity for Aylen. Regardless of which, there’s no denying this is one bad ass remix.

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[Amazing] Arctic Monkeys – Hold On (We’re Going Home) (Drake Cover)

Arctic Monkeys
Hold On (We're Going Home) (Drake Cover @ BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge)

Shefflied born indie rockers Arctic Monkeys have been winning us over with each and every release reaching all the way back to 2002. We’ve been enamored with releases like “Do I Wanna Know” and “Mardy Bum,” with their guitar centric sound and iconic vocals from front man Alex Turner’s vocals. We just can seem to get enough of what these guys do.

Today we have a little something different for you. The guys performed Drake’s “Hold On” live on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge. This love soaked tune received a rock makeover that only the Arctic Monkeys could pull off. Press play, and listen to Turner’s voice carry over airy guitar strums. It’s nothing short of spectacular.

I got my eyes on you, you’re everything that I see
I want your hot love and emotion endlessly
I can’t get over you, you left your mark on me
I want your high love and emotion endlessly
Cause you’re a good girl and you know it
You act so different around me
Cause you’re a good girl and you know it
I know exactly who you could be

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Release into the Beat: Rock Genius Breaks Down the Top 5 lines on RAC’s “Let Go” [Guest Post]

Let Go (ft. Kele & MNDR)

A little while back we posted a rather infectious tune from one of our favorite remixers, RAC. While we’ve enjoyed dancing around the office to Kele’s smooth vocals and MNDR’s energetic choruses, it’s about damn time we learn what they all mean. With that in mind, we decided to hook up with the legendary lyrical analytical abilities of Rock Genius. So, give a warm TMN round of applause to  Rock Genius Editor Adrian Spinelli, our guest ninja for today’s breakdown of “Let Go.”

While RAC has become the unofficial master of rock/electronica remixes, Portland-based André Allen Anjos dropped a single (“Let Go”) off of his upcoming EP ‘Don’t Talk To‘ (out Oct. 1) with the help of Bloc Party’s Kele and NY-based MNDR. The result is a beautiful song about a more than sympathetic lover who’d rather be a shoulder to cry on than a castigator of destructive behavior. You’re gonna wanna keep this one on repeat. Trust.

Press play and peep this Rock Genius lyrical breakdown:

5. ”And they say you are a monster/ But what I see’s a child”

Kele is basically the greatest boyfriend ever. While many dudes will run away when they see their girl letting people get to her and almost falling apart at the seems, he chooses to focus on her inner beauty and what made him fall for her in the first place.

4. ”Just try, Just try, just try to stay sober/ It’s eating you”

A lot of us have been there. Bastards got you down? Hit the bottle. But again, Kele pleads with the woman he cares about to chill out and lean on him instead of getting wasted.”

3. “You are golden, you are pure”

You just can’t help but think of The Outsiders and the classic “Stay gold Ponyboy” line. Her essence isn’t lost and he wants her to focus on what makes her an amazing companion.

2. “So let go, let go, let go of your fire/ Live it up til we crash and there’s smoke in the air”

MNDR’s sultry hook is the part that just makes you want to move your shoulders. It repeats until the “crash” and we feel the subject’s release as the line punctuates. In effect, we “Let Go” of our own qualms and release into the beat.

1. ”Don’t be, don’t be so rough with me/ When you are a gem”

So clever. This line elicits the biggest smile of the jam. We already love Kele’s approach with the girl and he’s just so damn sweet with her. We’re rooting for her the same way we’re rooting for him now, cause he’s fully convinced us what a diamond she is.

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[NEW] Phantogram – Black Out Days

Black Out Days

Our last Phantogram sighting came in the form of an appearance on Big Boi‘s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, but now it seems like the duo are primed to finally release their second full-length album later this year. The New York based group are ready to start things off in a big way with “Black Out Days,” an addicting indie pop number that’s instantly ear-catching with its sweeping percussion and fleeting vocals. There’s no details yet on the status of the album (all we really have to go off of is this), but we’re hoping to learn more soon. In the interval, we’ll keep this little ditty endlessly on repeat.

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MALPAS – Promise EP [TMN Premiere]

Us Afloat
Here Comes The Rain

Bordering between Indie Rock and experimental bedroom sensibilities, Malpas delivers an excruciatingly colorful palette of bright, at times elusive, melodies well surrounded by the soothing vocals of songwriter Ali M Forbes. Originally from Birmingham, the duo also brings forward the talented and meticulous production of Andy Savours, known for his involvement with major indie artists including The Horrors, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.

The inherently organic sounds from the debut EP ‘Promise’ seem progressive in nature, perhaps mirroring a cohesive grassroots movement that from its foundation of loops of layered acoustic instruments quickly build from the bottom up, only strengthening over the course of each rhythmic bar. The production clearly showcases Andy Savours’ confidence and sonic maturity while still maintaining an emotional honesty that pairs beautiful with the comfortable and welcoming vocals of Ali. It is quite clear in songs like ‘Here Comes The Rain’ of the active collaboration between the two and their respective roles – an exciting marriage that leads us to want more.

‘Promise’ EP, which is to be expected September 23rd via Killing Moon feels like one continues story, separated by four distinctively unique chapters that tell a tale through a mixture of intimate folk songs and ambient electronica.

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[Electro Pop] Mansions on the Moon – Full Moon

Mansions on the Moon
Full Moon

There’s nothing quite like vocals over poppy synths and guitar. Through the years this has been a tried and true musical style. Some have tried at this and failed, and others have excelled. Take one listen to this track and you’ll know it’s the latter. While Mansions on the Moon might not be as big as you would expect, they’re certainly developing a sound that would indicate larger venues and crowds are well within their grasp.

We had the pleasure of hanging out with these guys when they came through with our buddies in Carousel. Their live show is just as warm and inviting as their studio production. What you hear in “Full Moon,” with it’s tropical synths and bass line, atmospheric elements, and high pitched howls translate perfectly into their live performance, creating an experience worth paying money for.

This tune is the title track off their new EP. Make sure to like them on facebook to keep up on new releases, tour info and more.

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[NSFW] Meg Myers – Desire

Meg Myers

You’ve just been invited into Meg Myers’ bedroom. Don’t be intimidated though, she wants you there. While that’s exactly what every guy wishes were the truth while listening to this L.A. based vocalists latest release, we’ll place our bets on the fact that you weren’t the one she was singing about.

It’s been a wild and entertaining ride watching Meg progress in both her musical style and her persona. We interviewed her over a year ago via skype, and were instantly addicted to her playful charm and goofy demeanor. While we would expect this to translate to her artistry, it does no such thing. Meg’s darker side comes out in her music, displaying that what lies underneath her prepossessing exterior, which is something much more serious.

We’ve heard the darker side of Meg with tunes like “Monster” and “Curbstomp,” and now we’re introduced to her seductive side. In “Desire,” we were admittedly taken back by the direct and forceful nature in which she engages her listener. You’re not asked to fall for this song. You’re expected to.

Produced by her long time musical accomplice Dr. Rosen Rosen, this tune features sultry lyrics that will make any man question whether his significant other will get upset over the fact that he’s listening to it. Coupled with an insane guitar solo from Steve Stevens, famous for his work with Billy Idol and MJ, this track is an impressive first single off her upcoming EP. Keep an eye out this January for it, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be one you won’t want to miss.

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