[Indie Pop] Melis – Flower


Half Czech, half Turkish singer/songwriter Melis is giving us a sneak peek of her debut EP Parallels with the release of “Flower”, an emotionally-driven indie track that is dedicated to her father. You might recognize her voice from songwriter duo IYES, which has a more electronic and futuristic sound.

Melis explains that how “Flowers” holds a special place in her heart and leaves behind the powerful message – that if you’re going through a tough time in your life, remember to never give up and remain hopeful because dark times will not last forever. Her soothing vocals bring out the vulnerability hidden deep down, and the lyrics speak volumes about the poignant journey she went through.

If you like the talented Melis, be sure to check out the most recent music video of her track “Love Song Idea” below.

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[Indie] Kai Straw – The Recipe

Kai Straw
The Recipe

If you were a fan of Kai Straw‘s previous album, Toothpick, then you are going to love what he’s got coming next. His album, Gun, has had its first step with the single “The Recipe” that shows a slightly different side to Kai’s heavily indie-centric sound.

“The Recipe” takes a much more pop-driven approach, however it’s not so much so that it sounds like any old commercial pop song. Kai keeps his unique identity in place and simply delivered his own version of a Summer single. It’s catchy, fun and most enjoyable with your significant other. Enjoy it with them, enjoy it with your friends and get a copy of it if you’re loving it like we do. Be on the lookout for more, as Kai will be coming out with a few other songs before the full LP drops.

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[Event Preview/Playlist] The Underground Music Showcase – Denver, CO

The 17th anniversary of one of Denver’s most storied music events, The Underground Music Showcase, is just around the corner. What began as a one-night performance featuring just four bands, The UMS has steadily exploded into to a four-day music and art festival featuring hundreds of performances. As the time draws nearer to what will no doubt be another incredible weekend pf performances, it’s time to get our readers familiar with this year’s crop of (mostly) burgeoning artists spanning a plethora of genres and sounds. While this recent slate of participating artists is the second wave, we can assuredly expect one more run of performers to be added to this year’s bill, so stay tuned!

This year’s bill features one of the more eclectic, varied lineups we’ve been privy to for a number of years, including a seemingly heavier focus on displaying the myriad talent spread across The Centennial State (that’s Colorado ya yokels). On the top end of things, The UMS features an incredible slate of headlining performances from the likes of Nika Roza Danilova’s influential avant-pop project Zola Jesus,  New Orleans based Benjamin Booker‘s raw brand of blues/boogie/soul/rock, Red Fang‘s primal-yet-refined  stoner-metal, John Jagos’ lofi pop alter-ego and TMN darling Brothertiger, and the smoothly subdued vocal stylings of Esmé Patterson. In addition to the already excellent pallet of headliners, The UMS also will be presenting countless sets from some of our absolute favorite Colorado artists including Flaural, Povi, RUMTUM, Slow Caves & Dragondeer. To get your ears tuned for next month’s festivities, check out our preview playlist below and get your learn on if you haven’t already. Tickets are still on presale, so hop to it and pick up a 4-day pass on the cheap here!

’Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver’
’Brothertiger – Beyond The Infinite’
’Zola Jesus – Exhumed’
’Esmé Patterson – Green Green’
’Red Fang – Blood Like Cream’
’Slow Caves – Glares’
’Povi – 4am’
’Flaural – Culture Ghost’
’RUMTUM – Coastal Hustle’
’Dragondeer – When I See You’
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[Future Bass] Taylor Grey – MIAMI feat. Spencer Kane

Taylor Grey
MIAMI ft. Spencer Kane

The young pop prodigy Taylor Grey is back with another single, this time bringing in a bit of a different style from her previous release. This time around Taylor brings a friend to the party, Spencer Kane. Together these two do a modern duet on the future pop single “MIAMI.”

“MIAMI” has the vibe you may expect: fun, light-hearted and party-ready. Summer is almost here and Taylor is ushering it in with a smash hit that has become our favorite song of hers. It’s still got her usual pop flair, but the dance music elements can’t be denied. This could have been a dance track on its own, but with Taylor spear-heading the project, the accessibility of this grows tremendously. It’s one of those tracks that anybody can enjoy, even if someone says they don’t like electronic music.

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[Pop] XY&O – One More Night (Lemonade) + Q&A

One More Night (Lemonade)

There are a lot of songwriters out there and a lot of them write for other people. That was the original plan for XY&O, but after they came up with their signature sound, they couldn’t pass along the goods to other people to perform. They took the project by the horns and didn’t look back.

After launching in 2015, they’ve come out with several releases, the latest being “One More Night (Lemonade)” that comes with their second EP announcement. If you’re just getting familiarized with the trio, this track is a good place to start and if you’re already familiar, well then you know just how talented these three are. Either way, stream the single today as you read through the interview we had with XY&0 in the dojo!

TMN: Can you tell us more about how XY&O came about? How did you three meet each other?

Me and Tudor met at a recording studio in Cardiff Bay. I was working there and Tudor came in to record some tracks. We decided pretty much then and there to try write some songs together. I knew that Nick (guitar) from a band he was in. He had a pretty unique style even then at 17 or whatever he was, so we roped him in.

TMN: Tell us more about Cardiff! How has your hometown influenced your sound?

Cardiff, like most capital cities is a pretty diverse, dynamic and exciting place. Our music is often described as summery, beachy, chilled but Cardiff really is neither of those things particularly. Perhaps the fact that we started working out a small room in Bay area of Cardiff influenced our musics genesis. We spent a lot of time between Cardiff Bay, Penarth and Barry when we wrote our first few songs. They’re all coastal so maybe the beach just unconsciously crept in.

TMN: You guys each come from different music backgrounds. How have your tastes molded into the current sound you have?

Yeah, we all have very different musical backgrounds. Pop music (as broad as that is) is probably the common ground between us so was the natural landing spot for our creativity. Personally, my taste are pretty diverse, my favorite artists are people like John Martyn, Prince and bands like The Cure, Kings of Leon. You probably don’t hear much of that in our music though. Nick is the best instrumentalist among us, he has a wide range too but he’s into more technical music, soul, jazz etc. Tudor is the most millennial for sure. He loves a club banger.

TMN: What was the inspiration behind “One More Night (Lemonade)?”

One More Night is written about the allure of the ‘perceived’ darker side of professional life (or life in general). Why does Louis Theroux make documentaries on sex workers and porn stars? People want to know what the real people are like behind those professions. One More Night is same thing. It’s like a Louis Theroux documentary, but far less entertaining.

TMN: Any tour plans around your ‘Powder Rooms’ EP release this year?

Yeah we do. Hopefully after the summer.

TMN: Ending on a fun note, name your dream collaboration!

Skip: most of mine are sadly dead. It would have been Prince.
Nick: At the minute maybe Anderson .Paak, that could be very interesting

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[Pop] TRXD – Crazy


If I could teleport, I would likely go straight to the Warner Music Norway offices and hug everyone there. They’ve got some of the best talents in the world, pushing pop music that is anything but ordinary. Just take “Crazy” by TRXD as one example of their incredible taste for accessible music that isn’t watered down a bit.

“Crazy” happens to be one of our favorite songs from the major label’s catalog, with TRXD pulling no punches with their explicit future bass-faced hit. Everyone loves catchy melodies, deep grooves, memorable lyrics and the F word. “Crazy” has all that and more, which is why it’s a song we just can’t stop playing. We’ve decided to spread the infection further to you, so check out the song today and prepare to go crazy in the best way possible.

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[Indie-Pop/R&B] RÓSA – Without You

Without You

Near the tail end of last year, Orange County, CA-based indie-pop trio RÓSA took our ears hostage with their debut 2016 EP Gypsy Queen. RÓSA’s developed songwriting and crystalline, synthetic sonority once again hit this writer like a ton of bricks when the triumvirate unveiled the first single from sophomore EP, Wasteful, due out on June 30th,  “Without You”. “Without You” leans on a vocal-centric aesthetic from lead singer Will Winters, propped up on a bed of subtle yet sophisticated arpeggiated synths, snares that snap like a twig under combat boots, and modal harmonies that flit all over their instrumental landscape. We’ve been drawing comparisons to acts as big as TMN darlings The 1975 to Aaron Maine’s lush Porches project, which for this writer is the biggest stamp of approval we’ve thrown out in some time. We’ll be waiting patiently for the rest of Wasteful, but until then, stream “Without You” above.

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