[Electronic] DIVERSA – Of The Mysterious Voice (EP Review)

artworks-000118479859-lxsufl-original

Among the countless electronic music producers of today, music fans repeatedly encounter artists lending styles to and from one another. From the massive build up and drops of major EDM artists, to the ever growing adaptation of future bass by up and coming artists, setting oneself apart as a musician is arguably more difficult now than ever.

Thanks to a multitude of recent releases by Daktyl`, Skrux, and Obesøn, listeners have grown accustomed to high quality, genre blending music from the successful Hegemon label, pushing an already progressive-thinking music scene further. Last week we were unexpectedly graced with the release of fellow Hegemon label mate Diversa’s latest EP, “Of the Mysterious Voice”.

The five track EP, released via his newly minted affiliation in London-based Inspected (home to talented artists Gemini and Zeds Dead) is a beautiful, thought-provoking collection of tunes loosely termed as drum and bass. Continue reading

Related items:

[Electronic] Dead Battery – Recovery: Chapter 3, The Road To Recovery

Forestwander.com

The story continues to unfold. Dead Battery‘s tale of redemption through music in the form of his album, Recovery, has been parceled out since April 14th of this year, exactly a year after his accident. Along with the gripping chapter comes the vinyl sales for the album, so if you would like to pre-order a copy, you can do so at the Kannibalen Records store. If you’re the digital type, the iTunes pre-order is up for grabs. Just getting into the story? Check out chapter one and two to catch up on the journey brought to us by Kannibalen and SuicideSheep.

Now that a working consciousness has almost been fully regained, Dead Battery is starting his path of peaceful vengeance. He begins to comprehend that it will take a lot of time and effort for a new state of normalcy to come to fruition. His mind and body have been through a tremendous amount, and this recent episode is only partially reconstructed in memory. A reconstruction of the self takes place with these next four tracks that toy with disparate emotions.

’The Furry Stranger’

“The Furry Stranger” is the embodiment of a newfound energy. This helping hand is leading Dead Battery, but to what? After a minute of setting a fresh, mellow tone of a thankful sadness, a bustling drum beat comes in to set things in motion. Soon the figurative steps are augmented by epic horns as the ascension begins. It shall have its hurdles along the way, but with “The Furry Stranger,” there’s a palpable hope in the air.

’Floating’

“Floating” begins like a warm blanket of sound. A thankful Tobias has awoken to friends, family, and even strangers that are lending their support to his recovery. He has his own strength, but he is not in this by himself now. When one is ready to live alone, one can truly bask in the company of others. This light-hearted composition is indicative of an authentic optimism being solidified.

’Journey Abroad’

The “Journey Abroad” is an exercise of the imagination. Tobias has just regained control of his traumatized brain, and now he is erupting with emotions. There’s so much to be said, there’s so much to be done; he delivers a few those expressions in one complete package here. Despite being constricted in a physical space, he has his way of moving around, in his mind.

’City By The River’

The “City by The River” is a vantage point. Now that Dead Battery has risen from the hospital bed, and subsequently walked out on his own two feet, he is at a point of introspection. What is taking place is both the reflection of the past, and the rumination of the future.

Ready for chapter 4? We certainly are. Get ready for May 26th! Ps, if you pre-order a vinyl, you will be emailed a digital copy of the album on May 20th.

Related items:

[Indie/Rock] Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone

multi-love umo
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone

If you’re reading this on a mobile device we apologize for the irony.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have revealed ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ to be their second single ahead of their third LP Multi-Love which is due out May 26th, and it’s a hand-clapping psych-soul groove.

In a newsletter sent to fans, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson explains it’s about “missing somebody and that point where you refuse to accept online ‘connectivity’ as a substitute for being with someone IRL.”

Opening with a bit of meandering horns and classical guitar, ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ bounces around lyrical topics that include eating crickets, the aurora borealis, and wondering if the universe is really a hologram, all before putting the phone down and regrettably picking it up once again.

“Do you fall in love with the idea of someone? Or the chemicals they give off in person? Either way, I’ve got to get off my phone,” Nielson concludes.

TOUR DATES:
Continue reading

Related items:

Higher – Indica/Sativa (SectionZ 4/20 Playlists) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

sativa

Even though the celebrations taking place today are standard fare out here in Colorado, we know our ninjas all across the globe are looking forward to this unofficial, yet widely recognized holiday. In honor of 4/20, we’ve partnered with the forward-thinking electronic label SectionZ Records to help release a free, two-part, 31-track compilation.

Titled SectionZ Higher, this collection encompasses the diversity of their roster and highlights the label’s strong commitment to marijuana law reform. This free double album features tracks from lauded SectionZ artists like Savant and Mr. Bill alongside relative newcomers like Evoke, Panda Coast, and Zanski.

We chose tracks that contain multiple levels of both meaning and sonic architecture. We also chose the tracks based on the different strains Indica and Sativa and how those affect both body and mind. A song like Mr. Bill & Evoke same lets you sink back into your mind as it plants a concept and gives you the perfect landing zone. For Sativa its different. It’s a very active high so we chose music that would compliment and inspire that, like Detective Orange – OMG I Can’t Even is more about moving and easily transitions into the background without losing its feel. – Josh Hernandez SectionZ Records

SATIVA – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE PLAYLIST.

’Savant – Zion’
’WeAreCastor – 7098’
’Zeiph – Solaris’
’Zeiph – Just In Time’
’Savant – Nebula’
’Zeiph – Turn & Twist (Original Mix)’
’WeAreCastor – Bon Voyage’
’Mr. Bill & Evoke – Same’
’Panda Coast – Pastels’
’Zanski – Wait For Me’
’Sonotherapy – Lloviznando’
’Sonotherapy – That Beautiful Integrity’
’Sonotherapy – Good Catches’
’Sonotherapy – Inner Paradise’
’Source Vibrations – Swadhisthana’
’Source Vibrations – Manipura’


unnamed (1)

INDICA – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE PLAYLIST.

’Mr. Bill & Tha Fruitbat – Straight Up Seminal Shit’
’Sikis – Bab to Twist’
’Zanski – Jersey Kids’
’Nymus – Filter Funk’
’WeAreCastor – Bots’
’Zanski – Saturnine’
’Savant – Return’
’Detective Orange – OMG I Can’t Even’
’Zanski – Serial Killer ft. Qwentalis’
’Detective Orange – Without You ft. Q’Aila’
’Hades of Spades – Machinedogs Reprise’
’Insan3lik3 – Even When I’m Down Under’
’Panda Coast – For Me’
’Exogenesis – Surreal’
’WeAreCastor – Outtro’
Related items:

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

Nature Photography

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.

Related items:

[Festival Preview] Lightning in a Bottle 2015 + Playlist

okokokok

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.

LIB-Lineup-Poster-2000x3125

Continue reading

Related items:

[Compilation] Onamazu Vol. 1

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 3.13.52 PM

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.

’B00N – Sadderdays’
’Premiere: Badtuner – Mrs.Shade (Mr.Tuner’s Black Box Mix)’
’Albert K – Slipping’
’Mr James – Eris’
’KACE – Give To You’
’MaxB – Circles’
’JohnyTiger – The Hour’
’WTCHCRFT – You’
’KYLI – In My Head’
’Saddest Bot Alive – Forever’
’Diamond Cvtter – Pawn Takes Knight’
’KACE – Rusty Nail’
Related items: