[NEW] Nero – The Thrill

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The Thrill

Shortly after premiering their latest single on Annie Mac’s radio show, Nero have officially released  “The Thrill.” The UK veterans have continued to remain a relevant force in electronic music mixing the heavenly voice of Alana Watson with melodic electro and intense bass breakdowns.”The Thrill” carries on that sound bringing the vocals to the forefront before building into an infectious bass-heavy chorus. We don’t have much details yet on what they’ve got in the works for 2015 but this one’s a great sign if it’s any indication of what’s to come.

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[Mix] Kicks N Licks – REFILL

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Kicks N Licks
REFILL

Kicks N Licks are coming at us from the West Coast with a new mix called “REFILL.” Thirty minutes of banger after banger is what these two scrapped together, with tracks coming from acts like MUST DIE!, Barely Alive, Habstrakt, Jauz and Dabin. Aside from bringing in quality tracks from other producers, Kicks N Licks dish out some of their old music, as well as five of their own IDs and one complete ID that has no artist labeled with it. Electronic styles of music that are more hip-hop oriented (trap, twerk, dubstep) are mostly what you get within this mix that you can download for free. Anybody traveling to or from SXSW this week definitely should hop on this bad boy. If you’d like to see these guys live soon, check out their upcoming dates below, with more to be announced soon. Continue reading

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[Dubstep] Downlink & Twofold – Darkside

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Darkside

Everybody’s saying dubstep is dead, but they have yet to venture to the “Darkside.” We mean that both in a macro and micro sense, with the latter more specifically referring to this collaboration between Downlink and Twofold. You want heavy? You got it here. These guys don’t mess around one bit, bringing the gnarliest basses you can expect to find anywhere. The nuances of each have their own appetizing qualities that you just want to eat up for as long as you can. Rage hard, and don’t let up because there are no doubts that Downlink or Twofold held back nothing. Love having your face melted by the “Darkside?” Get yourself a copy of the Uplink Audio release.

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[Sunny] Joman – Paddy’s Theme (Ultimate Edition)

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Paddy's Theme: Ultimate Edition

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ninjas! In honor of this legendary drinking holiday, we’re paying tribute by highlighting one of our favorite fictional pubs, Paddy’s.

If you’re new to the site, you probably don’t remember when Denver-based producer/DJ Joman did an absolutely mind-blowing remix of “Day Man.” The song and accompanying video went viral, getting approving nods from everyone who heard it, including the cast. It’s been a few years since that came and went, but Joman is back again with another remix and video, and it’s just as good as the first.

Taking a crack at the “Paddy’s Theme”, this producer has once again impressed us and furthered our admiration for IASIP. Starting off with a firm grip on nostalgia experienced from 80’s TV sitcom intro songs, this remix walks in with the original score remembered from Charlie’s tune. From there, we’re welcomed into some rolling cymbal hits that bring in the iconic Joman electro house sounds we’ve become accustomed to. From there on, it’s an epic journey complete with ample samples from the cast and a heavy dubstep breakdown.

Raise a glass of green beer, press play on either the track or the video, and take a minute to salute all the glory that is IASIP. And cheers to Joman for putting something like this together once again.

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[Multi-Genre] SLDGHMR – Grid Living EP

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Grid Living is the latest EP from the Los Angeles meets Miami duo SLDGHMR. Their eclectic tastes come out in a big way with six originals, along with two remixes. Included in the originals are collaborations, one with Crywolf and one with Chuck Inglish and K.Flay. SLDGHMR show off their innovation throughout, especially with tracks like “Rocket Fuel” and “Saccharine.” Even with their more traditional sounds, they still manage to keep things interesting and meritable, without a doubt. If we were to pick personal favorites, I’d have to roll with “Lombardy” because of its dark, yet energizing sound. It’s a little trashy, and we love it. The whole EP deserves two thumbs up, and if you feel the same, then you can go ahead and purchase the project for yourself, or gift it to a friend.

Rocket Fuel
SLDGHMR & Crywolf
We Could Be Heaven
How It Works (ft. Chuck Inglish and K.Flay)
Lombardy
Hell Is A Four Star Hotel
Saccharine
We Could Be Heaven (Bad Catholics Remix)
We Could Be Heaven (Fukkk Offf Remix)
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SXSW 2015 – Must See Acts [TMN EDITOR’S PICKS]

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Portable charger? Check. Craftily packed suitcases? Check. Showcase RSVPs sent? Check. Yep, ninjas. We’re ready to head out to SXSW next week. We can’t believe it’s finally here, but it is. It’s time to charge down to Austin to wander the streets seeing band after band, DJ after DJ. As you’ve come to know from following this site for so many years, each of our editors has a unique set of musical tastes. Sometimes we all have picks in the middle of our colective Venn Diagrams, but, for the most part, we all lean our different ways. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight the must-see acts from each ninja. So, bust out your pen and notepad. You’ll want to write these down.
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Daniel Wilson

This artist popped onto our radar with the undeniable charm of “If You Went Away.” His vocals are somewhat unrefined, which definitely adds to the appeal. We’ve only heard a few tunes, and the whole time, we’ve been wondering – what does his live show sound like? We’ll find out soon.

If You Went Away

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CRUISR

If you’re looking for a raucous indie rock show that’s sure to be full of energy, catchy pop hooks, and the unavoidable need to dance, then CRUISR will be a show not to miss. These cats have a knack for engaging pop-driven indie, and we’re positive it will translate into a live performance with ease.

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Go For It

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ELEL

This eclectic Nashville act promises to deliver plenty of on-stage intrigue, given the amount of instrumentation that goes into their “world pop” arrangements. Their vocal arrangements are extremely original as well, which should be interesting when translated into a live show.

40 Watt

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Jack Garratt

This has got to be one of our favorite artists as of late. Undeniably unique, unpredictable, and unconventional, this vocalist always dazzles with his impeccable range, and intricate soundscapes. If there is one artist that I personally “can’t miss,” it’s Jack Garratt.

Worry

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Jeremy Loops

What would Texas be without some beer-drinkin’, whiskey-shootin’, shit-kickin’, dusty-floor-dancin’ tunes? This infectious folk artist embodies those long-lasting memorable moments with a few friends, some cold drinks, and some frivolous dancing. He encapsulates Americana in pop-centric folk rock, and he does so from all the way down in South Africa.

Skinny Blues

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JP Cooper

We had the pleasure of interviewing this young Manchester-based vocalist a few months back, and we have to say, we’re overwhelmingly excited to catch his live show. In fact, if there’s a “must see” show based on vocal finesse, it would be this one. His tone, range, and dexterity is something that we just can’t pass up.

Closer

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Library Voices

We’ve been hip to this act for quite some time, falling enamored with their highly contagious tune, “Drinking Games.” Part of our adoration came some of their projects with Red Brick Song’s Casablanca sessions, which our the best collaborations the indie scene has seen in the past few years.

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If Raymond Carver Were Born In The 90s

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ASTR

After playing our raucous ‘TMN PResents’ party in Denver in late 2014, ASTR has continually set the bar higher on already engaging live sets. After 2014’s incredible ‘Varsity’ EP, we’re hoping 2015 sees a proper album from the New York alt-poppers.

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Operate

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Fred Falke

A man within the confines of dance music needing no real introduction, Fred Falke’s ‘French-Touch’ and disco inflected house records have been a staple of countless critics, artists and fans alike for nearly two decades. Any chance to see The Fred at such an incredible festival is a must.

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Bad Blood (Fred Falke Remix)

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Hundred Waters

The only non-dance affiliated act on Skrillex’s OWSLA Records, Hundred Waters crafts a stripped down brand of avant-garde pop stylings. Their live sets are as engaging as they are melodic and tasteful. If you haven’t yet, pick up their sophomore LP, ‘The Moon Rang Like a Bell’.

Show Me Love

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George Maple

George Maple is an iconic vocalist reining from none other than the homeland of pure talent – Australia. After having collaborated with the likes of Flume, the Future Classic artist is well on her way of becoming a global sensation. George Maple, the harmonious goddess, is making her way out to this years SXSW and we guarantee she is one not to miss.

Vacant Space

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Hudson Mowhake

The big name at Numbers never fails to impress with his tunes. Having been involved with Yeezus, being half of the former power duo TNGHT with Lunice, and just killing it all around, HudMo’s influence and discography knows no bounds. He continues to tear it up with every release and always puts on a great show.

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Chimes (Official)

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Leon Bridges

Leon is the second coming of 50’s soul. His style is a mix of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke that epitomizes emotion in the always growing realm of singer-songwriters. “Coming Home” is a landmark single and his album is on the way. If you’re looking for an old school vibe, Leon is your man.

Coming Home

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BØRNS

Here’s someone muddying the lines between electronic rock and folk in his own unique and refreshing fashion. His recent EP, Candy, is a must hear if you haven’t caught it already. This LA native is poised for a strong rest of the year and will be a perfect fit for the SXSW community.

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Sweater Beats

HW&W & Symbol’s very own Sweater Beats is making his SXSW appearance this year and needless to say, this is a monumental step for the young producer. The forward-thinking artist has been soaring over the industry and this year will only be more promising for his career. If you’re headed to SXSW this year, make sure to catch Sweater Beats – but leave your sweater at home because it’ll be too hot to handle.

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Drop the Game (Sweater Beats Remix)

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Beacon

Brooklyn duo, Beacon, is undoubtedly one of the most underrated artists in today’s music world. I was foruntate enough to catch them last year on tour with Tycho and words do not do their live set or music any justice. Their eloquent way of storytelling is exemplified in their intricate sound designs along with moving melodies and touching synths. If you want an ambient, yet tranformational experience, Beacon is definitely one not to miss.

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Bring You Back

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Little Simz

Being both a female and a UK native, Little Simz is a minority in the hip-hop realm, but please don’t underestimate her. Able to hold her own with any emcee out there, Simz first impressed us with her E.D.G.E EP last summer. Since then, she’s followed that project with multiple mixtape releas, proving that Simz has an unparalleled work ethic. The girl definitely has bars, and we’re excited to see what she brings to the table when she comes stateside for her performance at SXSW.

It Aint Safe (Freestyle)

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Torey Lanez

A true triple threat, Tory Lanez never ceases to amaze us with his many talents. As one of the brightest acts emerging from the Toronto music scene, Tory made waves with his Lost Cause mixtape last fall. The consummate entertainer, Tory’s show promises to be a memorable one, as the emcee exudes a natural charisma that draws the audience in from start to finish. Expect him to crowd surf a minimum of five times, as the Canadian strives to have as much fun as possible every night.

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Dímelo #songsfromscratch

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Trippy Turtle

Making a name for himself last year with his quirky, uptempo, R&B insprired remixes, Trippy Turtle has undeniably become the face of Jersey Club music. Armed with an uncanny sense of humor and some high energy, bed-spring infused productions, Trippy’s showcase promises to be a blast, and we expect you’ll be struggling to catch your breath when it’s all said and done. Eee…Err Eee…Err Eee…Err FOFOFADI!

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Trippys Theme

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Mick Jenkins

Mick Jenkins is a Chicago emcee who combines some serious jazzy vibes with an intelligent lyricism matched by few other up ‘n coming rapers. In many ways, his style transcends the current trends in hip-hop without sacrificing dope, forward-thinking production. Mick promises to be an enlightening, laid-back and smooth performance–if you haven’t already check out his mixtape The Waters to prepare.

Jazz (Prod. by OnGaud)

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Jay Prince

Jay Prince is a UK-based, Soulection-affiliated rapper and vocalist who made waves with his debut project, BeFOR Our Time. Prince’s music has a distinct soulfulness to it that when combined with instrumentals from producers like IAMNOBODI, who will also be at SXSW, creates a sunny, nuanced aesthetic. Jay Prince is definitely an artist on the up ‘n up who will be awesome to see perform this early in his career.

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Haywyre

It’s crazy to think that there are people who still question the legitimacy of electronic artists as musicians. Vancouver producer Haywyre is just one of many to disprove the closed-minded with lush, complex sonic arrangements and a clear understanding of musical composition. His performance promises to showcase impressive skills on both the keyboard and controller but, more importantly, should be a huge dance party.

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All We Need (Haywyre Remix)

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Kaytranada

Another member of the Huh, What & Where collective, Kaytranada has been pioneering the future R&B/soul movement for years now and it’s been paying off in big ways. He’s been pictured recently with Rick Rubin and has created countless hits with an array of artists. His live sets are soulful, funky and ubeat making him likely one of the funnest DJ sets you’ll find at SXSW.

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Wrote A Song About You (Kaytranada Edition)

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[SXSW Showcase Preview] Heroes for a Cause – 3/19 – Krave

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By a silent show of ninja hands, who’s getting excited for SXSW? Since we’re ninjas, we can sense that a sea of quiet, gloved, star-holding hands just flew up into the air.

While we’re sure you’ve already been filling up your dance card with possible showcase suitors, we’d like to cordially ask for those aforementioned hands on Thursday, 3/19, from 8PM -2AM.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Cadence & Cause, ATL bass baron heRobust, and Lose Control (the best unofficial SXSW party-throwers) to bring you “Heroes For a Cause.” Yes, it’s a free show, so long as you RSVP, but the show is dead set on raising money for shelter pets in the US.

heRobust, along with a few other artists, will be hosting full streams of their sets from the show on Cadence & Cause later next week for a nominal charge. The majority of those proceeds will go to help keep animals fed, clean and comfortable during their adoption process.

To get you stoked for this line up of DJs, rappers, and a R&B singer, we’re curated a little celebratory playlist for you to enjoy.

Azad Right
When You Know (Prod. by IAMNOBODI)
Bosco
MPH (prod. NEVR)
Crywolf & Ianborg
Aporia
heRobust
Party McFly
Skullclub (EPROM Remix)
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kuura & HYDRABADD
FLOSSTRADAMUS
M.F.U. (PROBCAUSE REMIX) #HIDEFLIFE
Ricky Remedy
Startup 2.0
The Underachievers
Nebulous (Prod. by Two Fresh)
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