[Indie Rock] We Were Promised Jet Packs – Safety In Numbers

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We Were Promised Jetpacks
Safety in Numbers

Boasting one of the single best names in the music industry, Edinburgh-based five-piece We Were Promised Jetpacks bring a swirling culmination of electric percussion work, cinematic builds and emotion-rich soundscapes that oh-so-few can accomplish.

Grabbing our ears back in These Four Walls, this indie rock outfit brought us varying elements of indie rock genres, providing us with an intense and overwhelmingly enjoyable listening experience for quite some time. In all honesty, we can’t count how many times we’ve listened to “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning,” and “Quiet Little Voices.” In fact, we’d be quite interested to see the actual statistics.

In their latest release, we’re offered another drum-centric tune with glorious guitar melodies wavering in the background. Coupled with Adam Thompson’s subdued vocals, “Safety In Numbers,” brings a warm, security-blanket-type feeling of comfort. WWPJ are back and Unravelling is going to be one hell of an album.

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Crooked Colours – Keep Your Mouth For Lying (cln Remix)

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Crooked Colours
Keep Your Mouth For Lying (cln Remix)

The science of physics and chemistry teaches that the liberation of energy comes in both thermal and nuclear forms, and perhaps many others had I paid more attention in class. Yet, nothing is more equipped at transforming the little bit of kinetic energy left after along ass day than the exothermic properties of listening to music. The already exquisitely relaxing track “Keep Your Mouth For Lying” by Australian electronic trio Crooked Colours has now been rebranded as a bedroom lullaby by Callan Alexander, better known as, cln.

Not to take away from the efforts of cln, who in this project is blessed to work with the controlled and emotionally rooted vocals of frontman Philip Slabber, but it is Slabber’s ability to induce empathy that gives the track such resonance. Between welcome vocal loops and stripped instrumentals, the Aussie producer captures a side to the track, that if we take out its inherent scientific factor, can only be described as heavenly.

“Keep Your Mouth For Lying” is taken from the ‘In Your Bones’ EP available through iTunes.

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[Album Review] Johnny Astro – Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology

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As a music lover, I took a long departure from the world of hip hop. In high school, you’d often find me cruising around, bumping Wu Tang’s Enter the 36 Chambers of Death or Picture This from Chi-town’s Do or Die. Something about the the combination between lyrical creativity and unique variations in flow seemed to capture my attention at the age of 16, and there wasn’t really much that could take me away from that.

As I grew older, my love for booming bass and intricate word play faded. While my affinity for hip hop was never gone, it was never quite what it had once been. Finding solace in complicated timing signatures found in math rock, or the simplistic nature of a folk singer possessing nothing more than an acoustic guitar, my tastes evolved over the years, slowly straying away from what I had once loved.

At the age of 30, I’m as well rounded as I’ve ever been. Delving back into hip hop, I have the pleasure of exploring some of the lesser known artists, steering clear of the garbage spewed on the radio on a day to day basis. One up and coming artist that I’ve come to truly appreciate is Arlington based Johnny Astro.

Bravely infusing blogosphere smash hits into his beats, this young Texan does what so many young EDM producers do, by grabbing indie tunes and flipping the script. In his most recent release, Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology, Astro has some flawless sampling for those well-rounded music lovers to grasp onto.

In the lead track, we’re left in awe listening to Ry X’s “Berlin,” which devastated the internet with it’s stunning vocals and intense simplicity. Racking up over 1.1 million plays, this tune boasts a difficult task when looking at re-working. Astro does so with undeniable ease, pairing up his flow with each percussion hit, proving he’s not intimidated to take on challenging feats.

One of our other favorite tracks in this newly released project is “Wonderful Life”, which features a other-worldly sound, rife with delicate yet clashing harp work, leaving the listener charmed with the elevated lyrical journey that Astro brings to the table. What comes to fruition is a perfect jam for a nice set of subs and some open road.

The independent hip hop scene is alive and well in the blogosphere, and one thing is for certain: Mr. Astro is here to represent Texas in this online realm of music.

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Wonderful Life
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[House] Disciples – Mercy

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Mercy

You made it. It’s now officially Monday night, and you’re one day closer to Friday. With that being said, it’s important to take some time to sit and reflect the overwhelming difficulty that you just overcame. To do so, we suggest you pour a nice glass of something. Bourbon would be our choice, but feel free to drink what you’d like. You all set now? Good. Press play and just sink into these dancy grooves from London based Disciples.

Harnessing one of the most soulful musical personalities to ever exist, this trio put a modern twist onto Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me,” from the absolute legend of an album What’s Going On. With soft, tropical undertones, Disciple expertly extracts memorable lines from the original, giving a more than adequate amount of respect to Mr. Gaye’s infamous tune.

This happens to be a free download. We suggest you download it and load it up for your weekend wind-down mix. Until then, feel free to stay right here and hit play again and again.

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[NEW] PARTYNEXTDOOR – Recognize (Feat. Drake)

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Recognize Feat. Drake

With Majid Jordan set to drop their debut EP (A Place Like This) next week, and PARTYNEXTDOOR announcing the release of PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO on July 29th (the follow-up to last year’s self-titled PARTYNEXTDOOR), Drake‘s OVO Sound imprint is finally starting to take shape. Teaming up with his label head for the only feature on the project, the Toronto crooner crafts yet another slow-burning, 808-fueled R&B gem that fits right in with the brand’s aesthetic. Drizzy performs clean up duties on the track, swooping in with a smooth verse at the end that details his plans for impressing his female partner. The single serves as a perfect teaser for the upcoming project, and we’re definitely excited to hear what PARTY has in store for us at the end of this month.

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[Evil House] Rowland Evans – Vigilante (Original Mix)

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Vigilante (Original Mix)

The Florida humidity is making its rounds today and it has officially made its way over to good ol’ Southern California. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any hotter than it already is, Rowland Evans sends us straight to purgatory with his heat-filled original new track, “Vigilante”.

“Vigilante” is nothing like its title describes it to be, in fact, it should have been called “Villain” based on the evil resonance of this track. With a heaping load of malevolent horns, a sinister bassline, and nasty breakdown, “Vigilnte” is the perfect soundtrack to everyone’s worst nightmare. Evans killed it with this one, however, we recommend you turn on your nightlight and hide under the sheets with this one because you’re about to be sent straight to the fiery pits of your impeding doom.

 

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[Festival Preview + Ticket Giveaway] Global Dance Festival @ Red Rocks, CO 7/18 – 7/20

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Let me tell you about a venue nestled into the Rocky Mountain Foothills out here in Colorado that has stolen hearts for generations.

Red Rocks is not just the best outdoor venue in Colorado, it is one of the best outdoor venues in the world and all artists and concert-goers would agree, the magical place is like none other. Combining the beauty of nature with the essential essence of music, Red Rocks makes every music experience one of a kind for every individual present.

And so it seems only fitting that the largest electronic festival in Colorado would be held at this Mother Nature crafted amphitheater. Only this place can handle the insane lasers, riveting crowd, and heart pounding melodies of artists like Zedd, Adventure Club, Odesza, Excision, and so many more at this years Global Dance Festival.

The three-day festival is being held this coming weekend starting things off Friday, July 18th and raving on through Sunday, July 20th. This is the festivals 12th year and as always the lineup will draw fans who know the large names in the electronic world, and fans who appreciate some musicians who are making their names known around the music industry. The variety of artists this year shows the new depth Global Dance is taking on to reach an even more diverse crowd than in years past.

I could sit here and write about every artist playing but then this blog post would turn into a small book and we just don’t have room for that. But trust me, the lineup caters to more than the masses and is one that shouldn’t be missed. Whether fans decide to go to one night or attend all three, they are sure to hear some incredible music and not forget the artists they see in the most beautiful outdoor venue.

And what kind of blog would we be if we didn’t offer a little something that could make one concert-goer a very happy camper? We are giving away one FREE 3-Day pass to Global Dance this year, that’s right you heard me, get it here fo’ FREE. Just follow the instructions below and you could be on your way to a free weekend of dancing, singing, and all around good times.

Winner will be contacted by email Thursday (7/17) at 5:00PM. PLEASE CHECK YO EMAIL, PEOPLE. This is the only way we can get a hold of you.

There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 18 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your ticket at will call.
– You must have a bring an arsenal of dance moves on behalf of TMN.
– You must sing “I’m a Little Teapot” in a Ron Burgandy-esque voice while waiting in line.
– We were kidding on that last one. However, if you do accomplish that, you will forever live in TMN contest infamy.



Max Elto
Shadow Of The Sun (Adventure Club Remix)
Excision & Downlink
Rock You
Find You ft. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant (Acapella)
Carnage
BRICKS (feat. Migos)
ODESZA
My Friends Never Die
M83
Wait (Kygo Remix)
GALANTIS
You (Brillz Remix)
David Guetta
Lovers On The Sun ft. Sam Martin (Showtek Remix)
Above & Beyond
Sun & Moon (ETC!ETC! Bootleg)
Borgeous
Wildfire (Original Mix) Out Now
Infected Mushroom
BREAKING A HABBIT TRiBUTE
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