With TomorrowWorld slowly creeping up on the collective dance community, we reached out to a few of our favorite performing artists to commission a playlist for our listeners, their fans, and all of the festival attendees who are counting down the days till September 25th.
To kick this series off, we roped in Bixel Boys to pull together a selection of tasty tunes. Everyone dance fan out there should have this LA-based DJ/Producer/fashion duo on their radar at this point. With a slew of top notch remixes, impressive originals, and the seemingly everywhere #FREELIFE brand, it’s hard to go more than a week without being reminded of this multi-faceted, extremely talented duo.
Before you press play on this artfully crafted “classics and throwbacks” playlist from the Bixel Boys, please do these two things:
1. Put their set time in your lineup schedule (Mythical Frames stage on Saturday, September 26th from 7:15PM-8:45PM).
2. Pick up tickets for the Gathering, which is a Thursday night party for those camping at TomorrowWorld. While it doesn’t feature the Bixel Boys, we’re pretty damn sure you’ll want to pre-game here before the full festival gets kicked into gear.
Last month, Arthur Ashin, the New York avant-pop, -R&B and -soul experimentalist who records as Autre Ne Veut, announced the follow up to his excellent 2013 opus, Anxiety, with Age of Transparency (pre-order digitally here and on vinyl here). So far we’ve had the chance to hear “World War Pt. 2″ and watch its soul creeping video counterpart; and today we’ve been given the second dose from the forthcoming LP in the form of “Panic Room”. Autre Ne Veut’s latest tune remains within his genre-skirting, experimentalist niche, but may also be Ashin’s most sonically textured endeavor yet. Dizzying synth lines spark back and forth over a two-step drum pattern, a flitting flute sample and scuzzy electronic percussion which all coalesce like a dream to bring Ashin’s unique, soaring vocals to the forefront; especially on its layered and harmonized chorus.
We’ve taken it a step further and also included the brand, beautiful new video for the acapella version of “Panic Room” directed by Allie Avital, which features Ashin singing in front of a panel of judges (his manager, sister, and Pitchfork writer Ian Cohen); “reflecting the anxieties (we can all relate to) of being an artist in the public sphere”. We’re perked up and ready to catch Autre Ne Veut on his latest U.S. tour in October, and in the throws of our fandom urge our readers to be on the lookout for our special interview with Ashin in the next few weeks. Until then, enjoy “Panic Room” above, watch the music video and check out the complete U.S. tour dates for ANV below.
U.S. Tour Dates:
Thu Oct 01 – NYC, NY – Rough Trade Fri Oct 09 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour Sat Oct 10 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF Mon Oct 12 – Portland, OR – Star Theater Tue Oct 13 – Seattle, WA – Barboza Fri Oct 16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Sun Oct 18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Tue – Oct 20 – Toronto, ON – The Hoxton Wed Oct 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle Thu Oct 22 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs Fri Oct 23 – Washington, CD – U Street Music Hall Mon Oct 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
When we first consume new material, there’s endless subjectivity that impacts our reaction from personal taste to current mood but, regardless of reason, every week there’s always one or two tracks that get the repeat treatment. Such has been the case with our latest premiere, a remix that we’ve only gotten more excited to share after a couple days of constant listening.
Walking Shapes‘ “Feel Good” was easily one of the catchiest tunes on their acclaimed debut album, Take Come On, proving true to its name–a fantastically cheery indie electronic jam. As part of a 3-track remix EP for the song, the Brooklyn quintet enlisted an unlikely up ‘n comer out of Leeds, Jonas LR, to take on the addicting tune.
The resulting re-imagination takes the song from a summery day to a hazy warehouse party. Jonas LR pairs the original’s near-falsetto vocals with a distinct UK Garage-tinted backdrop creating a few moments during the intro in which lead-singer Nathaniel Hoho’s voice resembles that of Zhu. As the track progresses, though, the listener is continually pulled in by an evolving sound scape that takes advantage of the track’s electronic melodies all the while completely changing the context that surround them. Quick, stuttering percussion and various 8-bit sounds bring a playfulness that, despite the complete make over, in some ways matches the original.
Even though it possesses elements of various emerging styles, this one proves enticing largely because it’s not quite like anything we’ve heard before. If you’re dig this as much as us, definitely check out Jonas LR’s Soundcloud page where he’s already got a few gems posted. The “Feel Good” remixes EP is out now–you can grab a copy here. Also, make sure to check out Walking Shapes at one of their upcoming tour dates with Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, listed below. Continue reading →
Many of us remember the London house trio of Archie Ward, George Renwick and James Levey -more readily recognizable as their artist moniker Felon-for 2013’s über-viral club hit “Isla”. While we understand that may have been some listener’s sole exposure to their slick combination of accessible melodies with proper house backing, we hope it wasn’t. The three artists have been steadily expanding and improving their Felon project, which now features a groovy live show, in a number of aesthetics with every passing release; and have completely won us over in the process. Luckily for us, we’ve got their latest official remix for Toyboy & Robin‘s Sam Wills featuring single “Save Me Now” before anyone else, and it’s fallen right in line with their consistently shimmering output. Felon comb their deeper side through Toyboy & Robin’s malleable original, throwing on a sticky sweet synth hook and shuffled hi-hats while slathering on some warranted reverb on Sam Wills’ syrupy vocal track. Quite simply, Felon’s “Save Me Now” remix is an earworm if we;ve ever heard one and a welcome addition to our in-house heavy rotation house playlist.
Like the rest of their Bright Young Things collective, which includes some erupting talent including TMN favorites Sebastian Carter & DE$iGNATED, Felon’s been pushing the envelope on what has become somewhat of a saturated genre in regards to the deep and club-house sound that has been taking over underground dance for years. We’re beyond excited to see what comes from the house triumvirate, but for now, let’s bask in the glory of their “Save Me Now” remix above.
We’ve always been drawn to the larger-than-life, cinematic, and lush side of the vast musical landscape we travel through as bloggers. There’s something about the time taken to layer in all of the elements, creating a delicate, yet powerful soundscape that’s completely enveloping for listeners. Today is one of those examples, as we bring you a first look and listen to “Swimming.”
Crafted by Norway’s The Island Band (Lars Myrvoll), “Swimming” also features vocalist Maria Due, and in this particular edit, legendary saxophonist Kjetil Møster (Datarock, The Core, Ultralyd). Artfully crafted, this stunning piece harnesses classical instrumentation and modern production in a way that creates a remarkably distinctive experience throughout. The love-laced alternating vocal sections from Myrvoll and Due articulate a story with ease, one that flirts perfectly with the sections of strings, piano, and some gorgeous sax work from Møster.
we fell in love that time
We were swimming and
it was warm outside
If you’re digging this edit, make sure to catch the original this Friday. Fans can expect the full album on October 2nd, 2015.
In an age of constant hype and endless musical evolution, the task of distinguishing artists with true longevity from those with fleeting attachments to current trends proves nearly impossible. As music curators, and hopefully useful filters for an overwhelming influx of content, it tends to fall in our hands to predict the potential for this sort of transcendence amongst new producers and musicians often based off a single project, or even song.
When we first heard Australian producer/songwriter Hayden James‘ debut single “Permission to Love” over two years ago, we had a feeling the up ‘n comer was onto something special. The combination of his own soulful vocals with house-leaning, groove-driven production made for an irresistible sound–an emotional approach that has only become more crucial in contemporary electronic music since that time. Even today, “Permission to Love” remains in heavy rotation for the TMN Staff–a rarity with the fast-paced nature of music these days. Simply put, it’s electronic music that compels you to feel as much as it does to dance.
James’ subsequent self-titled EP, released on Australian powerhouse Future Classic, helped solidify that seductive style but it wasn’t until his hit single “Something About You,” which featured vocal accompaniment from the talented George Maple, that James truly cemented his spot in the mainstream. Aside from making its way into just about every publications’ best of 2014 lists, and rightfully so, the addictive jam could be heard in DJ sets in every corner of the world garnering support from artists across genres. Fresh off the heels of millions of Soundcloud plays and countless co-signs, James hit the road continuing to release impressive, versatile remixes, but also proving his abilities as a DJ and performer–playing sets worldwide including an appearance at Coachella this year.
With a distinguished sound that appeals to fans outside of just electronic music, a multitude of talents and the Future Classic crew behind him, Hayden James undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him as our Resident Artist. Stay tuned to TMN for the next month as we’ll be bringing you exclusive content from one of our favorite up ‘n coming producers. In the meantime, enjoy some tuneage from Hayden James below.
We’ve labored before about the difficulty we occasionally face in regards to posting tunes from some of our favorite proper dance labels. Imprints like Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings, Dixon & Ame’s Innervisions, and of course Rob Made’s tasteful curation of the Sleazy Deep brand along with its expanding iterations (amongst countless others of course) have been some of our most looked-to sources for the true pulse of what’s going on in underground dance music for years. Typically though, with smaller dance labels doing most of their business through online retailers, our favorite imprints tend to produce Soundcloud channels who only post preview snippets on their respective pages linking back to Beatport/Traxsource etc. Anyhow -after the long-winded intro- we wanted to clarify just how excited we were to feature this one in its complete glory (and the latest from the aforementioned team at Sleazy Deep), as we’ve got our hands on the label debut from an act that TMN’s been obsessivelyfond offor years: Need & Necessity.