[Indie/Rock] The Kooks – Down

The Kooks

No matter how hard you try, you can’t bring down The Kooks.

Remaining relatively quiet after releasing their third album Junk of the Heart in 2011, the boys from Brighton premiered their newest track “Down” on BBC Radio 1 last night.

Co-written and produced by rising hip-hop producer Inflo, “Down” sounds unlike anything The Kooks have ever released. With it’s funky beats and infectious vocals, the new single from The Kooks is a borderline R&B, certainly groovy track. Guitarist Hugh Harris provides razor-sharp guitar licks that carefully maneuver around frontman Luke Pritchard’s anthemic vocals. Pritchard described the track as having an “Electric Church” vibe to it, sounding “modern in production, but really going back to that kind of call and response church music.” Fans of classic Kook’s tunes may be apprehensive about the latest track from the band, but anyone who likes to get “Down” will love this song.

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Sam Brookes – Kairo LP [Exclusive Full Stream]


Early last week we reviewed Sam Brookes’s fantastic new LP, Kairo, describing it as

As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.

Read full review here

Today we have the privilege to bring you an exclusive first look at the entire album days before it’s official release.

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[TMN Resident Artist] YOGI discusses music, inspiration, and why their music is a good kind of different

Burial feat. Pusha T

TMN: Today I get to have a wonderful international call with three amazing guys who collaborate to the name of YOGI, guys welcome welcome and thanks for being our Resident Artists this month!

YOGI: Thanks for having us, cheers.

TMN: Well let’s start a little ways back here. Could each of you tell us a little bit about your music background? For example, did any of you grow up in a musical household? Did you play an instrument as a kid, sing in a choir, all of those things? And please let me know who is chatting, I could try and tell your voices apart but I would probably do a crap job ☺

Blake: This is Blake. I came from a musical background from playing the piano to playing a bit of drums and then I got into production.

TMN: Got it so you have a lot of music in your background?

Blake: Yes quite a lot.

Yogi: Yogi here…I came from a DJ background I have been dj-ing since I was 11ish.

TMN: Wow, since you were 11?

Yogi: Yeah well my dad was distributing technics in the UK so I grew up in a household around all of that. My dad used to DJ when he was young as well so I have always been around dj-ing.

I/O: Bryn, this is I/O. I don’t come from any musical background at all. I basically started dj-ing after I saw one of my friends dj-ing and soon after that I quickly decided that I didn’t want to be a DJ, I would rather make all the beats. So a friend of mine gave me fruity-loops which is what I started on and just started making beats from there.

TMN: That is awesome, you all come from different backgrounds with music but obviously it works for you all now.

YOGI: Yeah definitely.

TMN: We all have some musical influences in our lives. Who were some of your favorite artists/musical influences back in the day? And even today, do you have some artists who you look up to and admire? Or any young up and coming artists who you are excited to see make a name for themselves in the music world?

YOGI: The obvious is Michael Jackson. James Brown, Prince as well. Damn, there are so many man but those are the main ones.

Yogi: Marvin Gaye as well. My dad was an avid vinyl collector so I have got a lot of vinyl like original James Brown. His record collection was so big and I drew from there. Today I would say we are all influenced by Dr. Dre, the Neptunes, Timbaland and when newer people like Diplo came in that kind of blew my mind with what he was doing. Skrillex as well, those kind of guys were the first to kind of cross the genre between hip-hop and reggae and dance and house and I think that created a great opportunity for people like us to start making that music in the UK. I mean look, there are loads of influences but when you ask the question it’s hard to think of them all.

TMN: It’s so true and I have to say there is nothing better then listening to old vinyl at the end of a work day.

TMN: You all started off producing music for other artists and then decided to collaborate and start producing your own music which, let’s be honest, was a very good decision on all your parts. What do each of you bring to YOGI?

Blake: I think that my keys playing my percussions which leads to crazy grooves and drum patterns.

I/O: I would say my extensive knowledge of different catalogues, that is how I actually met Yogi in the first place. Mostly programming work and making beats. Basically we clicked because we were using the same system at the time.

Yogi: I don’t know what I bring (laughs) I just feel like I know what sounds good and give that opinion. So maybe just that overall opinion?

TMN: Hey we all need that opinion to say good or not so good in music. Maybe you bring class and charm too?

YOGI: (Laughs) Oh yeah. You know actually we have to take away some class and charm because it just gets too overwhelming. We appreciate that, thank you.

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[TMN Show Preview] The M Machine @ Bluebird – Denver, CO 3/13


Ok Denver, are you all ready for that big “M” in your life tonight?

That’s right, the boys of M Machine are performing in the Mile High City tonight alongside AViVA, Kommon Interests, and Lucid Vision. The trio from San Fran are bringing their unique sound of hard-hitting dance mixed with Indie-style vocals to the stage tonight along with their own live visuals. That’s right, besides all of the wonderful songs they put together, the group also designed and built their own visuals all based around that big “M”.

So I would say your weekend should start a little early this week, make sure to head to the Bluebird tonight and watch what is sure to be an incredible show.

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[Experimental/Pop] HOLYCHILD – Every Time I Fall

Every Time I Fall

If you’re in Austin this week for SXSW, be sure to catch one of HOLYCHILD’s sets while you’re there.

The brainchild of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller, this rising synth-pop duo from Los Angeles released their debut EP ‘Mindspeak’ just a few short weeks ago. After meeting at George Washington University in 2011, the pair began writing and recording together and eventually found a home with Glassnote Records in early 2014.

With a sound full of stylish electro-pop, reminiscent of bands like Phantogram and label-mates CHVRCHES, their latest track “Every Time I Fall” will have you “falling” for this band over and over again. Filled with bursting waves of jaunty synth and echoing vocals, “Every Time I Fall” is a lovable, dance-friendly tune aimed to inspire on all levels of the pop music spectrum.

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[Electro House] Indiana – Solo Dancing (Chris Lake Remix)

Solo Dancing (Chris Lake Remix)

Having just seen Chris Lake a month ago at Beta Nightclub, we were admittedly eager to see this tune pop into our radar. While our headphones won’t do justice in comparison to those glorious Funktion Ones, we’re happy to have our mitts on this Londoner’s take on “Solo Dancing”

The original song came out about a month ago, and has already racked up 160,000 plays on Soundcloud. The vocals from Nottingham based singer/songrwiter Indiana are subdued, effortlessly gliding over a simplistic beat. Coupled only with intermittent synthesizers, the main focus is on the lyrics, which paved the way for this track to find a more mainstream EDM interpretation.

Who better to take this on then one of our favorites in the game, Chris Lake. This often hilarious Producer/DJ has taken what was originally an attractive, underground sound, and primed it for the radio. By coupling in some large four to the floor beats and some electro house synths, this remix will be appreciated by dance clubs and festivals all over the world.

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[Video] Phoria – Saving Us a Riot


There’s something undeniably charming about acoustic music. The simplistic combination of vocals and instruments is one of the oldest forms of music, which is part of what makes it timelessly enjoyable. Brighton’s Phoria have really harnessed in on this age-old tradition, bringing us an video preview of their song “Saving Us a Riot.”

Coming off of their EP, which is due out this Spring, “Saving Us a Riot” offers up a stark contrast to the piano-centric, electronically-rooted hit, “Red.” We realize that this is an acoustic take on the track, leaving us overwhelmingly eager to hear what the recorded version sounds like. Regardless of the intriguing new sound, we’re still left speechless at Trewin Howard’s vocal tone. It’s easily carries us away to distant places, hopelessly clinging onto each word.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood and want to witness these dreamy vocals in person, they’ll be playing at Hoxton B&K with support from former teenage chart topper Amy Studt and Groves.

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