[Soul] The Internet – Special Affair

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The Internet Music
Special Affair

The Internet, an Odd Future-affiliated band spear-headed by Syd and Matt Martian, have continued expanding on their neo-soul, funk-influenced style since first hitting the scene back in 2011. With two studio albums out, The Internet are already a step ahead of similar groups that have been popping up as of late, and the polished sound on their latest single certainly reflects that. Keeping genre boundaries as ambiguous as ever, “Special Affair” contrasts with some of The Internet’s more complex compositions proving a minimalistic tune fueled by a down-tempo, organic bass line and Syd’s silky, seductive vocals. As its name suggest, the track is a lustful and intoxicating ballad that, once again, demonstrates that, with Syd on the mic it’s virtually impossible to falter. On The Fader‘s premiere, Syd talked a bit about stepping out of her comfort zone with this late-night anthem:

I wasn’t sure I was the one who wanted to say those lyrics. With our first two albums, I don’t really say fuck what’s in your phone, let me take you home. It took me being like, so what? I’m 23, this is what I’m supposed to be talking about, this is how I’m supposed to be feeling. Our group is so funny, because people don’t even realize it’s a girl singing about a girl.

Along with “Special Affair,” The Internet’s also announced their upcoming third studio album, Ego Death, which drops June 30th and can be pre-ordered here.

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Bad Suns – Transpose (Leo Kalyan Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Bad Suns
Transpose (Leo Kalyan Remix)

Looking back, we first stumbled across Bad Suns all the way back in 2013. Now, with both an EP and LP out, a few tours under their belt, and plenty of radio play, it’s easy to understand how they hit such an incredible trajectory so early in their career. One of the songs that helped them get to this point is “Transpose,” which boasts the band’s affinity for post-punk sounds.

Today, we have a fresh, new look at this widely revered song, as remixer Leo Kalyan steps in to provide a new perspective. Downtempo in nature, this remix parallels frontman Christo Barrow’s haunting vocals, featuring echoing atmospheric elements, a slow, sultry beat, and some harpsichord-style synths. At times, we’re brought into the intensity from the original, yet the calming instrumentals continually provide the unique take Kalyan took to it.

This remix is officially out today and is offered up as a free download.

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[Feel Good] Jackson Breit feat. Sophia – Tell Me Something Good (prod. by Carneyval)

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Tell Me Something Good (prod. by Carneyval feat. Sophia)

We don’t know about you guys, but we’re ready to kick off our shoes, lace up our boardshorts, and lie by the pool with a frosty adult beverage. It’s warm and sunny out here in Denver and now we have this shimmering, summertime tune to accompany us.

We’ve been a fan of this Virginia Beach silky-smooth vocalist for quite some time, with posts reaching all the way back to 2012. Some were remixes with original vocals, some were just straight up originals, but one thing was always constant – that goddamn gorgeous voice.

Today’s track is a soulful, gospel-inspired tune featuring vocalist Sophia and a repeat appearance by Carneyval. It rides along the familiarity of Rufus’ original, with the borrowed choruses that will have you singing along in an instant. The verses are all new though, courtesy of Mr. Breit.

If you’re at work, please don’t hold us, Jackson Breit, Sophia, or Careyval accountable for your intense need to get up and head outside. If you do though, make sure to keep this on repeat for a bit.

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Matthew and Me – Kitsune [TMN PREMIERE]

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Kitsune

A few times a week, we’re overwhelmingly taken back by an artist. There’s just something about them, whether it be songwriting ability, vocal finesse, instrumental prowess, or a combination of sorts. Today is one of those moments, as we’re introduced to the UK-based five-piece, Matthew and Me.

Harnessing multiple impressive ear-grabbing elements, “Kitsune” is a cinematic journey complete with a harmonious balance between gorgeously building ethereal verses and a head-nodding, intensified chorus. It beckons on other progressive rock journeymen, like one of our all-time favs, Mogwai, yet brings another layer into the mix with the soft and alluring vocal tone of their front man.

“Kitsune” was surprisingly recorded in the band’s home studio with Co-Producer Chris Bond. If you’d like to hear it live, which we certainly do now, you can catch them at one of their upcoming shows below.

LIVE DATES:
4th July – Blissfields, Winchester
26th July – Somersault Festival, North Devon District
30th July – Port Eliot Festival, Tideford

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Joy Atlas – Dismount [TMN PREMIERE]

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Dismount

The past few weeks have provided some deep, introspective thought into the music blogging industry. One of the main currents in every stream we’ve had is how much pride and enjoyment we take in debuting an artist. We’ve done it countless times, agreeing to showcase the very first public sound from an artist, to be honest, there’s nothing quite more gratifying than doing so.

Today we have an infectious future pop tune from Newcastle-based four-piece Joy Atlas. “Dismount” radiates with casual pop influences, yet maintains a quirky, personable, and unique vibe as well. One of the more attractive qualities to this new act is the playful cadence from the lead singer, who is carving out her own style from the get go. Instrumentally, the vocals are carried through with an impressive bassline, a spattering of glowing synths, and some understated percussion.

Overall, it engages in the way that we hope all pop songs do, making us bob our head and sing along. It’s even catchy to the point that this blogger wouldn’t be embarrassed belting it out at a stoplight. And yes, this blogger is a guy.

Check this quote we pulled from the band’s facebook. You can tell they’re excited to get this out to the public, and we’re excited we were the ones to do it.

After months of furious writing (chuffing hummer, we’ve been fuming), vigorous recording (much bonding and bouncing) and many cups of rum-spiked tea (it’s medicinal), we’re finally ready to fling open our musical doors and share new music with you all; we are JOY ATLAS.
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2015 Round #1)

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We admit. It can be pretty hard finding good music sometimes. Even with the saturation of internet, it can feel like you are floating in a big black hole of deafening silence. Until you remember that the Indie Dojo’s got your back. Our tireless ears and bomb ass internet search tactics will be here for you no matter what dark holes you float into. Cause if you didn’t already know, Ninjas do it better in the dark.

Songs of Water
11 Miles
Tyler Lyle
Ditchdigger
The Floral Wham Trams
Your Own Mind
Mirror Signal
All Along
MIYNT
Baby One More Time
Henry Green
Do You Know
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[Indie] Feed Me Jack – Twice (Little Dragon Cover)

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Twice (Little Dragon Cover)
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Reelin In The Years (Steely Dan Cover)

As they prepare to release their upcoming EP, Oakland-based Feed Me Jack put out a phenomenal collection of covers last night. With Little DragonSteely DanWeezer and more included, the 5-track project showcases Feed Me Jack’s experimental indie rock and versatile musicianship to perfection. As with all great covers, the songs are complete re-imaginations that take each song to unique and exciting places.

Their take on Little Dragon’s “Twice,” our personal favorite, starts similarly to the original utilizing a beautiful acoustic backing, but around the 1-minute mark expands on that initial melody falling into a blissful guitar jam. It’s the type of song that only gets better the longer you listen–after repeating the chorus it once again erupts into a gorgeously composed outro. Feed Me Jack’s take on Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years,” another stand-out, transforms the original into an airy, guitar-layered jam session mixed in with flawless horns. Add in some goofy ad-libs, and it captures FMJ’s breezy quirkiness making for a completely different listen than the classic original.

It’s interesting hearing a young band like FMJ, who’s musicianship gives them freedom to take on endless sonic endeavors, truly establishing a sound. It’s even more intriguing that they’re able to do so while covering other artists’ music. Feed Me Jack are currently working on originals for their next EP, which they expect to drop in August. Based on some of the experimentation we’re hearing on this project, we really can’t wait for what they have in store. You can pick up the full covers EP over at their Bandcamp page for free and check out our interview with them from a few months back here.

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