Dont'cha (Need & Necessity Edit)
On paper, matching the smooth soul sounds of Odd Future offshoot The Internet with a forward thinking house beat sounds like a match made in dance-head heaven. As to why we haven’t seen more of it, we’re not exactly sure, but Denver based house duo Need & Necessity have taken all the trouble out of the job and come through with one of their most accessible, catchy edits yet. Coming off of “This Life”, their last original recording, Need & Necessity’s take on “Dontcha” carries with it a rare playability. Whether it’s casually jamming out in your car or on a booming club stack this one has the type of shiny appeal to touch the most ardent of house fans to casual listeners alike. A loungey, almost jazz club vibe is upped through the malleable execution of a rolling, deep bass line which rides along infectiously under The Internet’s sultry original vocal, resulting in a polished dance tune that we’ve been religiously looping all afternoon. The boys are giving this one away for free through their Facebook, so go ahead and snag a download here; and if you missed our group interview with them back in April, check it out.
Why Ft. Nate Salman
Les Sins, the electronic, house-leaning alter-ego of Toro Y Moi‘s Chaz Bundick, returns tonight with the second release from his forthcoming debut album. While the first glimpse, “Bother,” had a darker, garage feel to it, the latest from Bundick features vocals from Nate Salman leaning a bit more towards the synth-powered funk we are used to from Toro y Moi. The fusing of his two styles makes for an up-tempo, dance-able track that is probably our favorite from the Les Sins project yet. Groove to this tropical, disco tune above. Les Sins’s Michael drops on November 4th and can be pre-ordered via iTunes now.
Arches, the incredible pairing of Sebastiaan Vandevoorde (better known as Moonlight Matters)and Sound of Stereo‘s Jochen Sablon, have begun bubbling into mainstream consciousness at exactly the perfect time for their intellectual brand of house music to be consumed by the masses. The Belgian dance duo is back with a brand new single effort after “There’s A Place”, their debut record with Columbia, which was received remarkably well critically, while netting them a substantial bit of merited buzz in the process. This afternoon, we have the utmost pleasure of premiering their latest, soon to be viral club hit “Want You” and we couldn’t be more entranced by their precise production prowess. Included on The Magician‘s latest Magic Tape, which seem to have taken on a life of their own and become a huge ground for new, incredible tunes to surface from; “After You” finds Arches clearly sending this one out to a sweaty dancefloor. The tune’s foggy synth work leads a low-end fueled piano melody and jacking house vibe into a driving groove for a track that is top-to-bottom one of the most succinct and well thought out dance cuts we’ve heard throughout the entirety of 2014. Try not to wiggle those hips and bob your head while listening, we dare you. And while you’re getting your bounce on, pick up a free download here.
At the young age of 22, Californian turned Brighton UK resident Ed Prosek certainly must have some stories to tell. Luckily for us, he’s one hell of a musician, which provides an outlet for his life stories.
After releasing his debut EP, California, Prosek gained a strong following. In fact, his cover of Paul Simon’s classic hit, “Homeward Bound” was actually chosen as the soundtrack to a major TV advertisement for Cathedral City, taking this budding young artist to a national audience in a very direct way.
Coming off of his upcoming EP, “Hold On Tight” showcases the orchestral folk capabilities, giving us a booming four minute, emotional ride. Crossing in-between references of Patrick Watson, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men, Prosek has found his knack with raw, powerful and engrossing vocals. Set to the backdrop of rambling guitars, steady snare hits and playful banjo work, this tune carries the heft of other radio-ready folk singles. We’re just happy we were the first ones to bring it out into the open.
Make sure to follow this young man on facebook to keep up with his shows, releases, and general goings on. We have a feeling he’s going to be one to keep and eye on.
Wonder (Original Mix)
After first debuting here on TMN with “Thumpin” back in April, 18 year old house stunner Sylent Efx returns with yet another eerily mature portion of dance music with the Kanye West sampling “Wonder” (which itself was actually sampled from Labi Siffre’s “My Song” for a quick history lesson). While this young spark plug may not quite be known globally just yet, his latest tune which comes to the world in the form of a ‘TMN Premiere’, has already seemed to have taken on a life of its own. After being aurally debuted on the almighty Ministry of Sound Radio via an option4 guest mix all the way back in July; we’ve already had the pleasure of hearing some of our favorite DJ’s and producers playing this one out through some heavy club monitors and have been waiting not so patiently to drop it since. The real allurement on this one comes by way of an irresistible, swinging piano hook propped up by a scampering hi-hat shuffle and of course that classic vocal snippet. These elements collide together like chamomile and cream; again signaling Sylent Efx’s welcome arrival on the house music block and not only a dance, but overall musical sophistication clearly lacking amongst the droves of bedroom producers authoring blog hits these days. This one is being given away for free through our friends at digital house imprint Night Supply so snag a free mp3 here and shuffle those sneakers when Sylent Efx’s “Wonder” hits your speakers.
Take Me With You (Clementine & The Galaxy Remix)
Roses and Revolutions have one of the more radio-ready sounds we’ve heard in quite some time. Singer/Songwriter Alyssa Coco has a voice that’s seems like it’s been refined over decades of professional experience, seemingly flawless in her execution.
While this NY indie rock duo might have a sound suited for top-40, they’re certainly crossing over journalistic planes with this recent collaboration. Calling on fellow New Yorker Clementine and the Galaxy, Coco and bandmate Matt Merrit have been given a electronic makeover, rife with a synth heavy melody and dancy beat worthy of the stingiest of indie bloggers.
We’ve always had an affinity for both the popular, and the obscure, which is why we’re always overjoyed to see unique collaborations. In this instance, these two styles are fused together to provide us with a grin-inducing tune to carry us this Tuesday.
We don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but out here in Denver, Colorado, it’s grey and drizzly. Fall is truly starting to bear its chilly persona, and in all honesty, we couldn’t be happier. Fall is great for so many things: Halloween, changing leaves, and girls around the globe clamoring for Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks.
All kidding aside, the reason why we bring up fall is due to the dreamy soundscape that we’re currently encapsulated in. Thanks to NY-based indie-pop duo High Highs, we’re immersed in wavering guitar chords that develop a swirling rhythm perfect for these rainy days.
Comprised of members Jack Milas and Oli Chan, High Highs are set to release their 3-song EP coming up October 7th. The title track off this EP, which is what we’re serving up today, sports a driving bassline that acts as the backbone for these delightful and memorable lyrics. One listen through and you’ll be buying up tickets for one of their upcoming shows, which conveniently are listed out below.
SHOW DATES: * w/ Avi Buffalo
10/ – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
11/ – Washington DC @ DC9*
11/8 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott*
11/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle*
10/21 – New York, NY @ Pianos (1:45pm)
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ TBD (Sofar Sounds Williamsburg)