Before you press play, know this: the playful vocal harmonies, tribal percussion, tropical tones, and the chatter of children’s voices might illustrate some sort of festive, island celebration, but the message of “Laika” carries a much more solemn than one would first guess.
Taking the opportunity to use their music to share their thoughts on a serious matter, Camel Power Club has crafted a cautionary tale to anyone who would dare dream of hunting. Using a fabled character from their childhood, “Laika” showcases that childlike imagination with a Ghost Killer, a superhero who hunts the hunter, ensuring the safety of the animals.
If you feel like going hunting, we’re gonna shoot you down. Ghost killer, works better in the night.
Below you’ll find a little insight into the song’s production, showcasing the children they worked with to craft this infectious tune. After you’re done checking that out, head over to iTunes and pick up their latest EP.
Camel Power Club – Laïka (Making Of) from MVGGY on Vimeo.
Dave Matthews Band
Dreamgirl (Deuxième Remix)
As I sit here curled up in a heavy blanket with my headphones over my ears and the Winter vibes aimlessly float along the air, I can’t help but swoon to these melancholic frequencies from Deuxième and their sensational remix of the infamous song “Dreamgirl” by Dave Matthews Band. You heard that right – Dave Matthews Band. With such an iconic song in the palm of their hands, Deuxième transformed this legendary song into a chilled out electronic masterpiece. Filled with heavy, sidechained synths, trippy snare patterns, and that oh so charming “Dreamigirl” guitar melody, Deuxième gave us more the reason to surrender our vulnerable minds to such a strong sound resonance and experience something entirely new. With this only being their second release as a duo, I can say that the ninjas here are anxiously awaiting to see hear what these two do in the near future. Grab your free download here.
Don't Give A F#Ck (Single Version)
Well this is quite the enticing single.
LA artist BETS has recently released her single ‘Don’t Give A F#ck’, a corky Indie song that tells a lovely tale of love and the fact that everyone knows you shouldn’t fall in love because everything is down hill from there. With a mix of soft electronic melodies, BETS soft yet stimulating vocals have a certain air about them. BETS takes the listener on an almost whimsical music journey where she informs you quite honestly that she doesn’t give a f#ck about this boy and love but we all know, and she knows, that she really does indeed give a f#ck. While fairly new to the music scene, BETS has already got us very excited for her upcoming album ‘Days Hours Nights’.
Just My Soul Responding
Let your soul get ready to respond to this song.
The boys from Nottingham, Amber Run, are back with a stunning single ‘Just My Soul Responding’. This heartbreaking song tells the tale of someone hurting someone else, or in a sense, their soul responding because their heart is so hurt from the love taken. With a sound that reminds us of Mumford mixed with Bastille, these five gentlemen know how to capture true human feelings with their vocals, lyrics, and instrumental melodies. Amber Run is still fairly new but they have shown over the past few months just how much their sound is soaring and how they are going to keep making music that speak directly to the human heart and head. I know this song has my soul responding, feeling, loving, wishing, and hopeful.
There’s nothing quite like a complete, polished, subduing and intoxicating release to soothe out our days here at TMN. Alas, Toronto based chameleon producer Coleman Hell has touched down with a debut extended play, VENA. A suffuse collection of warm, synth soaked pop gems, VENA lifts off with “Venezuela”; itself a low-end pushing, falsetto fueled anthem which more than establishes an air of sophisticated fluency and thought out instrumentation for the five track EP’s duration. Its sophomore entry, “Heat of the Night” may very well be the crown jewel of Coleman Hell’s debut opus. Hell’s breathy, raspy reverberations drive much of VENA, but his vocal work on “Heat of the Night” reaches its warm hand into our soul like only a lover could.
The EP’s midpoint, “Fortress” rides a hand plucked electric bassline, soulful incantations and clicky percussive elements to serve as the superlative break before segueing into a slightly more upbeat groover, “All the Monsters”. Coleman Hell’s clearly been around a DJ set or two as well, with an impeccable arrangement of tunes serving as a welcome storyline to the VENA saga. “Monsters” wonderfully brings its listener to Summer rooftop parties with its feelgood production, leaning on a loopy lead synth to serve as a driving focal point for not just itself but the EP as a whole. “Red Rover”, which features a lovely vocal contribution from his fellow Sideways crew member La+ch closes the 20 minute sonic excursion with a bullet. And while the saxophone may have been a bit overdrawn in dance music over the last couple years, Coleman Hell brilliantly drops an arpeggiated alto-sax melody amongst a sea of soft synthesizers to balance each aural aspect with the careful precision of a brain surgeon.
Already with an acclaimed mixtape, Stark Raving, and now a worthy EP entry into the Coleman Hell catalog, his debut full length is currently being prepped, rinsed and scoured for an early 2015 release; which quite honestly we can’t wait for. Hell’s sticky blend of pop accessibility and worldy wise production structures have our interest piqued almost more than any other new artist at the tail end of 2014. Watch for more new music from Coleman Hell here on TMN and stream VENA in its entirety below.
Through The Wire (Kanye West Cover)
After spending a good majority of 2013 at the top of the Hype Machine charts, FYFE has remained relatively quiet throughout 2014, as he gears up for the release of his debut album, Control. With a release date in hand now, the British sensation has decided to celebrate by releasing a quirky cover of Kanye West‘s “Through The Wire.” Anytime someone decides to cover Kanye it makes for a risky proposition, but in this case the College Dropout classic is an especially curious choice considering FYFE is not a rapper himself. We know better than to doubt the crafty musician though, and it’s safe to say he’s delivered one of the more creative takes on a Kanye track we’ve ever heard. FYFE’s interpretation is sparse, yet placating–characteristic of many of his previous singles–and he manages to build a record that has its own identity, while still paying tribute to the original with mixed-in vocals from Yeezy himself.
The young talent had this to say about his inspirations behind the track:
Through The Wire has been stuck in my head for most of the last 10 years. The fact that Kanye West had a track on his last album named I Am A God added a certain amount of pressure to the process, but once I got over the image of him peering over my shoulder whilst I made the cover it came along quite quickly. To Kanye West purists- I’m sorry. To everyone else – I hope you enjoy it.
Stream the track above, and make sure to pre-order
your copy of Control
before it hits shelves on March 9th.
Running away from Christmas jingles? We feel ya. They started bombarding us with that crap the day after Halloween. TOO SOON. Just too soon. It’s cool though. You can ninja your way right out of the tinsel and jingle bells with a good ol’ Indie Dojo. Happy Indiedays!
The Walking Who
Salmon Arms (Acoustic)