Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Atlas Hands (Thomas Jack Remix)
Thomas Jack continues to hold our attention and simultaneously impress with his unique execution of dance music. After featuring a series of his originals and remixes here on TMN, it is becoming apparent that the 2o year-old Australian is honing in on a sound that has been nothing short of purely infectious; already placing five tracks at #1 on the Hype Machine charts. It appears a little part of his rhythmic and tropical house melodies are crossing over to an insurmountable number of listeners, and his latest remix of Benjamin Francis Leftwich‘s elegant indie-folk ballad “Atlas Hands” again avows a special ability to reshape any genre into a dance floor appropriate cut. Once more, it is a keen sense of classical production combined with the use of orchestral instruments to create a house structure- a pan flute, acoustic guitar and violin in this case – which separates Thomas Jack from most of his young contemporaries. At least for now, before the avalanche of hype behind the young producer becomes too much, all of Thomas Jack’s library has been given away for free and this remix of “Atlas Hands” follows suit. Head on over and pick it up here ninjas, you won’t regret it.
Why does it feel like the moment your paycheck hits the bank, it’s gone before you even offer to buy it a drink? Can’t it just stay for a while? Just a little? If you feel abandoned by your hard working dollars, no need to fret. You’ve got the Indie Dojo to get you through the next excruciating couple weeks before your next one arrives. Not only is the Dojo as frequent, if not more, than a weekly paycheck, it’s free-er than air, requires no hard work and stays in the internet bank from the first playlist deposited. Consider it a savings account that continues to grow will little to no effort. And the best part of it is?….It wants nothing more then spend time with you….
The Daydream Club
Soundwaves of Gold (Remix)
Second Hand Heart
Spending My Time
Keston Cobblers Club
A Scene of Plenty
Message To Bears
Harnessing the powers of multi-instrumentalist Jerome Alexander, this one man recording act has a sound that the Pope himself would give a benevolent nod to. Infusing electronic production techniques with traditional folk stylings, “Moonlight,” has an ethereal feel that’s flirts across genres effortlessly, welcoming you in to a whole different world.
This tune is due up on Message to Bears’ upcoming album ‘Maps’ due for release November 12th 2013. Make sure to put a note on your calendar for this one. It’s surely one not to be missed.
Do You Realize (The Flaming Lips cover)
Coming hot off the heels of their breathtaking EP, The Water EP, Leeds based indie folk duo Fossil Collective are offering up their take on the legendary track, “Do You Realize.” The original tune, crafted by Grammy Award winning The Flaming Lips, is one of the more lyrically significant songs of the 2000′s, in our opinion. Wayne Coyne has a real knack for crafting thought provoking words.
The original psych-rock nature of the song has faded away, and in its place it’s clean guitar strums. Haunting vocal harmonies demonstrate the delicate folk nature in which Fossil Collective have made a name for themselves. Coupled with the powerful lyrics, Jonny Hooker and David Fendick’s vocals simply give us the chills.
This cover, released to celebrate their new EP, is one of our favorites as of late. Make sure you check out the EP, and snag “Do You Realize,” when you’re done.
Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face?
Do You Realize – we’re floating in space?
Do You Realize – that happiness makes you cry?
Do You Realize – that everyone you know someday will die?
Now that the sun goes down a little earlier and the air gets a little chillier, what better way to spend the early evenings then curled up with your favorite playlist., right? If you’ve got better plans than sitting home being lazy though, we definitely won’t hold you back. Thanks to wonders of technology, you can take tote us around as far as your smartphone will go.
The Pen Fallacy
Furthest Thing (Drake) Cover
There has been an absolute onslaught of covers from Drake’s new album. Out of the ashes of his love lit lyrics we keep hearing countless interpretations of his tunes. His apparently shattered heart served up ample opportunities for everyone else to take their turn playing with his lyrics. And, as expected, we have a great banjo driven cover for you to enjoy today.
New York youngster Raveena Aurora teamed up with The Sifters to serve up a delightful cover of “Furthest Thing.” Between the twangy plucks of the banjo and Raveena’s silky vocals, we simply can’t get enough.
James Vincent McMorrow
Sometimes you hear a voice and it just gets stuck with you. There’s something about the tone, the vocalist’s pitch or even their presentation. Something about it just sticks. James Vincent McMorrow has one of those voices.
Letting the spotlight affix itself to McMorrow’s glorious tone and lyrics, “Cavalier” welcomes you in, gracefully floating over softly played keys. The first taste lasts for quite some time, building up in a manner that’s painfully exquisite. It’s not until two and half minutes in that we’re hit with an instrumental wave, bringing what was a soft and inviting folk tune into something larger than life. With cinematic cymbal crashes charging alongside of repeating lyrics, we find ourselves nodding and saying, “hell yes.”
Immediately following that “hell yes,” we belted out a “damn it,” when we remembered that the rest of his album, Post Tropical, isn’t out till January. Patience is a virtue, right?