[Chill] Dead Battery – Recovery: Chapter 1, Dreaming In The Void

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A year ago today, Dead Battery was involved in an accident that resulted in him being in a coma. After two weeks in the ICU, he awoke and subsequently started on what has become Chapter 1 of his Recovery album.

Generally when we receive a press release, we do everything we can to avoid sounding like the press release. However, when an email came along with Dead Battery‘s new work, along with his breathtaking story, we decided we had no choice but to share the verbatim telling of this musical journey created by Kannibalen Records, the artist’s home label, and Suicide Sheep who is partnering on this magnificent, and dare we say megalith release. Chapter 1, Dreaming In The Void, is here, but the expedition has just begun.

The initial chapter of Recovery recounts Dead Battery’s state of pure unconsciousness. One does not know when one is asleep, and with a coma, it is the same way, but deeper. With sparse arrangements dominated by airy pads, warm keys and the occasional vocal, this chapter serves as the darkness that Dead Battery withstood.

Die Another Day

Enter into the void with a rugged, but chill dive into the bereft blackness. Bewildering pads and a tepid organ welcome you into the mystifying beginnings of what some might call a miracle. For now, it’s just a mysterious world. “Die Another Day” is a campaign of its own that with life-like percussion and a concluding piano phrase that’s simple, yet profound.

Nothing Lasts

“Nothing Lasts” opens with an insistent introduction. A sort of stage is angelically set by way of anticipation, as though one is in a waiting room, ready for the next step. This dreamlike sequence picks up once the percussion kicks in, and the shakers and keys pull the listener along a presumed path. Vocals patch up the second half of the song as the journey unravels.

Leaving The Light

Opening with a vocal sample expressing its name, “Leaving The Light” is the concretion of the aphotic experience. It’s a slightly upbeat descension further into the abstract reality. The closing segment summarizes the solidification of the shadow upon Dead Battery; a more complete darkness is now achieved.

Vanished World

A tranquil, yet haunting place is birthed with “Vanished World.” A breathy atmosphere is built, with percussion subtly entering into the space in due time. A female voice of the subconscious speaks through the musical web as things progress into a state of full immersion, where a resilient guitar takes over until being detuned out of existence. That is… until its resiliency fights off against the darkness of death.

We feel as though some intense new TV drama has hit the web, and now season one has finished off on an enticing note. Instead of a television program, it’s pure music, straight from the heart of a man who will forever be affected by what happened to him one year ago. Dead Battery has us intrigued, as these four tracks are only the beginning. If you’re already a fan, you can head over to iTunes to grab a pre-order of Recovery. Stay tuned, as we will make sure to cover each section of this album.

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[Festival Preview] Lightning in a Bottle 2015 + Playlist


Do you hear what we hear? It’s the sweet, sweet sound of festival season and it’s about time we get our eyes, ears, and minds ready for another year of sensational performances, overpriced beer, conflicting line-up times, and shower-less days to make us smell like regret the next morning. If you’re anything like us over here at TMN, then you understand just how important festival season is to us. Come on, who doesn’t love to spend hours upon hours of our weekends listening to some of the most talented artists from around the world while also connecting with like-minded individuals at the same exact time? Well, considering they’re not a wook…(please see THUMP article for more information on how to spot and avoid said wook).

With Coachella making it’s first pit stop this weekend and later this month, we can’t help but pack our bags a few weeks in advance because we’re prepared to take on this years Coachella head on. Clearly, we’re just really excited, but not because festival season is finally here, but because we just realized that we are 7 weeks shy of attending the latest and greatest gig, Lightning in a Bottle. Stationed out in the beautiful Bradley, California, LiB is back again and this time with loads of talent and entertainment that’ll rattle your bones and change your life all at the same time. We missed last years festivities and after listening to everyone and their mom (literally) tell us that LiB was the best thing to have ever happened to their lives, we can’t help but shed a million tears for not being present in the moment with some of the world’s most positive and uplifting people on this planet.


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[Compilation] Onamazu Vol. 1

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Onamazu may be new, but the eclectic collection of genres and artists they’ve assembled suggests otherwise. This the type of of project that prides itself on deep cuts. It’s the type of music that stands for challenging your usual tastes and helping you to discover music you didn’t even know that you enjoyed yet. From techno and trap, to juke and ambient, Onamazu has it all covered. There’s an overarching darker and brooding sensation to this project, but it’s developed passionately by those involved and mirrors the emotion put into it by each producer. Collectively, it works well and almost crafts a cohesive score even with eleven separate artists. This compilation is available everywhere from iTunes to Spotify, so enjoy it in any way you can, and absorb the atmosphere that Onamazu has carefully crafted.

Premiere: Badtuner
Mrs.Shade (Mr.Tuners Black Box Mix)
Albert K
Mr James
Give To You
The Hour
In My Head
Saddest Bot Alive
Diamond Cvtter
Pawn Takes Knight
Rusty Nail
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[Event Preview] The Underground Music Showcase – 7/23-7/26 – Denver, CO


After the raucous and discovery laden journey that was last year’s Underground Music Showcase in Denver, CO; we are once again gearing up for another edition of our favorite music festival in Denver. One of the few remaining music gatherings in our the fair city of Denver to eschew the typical smattering of major label festival fare, The UMS has dropped the first glimpse into a lineup boasting over 1,500+ acts strewn across various shops and bars dotting Denver’s South Broadway district, and we’ve already got stars in our widening Ninja eyes as a result. Buoyed by the gleaming synth-pop of Portland, OR’s STRFKR and the psych induced dream-rock of Brooklyn trio DIIV, as well as TMN Favorites Rose Quartz, Wild High and The Epilogues, this year’s UMS looks to be as top heavy as ever without skimping on any of the underground qualities which brought it to prominence in the first place. Grab your tickets here, and quite honestly, for our friends in Denver, $50.00 for a four-day paradisaical dip into some of the best atmosphere and music (of an absurd number of genres as well, mind you) the Mile High City has to offer is what we like to call in the industry… “a steal”.

Check out our 2014 coverage of The UMS here, stream our mini-playlist featuring a tune from each aforementioned act to stoke your UMS fire, and read the full lineup of announced artists thus far for the 2015 installment of The Underground Music Showcase below.

UMS 2015 first lineup announcement:

STRFKR, Diiv,  Milo Greene, Brick + Mortar, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), Moon Hooch, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Accordion Crimes, Beginners, Bud Bronson and the Good Timers, Colfax Speed Queen, Dragondeer, The Epilogues, Eros & the Eschaton, Gabriel, Garzón-Montano, In the Whale, The Knew, Land Lines, The Lonely Wild, Ned Garthe Explosion, Plum, Rose Quartz, Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts, Shady Elders, South of France, SPELLS, Wild High, Wiredogs, The Yawpers.

Golden Light
Leaving Now
Hunting Season



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[Compilation] Too Lush Vol. 3

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The collective mindset is strong these days. We’ve seen multiple compilations spring up and massive libraries of music develop instantly on SoundCloud. It’s amazing to witness so many artists backing each other up and banding together to create these projects, and one of the latest to do it is Too Lush. Their third volume is a whopping 25 track journey through club music, future styled beats and hip-hop influenced cosmic wonders that include a wide range of producers that are making waves throughout the SoundCloud community. There are a few familiar faces among this crew, and plenty of new ones to explore and expand your musical palette with. Whether you’re looking to kick your feet up and just bob your head or in the middle of the club jigging away, Too Lush Vol. 3 has got a track for that. They’re generously giving it away for free on their Bandcamp, so download it, take it wherever you go, and make it a party.

Tidal Chart Defect
Chris Jayden
Who Is She
T Pain & Lil Wayne
Cant Believe It (Catt Moop Remix)
Fine as Funk
Max Indigo
Sun Trumpet
Sigh ft. Flyboy!
Knite Watch
On Top Of The World
Squishy Squirtle
Jesse Bravo
This Could Be Lush
Sandro Jeeawock
I Know You
Frozen Sea
Im In Love
Jengi Beats
Panini Café
Joe Petersen
Fade To White
Phonome x Strick
Gear Island
Ca$h Bandicoot
Left, Right
Flow Castle x Slow Graffiti
Gangsta Luv
You Like It (KBoW x GRRL Remix)
Destinys Child
Bug A Boo (iMarkkeyz Remix)
Gutta x Dj K
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[Electronic] SBTRKT – No Less

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Since the release of his sophomore album last year, SBTRKT has kept busy touring the world performing both solo shows and festival spots. As a result, we haven’t heard much new music but all of that started changing earlier this week when the UK producer began covertly dropping new music on his Soundcloud page. Thus far there isn’t much info on where the three tracks will land but, based on the collection, they seem to be short musical sketches, each experimenting with different elements.

The latest loosie, “No Less,” came out earlier today and, despite clocking in at only 2 minutes, proves a relaxing, steadily building beauty. Utilizing quick, warping percussion the track immediately grabs your attention before commanding orchestral instrumentation emerges. After dipping down the energy one more time, the song ties together flawlessly at the end with all its different facets in full force. Give this enchanting jam a listen above, check out SBTRKT’s Soundcloud to see the rest of his recent releases and make sure not to miss him if you’re heading to one of the major festivals this year.

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[Chill] A Sol Mechanic – flight

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Things can get stressful by the middle of the week, and A Sol Mechanic is here to help ease the anxiety with a new original, “flight.” There’s no shortage of vibes when it comes to an ASM tune, and “flight” delivers with cascading synths, hip-hop rhythm, and comforting sense of calm. There’s even a little hint of Tycho throughout, and that certainly is never a bad thing. Whether you just kicking off your day as the sun rises, or you’re heading home after a long day at work, this fresh new ASM track is a perfect fit for your go-to playlist.

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