[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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Jack Garratt – Remnants (Goldfish Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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You feel that, ninjas? That undeniable feeling like greatness is peeking its head around the corner? You know what that is? It’s pre-Friday. We’re one day away from a glorious two-day stretch that we’ve all been thinking about since Monday morning. As you carefully calculate your plans for your upcoming adventures, throw this sexy little number on.

Coming out of Denmark, Goldfish (Bastian Langebaek) has put a new break-beat twist on Jack Garratt’s “Remnants.” The title track off of Garratt’s debut EP boasted a gritty and ominous feel, which provided an industrial backdrop for those unforgettable vocals. Goldfish has stepped in and flipped the track upside down, harnessing similar techniques used in their first working project, “Worry.” After co-writing and co-producing that smash single, it was only natural to see an impressive final product on this remixer’s take.

Utilizing some of those darker, minimalist elements creates a delicate contrast with the added smooth bassline, providing a delectable R&B feel that’s perfect for your warm-weather festivities this weekend. Press play, and get on with planning something epic.

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Remnants (Goldfish Remix)
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[Future Bass/Trap] Y//2//K – White Wine ft. Mark Johns

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White Wine ft. Mark Johns

Before you get ahead of yourselves by jumping to the play button, we highly recommend that you first crack open the finest bottle of white wine you have at home and get that bubbly buzz flowin’ after a long day at work. Trust us, when the title of a song says “White Wine”, you know that it is only best to put yourself in a similar setting so you can get the full experience.

Earlier today, Y2K dropped a new original track, “White Wine”, which features the lovely vocals of young Mark Johns – yes, a female with a badass artist name and a voice to match it. This Future Bass/Trap inspired song gives us some happy synths, an adorable piano melody, and a bassline to get you feelin’ some type of way. Y2K and Mark Johns just set a new standard for Summer with this jam so make sure to pour another glass of that white wine and grab your free download while you’re still coherent.

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[Future/Dance] Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction (Dr. Fresch Remix)

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Sensual Seduction (Dr. Fresch's #FutureSex Remix)

Dr. Fresch has been an artist with whom we’ve become a bit enamored with through a varied collection of original tunes and remixes which touch down on nearly every genre encasing the subterranean dance sector. This time around, the L.A. based electronic producer has revealed yet another wrinkle to his production game with a very forward thinking remix of the Snoop Dogg hit “Sensual Seduction”; which fuses together components of house (both deep and G), trap, 2-step, and disko laden synths to create something we’ve never before felt or heard. Rather than turning in a formulaic dance remix on this one, Dr. Fresch’s version tells a complete story taking us from the scooting melody and retooled, high pitch vocals through its climax of deep bass, pitched down Snoop rumblings and slight wobble to boot. It’s always exciting to see artists tap into their more creative sides, especially when it’s executed with the same finesse you’ve come to love them for in the first place. We’re surely not the only ones with a musical crush on Dr. Fresch either as he was just a part of Global Dance Festival’s Main Stage at the best venue in the world, glorious Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of Denver. We can’t wait for another shot at a set from Dr. Fresch, but until then, his tunes will have to hold us over. Stream the Dr. Fresch remix of “Sensual Seduction” above, grab the free download here and maybe slip into something a little more risque to feel the full vibe on this one.

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[Alternative R&B] Doja Cat – No Police (Prod. Dream Koala)

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No Police (prod. Dream Koala)

LA singer Doja Cat just released her new EP titled Purrr!, a selection of alternative R&B tracks sampling dope beats from local DJs/producers. Among them we have “No Police”, a spicy tune sampling over Dream Koala‘s “We Can’t Be Friends.” The beat is so smooth, dreamy and chilled-out that you will probably get caught in the midst of daydreaming to it. Doja Cat’s half-rapping, half-singing technique and the electric guitar riff further add on to the R&B style of the song, turning it into something so hip and creative.

Another well-known hip-hop take on this sample is “Thim Slick” by Fabolous featuring Jeremih. Yet Doja Cat’s version of the song is much more laid back and slowed down. You just can’t help but sway your body side by side to this beat. With producers Evil Needle, Dream Koala and Iman Omari featured on her EP, Doja Cat is definitely an artist to watch out for.

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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/Melodic-Trap] Kimbra – Settle Down (P A T H Remix)

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Settle Down (P A T H Remix)

Sometimes it seems the most forward thinking talent within the electronic and dance communities keeps getting younger every year. Such is the case with our latest find teetering on infancy, 16 year old beatsmith P A T H, who has taken Kimbra’s pop hit “Settle Down”, and completely flipped the tune on its backside. P A T H plays with sound kits and structures most teenagers wouldn’t dream of going near, which makes his take on electronic music all the more intriguing. A metallurgic synth lays most of the framework for the young maestro’s revision, while a pitched down take on Kimbra’s sweetly drawn vocals, splice about P A T H’s soundscape creating an impressively intoxicating atmosphere from the onset. We’re definitely excited to see where the future takes our newest wunderkind, but you can be sure we’ll be staying on top of it here at TMN.

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