[Ambient] Pure One – Become

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Pure One
Become

Every once in a while I’m sent a submission so different that I’m not quite sure what to do with it. Such was the case when Pure One landed in my inbox over a year ago with her experimental, ambient and stirring sonic landscapes.  The more I listened, the more appreciation I gained for its subtleties, intricate arrangement and soft drum patterns. Rather than evoke the standard instant gratification many expect from music, Pure One’s work feels more focused on transporting listeners to an astral plane of reflection, growing in depth with each listen.

“Become,” the first single off her upcoming Deva EP encapsulates that style as she chops her silky vocal chant of “become your truth” adding reverb among other psychedelic accents. That obscuration teamed with expertly placed piano keys and unconventional, soothing percussive elements results in something that truly evokes self reflection if you allow yourself to truly get lost in it.

While it’s difficult to pinpoint clear influences, fans of artists like BjorkSigur Ros and Four Tet may enjoy this one. Listen for yourself above and look out for the Deva EP, which is due out on Bandcamp October 16th via Cora Records.

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[Electronic Soul] Abi Ocia – Running

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Abi Ocia
Running

The instantaneous and powerful sensation of a song taking your breath away doesn’t come around often, but when it does, it acts swiftly with little warning. “Running” has that exact effect, and you’ll want to experience it firsthand. Abi Ocia‘s debut merges thoroughly entrancing and atmospheric production, courtesy of Draper and Mkulu, with her alluring voice into a meaningful and majestic song that carries traces of the always wonderful Jessie Ware throughout.

When it comes to providing a myriad of talented artists, London never falters, and Abi proves the strong case for her hometown yet again by stepping up to that standard right out of the gate. She demonstrates her tact in songwriting and appreciation of exploring the entire space of the song with a deft ease. Now that fall is slowly beginning to show signs of arriving, we’ve got another exceptional song with which to enjoy the incipient colder weather. Get familiar with the name Abi Ocia. She’s on her way to being someone great.

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[Electronic] Fytch – Show You (ft. Alisa Nappa)

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Fytch
Show You (ft. Alisa Nappa)

Following the success of Falls Like Rain EP, French producer Fytch is back at it with a fresh new track off his upcoming Show Me EP. “Show You” once again features the lovely vocals by Alisa Nappa. Contrasting to their previous collaboration “Over Your Head”, the EP title track has toned down the bass a few notches and embodies a downtempo vibe. Alisa’s fluid vocals takes the track on a smooth sail, which will leave you vibin’ from beginning to end.

Fytch has proven once again just how versatile yet unique his music is. His recent work has helped set the bar high for bass music, and we cannot wait ’til the full EP comes out this Friday.

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[Electronic] Punctual – Eva

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Punctual
Eva

There’s nothing quite as intriguing as discovering a new artist via their first ever single. Without a full catalogue to explore, the possibilities feel endless and such is the case with Bristol newcomers PunctualWhile the production duo don’t necessarily offer a new sound altogether with their debut, “Eva,” it’s crisp production and emotive vibe open doors for a wide range of possible directions. Utilizing an addicting vocal loop, ambient pads and building percussion, Punctual create an organic, house-inspired atmosphere bursting with positive energy. Airy guitar and piano melodies only add to that ambience leading up to a dance-floor ready climax.

Fans of TMN-favorites Petit Biscuit, Tourist or Maribou State, definitely don’t want to miss this one. Give “Eva” a listen above and keep your eye out for more new music from Punctual. We’re certainly excited to hear where they take their compelling sound.

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[Event Preview/Playlist] The Underground Music Showcase – 7/28 – 7/31 – Denver, CO

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It’s no secret at all that The Underground Music Showcase in beautiful Denver, CO has become a mainstay for our Mile-High Ninjas, and as we’re just a day out, we are once again gearing up for another edition of one of the U.S. festival scene’s best kept (not-so) secrets. One of the few remaining music gatherings in the fair city of Denver to eschew the typical smattering of major label festival fare, The UMS boasts a lineup of over 400+ acts strewn across various shops and bars dotting Denver’s historic South Broadway district, and we’ve been salivating like one of Pavlov’s pit-bulls in anticipation of this year’s entry.

Headlined by a number of intriguingly eclectic acts including Poliça, Thee Oh Sees, Sunflower Bean, Allah Las, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and The Bright Light Social Hour as well as some of the city’s most promising acts like Flaural, Shady Elders, déCollage, The Yawpers, Inner Oceans and Sunboy; 2016’s version of The UMS offers us yet another tastefully curated weekend of music in one of the best settings possible. We’ll be out in full force all weekend, and in anticipation of this year’s festivities, we’ve put together a playlist highlighting some of our favorite UMS artists. Get your sunscreen ready, and we’ll be seeing our Denver friends in the sun all weekend!

 

’POLIÇA – Chain My Name’
’Thee Oh Sees – Web’
’Sunflower Bean – Easier Said’
’Allah
Las – Buffalo Nickel’
’The Yawpers – Sister Mary’
’Lee Fields & The Expressions – You’re The Kind Of Girl’
’Bright Light Social Hour – Escape Velocity’
’Flaural – Mind Field’
’Inner Oceans – WILD’
’Sunboy – Oracle’
’Shady Elders – Pale Blue Dot’
’déCollage – Rise Above’
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Haux – Seaside (Turtle Rework) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Haux
Seaside (Turtle Rework)

Earlier this month, a fusion of dream-folk and calming electronica came together via a budding young artist named Haux. His debut EP, All We’ve Known, is a 6-track collection of delightfully transient, wandering, and simply encapsulating work, highlighted by positively stunning vocals. One of our favorite stand-outs, “Seaside,” recently got a proper remix treatment from the oft-mysterious Turtle.

Turtle’s Rework features a wonderfully long build up that slowly layers in elements, creating a gorgeously-crafted ambient soundscape. From fluttering synths, to deep bass hits, to the eventual incorporation of subdued percussion, each accentuates Haux’s glowing vocals with a gradual, textural, and enveloping manner. All that’s left to do is close your eyes, lie back, and get lost for a few blissful minutes.

Currently, you can pick up All We’ve Known through Akira Records on Spotify or iTunes.

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[Event Preview] Enchanted Forest – Black Oak Ranch – 7/22 – 7/24

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It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that we love to get down, let loose, and imbibe quite often. However, we also understand the importance of taking care of the temple and making sure our ninja minds stay fine-tuned and on point. With that in mind, Enchanted Forest and its healthy dosage of sweet grooves in a life-altering collective social environment is calling our name next week.

For four days, festival-goers will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime musical and cultural experience, with more than 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, PANTYRAID, Minnesota, Fanna Fi Allah, Autograf, Lila Rose, Thriftworks and more.

In addition to the lineup, Enchanted Forest is also home to what they call, “NorCal’s Sauciest Soiree,” where visitors are encouraged to “fully embody their highest and truest self.” That means inside this fairytale woodland setting are 50 workshops in yoga, dance, movement and flow arts instruction, led by globally-renowned teachers. Yoga not your jam? Maybe you’ll find something of interest at one of over 60 educational workshops and forums covering subjects around relationships and sexuality, science and spirituality, health, wellness, nutrition, and ancestral arts.

The forest is full of healing sanctuaries, foam dance floors and, of course, plenty of shade for comfy camping. Forewarning, if you’re trying to booze up, it’s maybe not the festival for you, as they have “Get saucy, not sauced” policy, which promotes a safe, alcohol-free environment. But, after marathon party sessions at festivals like EDC, Coachella, and Ultra, this could be a very welcomed break.

Before you dive into the playlist we curated for you, we also should mention that our friends over at Cadence & Cause have your chance to win two (4-Day All-Inclusive) Yogi Passes, a Saucy Spa Pass (in case you need a shower), and a $100 gift certificate for merch at the festival. Your entry will help impact a cause that really hits home to the show’s promoter’s – planting new trees in American forests – so events like this can continue to happen for a long time to come.

’Thirftworks – The Newter Shooter’
’Lynx – Picture (The Polish Ambassador Remix)’
’Wildlight – The Tide – Rain’
’pantyraid – Wanting Moves’
’Where are ü now – Ember Island cover(Minnesota remix)’
’Minnesota – Hold Up’
’Minnesota – Living Together’
’Doja Cat – So High (StéLouse Flip)’
’Owl City X Said The Sky – Fireflies (StéLouse Edit)’
’Champagne Drip – Open Your Eyes’
’Champagne Drip – Moonlight’
’Autograf – Dream.’
’Autograf – Metaphysical (ft. Janelle Kroll)’
’Autograf
Future Soup (ft. Patrick Baker)’
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