Marika Hackman – Wolf [TMN PREMIERE]

Marika Hackman by Pip for Dirty Hit Records
Marika Hackman

London based youngster Marika Hackman is back with another release from her upcoming EP, Sugar Blind. Produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), this EP marks a significant stride forward in Marika’s songwriting. Due for release December 9th on Dirty Hit Records, “Wolf,” has us swooning; echanted with her brooding tone.

The ominous repeating vocal samples set the tone for this wickedly dark tune. With subtle guitar pics, eerie synths and downlplayed percussion we find ourselves getting beautifully lost in this gem. Aptly named, this haunting journey comes to fruition through Marika’s non-traditional vocals, which illustrate quite a cautionary tale.

If you’re in the the UK next month. Make sure to catch her live at one of these five shows. And, once you’re done picking up tickets, pre-order Sugar Blind and receive an instant download of her track, “Cinnamon.”

Dec 10th – The Hope, Brighton
Dec 11th – Lexington, London
Dec 12th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
Dec 13th – Gullivers, Manchester
Dec 14th – The Birdcage, Bristol

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[TMN Premiere] High Highs – A Real Hero (LOVELESS Remix)

A Real Hero

Brooklyn indie-poppers High Highs raised a few eyebrows when they decided to cover College & Electric Youth’s shimmering 2011 single “A Real Hero”, which gained much of its notoriety for the perfect placement in the Ryan Gosling starring soundtrack-disguised-as-a-movie: Drive; but in our humble opinion gave a new dimension to the spacey track that even more listeners could connect with. One of High Highs most integral producers/writers Oli Chang, however decided there was even more work to be done to the tune, and by use of a brand new solo project, Lovelessremixed “A Real Hero” in a manner that may be more appropriate for an all night disco dive-bar dance party. While Loveless remains in its infancy as a music project, we had the pleasure of hearing his first mixtape back in July which featured some of our absolute favorite artists at the moment, while simultaneously displaying a knack for and taste of the best soulful electronic music around. It was a pleasure to see all of that skill translate into a very solid debut from Loveless, which as a whole, binds multiple layers of airy and provocative synth work with 80′s fueled percussion and tonally reinforcing pads. Just really lovely stuff (no pun intended). Without further adieu, we are very pleased to premiere the Loveless remix of “A Real Hero”.

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[Hip-Hop] Danny Brown & Mndsgn – Sweeney Song

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Already riding high off his critically acclaimed album, Old, Danny Brown literally had no reason to release any more music this year. But here we are, and boy are we glad we found this. Technically this track isn’t new, but more an unreleased gem. Unsurprisingly, the eccentric Detroit emcee effortlessly shreds apart this ominous Mndsgn instrumental that sounds like it was ripped straight out of the Twilight Zone.

“Sweeney Song” will be featured on the upcoming Classic Drug References Vol. 1 box set, and you can learn more about the song’s inception from Sweeney Kovar, who used to run the now defunct Classic Drug References blog:

Danny was my longshot for this project. By the time I got moving on this he’d already signed with Fool’s Gold and was about to drop XXX, which would establish him as one of the fiercest MC’s out. I emailed and DM’d to no avail. One day I decided to try something really crazy and picked up the phone and called him. The stars were aligned and a rapper actually answered his phone. In all of two minutes he agreed to cut a track. I emailed him a .zip of beats I’d culled from the homies and about a week later I got a sendspace link entitled “SWEENY SONG.” He had taken a Mndsgn beat and absolutely ripped it to shreds. It’s been so long since he cut it that it now sounds like vintage Danny to me, which of course I love. I fixed the typo in the title and ran with it.

Set to release on November 25th, the compilation will contain three 7″ records featuring Danny Brown, BluKnxwledgeQuelle Chris, Ras G, and more. Also included will be a zine which will have exclusive interviews from Mr. Porter and A$AP Yams. Make sure to grab yourself a pre-order of the project here, and also check out the ingenious interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” which also features a cameo from Danny Brown among other TV personalities.

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[Psychedelic] Temples – Mesmerise


“Mesmerise”. If the title hasn’t given you a clue as to what type of band this is, perhaps these following song titles will: “Colours to Life”,  “Prisms”, and “Ankh” (meaning, key of life).

If you’re thinking of a British band that rocks just the optimal level of late sixties/early seventies sounds, you’re right. Formed in Kettering, Northamptonshire last year, Temples, is best known for their psychedelic vibes. We’re pretty certain we haven’t captured too many fans from the 60’s on our site, but we know that Pink Floyd, The Doors, or The Beatles have not gone unnoticed in your music escapades.  So Temples could be just right up your alley for a break away from the current electronic or indie scene.

Their debut album Sun Structures will be released in less than four months, on Februrary 10th, 2014, while “Mesmerise” will be released on Heavenly Records, January 13th, 2014.

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[Psych-Pop] Au.Ra – Spare the Thought

Spare The Thought

We’re not sure how we could have missed learning about the London-based duo, Au.Ra when they had introduced their noteworthy debut single, “Sun” last November. But we’re glad we came across their new track, “Spare the Thought” this week. The track exudes a mellow, psychedelic–toned intro that that fans of Washed Out are sure to appreciate. It’s a definite tune that you could see yourself unwinding to as the sun burns out and the waves collide.

Comprised of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles, this musical pair’s tracks can now be purchased on a 7″ from LebensStrasse Records .

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[Electro-Pop/R&B] E X R O Y A L E – Give It Up

Give It Up

It isn’t easy peeling off the bed to kick start your morning, that is, unless you have a lighthearted song to enhance the day while you do.

E X R O Y A L E dropped their debut single, “Give It Up” at the start of this week, and it’s stirred up quite the happy ear buzz.  Mingling a twist of R&B and synth-pop with treble vocals, the track features simplistic percussions, giving listeners a splash of refreshment.  Mayer Hawthorne x Two Door Cinema Club, that’s the enticing vibe that we get.

We want to know more about them too, but E X R O Y A L E still remains to be a bit of a cloaked mystery on the interwebs. The good news is you can download their single for free while you scope out a few minor teasers on their Instagram – you’ll see what we mean.

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[Denver Giveaway] Thomas Jack – NORAD Dance Bar, 11/22

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Thomas Jack

In just the short year since Thomas Jack debuted his single “The Final Speech”, a track we had the pleasure of premiering, the musically-mature-beyond-his-years producer has been akin to a torrential downpour of success, registering now 8 singles to hold down a coveted #1 spot on the almighty Hype Machine charts. As that signature Thomas Jack tropical house sound has been leaking into the mainstream, it was time the young Australian brought his live show for an American tour, and our collective group of Ninjas have decided to let our Denver family in on the fun too! Thomas Jack’s tour rolls through Denver this Friday, November 22 at NORAD Dance Bar for their weekly HOME Denver party, and we thought this was a great time to give back to you loyal readers with a ticket giveaway. This Friday marks the Colorado debut of Thomas Jack, and likely the last time he will play at such an intimate venue, so do yourself a favor and get your behind over there even if this giveaway doesn’t go your way.

Entering is beyond easy. Just fill out the mailing list form below, “like” the HOME Denver Facebook page here, and we’ll contact you via e-mail. There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You Must have a solid arsenal of dance moves in your toolbox to display on behalf of TMN

Good luck, ninjas!

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