'81 (Joanna Newsom cover)
As we slowly waltz through the winter months, bundled up with the simple pleasures in life, we’re warmly comforted by our favorite music, softly carrying us to a sunnier, more embraceable time. Something about the familiar lyrics help ease the bitter cold, whether we’re willing to admit it or not.
Marika Hackman certainly knows this, consistently providing listeners with words easily associated with and fondly appreciated time and time again. When she’s not providing her own lyrics, she’s busy covering another notable harp-adorned female storyteller, which is what we have for you today.
Hailing out of the UK, February Resident Marika Hackman has graced us with the pleasure of premiering her live accoustic cover of the ever-so-talented harpist, Joanna Newsom. In this take on “’81″, we’re immediately ready to head to the “Garden of Eden” with Marika, as she calmly reinterprets this folk classic.
Free (Matt Nash Remix)
We’ve heard a plethora of Rudimental remixes since the release of Home in April of last year. One of the most heavily remixed tunes off of that album was “Free,” which boasted emotion-rich lyrics perfect for just about any kind of synthesized backdrop.
Today we’re offering up a particularly electrifying electro house interpretation of this tune, featuring buzzing basslines, a gorgeous escalating melody and a dance floor destroying progressive nature. Londoner Matt Nash has dialed up a big, bold and beautiful take of this tune, providing all the energy you need to carry you into the weekend.
Or Nah (Remix Feat. The Weeknd)
Less than a week after completely transforming Beyoncé‘s “Drunk In Love,” The Weeknd is back at it again, this time tackling the remix to Ty Dolla $ign‘s breakout single, “Or Nah,” featuring Wiz Khalifa. The Canadian crooner laces the DJ Mustard produced single with his silky smooth vocals and some rather raunchy lyrics, making for quite an interesting revamp. This is definitely one you won’t want to miss out on, and it’s certainly worth the asking price of $Free.99. Download the track above, and those of you looking for some official swag from The Weeknd should check out his Official Issue XO Cut & Sew Collection set to launch tomorrow.
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
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Jerome Isma Ae- February 20th
Mark Sixma & Jerome Isma
Beardyman - Feb. 21st
Chris Lake - Feb 22nd
Chris Lake ft. Jareth
Helium (Radio Mix)
Forgot About Dre (The Golden Pony Remix)
The Golden Pony have brought their afro driven deep-disco flair to The Chronic: 2001‘s “Forgot About Dre” and it’s been stuck on a permanent loop in this writer’s TMN cubicle. Paying homage to their classic influence has been the modus operandi for The Golden Pony’s remix choices lately as we’ve seen them take on Simon & Garfunkel, Tears For Fears and Daft Punk to reference a few, but our first exposure to them tackling the world of hip-hop has in our eyes been our most revered entry into the TGP production catalog. Taking its shape behind a pitched down vocal hook from the original chorus and an almost progressive-house meets indie-dance bass line and pad selection, their remix wonderfully accentuates Dre’s timeless verses. We’ve seen some admirable stabs at remixing Dr. Dre for the dance hall but no one has yet harnessed that gangster shine within a straight four-four house track in such a groovy manner until now. If your head is bobbing as unconsciously as ours and The Golden Pony’s remix of “Forgot About Dre” just has to be in your music player’s library then you’re in luck. This one is being given away as a free download, so grab it in exchange for a Facebook “like” here.
What a lovely outlet for our emotive side to come shining through this Wednesday. Scott Johnson’s solo act turned five-piece dream-pop outfit, Goodbye Chanel, just uncovered a brand new single “Foreva”, much to our deilght. Fueled by a surf-rock inspired guitar hook a la Dick Dale, brought up to contemporary speed with the employment of a shoegazey reverb filter, Goodbye Chanel’s hazy, minimal-pop instrumentation wraps itself ideally around Johnson’s yearning delivery -in the same vein as Wild Nothing or early Washed Out nonetheless- to create the perfect statement for their forthcoming EP Hot City Nights. “Foreva” is given the perfect amount of room to build; from the slow burning intro to the first bridge, carefully adding choice backup guitar licks and snare heavy, but ultimately light percussion patterning throughout. There is a thought evoking, storytelling sense to the tune, which hooks its listener from the onset for what is a pensive sonic journey. Goodbye Chanel’s impending Hot City Nights extended play is geared up for an April 21 release ( a day too late for some) on Dead Young Records, and if it’s anything as musically layered as debut LP Through Night to Paradise you can bet we’ll be with them every step of the way until then. Slow down your day a bit through the use of a little Goodbye Chanel above.
Hailing from possibly one of the best cities in the world, Florentine seven foot beatsmith Phonat dropped a four track EP a few weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn amazing. Seamlessly fusing countless genres, this eclectic synergy of musical expression has us pressing play over and over again.
The Never EP boasts four tunes, two originals and two subsequent remixes of the title track. First up on the EP is a 70′s inspired glitch-hop tune that gracefully highlights sinfully delicious guitar work, coupled with a raw yet smooth funk vocal sample. While “Never” as a whole has an underground hip hop feel, the melodic synth work really brings it full circle back to the dancefloor.
One of the remixes that accompanies this tune comes via UK based Asa and Sorrow, and comes in fierce with some dialed up drum work. While the attitude-rich funk vibes are still apparent, the tune is turned on its head with some razor sharp DnB basslines and meticulous drum hits.
Icarus creates a laid-back version of the aforementioned track, relying heavily on a soulful groove and some 80′s style synths. Giving “Never” a more mainstream persona, this remix maintains the original appeal while taking on a whole new look and feel.
“Phase to Face,” has a delightfully broken nature, featuring classic DnB style vocals. While one would expect a normal progression of rapid snare and hi hats, they would actually be mistaken. In a fluttering culmination of break-beat drums and wobbling bass, melodic synths draw everything together in something that’s both wildly unexpected, yet incredibly attractive.
This EP is ready and available for you to purchase. We highly recommend you do so.
Never (Asa & Sorrow Remix)