London born singer/songwriter Joel Compass has a set of golden pipes on him that no one can deny. His impressive combination of undeniable talent and overwhelming commercial appeal will have ladies fawning left and right. Admittedly so, we’ll be right along side those ladies, especially after hearing his newly released EP, “Astronaut.”
The title track on this EP, which we’re featuring today, is a delectable electronically based RnB tune that accentuates Joel’s gorgeous falsetto capabilities. It’s deliciously bass heavy, making for a perfect track to indulge in all night long. Aside from the sultry stunner that is the original, we also have a few choice remixes for you as well.
Most recently (12 days ago), Henry Krinkle dialed “Astronaut” back a few notches to create an even more seductive version of the original. The pleasantly painful drawn out build provides adequate anticipation for the drop of low hitting bass tones and heavily treated samples from Compass,
Our other favorite in the bunch is Gorgon City’s lounge style house interpretation that features an added melody progression, and playful bass line that would be perfectly suited for a dance floor or the runway.
Astronaut (Gorgon City Remix)
Astronaut (Henry Krinkle Remix)
Mansions on the Moon
There’s nothing quite like vocals over poppy synths and guitar. Through the years this has been a tried and true musical style. Some have tried at this and failed, and others have excelled. Take one listen to this track and you’ll know it’s the latter. While Mansions on the Moon might not be as big as you would expect, they’re certainly developing a sound that would indicate larger venues and crowds are well within their grasp.
We had the pleasure of hanging out with these guys when they came through with our buddies in Carousel. Their live show is just as warm and inviting as their studio production. What you hear in “Full Moon,” with it’s tropical synths and bass line, atmospheric elements, and high pitched howls translate perfectly into their live performance, creating an experience worth paying money for.
This tune is the title track off their new EP. Make sure to like them on facebook to keep up on new releases, tour info and more.
Bedroom Wall (Prod. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
If BANKS and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs decided to record an entire project together, I would not complain. After dropping her outstanding LONDON EP yesterday, the LA songstress comes through with one of the project’s standouts, “Bedroom Wall.” As the title suggests, the track is meant to be heard in a very specific space, and at a specific time even. It’s the type of song that you unwind to at the end of a late night, where you find yourself lost in the willowy, atmospheric production as BANKS guides you along with her delicate, velvety vocals. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I found myself closing my eyes and zoning out as I wrote this (that also might have to do with my sleep deprivation, but I’d like to believe otherwise).
If this single doesn’t finally convince you to grab a copy of BANKS’ LONDON EP, then I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe it’s time to invest in some new headphones, because you’re definitely missing out on something special.
We post a lot of music that would be amazing to hear on a dance floor, surrounded by hundreds of screaming, dancing fans. TWe post some music best suited for a proper set of headphones, a glass of wine and ample time for careful listening. UK based Sohn has provided us with the latter today.
You may have guessed it already, and yes you are right. We’re currently chilling out, wine in hand, analyzing music. To be honest, we were hoping to find something heady and intriguing and we’ve found just that. While a lot of you may be familiar with Sohn’s work with BANKS, a lot of you might not be just yet. We can assure you that this track will not only ensure that you become acquainted, but will guarantee your interest in anything he does in the future.
“Lessons” is a euphoric vocal journey is a composition of deep melodic production, simplicity, and haunting vocals. It’s the type of track that you have to listen to a few times before you truly understand it, but no matter how many times you hear it, you just can’t seem to get enough. It has it’s moments of exciement, but to us, the beauty lies in the gorgeous rolling bass, soulful vocal harmonies, and alternating vocal exchanges.
At only 13 hours old at this moment, it’s easily one of our favorite tracks. Bravo.
When you first hear her voice come streaming through your speakers, you may feel like you have stepped back into an 80’s pop music scene.
But that is just one of the joys of Amy Stroup and her uniquely beautiful voice, with a lowness and sass that captivates the eardrums and leaves a mark.
Growing up a musical child, taking piano lessons when she was little and then making songs from each chord she learned, to traveling with her family singing the alto section, to teaching herself guitar in the backyard of her family’s Texas ranch when she was in middle school, Stroup is no stranger to the essence of music. She is an independent songwriter living in Nashville whose songs have been featured in over twenty shows and has released 3 digital EPs and one nationally full length solo recorded called “The Other Side of Love Sessions”. Her new song “Falling” we have the pleasure of premiering on TMN, a song off her upcoming album. The song is indie meets pop, with Stroup’s seductive vocals telling the story of the possibility of falling in love and what we are capable of in doing so. The melodies are soft, with small drum beats, a splash of tambourine and guitars stringing together something simply addicting. After this release, we are definitely falling for Miss Stroup.
Dream On / Dream Off
In a myriad of sounds and styles, Derby UK based CRUSHING BLOWS certainly has a unique sound about them. Some dance punk, some electro, some psych rock – it’s hard to really put a finger on what you would label them as, and we’re certainly not going to try that today. Instead we’re simply going to bring you a premiere of one side of a Double A side single, “Unknown Animal / Dream On / Dream Off,” out October 7th on Snug Recording Company.
This tune enters with a very dreamy soundscape with fluttering synths that partner with lead singer’s heavily treated voice. What you would expect next is a dancy pop tune that would be fit for an iTunes commercial. What you find instead is a heavy rock breakdown (1:45) with a rolling snare, clashing symbols, and heavy distorted guitar riffs. The band keeps you guessing throughout the song, switching from light and airy to heavy and gritty.
Growing up on punk and metal, I loved hearing the inclusion of some heavier elements. These guys know how to craft something truly admirable, and we can’t wait to hear more.