In the subgenre of tropical house, producer Sam Feldt isn’t usually a name that will ring a bell to most people. This recent release of a remix collaborating with Bloombox titled “On Trees and Birds and Fire”, is a tune originally by indie folk group I Am Oak.
This remix is amazing in the sense of how well Sam Feldt manages to turn folk music into this deep house goodness. The tune starts off with these wooden drumsticks samples, then the tropical bell sounds come in to join the mix together with the vocals. They talk about trees and birds so you can call this a country/folk fusion pop song that got turned into a tropical house remix. The idea is simple but genius. It might not have the necessary tropical house elements in the song, but the lyrics and the instrumentals definitely make up for it.
We are really excited to see what Sam Feldt has to offer. Go have a listen and we promise you won’t be disappointed!
A T E N R A Y S
Come With Me
One of the great finds of the day belongs to Aten Rays, a New York-based producer who specializes in being exploratory with new electronic elements and samples.
The tune starts off with this creepy humming chant, which is later used as a sample throughout the song. When the beat comes in, it helps create this abrupt house environment with the minimalist beat. The beat is well thought out and put together, and just when you think it’s about to get more complex, the breakdown part comes in with the reoccurring voice chant sample. This tune has an overall mystical and mysterious feel to it, resembling some of the work by Mr. Carmack. Go give it a listen and see if you can dig it!
Anjunadeep 06 Mini-Mix
There’s no doubt in anyone’s minds: deep is in. While you may have just chuckled at the sophomoric style humor references that could be associated with the previously mentioned statement, you can’t deny that Deep House, Tech House, and Indie House are making more than a splash in the industry, commanding the respect of anyone who has a set of ears, two legs, and the will to dance.
The legendary Anjunabeats label has been releasing deep, delectable treats for quite some time, but this latest collection seems to have really made a lasting impression in the EDM community. With a variation of underground deep house tunes, this mix is now sitting on the iTunes Dance Album Chart above Armin Van Buuren’s new comp, deadmau5, Dash Berlin, Martin Garrix, and all the other traditional mainstream electronic music that typically dominates this category.
It’s an exciting time to be a dance music fan, as we’re witnessing the most definitive shift in recent memory. So, press play on this gem and sit back. It’s a calming, yet energetic journey of the deeper variety. It’s onee that could lead you to a chill night at home, or a wild night out.
Only time will tell.
Adore You (Polar Youth refix)
We aren’t sure if posting a Miley Cyrus re-work is a good representation of our taste in music over here at TMN, however, we must point out that some kids sure do know how to flip her songs into something that we can actually enjoy for once. 19-year-old Belgium producer, Polar Youth, gave Miley’s “Adore You” a much needed chill trap tune-up in which she crafts this song into something truly, truly beautiful. With its subtle, tropical ambiance and a heavy 808 to chill us to the bone, Polar Youth flawlessly creates the perfect production to emphasize Miley’s lyrics on a much deeper value. Who would have thought we would be saying these types of things about Miley and her unique behaviors? Lucky for her, it took some girl power to give this song a certain desirability for all of us to enjoy. While Polar Youth continues taking over this genre, get your free download and adore it until you find yourself in a bear suit taking selfies in the bathroom (we really don’t think that will happen, so don’t worry).
LA-based rapper Sahtyre first surfaced last April with his debut mixtape, LSD (Prelude), which featured electronic production largely courtesy ninja-favorites Hippie Sabotage accompanied by gritty, yet thoughtful, rhymes. After being relatively quite for the last few months, the talented emcee dropped off an an enormous new song a couple days ago.
“Prince Thunder” employs a haunting sample of Prince‘s “Thunder” in tandem with a heavy, hypnotizing backdrop. Sahtyre showcases his quick flow, and insightful lyricism, leaving the listener ready for another project, which we hope is on the way. This will do just fine, though, to hold us over in the meantime.
Promiseland (Stint Remix)
When a tune sweeps its listener off of their feet within the first four bars there might not be anything more beautiful to most of us here at TMN. Such was the case when we got our Ninja hands on the latest remix from one of the freshest sounding artists to grace TMN this year, Stint. The way he’s contorted and twisted Canadian alt-popper Sebell’s “Promiseland” is nothing short of captivating, and we were in hook, line and sinker the moment we got our first taste of his two-step melody. But, obviously the centerpiece to Stint’s alluring rhythm comes in the form of an instrument we never thought would make an appearance on TMN post SBTRKT’s self titled LP; the Kalimba – which is essentially a scaled down harp, sometimes referred to as a “finger harp” or “thumb piano”. The aural ambience set by such an assuming instrument, dispersed amongst such a well composed sea of electronicism and R&B was one of the best pieces we’ve heard all month; so do your ears a solid and pick this one up for free here.
Tripping (Bonus Track)
Following the release of Samadhi EP, Iman Omari is back at it with a whole new album titled “Energy”. This song, “Tripping”, is the bonus track in the deluxe edition of the album. Incorporating soul and R&B with dreamy and downtempo beats, the LA singer/producer can do it all. This song is the definition of what tranquility sounds like. The vocals feature his signature muffled sound, and the slow bass comes in with the killer piano riff. In the limited duration of the song, you’re sucked into this dream and venturing into his world of music. There’s nothing better than chillaxing and feeling at ease with just the power of a simple tune, and any song on this album does just that.
If you’re into alternative, soul and lo-fi stuff just as much as we do, check out Iman Omari and give this a listen. Sky is the limit for this talented musician.