Vallès, a 21 year old French House savant working out of Ibiza, was the latest apple of TMN’s eye, largely behind the release of perhaps one of the most musically mature and texturized pop-leaning debuts we had had the chance to wrap our ears around in some time, with his St. Lucia EP. St. Lucia is the first collection of originals from the young disco maestro, but a knack for funky high-energy samples paired with toned down, groovy bass lines has already blueprinted his deft French Touch sound. St. Lucia functions closely within most of these parameters, leading off with the incredibly emotive pacesetter, “Heartbeat”, which clearly touches on Vallès’ cited influences of Daft Punk Discovery era 90’s French-House and the almighty 70’s funk wave in which held the distinguished spot as America’s leading dance genre at the time. St. Lucia‘s sophomore entry, the single for which the extended play was named, is a breezy synth-pop track, drenching its listener in neon, 80’s dance tones. Once our complete psyche was enveloped by “Heartbeat” and “St. Lucia”, Vallès slows things up a bit to let the rest of the album breathe, utilizing the downtempo electronic backbone of “Farewell” to iron out the whole movement to a brisk stride. If we haven’t gushed enough already, just let us leave you with the fact that we absolutely believe that St. Lucia is one of the most worthy individual electronic listening album efforts within the last five years.
Furthermore, as St. Lucia was released today via Neonized Records, we were gifted with three additional featured remixes from talented artists L’Étranger, and Cosmonaut Grechko, so there should be a little slice of Vallès appropriate for any number of eclectic ninja listeners. Listen to Vallès’ St. Lucia EP below.
St. Lucia (cosmonaut grechko Remix)
St. Lucia (feat. Vallès) (LÉtranger Mix)
Nothing But Trouble
Electro-rock duo Phantogram have shown an incredible amount of growth and promise in the last few years establishing themselves as deserving mainstays on music blogs and in big-name festival lineups. Their upcoming album, Voices, is easily their most anticipated project to date already showing promise with the stellar “Fall in Love.”
Today, the Brooklyn-based artists let go of the opening track, “Nothing but Trouble,” which serves to further cement the larger-than-life sound that we can expect from the album. With a range of unique genre influences, Phantogram once again demonstrates their musical breadth creating material with the ability to pique the interest of a variety of listeners. Peep this uniquely haunting, yet stadium-worthy cut below. Voices drops on February 18th.
Life can be scary, unpredictable, and freakin’ overwhelming. But the indie dojo’s got you. Sit back, relax, and let the magical powers of the playlist heal your soul.
The Daydream Club
Soundwaves of Gold (Remix)
The Harry Heart Chrysalis
You Are Not A Rarity
He was just named BBC’s Sound of 2014 and I have to say, not all that surprising.
Mr. Sam Smith has made quite a name for himself since lending his vocals to Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ in 2012. Since that point, Smith has captured the hearts and ears of fans all around the globe with his beautiful silky honey-like voice. Smith released his song ‘Make It To Me,’ a simple song full of sincere love lyrics and piano, with just a hint of drums and violin to capture the power of what Smith is saying. Smith sings of finding that one person who is specifically designed just for him, a story many of us know and hold on to as we search for our “one.” Another picturesque song by the highly talented Smith, who will continue to make 2014 a year he can call his very own.
The Golden Pony
Bonfire Feat. Suntalk
It’s been a little while since we checked in with one of our favorite tastemaking Deep Disco outfits, The Golden Pony, and in between their time hustling as some of NYC’s most influential electronic promoters, they’ve managed to issue a follow up to their debut original “Tiny Purple Fishes” with a house meets disco groover “Bonfire”. Featuring another NYC band Suntalk on vocals, “Bonfire” beautifully flits between the electronic indie dance output of camps like Future Classic and 4AD and straightforward nu-disko and house music structures. While TGP has made their name mostly by reaching into the remix cookie jar, their original tunes have been the hook which keeps us ninjas coming back for more. “Bonfire” paces itself briefly, starting off slow and steady, before bouncing in cheeky vocals and an appropriately addictive, simple bass line. This one pulled from us an immediate smile, and music which exhibits this quality has always been some of our favorite. Grab the free download here in exchange for a ‘heart’ on Hype Machine.
Tears for Fears
Shout (Avenue Remix)
Anybody over the age of 25 should be able to sing at least a chorus from a Tears for Fears’ song. Some time ago, you couldn’t turn a corner without hearing “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels,” and probably the most commonly sung to, “Shout.”
With music taking a strong stride towards 80’s synth heavy sounds, it’s no wonder this New Wave Pop duo has a major comeback planned, which happens to include a remix competition. Coincidentally, Avenue is already ahead of the game, having put this track together before Tears for Fears even announced these grand scale plans at making a splash in the current music scene.
We posted one of this Toronto based producer’s tracks a while back, but most of you probably aren’t familiar with his sound yet. With a orchestral, electronic approach, Sam Willows (Avenue) has a laid back, yet highly winsome sound, mixing classical instrumentation with spiraling synths and a progressive beats.
In his take on the 1985 chart-smashing classic, “Shout,” we’re offered up a dancy version of the political protest tune. Gone are the power chords, heavy percussion and uncharacteristic guitar solo. In their place we find energetic, pulsing synthesizers that drive the tune into a full-on dance floor pleaser.
Make sure to keep an eye out on Avenue to see if his remix makes the cut! All of us at TMN are definitely rooting him on.
After the Disco
We have less than a month left until we get to experience Broken Bells‘ sophomore effort, After The Disco, making its the perfect time to get our first listen of the album’s title track. “After The Disco” ironically borrows certain elements from that genre itself, which ultimately leads to a far more upbeat number than its predecessor, “Holding On For Life,” while keeping the same level of desperation through its lyrics. While we certainly love everything Brian Burton has done with the groovy production, it’s The Shins frontman who really shines on this track through his glimmering falsetto. It’s remarkable to think it’s been nearly four years since Danger Mouse and James Mercer’s first team-up, making the anticipation for their follow up that much more agonizing. The wait is finally over on February 4th, so get you pre-orders in as soon as possible.