[Electronic] David Heartbreak – Skyline EP

David Heartbreak

David Heartbreak is one of the premiere dance music producers, period. He helped push moombahton to its height, pioneered the EDM trap revolution and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He’s a true songwriter that isn’t afraid of changing things up. Now, he’s back in full force.

I took a year off from music, I had some personal things going on, and I needed a break from music

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from David, but he returns with his Skyline EP, out now on Uprise Music. We were unsure what direction David was going to take, given his diverse catalog, but with the two single project he brought some full on emotional vibes. The title EP is a highly melodic, ambient single that can best be described as David’s take on future meets trip-hop. It’s one of those records that will put a spell on you, one that is hard to break. For the second track, “Jux,” David partners with Cy Kosis for a unique trap single that is as dynamic as it is dope. There are more than a handful of records that David has put out that will blow your mind, and this is up there with his best.

The inspiration behind skyline is New York City. Skyline was written in an Uber on the FDR drive. I just had a lot running through my mind, and it skyline just was perfect for where I was at, at that time.

You can feel the emotion in these two singles. After dealing with his personal issues and moving back to his city, David is ready to continue making his mark on the world. It’s certainly a mark that we miss. Here’s to you David, glad to have you back!

’David Heartbreak – Skyline’
’David Heartbreak – Jux (feat. Cy Kosis)’
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Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Viceroy Edit) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Stayin' Alive (Viceroy Edit)

As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. While it’s always bittersweet to bring one of our residencies to a close, it usually means we’re bringing you a taste of something that’s never seen the light of day. Today is no different than what you’ve come to expect over the past two years.

In true warm-weather fashion, the Sultan of Summer, Viceroy, is offering up something he’s had in his arsenal for years. If you’ve seen him live, which we certainly hope you have, you’ve probably heard this gem mixed into his sets. It’s his edit of the Bee Gees 1977 monster hit, “Stayin’ Alive,” and it’s absolutely perfect for your weekend beach, pool, or BBQ plans.

To make sure you spend the rest of your summer in proper “summertime all the time” fashion, Viceroy is also hooking this up as a free download. Make sure to send him a tweet and give him some love.

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[Soul] Full Crate – Island Girl Feat. Bluey Robinson

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Island Girl (ft. Bluey Robinson)

Settling nicely into the swing of summer, Amsterdam-based DJ Full Crate has returned with another jam. A mainstay to the smooth-electronic music scene for well over a decade, Full Crate has patiently crafted a unique soulful sound. With tracks like “Special” and the remix to Disclosure’s “White Noise”, Full Crate’s appeal is easily justifiable. Coupled with friend and fellow local Mar, the catalog of impressive, highly regarded tracks increases even further – highlighted by “Nobody Else” and “Man x Woman”. Continue reading

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[Electronic] Snacks – We Want Love

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We Want Love

The Boogie Angst camp have a sweet EP coming from Snacks. Luckily, we don’t have to wait until the EP is out to hear the title track “We Want Love.” After hearing this teaser single, you’ll be on the edge of your seat and ready for the EP just like we are.

“We Want Love” is the damn near the smoothest mixture of future, with R&B and pop you are going to find on the web. Snacks has always put out fresh, easy on the ears records, but there is something in particular about this single that makes it shine brighter than the rest. Comprised of wavering synth work, bustling percussion and intuitive vocal chops, “We Want Love” is a record that producers and fans will enjoy all the same. The songwriting is top notch, and so is the production. Stream the single today, and get ready for the EP release, which is coming very soon!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2016 Round #3)

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The same music doesn’t work for everyone. We all come across that song that makes us say “Seriously. What the hell is this?” But you know what, SOMEONE out there likes that song. And that someone might say the same thing about a song you absolutely love. Like with everything, we all have our own tastes, which is why the Indie Dojo is the perfect solution. Skip through the ones you hate and repeat all the ones you do. There is something out there for everyone and if not in this week’s, there is always next.

’BF/C – Temple’
’Gizmo Varillas – Give A Little Love’
’Ja Ja Nene – Here Today Gone Tomorrow’
’Hush Moss – It Takes A Lot’
’Dives – Fresh Air (ft. AJ the Aged One)’
’Dhana Bhutan
Close’
’Marly Luske – Organ and Nylon’
’Daniel Trakell – Wasted Light’
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[Album Review] Viola Beach’s Self-Titled Debut LP

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I’ve written out and deleted at least twenty opening lines while trying to kickstart this album review. From inspirational messages, to thoughtful condolences, to moments of fear and frustration, my blinking cursor seems to disapprove of just about every set-up I can dream of.

Here’s the thing – I absolutely adored Viola Beach. From the very first time I heard “Swings and Waterslides,” I knew these youngsters were onto something big. It was just last summer. The days were growing shorter, but these four lads from Warrington gave my aging bones something to hold on to as winter’s chilly winds blew across Colorado. Release by release, I was continually drawn to their highly engaging, pop-structured tunes, each giving way to wide-spreading grins, incessantly tapping feet, and the urgent sense to spread the word about this budding talent.

’Viola Beach – Swings & Waterslides’

Earlier this year, as most of you know, Kris, River, Tomas, Jack and their manager Craig were taken well before their time in a tragic car accident. I certainly don’t feel like highlighting that evening, though, as even in death, these talented souls have far more to offer than just a mournful headline and story.

We are tremendously proud of everything the boys achieved in such a short space of time,” the band’s families said. “Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom shared a huge passion, talent, and dedication to music.

We believe the best way to celebrate our sons’ lives is to release an album of their songs.”

If you followed along with the releases that preceded that night, you’ll know that they were rife with proper amounts of energetic percussion, playful guitar work, and anthemic lyrics that paved the way for happy, dancing feet across the globe. Just one trip through “Boys That Sing” should be more than enough to have you proudly belting out the chorus as you prance around your living room, whether or not you actually know how to sing. That certainly seemed to be the case at Glastonbury a few weeks back, when Coldplay covered that very song on the main stage.

 

While those three releases were more than enough to cement a lifelong legacy, we have a few more to add to our beloved collection. That brings us to today. As honored as I was to premiere Viola Beach’s debut song, I’m doubly honored to provide one of the first album reviews for them.

’Viola Beach – Boys That Sing’

“Swings and Waterslides,” “Cherry Vitmo,” and “Boys That Sing” aside, this collection has hits spilling out from every seam.

Take “Like A Fool,” for example: Led by a sportive guitar riff, it immediately welcomes you in, taking you by the hand to the eventual chorus, which could be reserved for the night after your next break up. (Not that we’re wishing that upon you–but it happens, and it’s always good to have songs to get you through it.)

“Drunk” brings an expertly crafted blend of emotive nuances and danceable rhythms, offering an interesting juxtaposition. While the lyrics are melancholy, its healthy rhythmic backbone maintains a pace that’s will undeniably have people nodding their head along with the ripping guitar breakdowns and heavy snare work.

One of my favorite tunes in this collection is definitely “Really Wanna Call,” which beckons comparisons to legends like Paul Simon, and modern marvels like The 1975, The Wombats, or St. Lucia. While it will never see stadiums full of the singing fans it so rightfully deserves, it will always carry the weight that other anthems in its class do.

The collection is destined for greatness, regardless of the fact that Viola Beach won’t see so many of the world’s stages they was bound to play. Instead, their greatness will be held in the headphones and speakers of adoring fans across the globe, with more and more discovering how truly incredible these guys were.

Help embrace and share the legacy by picking up their album through the band’s own label Fuller Beans Records.

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[Indie] Pageantry – Vicious Wishes

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Vicious Wishes

The close of the weekend definitely calls for a healthy dosage of dreamy encapsulating indie rock to help ease us into the inevitable start of yet another work week. Luckily for us, we stumbled across Denton-based Pageantry, and have subsequently added this lil’ beaut into our Sunday rotation.

“Vicious Wishes” soars with textural layers of piano, guitar, and soft, rhythmic percussion, giving listeners a chance to escape the worries of day-to-day minutia for a full five minutes. It seemingly teeters perfectly along the narrow line between spacey psych rock and hip-swaying indie rock, somehow perfectly pulling in elements of both. We don’t know whether to lie back in our favorite recliner and get lost in our own minds, or whether we should get up and dance around. Maybe we’ll alternate as we hit the repeat button. Problem solved.

If you’re digging “Vicious Wishes,” make sure to follow these cats on facebook.

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