[Electronic] SBTRKT – IMO


I may have lied in my last post. This is the perfect way to cap off an excellent week of great material. Actually, I’m not even convinced that we’re done here given the amount of quality music that keeps streaming in by the hour. With SBTRKT currently working on his sophomore release, we’ve been given the opportunity to get a sneak peek of what to expect from the new project. According to the British producer, “IMO” is an unmixed/unmastered track from his recording sessions. That description seems somewhat daunting though, because if this is what his unmastered material sounds like, we have no idea what results to expect from his polished off releases. The hypnotic new single is compliment by equally stunning neon visuals which were crafted by Lorenzo Durantini. As excited as we are for this song, it does come with somber tidings, as this is dedicated to Jerome’s late brother, Daniel. Get lost in this breathtaking soundscape, and be on the lookout for

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[Post-Soul] BANKS – Bedroom Wall (Prod. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)

Bedroom Wall (Prod. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)

If BANKS and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs decided to record an entire project together, I would not complain. After dropping her outstanding LONDON EP yesterday, the LA songstress comes through with one of the project’s standouts, “Bedroom Wall.” As the title suggests, the track is meant to be heard in a very specific space, and at a specific time even. It’s the type of song that you unwind to at the end of a late night, where you find yourself lost in the willowy, atmospheric production as BANKS guides you along with her delicate, velvety vocals. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I found myself closing my eyes and zoning out as I wrote this (that also might have to do with my sleep deprivation, but I’d like to believe otherwise).

If this single doesn’t finally convince you to grab a copy of BANKS’ LONDON EP, then I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe it’s time to invest in some new headphones, because you’re definitely missing out on something special.

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[NEW] BANKS – This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)

This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)

Ever since BANKS emerged earlier this year, she’s been on constant rotation around the top secret TMN offices. “This Is What It Feels Like” represents yet another spectacular hit to add to the LA native’s repertoire. Upon pressing play, the eerie intro instantly evokes images of a spaceship touching down on Earth for the first time, almost as if affirming BANKS’s arrival onto the scene. The groaning bass and ethereal synths from Lil Silva and Jamie Woon are soon overtaken by crisp and ruminating vocals, all of which help the single achieve a sound that is both menacing and exhilarating at the same time

After playing the “Waiting Game” for much too long, we finally have our hands on BANKS’ LONDON EP and are absolutely in love with it. Make sure to grab yourself a copy on iTunes, and look out for BANKS in your city as she tours with The Weeknd.

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[Album Review] The Weeknd – Kiss Land

’The Weeknd – Professional’
’The Weeknd – Wanderlust’
’The Weeknd – Adaptation’

A modern day Michael Jackson may have been reincarnated into The Weeknd. Ok, maybe not as legendary but the artist, also known as Abel Tesfaye, embodies a darker, troubled, and more realistic version of the R&B singer for this generation. After dropping the 3-part mixtape series House of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes of Silence and building up a well-deserved following, the Toronto artist trades in sexual overtones for a more polished sound on his XO and Universal Republic Records debut, Kiss Land.

With minimal press and promotion, other than the slight drama with fellow Toronto labelmate Drake, The Weeknd lets his music speak for itself on Kiss Land. Considering that this is technically his 4th full length album, the 23 year-old singer has developed a signature sound of falsetto vocals, atmospheric synths, and innovative textures revolving around relationships, sex, addiction, intimacy, and drug-induced trysts with groupies or strippers just looking for a night with stardom. There is an undeniable sadness in his tones and lyrics that only a lack of love and true intimacy can evoke with a studio perfected sound that Universal Records brings.

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[MEGA SUMMER PLAYLIST] Volume 3 – Alternative

TMN Alt Summer

Summer might be nearing an end, and for some of you, that means the new school year is on the horizon. We at TMN though are here to remind you that as long as the weather’s still warm and the sun is still shining, there’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself. As a tribute to our absolute favorite season of the year, we’ve assembled four Mega Summer Playlists for your listening pleasure. Last week we brought you over 130 tracks of pure Hip-Hop goodness, and the week prior, we kicked off our series with an awesome Indie Rock/Fock playlist. Next week, we’ll  close things out with the final edition, which will be a massive EDM playlist guaranteed to end your summer with a resounding bang. This week’s collection however, is all bout the Alternative hits. What exactly counts as “Alternative” you may ask? Well, really it’s anything that doesn’t fit in with our other three themes. In fact, this might be our most exciting playlist of all, because since it isn’t clearly defined, it means anything can go here.

With that being said, we really hope this makes the last moments of your summer that much more enjoyable. So press play, kick back by the pool, throw on those Wayfarers, turn your speakers to full blast and get ready to chill, HARD.

– TMN Staff

’Rhye – Open’
’Rhye – One Of Those Summer Days (Felix! Edit)’
’Washed Out – Don’t Give Up’
’▼ ▲ GEMS ▼ ▲ – All I Ever’
’Willow Beats – Blue’
’Lapland – Unwise’
’Shook – Summer Heat (Album Version)’
’Lorde – Tennis Court’
’We Sink – White Lies (feat. Eski Göten)’
’Flume – Insane feat. Moon Holiday’
’Candy Claws – Transitional Bird (Clever Girl)’
’Jungle – Drops’
’Sampha – Without’
’Kaytranada – ALL WE DO (FEAT JMSN)’
’Freeze Tag – Fall In Love’
’Sango – Here With Me’
’Bondax – Giving It All (Radio Edit)’
’Moon Boots – No One’
’Woodkid – I Love You (Pharrell Remix)’
’Naughty Boy – La La La (feat. Sam Smith)’
’Disclosure – Latch ft. Sam Smith’
’Disclosure – White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge’
’AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies’
’AlunaGeorge – Bad Idea’
’Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form ft. Shy Girls’
’Taku – Hey Justin Pt.II’
’Miguel – Do You… (Cashmere Cat Remix)’
’Snakehips – On & On (Snakehips Edit)’
’BANKS – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)’
’Hippie Sabotage
’Blackstreet – No Diggity (Bondax Edit)’
’Dornik – Something About You’
’Kendrick Lamar – Bitch Dont Kill my Vibe (Moduloktopus reTwerk bootleg)’
’Fryars – Cool Like Me’
’Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us’
’CKSNL – Orlando (Instrumental Mix)’
’Le Youth – C O O L (Henry Krinkle Remix)’
’Summer Heart – Beat of Your Heart’
Delorean – Spirit’
’YOUNG GALAXY – New Summer’

’Club 8 – I’m not gonna grow old’

’Still Corners – Future Age’
’Kisses – Air Conditioning’
’Viceroy – Dream Of Bombay (feat Chela)’
’Azure Blue – Willows And Pines’
’CHVRCHES – Recover’
’TOKiMONSTA – Go With It feat MNDR’
’SURF – A320’
’Izzy Bizu
White Tiger (Hippie Sabotage Remix)’
’Pigeon Hole – June’
’Andrew Bayer – Need Your Love (Phonat Remix)’
’Bloc Party – Ratchet (Rustie Remix)’
’Lorde – Royals (RAAK Remix) feat. Gilbere Forte’
’MØ – Pilgrim’
’Fyfe – St. Tropez’
’alt J – Fitzpleasure (jim james apple C remix)’
’Thundercat – Heartbreaks + Setbacks’
’Summer Camp – Fresh’
’Free n Losh – The Best Is Yet To Come’
’Du Tonc – Darkness’
’Atlas Genius – Back Seat (Goldroom Remix)’
’Carousel – Another Day’
’Carousel – Dancing On My Own (Robyn Cover)’
’Call Me Señor – Begging For Trouble’
’Empire Of The Sun – Alive’
’Dan Black – Hearts feat. Kelis’
’Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments (Remix) Ft. A$AP Rocky’
’HAIM – Falling’
’Capital Cities – Farrah Fawcett Hair (Ft. André 3000)’
’Elliphant – Down On Life’
’Magic Man – Paris’
’Magic Man – Texas’
’Cosmo’s Midnight – Phantasm feat. Nicole Millar’
’Little Daylight – Name In Lights’
’Dive In – Let Go’
’stwo – Try to resist’
’Jay Sean Feat. Rick Ross – Mars (SiNGAM Remix)’
’Wave Racer – Rock U Tonite’
’Phoenix – Entertainment (Blood Orange Remix)’
’Work Drugs – Digital Girl’
’Carousel – Stay Awake’
’Ellie Goulding – Burn’
’John Newman – Love Me Again’
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[Gloom] Cross My Heart and Hope to Die – Rollercoasting

Cross My Heart

It’s been a while since we’ve featured something on the darker side. With summer coming to an end, we’ve heard plenty of warm sunny tunes. While we love those all the same, we’re excited to finally hear something a little on the macabre. Leave it to legendary experimental hip-hop and bass producer of Cypress Hill fame, DJ Muggs.

Amongst his many other projects this year, Muggs has teamed up with singer Brevi to bring us this cinematic hip hop tune under the moniker Cross My Heart and Hope to Die. The slow twangs of guitar create deliciously gloomy backdrop for Brevi to lay down some softly sung lyrics. It’s eerie, overwhelmingly rich in simplicity, and easy to sing along with.

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[Electronic] James Young – “Dark Star” + Milkman Remix


 Jaymes Young came across our desks here at TMN seemingly out of nowhere, but carried with him more credibility than many artists who have been playing together for years. As a first ever live performance, Young opened for a band who should need no introduction to any level of music consumer, The Rolling Stones, at the revered Hyde Park in London. Quite a way to introduce oneself to the world, and thankfully a glimmering dose of musical integrity is there to back up all of that deserved hype, at least that is how we feel about it. On August 20, James Young will release a mixtape of sorts featuring 13 original tracks including this juicy cut “Dark Star”. “Dark Star” mixes a dubstep drum pattern on a much more melodic and connective level, utilizing familiar instrumentation with guitar and piano stabs rolling the beat right along. A quick glance at Young’s Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter reveals not much of anything, including a current location, which all feels like a move made to let the music speak for itself. It is becoming increasingly rare to see an artist emerge without the support of a giant P.R. firm maintaining their delicate image and interviews, so this was a release in which we were enamored with for that very reason.

In addition to Jaymes Young’s original version of “Dark Star”, we’ve also included an electro remix from San Diego’s Milkman. Milkman has gained notoriety playing main support already to the likes of Skrillex, Diplo and Dada Life, so it was a symbiotic pairing for TMN and this choice remix. Listen to both tracks below, and get your Monday night in order right now.

’Dark Star’
’Jaymes Young – Dark Star (Milkman Remix)’
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