[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #2)

No better way to start your day than an Indie Dojo, haaaaaay.
’Amo Amo – When I Look at You’
’Sun Drug – POST+BREAK’
’Stats – Rhythm Of The Heart’
’Dog Trainer – The Kids’
’Schmied Puls – Run’
’Suzanne Santo – Handshake’
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Big Wild talks Superdream, Red Rocks, and finding his voice [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

We’ve had Big Wild on our radar for quite some time, first posting about his vibey tunes back in 2015. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of watching the rapid adoption and adoration of his style, leading him to a dedicated fanbase and some of the largest venues in the world.

Ahead of the release of high highly-anticipated debut album Superdream, out now via Counter Records, we reached out to learn more about this evolutionary shift in his career.

TMN: Superdream, your debut album, just dropped a few days ago. How excited were you to release it?

BW: Extremely excited. It’s been a long time coming! I’m just excited for people to see the full body of work, versus the singles that we’ve put out in the past. I think it’s going to give a lot more context to what I’m trying to do and where I’m trying to go with my music.

TMN: This is really your coming out party with singing on your own tracks. How did that come to be?

Making instrumental music felt very limited. I kept hitting a creative wall. There was a subconscious part of me that wanted to take it further and find a new way to express myself. The natural way to do that was through singing and songwriting. It was where I needed to go to stay inspired. To me, it felt like the logical next step.

TMN: Did you know that you could sing?
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2019 Round #1)

There you are February. There you are weekly Indie Dojo. Been waiting for you.
’Thelma Plum – Not Angry Anymore’
’Young Fathers – Picking You’
’Hyyts – Bullet’
’Bikini Trill – Need Me’
’Biig Piig – Dinners Gettin’ Cold (prod. mac wetha)’
’Noble Kid – West of Here’
’Fort Gorgeous – Round And Round (smaller)’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2019 Round #5)

Anyone else feel like this is the never ending January? Well, at least we get to squeeze one more Indie Dojo in for the month.
’Sean Christopher – Everything’
’The Hails
Stay’
’Brandon Hoogenboom – Damn Good’
’Golden Daze – Took A Fall’
’Mike Wyatt – Somebody Better’
’Vern Matz – Systematically Gone’
’Alex Bloom – Elevator’
’Ocean Potion – Lights Out’
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Kita Menari – Pretty Sure [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

“Pretty Sure” is the first experience I’ve had with Micha de Jonge’s project Kita Menari. And, I’m pretty sure I’m in for the long haul after one listen through. It’s quite charming, drawing on associations of The 1975 and Passion Pit, yet still maintains a well-defined originality and authenticity.

Today, we’re going one click past the single, bringing you a first look at the accompanying music video. Inspired by Natalie Imbruglia’s video for “Torn” Jonge wanted a similar look and feel, including the crew behind the shoot in the final product.

The end result is organic, entertaining, and the perfect pairing for this enveloping tune. Have a look for yourself.

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Fractures – Reset [EP Review]

I was already very familiar with Australian-based Fractures before Reset came across my virtual desk. My experience stems from my wife’s, dare I say obsession, with “It’s Alright.” Not to say that I don’t enjoy that track, as well, but it’s cemented firmly in her regular rotation. In fact, that very song played in our hospital room, from her pre-planned playlist, right after our son was born.

While the listening experience of “It’s Alright” is slow and ethereal, Reset offers some variance, often more upbeat. This isn’t a huge shift, though, as we’ve seen this style before in tracks like “Eastside.” Yet, in comparison to his most popular offerings, this EP goes off the track of comparisons of Ry X and James Vincent McMorrow, and lines up more so with The Postal Service.

The title track was my favorite from the bunch, set to a quick-hitting synth and Fractures’ alluring vocals. It’s emotional and warmly familiar, enveloping you from the very start. Don’t get me wrong, though, I loved the full collection. It’s the type of listening experience best served sprawled out on the floor, with your favorite person, preferably with it playing via vinyl. That is, assuming it will come out on vinyl (fingers crossed).

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[Pop] Sapphire Adizes – Birth

Sapphire Adizes
Birth

Sapphire Adizes recently released ballad “Birth” is just that, the birth of a new artist on the cusp of something really special. The first ever original single shows off a certain versatility for the upcoming songwriter and producer that hadn’t yet been hinted at in older remixes.

“Birth” is a crossover tune that bounces back and forth into various sectors of music: pop, electronic, indie rock and even some others. Sapphire Adizes debut LP is due out sometime in 2019, so keep a tab on his socials for new music soon. In the meantime, enjoy this sensational single.

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