[Album Review] French Style Furs – Is Exotic Bait

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“You are going to be pleasantly surprised by this / You will find yourself sweetly insulted,” seduces Nathan Willett in the opening line of “Miami U R About 2 B Surprised,” and he couldn’t have been more right.

I remember being very surprised when I read the announcement that the Cold War Kids frontman and bandmate Matt Maust were teaming up with We Barbarians drummer Nathan Warkentin (with Haley Dekle of Dirty Projectors featuring as well) to form side-project turned supergroup French Style Furs, and now it’s finally here, with the trio releasing their debut LP Is Exotic Bait on Frenchkiss Records today.

Named after a storefront in Brooklyn and cultivated in spontaneity, French Style Furs is abstract and pulsing with the kind of creative urgency that comes with writing and recording in between shows, with Willett’s signature howls, barks, and wails giving restless life to lyrics inspired by Trappist monk and mystic Thomas Merton’s poetry.

Opening with the quasi-autobiographical “3 Friends,” Is Exotic Bait exudes this vivacity, confidently declaring “Damn it / We are here” after chronicling the musicians’ decision to “Live together and know nothing of it,” with “No plans / No benefits,” and asking “Could we just fly in space / And forget to exist?” If that isn’t the description of playing in a band then I don’t know what is.

Taking the dance-inspiring synth vibes explored in Cold War Kids’ last album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts and running with them, Willett and co. get downright frantic in “All The Way Down,” before transitioning into the fuzzy, vaguely U2-esque riffs of “(World In My) Bloodstream.”

Standout track “Solitary Life” opens with one of the best bass grooves of Maust’s discography so far (you can almost see him jerkily swaying on stage as you hear it) before swinging horns, Dekle’s vocalizations, and even some cowbell are layered on.

Produced by Nick Launay, whose past projects include Nick Cave (one of the Cold War Kids duo’s main influences) and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Is Exotic Bait is steeped in the brooding of the former and the sharpness of the latter; “Miami” and “Turn or Burn” display some of the darkest and deepest vocals ever recorded by Willett, while the beat and pulse of “Christmas Card” could just as easily be filled with Karen O’s shrieks and shouts.

Complete with another beautiful specimen of cover art from Maust, Is Exotic Bait is good on its promise of being one of this year’s most pleasant surprises. Oh, and only Willett could write a song called “Ambassadors Of General Electric” and make it sexy as hell. Check it out in its full glory below:

3 Friends
All The Way Down
(World In My) Bloodstream
Solitary Life
Miami U R About 2 B Surprised
Ambassadors Of General Electric
Turn or Burn
Man The Master
Christmas Card
Clairvaux Prison
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #91

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Yo ninjas! So our Chill Dojo master, Michael, is off sight-seeing the world right now and has asked me to step in to provide you all with this weeks down-tempo beats. I may not be a certified dojo master just yet, but i’ll make sure to make you all feel some type of way.

Loaded with a wide range of chilled out vibes from all over, I think this dojo will speak for itself when I say it’s jam packed with some heavy feels from some of TMN’s favorite artists, such as: Lido, Telescope Thieves, P A T HPusher, and more. As you prepare to press play, just know that this playlist was specifically designed to enhance your current state of mind for the rest of the week. We hope you ninjas are prepared to go deep with this dojo because I may or may not have chilled this tone down a bit more than usual. Until next time – peace!

ZHU
Faded (Lido remix)
Snakehips
Days With You (ft Sinead Harnett)
Russ Liquid
Speedster
Pop It  (ABSRDST Remix)
Alive Again (feat. Citizen Kay)
Memorecks  
Trouble (Free n Losh Remix)
Porter Robinson
Sad Machine (Anamanaguchi Remix)
Gorgon City
Here For You (Bronze Whale Remix)
Luster (feat. aywy)
Cashmere Cat
With Me (In Love With A Ghost Edit)
Milo Häfliger
Scar Tissue (Remix)
Emlyn
Ritual (Henry Green Remix)
Gold
Laura Jae
Let Go (Joymback Remix)
Phazz
You
Alicks
Outside
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Avaritia (Dropwizz Chillout Mix)
Romby
Luminous
Ryn Weaver
OctaHate (Pusher Flip)
P A T H
C O M I N G  D O W N
Pablo Nouvelle
Invading My Mind Ft. Fiona Daniel
Glow Coin (edapollo Remix)
grand marnier/ celeste.

 

 

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[Trap] Two Dots Theme Song (Proper Villains Remix)

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Two Dots Theme Song (Proper Villains remix)

Leave it to Proper Villains to take a mobile phone app theme song and transform it into a trapped out anthem. You heard us correctly. A MOBILE PHONE APPLICATION THEME SONG. Proper Villains decided to unleash his havoc on the popular game, Two Dots, to which he instantly makes us all put on our stanky faces. The harmless and innocent essence of the original theme song will never sound the same ever again thanks to Proper Villains.

This anthem is loaded with frenzy, angst, and a boat load of high hat heat. Not only has he given us a reason to go out and actually want to play this game, but he has also given us a reason to expect the unexpected when it comes to the limitless productions he creates. Now go enjoy your Friday with this heavy banger – but beware – you might become just as addicted to Two Dots as you were with Flappy Bird. You have been warned, ninjas.

In case you were wondering what the original sounds like…

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[Event Preview] Take 2 Entertainment Presents: Boatylicious

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Grab the sun tan lotion and throw on your bathing suits everyone, because Boatylicious is back again this year and hotter than ever! Brought to you by Take 2 Entertainment, Boatylicious is set to depart from the docks of Long Beach, CA on July 5th at 6 PM. Celebrating its 1 year anniversary on 4th of July weekend, Boatylicious is bound to make us all wanna go bump in the night. This year’s line-up is stacked with some of the spiciest talent out there, such as: Yolanda Be Cool, Moon Boots, Sam Hiller, Kid B, Ruby SparksaRod, and The Interns. The triple-decker boat will have both an indoor and outdoor stage, which should create a more intimate vibe that’s strong enough to get everyone out on the dance floor and ready to groove the night away. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect way to celebrate your 4th of July weekend, then we might ask you to re-evaluate your idea of fun.

If you are stationed in the Los Angeles area, and want to attend a party before the party actually starts, then you’re in luck because Take 2 Entertainment is bringing back the party buses – and this time with 2! The buses will only be able to hold 54 people, so make sure to book your ticket and get groovin’ before anyone else. For more information about pick-up locations, check out Take 2 Entertainment online.

If you’re down to party with good music and people, all while cruising around the Long Beach harbor on a boat, then Boatylicious is calling you! Get your tickets today before it sells out. See you ninjas on the deck.

Moon Boots
Whatever You Need
Yolanda Be Cool
Cause I Like It (Original Mix)
Case Of The Ex (Ruby Sparks & Shiny Remix)
AROD & BONES
Holidaze 2013 Mix
Kid B
dope vol. 4
The Interns
Lunch Break Vol. 7
Control Radio 065
Mixed By Sam Hiller

Check out last year’s Boatylicious adventure in this re-cap video after the jump: Continue reading

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[Chill] fwdslxsh – With You (P A T H remix)

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With You (P A T H Remix)

We know you ninjas love to chill out on “hump day”, so we present you with this beautiful remix. P A T H has been cranking out some serious heat and making his way all over the blogosphere lately. You may not believe it from his mature production quality, but P A T H is only sixteen years old. The fact that his tunes don’t really fit into a specific sub-genre really sold me on his music. His latest production is a spin on fwdslxsh’s “With You”. This remix has my body swaying uncontrollably with the panning on the percussion and chopped up vocals. The pitched vocals and water noises add a beautiful touch as well. Really looking forward to more from this prodigy after this soul piercing track. When it ends you’ll be craving for more; luckily this is a free download so you can enjoy until his next release!

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[NEW] Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine

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Hunger Of The Pine

U.K.-based band, Alt-J, blew the music world away with their 2012 debut album, An Awesome Wave, which won England’s highly-respected Mercury Prize and led them on an extensive worldwide tour. After a long hiatus from new music and parting ways with one of their band members, they are back with the lead single from their upcoming album, This Is All Yours.

“Hunger of the Pine” continues the unique, experimental narrative expressed in their first project, but carries a slightly more solemn progression to it meant to capture feelings of longing. The slow-build proves powerful drawing the listener into Alt-J’s deeply and delightfully emotional world. If you listen closely, you may recognize an unexpected, warped vocal sample through out, which the band members identified as Miley Cyrus singing “I’m a female rebel” on her song “4×4.”

Although it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, the track definitely leaves speculation open as to the direction of their sound making it a particularly compelling glimpse. Stream above and pre-order the album, which drops on September 22nd, on iTunes to get an instant download of this first release.

[via NPR]

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cln – Sideways EP [TMN Premiere]

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We here at TMN have come to the conclusion that the Aussie’s know a thing or two about music. Not only have they cultivated their own genre of music (ADM), but they continue to push production towards a more forward thinking level. One such artist that has caught the likes of our attention is 19-year-old Brisbane native, Callan Alexander, or as we know him, cln. After stumbling upon his SoundCloud, we instantly became drawn to his style of music and his ability to capture our attention at the drop of a beat.

Well ninjas, we are extremely happy to announce the premiere of his debut EP, Sideways. The EP contains 5 tracks in which each song tells a story in and of itself through cln’s intricate style of production. Last month he released the lead single, “Better Than”, and received an overwhelming response from people all over the world. We are stoked to have been apart of that particular mass of people to have come across this extremely talented producer and felt the dire need to share his artistry with all of you.

The Sideways EP has spoken something extremely rare to us and coming from a team of experts who have such a dellectable taste in music, there aren’t too many artists at cln’s age that have made us rethink everything about the external world around us like he has. His sound resonates the type of vibe that only the introverted mind can truly wrap their minds around and understand the story that each song tells us. Cln is approaching the classic Aussie style of production in an entirely different way when compared to the big dogs in the game like Flume, What So Not, L D R U, Kilter, Yahtzel, and many more. In all honesty, cln has the knowledge, the skills, and the emotive tie to music that sets him apart from these guys and we could not be any more excited for what he has in store for us now that his career is taking off.

So before you press play and zone out into a new dimension of thought, we suggest that you go sit outside and soak in the ray of sunshine that permeates every barrier that lie within you. Let the entirety of this EP take you on a journey towards a more elevated state of mind and feel each song in their organic form. We promise you’ll come back to reality with clarity, peace, and a rejuvenated soul to get you through the rest of the week. So as we welcome all of you music fanatics to the enchanting side of the world, just know that we wouldn’t want to introduce you to this side of the spectrum with anyone else but cln. Cheers, ninjas!

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Better Than
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Dayum
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Sideways
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What You Said
Golden Vessel
Stairwell (cln Remix)
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