Dog in the Snow – Factory

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Dog In The Snow
Factory

Black pepper on watermelon, and Sriracha on mangoes. Who would have ever thought that many of us would have a palette for combinations like that? Sometimes the coming together of unconventional things can create something new and frankly, quite pleasant – And that’s exactly how I felt about “Factory” after my first listen. The track immediately kicks off with an unusual introduction of eclectic sounds, which carry on in a nomadic fashion. Mildly outlandish? Yes. But it is exactly this eccentric composition that encouraged me to listen further, and made me a fan of “Factory”.

Dog In The Snow is UK native Helen Ganya Brown, with the support from Marie-Eve de Gaultier.

Grab a copy of Factory, out on Tidal Wave on March 3rd. And if you fancy their distinctive sound as I do, you’ll be happy to know we have linked you to their music video below.

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[Indie-Dance/G-House] Dr. Fresch – You’re My Obsession

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Dr. Fresch
You're My Obsession (ft. Nate Dogg & Animotion)

In the span of just a few recent releases, L.A.’s Dr. Fresch has quickly become one of our go-to sources of consistently proper Disko and House music. We last featured the line-towing producer with the release of a self-titled EP on his own Prep School Recordings imprint, which we fell head over heels for and today we’re happy to bring TMN another slice of the Dr. Fresch picture. Fusing vocal elements from two classic tracks -Animotion’s sticky sweet 80’s heater “Obsession” spliced with a tinge of Nate Dogg’s “I Got Love”- “You’re My Obsession” occupies a unique space between mainstream and underground while exuding the kind of dance credibility most producers yearn for. It was out of the blue that Dr. Fresch was mused to produce this one, from a classic video game session of GTA: Vice  City as Animotion’s hypnotic anthem struck an inspirational chord with the producer, undoubtedly while virtually mowing down hoards of police and innocent civilians (because we hear that’s what goes on in those games). He’s been quoted as saying “I was playing GTA: Vice City a couple months back and got inspired to remix my favorite track from the game, “Obsession”. Then, I sprinkled a little Nate Dogg vocal on top, and this is what I came up with.” Well as simple as that sounds, we know there was much more to it than that but we really, really like it.

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[Free Download] Follow Me – If You Leave (Original Mix)

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Follow Me
If You Leave

After rather quietly easing into 2014, Follow Me are back again to break the silence with the release of their second original record entitled ‘If You Leave’. Playfully intertwining  a collection of vibrant and dreamy synths over a foundation of resilient pads, ‘If You Leave’ is a lush tropical soundscape with a remarkably emotive tone. Best of all, as a means of saying thanks for recently hitting 15K followers on Facebook, Follow Me are graciously giving this one out for free. Stream and download the track below. Enjoy!

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REPLETE – Frequency Palenque [TMN Premiere]

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REPLETE
Frequency Palenque

Irish house producer REPLETE purveys an incredibly mature feel for deep groovers, and his latest single “Frequency Palenque” falls in line with that established, almost minimal-deep-house pattern. Coming as a fortuitous welcome entry into the TMN Premiere vaults, “Frequency Palenque” kicks off behind a sinister flat four-four kick-drum sprinkled with a lightly ominous string pad before being taken hostage by a straight up addicting muted horn sample which pump even a hint of electro-swing onto the tune. After the simple yet sophisticated bassline is revealed and evolved our psyche was already smack dab in the middle of REPLETE’s loungey house stylings, proving how easy it was to be pulled along until its apex. REPLETE looks to polish up his already sterling set of production chops throughout the remainder of 2014 as “Frequency Palenque” will be available as a bonus track on REPLETE’s forthcoming EP due out on March 4th via Champion Sound Music, but until then we’ll be the only source to get your fix. Stream REPLETE’s “Frequency Palenque” above before anyone else.

 

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Ennui – Cleaning Up (Original Mix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Ennui
Cleaning Up (Original Mix)

Coming straight out of the Windy City, Producer/DJ Ennui has been on a roll the past six months, releasing radio mixes, dubstep remixes and deep house originals. Today we’re premiering a dialed up, groovy little house tune that boasts some future influences.

With a dark, industrial feel, an ominous vocal sample and some techy synths, “Cleaning Up” has all the makings of a dance floor pleaser. When you couple in soaring atmospheric layering and understated hi hat work, we can’t help but press play again and again.

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East of Ely – Waterfalls [TMN PREMIERE]

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Waterfalls

One in eight people are over 65 years old in Sydney.You might be asking yourself, “Why the hell is The Music Ninja googling random facts about Sydney?”

With good reason, ninjas. While trying to make some sense out of the plethora of great music that comes out of Australia day by day, it only made sense to take a deeper look into what was going on over there. We stumbled across this factoid in our research, and it all clicked. Young people = good music.

Sydney-born synth-pop five piece East of Ely is the most current of our musical discoveries. Hailing from the land down Under, Moeaki, Nic, Daniel, Chris, Michael have us ready to shout out “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi,” with this first listen to “Waterfalls,” which is the first single off of their upcoming EP.

Stabbing attempts at cultural references aside, these guys have an infectious sound that calls on association of some of our favorite synth-popsters like Pet Shop Boys, CHVRCHES, and Carousel. This tune in particular boasts a lovelorne tune message carried through by glorious falsetto work, classic 80’s guitar riffs and an upbeat tempo worthy of some foot-tappin and head noddin’.

Put these guys on your radar by following them on facebook. It won’t be long before this EP is out, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

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Bad Suns on The Cure, Tycho and Never Used BBQ Sauce [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Bad Suns
Cardiac Arrest (WoodysProduce Remix)

There’s no denying that Woodland Hills four piece Bad Suns are on the up and up. With gaining radio love and backing from Vagrant records, these fellas are taking their post-punk sounds to the masses. With that in mind, we wanted to get a few quick questions answered by frontman Christo. Check out what he had to say about being influenced by The Cure, who their dream collaboration would be, and the always present but never use BBQ sauce.

TMN: Hey guys! Thank you so much for taking some time to answer a few questions for us. We loved your show in Denver! Let’s kick this off by talking about your journey up until this point. How did you guys start off?

Christo: Gavin and I met in school. Aside from that, we all met through music and jumping around from band to band.

TMN: What were those early times like? What were you guys writing about?

Christo: Miles, Gavin, and I have been playing in a band together for five years now. We’d have band practice every day, after school. From the beginning, it was apparent that we were all people with the same level of passion for playing music. We’ve always kept at it, and we’ve worked at getting better, over the years. By the time we met up with Ray, our friends were applying to colleges, or already in college, and we were set on making this band work.

TMN: One thing that was undeniably apparent was the set of lungs on Christo. Good god. Did those come from years of vocal practice or was god just smiling down on you the day you were born?

Christo: I always get so surprised upon hearing comments like that. In our old bands, my voice was always a lot of what was holding us back. I never really gained full control of it, until recently. I don’t know how to answer the question, but I really appreciate the compliment.

TMN: Let’s fast forward to signing with Vagrant. That’s one label that has to be overwhelming to get an email from. Not only have they carried some massive names in punk music, but tons of notable indie rock acts as well. Talk to us about that moment.

Christo: It was great, as you could imagine. The fact that record labels were reaching out, at all, was surreal. As soon as we met with them to get to know one another and discuss the band, it was clear that we were on the same page.

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