Rakim (Dead Can Dance cover)
It’s always a bold step when deciding to take on a cover. You delve into a world of criticism much larger than your own fan base, taking on the original artist and their fans as well. While that task can seem daunting for any artist’s work, special consideration has to be taken on when considering covering a Dead Can Dance song. With an incredibly worldly approach to music, fusing together African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock, a cover of their work could seem overwhelming, to say the least.
Luckily for us, Brooklyn-based tribal pop duo Manicanparty not only gave us a modern interpretation of “Rakim”, but also crafted it in a way that would make Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry proud. Effortlessly carrying the memory of the original song through booming African drums, that unforgettable melody, and Jess Corazza’s sunning vocals, this coveted tune can now be revived to be enjoyed and appreciated with younger generations of music lovers.
In a world of what’s next, what’s new, what’s hip, and what’s trending, we applaud Manicanparty for taking a step back and reflecting on musical influences that helped shape some of the artists that we’ve come to know and love.
Break My Fall (M O N A R C H Remix)
Nineteen days and over a hundred thousand plays. It’s truly remarkable what can come of an artist’s debut song these days. The internet is a beautiful thing for sharing music, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.
As we mentioned above, the original version of “Break My Fall” was the debut track from the newly formed indie pop act, Golden Coast, who have a cheerful pop presence adored by the blogosphere. This tune carries a formidable swagger perfect for your summertime playlists, rife with upbeat synthesized melodies and playful guitar riffs.
After already having seen tremendous success by way of remix, this tune saw Hype Machine glory courtesy of Rainer and Grimm. Today we’re hoping to share a similar success story with M O N A R C H, comprised of Brennan Strawn, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett, and Joel Plotnik.
With slow-paced percussion and a melody worthy of the best 80′s movie climax scene, “Break My Fall” gets a face lift, sporting some industrial, post-punk undertones. Cinematic in nature, this remix is a nice change of pace when looked at side-by-side with the earlier mentioned interpretation. While it still maintains elements from the memorable original, new light is shined through with this creative remix.
Spontaneity can be such a beautiful thing, yet we get so wrapped up in our schedules, jobs, tasks, whatever, we sometimes forget to free up time for the wonderful unknown. Sure, its hard to break free from our security and predictable moments, but we could be missing out on something that will forever change our world for the better. So might we suggest starting off small. Like….Be spontaneous and dig deeper into an artist featured on the Indie Dojo. Who knows what might happen! You can like them so much you decide to scope out a show in your area, meet the person of your dreams in the front row, and ride off into the sunset with a mutual love for the same band. Hey….it’s totally possible. A beautiful world can be created in the simple spontaneity.
Vampire On My Fridge
Just as we were beginning to grow weary of the countless–although excellent–remixes of her last single, “Drowning,” BANKS decided to bless her fans with some breathtaking new material, unleashing “Beggin For Thread” earlier today. With this latest effort, the talented songstress can safely add yet another notch to her belt, continuing to prove why she’s one of the premiere names at the forefront of pop music. Opting for a much quicker tempo than we’re used to, BANKS still brings much of the same raw energy and aggression in her vocals, producing an addicting melody through the use of zippy synths and reverberating percussion.
As BANKS continues to impress us with each and every release, it makes the wait for Goddess that much more unbearable. Luckily, we’ll have this song to to help occupy the time until the album comes out on September 9th.
Tennis Court (Diplo's Andre Agassi Remix)
Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly stomach another ace serving of “Tennis Courts” from New Zealand-based Lorde, this legendary Edgewater producer, better known as Diplo, comes out of left field.
Often considered one of the most influential trendsetters in the music industry, Diplo has taken on a tune that so many of us were pretty much over, giving it another set of legs. Not that we ever had anything against the truly remarkable youngster’s rise to fame, but one can only handle so much of a good thing.
With this particular interpretation, we’re offered up some booming 808 hits and rolling high hat hits that give this tune a fresh, new, trap-style persona. While it has an entirely new look and feel, this remix still holds onto essential connections to the original, giving us a new way to enjoy a song that was once played out.
Bravo, Diplo. Bravo.
While we might be a few days late to the party on this one, there was just no way we couldn’t feature Oslo electro-pop troupe Lemaitre and their latest single “Wait”; which features an alluring vocal from LOLO. A single from their forthcoming EP Singularity , due out tomorrow, July 22; “Wait” jumps off immediately with a subdued funk-guitar riff and classic piano stabs before bursting open behind LOLO’s exquisitely primed vocal track and huge snare kick. Structurally Lemaitre employs a very pop leaning backbone, but just past the tune’s halfway point, a heavy, but welcome dose of electro synth ushers in a high energy apex that meshes just wonderfully with LOLO’s infectious chorus. There just is simply nothing we can do but start dancing along to this one, which is also the reason it’s a Monday must have today. Lemaitre’s Singularity EP drops via Astralwerks, also home to Porter Robinson, Mat Zo and more TMN favorites, so be ready to get your hands on this one tomorrow.
There is an endless supply of inspirational quotes we could use to lead you into TeamMate’s story. You know those quotes. They’re the ones that your friends post on your timeline or text to you when you’ve gone through a rough experience. The funny thing is, these quotes have a strong ring of truth in this particular situation.
– It’s always darkest before dawn.
- Everything happens for a reason.
- Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
Spawning out of an unlikely situation, Scott Simons and Dani Buncher founded this two-piece indie pop act out of a break up. It all started when the two, who were boyfriend and girlfriend for a decade, were talking about growing old together. At that time, Dani felt the need to admit something, coming out to her long time boyfriend. Fast forward four years, and an intense connection and mutual love for making music helped them revive and rework their relationship, which is what we’re witnessing with TeamMate.
If we couldn’t be partners, we were going to be teammates. – Scott Simons
Today’s release is following on the heels of “Don’t Count Me Out” which featured a novel approach to sharing their lyrics with their fans via Souncloud comments. While that was an impressive way to engage fans with their music, today is all about “Goldmine,” which is a synth-driven thrill ride worth listening to on repeat.
With soaring synths harmonizing perfectly with Simons’ vocals, this song sports an intense and energetic tempo carried by Buncher’s percussion work. Fast-paced hi-hat hits mixed in over rolling toms making this song the antithesis of laid back indie rock, taking on a delightfully charged-up synth pop persona instead. The end result is something noteworthy, drawing on comparisons of Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, and The Naked and Famous.
One can’t help but get completely taken away in the engaging pop structure, easily envisioning enjoying this infectious anthem at one of the many festivals that this duo is sure to be getting booked at in the near future.