[Deep-House] Melanie Martinez – Carousel (SNBRN Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Melanie Martinez
Carousel (SNBRN Remix)

Polar ends of the musical spectrum have collided this morning as we so fortuitously have the chance to premiere the latest deep-house retooling from one of underground dance’s hottest commodities, SNBRN. Lately SNBRN has been taking on remix duties on more straightforward Top-40 fare; from hip-hop infused remixes of 50 Cent or The Game to Mark Morrison and Ace of Base, the young producer has had a chance to heat-stamp his sound (get it?) on a number of differing instrumental structures. But today, the burgeoning and schooled producer has revealed yet another wrinkle into his repertoire with a gloomier dance reinvention for former The Voice contestant Melanie Martinez and her viral hit turned American Horror Story theme song “Carousel”. SNBRN deftly weaves what has become a signature sound of club-fueled, swelling basslines and slick synth progressions dispersed judiciously  amongst “Carousel”s vaudevillian instrumentation and Martinez’s haunting vocal incantations for a tune completely unique to and just as groovy as the rest of the SNBRN catalog. About the tune the L.A. based artist stated: “Been a huge fan of American Horror Story, so when I got asked to remix Carousel I couldn’t resist. With dark vibes and a deep baseline I wanted to take this remix to the grave and back. Hope you guys enjoy this tune because there’s no turning back now.” Well said as always good sir. Snag the digital download of SNBRN’s “Carousel” remix here on iTunes featured on Melanie Martinez’s Carousel EP here.

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[Electronic Pop] Years & Years – Memo

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Years and Years
Memo

British electronic group Years & Years just released another track off their upcoming album Desire. and this one hits us right in the feels. Describing their own music as soulful electronic pop, Years & Years speaks to their audience through memorable melodies and soothing vocals. Olly Alexander, the lead singer of the group, definitely stole the spotlight by showcasing his pleasant R&B vocals. The synths and the simple piano chords perfectly support the flow of the tune. Everything about this track is done right and leaves you wanting more.

With that said, stay tuned for the group’s much anticipated album releasing on 11/23. We cannot wait to listen to more of their new music!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (November 2014 Round #3)

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To have an open mind is to be willing to experience all the new glorious things. And since the world of  ”indie” music is like digging your hand into a bag full of glorious musical treats we have never heard before, we must be ready to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Basically, what we are saying is…Go into every Indie Dojo with open ears and open hearts. If you hate the song, skip right over it. If you love it, dig deeper into the world that inspired the inspired. It’s a beautiful, vast musical world out there, but if you go in with ears wide shut, you might miss out on the next “can’t take this off repeat EVER” song…….and you know we all love finding those gems.

Glimmer of Bloom
Wake Me Up
Eliza Hull ft. Texture Like Sun
Used To
Albert
NEVER MIND THE FINE PRINT
Satchmode
Hall & Oates
Jackal and the Wind
Boat Thats Capsized
Ruu Campbell
Crossroads (Heartsong)
Denuo
Erase It All
Jake Morley
Falter
Tom Francis
Rise

 

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[Melodic House] Felix Jaehn feat. Lost Frequencies & Linying – Eagle Eyes

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Felix Jaehn feat. Lost Frequencies & Linying
Eagle Eyes (Available November 3)

We get real excited every time Felix Jaehn releases new music, and the German producer certainly did not disappoint with this one. Featuring Lost Frequencies‘ co-production and Linying‘s vocals, “Eagle Eyes” epitomizes quality music and mass appeal. The tune starts off with a catchy flute riff,which is a rare choice of instrumentation. These sturdy piano chords and xylophone quickly steal the spotlight, creating a joyful and upbeat experience. Linying’s vocals are clear and pleasurable which further lightens up the mood.

Felix Jaehn is definitely establishing himself as a frontrunner in this genre and popularizing melodic house. Together with tropical house, it will most likely become a household sound very soon. We cannot wait to see what else Felix has to offer.

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[Trap] Lookas – Loko (NGHTMRE Remix)

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Loko (NGHTMRE Remix)

As Halloween quickly approaches, it appears that many producers have been attempting to reveal their inner dark side to get into the spirit of things. Los Angeles’, NGHTMRE, surely justifies his name with his most recent remix of Lookas’, “Loko”. Filled with heaps of heavy bass, dark wubs, and hair-raising 808′s, NGHTMRE gives us a massive trap anthem to go loko over. So prepare to sleep with one eye open tonight because you won’t be able to escape the darkness that lingers in your bedroom closet.

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[Event Review] Kygo – Bang Bang, San Diego

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Kygo was nothing short of amazing last Saturday in San Diego. Taking topical house to Bang Bang in downtown SD, Kygo brought down the HOUSE (get it?) and gave a high energy performance on stage. The 22-year-old producer from Norway started off the night with one of his most played remixes, “I See Fire”, which immediately got the crowd pumped up and cheering in excitement. It’s hard to imagine how he managed to channel such positive energy from his music, as you see nothing but smiles across the venue.

Playing banger remix after remix, Kygo’s performance was entertaining throughout his entire set. Some notable highlights include “Cut Your Teeth” by Kyla La Grange, “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance and “Midnight” by Coldplay. To everyone’s surprise, he even threw in unreleased material in his set, include a BANKS remix that left the crowd in awe. Being comparably slower and more mellow than other deep house music, Kygo’s tropical house showed such distinctiveness and character while being massively appealing. It is amusing to see how his music got everyone dancing their pants off and singing along to all the lyrics, even though tropical house seemed an acquired taste for club music.

To close off his set, Kygo dropped “Sexual Healing” and his remix of Ed Sheeran vs Passenger “No Diggity X Thrift Shop”, ending the night on a high note. You could tell everyone thoroughly enjoyed the music just as much as Kygo did. While his remixes undoubtedly steal everyone’s heart, we would love to see more original material and collaborations.

Following his replacement of the almighty Avicii at TomorrowWorld, Kygo continued to prove that he’s one of the frontrunners of the revival movement of house music. Being able to attract such a large following in just a year’s time says something about Kygo’s talent.

To catch the rest of his Endless Summer Tour with Kygo and friends (Amtrac and Anna Lunoe), check out the following dates:

10/12     The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

10/14     The Beacham – Orlando, FL

10/15     The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

10/16     Society For Arts & Technology – Montreal, QC

10/17     Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

10/18     Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL

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I See Fire (Kygo Remix)
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The Kooks Front Man on His Father, Doing Prince Songs, and Paper Dreams [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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The Kooks
Around Town

For a lot of you out there, The Kooks have had a very special place in your heart over the past few years. This Brighton-based indie outfit has been churning out hits that inspire even the most shyest curmudeons to light up and sing along.

Right after their absolutely stellar show in Denver, we were able to catch up with front man Luke Pritchard to ask a few choice questions about this latest album. Surprisingly open about some very intimate details about one of our favorite new tunes, “See Me Now,” this down-to-earth singer/songwriter casually talked to us as if we were a close mate, which is always refreshing.

Before you get too far into this transcribed phone call, know that this current tour is one not to miss. While you’ll hear some of their new tunes (as to be expected), you’ll also come across all of your favorites, ensuring you’ll leave the venue with satisfied ears and hoarse voice.

TMN: Hey Luke, thank you so much for taking a few moments to speak with us. We’ve been fans for a long time! Let’s chat about this tour you’re on – how’s it going so far?

Luke: No problem. It’s actually a pleasure. The tour has been excellent. It’s great that we can see so many places in the US, do you know what I mean? The fans have been pretty receptive to the album too, which is pretty cool for us. So, it’s been great!

TMN: You just hit up Denver, which is where we’re at. What are your thoughts on the mile high city?

Luke: (Laughs) Good! I’m really intrigued by this legalization thing. It’s always fun here though. We’ve had some great times in Colorado.
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