[Future Trap] Sophie – Hard

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SOPHIE
HARD (OUT NOW ON NUMBERS)

Britain-based producer Sophie is demanding our attention, and we’re giving it to her–or maybe him. We’re not entirely sure of Sophie’s identity because the elusive artist is determined to remain low-key for the time being. Despite the anonymity, Sophie’s small selection of releases are highly captivating due to their unique and groundbreaking orchestration.

Sophie’s latest track, “Hard,” is an intricately engineered track that fuses futuristic beats with rigid trap elements. Adorned by bubblegum pop vocals, “Hard” encompasses a melodic musical style similar to that of Glasgow producers, Rustie and Hudson Mohawke. “Hard” is eponymous, in that it is a track that harmoniously marries grit with glitter, resulting in a colorful outcome and is undoubtedly mind-melting.

“Hard” is available now via Numbers with the producer’s previous single, “Lemonade,” for virtual and vinyl releases.

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[Future Bass/Trap] Y//2//K – White Wine ft. Mark Johns

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Y//2//K
White Wine ft. Mark Johns

Before you get ahead of yourselves by jumping to the play button, we highly recommend that you first crack open the finest bottle of white wine you have at home and get that bubbly buzz flowin’ after a long day at work. Trust us, when the title of a song says “White Wine”, you know that it is only best to put yourself in a similar setting so you can get the full experience.

Earlier today, Y2K dropped a new original track, “White Wine”, which features the lovely vocals of young Mark Johns – yes, a female with a badass artist name and a voice to match it. This Future Bass/Trap inspired song gives us some happy synths, an adorable piano melody, and a bassline to get you feelin’ some type of way. Y2K and Mark Johns just set a new standard for Summer with this jam so make sure to pour another glass of that white wine and grab your free download while you’re still coherent.

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[Future/Dance] Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction (Dr. Fresch Remix)

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Sensual Seduction (Dr. Fresch's #FutureSex Remix)

Dr. Fresch has been an artist with whom we’ve become a bit enamored with through a varied collection of original tunes and remixes which touch down on nearly every genre encasing the subterranean dance sector. This time around, the L.A. based electronic producer has revealed yet another wrinkle to his production game with a very forward thinking remix of the Snoop Dogg hit “Sensual Seduction”; which fuses together components of house (both deep and G), trap, 2-step, and disko laden synths to create something we’ve never before felt or heard. Rather than turning in a formulaic dance remix on this one, Dr. Fresch’s version tells a complete story taking us from the scooting melody and retooled, high pitch vocals through its climax of deep bass, pitched down Snoop rumblings and slight wobble to boot. It’s always exciting to see artists tap into their more creative sides, especially when it’s executed with the same finesse you’ve come to love them for in the first place. We’re surely not the only ones with a musical crush on Dr. Fresch either as he was just a part of Global Dance Festival’s Main Stage at the best venue in the world, glorious Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of Denver. We can’t wait for another shot at a set from Dr. Fresch, but until then, his tunes will have to hold us over. Stream the Dr. Fresch remix of “Sensual Seduction” above, grab the free download here and maybe slip into something a little more risque to feel the full vibe on this one.

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[Alternative R&B] Doja Cat – No Police (Prod. Dream Koala)

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No Police (prod. Dream Koala)

LA singer Doja Cat just released her new EP titled Purrr!, a selection of alternative R&B tracks sampling dope beats from local DJs/producers. Among them we have “No Police”, a spicy tune sampling over Dream Koala‘s “We Can’t Be Friends.” The beat is so smooth, dreamy and chilled-out that you will probably get caught in the midst of daydreaming to it. Doja Cat’s half-rapping, half-singing technique and the electric guitar riff further add on to the R&B style of the song, turning it into something so hip and creative.

Another well-known hip-hop take on this sample is “Thim Slick” by Fabolous featuring Jeremih. Yet Doja Cat’s version of the song is much more laid back and slowed down. You just can’t help but sway your body side by side to this beat. With producers Evil Needle, Dream Koala and Iman Omari featured on her EP, Doja Cat is definitely an artist to watch out for.

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[Chill] Disclosure – Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)

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Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)

There’s no doubt that we’ve probably seen more Disclosure remixes than we know what to do with. They’re populating faster than a colony of rabbits, but fortunately for us, today’s find stands out far above the rest. Not only do we get a musically re-interpreted visualization of the UK duo’s monster hit, but we’re also getting a cover as well.

Taking a crack at re-working “Latch,” TEEMID, the Bordeaux-based DJ Producer, has fused in his affinity for the deeper and techier side of house music. Replacing the thumping, pronounced bassline and driving kicks with a smooth and atmospheric soundscape, he gives this remix a laid-back vibe that’s truly infectious.

While Sam Smith’s vocals were always something to marvel at, we actually applaud TEEMID for not pitching them down to match the tempo and vibe, instead bringing on a more suitable vocalist to perform a cover. Housed within the soft, echoing synths, Canadian vocalist Daniela Andrade shines. Her silky, wispy cover not only does justice in comparison to the original, but it also gives “Latch” an entirely new persona, and one we won’t quickly forget.

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[Future/Melodic-Trap] Kimbra – Settle Down (P A T H Remix)

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Settle Down (P A T H Remix)

Sometimes it seems the most forward thinking talent within the electronic and dance communities keeps getting younger every year. Such is the case with our latest find teetering on infancy, 16 year old beatsmith P A T H, who has taken Kimbra’s pop hit “Settle Down”, and completely flipped the tune on its backside. P A T H plays with sound kits and structures most teenagers wouldn’t dream of going near, which makes his take on electronic music all the more intriguing. A metallurgic synth lays most of the framework for the young maestro’s revision, while a pitched down take on Kimbra’s sweetly drawn vocals, splice about P A T H’s soundscape creating an impressively intoxicating atmosphere from the onset. We’re definitely excited to see where the future takes our newest wunderkind, but you can be sure we’ll be staying on top of it here at TMN.

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Outside Lands 2014: 10 Acts to See Before 3PM [Event Preview + Playlist]

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With the inevitable shenanigans that occur during preparation, it can be difficult to get to a music festival in a timely manner. As a result, its fairly common for festival-goers to miss out on acts that play early in the day. While headliners rarely disappoint, there’s something incredible about discovering an artist for the very first time during a live performance–a mutually beneficial exchange between artist and fan. The first few hours of a lineup provide ample opportunity to do so without compromise often producing some of the most energetic shows of an event.

Outside Lands is coming up on Friday, and we’ve decided to do our best to compel all our ninjas to make it to Golden Gate Park early this weekend by highlighting 10 acts worth seeing before 3PM. In creating the list, we found that there is certainly no shortage of artists, both established and up & coming, that we’re excited for during the first few hours of each day. If you can’t make it in early, don’t sweat, because at least a few of these bands will be headlining festivals themselves soon enough. Check out the playlist below and we hope to see some of you at OSL this weekend!

Day 1 (08/08):

Night Terrors of 1927 (Noon, Panhandle Stage)

Sounds like: Brooding, dark pop bringing together powerful emotions on either end of the spectrum.

’Night Terrors of 1927 – Young and Vicious’
’Night Terrors of 1927 – Dust and Bones’

Aer (12:45PM, Twin Peaks Stage)

Sounds like: A sunny blend of hip-hop, alternative rock and a splash of Sublime.

’Aer – Feel I Bring’
’Aer – Won’t Laugh’

Run the Jewels (2:15, Lands End Stage)

Sounds like: Hardcore hip-hop with counter-cultural commentary.

’Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper feat. Big Boi’
’Run The Jewels – Get It’

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