There’s nothing quite as infectious as wanderlust, right? Something crawls under your skin and commands you to get out and explore the world. Much like that unavoidable subconscious command, “Madrid” carries a similar heft, demanding that you soak in all that is Polarsets.
Based off of a seemingly unforgettable trip to the capital of Spain, “Madrid” is a playfully engaging musical experience driven by driving percussion work, light, undistorted guitar riffs, and tropical synths. Reminding us of a combination between St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club and Mew, this Newcastle-Upon-Tyne four-piece carries a significant pop presence with them in their latest release.
We’ve pressed play a few times, and don’t intend to stop anytime soon. We expect you’ll experience the same phenomena.
Now You Know (Bobby Green Remix)
It’s the middle of the week and the ninjas are biting at the bit to finish up the day and prepare for 2 more days of monotony at work. Just because we still have 2 days left doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to get up and groove through our hump day the right way.
Just yesterday, Bobby Green dropped an insane new remix of Tiger La’s tune, “Now You Know”. Not only does it have a feel good melody, a synth heavy vibe, and a mellow tempo to help keep us sane, but it gives us a reason to drift away from our worries and spend a few minutes in a trance like state of mind. Bobby Green definitely takes us back to the 2007/2008 era of dance music with this one and we aren’t complaining in the slightest. Thanks Bobby, it’s not even Throwback Thursday and we’re already experiencing a serious wave of nostalgia.
Rakim (Dead Can Dance cover)
It’s always a bold step when deciding to take on a cover. You delve into a world of criticism much larger than your own fan base, taking on the original artist and their fans as well. While that task can seem daunting for any artist’s work, special consideration has to be taken on when considering covering a Dead Can Dance song. With an incredibly worldly approach to music, fusing together African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern mantras and art rock, a cover of their work could seem overwhelming, to say the least.
Luckily for us, Brooklyn-based tribal pop duo Manicanparty not only gave us a modern interpretation of “Rakim”, but also crafted it in a way that would make Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry proud. Effortlessly carrying the memory of the original song through booming African drums, that unforgettable melody, and Jess Corazza’s sunning vocals, this coveted tune can now be revived to be enjoyed and appreciated with younger generations of music lovers.
In a world of what’s next, what’s new, what’s hip, and what’s trending, we applaud Manicanparty for taking a step back and reflecting on musical influences that helped shape some of the artists that we’ve come to know and love.
Break My Fall (M O N A R C H Remix)
Nineteen days and over a hundred thousand plays. It’s truly remarkable what can come of an artist’s debut song these days. The internet is a beautiful thing for sharing music, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.
As we mentioned above, the original version of “Break My Fall” was the debut track from the newly formed indie pop act, Golden Coast, who have a cheerful pop presence adored by the blogosphere. This tune carries a formidable swagger perfect for your summertime playlists, rife with upbeat synthesized melodies and playful guitar riffs.
After already having seen tremendous success by way of remix, this tune saw Hype Machine glory courtesy of Rainer and Grimm. Today we’re hoping to share a similar success story with M O N A R C H, comprised of Brennan Strawn, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett, and Joel Plotnik.
With slow-paced percussion and a melody worthy of the best 80′s movie climax scene, “Break My Fall” gets a face lift, sporting some industrial, post-punk undertones. Cinematic in nature, this remix is a nice change of pace when looked at side-by-side with the earlier mentioned interpretation. While it still maintains elements from the memorable original, new light is shined through with this creative remix.
With the Monday traffic just getting started and the anxiety from the day at an all time high, we realized that we are in need of some sort of pick-me-up. After scrolling through our SoundCloud feed for the ideal tune, we stumbled upon the artist Elaksi. The Finland producer is notorious for his eclectic style of production and has mastered the art of future bass.
Earlier today, Elaksi dropped his newest original track, “Lanes”, and ideally sent a wave of emotion to drown out the Monday blues. This track infuses the modern synth with a heaping dose of tripped out high hats and a piano melody to swoon you into Tuesday. So grab your free download, stop your worries, and float into the clouds with Elaksi.
The Seconds Ft. Jano (NGHTMRE & Davey Gray Remix)
Everyone has come to know Porter Robinson very well throughout the years. We don’t know about you, but we have shared countless festival moments with some of his most thought-provoking songs like “Language”, “Spirfire”, or “The Seconds”. Whenever we come across a remix of Porter it almost feels like Christmas to some degree – that is, if it’s actually worth sharing.
Today we have a treat for you from NGTMRE & Davey Gray and their melodic take on Porter’s stunning original, “The Seconds”. The two producers took this classic throwback and gave it a much needed dose of some serious feels for all of us to reminisce about. With it’s trance-like intro and trapped out break down, NGTMRE and Davey Gray definitely gave us a few more seconds to revert back to the pre-Worlds Porter Robinson days. Take a trip down memory lane with this feeler and grab your free download today.
While we might be a few days late to the party on this one, there was just no way we couldn’t feature Oslo electro-pop troupe Lemaitre and their latest single “Wait”; which features an alluring vocal from LOLO. A single from their forthcoming EP Singularity , due out tomorrow, July 22; “Wait” jumps off immediately with a subdued funk-guitar riff and classic piano stabs before bursting open behind LOLO’s exquisitely primed vocal track and huge snare kick. Structurally Lemaitre employs a very pop leaning backbone, but just past the tune’s halfway point, a heavy, but welcome dose of electro synth ushers in a high energy apex that meshes just wonderfully with LOLO’s infectious chorus. There just is simply nothing we can do but start dancing along to this one, which is also the reason it’s a Monday must have today. Lemaitre’s Singularity EP drops via Astralwerks, also home to Porter Robinson, Mat Zo and more TMN favorites, so be ready to get your hands on this one tomorrow.