[Electronic] Local Natives – Black Balloons (lost kings remix)

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Local Natives
Black Balloons (lost kings remix)(Radio Edit)

It’s very rare to find a progressive house remix of an alt-indie track that not only fits, but bumps as well. Luckily for us, our friends lost kings were up to the task and they took on Local Natives’ “Black Balloons” in a stunningly energetic and melodic edit. Scrapping the track down to the vocals and working their way back up, the Angeleno duo creates gorgeous and uplifting riffs in what can only be described as a remix perfect for closing out festival season.

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[Future Bass] Michael Bublé – Feeling Good (SMLE Cover)

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Michael Bublé
Feeling Good (SMLE Cover)

It’s easy to get excited as a music blogger. We often get the inside track at what’s coming out, and our general nature is rooted a the desire to share music with our friends. Well, every so often, we come across tracks that absolutely stun us, leaving us incapable of doing only one thing, which is press play again and again.

Luckily for us, we soon snap out of it, getting our fingertips warmed and ready to craft a post. Today is a perfect example of the scenario previously mentioned, one which grabbed our ears for a good solid hour before we could come to writing it up.

Increasingly enough, we’ve seen more and more artists take on remix/cover renditions of a tune. Not only are they setting the original lyrics on a new path with a vocalist giving their interpretation of an original, but they’re also coupling that cover with some new instrumentals as well. Today, we’re lucky enough to share SMLE’s cover/remix of Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good,” which coincidentally is a cover of Nina Simone.

This newly founded producer has teamed up with vocalist Janpier to create this surging future bass take on a classic crooner tune. The synths are nearly overwhelming, getting us “right in the feels,” as all you kids say. With the addition of smooth, untreated vocals, this song transcends genres and decades, creating a modern approach at something you’d expect to hear in a smokey 1940′s lounge.

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TMN Chats with Victor Niglio Off the Cuff [EXCLUSIVE DRUNKEN INTERVIEW]

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Recently we were writing up an interview with The Griswolds when we noticed a peculiar looking voice recording in our phone. It was labeled “Niggggglio,” and to be honest, we had no recollection of what it was. After listening for a few seconds, it all came pouring back in. Back when Victor came to play at Beta Nightclub, we imbibed a little bit in the green room after his set. While we were enjoying a few adult beverages, we whipped out our phone and started recording.

We had no questions written down or planned. This was completely off the cuff.

We transcribed this as it was spoken, so forgive us for the incorrect grammar and nonsensical sentence fragments. We’re merely trying to capture the vibe in an accurate manner.

Editors note: We’ve been emailing and IMing with Victor for a few years, have hung out together at shows in Miami, and at a hotel party. The only reason why we felt like this was appropriate was due to our personal relationship with one another. We value our ability to speak to the biggest artists in music and would never jeopardize that by acting in an unprofessional manner. 

TMN: Let’s do a completely off the cuff interview. All random questions.

VN: Go!

TMN: If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

VN: Booty.

TMN: That’s an amazing answer. If you were a classic American muscle car, what would you be?

VN: Oh…um. A Mustang. But a cool one, with Alligator interior and racing stripes down the center in tye die, and a turbo engine.

TMN: Have you ever eaten acid?

VN: No.

Bystander: Or a s’more!

TMN: Have you ever eaten acid or a s’more?

VN: I don’t think so.

TMN: (Laughing) What’s the weirdest drug you’ve ever done?

VN: Aspirin.

TMN: Ok, weirdest experience you’ve ever had on drugs?

VN: Hmm. No.

TMN: Skip?

VN: I’ll tell you when we’re done.

TMN: Ok, and I won’t transcribe it, because this won’t continue recording. This phone.

VN: (giggling)

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ECHOS – Save You [TMN PREMIERE]

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E C H O S
Save You

Time and time again we find ourselves thinking, “what ever happened to that mind-blowing chillstep sound?” Well, ECHOS is here to authoritatively answer that question with their third original track “Save You”.  You see, Chillstep didn’t disappear, and it seems it won’t for a long time. It may have taken a brief period of hibernation to adapt with the current trends, we’re not really sure.

Whatever the situation may be, ECHOS hits home with their newest track. Combining their ambient dubstep sound with powerful vocals, we’re left with a whirlwind of stunning beauty. This duo continues to surprise us with their eclectic styles, and we’re  anxiously anticipating their next release. Whether it may be a remix or an original, ECHOS has us excited!

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[Electronic] Lemaitre – Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)

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Lemaitre
Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)

Golden Hare Group, who has brought you Kygo and Thomas Jack’s infectiously wonderful sounds, is back with a new act by the name of Jerry Folk. Folk is an eighteen year old from the seemingly endless talent pool of Oslo, Norway and on his newest release he takes on one of this summer’s most popular songs in Lemaitre’s “Wait”. Laying on some incredible guitar licks, Folk adds on to the warm energy on this one and gives it a much deserved tropical feel. This certainly won’t be the last we’ll hear from Jerry Folk so be sure to keep checking the site for more of the upcoming producer!

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[Deep-House/Indie-Dance] Mark Morrison – Return of The Mack (SNBRN Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Mark Morrison
Return Of The Mack (SNBRN Remix)

Some artists seem to waltz into your life at exactly the correct time, armed with the exact stockpile of tunes to draw its listener in from the first exposure, all the way through their entire library of releases. While this observation may sound too good to be true to some, it has absolutely been the modus operandi of L.A. house purveyor SNBRN, who returns to TMN with yet another irresistible twist on a classic. Already credited with clubby underground alterations of Ace of Base and 50 Cent, SNBRN has reshaped Mark Morrison’s genre staple “Return of The Mack” and brought it directly into deep-house waters. While certainly not a newbie to the deeper sound kits, SNBRN’s bassline is as chunky as ever, coalescing superbly with Mark Morrison’s soulful R&B vocal track which coats the tune with a sublime ratio of sexy and grimy. SNBRN’s clear influence from classic house doesn’t go unfiltered either as he’s painted his high end with a garage leaning hi-hat shuffle to go along with a classic piano line à la Marshal Jefferson circa 1986 (which if you know your history, is a pretty damn good thing to be reminded of in dance music). It seems SNBRN has appealed to every ounce of our proper house brain brilliantly this time around; and had this to say about his latest remix: “So, I’m back up in the game…with a brand new remix of one of my all time favorite songs. There hadn’t been a remix in years and decided to give this thee old SNBRN touch. With tons of live instruments and a nice warm bassline this track is sure to keep you dancing from the pool to the club all summer long. You can bet that’s exactly what we’ll be doing over the next few months. 

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[Trip Hop] kuma – Beneath the Flowers

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Beneath The Flowers

Ever come across a tune so amazing that you feel good about life after listening to it? Here we have “Beneath The Flowers,” a re-work by kuma sampling Lupe Fiasco‘s hip-hop classic “Daydreamin’.” The LA-based producer took Jill Scott‘s vocals from the hook and turned it into something beautiful and tranquil. With the lo-fi styled beats and pitched-down samples, the 18-year-old showcases his talent and creativity through the track, resembling the sounds created by producers like Giraffage and Slow Magic.

Being the frontrunner of the Flow-Fi record label, kuma takes us on a journey of his life through the recent release of his  BERA EP, where he describes the writing and producing of the tracks on his soundcloud. With so much talent at such a young age, kuma is definitely one of our favorites in the downtempo/electronica genre.

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