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

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Music does something for our souls. Something magical, something memorable, something we all can’t live without. Which is why we are happy to bring you a plethora of songs on the daily. We are happy making you happy with something that makes us all happy. Happiness! Yay!

St Paul & The Broken Bones
Sugar Dyed
Pepa Knight
Rahh!
Sky Wallace
Dead Things PT II
Linus Young
City Of Sin
THIEF
Dont Let Go (En Vogue Cover)
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[The Love Playlist] Indie Songs for Lovers Vol. 2 (70+ Tracks)

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As we slowly wake up from our hibernation laden winter, we’re gleefully looking ahead to spirited adventures with that special someone. There’s something about it, isn’t there? The warm weather. The flowers. The waves slowly lapping against the shores. Some people may argue that summer is the best time to be single, but we know all of you hopeless romantics out there disagree, as you patiently wait for the grand-scale plans that you have laid out.

Back in 2012 we released our first “Indie Songs for Lovers” playlist with a resounding appreciation from you all. While we may have missed the boat last year, we’re back at it again with a heart-warming selection of over 70 tracks that will leave your lover swooning.

Starting with accoustic folk, this playlist will take you on a journey through poppy indie rock all the way to some smooth rolling beats to set the mood.

Press play and get lost in love, ninjas.

James Vincent McMorrow
Cavalier
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Dawn Golden
All I Want
Josh Record
For Your Love
Josh and Mer
All Was Right
Panama
Always
Josh and Mer
From The Sea
Frett
Porcelain
I Know Leopard
She
Imaginary Future
The Thick and the Thin
Few Bits
Shell
The Last Song
Tom Misch & Carmody
Joel Baker
Every Vessel Every Vein
Blue Stahli
Ghost of Love (David Lynch cover)
RY X
VAMPIRES

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[NEW] Miguel – Bennie And The Jets (Feat. Wale) (Elton John Cover)

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Bennie and the Jets

In order to celebrate the anniversary of his landmark album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, music legend Elton John is preparing to release a deluxe edition of the timeless project over 40 years later. Along with a 100-page hardcover book, a CD of live performances, and a DVD of the 1973 film Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, fans can also expect the repackaging to include a tribute CD that features nine other accomplished artists tasked with providing a modern take on a few of the album’s classics.

The first of these commissioned covers comes from the unlikely duo of Miguel and Wale, who take more than a few liberties with their revision of “Bennie And The Jets.” While remnants of the original remain, Miguel adds his own flair to the redesign, complete with a roaring backbeat, potent guitar riffs, and peerless falsetto that stay true to the contemporary crooner’s typical style. Wale meanwhile, chips in with a smooth verse of his own (one that Chance The Rapper would be very proud of) that really helps provide this version of the single with its own identity.

Set for release next Tuesday, March 25th, the record will also include covers from Fall Out Boy, Ed SheeranEmeli Sandé and more. Pre-orders can be found here.

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[Chill/Pop] Roosevelt – Small Hours (John Martyn Cover)

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Cologne upstart Roosevelt has been a blip on our ambitious radar for over a year, notably behind this writer’s favorite EP of 2013 Elliot, but today he’s peeled back yet another layer of production prowess, offering a smooth cover of John Martyn’s 1977 classic “Small Hours” which begs the attention of an entire blogosphere. Roosevelt cuts the original running time down significantly, routing his cover with a syrupy sweet downtempo melody and a focus on perhaps one of the most beautiful chorus line we’ve consumed in eons. “Keep on Lovin’ while your love is strong/Keep on lovin’ til your love is gone…away” may be simplistic on paper, but such a highly emotive vocal sang by Roosevelt stirred our pot in the perfect direction and adds an entire new dimension of depth to the ambient original. “Small Hours” is being pushed as a single on Joe Goddard’s tastemaking imprint Greco-Roman, and judging by the fact that we adore most anything from their camp, we were plenty excited that they were the genius music minds behind its release. So stream Roosevelt’s cover of “Small Hours” above, slink back somewhere comfy and let this absolutely gorgeous tune point you in the right direction.

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ZHU – Moves Like Ms Jackson (Pete Tong BBC Radio 1 Rip)

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A lot of speculations around this flawless Cover of Outkast, but we finely have an official confirmation from the none other than Pete Tong. Some were saying this could have been Disclosure, so that’s saying a lot of the caliber of this new sensation ZHU. It’s safe to say that everything this guy touches turns to gold, and we can’t wait for more releases. Just in case you missed his most recent Original release “Superfriends”, take a listen. Cheers.

DOWNLOAD the full version here. 

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Marika Hackman – ’81 (Joanna Newsom Cover) [TMN RESIDENT VIDEO PREMIERE]

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'81 (Joanna Newsom cover)

As we slowly waltz through the winter months, bundled up with the simple pleasures in life, we’re warmly comforted by our favorite music, softly carrying us to a sunnier, more embraceable time. Something about the familiar lyrics help ease the bitter cold, whether we’re willing to admit it or not.

Marika Hackman certainly knows this, consistently providing listeners with words easily associated with and fondly appreciated time and time again. When she’s not providing her own lyrics, she’s busy covering another notable harp-adorned female storyteller, which is what we have for you today.

Hailing out of the UK, February Resident Marika Hackman has graced us with the pleasure of premiering her live accoustic cover of the ever-so-talented harpist, Joanna Newsom. In this take on “’81″, we’re immediately ready to head to the “Garden of Eden” with Marika, as she calmly reinterprets this folk classic.

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[NEW] The Weeknd – Drunk In Love (Cover)

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Drunk In Love (The Weeknd Remix)

Just when we thought we were done with the remixes, this happens. In honor of his 24th year on this earth, The Weeknd decided to celebrate the only way he knows how: by dropping his own rendition of “Drunk In Love.” In true Abel fashion, the Canadian crooner replaces the intoxication of the original with his typical musings about drug use and debauchery. With a completely original beat and fresh lyrics, The Weeknd furthers the concept of the record through his own inspiration, bringing the song to a whole different level. Grab a free download of the single above, and make sure to send your birthday wishes Abel’s way.

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