[Progressive House] Morgan Page ft. Lissie – Open Heart (Disco Fries Remix)

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Morgan Page ft. Lissie
Open Heart [Disco Fries Remix]

A handful of remixes were commissioned for Morgan Page’s single, “Open Heart,” with Lissie. One of those remixes comes from the house duo Disco Fries who just recently started back up on reinterpreting tracks after a long string of originals. They ditch their usual electro sound for something more progressive and light to fans.

Disco Fries veer towards the traditional style, however they do not commit fully, giving their own take on a sound that can get watered down very quickly. Nick and Danny never seem to fail at bringing big tracks with quality melodies, which is just why top level artists like Morgan Page get them to remix their work. The full remix EP is up on Beatport, so check out the rest of the songs and purchase what you like!

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[Give Back] Surfer Blood Playlist + Go Fund Me

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If you’re a fan of this West Palm Beach band, you’re probably very familiar with what’s going on with their guitarist Thomas Fekete. If you’re not familiar with Surfer Blood, or the uphill battle they’ve been facing lately, then today is the day that this changes.

We first started posting their music back in ’03, becoming instantly enamored with “Weird Shapes.” The sharp guitar riffs definitely hooked us within minutes, followed by swooning over the juxtaposition between front man Jon Paul Pitts charming vocals, a spattering of hardcore screams, and glowing vocal harmonies from Thomas Fekete (guitar/backing vocals), Kevin Williams (bass guitar/backing vocals).

Since then, we’ve posted a handful of songs over the years, yet haven’t kept up with their greatness. It’s not that we’ve fallen out of love with their laid back, coastal sounds, it’s just that the amount of music that comes out on a daily basis is simply overwhelming.

With the news of guitarist Thomas Fekete’sstruggle with cancer, we thought it was the proper time to re-visit their catalog and put together a playlist of our favorite tunes. So please, take the next thirty minutes, or so, and enjoy our curation.

On a more serious note, we as music lovers take quite a bit for granted when it comes to our favorite bands. These guys are hitting the road for months on end, usually living out of a van, making less than we probably all think. What’s worse is, there is no health care for musicians. There is no 401k. There is no disability insurance that’s automatically provided when you choose your band name. Up until a certain point that few see, it’s entirely on them to make ends meet.

As music fans, it’s important that we take some time to help out these heroes that dedicate their lives to filling our headphones, venues, and festivals with our favorite songs. Please read Thomas’ personal note below, then head over to his Go Fund Me page and donate what you can. No amount is too small, as it all adds up to the collective amount of helping him out.

A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.

Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I’m no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can’t help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor’s alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.

Island
I Cant Explain
Dorian
Drinking Problem
Im Not Ready
Catholic Pagans
Twin Peaks
Take It Easy
Weird Shapes
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[Beautiful] Odesza – Memories That You Call (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)

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Memories That You Call (BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD Remix)

It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say that any track on Odesza‘s In Return has been overlooked considering it was one of the most popular electronic albums of 2014. That being said, I’ve always felt “Memories That You Call,” especially after hearing it live, was the most powerful cut slipping through the cracks amongst radio hits like “Say My Name” and “Sun Models.” As a result, few producers, besides Henry Krinkle, have elected to remix it rather choosing to focus on the tracks offered up for Odesza’s official remix competitions.

Just a few minutes ago, though, San Francisco producer Blackbird Blackbird dropped an absolutely gorgeous, dynamic take on “Memories That You Call.” His re-imagination opens with the original’s ethereal vocal samples accompanied by glistening sonic elements before building up in a similar fashion as Odesza’s composition but dropping into a tropical groove. Rather than constrain the style to that genre, though, Blackbird brings back the original’s enormous chorus around the 2:49 mark re-layering and re-pitching vocals along the way. That transition drowns back into a beautiful house culmination of the song’s broad-ranged moving parts.

Blackbird’s rendition of “Memories That You Call” proves the perfect example of retaining the best of a song while adding a completely new flavor and cadence. Take a break from your mid-week stresses and soak in the radiance of this fantastic remix. You can grab a free download here.

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Zibra – Great White Shark (MORRT Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Typically, when we read the words “Great White Shark,” there’s a small feeling of panic, knowing it’s probably associated with some sort of bad news. Well, today is the exception to the norm, as those three little words represent something shimmery, summery, and downright enjoyable. Get ready to throw on your Ray Bans and flip flops, because MOORT has the perfect accompaniment to your sunny day.

The original track comes via London-based Zibra, who exploded onto the scene with their dance-inducing glitch indie last year. Dropping as a part of their brand new EP, 2000, “Great White Shark” once again showcases the infectious nature in songwriting, instrumentation, and recording they’ve expertly brought together.

Today though, we’re shining a light on MORRT’s remix of “Great White Shark,” which finds its way into a much more calming, future bass interpretation. Let’s put it this way. If the original were a raging Saturday night dance party, this remix is would be a vibe-heavy pool party, with adult beverage in hand. Think about it – those light, echoing synths, playful claps, and smooth bassline all scream for your next summer outing. Luckily for you, you now have a handy place to access it for the weekend.

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[Indie/Electronic] Mas Ysa – Arrows

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MAS YSA
Arrows

While Mas Ysa –the solo creation of musician Thomas Arsenault- has been a music project with whom this humble writer has been enamored, we unfortunately haven’t covered his eclectic catalog nearly enough. The Canadian bred producer and vocalist embraces cutting-edge electronic music, from house & techno to neo-wave and synth-pop, but carries a songwriting sensibility to dabble in both dancefloor gems and harrowing ballads; oftentimes blurring the line between the two. After a recent chain of emotive,  downtempo pop singles including “Look Up” and the Nicole Miglis (of Hundred Waters acclaim) featuring “Gun”; Mas Ysa’s latest release foray gleams more uplifting and dance directed than most of an already sterling library. “Arrows” tumbles through a wide spectrum of of sounds and feelings, with Arsenault claiming: “’Arrows’ is sort of a Euro club banger, but also a very personal love song. It comes out of me wanting to make a universal, club-ready track but unwittingly giving into emotion.”

This one’s landed beautifully between club ready romp and heart-wrenching ballad; further signalling Mas Ysa’s unique ability to toy with a lofty range of worldly musical influence. “Arrows” is the latest single to crop up off of a debut long-player, Seraph, due out July 24th on Downtown Records, and if Mas Ysa’s latest body of work, the Worth EP is any indication, we might have another contender to this year’s best album battle.

Check out Mas Ysa’s impending U.S. tour dates with another pair of TMN darlings Tanlines, and stream “Arrows” above.

6/30 Covington, KY – Madison Live *
7/01 St. Louis, MO – Firebird *
7/02 Lincoln, NE – Vega *
7/03 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
7/05 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
7/07 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl *
7/08 Seattle, WA – Neumos *
7/09 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
7/11 San Francisco, CA – Phono Del Sol *
7/13 Los Angeles, CA – Bardot
7/14 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
7/15 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
7/17 Austin, TX – Red 7 *
7/18 Dallas, TX – Club Dada *
7/19 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
7/21 Atlanta, GA – The Earl *
7/22 Ashville, NC – The Mothlight *
7/23 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall *
7/24 Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur *
7/25 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
7/27 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right^

* w/ Tanlines
^ w/ Wish, Michael Baharie & Kelsey Lu

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[Indie Pop] The Watermelons – Best of You EP

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The Watermelons
Best Of You

It’s warm outside. The sun is shining. Flowers are blooming. The beer in our fridge is ice cold and beckoning our immediate attention. All we need is a soundtrack to this bright, sunny day, and coincidentally, The Watermelons came tumbling into our inbox.

Any time a band lists Paul Simon as one of their influences, there’s a 99% chance we’re going to enjoy it. To this day, we still listen to Graceland from start to finish here at TMN HQ, giving it a thoughtful nod as one of the best albums of all time. Though this band infuses some of those mid-eighties sounds into their persona, they also harness more modern acts like Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Little Comet. Yet, as much as we like to pick out who sounds like who, they have a well-defined sound that stands firmly on its own.

Their debut EP comes out on July 20th, but for right now, you’ll have to enjoy just their debut single, “Best of You,” which is an undeniably upbeat, summer anthem. The combination of catchy-as-hell lyrics, danceable 80’s-style guitar work, and glowing synths come together perfectly, leaving even the stingiest of warm weather disapprovers stopped in their tracks, helplessly singing along.

“To Be In Love” follows suit, providing listeners with a rock-centric, head-nodding ride, complete with another uplifting, all-to-catchy chorus. On the other hand, “This Time” showcases the band’s ability to deviate from those upbeat poppy anthems, reducing the tempo and highlighting some beautifully sung harmonies. Rounding out the four-track EP is “If You Want To Love Me,” which is an endearing song, complete with yet another memorable chorus, fused into a ballad-style structure.

All in all, this is an overwhelmingly impressive collection of four songs, especially given they’re all on a debut EP. These Chichester/Brighton-based boys have quite the career ahead of them, which should definitely include, but not be limited to the following: iTunes commercials, car commercials, indie movies, blockbuster movies, sold out rooms, and festival appearances. And, speaking of shows, we highly recommend heading out and witnessing them in person. While we haven’t had the pleasure, we’re pretty damn sure it’ll be worth the small price of admission.

Upcoming Shows:
4th July @ AlleyCat
17th July @ Smiths of Spitafields
24th July @ Amersham Arms

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[Indie] Tearjerker – Perfect

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Tearjerker
Perfect

We have July 17th marked with a big red X here at TMN headquarters, and there’s one reason alone for that. It’s the date that Toronto-based Tearjerker releases their upcoming album, Stay Wild, which features this hazy delight that we’ve come to fall in love with today.

“Perfect” comes damn near close to embodying its title, leading listeners on a cool, dreary, shoegaze journey. It’s definitely not going to find it’s way into your “Uplifting Summertime Indie Playlist,” but will fit well into your “Grey Fall Day Playlist.” If you’re not that specific with your playlisting, then we just recommend throwing it on when you’re spending a quiet night at home.

The song features beautifully textured soundscape, rife with slow, meticulous strumming, subdued drumming, and echoing vocals. Impressively enough, everything, including the writing, recording, production and album artwork, has come from just the three band members. In fact, Tearjerker has released special edition cassettes of their albums with handmade packaging, which help create that tangible feel that’s so often lost in this era of music. When asked about this record, Taylor Shute had this to say:

We spent a lot of time getting everything right with this record. From a hanging note at the end of a song, to a barely audible sample in a breakdown in the middle of a track, we tried to make a record that will reward repeated listens.

Pre-order Tearjerker’s 10-track LP by clicking here.

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