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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[Melodic House] Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody feat. Jasmine Thompson

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Ain't Nobody (feat. Jasmine Thompson)

At just 18 years old, Felix Jaehn has already marketed himself as someone to keep an eye on. With an impressive track record behind him, Felix continues to set the bar for both veteran and rookie house producers in todays game. After a successful run with his latest release, “Shine”, we here TMN fell in love with Felix’s style of production and have been anxiously awaiting his internet takeover. Well, the wait is finally over, ninjas, because today we are happy to share his newest release and it’s one helluva track.

Just moments ago, Felix Jaehn dropped a tropical rendition of Chaka Khan’s famous song, “Ain’t Nobody” which features the lovely vocals of Jasmine Thompson. We all are familiar with “Ain’t Nobody” considering it’s a timeless classic, however, the combination of Felix’s tropical-esque vibes and Jasmine Thompson’s dreamy voice makes this song sound like it is an entirely original piece in and of itself. We are very impressed with Felix and his music and we cannot wait to see what this melodic house hot-throb has in store for us in the future. Grab your free download today and make yourself a piña colada because hey, it’s summer and why not vibe out to some tropical goodness on this lovely Monday afternoon!

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Cassie – Me & U (Kito & Reija Lee Cover) [TMN Premiere]

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Me & U (Cassie Cover)

Kito & Reija Lee joined forces just around the age of thirteen, and their passion for music blossomed together. Between their releases on Skream‘s Disfigured Dubz and Diplo‘s Mad Decent, Kito & Reija Lee have been making some insane progress. They have a huge variety in their list of inspiring artists, but two to prove so are Kate Bush and J Dilla. Kito & Reija Lee are now signed to Payday/Ultra Records, which you will be hearing their new album “II” on. You can preorder that album, but until then enjoy Kito & Reija Lee’s magnificent “Me & U” cover.

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[TMN Premiere] The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves (Strange Babes Cover)

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If I say The Naked and Famous, that already is enough to get you excited right? Well of course it is. The wonderful Auckland group are releasing a deluxe version of In Rolling Waves today with pre-orders starting July 17th. In honor of that, N&F is letting you get a little taste of the remixes to come.

Another Auckland group, Strange Babes, covered In Rolling Waves with their own unique sound. A blend of Indie melodies with a hint of rock acoustics, the band makes this song roll along with a wave like feel. With some hippy like chimes that give the song an intoxicating taste, the melody takes us on a wavelength of divine interpretation of this invigorating piece.

Sit back and close your eyes, this is one psychedelic musical ride.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #4)

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It’s officially Summa Summa Summa time. Time to sit back, unwind and listen to an Indie Dojo.

Ten Fold Rabbit
Warm Wave
The Ransom Collective
Fools
Bride & Groom
Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon Cover)
Falls
Home
Baked
Mick Jagger
Amarante
One Last Time

 

 

 

 

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #2)

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How many times a month do you completely shut off from the world? No phone calls, no emails, no text messages, no nothing. Just you, yourself, and maybe an awesome playlist playing in the background. Hardly ever you say? Well here it is….Your opportunity to hang out with yourself for a little while. We promise it’s not that bad.

Our Mother
Fire Fire
Blackbird Blackbird
Rare Candy
Kimberly Anne
Show Me Love
Hugo
Dark Days
Beat Connection
Silver Screen (Slight Return)
She The Monster
Dream
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2014 Round #3)

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Change isn’t something we welcome with open arms most of the time, but it’s not always such a bad thing. Who cares if you don’t like indie, folk, cover songs, or indie folk cover songs for that matter. Let’s embrace a little change of genre in your life today. Look at it this way, the Indie Dojo is like a box of non-edible indie songs, you never know what you’re gonna get or what you’re gonna like.

Nasimiyu
even in the dark
Lake South
Good Keen Man
Asaf Avidan
Cyclamen
Eliza Shaddad
Waters
Henry Green
My Number (Foals Cover)
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