MALPAS – Promise EP [TMN Premiere]

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Us Afloat
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Here Comes The Rain
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Promise

Bordering between Indie Rock and experimental bedroom sensibilities, Malpas delivers an excruciatingly colorful palette of bright, at times elusive, melodies well surrounded by the soothing vocals of songwriter Ali M Forbes. Originally from Birmingham, the duo also brings forward the talented and meticulous production of Andy Savours, known for his involvement with major indie artists including The Horrors, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.

The inherently organic sounds from the debut EP ‘Promise’ seem progressive in nature, perhaps mirroring a cohesive grassroots movement that from its foundation of loops of layered acoustic instruments quickly build from the bottom up, only strengthening over the course of each rhythmic bar. The production clearly showcases Andy Savours’ confidence and sonic maturity while still maintaining an emotional honesty that pairs beautiful with the comfortable and welcoming vocals of Ali. It is quite clear in songs like ‘Here Comes The Rain’ of the active collaboration between the two and their respective roles – an exciting marriage that leads us to want more.

‘Promise’ EP, which is to be expected September 23rd via Killing Moon feels like one continues story, separated by four distinctively unique chapters that tell a tale through a mixture of intimate folk songs and ambient electronica.

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[Sexy] Joel Compass – Astronaut + Remixes

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London born singer/songwriter Joel Compass has a set of golden pipes on him that no one can deny. His impressive combination of undeniable talent and overwhelming commercial appeal will have ladies fawning left and right. Admittedly so, we’ll be right along side those ladies, especially after hearing his newly released EP, “Astronaut.”

The title track on this EP, which we’re featuring today, is a delectable electronically based RnB tune that accentuates Joel’s gorgeous falsetto capabilities. It’s deliciously bass heavy, making for a perfect track to indulge in all night long. Aside from the sultry stunner that is the original, we also have a few choice remixes for you as well.

Most recently (12 days ago), Henry Krinkle dialed “Astronaut” back a few notches to create an even more seductive version of the original. The pleasantly painful drawn out build provides adequate anticipation for the drop of low hitting bass tones and heavily treated samples from Compass,

Our other favorite in the bunch is Gorgon City’s lounge style house interpretation that features an added melody progression, and playful bass line that would be perfectly suited for a dance floor or the runway.

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Joel Compass
Astronaut (Gorgon City Remix)
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Astronaut (Henry Krinkle Remix)
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[Electro Pop] Mansions on the Moon – Full Moon

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Mansions on the Moon
Full Moon

There’s nothing quite like vocals over poppy synths and guitar. Through the years this has been a tried and true musical style. Some have tried at this and failed, and others have excelled. Take one listen to this track and you’ll know it’s the latter. While Mansions on the Moon might not be as big as you would expect, they’re certainly developing a sound that would indicate larger venues and crowds are well within their grasp.

We had the pleasure of hanging out with these guys when they came through with our buddies in Carousel. Their live show is just as warm and inviting as their studio production. What you hear in “Full Moon,” with it’s tropical synths and bass line, atmospheric elements, and high pitched howls translate perfectly into their live performance, creating an experience worth paying money for.

This tune is the title track off their new EP. Make sure to like them on facebook to keep up on new releases, tour info and more.

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[Post-Soul] BANKS – Bedroom Wall (Prod. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)

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Bedroom Wall (Prod. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)

If BANKS and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs decided to record an entire project together, I would not complain. After dropping her outstanding LONDON EP yesterday, the LA songstress comes through with one of the project’s standouts, “Bedroom Wall.” As the title suggests, the track is meant to be heard in a very specific space, and at a specific time even. It’s the type of song that you unwind to at the end of a late night, where you find yourself lost in the willowy, atmospheric production as BANKS guides you along with her delicate, velvety vocals. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I found myself closing my eyes and zoning out as I wrote this (that also might have to do with my sleep deprivation, but I’d like to believe otherwise).

If this single doesn’t finally convince you to grab a copy of BANKS’ LONDON EP, then I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe it’s time to invest in some new headphones, because you’re definitely missing out on something special.

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[NSFW] Meg Myers – Desire

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Desire

You’ve just been invited into Meg Myers’ bedroom. Don’t be intimidated though, she wants you there. While that’s exactly what every guy wishes were the truth while listening to this L.A. based vocalists latest release, we’ll place our bets on the fact that you weren’t the one she was singing about.

It’s been a wild and entertaining ride watching Meg progress in both her musical style and her persona. We interviewed her over a year ago via skype, and were instantly addicted to her playful charm and goofy demeanor. While we would expect this to translate to her artistry, it does no such thing. Meg’s darker side comes out in her music, displaying that what lies underneath her prepossessing exterior, which is something much more serious.

We’ve heard the darker side of Meg with tunes like “Monster” and “Curbstomp,” and now we’re introduced to her seductive side. In “Desire,” we were admittedly taken back by the direct and forceful nature in which she engages her listener. You’re not asked to fall for this song. You’re expected to.

Produced by her long time musical accomplice Dr. Rosen Rosen, this tune features sultry lyrics that will make any man question whether his significant other will get upset over the fact that he’s listening to it. Coupled with an insane guitar solo from Steve Stevens, famous for his work with Billy Idol and MJ, this track is an impressive first single off her upcoming EP. Keep an eye out this January for it, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be one you won’t want to miss.

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[Beautiful] Sohn – Lessons

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Lessons

We post a lot of music that would be amazing to hear on a dance floor, surrounded by hundreds of screaming, dancing fans. TWe post some music best suited for a proper set of headphones, a glass of wine and ample time for careful listening. UK based Sohn has provided us with the latter today.

You may have guessed it already, and yes you are right. We’re currently chilling out, wine in hand, analyzing music. To be honest, we were hoping to find something heady and intriguing and we’ve found just that. While a lot of you may be familiar with Sohn’s work with BANKS, a lot of you might not be just yet. We can assure you that this track will not only ensure that you become acquainted, but will guarantee your interest in anything he does in the future.

“Lessons” is a euphoric vocal journey is a composition of deep melodic production, simplicity, and haunting vocals. It’s the type of track that you have to listen to a few times before you truly understand it, but no matter how many times you hear it, you just can’t seem to get enough. It has it’s moments of exciement, but to us, the beauty lies in the gorgeous rolling bass, soulful vocal harmonies, and alternating vocal exchanges.

At only 13 hours old at this moment, it’s easily one of our favorite tracks. Bravo.

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