[Alternative/Indie/Pop] Twin Shadow – To The Top

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Twin Shadow
To The Top

One of our absolute favorite bands, the George Lewis Jr. fronted Twin Shadow, are back with their first original piece since concluding a gorgeous concept cover series  “UNDER THE CVRS“, and once again the work oozes an incredible amount of musical prowess while revealing a gorgeous and haunting piece of its songwriter. “To The Top”, like much of their recordings, contain layers of structural significance within every inch of its arrangement. From every note plucked on Lewis’ sprightly guitar to the simple yet complete percussive fills, anthemic claps and soaring background vocals; every piece of the tune serves in an ultimate purpose of taking its listener on an auditory journey to its end goal. Never ones to skimp on deeply emotive song content either, about “To The Top” the  quartet wrote something we think most can identify with: “What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell. It’s not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness…We just want to say ‘wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again.’”

“To The Top” is being given away for free through Twin Shadow’s Soundcloud, and although we’ve been craving another album or EP since 2012′s incredible Confess, this will hold us over for at least a few more weeks. Not to worry either as a recent press release has revealed that a follow-up is currently in the works. Gosh, it’s a good Tuesday.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 22]

Sunday Night Soul

While most of the ninja team spent the weekend melting away under the desert sun at Coachella, the rest of us here at TMN have been hard at work to ensure that you have the latest and greatest tunes the internet has to offer. While FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out for those who don’t know) is inevitable while our eyes our glued to the live stream on YouTube, we’ve managed to keep ourselves relatively busy by scouring the net for the most serenely sublime tracks we could find. Although we expected a bit of a slowdown in output this week with the advent of festival season, we instead were surprised to stumble upon an overwhelming amount of material while assembling this magnificent playlist.

We can’t safely say we’ve covered everything here, but we’re fairly certain we’ve found the best of the best. Those include selections from Tin Gardens, D.R.A.M., Submotion Orchestra, Iman Europe, Tiara Thomas, Raleigh Ritchie, Betty Who, Bayou, Telescope Thieves, Joey Solo, XONA, WLYN, Falcons, Lido, Maryann, JENI, CompSci, woodini and Kwabs. Of course there’s plenty of other gems hidden below, but you’ll need to sift through to find them for yourself.

Tin Gardens
Leave Slow
Slime ft. George Maple
Sonnet
May
Soul (FloFilz Remix)
Sye Elaine Spence
Is This Love
Moses Sumney
Plastic
Royal Auditorium
Selfless
D.R.A.M.
Feet In The Water w/ Sunny & Gabe
Midé
Wait For You Ft. Bianca Rose
Taylor McFerrin
The Antidote (feat. Nai Palm)
Submotion Orchestra
All Yours
IAMNOBODI
Try Me (feat. Ego Ella May)
Iman Europe
Kneva Know (prod. Zikomo)
Aaron Ab Abernathy
In Love/Near
Elle Varner
Little Do You Know
Tiffany Evans
Just Something To Say
Melo B Jones
Shoulda Woulda Coulda (prod. by Žiga Murko)
Maribelle Anes
Lips Lock (Prod. by Maribelle Anes)
August Alsina
Get Ya Money feat. Fabolous
Tiara Thomas
You Do
Math Allen
Get Out The Way (Prod. By The Ambassadors)
1 O.A.K.
Slide Thru Ft. P Lo (Prod. by Hyperspace Music)
Rome Fortune
Come & Get It (Prod. DunDeal)
SoMo
We Can Make Love
Raleigh Ritchie
The Chased
Betty Who
Lovin Start
Rizzo
Flush
MNEK
Every Little Word
Fantastic Mr Fox feat. Denai Moore
On My Own
HUNTAR
EXPECTATIONS (FTSES X X X
b a y o u
Airlock
THROWING SHADE
SWEET TOOTH (from the 19 JEWELS EP
K A I Z E N
The Doin
Telescope Thieves
Svns (feat. Nori)
Grand Beach
Swim Good ft. S. Carey & Daniela Andrade
Jon B
Calling On You ( J LOUIS ) remix
Jansport J
Teresas Prototype
John Legend
GreenLight (Iman Omari Flip)
Melo Zed
About (her)
Joey Solo
Christina (Out now on Play It Louder Vol.2)
kenji
True
kenji
If Youre Lost
WithLoveXavier
Better (Prod. XONA)
This Girl
Radio Roman (XONA Remix)
kwok.
I Got
WYLN
Changes
Duncan Gerow
Tinashe + Esta = Vulnerable
Ciara
Body Party (Kwok Remix)
Cassie
Me & U (Altisko Rework)
XONA
Doin U Right
Jalen Jenkins
For Me
PARTYNEXTDOOR
West District
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Persian Rugs (Falcons Bootleg)
Drake
Too Much (GXNXVS Remix) (Feat. Sampha)
Drake
Brias Interlude (SAVON Bootleg)
Poetic Justice
Kendrick Lamar (Ft Drake)(XONA Remix)
PlueStarfox
We Be All Night (DERP)
Yung Lean
Gatorade (Lido Remix)
Maryann
You And Me (Prod By N8 The Gr8)
JENI
Drunk In Luv (JENI SUK REFIX)
Miley Cyrus
Adore You (CompSci Remix)
Marvin Gaye
Ive Got My Music (KidBeat Refix)
Jhene Aiko
My Afternoon Dream ( Telescope Thieves Edit)
J Rican
Prototype Body (StarRo X Jeftuz MashUp)
Raheem Devaughn
Woman (Layzie Edit)
Duncan Gerow
Usher + DJ Clue = My Way
Zedd
Find You (Sci Fi Scheme Remix)
MTBRD
Who Babe (Flamingosis Remix)
Mitch Murder
Mirage (SevnthWonder Remix)
noï
Injunction
The Weeknd
28 (ALEXSANDER REMAKE)
2K2レイス
get it shawty
YUNG LEAN
GATORADE (DOLPHIN TEARS Lido EDIT)
Tinashe
2 On Ft Schoolboy Q (woodini Remix)
Fluke Nukes
NaNa
MellowMaswel
Always (Unmastered)
Kwabs
Something Right
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[House] Gorgon City – Here For You ft. Laura Welsh

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Gorgon City
Here For You ft Laura Welsh

The almighty UK duo of Foamo and RackNRuin, who at this point are tenfold more recognizable as their stage moniker Gorgon City, have been displaying that rare crossover ability; receiving praise from both mainstream and underground media sources, and for completely great reason. Their last few singles have struck a resonant chord around the world, and their newest production entry  “Here For You”, which features a rousing vocal contribution from Laura Welsh, plays like sultry whisper across a shared pillow. Much like some of their crossover contemporaries Route 94 and Duke Dumont, a gripping sense of educated house production is encased within Gorgon City’s beautiful sound, but it is pulled off with such a pop bravado their listeners have no choice but to fall head first into their tunes regardless of preferred music style. For our friends out in Indio this week for Coachella, which is about half the staff here at TMN, you’ll be able to catch them live tomorrow and we recommend you don’t miss that one. If the breakout sets of Coachella past are any indication, we’ll be in the midst of Gorgon City mania stateside by this time next year. We can’t wait for it either. “Here For You” is out soon on Black Butter Records. Be on the lookout.

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[Video/Chill/House] Sebastian Carter – Stranger Sights (Feat. Henry Green)

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Sebastian Carter
Stranger Sights (feat. Henry Green)

Sebastian Carter has graced the pages of TMN multiple times behind a smooth and emotive brand of house remixes, but this time the Swiss born producer is back and armed with a beautiful original record featuring an ethereal vocal contribution from budding UK troubadour Henry Green. “Stranger Sights” executes a succinct hi-hat shuffle plucked right out of NYC’s Paradise Garage brand of late 80′s dance music; but rather than a jacking house vibe at its core, there lies a very seductive and melodic heartbeat to the tune. Henry Green, whose vocals we had never heard before, casts an even more soothing aesthetic onto “Stranger Sights” with his reverb treated crooning, and behind those beautifully coalescing elements, this one quickly took the place as our favorite Sebastian Carter tune. As an added bonus, the visually stimulating music video plays just as well as the track does aurally. The pair teamed up with rising photographer/videographer Jack Toohey, who had this to day about the project: “I was inspired by the mysterious quality of the song, I immediately pictured aimless wandering on a cold night. Picking up on lyrics like ‘retrace my steps, ‘wasting time’… That feeling of being out dancing until 3am – every things a bit of a blur – dangerous thoughts like ‘in the hope  that i’ll be yours again’ start slipping back into your mind. I guess it’s just trying to capture that feeling and that mystique of the hours before dawn.”  We think both the song and video nailed it. Stream “Stranger Sights” above (which you can download for free on his Soundcloud), and check out the official music video after the jump.

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[Chill] EPISODE – Dust (Feat. Mree & Topaz Jones)

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Dust Feat. Mree & Topaz Jones

As bloggers, we live for the moments when a song comes across our inbox that inexplicably grips us from the very first moments and never lets go. Calming is the word that instantly comes to mind when listening to EPISODE‘s “Dust,” as Mree‘s affectionately delicate, reassuring vocals snake their way around your body, and slowly melt all your worries away. By the time the drums kick in just prior to the one minute mark, you’ve already reached such a state of nirvana that it seems as if Topaz Jones‘ slick lyrics are effortlessly gliding over the lush instrumental. With the weather finally taking a turn in the right direction, there’s no better song we could imagine listening to during those breezy summer afternoons.

While not much is known about the mysterious NYC based production entity behind this blissfully enchanting tune, there’s no question in our minds that it’s only a matter of time before EPISODE become household names. Keep your fingers hovering over that play button, because repeat listens are inevitable. If you still can’t get enough (we really can’t blame you), head over to the group’s official website to snag yourself a free download of this amazing gem.

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[NEW] Future – I Won (Feat. Kanye West)

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Future
I Won (Feat. Kanye West)

Judging by the title, you’d think this song would be the anthem for Shabazz Napier to rock in the UConn locker room tonight. However, this song is referring to whole different type of winning, as Future and Kanye West detail how they landed first place in the wifey contest (knotting Ciara and Kim Kardashian respectively). While we would never personally recommend referring to your significant others as trophies, we’re pretty certain guys like Yeezy and Future can get away with it fairly easily. While we would have appreciated a banger from these two, we can’t hate on them for wanting to get in touch with their romantic sides.

Stream the sentimental single above, and look out for Future’s upcoming album, Honest, set to drop later this month on April 22nd.

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[Hip-Hop] SZA – Babylon (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

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SZA
Babylon feat. Kendrick Lamar

Just a day away from the release of her debut album, SZA keeps the buzz high letting loose a track featuring her fellow Top Dawg Entertainment  signee Kendrick Lamar. “Babylon” fits nicely with the tracks we have already heard from the project as SZA displays her uniquely airy sound over mellow, but heavy instrumental from DJ Dahi, the producer of a number of recent hits including “My Type of Party.” As expected, Kendrick delivers an amazing verse delving into the themes of introspection and solitude initially introduced by SZA. Enjoy this track above and look for on iTunes tomorrow.

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