It’s been a long time since Voli has appeared on our radar. Last time we heard from the talented emcee he was tearing apart the instrumental for Drake’s “5 AM In Toronto.” Finally emerging from his cocoon a year and a half later though, it’s obvious that the Jersey native has evolved into something much more.
After getting a chance to listen through his upcoming album The Wall, it’s safe to say Voli can no longer be simply referred to as a rapper. That’s not a knock on his skills behind the mic, rather it’s an allusion to the fact that his musical aspirations align with being something transcendent. Nowhere is this more apparent than with his brand new single, “The Wander Years.” Our best descriptor for the powerfully uplifting piece would be electro-reggae-pop-rock, but there’s really no true way to define it. One thing that is abundantly clear is that Voli spent his months away honing a sound that’s distinctly unique, allowing him to craft meaningful music that draws influence from a variety of different genres and is able to connect with a broad audience.
“The Wander Years” is the type of record that inspires you to abandon conventions and rebel to stand up for what is yours. Though, if you have a little trouble figuring out what exactly that entails, the gifted musician may be able to help,
Being a rebel is as simple as doing what you honestly want to do. As an artist you’re constantly putting yourself out there for major criticism. Me, personally—I’m stubborn. The second someone tells me I can’t do something or that I’m not good at something, I’m going to prove them wrong. That’s where the rebellion comes in. I don’t think it has to be tied to anger—for me, it’s not. I’m just gonna do what I’m gonna do. People are always gonna try to fit you into their little box, but you can’t let that happen. You can’t let anyone else determine what kind of artist you should be.
Listen to the track above, and make sure to check out Voli’s upcoming album, The Wall, which you can pre-order on iTunes before it drops on February 24th
Toro y Moi‘s Anything in Return was easily one of our favorite albums of 2013, remaining in heavy rotation well over a year later. After taking a brief hiatus from Toro to focus on Les Sins in 2014, Chaz Bundick recently announced that he will be putting out a new Toro y Moi album later this year. Today, we get the first single from the project, which was first premiered yesterday on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. “Empty Nesters” carries the care-free, breezy vibrations we’ve come to expect from Toro y Moi, but relies more heavily on guitar melodies than usual resulting in a winning combination of slacker pop and funk. Bundick has proven himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and “Empty Nesters” seems to be yet another iteration in his artistic evolution. Enjoy this one above–Toro y Moi’s What for? is due out on April 7th via Carpark Records.
Don't Stop Believin' (MYNGA Remix)
MYNGA recently decided to tackle a remix of, let’s be honest here, one of the best sing-a-long songs of all time. Journey‘s Don’t Stop Believin’ just got the house treatment. Maintaining the iconic piano progression and Steve Perry’s dynamite vocals, MYNGA goes for a classic house sound, filled to the brim with Pjanno-esque stabs, a fresh lead guitar section, and, of course, “IN THE NIIIIIIIIIIGHT!” Updates to classic rock songs can be met with hesitation a lot of the time and are hard to pull off, but MYNGA manages to find a perfect medium in keeping the energy of the original while adding their own flair as well. Snag that free download and sing away!
Ever come across a sound so memorably pleasant that you just have to pause for a second and tune in with full attention? You’re in for a special treat today. Cape Mandala, an indie band based off of Orange County California, just released their second EP titled Anamnesis, which is a project perfectly showcasing the group’s ever-changing sound and talents. With hints of psych rock, indie and electropop, the 4-song EP is Cape Mandala’s stepping stone to defining their sound and character.
The lo-fi approach of these tracks accentuates the indie elements of the group by giving it a rather summery vibe. The instrumentals are closely detailed, simple in general yet complex in rhythm. They possess a retrograding sound reminiscent of old times, but feels refreshing the more you listen to it. The opener, “Disorder’s Here”, screams resemblance of the sound of Future Islands, which always carries us back in time and ponder. Though short in length, these tunes will be stapled in your mind as time goes by.
If you like a fusion of indie and psych rock, make sure to follow Cape Mandala, as they’re set to make a name for themselves in 2015 with the release of Anamnesis. Let your emotions marinade for a second and listen to the EP below.
Day Wave, the solo project of So-Cal indie-pop duo Carousel‘s vocal half- Jackson Philips, returns with another foggy, synth-driven cut “Total Zombie”. After dropping Day Wave’s debut single “Nothing At All” back in November, this time around, Day Wave’s focus seems to play a bit more pensive than his debut. Being a classically trained musician (and a highly trained one at that) clearly translates into a structural mastery of a multitude of music genres as well as the ability to turn out an addictive pop-riff masked in sterling instrumentation. “Total Zombie” playfully broods about behind a waxy, reverb laden guitar; intermingling with Philips’ gospel infused refrain harmoniously. It seems like the leak of recent Day Wave singles may be leading up to an EP or LP release, and you can bet your bottom Benjamins that we’ll be on top of all things Day Wave as they accumulate. Stream “Total Zombie” above.
Good, independent alternative tunes should never be in short supply, and thanks to newcomers like HUNNY, they never will be. This Cali-based sextet swings onto the scene with the upbeat force and swagger of a crunchier and more in your face Franz Ferdinand, and they waste no time in developing a catchy melody and upbeat demeanor with the new single, “Cry For Me.” Here we have a remedy for those winter blues with a song that not only is danceable, but a good time on every listen with unlimited replay value. HUNNY is beginning on a strong note for their SoundCloud debut, and we eagerly await their next unveiling. Hopefully, we’ll be able to grab a download in the near future, but until then, show these guys some love and let them know what you think!
All Over (Bear//Face Remix)
Part of our philosophy here at TMN is to give every sound a chance. As a pretty diverse blog, not limiting our music selection to a specific genre, we tend to receive a fairly large amount of submissions. But one thing we will promise is every single submission is heard.
As a result of the music assortment we provide, there are many occasions that we find an original track we fall in love with, and not much later we start receiving remix submissions with quite different takes on that same song. Only a few months ago we posted CRUISR’s indie rock piece, “All Over.” Today we bring you Bear//Face’s remix. Taking the original, which emanates nothing but Cali vibes, Bear//Face gives it euphoric, dream-like make-over that puts your ears in a musical nirvana.
If you like what you hear, make sure to catch CRUISR on their tour with X Ambassadors! Check out the tour dates below.
1/14 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
1/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
3/11 – Covington, KY @ The Madison Theatre*
3/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa*
3/14 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s*
(* with X Ambassadors)