[Live Review] Mayer Hawthorne – Denver 10/20

To say that we were excited for Mayer Hawthorne would be an understatement. We’ve been grooving to his 60′s and 70′s infused soul pop for quite some time. In fact, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” and “The Walk” have become a few of our personal favorites. We know that he’s quite the charismatic performer just based on what we’ve seen and read, but we didn’t know quite what we were going to get ourselves into.

Here’s a few things you should know about a Mayer Hawthorne concert, just in case you’re thinking of going. And when we say, “thinking of going,” we mean you totally should go because it’s nothing short of fantastic.

- The crowd is going to be a little strange. You may find yourself next to hipster music nerds (such as myself and my friend), groups of 50 something women fawning over Mayer’s every word, or older couples that are reliving your youth. Regardless of which, it’s a friendly crowd, and one that’s enjoyable to be around.

- You may know that Mayer Hawthorne originally recorded this sound just goofing around. This is true, but don’t take that into account. He takes his music incredibly seriously, and his live show will prove that beyond a reasonable doubt.

- Mayer takes a picture in a lounge chair at every show, and then posts it on his facebook. Make sure to like his page and tag yourself after the show.

The stage set up, the band, Mayer’s outfit, and the overall vibe for the night is 100% on point with how you feel a soul show from that era would be like. It’s really entertaining to watch the older couples bob and sway as they relive their youth, and as a younger music lover, it’s a enchanting to be a part of music from another era. This is one show that we will recommend to just about anyone, so make sure to catch him next time he’s in your neck of the woods.

Mayer Hawthorne
No Strings (RAC Remix)
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[House] Dragon and Jontron – Tonight (Video)

As you know from many previous posts, our good friends Dragon and Jontron have been on a tear as of late, releasing some top notch anthems for you to shake your booty to. Last week they released this teaser to “Tonight” featuring the lovely Lea Luna, and this week they dropped the track on Beatport. We heard Lea and the boys perform this live (and by live we mean Lea actually sung over the track live) and it lit up Skylab: Mission Blackout’s dance floor.

Make sure to head over and snag yourself a copy.

Dragon & Jontron ft Lea Luna
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Showtek & Justin prime – Cannonball (Original Mix)

If you’re looking for an epic club anthem that’s sure to get the crowd on their feet, look no further. Showtek just released this on Monday (via Beatport), and it is most assuredly going to light up the dance floor this weekend. It has a gorgeous synth progression and deep, hard hitting bass. Turn this one up in your headphones, and get ready to dance.

Showtek & Justin prime
Cannonball (Original Mix)
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[Hip-Hop] King Los – I Got You (ft. The Weeknd)

Bad Boy Record‘s signee King Los, formerly Los, enlists The Weeknd for this stripper ballad. The Baltimore MC uses a familiar acoustic guitar against the snares that slap in and out. Unlike many others, Los sticks to the story line about his beloved and describes the scenario until the beat picks up for the chorus where he switches flows to bring it all together. Grab the track free below and look out for his upcoming mixtape, Becoming King, out 11/29.

King Los
I Got You (feat The Weeknd)
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[Remix Comp] Wildlife Control – Analog or Digital + TMN Exclusive

In this business, you come across some amazing music on a daily basis. You also come across some amazing people. San Francisco/Brooklyn based indie-pop duo Wildlife Control, comprised of brothers Neil and Sumul Shah, embody both of the previous statements. Not only have they been writing catchy, jazzy, the-hook-is-so-good you can’t stop singing tunes, but they’re also really warm and kind people. It’s truly something refreshing to experience given the sometimes cutthroat industry that we’re based in.

With that being said, Wildlife Control recently asked us to be an official judge in their Official “Analog or Digital” Remix Competition sponsored by SoundCloud and Native Instruments. We of course accepted, and were elated with the fact that we were going to be a part of a very noteworthy panel of judges including the band and Indie Shuffle. This contest kicks off today, and if you’d like to enter, you can find all of the necessary details here.

To start this off right we’re offering up a TMN Exclusive, which is the band’s NES-style remix. This 8-Bit track will take you back to your Nintendo days (if you’re old enough to remember playing Nintendo). One of our favorite parts is the treatment of the vocals, which still maintain the band’s essence, but make you feel like you’re in Super Mario Brothers at the same time.

Wildlife Control
Analog or Digital (NES Remix)
Analog or Digital
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Robbie Rivera – Forever Young (Victor Niglio Remix)

Philadelphia producer Victor Niglio is usually known for his comical antics on facebook, filthy trap, heavy dubstep, and the occasional moombah track. Today we’re bringing you another side to his work, as he creates a electro house remix of the legendary Robbie Rivera’s remix of Alphaville’s “Forever Young”. This is a huge official remix for Niglio, and features buzzing electro synths and a heavy, club friendly bass line.

Niglio also just dropped a dirty Halloween mix that’s up for free! Grab a copy and play it tonight for your spooky endeavors.

Robbie Rivera
Forever Young (Victor Niglio Remix)
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One of the most prolific artists at creating monstrous dubstep tracks, Figure continues to dominate the genre with his aggressive dark conceptions that always seem to come out of a horror movie. While each and every track does induce a level of darkness, Figure is primarily known for his robust production and attention to detail. We were able to talk to him again about Halloween, his thoughts on upcoming genres and what we can expect from him in 2013.

TMN: It’s pretty obvious you are a fan of Halloween, which monster is the most bad ass monster and why?

Most bad ass monster is Michael Myers. That dude is just a big beast that fucks people up… not some mega super fake alien that could never happen.

TMN: Favorite Halloween memory, go.

I’ll keep this short… we may (or may not) have set fire and burnt down this nice oak fence surrounding his suburban crib because he may (or may not) have kicked us out of his Halloween party… You asked.

TMN: What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever done?

I was playing a Halloween show last year in New York and didn’t have a costume. Someone from the crowd gave me their home-made bettlejuice masks. They were amazing. I still have them on my shelf at the house.

TMN: The songs on all the Monster Volumes all have a spooky/Halloween type name to them relating to monsters, images of graveyards or bloody rooms. Do you produce the tracks and then find the samples and titles, or do you start with the sample and title and then produce around it?

A little of both. Most of tracks are written throughout the year. Sometimes it starts as just a creepy bass line that I’m working on that just begs to be turning into a Monster track and saved for Halloween. Other times, its a particular sample that sets me off and can’t build around it fast enough. It’s an obsession through out the year.. I just reserve the month of October to celebrate it with everyone before getting back to serious stuff.

TMN: Use three words to describe your music.

Just Being Me

TMN: What are your thoughts on upcoming genres like Trap? and the continuing growth of Moombahtoon. Are there any new sounds you have been experimenting while in the studio?

The crazy thing about the new Trap stuff is that there are a lot of artists that have worked exclusively with the sound for years, but were overshadowed and lumped in with dubstep. It’s good they’re finally getting recognized.
I’ve been a huge hip hop head since I was a kid.. pretty much what got me started DJing, so the word “trap” means something different to me. But whatever you want to call it today… doesn’t matter. If you’re being yourself and taking care of the culture that’s supporting the music you make, who cares what anyone else thinks? It’s always just about the music and the fans. Rest is just noise.

TMN: What can we expect from you the first quarter of 2013? Let us into your vision of where you would like to be a year from now?

Hopping the pond to visit Europe again in January 2013 with a road show tour here in the states starting up in Feb/March. Haven’t really thought about a year from now. Suppose the music will keep evolving along with where life takes me.

Super Sonic Brain Waves (VIP)
The Grave Yard (Original Mix)
Creepin Feat Proe (Original Mix)
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