[Electronica] Blackedout – Champagne

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Champagne

After penning a very solid debut EP, mysterious melodic downtempo producer Blackedout has just graced us with his latest take on atmospheric electronicism, “Champagne”. If we’re equating the title of the track to its sound, perhaps “Lean” would be a better suited title. Blackedout’s appliance of those spaced out drums really give “Champagne” the room it needs to build, simultaneously inducing an unconscious, albeit slowed down hip sway and head nod from its listener before blossoming into a full blown, highly layered melody. Further giving Blackedout’s new tune a little more gangster lean is an appropriately decelerated and spliced vocal sample from The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” and shades of a Shlohmo or Ta-Ku influenced drum kick. Let “Champagne” and its mild, soft-hued vibes slink you down on your couch today after work, between classes, or wherever it is that you find some time to unwind and grab the free download above.

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[Album Review] Childish Gambino – Because the internet

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Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) (feat. Azealia Banks)

The actor-turned-rapper route is not unfamiliar territory for rising star Donald Glover. The stand-up comedian dropped an introduction to the inner workings of his creative mind and skills on the mic with the moderately successful Camp in 2011. Mixing together sounds of dubstep, dance, electronica, and pop, fans witnessed another side of the rising star under his alias of Childish Gambino. Although not album of the year material, the first effort from Gambino was filled with plenty of innovative sounds and autobiographical tracks that painted an extensive narrative of what makes Glover the artist he is. With his sophomore release Because the internet, Gambino continues his introspective saga and delves deeper into his fears of loneliness over colorful production with comedic delivery.

After the lackluster reception of his ROYALTY tape last year, Gambino parted ways from the hit NBC show Community to focus on his sophomore release. The unveiling of his short film, Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, and an accompanying screenplay only further provided fans with insight into the developing theme of the project, while steadily building anticipation as well. The end result became a conjunct LP separated into five distinct musical suites (recognized by the different roman numerals between the interludes) that reflect the multiple moods and, ironically, the multiple career paths of the artist.

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Pretty Lights – Press Pause (Free n Losh Remix)

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Press Pause (Free n Losh Remix)

What is it about the electronic duos that come out of Toronto that we love? The originality of their sound, period.

Pretty Lights released the remixes of ‘A Color Map of the Sun’ this week and we have the pleasure of premiering one of those remixes by the highly talented duo Free n Losh. The Toronto based artists show us exactly why their remix is in the album, they take an already amazing song, ‘Press Pause’, and turn up energy, adding the duos signature touches. Lee and Myles add in a deep drum melody to start, muting the vocals to have an almost eerie appeal. Then, they add in those electronic drops and a few trap beats to enhance a new hardness to the original song.

These two Toronto boys can just add this remix to the list of their music successes. Keep the wow factor coming. If you have not already, be sure to check out the full PL remix album.

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[NEW] Flying Lotus – ideas+drafts+loops (Mixtape)

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Hide Me (ft. Shabazz Palaces)
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Black Skinhead (Flying Lotus Remix) (ft. Thundercat)

Earlier today, legendary experimental producer Flying Lotus took to Twitter to bless his fans with an unexpected project of 24 previously unreleased tracks. The eclectic collection, titled ideas+drafts+loops, definitely carries the feel of FlyLo’s earlier work with its deep, gritty sounds. Aside from the always innovative production, the tape includes appearances from Earl Sweatshirt, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Doom, Baths, Mapei and Flying Lotus’s rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy among others. Grab the whole compilation for free HERE and check a few of our favorite songs above.

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[Chill] Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Pretty Thoughts // Alina Baraz – Drift [ANDRU Remix]

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It’s pretty much a given, when these two artists work together, they make pure magic. Alina Baraz and Galimatias have released their second song off their single for us to swoon over. “Pretty Thoughts” is the definition of a chill song, with the slow beat, laid back melodies, and Alina’s sultry and enticing vocals, this song makes it way right into your very thoughts. An almost dream like world among all the pretty thoughts is where listeners find themselves, while the soft drum beats, piano and relaxed electronic rhythms carefully tickle your ears and carry your mind to a pretty, pretty place.

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Pretty Thoughts

And if that song wasn’t enough Alina for you which, let’s be serious, her voice is pure musical ecstasy that we can never get enough of, earlier this month ANDRU dropped a remix of her song “Drift”. The wonderful thing about Alina is her voice can be turned up or down, put with a slow beat or a fast beat and it always sounds unbelieveable. ANDRU adds his personal touches to this remix, slowing it down and pulling out Alina’s vocals to carry the song on one constant sound wave. Mixed with just the right about of electronic melodies, ANDRU engages his listeners to come drift away in this dream-like remix.

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[Promotion] VapeCase Giveaway + Autograf Mix

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VapeCase Mix Vol. 1 by Autograf

Everyone has been at a club, a concert or a festival and seen them. It’s slightly awkward at first, isn’t it? Seeing someone exhale something smoke like in a venue where cigarettes have been outlawed for nearly a decade.

E-Cigarettes have exploded in popularity over the past few years, giving people the opportunity to use nicotine without bothering those around them. While these are nifty devices for smokers, you have to admit that a lot of them are pretty clumsy looking. Well, that all changes now with the release of the VapeCase. This ingenious idea turns your cell phone case(iPhone 4s, 5c, Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 2, Note 3, HTC One) into an E-Cigarette.

To celebrate the launch of this product, Autograf has dialed up a sick mix for your listening pleasure. The VapeCase also has support from Rif Raff, Big Gigantic, DVBSS, 12th Planet, Viceroy, Paper Diamond, Thomas Jack, BORGEOUS, Gladiator, Griz, Starkillers, Bixel Boys, and many more.

You can cruise over and pick one up right here, or you can take your chances of winning one. How do you enter? It’s pretty simple really. Just fill out the information below, and we’ll pick one lucky winner this Friday at 5pm Eastern Time.

Here are the rules:
1. You MUST be 18 to enter. We will verify upon being selected.
2. You will receive a notification via the email you use to sign up with should you win.
3. TMN does not take responsibility for you using a nicotine related product.
4. This contest is for valid US Citizens only.
5. Winner will receive one VapeCase for one of the applicable models (listed above).



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Max Elto – Shadow of the Sun (Original Club Mix)

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Max Elto
Shadow Of The Sun (Original Club Mix)

Those hair-raisingly stunning and dreamlike vocals, remember those? Back in April, we shared one of our favorite vocals with you, “Shadow of the Sun”. It was stripped down to the most beautiful and vulnerable of its barest essentials – the voices of Swedish duo Max Elto, and the gentle keys of the piano. Now this pair (formerly known as Taped Rai), returns with an original club mix version of “Shadow of the Sun”. Like all comebacks, the track exudes an outbreak of confidence, energy, and synths that will be having crowds singing in unison, quite likely by this weekend. What are you waiting for? We know you’ve been waiting for that beat to drop in this track as long as we have.

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