Kings and Queens
Let me tell you London, keep making talent like this and we will continue to be hooked on everything that is your music scene.
They are a wonderful duo that calls themselves Moonrags or, Cari and Geoff. They began making music together a little over a year ago and their fabulous sound is something worth listening to a time again and again. A mix of jazz, pop, and electronic, these two have a beautiful laid back feel that is good for any day the sun is shining and even the cloudy days. Cari’s voice sounds like a little mix between Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, which basically means she has a seducing voice with a bit of quirkiness mixed in. And their recent release ‘Kings and Queens’ shows just how diverse their sound is and how they make it work just the two of them. Keep an eye out for these two because they are sure to tickle your ears again soon.
Twin Rivers (Not Art LP | 2013)
Let us not debate the irrelevance of time. So, we’re a little late to the party with this one. But if digging up gems isn’t a thing, then they’d be a lot of unemployed archaeologists. Think about that.
A song of the ‘sad ilk’, ‘Twin Rivers’ is the spacious and sparse release from Melbourne duo Big Scary. Reiterating the ‘what’s in a name’ sentiment, Big Scary are actually more maturely morose than large or petrifying.
Subdued and emotive, the male/female alternating vocals commentate on the circulating mundanity of a relationships demise and dailyness. The repetitive nature of the motif is reiterated thematically and cleverly mirrored in the cyclic sound; from opening melancholic piano chords to an utterance of ‘nothing ever happens’, both soundscape and lyricism run in circles. There’s a disjunction evidenced in the vocals, as neither party addresses one another, instead offering isolated narratives on the disintegration of love and the lethargy it produces.
It’s perhaps the underplayed elements and spacious effect, that left room for imaginative re-invention. Indie connoisseurs The Antlers offered a vocally distorted and brass-based re-mix, whilst Dan The Automator, settled on a dreamier soundscape: retaining the delicacy of the original offering.
Adopting a less is more approach, Big Scary demonstrate that complexity can take the most minimalist of forms. With slight reminiscence of early XX releases, Big Scary are in possession of some subtle poetry and understated charms.
A FREE track from one of our favorite French prodigy’s? Yes please. Madeon posted a code you had to crack on his website, and naturally it got cracked in minutes. So now this nearly flawless track titled “Cut The Kid” is available or FREE download by clicking on the link below. This track is definitely getting all of us here at TMN excited about his upcoming album. Cheers.
Red Bull Sound Select brings an extraordinarily diverse and eclectic lineup this Thursday for their first ever Denver showcase helmed by Shigeto, RUMTUM, Inner Oceans and Kitty Crimes. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. at our favorite indie venue in Colorado, The Larimer Lounge, the Denver Sound Select showcase treats its listeners to a free night of texturally differing music from Detroit based producer Shigeto offering up a headline set sure to be dripping with his unique partiality to sultry, melodic two-step electronica while being supported by some of Denver’s most innovative and recognizable musicians. The local triumvirate consists of constantly evolving beatsmith RUMTUM, an artist with whom his live show draws its listener directly to its heart with slick, chilled out instrumentation; the haunting, synth-fuled minimal indie-pop of Inner Oceans and M and the Gems frontwoman Maria Kohler entrancing us with her hip-hop project Kitty Crimes providing more than enough fluent cyphers for the entire night. This all-embracing night of music is more than stoking our fire for awesome live shows, while simultaneously heralding the Mile High City as a flourishing music hotbed of all genres, so we wanted to ring it in with you Ninjas. The show is free with an RSVP here, and if that’s too much for you, it will be only $5.00 at the door. Just make sure to arrive early as there are an unlimited number of RSVP’s made available and it will be first come, first serve until capacity. We’ll see you there Denver friends!
In anticipation of their peformances, stream “Miss U” by Shigeto, “Ruby Dime” by RUMTUM, “Ready Your Ghost” from Inner Oceans and a throwback: “Penny Mastered” from Kitty Crimes below.
Complaining. We all do a lot of it. Probably enough to last us a lifetime and then some. So let’s try something different today. Let’s go a whole 24 hours without one complaint. Turn everything around with a positive twist and it might not be has hard as you think. To help serenade you through your challenge, we’ve got an Indie Dojo ready and waiting to throw a little sunshine and rainbows in your subconscious. Just remember, if you don’t like a song, don’t put that negativity out there. Either find something you like about it or change it and move on. No time wasted on something that can easily be changed…
We Were Evergreen
Balmain Jeans (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now
In true ninja fashion, Kid Cudi just sneakily released his highly anticipated prequel to the next chapter of the MOTM series on iTunes. On first listen, Satellight Flight continues Cudi’s spacey, introspective and theatrical narrative all the while progressing his newfound production prowess with several lengthy instrumental portions. Don’t expect to hear much rapping from the moon man, but also keep in mind that this is more of a precursor to Man on the Moon Pt. 3 than a feature album in itself. From an artistic perspective, musicians like Kid Cudi deserve more respect than they receive for attempting to do something larger than just release a series of singles.
It is difficult not to think of Beyonce‘s spur-of-the-moment release as a catalyst for this kind of roll out. It will be exciting to see how this pans out and who else follows in Queen Bey’s footsteps. Check out a couple tracks above and head over to iTunes to cop the whole project.
Big Boi feat. Phantogram
While a new album from Outkast seems like nothing more than a pipe dream at this point, we can at least count on Big Boi to always deliver some quality material. For the fifth installment of his “Mashup Mondays” series, Sir Lucious Left Foot brings back the funk, with an 80’s inspired remix that blends the disco stylings of Shalamar‘s “A Night To Remember” with the Phantogram assisted single, “Objectum Sexuality.” The end result is a groovy revamp that may even trump the original. We’d even go so far as to say that this remix–along with its equally impressive visuals–is the best in the series so far. We’ve still got more four more entries to go though, before we can make a full judgment on that.