Frances Luke Accord – Fluke [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

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There’s something about the warming temperatures hinting at the edges of summer that beckon us to go out and track down some of the most endearing indie folk tunes we can find. Maybe it’s the thought of mountain adventures, adorned with a backpack weighed down with the essentials. Maybe it’s fondly recalling late-night, lakeside campfire memories where the only things that matter are a circle of good friends and a bottle of quality whiskey. Whatever it is, it always happens around this time of year, and thankfully, Frances Luke Accord is here to satisfy that itch.

Made up of Brian Powers and Nicholas Gunty, this Windy City duo has an Americana-rich charm that’s simply irresistible, especially when both members pair up for one of their pitch-perfect vocal harmonies. At times, their modern folk interpretations remind us of Iron & Wine, at times they call on nostalgic associations of Simon & Garfunkle, and we also can’t help but shake hearing Hunter Hunted, especially with those harmonies we mentioned earlier.

We have to start by covering one of the most interesting origin stories we’ve heard, which comes from one of the oldest songs in the group’s repertoire. “Nowhere To Be found” was actually originally recorded in Kkindu Village, Uganda during their senior year at the University of Nortre Dame. When Powers and Gunty were putting together the Fluke, they revisited it once more and decided to include it.

We decided to re-record it for Fluke because we wanted an optimistic voice (both sonically and narratively speaking) to contrast the more sober corners of the album. We feel that this version also reflects our growth as performers and producers since our first release.

Beyond that, it’s honestly difficult to highlight other songs to talk about for one simple reason – they’re all so damn good. Take “Tangled In Your Web,” which takes a slight departure from other offerings, showcasing their ability to hone in on classic rock sensibilities. While the essence of their sound is still very much in tact, the calculated guitar riffs give it an edge that other tracks don’t have. Conversely, tracks like “Who Do You Run From” showcase the frolicking, playful folk nature that’s perfect for that soon-to-be sunshiney weather.

As a collective experience, it’s truly one that’s worthy of a start-to-finish session. With that in mind, we won’t keep you from it any longer.

’Who Do You Run From’
’Something Moving’
’Stones I’ve Thrown’
’Tangled In Your Web’
’David’
’The Nightline (ft. Katie Van Dusen)’
’Egoeye’
’Nowhere To Be Found’
’On The Road’
’In The Snow’
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JOME – Cinnamon [TMN PREMIERE]

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Cinnamon

Los Angeles-based JOME may have just emerged into the scene, but he’s already made a sizeable dent with only one release under his belt. Just last month, this newcomer dropped his debut offering, “Brushstroke,” which was very well received by tastemaker blogs and music nerds alike, giving everyone a quick glance at what’s in store.

I wanted to make something tangible, something of substance. A song you can wrap your hands around and hold, feel it’s weight. Creating the song was like an excavation. I was interested in digging up textures and rhythms that fit together like bones. To me, “Brushstroke” is about how quickly things can change.

Today’s offering is only the second release from this talented singer/songwriter, and it’s sure to absolutely encapsulate you for the entire duration. Set to the backdrop of melodic guitar and piano that effortlessly lap across you, soft claps, and ethereal synths, “Cinnamon” slowly builds into a well-crafted, lush, and cinematic soundscape. Accompanying that backdrop is the hero of the track, which is, of course, JOME’s positively spellbinding voice.

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[Beautiful] Flume – Never Be Like You (Crywolf Cover)

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Never Be Like You (Flume Cover)

Without a doubt, it is very difficult to live up to expectations when you’re trying to rework a Flume track. Being that we religiously follow Crywolf here at TMN, it’s safe to say that the talented singer/producer slayed this cover of “Never Be Like You” and painted Crywolf all over it.

Sustained vocals and strings highlight the tune and are paired with a slower tempo than the original. Following an epic buildup, the burst of synths and Crywolf’s unique vocals definitely give the song a paradisal and majestic vibe. You’ve probably never heard anything like it, but it will sure be a breath of fresh air. Considering Crywolf being a one-man-band, the level of production here is off the charts.

Available as a free download, this cover of “Never Be Like You” is some of Crywolf’s best work to date. I mean – who wouldn’t mind getting serenaded in heaven by Crywolf?

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[Future Bass] PatrickReza – WHO R U? feat. Notelle

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WHO R U? (Feat. Notelle)

PatrickReza is a young, dynamic artist that we feature time and time again. No matter the genre, he blows us away every time, just like he did with his newest record featuring Notelle that has been released by Seeking Blue Records.

“WHO R U?” has Patrick bringing a future bass style, but you can hear his melodic style shine through completely. Future is a genre that has two sides to it, the first being filled with producers who are diluting the style and making it more generic, and the other side pushing the sound to new places, which is just what Patrick does with his original. His production matches the power of Notelle, whose voice excels beyond a lot of vocalists who hop on electronic records. These two together are a special match that we’d like to hear more from in the future. For now, we’ll stick with what we have. Grab “WHO R U?” now, you won’t regret it.

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[Electronic] Chris Siegel – This Is How EP

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Most of the time when an artist releases a single, we ask ourselves, what were the other versions of the unfinished track like? Did the sound change? Well, Chris Siegel and Strehlow answered that for us with their EP This Is How. The double single project features the title track, along with a VIP that takes a turn down a completely different road.

With the original “This Is How” we get a poppy tune that is highly influenced by a tropical-infused moombahton sound. Chris Siegel and Strehlow put together a complex composition with a lot of different moving parts that couldn’t have been easy to do. They made it flow without a hitch, with the result being one incredibly smooth record. With the VIP, the producers take the track down a future bass path, but still keep some of the original vibe. It feels like a 180, but when you really listen, it’s still got that Summer time vibe to it. Collaborators on the project include Siren, Lex Allen and Christine Hoberg. We applaud everyone’s efforts in the creation of both these masterpieces that you can download for free individually. Doesn’t get much better than that.

’Strehlow x Chris Siegel – This Is How ft. Siren, Lex Allen, & Christine Hoberg’
’Strehlow x Chris Siegel – This Is How ft. Siren, Lex Allen, & Christine Hoberg (VIP)’
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Noa May – Soul Trap [TMN PREMIERE]

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Noa May
Soul Trap

Noa May is anything but conventional which only adds to our building affection for her unique offerings. “Soul Trap” certainly highlights that ability, showcasing something that so delightfully goes against the grain, yet ropes listeners in with the ease of a well-crafted pop hit.

Take a few moments to really drink this one in. Noa has such a well-defined vocal tone and cadence. So often, you’ll hear song after song with a voice that could be any number of artists. It’s safe to say that you’ll never confuse her’s with another. Couple those distinctive vocals with some bizarre, fluttering synths, an admittedly creepy bassline, and calculated spatterings of guitar work, and you have one hell of a tasty, twisted tune.

Once you’re done searching for the repeat button, head over to Facebook and throw Noa May a like. We’re guessing you’d like to keep tabs on her after imbibing in “Soul Trap.”

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[Deep-House] Bobby Nourmand – S I S T E R

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S I S T E R

2016 is shaping up into a banner year for LA based house producer Bobby Nourmand. After taking the underground by storm with his last single “S M O K I N J O E” on The Magician’s Potion Records which recieved support from the likes of Oliver Heldens, Afrojack & Martin Garrix, back in February, Nourmand returns with a crafty slice of deep, dark club aesthetics “S I S T E R”. Using a perfectly synced vocal from one of our generation’s most notable frontmen, Billy Idol, Nourmand weaves swollen bass with sticky synth progressions and brittle guitars, which has resulted in yet another tasteful club tune destined to make its global run.

After his latest run of shows which included packed out houses at Exchange LA, The Delano Beach Club & FDR during Miami Music Week, and at Webster Hall for The Magician’s official EDC afterparty; the rest of the world has begun to take notice of Nourmand’s immensely polished production as well. Keep your eyes peeled for Bobby Nourmand’s next slate of tour dates, and listen to “Sister” above.

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