1936 (Carousel Remix)
Carousel have certainly made a resonant impact here at TMN over the years and continue to be an act we call upon with regularity to deliver a healthy dose of happy-dance inflamed pop music; whether it’s through their sterling original productions or pliable, John Hughes soundtrack-esque remixes. Today the highly schooled duo have taken on Phox‘s folk-pop ditty “1936″ and completely shifted perspective towards a slice of 80′s electro-pop. When listening to both tracks, it becomes even more impressive that Carousel so easily took a beautiful tune with zero electronic influence and turned in a version we would have thought was the original had we not been in the know. Their airy synths punctuate a sea of leisurely percussion, and Phox’s vocal track plays in perfect harmony to the pair’s sophisticated instrumentation, marking yet another gem added to the Carousel palate. Let’s get a little vibey on this beautiful Friday. Stream Carousel’s “1936″ remix above.
My Life (Golden Pony Remix)
We’ve been big fans of NYC’s preeminent deep-disco slingers, The Golden Pony, who for some time now have been authoring up some of the tastiest re-imaginings of tunes crossing all sorts of genres. From Peaches to Daft Punk and Tears For Fears to Swedish House Mafia, the afro wielding duo have proven their merit time and time again, pulling tunes we never thought would succeed in the deeper, more underground reaches of dance into their slick realm of sounds. Their latest remix finds them taking Little Daylight‘s “My Life” into a more sensual, slightly melancholy direction than we’ve seen in the past, using a neatly wrapped rolling bassline and popping 80′s synth progression to push Nikki Taylor’s vocals front and center. As with their entire catalog, this one will be given away for free, this time through Little Daylight’s Soundcloud, so hop on over and snag a copy. Trust us, for our electronic fans, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to heavy rotation.
Sometimes all you need to end your night is a nice cup of hot vanilla chai, a cozy blanket, and a little PROM in the background to send you into a spiraling tunnel of pure, euphoric bliss. We’ve come to love everything there is about Gabe and Ella, and have been supporting them ever since their debut release with “Flickers”. Now that their Keeping Company EP is finally out and floating in the world, we had the joy of listening through each and every magical track. We took to fancying every single song on the EP, but were captivated by the ear-enchanting number, “My Line”. Filled with their glorious signature synths and flawless harmonies, PROM has distinguished themselves as innovative, artistic, and highly unique. As we sit here and enjoy our nightly cup of tea, we can’t help but close our eyes and lose ourselves in this soul-quenching track. The music Gods sure have graced us with this heavenly duo and all that they create. Despite them still not inviting us to Prom. Gabe and Ella are always going to have a special place in our ninja hearts from here on out. Well. what are you waiting for? The play button isn’t going to hit itself, so prepare to escape for the rest of the night and we’ll see you on the other side.
Oh Chris Glover. Your lovelorn, Anglophilic, dreamy dance-pop and beautiful songwriting never fail to bring a smile and hip wiggle from us. Glover, who’s tenfold more renowned as his artist moniker Penguin Prison is back with another pop construed dance ditty, “Calling Out”. It’s been much too long since we’ve gotten an original from the crafty, 80′s driven producer, as we’ve seen Penguin Prison taking on remix duties for the likes of Maroon 5 & Youngblood Hawke, lending those beautiful vocal chords on tunes like RAC’s “Hollywood” and Viceroy’s “This Life”, as well as authoring shiny new covers of Lionel Richie & Sade; and “Calling Out” has certainly made up for the lack of solo tunes in the last few years. “Calling Out” rolls on a four-four disco kick drum, provocatively drippy synths and Glover’s extraordinary refrain to result in a worthy and welcome comeback single. The fact the tune ends with a frizzy guitar lead only sweetens the deal. The word is out that there will be another Penguin Prison LP in the near future, so we’ll keep you posted. Until then, enjoy “Calling Out” above.
Making a playlist can be a tough job. You have to find the right songs, place them in the right order, and make sure they have the right flow. Some come out a little more artistic than others, but you find yourself making one every mood/event in your world. Now, if you tend to use the right side of your brain more than your left, don’t you fret. The Indie Dojo is more than happy to paint the pictures for you. Feel free to hang them on your fridge.
You Look So Good To Me
See What You Want to
I'll Pray (Original Mix)
We love this industry as a whole, but there are a few things that stand far above the rest. Landing a huge interview is always great. Covering an epic show is always fun too. However, the one thing that really makes us grin ear-to-ear is when we get to premiere the debut song from an act. There’s just nothing better than being able to say, “you heard it here first.”
Coming out of the Venice of the North, MAINS is a brand spankin’ new synth pop act made up of two Dutch producers. As with a lot of new acts these days, this duo is taking a enigmatic approach, remaining mysterious about their identity. However, these two were once a massive European act that did a world tour, including countless major festivals from the likes of Glastonbury, SXSW, and more. The only thing is, no one knows which act they were. That really won’t make a difference though, as “I’ll Pray” holds its own, regardless of any previous projects.
While inspirations from the early 80′s are stil apparent, this duo has reinvented themselves by incorporating a very modern vibe. Bringing in influences of trop house acts like Klingande and Thomas Jack, MAINS brings in elements of indie synth poppers like Tanlines and Brothertiger, crafted by incredibly charming vocals. Coupled with a groovy four-to-the-floor rhythm, we’re left in a equatorial fusion of several genres, creating something that’s truly their own and simply infectious.
Mansions On The Moon
Consistently churning out some of the most well-composed alt-pop burners has been the modus operandi of Mansions on the Moon since their inception. We’ve been attentive fans in some way, shape or form since their first ever Diplo produced mixtape and on. The So-Cal troupe has been leaking singles from their forthcoming debut self-titled LP since July, most notably “Don’t Tell” and “Somewhere Else Tonight”, and with today’s release of their latest exposed single “The Truth”, we’ve realized Mansions has something very textured and special to release to their fans very soon. Every track thus far has filled a different role, whether it’s an upbeat melodious pop opus, an indie-rock leaning gem or slow searing ballads; and “The Truth” slides into its own place nicely. With an airy, atmospheric 80′s soul, “The Truth” reveals yet another ripple of production psyche and we’re beyond excited for the album to drop. Happy Friday Ninjas, you made it. Now listen to some beautifully arranged indie-pop and let the feel goods wash over you.