[Hip-Hop] Logic – Alright (Feat. Big Sean)

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Logic Ft. Big Sean
Alright (Prod. By Tae Beast)

While Logic has amassed a pretty large following over the last few years, he still hasn’t had that breakthrough hit to propel himself into the mainstream conversation just yet. However, this new single with Big Sean could finally be just the push that he needs. “Alright” is way more than just that, as the Def Jam signee spits a few mind numbing verses alongside the poised G.O.O.D. Music representative. The two emcees have somewhat contrasting styles, yet both sound comfortable over the mellow Tae Beast produced instrumental. With his EP While You Wait on the horizon, it seems only a matter of time before the Maryland native becomes a household name. Stream the single above, and stay tuned for more from the talented lyricist as we head towards summer.

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Five Ninjas. Five Coachella Stories. [Event Review]

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Story 1 – Clayton Warwick

Day one of Coachella was an interesting one for me. Coming off of a full day of food poisoning hell, sitting through twelve hours of hot sunlight was the last thing I wanted to do. None the less, I bucked up and rode down to the festival with our crew. Despite severe dehydration, an uneasy stomach, and a blinding headache, I made my way through some of my favorite artists that were playing that day.

Before I delved into performances, I had to stop off to interview the legendary Gareth Emery in the press area. Thankfully, they were fully stocked with hydrating beverages, which helped my recovery quite nicely. After a fun and engaging chat with Gareth, I was ready to take on what day one had to offer.

The highlights were too abundant to cover in great length, featuring notable sets from Ellie Goulding, Aloe Blacc, Zedd, and of course Outkast. While Outkast’s performance wasn’t my favorite musically, it was still amazing based on the sheer nostalgic appeal. I found myself belting out lyrics through a queasy stomach on multiple occasions, simply not giving a fuck at how I felt. At that moment, I knew they had something special going.

Day two was a much more enjoyable experience for me, especially given the fact that I saw the most impressive set of the entire festival, in my honest opinion. We worked our way to the very front of the Mojave tent to catch the always entertaining post-rock instrumental band Mogwai, and were absolutely blown away. In a 50 minute set of pure musical intoxication, Mogwai utilized their slow, building rhythms to provide a complete encapsulation. It was truly amazing.

There were other highlights from Day two as well, including an absolute ear-fuck from Skrillex, whose visuals essentially were the internet boiled into one 50 minute set. Other acts that impressed included Kid Cudi, Capital Cities, Head and the Heart, and City and Colour.

Day three was probably the most memorable for me, musically, as I was able to witness some acts I’ve been writing about for the past few years. Right out of the gates we caught James Vincent McMorrow, who had the best vocal talent out of any artist at the festival. His set was mesmerizing, and was then followed up nicely by his labelmate, The 1975, who displayed their up-and-coming rock god status. Matty casually flipped his mic cord around as he strutted the stage, boasting nothing but sheer swagger.

For the last few sets of the night, we were honestly so exhausted that we listened from afar, sitting with the aching-foot crowd of parents and older festival-goers. Disclosure was nothing short of stunning, even though we couldn’t see the stage from where we were at.

Once again, Coachella has proved to me that no matter how hard you try, your plans will be proved futile. It’s so easy to get caught in the moment, forgoing your well thought out plans for those of the friends you are with. It’s both a blessing, and a curse, but 100% worth every minute of it.

Story 2 – Brooke Ferguson

As I walked into the Polo Fields Campgrounds, I instantly felt like I was at home. Each and every year that I attend Coachella, I automatically know that my mind is about to enter into an entirely new dimension full of phenomenal music, abstract art, and memories to last me a lifetime. This year, I decided to change up my festival routine and experience music on an entirely new level. I ventured off into a hypnotic place where I was surrounded by some of the most enchanting people I have ever come across. Their love for music and inter-human connectivity fulfilled all of my festival cravings. There is nothing more exciting than being around a bunch of weirdo’s who love to vibe on a level that promotes the provocation of a divine synchronicity.

Every day brought forth new experiences, new people, and new music. It is nearly impossible to see everyone you plan to watch, but I guess that is what makes Coachella such an adventure in and of itself. We are given the opportunity to either solidify ourselves to a strict schedule, or we can simply allow our wandering souls to guide us towards the unknown; the only place where insurmountable beauty exists.

This year at Coachella, I decided to let the music bring me solace and peace of mind. I spent a lot of my time underneath the glorious Sahara Tent where the bass could be felt a mile away. I should have remembered to bring some diapers with me because there were plenty of sketchy moments where I could have totally lost all control of my bodily functions. When you have artists like Dillon Francis, Carnage, The Glitch Mob, Krewella, and more, the probability of crapping your pants increases with each rise in frequency. I know I wasn’t the only one who experienced moments of uncertainty as to whether or not it was the beat that dropped or my pants. I am still contemplating this to this day.

Overall, Coachella provided its attendees with a wide array of talent to please everyone’s musical inclinations. Having an eclectic taste in music made it extremely difficult to choose my top acts of the weekend. After nearly a week of battling an extreme case of cognitive dissonance, I have finally made up my mind as to who blew my mind away. The winning sets this year go to: Flight Facilities, Cage The Elephant, Kill Paris, and Adventure Club. Each of these artists evoked a different side of me, whether it be my inner diva at Flight Facilities and Kill Paris or my inner flower child at Cage The Elephant. I guess it’s safe to say that I can diagnose myself with multiple personality disorder because there were many different sides of me that made their debut that weekend. Only at Coachella is it socially acceptable to black out from being over-stimulated by your surroundings and not recall the absurdity of your behavior.

Now that my favorite festival has come to an end and the post-Coachella depression has subdued, I must endure the next 365 excruciating days of monotony until I can once again return to my Utopia.
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[Synth-Pop] Bad Suns – Salt (Peter Thomas Remix)

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Bad Suns
Salt (Peter Thomas Remix)

We’ve grown quite fond of Woodland Hills quartet Bad Suns since uncovering their grounded indie sounds last year, so when a very worthy dance-pop remix from Peter Thomas of their original tune “Salt” permeated our speakers late last night, which we posted back in January,we knew we had to get it out to you ninjas. Thomas sprinkles a healthy dose of Summertime dancefloor vibes with a thick four-four heartbeat and sprightly plucked synth notes sounding as if they were laid down on an original MOOG during the 80’s synth movement. Just addictive stuff to this writer’s ears. While much of Bad Suns’ original music carries a heavier, less uplifting but incredibly emotive set of feelings with it, frontman Christo Bowman (whom we had a lovely interview with a few months ago) fits like the last piece in a jigsaw puzzle amongst Thomas’ ear enslaving instrumentation. Take this one home for the price of… on us, over on the Bad Suns Soundcloud and let your mind be taken to a breezy, poolside Summer party a little earlier than our seasons suggest.

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Tycho talks Spirituality, Cartoons and Deep Dish Pizza in SF [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Over the years, we’ve continually fallen deeper and deeper in love with Tycho’s seamless blending of two of our favorite artistic expressions: design and music. With that in mind, it was obviously an incredible experience to sit down with Scott before his show at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado, to chat about spirituality, what his favorite cartoons are, and what his last meal would be. Check out the conversation in full below.

TMN: Thank you so much for sitting down with us today before your show at the Summit Music Hall here in Denver. First up, let’s talk about how the tour is going so far.

Tycho: Yeah, we played Santa Cruz and San Francisco to start the tour off, and then we headed to Europe for about six days. We’re basically kicking off the US tour again here (in Denver).

TMN: Alright, you’re obviously on tour promoting your latest album, Awake, which just released a few weeks back. Tell us how this album translates into your live performances.

Tycho: I think it’s impetuous for the change in sound and the way we went about writing this record. The record was made for the live show originally, so touring with these guys… just the way the songs were interpreted for the live context, some of the older songs really had some changes and more drive. That’s what this record is really about. Now, it’s kind of like a one to one thing. It’s more of a traditional instrumentation.

TMN: Let’s touch on that album a bit more. We noticed that it leans a little more on the guitar side than previous albums. Was there any particular reason behind that?

Tycho: With Dive, a lot of those songs like “Daydream,” were me learning guitar. I came to guitar pretty late as a musician. I had played keyboard for years and then came to guitar. It’s always been an interesting instrument to me because I feel like I’m more creative with it. I feel like I’m not stuck in ruts with it, like I am with keyboard.

I wrote this record with Zach, and he’s a guitarist, so that just kind of came to the forefront. I wanted Awake to be more of a balance between the synths and the guitar. I really appreciate guitar-centric music.

TMN: Nonetheless, it’s a great body of work. With this being your fourth full album, has the process gotten any easier for you?

Tycho: It’s the third full album. The other was a half release where I just added a couple of songs. The other ones…I wouldn’t really call them albums. I don’t look at them in the same way because they weren’t concentrated efforts. They were more of a collection of ideas and things that I had been working on for years.

This is the first time we sat down, from start to finish, wrote and recorded an album. I think this is more of an album, in the sense that it’s more cohesive, and it’s a slice of a point in time. That being said, it’s hard to compare this to the other ones, but it definitely went faster and flowed a lot better. I think that was from working with more people and having more perspectives.

TMN: Let’s change gears a bit. Some people might not know that you’re also known as ISO50 in a completely different artistic community. Talk to us about that side of your creativity.

Tycho: I don’t see it as that divided anymore. With Tycho, I’m trying to bring those two together. I was always getting the same ideas with the music and the design, but I never really found a comfortable middle ground to bring them together and that’s what the live show has been. It’s the perfect combination of music and design. There’s this movement and energy to it that you don’t have with static design. It kind of echoes what music can do.

I look at Tycho as an audio visual project now, so everything that I do goes towards Tycho. I see it as a singular thing. I don’t see them as two different organisms.

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[Keytar Lovin] Kill Paris – Float

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Playing a keytar is one thing, playing a keytar and making it look damn good is quite another. So mad props to Kill Paris as he takes his favorite new instrument and jams hard on it in his newly released song ‘Float’. The second song off his upcoming EP ‘Foreplay’ due out the 29th of this month, the song coincides exactly with the title. KP brings his usual electronic charm to his new song, inviting the listener to float along on his smooth yet upbeat melodies. KP mesmerizes all listeners with his keytar playing abilities (because who wouldn’t be impressed by this?) and gets us all excited for the full EP next week.

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[Deep House] Tiny Ruins – Ukwn (Daniele Di Martino Remix)

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Tiny Ruins
Ukwn (Daniele Di Martino Remix)

Deep tracks are loved for more than their sound, but for the sensation that comes along with every listen. This style of music should be felt more than it is simply heard, and Daniele di Martino knows how to craft a deep house track that can reach out and soothe you right down to the soul. In a similar way to his breakout edit of Boy’s “Railway”, folk influences remain at the heart of his latest creation, and an atmosphere of pure serenity arises from the delightful blend of lyrics and acoustic melody. This is a soundtrack for closed eyes and lengthy trails of thought. It’s good therapy to get lost every now and then, so be sure to make some space and time for yourself to absorb this one to the fullest.

 

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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Mob – Xscape (Feat. A$AP Twelvyy)

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After plenty of rumors and speculation, NYC crew A$AP Mob finally drop some new heat from their latest collaborative project. Putting the anticipation to rest, the latest track “Xscape” serves as more of an introductory track to the relatively unknown A$AP Twelvyy. From guest features on mixtapes and a few freestyles, Twelvyy drops some aggressive solo bars over the Tay Soprano-produced beat. Spitting on his rough upbringing in Harlem, NY and his ambition to make it big, this auto-biographical track is a tough intro to what is to come from the young emcee. Take a listen and be sure to cop their upcoming effort L.O.R.D. LP, dropping later this year.

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