[TMN Premiere] Jameson – Breathe Your Last

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Breathe Your Last

An artist and his instrument can really be a beautiful thing.
Banjo wielding musician Jameson captivates us with ability to plunk the most stunning notes we have ever heard on a banjo in quite a while. We were offered the opportunity to premiere his song ‘Breathe Your Last’ off his forthcoming EP ‘Carnivore’. The song tells the story of Jameson’s personal journey with his music, from his traveling to his restlessness, from love to his listlessness. Jameson first picked up the banjo back in 2012 while working at a roadside fruit stand and found that the songs just started writing themselves. With a voice that has the rawness of a rocker mixed with the indie melodies of his banjo, Jameson is redefining rock in his own musical style. Touring with the Rival Sons in UK for the next few months, this banjo-playing artist is sure to wow many a crowd. We feel like we have finally started breathing after listening to this unique and wonderful song, Jameson is making us believe in the power of instruments all over again.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Get To Know: UK R&Bounce Producer XO

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Through The Night (feat. RobLaw)

Soul, funk and R&B seem to revive themselves every few years whether it be in hip-hop, electronica or indie music. It is a welcome longevity that doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the breadth of those genres’ influence. A batch of electronic producers from collectives like SoulectionHW&W and FlowFi have been leading the latest revival melding elements of EDM and hip-hop with soul and ’90s R&B influences in what’s been referred to as Future Bounce and Emotional Dance Music.

Over the last 6 months or so, UK producer Sunil Heera, aka XO, has been building quite the audience on his SoundCloud with his unique R&Bounce style. Although it certainly fits with the current direction of electronic music, his sound has broader influences in house and garage reflecting a diverse musical background. His latest single “Through the Night,” off his upcoming debut EP of the same name, serves as a perfect introduction to XO’s music. The bouncy, soulful and sexy production on the cut match RobLaw‘s voice to perfection in part because XO also works closely with his vocalists in the songwriting process.

Get to know this up ‘n coming talent in our exclusive interview below. Through the Night drops on December 1st and can be pre-ordered via iTunes HERE.

TMN: What is your first musical memory? And when/how did you get into making music?

XO: Hmmm, probably dancing around my living room to the Spice Girls with my older sister, I must’ve been like 3/4 years old or something, don’t judge me.

I’ve always been a music fanatic for as long as I can remember, so I guess the initial interest in actually making my own stemmed from there. I started producing casually in my early high school years, purely out of curiosity I suppose. The idea of creating music from my own bedroom intrigued me, so I thought I’d give it a little go!  A couple of years later, once I’d reached a point of consistency with my production skills, I started out as XO and after a period of self discovery, here I am!

TMN: You seem to be pretty involved past just the production of your tracks. How did you go about constructing “Through the Night”? What’s your collaboration approach with vocalists more broadly? 

XO: Yeah totally, I’m a songwriter just as much as I am a producer nowadays. “Through The Night” started off as a simple chord sequence as most of my tracks do. During the developmental stage, I got a general feel for the vocal melody and began to pencil in the lyrical content. The track concept itself was perfect for RobLaw’s voice, so we just had to work together again!

My collaboration approach with most vocalists is similar to the one I’ve just described, I like to get an initial idea first of all, and then build and refine it with them. Although, there’s no set procedure to how these things work, every song you write or produce is different – going with the flow is the best thing to do.

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[Deep-House] Curses & DKDS – Trouble ft. SYF

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Trouble Feat. SYF

NYC underground house purveyor Curses, one of Luca Venezia’s tasteful music projects (known in other circles by his Drop The Lime moniker as well) last teamed up with fellow Brooklyn house stalwarts DKDS for their early, Chicago jack-house influenced “Silence”, which saw official release over a year ago. After getting this one lost in the shuffle of the weekend we knew it warranted its own space here on TMN as the collaboration has once again reignited through an absolutely groovy deep-house burner “Trouble”. Featuring the vocals of SYF, who once plied his incredible incantations for one of the best live house acts of the last decade -Azari & III- “Trouble” is a haunting piece of house music which has this writer recollecting some of our favorite dingy dance floors over the years while playing out soulfully smoother than most anything Curses or DKDS have delivered us in the past. We’ve already had the pleasure of seeing Luca drop this one (get it?) the last time he came through Denver and its subdued intoxicating effect works even better on a gigantic club stack. So why don’t you do your ears a favor this afternoon and plug “Trouble” into a worthy system, sit back, and drift away. You can purchase a copy of “Trouble”, which is being put out through Ultra Records here on Beaport here, but if you aren’t bumping this one on the player above already, well… you should be.

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[Singer/Songwriter] Tenterhook – Go Easy

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Go Easy

It seems like every other day we’re getting introduced to some gloriously gifted singer/songwriter, each having a well defined style and impressive vocals. Today’s discovery comes by way of London.

Archie Faulks goes by the moniker Tenterhook, and at the young age of 19, he’s already supporting acts like Luke Sital Singh, Young the Giant and Grant Nicholas. With one listen through “Go Easy,” it’s understand to see why some of the big boys are bringing him on stage with them.

Coming off his new EP, Tenterhook 2 (11/24 via Cartoon records) this tune has all the laid-back indie vibes you’d want from singer/songwriter. The instrumentals are properly subdued, featuring slow, rhythmic percussion and crystal clean guitar, all of which provide the perfect backdrop for Faulks’ vocals.

Make sure to catch this youngster this winter as he supports Iceland’s Ásgeir on his European tour.

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[Electro House] Borgeous & Tony Junior – Break The House (Original Mix)

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Borgeous & Tony Junior
Break The House (Original Mix)

LA-based DJ/producer Borgeous has always been a crowd pleaser when it comes to his hardstyle music. This time he teamed up with Dutch producer Tony Junior and released this rave banger called “Break The House”, and the track is everything the title suggests and more. The hardhitting bass combined with the catchy synth melody throughout the whole track provide us with a neverending eargasm. The drop gives you an adrenaline rush that makes you want to just get up and dance your pants off, start a shuffling pit, or fistpump your arm off, what have you. It almost reminds us of the Showtek banger “Bad”; it is just that memorable.

Borgeous continues to reassure his status as an electro powerhouse with this new release. We are excited to see what else he got in store for us.

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[Indie] Love & Valor – Love & Valor EP

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We first fell in love with Love & Valor back in August with their debut single “Truly Dear”. The reception on that (over 10,000 plays) inspired the North Carolina quartet to go and record a full-length EP, and it’s an absolute must buy. Instead of doing the usual track-by-track review, I’m going to try something different here.

Do you like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes?

Sweet Jane

Do you like Bob Dylan?

Pretty Girls

Do you like Fleetwood Mac?

Truly Dear

Do you like The Lumineers?

Truly Dear

Do you like Mumford & Sons?

Shake

Do you like Jack White?

Hold Me On My Way

If you answered yes to any of those, there’s a song for you on this album. All six together make one of the most unique projects we’ve heard all year and we can’t stop listening. If you want to stream it in its entirety, check it out here!

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[NEW] Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)

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Alt-J
Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)

A week after Lido previewed this remix on his Diplo & Friends MixAlt-J has let loose the Norwegian producer’s much anticipated take on their infectious single, “Left Hand Free.” We’ve come to expect the unexpected from Lido at this point and, on this one, he relaxes the upbeat original to kick things off allowing Alt-J’s vocals to shine over a minimalistic background. Around the 1:45 mark, Lido breaks the tension with his signature big-room breakdown accompanied with vocoder melodies.

This one was released exclusively via Spotify and comes a day after Lido’s I Love You Too, the impressive remix EP of his debut project featuring a number of fellow up ‘n comers. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have this one on repeat all day.

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