[Future] Katuchat – Lonely Cloud (EP)

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French based Moose Records recently released an EP that will be already be contending for one of the best of the year. Katuchat just made a statement with Lonely Cloud. Interweaving elements of Japanese influence, futuristic synths, and an air of unparalleled serenity, Katuchat cemented a spot as a prominent budding producer who should have your undivided attention.

From the plucks of Pink Lemonade to the final chimes of Pastel, this project carries a large potential of success to push electronic music in the right direction, not unlike Cashmere Cat‘s Wedding Bells EP. Calling on features from Andrea and his younger brother, Rusty Hook, Katuchat formulated a cold, but compelling world within these four tracks. He dives unwavering into an atmosphere intended for introspection and calm, and we definitely thank him for it.

’Katuchat – Pink Lemonade’
’Watercolor’
’Call Me (ft Andrea)’
’Pastel (ft. Rusty Hook)’
’Katuchat – Pink Lemonade (Fresing Remix)’
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[Insanity] Deadmau5 – Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) (Wild Boyz! Refix)

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Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) (Wild Boyz! Refix)

At certain times throughout our lives we come across music that makes us want to go 100% bat shit crazy. You know, the kind of song that makes you feel like you need to fight cyborgs or battle laser-shooting unicorns in a field of galactic warfare. Today we have something that will undoubtedly force you out of the house and into the streets where you will want to run around screaming obscenities around town – naked.

Helping us channel our inner Hulk are San Francisco producers, Wild Boyz, and their aggressive new refix of Dillon Francis’ remix of Deadmau5‘ “Some Chords”. That’s quite the mouthful to take in, but that shouldn’t deter you from raging face to this festival anthem (that will definitely be in this weeks FPP). Filled with hard-hitting synth stabs, 808’s galore, and a HEAVY load of literal heat, Wild Boyz! straight up threw us into a vortex of total weirdness. Our ninja clan can’t stop raving about this one and we know you’ll want to drink liquid nitrogen after hearing this the first time through, so press play and get ready to get silly.

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Kid Moxie w/ The Gaslamp Killer – Museum Motel (Serafim Tsotsonis Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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As if hand-delivered on a silver platter by the gods of music nerdery themselves, we have a synergistic soundscape that boasts nuances of three very different artists, all of which are of the headier variety. Needless to say, we’re stoked about it.

Kid Moxie, the multi-faceted Los Angeles-based artist, is unpredictable, to say the least. Sometimes poppy, sometimes orchestral, she keeps us guessing with childlike glee. The Gaslamp Killer is in the mix, who’s alt-hip hop has speaks for itself, what with all the expertly crafted samples and ingenious hip hop beats. Today we’re pleased to announce the third leg to this brainy collaboration, bringing you an intriguing remix from Greek producer Serafim Tsotsonis.

This accomplished musician has composed music for films, plays, documentaries, and video art in addition to remixing songs for numerous artists. Garnering adoration through the use of sonic experimentation and elaborate live performances, this impressive individual is coming to the blogosphere with an interesting take on “Museum Motel.”

In a way, he’s effectively brought it into the Gaslamp Killer’s realm, crafting a relaxed and cinematic soundscape that can be looked at in three parts. Before 3:25, the song builds dramatically through the use of sampled strings from the original, light spattering percussion, and layers upon layers of melodic piano work, synths, whistling, and vocal hauntings. After 3:25, we’re led through a dark and ominous breakdown, complete with an intensified industrial style drums and crunchy synths. When we pass the 4:15 mark, the song comes back full circle to the what we fell in love with in the beginning.

Gushing aside, Tsotsonis has found a new group of fans here at TMN. If you’re digging what he’s crafting, make sure to head to his website to pick up his recently released third album, Beautiful People.

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Best of 2014 – TMN Editors’ Picks

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2014 is finally drawing to a close, meaning it’s time to look back on the year that was. As music bloggers, most of our reflection is done through music. This year we’ve decided to bypass the obligatory rankings and lists that lead to inevitable disagreement and argument. Instead, four of our most noble editors took upon the task of arbitrarily selecting their favorites from the past twelve months and decided to share their picks with all of you. Think of it as one final gift from us for your continued support throughout 2014. We hope you enjoy the massive playlists we have below, and wish you a Happy New Years!
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[Chill] Gosh Pith – Smoke Bellow

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Don’t call it a comeback, but Detroit’s music scene made quite a comeback in 2014 thanks to innovative artists like Jack White, Danny Brown, and GRiZ. And while the Motor City is earning its mainstream appeal, it hasn’t lost its charm for independent and upcoming artists, such as the Gosh Pith duo. Inspired by the empty streets of their gritty city following nightlong raves and warehouse parties, the two created “Smoke Bellows”, yet the message is clear. True art is always out there, whether we know it or not. In a new era where artists can not only incorporate ideas and sounds from different genres, but distribute their creativity across multiple channels, the need and want for artists like Gosh Pith is becoming greater than ever and these two have the sonic intuition to have true staying power in the industry, whether it’s on stage or behind the scenes.

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[Nintendo/Experimental] Phil Beaudreau – Another Castle

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There’s definitely more to Phil Beaudreau than we can cram into a single song release, but we’re going to do our best. This enigmatic singer/songwriter is most definitely a crooner. One listen through “Fly” will have you whisked away to yesteryear, carried along the backs of a delicate section of strings, and a subtle, muted soundscape. Ultimately, this arrangement lets us focus on the glorious vocal progression, which artfully displays the beautiful tone and range from Mr. Beaudreau.

Other songs carry a more synth-pop vibe, however, they always focus strongly on vocals, and we can’t really blame anyone for that approach. None the less, the production style varies from song to song, always keeping the listener guessing.

Aside from the interesting arrangement of genres to back those soothing vocals, we know very little about this mysterious Angelino. In all honesty, we’re ok with that. We simply enjoy what we have, which happens to be some really impressive music.

Today we’re showcasing his latest tune, an homage to all those Nintendo nerds (myself included.) In an experimental 8-bit soundscape, Beaudreau gives us a hauntingly engaging tune, aptly named “Another Castle.” Take one listen, then delve into the rest of his work by clicking here.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2014 Round #3)

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We are seriously running out of gift buying time. The clock is tick, tick, ticking it’s way out of hands. If you find yourself out of money, out of time, out of patience or a combination of all three, you’ve come to the right place. The Indie Dojo’s got the remedies. Broke? No worries, cause we’re free. Running out of time? Not a problem, we’ve already put it together for you. Lacking patience? It’s ok. We hear music has a sort of soothing quality to it. Magical, right? So take a deep breath and forget about all that other crap, ’cause as always, the ninjas’ got you.

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Magic’
’Flower Drums – Don’t Wait (Feat. St. South)’
’Allman Brown – Sons And Daughters (feat. Liz Lawrence)’
’Cypher – Child (Prod. by Golden Vessel)’
’Lontalius – Happy (PHARRELL WILLIAMS COVER)’
’Kodiak Deathbeds – Cross That Line’

 

 

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