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

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After a night of drinking green beer and Irish car bombs, loud noises and playlists are probably not the most appealing thing. But thanks to the internets, the Indie Dojo will still be here tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

Vök
Before
Mansionair  
Hold Me Down (feat. Revier)
James Young
Parachute
Timothy Bloom
Stand In The Way (of My Love)
Novo Amor
From Gold
Lucy & the Caterpillar
Roads
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Sam Brookes – Kairo LP [Exclusive Full Stream]

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Early last week we reviewed Sam Brookes’s fantastic new LP, Kairo, describing it as

As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.

Read full review here

Today we have the privilege to bring you an exclusive first look at the entire album days before it’s official release.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2014 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSo we lost an hour of sleep and YUP, it’s definitely gonna suck for the first couple days. But when you think about what the future of daylight savings time holds, it totally redeems itself. Long summer nights, beach days, close to zero clothing and the good ol’ soundtracks that will forever bring you back to the smell of suntan lotion and BBQs. Sounds pretty glorious, doesn’t it? We think so. Which is why we are more than more than happy to get you started on soundtrack part. Ya know, to get your mind off the lack of sleep and into the positive sunshiny, groove of spring. Enjoy….

Raury
Gods Whisper
Cathedrals
Harlem
Hoodlem
Old Friend
The Landing
Anxieties
Misun
Met You ft. Sammy Bananas (Cousin Cole & Nacey Edit)
Farao
The Hours
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Ruben Haze – Johnny Rocket Man [TMN PREMIERE]

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Johnny Rocket Man

Ruben Haze has been grabbing the attention of the blogosphere worldwide in a strategic staggering of releases. This fictional character, comprised of Dirty South and vocalist Rudy Sandapa, released “City of Dreams” last week, which was something that some listeners were already somewhat familiar of. A lot of people remembered the vocals from the smash hit from Dirty South and Alesso, but none had heard the original version.

Today we’re excited to bring you another carefully selected tune from the debut four-track EP. “Johnny Rocket Man,” is a slow building, melodic folk tune that takes on a progressive nature. After a few times listening through, it’s easy to pick up on the associations of Dirty South’s production style in the studio, in this completely different genre. With calm, drifting finger picking, we’re taken on a lazy journey through emotion-rich lyrics from Sandapa. The track continues to gain momentum with the addition of some strings that allow the song to take on a much bolder and intense sound than we were originally expecting.

We’ve come to find that this EP has a very cinematic nature, boasting tremendous depth in it’s artistry. Make sure you pick it up on iTunes this Tuesday.

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[Indie] Marika Hackman – Deep Green

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Deep Green

As we close out a month long celebration of the artistry of UK based Marika Hackman, we’d like to offer up a sincere thank you for her time with us. With that being said, we have a tasty new track for you to enjoy.

Taking a slight departure from her expected sound, Marika has crafted something a little more upbeat than what we’re used to. Utilizing some deep, driving, tribal drums, we’re given a much less folk-centric sounding tune. While the tempo is something that we’re not used to coming from her, the dark and often ominous sound is definitely apparent.

“Deep Green” is due out on this youngsters upcoming EP, Deaf Heat, which will be dropping April 14th.

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Sam Brookes – Kairo [Album Review]

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With an intro as chillingly beautiful as one could have hoped for, we were sold on Kairo in the first thirty seconds. While we would have been perfectly happy only enjoying the 2:00 minute intro to Sam Brookes upcoming LP, there’s a whole other world of exploration to delve into.

We’re all waiting for albums that timelessly populate our speakers for years to come. They need to have the dynamic ability to capture your heart and captivate your imagination. With absolutely stunning soundscapes providing an illustrious backdrop for Brooke’s ethereal vocals, we’re left hopelessly daydreaming, carrying away to a much more cerebral place. Varying from haunting tales, articulately told over subdued finger picking, to upbeat folk gems that induce irresistible toothy grins, this is an album that fits that aforementioned description.

While the older version of “Numb” is listed below, one can feel the immense weight it carries in sheer vocal beauty, flawlessly displaying a gorgeous tone and range from Brookes. The instrumentals are understated, featuring a splashy jazz style drum pattern and light finger picking, which allows you to intensely follow the vocals word for word. Boasting associations of Patrick Watson and James Vincent McMorrow, “Numb” will have you feeling anything but, carrying an ominous electricity with every verse.

“Frequency” offers a much more instrumentally-driven sound, combining playful melodies of strings, piano keys, and an almost new-age feel. Utilizing some vocal percussion in addition to the instrumentals, this softly sung tune is are given a unique sound, playing effortlessly with enchanting harmonies. On the other side of the spectrum, you have songs like “This is The Place” and “James” that features a much more upbeat tempo. With a big bass kick, endearing lyrics and some playful guitar work, you can instantly feel yourself throwing these playful songs on in the car during your next road trip.

As a whole, this fan-funded 10 track LP (due out March 17th) is a transcendence-rich musical journey that is sure to be a mainstay in your collection for years to come.

JAMES
Numb
Frequency
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (March 2014 Round #1)

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Tuesdays are already better than Mondays, because well…they aren’t Mondays. But having an Indie Dojo to accompany you on your “glad it’s no longer Monday” journey might just be the cherry on top. So go on….Enjoy your day.

Cathedrals
Harlem
Racing Glaciers
Moths (Single Version)
Waters
Got To My Head
SKATERS
Miss Teen Massachusetts (We The Wild Remix)
Yumi Zouma
A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers
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