[Album Review] Allure – Reunion

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What is it about French musicians and their acute mastery of all sounds electronic? 23 year-old Lorris Piasco, more commonly recognized by his production alias Allure, is an attractively fresh face in a long line of talented house and electronic producers hailing from Paris. Allure has just dropped his second full length album Reunion, and “The Little Prince of French Electro”’s latest release utilizes elements of classic disco, house, pop-song structuring and a classic four-to-the-floor drumkick all awash in jazzy harmonies and clean synths. The end result is a finished, cohesive piece of work that feels oh so provocative, yet irresistibly danceable. Allure makes the kind of electro that has a live feel, as if an entire band was involved in the production rather than just one man and an intimidating set of electronic gadgetry. It is a quality that gives his music a human feel, although it is mostly robotic in execution.

Citing influences that range diversely from Prince, Bowie and Stevie Wonder to more symbiotic sounds from Justice and of course Daft Punk, there is no denying that the weight of said artists comes through in the catchiness of Allure’s “funky baroque” electro sound. Taking Reunion even one step higher though (musically of course), were seemingly perfect vocal contributions from some of his French contemporaries in Alexia Gredy on “Nobody Dance” and Jordan Lee featured twice on “Pretty Bad Day” and “I Will Change”. Stream all three aforementioned tracks and purchase Reunion using the link below.

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Nobody Dance (feat Alexia Gredy)
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Pretty Bad Day (feat Jordan Lee)
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I Will Change (feat Jordan Lee)
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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Interview – Dr. Rosen Rosen

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Fuck You, Stupid Bitch (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

The day that people stop quoting Fletch will be a sad day for me. You see, my parents had me watching appreciating comedies from this era at a young age. I watched Caddy Shack, Fletch, and Animal House ad naseum. I’m actually convinced that’s how I learned about sex. God bless the loose parental ratings of movies from yesteryear. It pains me to think people will one day look at me in awe as I tell ask them, “Yeah, why don’t you guys go down to the gym and pump each other?”

Classic movie quotes and their associations aside, Dr. Rosen Rosen is lying beneath the radar and producing some amazing music. This LA based producer recently has been the wizard behind the curtain of TMN favorite Meg Myer’s tracks, but who is he? We hit up his label to ask. Here’s what he had to say:

TMN: Doctor Rosen Rosen, such an honor to interview a producer that has been so involved in the music industry, producing and remixing work for Wanderhouse, Meg Myers, Cold War Kids and even Britney Spears. Between song-writer, record producer and “remixer” What title and line of work gives you the most pride?

DRRR: Thanks so much! I’ve been a fan our your blog for a long time, so it’s an honor to be interviewed by you guys.

As far as titles go, I definitely identify myself as a record producer first, but I think I take the most pride in the song-writing aspect of my work. Production is super important (and I obsess over it), but it is also very subjective and constantly changing. I feel like a great song can stand on its own with or without great production. As a musician, that pursuit of writing a great song is what drives me the most in the studio.

TMN: How early did music become an influence in your life? Can you pinpoint the primary thing that made you want to get involved in producing music?

DRRR: My brother is 9 years older than me and exposed me to a lot of great music at a young age. He turned me onto Prince when I was 5 and I have been obsessed with the purple one ever since. For my 11th birthday I got a bright yellow electric guitar (because Prince had one in the “Cream” video) and that is when I first started making music. Guitar was my main instrument in high school, but I would often sneak into my brother’s room and try to make music on his synthesizers. In college, I started experimenting even more with synths and drum machines and making entire songs from scratch, which was also inspired by Prince– I thought it was so cool that he played all of the instruments on many of his recordings.

TMN: When coming on board to produce and/or co-write an EP with an artist, what are the things that are first discussed in terms of sound, are you ever defined by what they want to achieve or is the creative process more of a collaboration?

DRRR: One of my favorite things to do with an artist before starting a new project is to spend an entire day just listening to music with them. It’s a great way to understand where the artist is coming from musically and where they want to go and vice-versa. I find that after that, it is much easier to find a common jump off point and start creating. Songs can come to life in so many different ways. Lately my favorite way to create is starting with a completely blank slate with an artist and building from scratch.

TMN: In 2012 you were able to produce Meg Myers’ Daughter In The Choir and Kay’s Say What You Want, can you tell us more about what we can expect for 2013? Any new collaborations you are excited about?

DRRR: I’m currently working on Meg’s debut full length album as well as an EP for Wanderhouse. There are a couple other projects in the pipeline, but I don’t like to jinx anything…

TMN: Who do you want to work with next? Is there any artist in particular you admire right now?

DRRR: There are so many people I admire and would love to work with… The-Dream, Kimbra, Lily Allen, Fiona Apple are all high on my list.

TMN: When visiting your tumblr blog, we notice screenshots of trending tracks you were involved with on Hype Machine, Where do you go to discover new music and how much does it influence you, if any?

DRRR: I love discovering new music and also old music that I haven’t heard before. For new stuff I go to Hype Machine and various other blogs I have in my RSS reader. For older stuff, I love checking out songs in Spotify. I’ll find something I like and then click the “related artist” button and go down that wormhole.

TMN: Ok, we have to ask this one. What’s your favorite line from Fletch?

DRRR: I have to go with the obvious one. “it’s Dr. Rosen Rosen, I’m here to get to the records room.”

TMN: This next question is kind of ridiculous, but the answers are always entertaining. If you’re music were an animal, what would it be? Meg Myers told us hers would be a Sea Wolf, by the way.

DRRR: Koala Bear. They seem nice and cuddly, but they have a dark side and could rip off your face.

TMN: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us, is there anything else you would like to tell your fans?

DRRR: Thank You! To all my fans- I know you all mean well, but you have to stop sending me all of your money. I am running out of places to put it.

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[Fresh] Truls – Out of Yourself

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Out Of Yourself

Creepy video? Yep. Huggable teddy bear of a man? You betcha. Mind blowing falsettos? Most definitely. This is admittedly the first time we’ve ever heard Norweigan singer songwriter Truls, and we honestly can’t wait for his next release. He already has every label under the sun after him, and it’s easy to see why.

His first single, “Out of Yourself” is a massive synthy, driving, poppy chorus-centric gem that will have you singing in the highest of pitched voices, sitting at a stoplight, having the car next to you wondering what the hell is going on. You won’t care though. This song is too god damn good to care. Turn it up, sing along, and enjoy the rest of your week.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2013 Round #4)

As music lovers, we are constantly on the search, whether consciously or subconsciously, for a musical soul-mate. One who will enjoy the same genre as we do or is completely open to listening to something new. Which makes us feel really cool ’cause that means we get to introduce someone to something they have never heard before. And if the relationship, friend or lover, decides to fizzle, we have forever engraved our presence into their brain. That song = our face.

In our minds, to be with someone who despises the music library we have spent years piecing together would only be relationship murder.  This can definitely make the search for the one a little more complicated then we would like to believe. So, if you happen to be so lucky to have found the ying to your musical yang, cheers to you. If you are still kicking dirt down the long and windy road of failed love connections, don’t worry, we won’t judge. In fact, think of the Indie Dojo as your booty call. We will always be here when you need us. And when things get serious with someone else, we won’t be jells. Just promise not to fall into the black hole of a relationship and come say hi every once in while. In return, we promise to not make it awkward…

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UpUpUp (Original)
Natural Self
The Valleys (Feat Tanya Auclair & Milly Blue)
Slowrunner
Strange Days
Trouble In The Wind
Rising
Barnaby Saints
Over and Over
Annie and The Beekeepers
Wake Up Mama
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[NEW] MGMT – Alien Days

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Alien Days

Seems like forever ago that MGMT‘s classic album, 2007′s Oracular Spectacular, came out and took the indie music scene for a psychedelic, acid-rock filled ride. Their sophomore LP, Congratulations, dropped in 2010 but despite fans’ rejoice, it never did seem to garner as much accolades as the debut. But, now this year the band’s gearing up to put out a new record and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t more than just a little bit curious. Their new single “Alien Days”, revealed amidst all the Record Store Day festivities this past weekend, is our first taste of the new album and points to more explorations in the realm of wacky, trippy, tie-dyed spectrums of color. What we mean to say is, if you liked MGMT before, you’ll likely keep on digging them with this song. Tune in.

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[NEW] Lana Del Rey – Young & Beautiful (from The Great Gatsby soundtrack)

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Young & Beautiful

Lana Del Rey makes her return to the new music world, thanks to the forthcoming film The Great Gatsby. “Young & Beautiful” showcases the pop singer in all her somber, dramatic glory. The haunting track is an interesting one for LDR — an H&M model, lovely style icon and overall gorgeous human specimen — as it has her calling out desperately, “Will you still love me when I am no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul?” Fans of the songstress, as well as fans of the tragic literary tale, will enjoy this quite a bit. Listen to it below and be sure to pick up the official Great Gatbsy soundtrack (also featuring Florence and The Machine, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Andre 3000) when it drops May 6th internationally and May 7th here in the US.

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[Indie] London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years

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Wasting My Young Years

UK trio London Grammar continue to impress with each and every release. Like their previous two singles, “Wasting My Young Years” is tranquil yet piercing, with a build up that forces the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up. Hannah Reid‘s lush, powerful vocals often draw comparisons to fellow Londoner, Florence Welch. However, Hannah also has a haunting quality in her inflections that contributes greatly to the quaint but reverberant sound the band has already become well known for. Although the group may only have three songs out, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick a favorite. The band doesn’t plan to release this single until June 16, meaning we’ll have to keep our fingers glued to the SoundCloud play button until then. And, as if you needed more of a reason to fall in love with the band, check out a live rendition of this song over at The Guardian’s website.

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