TMN Unveils the Mystery Behind Zola Blood [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Zola Blood

A few weeks back, we knocked on Zola Blood’s virtual door, in hopes of shedding some light on this previously mysterious group. With little information out there, many were inquiring about who was behind this chart-topping hit, “Grace,” which climbed its way up the Hype Machine charts. With droves of music enthusiasts enamored and eager to learn more, we’re overwhelmingly excited to be the ones who get to deliver.

TMN: Hey man/guys/ladies and gentleman. Sorry for the generic intro there, but we’re not really quite sure who we’re talking to! Usually we have some research to base our interviews off of, so forgive us if these questions are a little basic!

ZB: Haha, no worries that’s how we like them.

There’s four of us. Matt (vocals/guitar), Ed (Synth), Sam (drums) and Rob (guitar).

TMN: Let’s kick things off by talking to us about how you got into what the world has come to know as Zola Blood. How did you guys come to be?

Zola Blood was born in October last year, after a few months sharing dodgy iPhone recordings between the four of us. We found a little box studio out in Hackney Wick and have been writing, recording and procrastinating out there ever since.

TMN: Where did the name stem from? Any hidden references we should know about?

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[Synth-Pop] Lincoln Jesser – Untold

Lincoln Jesser

L.A.’s Lincoln Jesser has been a regular amongst the pages of TMN for the last year, and if you haven’t yet had a chance to expand your palate and consume his downtempo brand of repurposed, Vince Clarke & Martin Gore leaning synth-pop; well it’s not too late to start now. Jesser’s latest tune “Untold” was the choice prescription to kick off our Hump Day. There’s just something about a chunky bass line and expansive, gliding kick drum dispersed amongst brooding pop instrumentation (tastefully executed of course) which hooks this writer without fail. While some feel the synth/indie-pop reservoir may be drying up a bit over the course of the past few years; it’s spacy, sophisticated compositions like this which immediately rejuvenate our love for those 80′s pop revivalists. But; referring to Lincoln Jesser’s music as 80′s revivalist would be doing him a disservice to the sonically textured soundscapes he’s able to manufacture while keeping it pop in structure. On “Untold” it’s difficult to not be reminded of an early Com Truise configuration while vocally it’s as if Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo and Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford were mutated into one lush inflection. “Untold” comes as the first single leaked form Jesser’s next LP, Modern Color  (preorder on iTunes here), which is due out on September 23. So until then, stream “Untold” above and we’ll be bringing you more singles before its official release.

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A very long overdue Trap Dojo, so we through together a playlist with our favorite tunes from the last couple weeks of Summer. Starting off with an anthem from aywy titled “Murder”, that brings some insane Mr. Carmack-esque vibes. Next up is a very slept on remix from The M Machine of Rubblebucket’s track “Sound Of Erasing”. Nebbra has been on a tear during 2104 and he comes through with yet another stunning remix, this time flipping Novo Amor’s track “From Gold“. Dillon Francis’ album is finally on its way, and this massive banger titled “I Cant Take It” is one of many gems. Rustie just uploaded a 16 minute sampler of his entire upcoming album “Green Language”. Next up is an “Untitled” heater from the one and only Mr. Carmack, odds are it will never hit the blogosphere. Ok unreleased banger time, UZ just dropped “Trap shit v22″ in one of his most recent mixes, don’t sleep. As well as this massive track from What So Not with no “ID” yet. Check out the rest of these gems featuring: Gent & Jawns, CRNKN, Falcons, Yellow Claw, Lido, Styles&Complete, Flux Pavilion, stwo, Gent & Jawns, Hoodboi, cromocast, Aazar, Penthouse Penthouse, LOUDPVCK, gLAdiator, JACK U, GOLDIELOCKS, Flosstradamus, and many more. 

Sound of Erasing (The M Machine Remix)
Novo Amor
From Gold (Nebbra Remix)
Dillon Francis
I Cant Take It
Green Language Album Sampler
Mr Carmack
Untitled (June 29th) (14)
Trap Shit 22
What So Not
ID (unreleased)
No Flex Zone (Styles&Complete Remix)
Tink ft. Jeremih
Dont Tell Nobody (Falcons Bootleg)
Gent & Jawns
Chiefs & CRNKN
Yellow Claw
Flux Pavilion
Freeway (Kill The Noise & Flux Pavilion Remix)
Crystal Fighters
Love Alight (GANZ Remix)FREE DL
Ryan Hemsworth
Cream Soda (with Tomggg)
❤ Wishes ❤
Da Youngstas
Mad Props (LAKIM Remix)
I Love You (The Red Baron Remix)
something about you baby ft. b
Die Antwoord
This Is Why Im Hot (AGLORY Remix)
DJ Sliink X TWRK X Green Lantern
Trifecta (If You Dont)
Anythings Possible ft. Lotti (Sweater Beats Remix)
Royals Theme
Deep End ft. Eastside & Mayer Hawthorne (Hoodboi Remix)
Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Strobe (Prince Fox 15k Private Stock Edit Pack)
Feel x U
Penthouse Penthouse
let me see that
Rundat (JEFF081)
Tony (Feat. Nipsey Hussle)
Pegboard Nerds

Last Couple Weeks Tunes:

Ay Ay (Lindsay Lowend & Jonah Baseball Remix)
Keys N Krates
Are We Faded
Jack U
0 To 100 (Flosstradamus VIP)
Cigarette Song (Snakehips Remix)
Leave Me Alone (feat. Shay Lia)
Jeremih ft. YG
Dont tell em (Alesia remix)
Dont You Mind
Elliphant feat. Skrillex
Only Getting Younger (Milo & Otis Remix)
Mr. Carmack
this morning was funny
Mt Moon
Nömak & Lhomme aux 4 lettres
When I Die (Alex Young & Jonah Baseball Version)
sam gellaitry
StéLouse x Rusty Hook
Vic Mensa
Wimme Nah (Prod. By Kaytranada)
Feel Of Love (Kaytranada Edition)
Lido x ZHU
Faded (Rusty Hook Flip)
Only You
Ryn Weaver
Stay Low
Ryn Weaver
Rome Fortune
Get The Guap (Chris McClenney & Fortune Remix)
TLC feat. Missy Elliot
Dirty Dirty (AObeats Flip)
Settle Down (P A T H Remix)
Louis Futon x A
Mr. Carmack
Insanity (14)
Polar Youth
Bae (Exyle Edit)
Zeds Dead x Memorecks
Love Me
Bubbly Bulba X DIVERSA
RL Grime & What So Not
Tell Me (Rudebrat Refix)
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[Indie] Oslo Parks – The Night

oslo parks - the night
Oslo Parks
The Night

Oslo Parks just released their newest single, “The Night,” and it definitely brightened our day. This Brighton-based outfit has a unique take on indie house, of which they described as “layered vocals over a mixture of live and electronic instrumentation – pop writing in an alternative setting.” This latest release encapsulates that layered approach, with harmonized vocal sections carefully laid over a groovy bassline, and some heavily treated 70′s style guitars.

This is only the duo’s second track, and we’ve been nothing but impressed. Their production quality really shows that they didn’t just start making music yesterday, displaying something too impressive and mature for us to think they are new to this.

If you’re digging’ these vibes, pick up “The Night” on iTunes.

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[Fresh] James Vincent McMorrow – When I Leave

James Vincent McMorrow
When I Leave

Coming off a massive festival season, one of our favorite vocalists in music is back with another tune, and it’s up for a free download. “When I Leave” follows up the 2nd album from McMorrow, and was comprised entirely on the road. Admitting that the recording isn’t polished after having been recorded on the road, he describes how this song came to be:

I’ve been recording when I can over the summer, on the floors of festival dressing rooms, in hotels, I’ve been waiting for everyone to fall asleep so I can track vocals in the back lounge of the bus. Making Post Tropical definitely lit a fire. There’s no plan for any of it, I have an album in the world and it is rightfully taking up a lot of my energy, but I’ve plenty energy to go around, I’d like to start putting out some ideas while the ink is still wet, I want people to hear them, to know what they are when we play them live during the autumn Euro and US tours.

Disclaimer, They’re not polished, nothing recorded on the road ever could be, a lot of time spent removing crazy back ground sounds from vocals etc. That’s the point though I guess, snapshots. – James Vincent McMorrow

In all honesty, we could care less that this hasn’t been shined up in a studio by an audio engineer. The moment that glorious falsetto glides over the booming kick drum was more than enough to make us stop what we’re doing and simply swoon. Coupled with some minimalist synths, “When I Leave” drives our adoration even further, leaving us incapable of switching on to the next tune.

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[Free Download] Ryan Hemsworth – Cream Soda (with Tomggg)

Ryan Hemsworth
Cream Soda (with Tomggg)

Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth just wrapped up his summer tour with a set at this past weekend’s FYF Fest, and he will be heading back home to finish his forthcoming album. Today he’s shared more important news with the announcement of three Japan tour dates in October, and the release of a new single with Japanese producer Tomggg called “Cream Soda.”

The upbeat instrumental track sounds like something straight out of a video game with its melodic chiptune cheer. “Cream Soda” is a delightful pop number that stirs in futuristic elements with dainty bells and whistles, and the result is wholly wonderful. “Cream Soda” is available for a free download via SoundCloud.

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[Indie Rock] CRUISR – All Over

All Over

Summer may be coming to a close, but based on what we’ve found in the past few days, there’s plenty of music that begs to differ. Today’s offering comes via the latest Vagrant Records signee, CRUISR. This Philly-based four piece dropped “All Over” just minutes ago, giving the blogosphere a taste of what’s to come of their debut EP (September 23rd). Lifelong fans may have just cringed at that last sentence, but it holds true. While having released music under the moniker Cruiser in the past, the band is somewhat starting back at the beginning, clearing off their Soundcloud for everything CRUISR.

With a cascading blend of playful vocal harmonies, a dance-inducing bassline, and some quick bursts of clean guitar work, “All Over,”  has an anthemic pop structure that immediately induces grins. The hook-inspired, lyrics leave the listener completely engaged through the short, yet infectious three-minute ride. Carrying sportive associations to the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, and even newcomers The Griswolds.

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