[Resident Artist of the Month] Jack Garratt

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Jack Garratt
Chemical

February came and went in a hurry, and we’re now looking forward to March, spring, summer, and, of course, all of the festivals that are heading our way. The first festival on our list is SXSW, and one of our must-see acts is inventive pop singer/producer Jack Garratt.

We’ve been fans of this magnificently-bearded, UK-based, self-producing musician for quite some time, quickly becoming enamoured at first listen. Back then, we stumbled across “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway,” and haven’t turned back since.

With this lasting adoration and panicky “we have to post his new song within minutes of it being live” urges, we felt it necessary to extend him an offer to be our Resident Artist for the month of March. He has, of course, accepted, and we couldn’t be happier.

So, stay tuned as we bring you four different pieces of content on this quickly rising artist, including an exclusive interview coming up soon.

Photo Credit: Daniel Alexander Harris Photography.

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2015 International Women’s Day Playlist

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In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve spent the afternoon compiling tunes from some of our favorite musical women. We looked into all of our usual genres – indie rock, hip hop, RnB, pop – and did our best to shine some light on the industry’s best and brightest.

The lines blur from genre to genre at times, and the definition of a “female musician” does as well. Some bands have male members. Some women are covering a song from a male artist. At the end of the day though, we tried our best to showcase acts that have a heavy female influence in their art.

So, sit back, relax, and take some time to appreciate some of the best work from women musicians around the globe.

INDIE ROCK / POP

Feist
How Come You Never Go There
Breakfast
Boris
Gordi
Taken Blame
Tei Shi
See Me
Regina Spektor
Small Town Moon
Cat Power
Sea Of Love
MEG MAC
Roll Up Your Sleeves

Say Youll Be There
Ryn Weaver
OctaHate
The Narcoleptic Dancers
Again And Again
Courtney Barnett
Avant Gardener
Daughter
Landfill
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy (Cover) by Daniela Andrade
Lauren Aquilina
Sex (The 1975 Cover)
Grace Mitchell
Runaway
Black Honey
Madonna
Lyla Foi
Shoestring
Owl Eyes
Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover)
Luluc
Small Window
Bets
Rooftop Lover
Husky Rescue
Deep Forest Green
Laura Welsh
Here For You
Marika Hackman
Animal Fear
London Grammar
Sights
Little Joy
Unattainable
Birdy
Skinny Love
Julia Stone
Youre The One That I Want
The Staves
The Motherlode
Noosa
Sail
Zella Day
Compass
Mapei
Dont Wait
Chelsea Lankes
GHOST
Janelle Kroll
Sunny Days
Catey Shaw
Human Contact (Original Mix)
Lucy Rose
Our Eyes
Jose Vanders
Blue Notes
Maiday
Wish Youd Met Me First
Lily Allen
I Dont Mind Babe (gknew1)
Gabrielle Aplin
Let Me In
Kawehi
Anthem
Sylvan Esso
Coffee
Phoebe Ryan
Mine
XYLO
America
Mr. Little Jeans
The Suburbs
Naomi Pilgrim
Its All Good
Broods
Bridges
EVVY
Collide
Little Daylight
My Life
ACRE TARN
Dawn Faces
MS MR
Hurricane
MarzXLeon
L O N E R
Rae Morris
Under The Shadows
HAIM
The Wire
Yellow Flicker Beat
Lorde
BANKS
GODDESS
Ellie Goulding
Tessellate (Alt
FKA Twigs
Two Weeks
Lana Del Rey
West Coast
Shura
Touch
Jessie Ware
Tough Love
Lykke Li
Gunshot
Florence and the Machine
What Kind of Man (Radio Edit)
Little Dragon
Klapp Klapp

 

DANCE

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Super Moon
Kimbra
Miracle
AlunaGeorge
Supernatural
Phantogram
Fall In Love
Purity Ring
begin again
Mark Johns
5 South (Prod. Alexander Lewis) Ft. Brasstracks
Alison Wonderland
Lies
DABIN
Endlessly feat. Anna Yvette
Anna Lunoe
Say It Again (Nina Las Vegas & Swick Remix)
dOP
Close Up (Louisahhh!!! Remix)
Polar Youth
Bae
Jessie Ware
Keep On Lying (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
Anna Lunoe Ft Jesse Boykins III
Heartbreak In Motion
Karin Park & Pandora Drive
Hurricane (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
REZZ
Black Energy (Original Mix)
Lupe Fuentes
Gotta Keep Holding On
Kittens
Tell Me How U Feel
Fei Fei
Born
HELENA
Raven (Original Mix)
Armin van Buuren
Ping Pong (Dani Deahl Remix)

 

R&B / HIP HOP

Kali Uchis
Call Me
Jhene Aiko
The Pressure
Kehlani
FWU (Prod. by Swagg Rcelious)
RAYE
FLOWERS
SZA
Julia (Prod. Felix Snow & Dave Free)
Snakeships
Gone (Feat. Syd)
Cyril Hahn
Slow ft. Rochelle Jordan
Rubee Rayne
DSYLM (Dont Say You Love Me)
Venessa Michaels
 Touch Me ft. Kiana Brown
Cashmere Cat
Adore feat. Ariana Grande
Rapsody
Lonely Thoughts Ft. Chance The Rapper & Big K.R.I.T.
Selah Sue
Together (Feat. Childish Gambino)
George Maple
Where You End And I Begin Feat. Grande Marshall
Nylo
Fool Me Once
Little Sims
Enter The Void (Prod. Balistiq)
Vanessa Elisha
Ocean (Prod. By J Louis)
Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Fantasy
DeJ Loaf
Try Me (prod.by DDS)
Tinashe
Pretend featuring A$AP Rocky
Kiesza
Bad Thing Feat. Joey Bada$$
Marian Hill
Lips
Cathedrals
Want My Love
Jeni Suk
Dont Let Me Down (feat. IamSu & AR 2)
Niykee Heaton
Bad Intentions
LIZ
Y2K (Prod. by Lido)
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October Glow – Cellar Door [TMN PREMIERE]

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Cellar Door

Sunday is a bittersweet day. On one hand, it’s developed a notariety for being the a day of rest, allowing you to slowly wind down before another week in the rat race. On the other hand, it is the last day of the weekend, presenting itself as a daunting reminder that real life kicks back into gear before you know it.

Regardless of whether you’re a “glass half full,” or “glass half empty” person, one thing should be a constant. Music plays a huge role in shaping our lazy day at home, and October Glow is adding to that with their debut song, “Cellar Door.”

Accentuating the laid-back vibes of this day properly, this Essex-based producer/vocalist brings the tune in with a South East Asian riff. Calling on associations of Apparat, Absofacto, and Tom Vek, “Cellar Door” crackles with anti-pop radiance. The understated vocals effortlessly blend with the instrumentals, leaving us yearning for more. Unfortunately, this is all we have for now. You’ll just have to exert some patience as we wait for more.

“Cellar Door” is now available to download via Sweet Release Records. Head over there, pick it up, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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7 Acts We Loved At Noise Pop Festival SF, 2/20-3/1 [Festival Review + Playlist]

Flight Facilities-16Now in its 23rd year, Noise Pop Festival has become an absolute staple of the Bay Area for fans of independent music, film and art. With multiple shows every night at some of the best venues SF and Oakland have to offer, Noise Pop presented the best kind of difficult decisions on a daily basis. The Noise Pop HQ, at the newly renovated Swedish American Hall, was a fantastic destination as well hosting intimate shows, happy hours and even a live podcast recording with Toro y Moi where he premiered “Half Dome,” the eighth track from his upcoming album. Although there were plenty of activities outside of the concerts, being the ninjas we are, we’re going to focus on our favorite performances from the week. Browse through some pictures and songs in our chronologically ordered list below.

1. Flight Facilities, 2.24 @ The Regency Ballroom

Why we loved it: Australian DJ duo Flight Facilities, of the esteemed Future Classic, took stage at The Regency in full aviation gear for an energetic set. What really took their performance to the next level was live vocal assistance from talented Owl Eyes and Surahn Sidhu, member of Empire of the Sun, who covered female and male parts of Flight Facilities’ countless hits. [Photos by: Justin Yee]

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Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Extended Version)

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FYFE – Polythene Love [TMN PREMIERE]

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Polythene Love

All week long, FYFE has been generously sharing new material in preparation for his upcoming album, Control. Today however, we have the esteemed pleasure of sharing perhaps our favorite of the new releases, “Polythene Love.” If you’ve been following FYFE for as long as we have, the subject matter should come as no surprise to you, centering around the concept of disposable relationships; temporary connections or flings we engage in as a way to combat loneliness rather than pursuing something more meaningful.

Upon first listen, “Polythene Love” is easily one of the most vibrant and unique tracks on the project. Assisted by an uncredited female vocalist who goes by Mai, the pair navigate their way through an intricate mesh of striking synths and bubbling guitar riffs. Meanwhile, Fyfe unsuccessfully tries to court the young woman, leaving him asking the crucial question, “Is this ‘Polythene Love’ again?” We were curious about the inspiration behind this new tune, so we asked the Londoner himself to provide a little insight of his own on the number:

 School disco cringe played out in the adult world. A playful observation of the relentless and the often not just acknowledged, but celebrated pursuit of flimsy, throw-away or plastic (polythene) ‘love’. I find it amusing, visualising my own school disco experiences of boys lined up one side and girls the other and overlaying it onto memories of university nights out, but wondering how well aligned the two might be if those in the latter scene were not completely wasted.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years since we first discovered FYFE, which makes this project long overdue. The wait will finally come to an end on Tuesday, when Control finally hits shelves, however you still have time to order yourself a copy before March 9th through either iTunes or Rough Trade.

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Get to Know Royal Tongues & Stream Their Infectious Debut EP [TMN EP Premiere + Exclusive Interview]

Patterns & Shapes

Royal Tongues
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Awkward Arm
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Just Want To Live
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Higher
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The Balance

Royal Tongues first came onto the scene last year with their infectious single “The Balance,” introducing the blogosphere to their melodious brand of indie pop. Building on the sounds of pop both past and present, the NY/LA duo, consisting of Aaron Bonus and Justin Gammella, have crafted a sound equal parts addicting, dance-able and inspiring. We’re really excited to be bringing you the premiere of their debut EP, Patterns and Shapes, a cohesive five-track euphoric journey. Start your weekend early with the stream above and learn some more about the recording process behind the project in our exclusive interview below with band member Justin. If you’re digging this as much as us support on iTunes when Patterns and Shapes becomes available for purchase on March 10th and catch their EP release show at the Waiting Room in Buffalo, NY on March 13th.  Continue reading

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Lucy Mason – Lost and Found [TMN PREMIERE]

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It seems like such an easy formula, doesn’t it? Take some booming percussion, a gorgeous voice, and some light synths or string work to accentuate the lead singer’s tone, and we can call it day. While some may think that’s an easy feat, it takes something truly distinctive and noteworthy to do that well, and Lucy Mason has that down pat.

Facing an extreme amount of saturation can’t be an easy feat these days for a musician within any genre. Whether you’re a singer/songwriter, a producer, or a folk band, the cold, hard truth is – there are a lot of artists out there, and the internet gives everyone an equal opportunity to get heard. One thing that’s often not considered though is the internet’s keen ability to highlight those who shine, which is exactly what has happened for this London-based artist.

After just releasing two tracks, this honeyed vocalist has racked up a sizable amount of plays on soundcloud, and it’s not hard to see or hear why. Her latest release, which we’re more than pleased to bring you today, showcases her ability to to envelope a listener in a few, quick minutes. Calling on associations of She & Him, James Vincent McMorrow, and Feist, this up-and-comer has us staring down the rest of the week googly-eyed with her infectious tune “Lost and Found.”

When asked about this song, Mason had this to say:

I feel like I’ve really found my sound as an artist and this song is a result of pushing myself further and working out what it is I really want to say

This is obviously just the beginning for this quickly rising talent, so make sure to keep tabs by following her on Soundcloud.

Lost & Found
All You Want (Demo)
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