[Synth Pop] Salt Ashes – If You Let Me Go

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Salt Ashes
If You Let Me Go (Main Mix)

You know a track is going to be pretty damn good when you find out it was written and produced in over 3 different parts of the world. Between spending countless nights on the floors of Ibiza, Berlin, and New York, singer and songwriter Salt Ashes blew us away with her latest, “If You Let Me Go”. The young artist takes us on a trip back to the days of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Debbie Harry in this 80’s inspired flashback anthem.

“You don’t need to rescue me, rescue me, if you let me go.”

“If You Let Me Go” combines both modern and classic pop, heavy synths, and powerful lyrics to create an all around flawless track. Salt Ashes is the internets next big weapon for music and we cannot wait to see what this talented artist has in store for us in the coming months. Make sure to grab this tune on out now on Radikal Records.

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[Hip Hop] Travi$ Scott – Drive (The 1975 Remix)

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Travi$ Scott
Drive (The 1975 Remix)

If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from The 1975, it’s to never expect anything. Taking the world by storms in a year’s time, this Manchester based four-piece went from subtly self-releasing songs to playing nearly every major festival. Let’s put it this way, when we first saw them in Denver, they played at the Marquis, a venue that holds 157 people. The next time we caught them, they were on the second largest stage at Coachella. Next on our list is seeing them at the Filmore, which holds 4,500.

Despite being an indie rock band heavily rooted in classic instrumentation, the band also flirts with electronica often. “M.O.N.E.Y,” from their debut album, sports crackling atmospheric hiss layered over choppy samples and glitchy synths. Their remix of McMorrow’s “Cavalier” displays some of the same respect for the electronic, developing a luscious soundscape behind McMorrow’s breathtaking vocals.

In their second collaboration with Travi$ Scott, (the first being “Don’t Play”), we’re offered up a unique blend of sultry bass and indie rock, topped off with verses from the original and a verse from Matty. It’s encapsulating, careening down your spine with a seductive bassline worthy of each and every bedroom playlist it will eventually find its way into.

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Q&A with LUMBERJVCK [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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LUMBERJVCK
Mirkwood (Original Mix)

Having just released his explosive new ‘JVCKWOOD’ EP via Excision’s Rottun Recordings this past Monday, bass music producer, LUMBERJVCK, has put himself in a good position for future releases. The young woodsman, otherwise known as Connor Schnatzel, first came onto the radar by offering his original tracks and remixes free to his fans. Now showing the darker side of his creativity with this EP, we can surely expect to hear much more from this promising talent. To gain an understanding in how he produced intricate tracks, such as the recent “Mirkwood”, we chatted with LUMBERJVCK to hear more about his production techniques and set up:

What DAW do you work with and why?

I work with Ableton. I prefer Ableton because of its ease of access. I used to use Reason, but I would get really frustrated with the workflow so I switched.

What does your studio consist of?

My studio consists of one 50 inch flat screen, Rokit 6 monitors, a Focusrite Scarlet soundcard, and an MPK61.

Top 5 go-to VSTs to work with?

LFO Tool, Akustix, Effectrix, Insight, and the PX-7 FM synth in Reason.

What are some techniques you use for sound design? 

I love layering sounds. I usually layer a bass growl with a real animal growl. I have the bass come down the middle while the animal growl is spread in the stereo field. This is how I get my most crazy noises.

You’re starting off a track, what’s the first step?

The first step to any track for me is a big and loud drum beat.

Any weird tricks that speed up productivity for you?

When I need to kickstart productivity I write everything down I have to do in a day. I won’t let myself relax or make other plans until the list is complete.

Are you trained in any organic instruments?

I have trained myself in guitar, piano, and drums.

You can pick up a copy of “JVCKWOOD” EP here. 

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Up Close and Personal with Jez Dior [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Jez Dior
Starts Again

Jez Dior captured our attention back in 2012, and we’ve been tracking his career ever since. This often emotional lyricist has an overwhelmingly unique style, fueled by whisky, love, and lorn-laced messages.

Through the years, we’ve had the pleasure of personally connecting with this young man, exchanging emails, IMs, and texts, keeping up with what’s going on with each other. On the heels of his upcoming single, “Clean Me Up,” we noticed a distinct shift in his songwriting. With previous releases titled, “Who Drank My Whiskey,” and “Old No. 7,” we could only assume that there’s something behind it all.

Having a personal relationship with Jez helped get our foot in the door to talk about what’s going on in his life. Without interview questions, or a pre-planned approach, we talked. In a simple 20-minute conversation, we dug deep, getting an insight into his artistry.

TMN: Let’s talk about the release that just came out today, “Starts Again”

JD: It’s a song that we’ve been sitting on for a little bit of time, and we weren’t quite sure if we were going to put it on the album or not. It’s been a little bit since we last released “Kings,” so I just said “Fuck it, let’s put it out.” I hate making everyone, and I love putting out new material.

It’s a song that’s basically about the ups and downs of relationships, and the constant circle you’re in if it’s an emotional one. I definitely have been. It’s based off of that and everything you go through when you’re in love, or whatever type of relationship you’re in.

TMN: The album that you talked about is “Clean Me Up.” right?

JD: “Clean Me Up” is the first single. We were actually going to name it that, but I have a documentary coming out that’s titled that. So, it’s the first single off the upcoming album, which is untitled for now.

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LOVELIFE – Nova (Paperwhite Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Ally, Lee, Frank & Sam have made quite a splash in the blogosphere, racking up close to 750,000 plays on Soundcloud with just eight songs. This London/LA based quartet have accumulated the collective admiration of music lovers with their unique, Electronic Gospel, providing emotional, synth-heavy rides like “Your New Beloved,” and “Nova.”

Approaching a remix of LOVELIFE has to be somewhat difficult, considering their moody vibes are the perfect match for their lyrical approach. However, a Brooklyn-based sibling duo has done so and done so with style. Taking on “Nova,” dream pop outfit Paperwhite have created a smile-inducing, up-tempo interpretation, filled with a dancy lead melody, expert vocal sampling, and a small section of their own vocals.

Known for their sophisticated melodies and ability to derive truly lush textural soundscapes, this once “Most Blogged Artist” on The Hype Machine certainly maintains their sterling reputation with this remix.

’LOVELIFE – Nova (Paperwhite Remix)’
’LOVELIFE – Nova’
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OSWALD – Sea Full of Sharks (ft. Hannah Georgas) [TMN PREMIERE]

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OSWALD
Sea Full Of Sharks (feat. Hannah Georgas)

As we come out of our luxurious three-day weekend, we’re anxious to start unloading the bevy of delicious tunes that stacked up over the brak. Among a few other premieres we have today, we’re admittedly most excited to bring you this genre-bending tune from 18 year old rapper, OSWALD.

Hailing from San Francisco’s flourishing hip hop scene, this deep-thinking, often-cerebral lyricist is following up on a what seems like a year-long release hiatus, welcoming his fans back to his next level observations. “Sea Full of Sharks” is an interesting blend of musical genres, creating something that will flirt effortlessly with the varying fans from each. Canadian singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas walks the song in to some fluttering chords and driving hip hop percussion, leading us to think that we might be in store for a supercharged synth pop song.

Taking an unexpected turn, OSWALD enters the tune, laying down his views on the milked over state of hip hop. Throughout his verses, which stylistically remind us of Das Racist at times, Georgas pops in and out with her delicate indie style vocals for the chorus. It’s not only a unique approach, but it’s one that we can’t stop listening to.

Look for “Sea Full of Sharks” on OSWALD’s debut EP, Ride, due out October 14th.

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Kicks n Licks – Morning Light (Instrumental Version) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Kicks n Licks
Morning Light (Instrumental Version)

Andy Joplin & Jerrod Jordan have come to make a lasting impression on their fans, the blogosphere, and the world. Coming from San Diego, this devilish DJ/Producer have always had a knack for the melodic, seamlessly blending rolling basslines with breathtaking melodies. Since their inception some two years ago, these two have provided laid-back vibes ranging from dubstep to glitch hop, to trap and future bass. Regardless of the genre, there were always a few guarantees – bass would be present and melodies would be defined.

Their latest release, which comes off their Momentum EPM embodies that mindset more than ever, providing an achingly beautiful soundscape worthy of cinematic greatness. Featuring singer K. Emaline, “Morning Light,” was a song that delved deep into PLUR culture, asking the listener to carelessly escape their day-to-day lives. Getting lost in an encompassing rhythmic percussion section, this song easily paved the way for the hopeless dreamers to wander along a story rife with self-discovery, passion and love.

After some requests from their loyal fans, Kicks n Licks have decided to provide the instrumental version to this song. While we certainly enjoyed the more than lovely vocals from Ms. Emaline, we were admittedly excited to succomb to the rich, atmospheric soundscape comprised of light, chimes, chirping birds, and expertley crafted percussion.

We all need an escape in our day to day lives. Whether it’s stepping outside for a quick smoke, or just closing your eyes for a few brief seconds, it’s a necessary accompaniment to our day. Our suggestion? Put this on during that break from reality. It’s only going to amplify the effects of those crucial endorphins.

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