[Indie] Lorde – Tennis Court (The Kite String Tangle Cover)

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Tennis Court (The Kite String Tangle Cover)

With a level of talent like 17 year old sensation Lorde, it’s only natural to expect an onslaught of remixes and covers to follow. Her razor sharp lyrics are infectious and meticulously crafted, which offers up an opportunity for others artists to pay tribute to her with their own take on her work.

While “Tennis Courts” initially was a hip hop inspired electro-pop tune, The Kite String Tangle saw it in a much different light. The experimental solo project of alternative electronic artist and producer, Danny Harley, crafted a melodically rich downtempo interpretation. Letting his heaven like vocals be the star in this cover, it’s an absolutely stunning take that we just can’t stop listening to.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Pre-tour Interview with Lucy Rose

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We’ve been fans of Lucy Rose for quite some time now. Her emotion rich lyrics and gorgeous tone captured our hearts, and we’ve never looked back.

We recently found out that Lucy was crossing the Atlantic to embark on a North American tour. While she’s been here before, she’s never been here as a headliner. Until now. With this tour already underway, we shot over a few select questions to get a little bit of insight into the tour.

TMN: Hi Lucy! Thank you so much for taking some time to have a virtual sit down with us today. Let’s start off by talking about how this tour came to be. This is your second time touring the states, but your first time as a headliner. What are you most looking forward to?

LR: Having the band with me so we can play the songs how they should be heard.

TMN: Having been to the states before, what was your favorite city?

LR: Albany NY, just because I’d never heard of it before and we were lucky enough to spend a day off there. Went into the local record shop and the guy that owned the shop bought five of my CD’s to help me out. First time that’s ever happened and then we all went out together to a gig to see an awesome band called Fancy Tramp. Really cool city.

TMN: And looking ahead to this tour in particular, is there any city that you’re really looking forward to playing for?

LR: We’re going to a lot of places that I’ve never been to before, so I’m looking forward to so many places. I’ve heard Nashville is pretty awesome and that’swere my label Thirty Tigers are based so I can’t wait for that.

TMN: We know you have a lot of planning to do for this trip, and it must be stressful.Do you have any routines you go through when touring to make sure you have everything buttoned up?

LR: Luckily for me my tour manager does all the organizing so I have one less thing to worry about, then the main thing is passport, never forget your passport.

TMN: What are three things you can’t live without when you’re on the road?

LR: Steam inhaler, music, guitar.

TMN: Alright, let’s ask a few silly questions, just for fu. When you’re in America, the one thing you have to eat is…

LR: Chilli dog from Ben’s Chilli Bowl in Washington DC.

TMN: If you could spend a day or two of vacation in any of your tour stops, which city would you most like to vacation in?

LR: Las Vegas and it’s happening!

TMN: Name the one thing you miss most about home when you’re on the road.

LR: A good cup of tea.

TMN: If you were going to bring home a souvenir from America for your best friend, what would it be?

LR: Basketball shirt.

Ok, that’s all we have for you, for now at least. We can’t wait to talk about your music when you get to Denver. Safe travels!!

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[Hip-Hop] Pusha T – King Push (Prod. Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West)

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King Push (Prod. Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West)

While Jay-Z and Kanye West are supposed to be watching the throne, Pusha T seems primed and ready to snatch it out from right underneath them (that’s if Kendrick doesn’t get there first, of course). The coup might not be very subtle however, as Push’s latest effort was produced by Yeezy himself, along with Joaquin Phoenix (before you ask, yes, there’s only one Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s that dude from Gladiator). Unsurprisingly, the Virginia native is ruthless on the mic as he marches along to a banging instrumental full of powerful snares and ominous vocal samples. Check out the dope visuals for the intro from Pusha’s My Name Is My Name below, and make sure to grab yourself a copy before it hits shelves on October 8th. And if you’d like to find out the story behind this track, you can peep the interview Push did with Vibe last month.

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[House] Bixel Boys – Black December EP

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L.A.’s Bixel Boys blaze their own path when it comes to dance music production, fusing the energy of big-room EDM with sleek, deep-house and indie dance execution. After a solid string of remixes within the last year, taking on the likes of Michael Jackson, Drake, Seal and Robin Thicke, along with a few solid originals; Ian and Rob have put the final touches on a debut EP, Black December, on Sweat It Out Music and it has certainly been stamped with our seal of approval. The extended play’s titular track “Black December” starts things off with a bang utilizing a shuffling rhythm paired with a couple of gigantic build-ups, all executed with a clear underground sensibility while the aptly named “Red October” has a much more tech feel with some industrial sounding synths and even more raucous drops. Black December will no doubt appeal to listeners from all ends of the electronic spectrum, signalling Bixel Boys’ place as a definite act to watch for  as Summer eschews itself out the door. Stream the Black December EP above.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #69

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Alright, ninjas. You can stop giggling now. We know this is the 69th Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist. We considered jumping up to 70, just to avoid sophomoric jokes. Then we remembered that we love sophomoric jokes.

Anyways, it’s been a long week at the office, and we’re ready to let loose. We’re sure you’re right along with us, so don’t hesitate any longer. Press play, and get after it.

#danceirresponsibly

SKEE LO
I WISH (MEAUX GREEN REMIX)
Breach
Jack (Sleepy Tom Bootleg)
Victor Niglio
Jager (Original Mix)
Will Sparks
Crazy (Original Intro Mix)
Kap Slap
Ode To Tundra (Paris & Simo X TJR X La Roux)
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The Other Paradise (Tiesto X Dyro X Jason Derulo)
Kaskade vs. Tiesto, R3hab & Quintino
Chasing How It Is (Atmosphere Mash Up)
Play, Get Lucky (Koyote Bootleg) Daft Punk // Merk & Kremont // Deorro // D.O.D.
Leave The Supreme Novva Footrocker Behind (Brych & Leo Laurettis Mashup)
Miley Cyrus
Wrecking Ball (Ryan Kenney Remix)
X5IGHT & Teriszega
Riot Kings (Original Mix)
Felix Cartal
New Scene feat. Ofelia (Mickey Valen Remix)
Join The Riot
Queen Marmalade (Emil Heró Remix)
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[Interview] Afternoon Conversations with Lorine Chia

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In a time of studio altered vocals and generic radio hits, Cameroonian-bred and Cleveland raised Lorine Chia is a refreshing dose of real. With just her vocals and a guitar, Chia put her pension for songwriting to use and built a large fan base in Ohio that’s spread nationwide. Her unique voice has been compared to greats like Nina Simone and Amy Whinehouse, so much so that she was rumored to have sung the hook on Kanye West‘s Yeezus track, “Blood on the Leaves.” With only five years in the game, she has already collaborated with Chance the Rapper, Lili K, and Darius and Dominique Logan. Mixing a vintage voice with contemporary sound, her debut mixtape LORINE gave a taste of her innovative aesthetic, while creating a well deserved buzz.

TMN got the chance to chat with the rising star in preparation for her upcoming Naked Truths EP, dropping October 15th. Giving some insight into her mental, Chia chatted with us about her passion for music, family, love of Drake, and chicken quesadillas. Check out the full transcript below:

TMN: First off, I want to congratulate you on your latest two singles, “Help” and “House on the Hill.” I definitely feel like you have a unique voice and sound. What genre would you consider classifying your music in?

LC: I never really know how to answer that question. I guess its kind of everything at once. Like hip-Hop, soul, and jazz and everything.

TMN: I Know that Makossa is a popular art form in Cameroon as well, do you draw inspiration from that or incorporate that in your music?

LC: Yes, It is! I haven’t been able to incorporate that in any of my music yet because I haven’t found a producer that can really do that. I’m really looking forward to doing something like that. I think it would be cool to make a Makossa track. That would be nuts!

TMN: Coming to America at the age of 6, do you still feel a strong connection back home and to its music scene?

LC: Not really music wise, but more as me as a person. It really has shaped me to be a lot more mature. A lot of people say that I have more of like an old soul and that’s more because of my upbringing. People think that because I left when I was 6 that I don’t remember anything. It’s crazy, like, in Africa the kids are a lot more mature because the kids are given a lot more responsibility at such a young age. When I was like 5, I was doing my laundry by hand. Me and my cousin would go outside and wash our school uniforms. If we wet the bed, we cleaned our mattress. We took care of the house, we washed dishes, and we walked 2 or 3 miles to school.

TMN: So who are some of the artists that influence you today? 

LC: Today? I would say that I love Drake. I love, love, love Drake. He is my number one inspiration. Umm, I listen to Travi$ Scott as well, James Blake, still listen to Amy (Winehouse), Bon Iver, and Future. He is like a trap genius and its so amazing, haha.

TMN: What made you venture into music? 

LC: I think, because I believe in God and all that, I think it was really what i was supposed to do in this world. Ever since I was born, I always loved music and I always wanted to pursue it. After college I couldn’t go back, because I couldn’t afford it, and it gave me time to really work on music, and now here we are today.  At that point in my life, it was a chance for me to say I LOVE it and do it 100%. It’s just wild sometimes how your destiny chooses you.

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