[Video] Rose Quartz – Leaving Now

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Way back in December, we featured the aurally consuming synth-pop single from Rose Quartz “Leaving Now”, while today we finally got our hands on the Denver based four-piece’s accompanying visual piece. Rose Quartz recently wrapped on a nation spanning tour with Generationals, so as they’ve caught a brief window of down time, we were gifted with a lovely music video. The video features separate points of view between a feuding couple, complete with baroque and glittery imagery to accompany “Leaving Now” superlatively. Check it out below.

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Kaskade & Adam K – Raining (Halogen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Raining (Halogen Remix)

We’re not sure if you caught the news just yet, but Kaskade’s crowd over the past two weekends were some of the largest in Coachella’s storied history.

Kaskade, the only electronic artist tapped to play Coachella’s main stage this year, attracted two of the biggest crowds ever in the music festival’s storied history during the past two weekends. – Mashable

Not that anyone needs an introduction to this legendary captain of progressive house, but his recent increasing popularity may be a sign of things to come in the music scene. The days of aggressive “bangers” and “anthems” are slowly fading, and back again are the days of melodies, gorgeous builds, and ethereal vocals.

Quickly rising ATL duo Halogen know this all too well, as they’ve seen their highly infectious house tunes rack up hundreds of thousands of plays. In fact, their last two releases have both hit a quarter million plays on Soundcloud, garnering them a rapidly growing adoration across the blogosphere.

Today, we hear a gorgeous interpretation of Kaskade and Adam K’s smash hit “Raining,” which soars with unparalleled progressive beauty. It features a longing, anticipatory build, which pays a grateful homage to the original style of the tune. However, things pick up quickly, and we’re welcomed into a culmination of charging piano melodies, synth arrangements, and a whirlwind of percussion.

Pick this tune up today for free on Halogen’s Soundcloud. And, when you do, make sure to give them a follow. You know, because you’re getting a bad ass song for free from them.

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[SF Giveaway + Exclusive Interview] Kodak to Graph @ 1015 Folsom, 4/30

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Kodak to Graph approaches electronic music in a powerful, novel way that combines a diverse set of sounds with a sensibility that spans from EDM trap to ambient and trance. His debut album, Isa, embodies his versatility capturing a broad range of emotions telling an elaborate story along the way.

The LA-based talent will be stopping through 1015 Folsom in San Francisco next Thursday, April 30th, as part of his Break the Ice Tour and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! With support from Big Wild and OBESØN, the show promises to not only be a night full of dancing but also one that showcases some particularly organic up ‘n coming electronic styles. We also were lucky to ask Kodak to Graph a few questions about his musical background, putting together his debut album and his live performances. Get to know K2G a bit better in our exclusive interview and enter the giveaway by inputting your email below! The winner will be contacted via email on April 28th, a week from today. You can also still purchase tickets for the show here.

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TMN: Can you tell us a bit about how Kodak to Graph came to be and what your earlier explorations into music involved?

Kodak to Graph: K2G began as an outlet for me to release my sappy loop based ‘post-rock’ music back in high-school.  I use to have this delay/loop pedal that would let you loop for about 6 seconds and I would make little loops of guitar, bells, random TV noises, vocals and pretty much anything else that could make noise and kick beats over them for hours.  From there I started playing little house shows for my friends and that’s pretty much when I came up with the name Kodak to Graph. The name comes from an old slide projector that I used for visuals.  It was called a Kodak Ektographic.  I would hang a sheet in front of me, because I was too terrified to perform in front of people, and project slides of old family photographs on the sheet. Most of the first Kodak to Graph recordings were written on my girlfriend’s computer and recorded with one condenser mic. It was all real instruments, the music was kind of reminiscent of old Efterklang, Helios, Sigur Ros etc. There was very minimal electronic influences in the beginnings.  The first record I released as K2G, which I don’t think exists on the internet anymore, was all very melodic chilled out ‘post rock’ / math’y oriented music.  I started getting into electronic music a few years later through my older brother and that’s really when I started to be like, okay let’s see where this can go.

TMN: Your background clearly spans more than just electronic music. Who are some artists you listened to growing up that have impacted your sound? 

K2G: Totally. In middle school I was a die-hard At the Drive In / Mars Volta fan.  I think that was the first time I really discovered experimental/ psychedelic music and I remember being so f#@€ing excited and nutty about how alien that type of music sounded to me. I still find myself pulling inspiration from their music to this day. From there I grew into more melodic/math’y/ambient instrumental bands like Lymbyc Systym, Toe, American Football, Joan of Arc, Mice Parade, Mum, etc. I was first introduced to electronic music by my older brother through cats like DJ Shadow, Four Tet, Clutchy Hopkins, Bonobo, Caribou, etc; Which I feel that style of electronic music was the gateway into electronic music for a lot of people my age. We kind of came from that era where guys were sampling melodic folk records over old funk breaks.  I still have so much love for that sound.

TMN: Isa, your debut album, has a really fascinating and textured sound. Even with the variation, though, there’s a certain almost theatrical aesthetic that really ties it together. What was the recording process like in creating something that cohesive?

K2G: I wrote the record over a span of 2 years so the recording and writing process on the record was ever changing and evolving.  I’m kind of A.D.D when it comes to writing music, so I’ll start tracks by getting really really messy and just layering anything and everything on top of each other then come back to it later and pull layers back.  I don’t generally consider how I’m going to make something sound cohesive when I’m writing the music. In the case of ISA, I chose 10 songs out of a bunch of 50+ or so tracks and moved them around and stitched them together until it created the story I was trying to tell.

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TMN: What’s the most unexpected sound you used in the creation of Isa and on what song?

K2G: Oh man.. There’s so many sounds throughout the record that were very time and place specific that always bring me back to the period of time when I was writing a specific tune.  There is a layer of field recordings in every track on the record.  I always have my iPhone out, recording field noises with voice memo, it gives the tracks a feeling of personality that they wouldn’t have otherwise, – a moment that I can hold on to forever., I’m kind of obsessive over it. In terms of sounds that ended up being completely foreign from their original form, The lead plucky high pitched lead guitar part on ‘desolation wilderness’ was a sample of piano and bass from an old 70’s television excerpt that’s pitched up about 60 semitones and reversed, chopped, stretched, delayed, spread, and filtered. The end product was a pleasant surprise but so different from my original intentions.

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We Were Evergreen – Be Like You (WS Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Some of you might be too young to remember this overwhelmingly infectious song from the iconic Disney movie, The Jungle Book. However, it’s safe to assume that for a few decades, kids across the world were dancing around, singing Louis Prima’s memorable lyrics.

Today we not only have an intriguing interpretation of “Be Like You,” we’re also offered up a remix to accompany it. The original comes via French indie pop outfit, We Were Evergreen, who has graced the pages of this blogs numerous times before. This time around, we’re pleasantly enveloped in this newly released cover, which you can pre-order here.

We love the swirling percussions and vocal fragments repeated over delicate piano textures, making the track both danceable and intimate.- We Were Evergreen
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Enter remixer WS, who has sculpted vocal samples in a way to where it almost seems as if they were destined for an electronic interpretation. Stepping in stride with the original ideation of the song, this remix focuses strongly on percussion, providing a worldly sound to accompany the twinkling piano keys and ethereal synths.

Like any classics, it’s always tricky to touch a masterpiece. But as WWE took this song to its darkest side, I thought why not emphasizing the somber chords progression and the jungle percussion vibe, and try to take it to the dancefloor.

While he remains mysterious, WS has a bevy of unreleased remixes he’s holding onto, all of which will be made public soon. Rumor has it, he’s also working on original EP as well, so be sure to stay tuned for that come 2016.

Be Like You (WS Remix)
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[Indie/Electro-Pop] Autumn in June – Hours [TMN Premiere]

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Molded in the depths of South Central Los Angeles’ tumultuous and effusive streets, Autumn in June‘s paradoxical moniker has always seemed to fit the burgeoning alt-pop artist. Whether you’re comparing the pleasantly slick indie-pop output of Autumn in June to the incredibly deep amounts of hip-hop and rap dominating the area’s musical landscape, or those syrupy sweet, reverb laden vocal incantations against what has become a hotly charged political backdrop since the late 60’s; it would be difficult to think up Autumn In June’s story for a fictitious film, let alone believe it in the real world. But fiction, Autumn is not. Behind an impressive debut EP, he’s blessed our Ninjas with an exclusive premiere for latest single “Hours”. “Hours” bends the kind of 80’s synth-pop progression that would make Martin Gore and Vince Clarke green with envy around dynamic, hip-hop tipping drums, droning guitars and even a cheerful xylophone pattern which gleams like a cracked rose through a melancholy soundscape; creating a beautiful view into Autumn in June’s artistic psyche and powerfully emotive vocals. We’re already drawing comparisons to early Devonte Hynes with a subtle, grittier edge (check out his entire soundcloud here), and you can bet we will be all hands on deck for anything else coming from the genre eschewing producer. Until then, stream “Hours” above before anyone else.

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Higher Self – Ghosts (Bit Funk Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Ghosts (Bit Funk Remix)

Just because it’s Tuesday doesn’t mean we can’t throw on some beats and boogie at our desks a little bit. In fact, if anything, we need something to carry us up and over hump day, and into the weekend’s sweet, glorious glow.

Big ups to Bit Funk for bringing such an opportunity our way, as he serves up his interpretation of “Ghosts,” here on TMN. This is definitely one for the vocal house lovers out there, as the up-and-coming producer has made Lauren Mason’s lyrics shine throughout the remix.

Boasting an uplifting melody, 90’s dance style percussion, and a dancefloor pleasing bassline, it’s a remix that could easily be well received at the club, as well as through your phone’s speakers, as you get ready. In fact, we’re pretty sure some of you will sing along in your bathroom mirror and we certainly won’t judge you for that.

Pick this tune up today on Bit Funk’s soundcloud and get yourself primed and ready for the weekend, even if it is three days away.

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[House] No Doubt – Don’t Speak (Dennis Kruissen Remix)

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Don't Speak (Dennis Kruissen Remix)

He’s shown it countless times before, but Dennis Kruissen certainly doesn’t shy away from taking on the classics. With names like Mary Mary and Florence and The Machine already under his belt, there was seemingly no limit to which timeless anthem could be next to fall victim to his addictive deep house spell. Well the wait is over as his latest transformation is complete and once again ready to reignite the passion for an iconic song. Like a blast from the past, all those memories of belting out the chorus of ‘Don’t Speak’ over the top of Gwen Stefani’s lyrics will come flooding back in an instant. Only this time, those unforgettable vocals are accompanied by an infectious groove geared to set dance floors ablaze and have that undying chorus shouted out into the early hours of the morning.

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