[TMN PREMIERE] Vandetta – Ground Zero

Ground Zero

There’s something overwhelming pleasant about simplicity. It’s in simplicity that we find the beauty in Vandetta’s single (coming up on her debut EP, due out on Syndicate on October 15). It’s dark, haunting, and downright enchanting. The clean downtempo industrial instrumentals allow Vandetta (who is half of Octover) to shine through.

While we were already impressed with this release based on the music alone, we have to marvel at the fact that everything was created via her mobile set-up, entirely on her own, in her Downtown LA loft. However, what’s even more impressive than that is the fact that she uses only her voice to create every sound. That’s right, every single element of her music, from the drums to the harmonies and melodies, is just Vandetta’s voice.

With fall right around the corner, we can’t help but be drawn to this eerie vocally driven track. While it leaves plenty for the imagination, Vanessa had this to add to the release,

I wanted to challenge myself and my skill since this was my first solo album although I’d been in business for over a decade. Most people in Singapore knew me as either a singer from an old hip-hop group or a presenter on radio. I engaged the part of me that was purely instinctual. I wasn’t bound by the rules of music and just allowed whatever I heard in my head and felt in my heart to come through. In feeling trapped by my own limitations I found the opportunity to make something that truly represented who I am and what I believe in. In some ways I suppose you could say that it was how I learned to fly.
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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 8/15


Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Junior Sanchez - August 15th
Junior Sanchez feat. Ineabell
Alive At Night

Terravita - August 16th

The House Connection - August 17th
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[Deep-House] Copy Paste Soul – People on the Street EP Review

Copy Paste Soul
People On The Street (Preview) | Exploited

With a solid head of steam built up behind his bouncy brand of deep-house and tech music, U.K. based DJ and producer Copy Paste Soul has placed another foot in an appropriate direction with a two song extended-play, People on the Streets, which was imprinted on one of the hottest dance labels in the game, Exploited. With a flock of A-List taste-making support from the likes of Skream, Disclosure, Tensnake and Annie Mac already behind his sound, Copy Paste Soul looks to make a metaphorical leap from revered underground producer to mainstream buzz-artist on account of an all-encompassing pair of house tunes.

Title track “People on the Street” slices open the EP wonderfully, combining a tight four-to-the-floor snare, deep arpeggiated synth play and a hollow, bassy groove entrancing its listener in a haze of solid dance instrumentation. Further establishing that deep sound are some increasingly deep-house typified pitched down vocals and a myriad of wood-block and cowbell stabs, letting you know that this is house and to get those dang glutes shaking. Rounding out People on the Street is “Fly Away”- a tune in slight contrast to its other half, but equally as dancy. Whereas the titular track would be more suited for a peak hour underground house time slot in a DJ set, “Fly Away” feels much more accessible as a late night, after-party, winding it all down type of a cut. “Fly Away” build on itself towards a cresting climax, using it’s ethereal pads and dreamy chord progression to create the only words that explained Copy Paste Soul’s production in this writer’s mind: Progressive-Deep-House.

Exploited continues to release only mature and expertly produced dance music, and Copy Paste Soul more than atones for the deserved fan base behind them. While only two tracks in lenght, People on the Street should give its listener a very good idea of what to expect from the U.K.’er and was a lovely listen all twenty times through today. Preview both “People on the Street” and “Fly Away” below, and be sure to pick up a copy here.


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[Hip-Hop] Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday (Feat. Frank Ocean)

Earl Sweatshirt
Sunday (Feat. Frank Ocean)

The Earl Sweatshirt leaks continue to pour in as we ready ourselves for the release of his debut album, Doris, early next week. I had to blink twice as I wrote that last sentence, because it seems like Earl’s been a staple in our rotation for awhile now. That tells you just about everything you need to know about how talented he really is. Joining him on his latest effort is Odd Future running mate, Frank Ocean. While we all know and love Frank for his pristine vocal chords, he seizes this opportunity to get a few thoughts off his chest. Perfect for a “Sunday,” right?

What I appreciate about Frank is that while he does have bars, he doesn’t take every opportunity to try and shove his rap skills down our throats (unlike certain other artists who he may or may not be taking shots at during his verse); his entire process feels organic, and perhaps even a little cathartic. At the end of the day though, he knows when to stick to his strengths, which is why he’s such a brilliant artist. All that aside, “Sunday” is yet another stellar number to add to Earl’s collection. The anticipation is nearly suffocating us at this point, but with Doris right around the corner (August 20th), it looks like our patience will finally pay off. 

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[Indie Pop] WE ARE TWIN – The Way We Touch

The Way We Touch

Who’s ready to get up and dance as if they were in the middle of an classic 80′s movie montage? This blogger, that’s who. All kidding aside, WE ARE TWIN just released this song hours ago, and we’re already wildly addicted. Soulful? Yes. Poppy? In all the best ways. This release is a perfect blend of a hip gyration inducing bassline, flirty guitar chords, and emotionally charged lyrics.

Take a gander at this one. We bet you can’t make it all the way through the entire track without at least bobbing your head. If you say otherwise, you’re clearly lying. We digress. This Germany-raised Sri Lankan multi-instrumentalist and producer Nicholas Balachandran and New York-born and bred singer songwriter Gabi Christine have the rest of their EP coming out next Tuesday. You best be on the lookout for this one.

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[Pop Rock] Lorde – Royal (American Authors Cover)

American Authors
Royals Cover

Brooklyn based pop rock band American Authors recently put their spin on the mega hit from Lorde, “Royals”. Gone is the large haunting bass drum, and in it’s place is hand clapping, simplistic guitar, and banjo picking. Yeah, these boys took on a giant of a song and they nailed it. The playful harmonies and laid back approach give the tune a whole new feel, while still giving you plenty to attach yourself to the original.

Make sure to look out for American Author’s debut EP, which is due out August 27th.

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[Remix] Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Feat. R. Kelly)

R.Kelly - Phoenix
Trying To Be Cool feat. R Kelly

After joining forces together at Coachella, we knew it was only time before something substantial came out of a pairing between R. Kelly and Phoenix. While we would have settled for an official recording of their mashup of “1901” and “Ignition (Remix),” this might be an even better prize. The Bankrupt! single makes the transformation from a song that was “Trying To Be Cool” to one that truly is with Kels now featured on the track. It’s not like the original was a slouch, but anytime you add R. Kelly into the mix, you automatically bump yourself up a few notches on the “coolness” meter. Just ask Aziz Ansari. Stream the single above, and make sure to grab yourself a copy. This one’s definitely a must have.

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