[Chill/Pop-House] Birdy – Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)

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Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)

At just 20 years of age, Sebastian Carter has shown us time and time again that musical  maturity should be merited on sound regardless of age or experience. The Swiss electronic producer’s music tends to carry an emotive weight and groove which would sail directly over some of his contemporary listeners’ collective heads; casting a stunning amount of crossover promise on the young artist’s career in the process. Already with stirring retouches of The 1975, Bad Suns, and Alt J along with a few addictive originals; today Carter’s taken Birdy’s cover of the Bon Iver staple “Skinny Love” and spun a tranquil web of house all over its pop leaning framework. With rising pads serving as a slow-burning build and simultaneous mood setting device, his airy synths are free to bubble their way to the surface while Birdy’s ethereal vocal stylings submerged in hazy reverb play as beautiful as ever amongst the wunderkind’s polished instrumentation. Sebastian Carter has certainly hit the mark again with this one, and we hope you’ll drift away with us for the four minute, alluring sonic expedition.

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[Alternative] Paramore – Ain’t It Fun (Kavalier Cover) feat. Molly Williams

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Ain't It Fun (Kavalier Cover) feat. Molly Williams

We were just about to share a different song by Kavalier when this popped on our radar. Molly Williams has always dazzled us with her sublime talent but we were blown away when she made the pop crossover and joined Kavalier on this Paramore cover. “Ain’t It Fun” maintains the upbeat, airy vibe of the original, however something must be said of Sean and Jake’s reconstruction of this track, especially the almost distorted bassline by Sean. This is just one of many features in their cover series so be sure to keep tabs on the Kavalier boys as well as the gorgeous Molly Williams.
 

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[Festival Review] TMN Dives Into Denver’s Underground Music Showcase

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The UMS Main Stage (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

If you’re wondering whether or not Colorado’s music scene is embodied solely by bass-heavy barons devastating Red Rocks on a regular basis, or the constant national and international accolades given to Beta Nightclub year after year, you can stop that right now. While much of the Mile High City’s music scene’s notoriety falls into those two aforementioned venues, The UMS flexed it’s mighty indie muscle two weekends ago, showing the city, the state, the nation, and the world that a handful of tiny venues deserves just as much attention.

Taking over one of Denver’s most prized neighborhoods, The UMS flooded the numerous dive bars, galleries, and restaurants that adorn the colorful South Broadway stretch. In a meticulous blend of some well known acts coupled with hyper-indie (so indie, even the hippest of your friends haven’t heard about them yet) there was more than enough to appease the auditory appetite of the thousands of festival goers that flooded the streets.

Knowing that there was too much music for one ninja to cover, we had to break up The UMS between two from our clan. Check out what Matty and Clayton experienced during their first full experience of this must-attend event.

Day 1, Thursday:

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CRL CRRL. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

While we couldn’t yet make it out in full force to the first night of Denver’s incredible Underground Music Showcase, we did manage to make it to one of our favorite electronic artist’s sets, with CRL CRRLL (pronounced Carl Carrell) at Blue Ice. An abbreviated set to say the least, CRL CRRLL managed to warp our minds through different texturized soundscapes played off of his bevy of machines, MIDI controllers and gadgets on stage through the 40 minute performance. This was the second time we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing him live, as he played our TMN presented show in Denver with Young & Sick (which if you haven’t heard his remix of their tune “Glass”, check it out below) and it seems in the short span of time, CRLCRRLL’s reached a more fluid, comfortable and mature stage presence.

Young & Sick Glass Remix By CRL CRRLL

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[Chill] Disclosure – Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)

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Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)

There’s no doubt that we’ve probably seen more Disclosure remixes than we know what to do with. They’re populating faster than a colony of rabbits, but fortunately for us, today’s find stands out far above the rest. Not only do we get a musically re-interpreted visualization of the UK duo’s monster hit, but we’re also getting a cover as well.

Taking a crack at re-working “Latch,” TEEMID, the Bordeaux-based DJ Producer, has fused in his affinity for the deeper and techier side of house music. Replacing the thumping, pronounced bassline and driving kicks with a smooth and atmospheric soundscape, he gives this remix a laid-back vibe that’s truly infectious.

While Sam Smith’s vocals were always something to marvel at, we actually applaud TEEMID for not pitching them down to match the tempo and vibe, instead bringing on a more suitable vocalist to perform a cover. Housed within the soft, echoing synths, Canadian vocalist Daniela Andrade shines. Her silky, wispy cover not only does justice in comparison to the original, but it also gives “Latch” an entirely new persona, and one we won’t quickly forget.

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[Future House] Swedish House Mafia – One (Autograf Cover)

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One (Cover)

It seems like the Tropical House wave has washed through our news feed and we’re perfectly content with it. Sometimes all you need is a little beachy bass line, some catchy congo drums, and a fruitful synth to get you in the mood for one more pina colada – hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. If anything, this kind of scenario is perfect for any day of the week, but after a hectic weekend at HARD Summer, we think it’s time to turn down for sleep and get ourselves back in sync with things.

Luckily for all of you ninjas, we seem to know a thing or two about curing those pounding headaches and achy feet with simply a press of a button. We’ve got your morning remedy from Future House enthusiast, Autograf. Yesterday he unleashed a beast of a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s legendary song, “One”. This Summer anthem will take you back to those intimate festival moments but on a less intense level like the original. Autograf gives this song a tropical touch that’s perfect for late night beach bonfires, pool parties, or lunch with dad – you pick and choose your setting. Grab up your free download today and surpass the monotony of Tuesday with a Summer song that’s sure to get you groovin’.

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[NEW] Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – Wonderful Everyday: Arthur

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Wonderful Everyday: Arthur

Chance The Rapper nearly broke the internet when he covered the Arthur theme song for the first time live at Sasquatch! Music Festival, putting a unique spin on the classic children’s tune. Now, as he prepares to take the stage at Lollapalooza this weekend, Chance has decided to reveal a far more polished version of the track that he’s been performing for a few months now. Although part of the hype around the release is fueled by nostalgia, Chance’s rendition is a beautiful song in its own right. Contrary to what his name may imply, the Chicago native has proven he’s more than just a rapper over his last few releases. Teaming up with an extremely talented cast that includes Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware, Elle Varner and more, Chance and crew craft a wonderful ballad that’s guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear by song’s end.

Listen to the single above, and make sure to check out Chance’s set on Sunday either live or via stream at the official Lollapalooza website.

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Manicanparty – Rakim (Dead Can Dance Cover)

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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.

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