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Drive (The 1975 Remix)
If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from The 1975, it’s to never expect anything. Taking the world by storms in a year’s time, this Manchester based four-piece went from subtly self-releasing songs to playing nearly every major festival. Let’s put it this way, when we first saw them in Denver, they played at the Marquis, a venue that holds 157 people. The next time we caught them, they were on the second largest stage at Coachella. Next on our list is seeing them at the Filmore, which holds 4,500.
Despite being an indie rock band heavily rooted in classic instrumentation, the band also flirts with electronica often. “M.O.N.E.Y,” from their debut album, sports crackling atmospheric hiss layered over choppy samples and glitchy synths. Their remix of McMorrow’s “Cavalier” displays some of the same respect for the electronic, developing a luscious soundscape behind McMorrow’s breathtaking vocals.
In their second collaboration with Travi$ Scott, (the first being “Don’t Play”), we’re offered up a unique blend of sultry bass and indie rock, topped off with verses from the original and a verse from Matty. It’s encapsulating, careening down your spine with a seductive bassline worthy of each and every bedroom playlist it will eventually find its way into.
Jez Dior captured our attention back in 2012, and we’ve been tracking his career ever since. This often emotional lyricist has an overwhelmingly unique style, fueled by whisky, love, and lorn-laced messages.
Through the years, we’ve had the pleasure of personally connecting with this young man, exchanging emails, IMs, and texts, keeping up with what’s going on with each other. On the heels of his upcoming single, “Clean Me Up,” we noticed a distinct shift in his songwriting. With previous releases titled, “Who Drank My Whiskey,” and “Old No. 7,” we could only assume that there’s something behind it all.
Having a personal relationship with Jez helped get our foot in the door to talk about what’s going on in his life. Without interview questions, or a pre-planned approach, we talked. In a simple 20-minute conversation, we dug deep, getting an insight into his artistry.
TMN: Let’s talk about the release that just came out today, “Starts Again”
JD: It’s a song that we’ve been sitting on for a little bit of time, and we weren’t quite sure if we were going to put it on the album or not. It’s been a little bit since we last released “Kings,” so I just said “Fuck it, let’s put it out.” I hate making everyone, and I love putting out new material.
It’s a song that’s basically about the ups and downs of relationships, and the constant circle you’re in if it’s an emotional one. I definitely have been. It’s based off of that and everything you go through when you’re in love, or whatever type of relationship you’re in.
TMN: The album that you talked about is “Clean Me Up.” right?
JD: “Clean Me Up” is the first single. We were actually going to name it that, but I have a documentary coming out that’s titled that. So, it’s the first single off the upcoming album, which is untitled for now.
Sea Full Of Sharks (feat. Hannah Georgas)
As we come out of our luxurious three-day weekend, we’re anxious to start unloading the bevy of delicious tunes that stacked up over the brak. Among a few other premieres we have today, we’re admittedly most excited to bring you this genre-bending tune from 18 year old rapper, OSWALD.
Hailing from San Francisco’s flourishing hip hop scene, this deep-thinking, often-cerebral lyricist is following up on a what seems like a year-long release hiatus, welcoming his fans back to his next level observations. “Sea Full of Sharks” is an interesting blend of musical genres, creating something that will flirt effortlessly with the varying fans from each. Canadian singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas walks the song in to some fluttering chords and driving hip hop percussion, leading us to think that we might be in store for a supercharged synth pop song.
Taking an unexpected turn, OSWALD enters the tune, laying down his views on the milked over state of hip hop. Throughout his verses, which stylistically remind us of Das Racist at times, Georgas pops in and out with her delicate indie style vocals for the chorus. It’s not only a unique approach, but it’s one that we can’t stop listening to.
Look for “Sea Full of Sharks” on OSWALD’s debut EP, Ride, due out October 14th.
Are We Faded
TMN: Hey Guys! Thank you for taking some time to sit down with us today. First off, let’s talk about the EP, which is due out September 23rd. What can people come to expect from Every Nite?
Matisse: Weird rap beats that are emotional but still warrant a dance party. Pitched up vocals, morphed samples, synths, bangin rap drums.
TMN: Following up on that, is this EP more of a concept piece, or a collection of songs? Do you envision people listening from song one to the finish, or shuffling it up a bit?
Flo: Yes definitely! We set out to make a sort of mini-album that has some interludes and is a good listen all the way through as opposed to just some cool tracks thrown together. The whole thing is meant to capture the vibe of the night. With regards to how ppl listen to it, we know that’s sort of out of our control, but we hope ppl take it in as the entire ep.
TMN: You just released the first single, “Are We Faded,” which is an absolutely monstrous tune, which focuses highly on a beautiful combination of melodic synths, future bass, and expert vocal sampling. Where did the inspiration come from on this particular song?
TMN: You guys flexed your musical muscle with a diverse blend of styles in this EP. How did that come to be? Did you intentionally set out to cover different styles music, or did it just flow naturally in the production?
During the Gold Rush, the area where Golden Gate Park currently resides was referred to as the “Outside Lands,” a sprawling seemingly uninhabitable expanse, before being adopted by the city of San Francisco and developed into what is now the gorgeous western portion of the city. Today, Outside Lands carries a whole new meaning as the the premiere music festival of the Bay Area located in the heart of the park. Every event has a unique charm and, for OSL, the magic of San Francisco’s physical and cultural beauty is truly at its core. With breathtaking scenery, quality food/wine and the lingering remnants of the hippie movement, Outside Lands 2014 served as yet another reminder of why the area has become, and has for so long been, such a desirable destination even with its famously cold summer weather.
Just over two weeks have passed since we took our final steps out of what was the most popular OSL in the event’s history. In the days following a festival, the mundanity of everyday life can become particularly evident. Luckily, with concerts, there’s always an artist’s music to revive the excitement of your most memorable, albeit sometimes least remembered, moments. This year’s Outside Lands lineup featured an incredible diversity in artistic styles making for a broad range of experiences to look back on. Join us as we take revisit a dozen of our top highlights from the weekend through photos and songs. Continue reading
Without so much as a warning Childish Gambino took to Twitter tonight to drop his first single since the release of last year’s Because The Internet. In recent weeks, Bino has been touring the festival circuit and proclaiming himself as one of the top five rappers in the game, calling out Kendrick Lamar, Drake, ScHoolboy Q and many of his other contemporaries. Upon first listen to this brand new cut, it’s clear the rapper certainly has a chip on his shoulder. The track–named after Candler Road in Decatur, Georgia–definitely has a Southern trap vibe to it, with Bino utilizing a flow similar to what we heard on his Royalty mixtape. Midway through though, we hear the synths begin to build as the instrumental transforms into something similar to one of his previous singles, “Telegraph Ave.” Interestingly enough, the tune also comes after Bino’s recent “white rapper” Twitter rant, and it leaves us wondering if this is his way of showing us both sides of the same coin.
There’s no indication yet of whether this will be included on any future projects or not, but Gambino has indicated that he’s working on a joint EP with Chance The Rapper and plans to release another album later this year.