Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)
Ninja-favorites ODESZA are in the midst of a meteoric rise with their album, In Return, debuting at the top of the Billboard Top 100 dance/electronic charts last week. So, when they kicked off their supporting tour at Mezzanine in San Francisco, it came as no surprise that a second night was added by popular demand. Being the fans that we are, we were in attendance both nights and their performances were absolutely brilliant.
Well before ODESZA took the stage, a palpable excitement among the sold-out crowd had developed evidencing the brimming fan-base of artists on the cusp of super-stardom. As they emerged, their symmetrical setup included mirroring MPCs and two-piece electric drum sets over the backdrop of kaleidoscopic visuals. Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, the talents behind ODESZA, have a clear on-stage chemistry playing almost perfectly synchronized at times making it clear how they work so well together as musicians. At the same time, they have a sort of casualness on stage, perhaps as a result of their west coast roots, that allows them to connect with the audience in a very personal way. Their electric drum sets were particularly powerful in adding to the live performance as they covered the majority of their library somehow managing to further amplify their stadium-worthy sound.
While it was pretty difficult to establish our favorite songs from the shows, “Memories That You Call,” “Sun Models,” “Keep Her Close,” “Without You” and their remix of Zhu‘s “Faded,” which came out during the encore, stood out as memorable points in their sets. Watch a couple brief clips from the show below and make sure to check out their upcoming tour dates here. Seeing ODESZA at this point in their careers is truly witnessing history in the making. Continue reading
Anna of the North
Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix)(Free DL)
For those of you who may have first caught wind of The Chainsmokers through “Selfie” (and who blames you), you may not know that the duo got their first following in the industry by producing remixes of some of the most eclectic group of indie artists in the market today. They were some listener’s first introductions to Say Lou Lou, ASTR, and Banks. Now that the two are on two bigger and grander things like XM Radio shows, multimillion dollar recording deals, and creators of the song that nearly broke Youtube, they decided to take a nostalgic trip back to their indie roots and try out a new remix. Luckily for us, they picked up TMN-favorite Anna Of The North and her single “Sway” and bring her into the spotlight. The Norwegian dream pop starlet gets her angelic voice reinforced by the Chainsmokers’ outstanding production which is quite honestly a match made in heaven. AOTN was our best kept secret, but it seems like she will be ruling the airwaves sooner than we previously thought thanks to this long-anticipated remix by two of the industry’s best.
God's Whisper (Flosstradamus & Aryay Remix)
After teasing this epic collaboration on their Instagram two weeks ago, Chicago’s Flosstradamus have let loose their Aryay-assisted remix of the talented Raury‘s “God’s Whisper,” one of the strongest songs of the year. Raury’s folk-leaning original makes this an unlikely track for Floss to take on, but the end result is enormous serving as yet another testament to the versatility of the production duo and fellow Chi-town native Aryay. This one is a true testament to the growing cross-genre collaboration in music feeling like a triumphant clash of two potent youth movements. Stream, and grab a free download, above. In case you missed it, also make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Flosstradamus here.
Walked Outta Heaven (Original Mix)
After first appearing on the pages of TMN through a jacking garage remix of Sam Smith’s “La La La”, budding Denver based House producer Eric David has returned with yet another club gem, “Walked Outta Heaven”. One of his first originals in months and a TMN premiere, “Walked Outta Heaven” bursts out of the gate behind a sliced vocal sample from the congruently titled Jagged Edge tune before Eric David’s clear grasp on compositional dance nuance comes shining through in the form of an incredibly lush and groovy piano melody. Furthermore, his percussive elements on this one including shuffled hi hats and an expansive drum kit meld together like melting butter on toast resulting in a refreshing and utterly loopable dancefloor spark. It’s always wonderful to see another shade of a producer who’s clearly not bound to one sub-genre of dance music, and “Walked Outta Heaven” has us two-stepping all over the offices today. Grab the free download here through digital house imprint Night Supply and start shifting your dancing feet a little early this week.
After two long years, the wait is finally over for some new Kendrick Lamar to hit your eardrums. Remaining relatively quiet in the music scene, the west coast emcee seemed to have taken a backseat to let his Top Dawg brethren quietly take over the music scene. Schoolboy Q saw his debut, Oxymoron, receive top praises, Isaiah Rashad has made a name for himself with his EP Cilvia Demo, and SZA delivered some chill vibes with her solo project Z. Now that the music scene is more familiar with the crew, Lamar steps back into the spotlight with a long-awaited single for our listening enjoyments.
The track “i” is an uplifting anthem that is sonically a little something different from the rap star. Introduced by a boasting soundbite, a Rahki-produced guitar heavy Isley Brother‘s “That Lady” sample drops flipping the beat. K-dot quickly jumps on the track spitting some quick-tongued bars about self-love and acceptance. The momentum and positive message do not let up throughout ending with a smooth transition into a jazz, 70’s classic rhythm and vibe. The track definitely invokes the feel of some old-school, but takes a couple listens to fully grow on you.
Kendrick’s follow-up to good kid, M.A.A.D. city is set to drop later this year and is rumored to feature production from Dr. Dre and a lot of in-house production from the TDE camp. This much-anticipated single is now available for purchase on iTunes.