[NEW] The xx – On Hold


After teasing fans with mysterious clips on their Spotify page, The xx have officially returned today with a stunning new single and an album on the way. During their 3 year hiatus, die-hard fans (myself included) could take solace in In Colour, the debut solo outing from Jamie xx, the trio’s masterful producer. On that project, Jamie got a chance to depart from the somber sound of his band delving deeper into the elements of dance music he had already subtly showcased on The xx’s first two albums. With the help of an incredible Idris Muhammad sample, Jamie xx and bandmate Romy Croft crafted one of 2015’s best songs with “Loud Places,” which held a triumphant, uplifting vibe unlike anything we’d heard from the group.

As I speculated and waited for new music, I couldn’t help but wonder how Jamie’s ‘colour’ might impact The xx’s 3rd album. Today we get the answer with “On Hold”–the perfect marriage between The xx’s heart-wrenching aura and Jamie’s matured sound. While the song features complex, 4×4 percussion, Jamie employs filters and dramatic pads to make room for his bandmates’ signature reverb-ed guitar and heart breaking vocals. As the song approaches its most stark moment, the chorus erupts with an irresistible Hall & Oates sample that oozes pure joy.

At it’s core “On Hold” tells the tale of letting someone go and the disappointment of them moving on, but its potent chorus offers a light at the end of the tunnel–one that was just flickering on their last album, Coexist. 

I See You, the third studio album from The xx, is out on January 13th via Young Turks–you can pre-order it here. We’ll have this one on repeat while we wait.

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Mansell – Mantra [ALBUM PREMIERE]


This day, if any, should be a reminder to focus on the things that bring us together, rather than those that divide us. For our team, music is the first thing that we turned to this morning, knowing it’s an essential fiber that connects people all across the globe. Music brings joy. And, we feel that discovering a new artist can carry even more jubilation, which is why we do what we do.

Some may have have already caught wind of Atlanta-based Mansell from their debut single release, which found its way to the #7 spot on Hype Machine’s twitter charts just a few weeks ago. However, we’re probably safe to assume that this is your first experience with this budding, young act.

Mantra is a seven-track collection (eight, if you count the brief intro), and is a capricious blend of both upbeat and melancholy indie rock. One thing is constant throughout, though, which is an alluring blend of big, emphatic basslines, wavering guitar riffs, and memorable lyrics.

It’s a record of consciousness. Specifically within ourselves, our environment and people in our lives, as well as our perception of the world as it was all expanding in various ways. Dissecting it all and wondering what it’s all made of and what it will make for us later on.

We certainly appreciated the piece as a whole, but we did have a few favorites from the bunch, as well. “Ghosts” is the perfect track to welcome you into their sound. Providing ample energy right out of the gates, it should call on some associations of acts like Two Door Cinema Club and older Bloc Party. Splashy cymbals, beautiful vocal harmonies, and clean and properly placed guitar work accentuate the lyrics and interesting vocal cadence perfectly, giving an entertaining ride throughout.

We could certainly go on about other selections we’re particularly enjoying, but we’d rather you just dive in head first and listen for yourself. After you’re done, make sure to head over and pre-order Mantra on iTunes. It’s dropping this Friday, so you won’t have long until you can add this into your personal collection.

’Walking On Bank Street’
’A Love Immodest’
’Character Portrait’
’A Note 2 Myself’
’King Pleasure’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (November 2016 Round #2)

Some very big decisions are being made today, so we’ll keep it easy for you. Here’s an Indie Dojo. Listen if you want, skip it if you don’t. We respect your decision either way.

’Pierce Fulton – Echo Lake’
’Skout – Good Things’
’Douglas Dare – Doublethink’
’Fil Bo Riva – Killer Queen’
’Ghost Lion – Broken Glass’
’Mat Hunsley – Fires’
’Harry Permezel – Dance’
’Rob Drabkin – Someday”‘
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Seven Lions x Echos – Cold Skin (Preview) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]


With the close of October just a few days back in our rearview, it’s time for us to part ways with our Resident Artist. We’ve covered everything with him, from the finest craft brews, to his tour complete with a brand new stage design, to the best in head-banging metal. We’ve certainly enjoyed everything up until this point, but we still have one more trick up our sleeve to wrap up one hell of a month.

Even though Seven Lions is out on the road, he’s offering up a sneak preview at his brand new track. Out on 11/9 via Monstercat, “Cold Skin” is a collaboration with Portland-based, live-electronic duo Echos. With some absolutely stunning vocals, courtesy of Lexi from Echos, and a seamless fusion of the two artists’ musical styles, we can say with certainty that this one is going to be big.

While today is just a taste of what’s to come, it will be more than enough to hook you in. Take a listen below and get ready for a serious case of blue ears. If you’re not familiar with that term just yet, you will be shortly.

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Bryde – Transparent [TMN PREMIERE]


Like the genial embrace from a loved one, “Transparent” completely envelops you within seconds, welcoming you in with open arms in the form of subtle fingerpicking and softly-sung vocals. It’s a familiar feeling. Warm and inviting, it’s seemingly the perfect thing to fill whatever void you’re experiencing.

Or, at least, that’s what I experienced while listening to this single from London-based Bryde. Don’t worry if you don’t find yourself in the same boat, however, I strongly feel that you will. Conversely, other songs on her upcoming debut EP bring forth a myriad of different influences, which subsequently induce other experiential emotions. From blues to indie rock, EP2 is certainly filled with a wide breadth of musical dexterity.

“Transparent,” though, is the one that called out to me. Her voice is both delicate and powerful, casually alternating between bold, projected notes, and gorgeously carried out falsettos. Couple those with the anthemic build-ups created by cinematic instrumentals, and you’ve got quite the listening experience on your hands.

If you’re feeling this, and we’re sure you are, we highly recommend catching her live at any one of the shows below:
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Seven Lions Gets Metal with TMN [EXCLUSIVE PLAYLIST]


Before you get all up in arms about us featuring metal, take a deep breath, relax those fingers hovering above your keyboard, and delete that comment you were about to post below. You’re correct in assessing that we don’t really post metal. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find much on our site, outside of some instrumental post-metal or a handful of heavy dubstep remixes. However, our dojo does have a few metalheads in it, myself included.

But, none of that really matters. This month is all about our Resident Artist, Seven Lions. If you’ve paid any attention to him through the years, you know he has deep adoration for blazing fast, intricate guitar work, head-banging breakdowns, and guttural growls. With that in mind, we asked him to put together a playlist of some of his favorite metal songs.

So, stretch out that neck, throw on your headphones, and get ready to rock.

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With Halloween now in the rearview, we’re unfortunately forced to embrace the upcoming winter months. As the snow starts to fall, plenty of music lovers turn to darker tunes to match the bleak, dormant landscapes, and chilling winds that force us into layer upon layer of clothing. For those of you who shun the colder months, choosing an angsty approach, we have the perfect tune for you.

PLAZA is only three tracks into their career, today’s included, and they’ve already cemented quite the stamp on the industry. With support from BBC Radio 1, Radio X, and Amazing Radio, as well as countless online tastemakers, this teenage 4-piece isn’t showing any signs of slowing up. Especially with what we believe is their best track yet, premiering here, today.

“Youth” comes to life with emphatic snare hits, welcoming in vocals reminiscent of some of our favorite 80s New Wave artists. Yet, those brooding lyrics and hazy vocal treatments are nicely balanced out by soaring guitar work and crashing percussion. The end result is a sonic treat you’ll want to hold onto throughout the winter and beyond.

PLAZA will be releasing “Youth” this Friday through Beyond the Wall. Follow them on Facebook so you can keep pace with this release, as well as future recordings and shows.

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