Black Dots – Captain, Won’t You Help Me?

We know it’s a sin against music to compare anyone to the Beatles, but one listen to Black Dots‘ new single, “Captain, Won’t You Help Me,” reminded us of just that. Aside from the resemblance, this track had us wishing we had lived through the 60′s.

The new project from Bitmap (and previously Salako) main-man Luke Barwell takes us on a journey through time with their story of sitting on the horizon of the muddy Yorkshire cliffs. Press play, and let your mind wander with the exceptional story telling abilities of Black Dots.

Black Dots
Captain, Wont You Help Me?
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[Album Stream] Shout Out Louds – Optica

Over the past few months we’ve showered you with a number of new Shout Out Louds tracks: “Illusions”, “Walking In Your Footsteps”, and “Blue Ice”. Now we’re here to let ya know that the Swedish indie pop group’s entire album, Optica, is available for your streaming pleasure. It officially drops on February 27th via Merge Records.

Soak in 11 blissful songs: Stream Shout Out Louds’ Optica via NPR.

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[Chill] Kaytranada – All We Do ft JMSN

Sometimes life has us a little distracted with little nuances that we forgot what is most important or what really matters. On newcomer Katrynada‘s single “All We Do”, he teams with motwon singer JMSN to croon about easily letting a woman down  because of the simple distractions of everyday life. Although it can be considered a “break-up” song, the blending of smooth, multi-layered production with the R&B singer’s soft vocals, can leave no mate bitter. This is the first track off of the Montreal producer’s HW&W Recordings upcoming EP Kaytra Todo, dropping February 25th, and a dope but tranquil listen.

All We Do ft. JMSN
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[Indie Rock] Born Ruffians – Needle

Canadian indie rockers Born Ruffians have returned with a new single called “Needle”, off their new album Birthmarks. Channeling their more captivating 2008 record Red, Yellow & Blue than 2010′s Say It, the track is punchy and crunchy, riddled with dancing guitar lines, and buoyed so pleasantly by enthusiastic pop melodies and unrestrained joyous yelping. Take one listen and it’ll be bouncin’ around in your head for days. Tune in below.


Born Ruffians’ Birthmarks comes out April 16th on Yep Roc.

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Andrew Wyatt, Mike Snow Vocalist To Release Solo Project, Listen To Single ‘And Septimus…’

Andrew Wyatt, better known to most as the front man of indie powerhouse electronic pop band Miike Snow, will be exploring his more classical side in his debut solo album, Descender. Set for release on INGRID/Downtown Records on April 16th, the project is said to embody “32 minute meditation into the darker side of Andrew Wyatt not seen on his latest endeavors with Miike Snow.”

The first single ‘And Septimus…’ does provide some nostalgia back to Miike Snow but soon the orchestral instrumentation takes one to a different place amongst sweeping string arrangements and much more vulnerable vocals from what we have ever seen from Wyatt.

Andrew Wyatt
And Septimus...

Descender, is set to release on April 16th via INGRID/Downtown Records.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE] Joe Janiak – Down the Hill

21 Year old Joe Janiak has been getting some attention as of late, and it’s for all the right reasons. You may recognize his smokey vocals from the recently popular Bondax track, “Gold.” Well, this London based vocalist is working on some solo projects, and we’re happy to bring a taste of it to you today.

Joe has crafted a truly original alternative track that blends old-timey parlor style piano with drum machine beats. His blending of modern music and classical soul instrumentation with his raspy and unique vocals kept us on our seat wanting to hear more and more. While this newcomer may have just stepped into the scene, we feel that he has a long and illustrious career ahead of him with talent like this.

Down The Hill
Theres No Me Without You
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[Indie] WALL – Shoestring

WALL first charmed us with her delicate voice on the track, No Secrets, and she returns again with another song that tugs on our hearts’ strings. With vocals resting on water and an effortless honeyed melody, the sincere delivery of the song is undeniable. Be it in a coffee shop or in a car rushing to work, you are bound to suspend that moment when the track plays, so that you can find out what is on the mind of this evoking London songstress. “Shoestring” is the leading track off her new EP of the same name.  Count down the days to purchase it — out April 2nd.

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