Following the success of “We’re Better Than This” and “Cutting Ties”, LA-based producer Wish I Was is back again with another collaboration with singer Cameron Walker, and this might just be their best work yet.
“I Want To Believe” is like The Postal Service meets EDM. A delightful piano melody starts off the tune together with Cameron’s alt-pop vocals. The chorus features a dance beat and sliced up vocal synths, providing an infectious melody perfect for a love song. A series of robotic Daft Punk-like vocals follows and shows the level of production going into the vocal work.
Wish I Was is hitting a home run with this latest release. If you dig his stuff, make sure to check out his On My Mind album released earlier this year.
It’s been a hot minute since we last checked in with efficacious Brooklyn house duo Walker & Royce, but today Gavin Royce & Sam Walker have returned to the hallowed grounds of TMN armed with a proper funky house remix premiere for polyrhythmic alt-pop troupe TEACHERS‘ malleable single “Ocean”. After a solid history of original releases for notable institutions like PETS, Dirtybird, and Nurvous; Walker & Royce have tacked their sound to the remix world and come up aces.
Equal parts club-funk, house and straight up funky house, the pair’s take on “Oceans” holds its listener’s attention from the jump. A structural blend of modal harmonies, house roots and prevalent groove holds together Walker & Royce’s transporting of TEACHERS to the dancefloor, and with that subtle use of Kraftwerk tipping vocoder, they’ve crafted a highly addictive remix for our Ninjas to scoot to on this fine Thursday. For our proper house heads, we have a feeling this one will hit you hook, line, and sinker; so do yourself a favor and hit that little play button above before anyone else.
Winter weather is right around the corner, which means it’s go time. You only have a few, fleeting months left of fall, before the white stuff starts barreling down. With that in mind, we strongly encourage you to get out of the house this weekend and head down to Beta Nightclub to check out another stacked weekend of beats.
Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY this week.
Making any sort of attempt to characterize Crywolf into a single genre is a lost cause. Don’t mistake that for a problem, because he’s championed his own sound into a graceful and enticing exploration of the sentimental side of electronic music. Whether he’s covering Flume or working to disrupt the mundane with the phenomenal Cataclasm, Crywolf continues to conduct a stirring presence in his music, and this newest tune substantiates that notion flawlessly.
“Quantum Immortality” sustains the breathtaking production style that we’ve come to know and love from Crywolf while his lyrics continue to delve into weightier subjects that many artists in a similar vein aren’t totally comfortable expressing. His willingness to scrutinize genuine emotions and display them through brilliant music is precisely what makes him great. Crywolf finds the beauty in the breakdown. We could all learn from that.
If there’s one thing we love here at TMN, it’s breaking brand new artists. We view premiering a debut track like a badge of honor adorning our shinobi shozukos. Before you pop open a fresh browser for a google search, we’re, of course, talking about the traditional ninja outfit, which we most certainly wear while blogging and completing stealthy missions in pale moonlight.
Enough about us, though. We’re here to talk about the very first offering from Ryan Parmenter, aka Former Faces. What’s been described as a “study in dreams and memories crossing paths,” this project from Silverlake-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist had us swooning within seconds, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to follow suit.
“the Runaround,” which is self-written and self-produced, is the first taste of what’s to come. With a sensual, groovy, and delicate soundscape, Parmenter’s vocals really come front and center. However, while they’re certainly noteworthy, the true hero in this piece is the well-comprised balance of his enchanting lyrics, smooth percussion, break-beat synths, haunting vocal harmonies, and accentuating spoken word samples. All-in-all, it’s a complete track through-and-through, which has us waiting anxiously for the next release.
Recorded music aside, this act has plans for a live show, brought to life with the help of David Lee (guitar), Brian Blake (bass), and Abraham Kim (drums). Before they dial in that performance, though, you should pry study up on some lyrics. Luckily for you, we’re making it easy on you. Just look below.
Following his 0:00 EP, midnight teamed up with Majestic Casual for a brand new tune that marks a continuation stemming from the project’s second track, “Absolute”. He croons:
You’ve seen the way that they look at me but / you’re not afraid, you wanna stay / you’ve seen the way that my mind can be / you’re my savin grace, you keep the devil away
midnight’s trademark has always managed to juggle being smooth, being aware, and combining both of these aspects to blaze his own path in the ever-colliding worlds of electronic music, R&B, and pop. The revamped production courtesy of Karnaval Blues constructs a complementary vision to the crisp falsetto delivery of midnight in the instrumentation, building a solid foundation around his vocals with a measured tact. midnight continues to create relieving and soothing tunes time after time, and “Absolute Reprise” is another winner. Majestic Casual hooked us up with a free download here.
KEFF‘s first foray into production after a series of must-hear mixes comes to us in the form of a delicately crafted rendition of “Innocent” by Hundred Waters. The splendor in the gentle atmosphere surrounding the bright vocals radiates with warmth and an underlying sensation of tranquility as the song progresses, yet there’s an unsettling message buried deep within.
The premiere with NEST HQ describes a perspective of a broken trust and extreme measures taken to achieve a clean conscious, and that’s the sort of context shift and imaginative transformation of a song’s original tone KEFF is already bringing to the table. Something of this gravity is a stark and intriguing beginning to KEFF’s journey as an artist, and the capability to understand and process a serious subject into a song as striking as this truly makes a statement. There won’t be any fluff from KEFF in the future. Be sure to grab the free download of this remix here.