[Funky] Handbook – Sunrising

Based out of York, producer Handbook delivers the stellar “Sunrising,” an oh-so-funky and soulful bit to end 2012. Mix some smooth electronics & Motown vibes and you’ve got the perfect way to end the week on a high, high note. Follow him on Soundcloud, and be sure to keep your ears perked up for his upcoming LP Titanomachy, due out January 7th.

Handbook
Sunrising
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[Electronic] Ryan Hemsworth – BasedWorld

Ryan Hemsworth had a huge 2012, but he’s far from done yet. Only a few days into the new year and he’s dropped another banger. “BasedWorld” is eerie, dark, and yet so propulsive and addictive. It’s like a beautiful monster; you can’t look away. Check it out below:

BasedWorld

Previous coverage: Mikky Ekko – “Pull Me Down” Remix, The 1975 – “Sexy” (Remix), Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You” (Remix).

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Flume – Sleepless (Charles Murdoch Remix)

Brisbane-based producer, Charles Murdoch, takes on fellow Aussie Flume on this remix of “Sleepless”. Unlike the original, which was playful and sparkly, this rendition savors moments, simmers slowly below the surface, and gives off more of a sensual tone. This one seems better suited as a late night jam. Stream it below and grab a free download here.

Flume
Sleepless(Charles Murdoch Remix)

Check out more Charles Murdoch on his Soundcloud page. Be sure to read our interview with Flume!

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[MP3 Playlist] The Trap Dojo #20

TURN UP! This remix from Kid Womp of Baauer‘s anthem “Harlem Shake” is nothing short of amazing, reworking this massive Trap tune in all the right ways. Next is a track from Antiserum & Mayhem titled “Let’s Go” that will be released for free on Monday. Kendrick Lamar‘s track “Swimming Pools” get’s a Festival Trap Edit from At Dawn We Rage. Figure finally shared his remix of ChuckieMRK1 & Doctor‘s track “Mek Money”, this is Trap Step at it’s absolute finest. Make sure not to miss the two songs by HU₵₵I, Luminox‘s track “Hate Me”, and Butch Clancy‘s track “A Beautiful Mind” plus the remix. Cheers.

Baauer
Harlem Shake (Kid Womp Remix)
Antiserum & Mayhem
Lets Go (Free DL on Monday!)
Kendrick Lamar
Swimming Pools (At Dawn We Rage Fest Edit)
Chuckie, MRK1 & Doctor
Mek Money (Figure Remix Clip)
Hucci
Phoenix
Hucci
Next One (FREE DOWNLOAD CLICK BUY THIS TRACK)
Butch Clancy
A Beautiful Mind *FREE DOWNLOAD*
Butch Clancy
A Beautiful Mind (Ian Munro Remix) (CLICK BUY FOR FREE DOWNLOAD)
Nero
Etude (Flechette Trap Remix)
2 Chainz
Im Different (Spenca & AFK Trap Remix) (88
Baauer
Bublé Rap
Luminox
Hate Me (Original Mix)
Kanye West
Clique ft Jay Z & Big Sean (Singularity Remix)
Wiz Khalifa
Work Hard Play Hard (Valentino Khan & ETC!ETC! Remix)
Lana Del Rey
Video Games (Sound Remedy Remix)
The Lumineers
Ho Hey (HugLife Remix)
Hardplay  
Requiem For A Dream (Trap Fix)
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[EP Review] Radiation City – Cool Nightmare

There are so many things I like about this band and their sophomore effort, Cool Nightmare, that I’m not sure where to begin.

Maybe I could begin with the band’s incredible use of nostalgia. Maybe I could begin with their ability to tap into R and B, ambient, Blues, 1930’s ballads, folk, indie rock, salsa, cha-cha! Maybe I could begin with the brilliance of using an old, out of tune piano as the spiritual bedrock of their album Cool Nightmare.

Maybe I could stop gushing already and write the damn review!

The entire album moves seamlessly from one song to the next, creating an entire listening experience not unlike a concept album. “Hide From the Night” introduces the listener to an interesting interpretation of an early 60’s song, adding a sonic guitar mini solo at the climax for a modern spin: an almost acid rock touch on The Mamas and the Papas. The next track, “Find It of Use,” provides the listener with a ballad that is interrupted seamlessly by a slowed down, latin—wait, is that a cha-cha-cha?!—beat before reverting back to a ballad. “This Heart of Mine,” provides the listener with a similar experience, adding a slowly drawn violin to the mix.

The entire album is a fascinating and joyful trip back in time by skilled and thoughtful musicians. This is an effort for and by music lovers, with a variety of different instruments, sounds, melodies and emotions that create an experience complex enough for a music buff to enjoy and accessible enough for the casual listener.

Radiation City scored a big win with this one! Enjoy!

Hide From The Night
Find It of Use
Heart of Mine
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[EP Review] Plaid Dragon – Dog Physics

This is a mellow little EP from upstart artists Plaid Dragon. It’s got some promise as a cult favorite, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one of the songs from Dog Physics featured in a Sundance Film Festival winner.

The opening track “Dog Physics,” features a breathless, girlish vocalist almost whispering over a gentle finger-picked acoustic guitar. In the background is what sounds like a synthesized string instrument gently pulling notes back and forth. This pleasant lullaby drifts just long enough, followed by a brief but triumphant burst of percussion and sonic guitar. The song then settles gently back to a lullaby.

“Sond” opens with high chords on an ukulele, accompanied by some impressive high notes from the vocalist, before giving way to simple percussion and melody. Similar to “Dog Physics,” “Sond” gently rocks the listener back and forth, ending with delicate piano.

This is a great little EP to listen to while unwinding, but also offers the listener a lot to consider on the second and third listening. A solid debut! Head over to their Bandcamp page and pick it up!

Plaid Dragon
Dog Physics
Plaid Dragon
Sond
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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Interview – Doctor P

Welcome to the circus.

But instead of clowns being blasted out of a cannon, instead of a lion jumping through a ring of fire, instead of the tight rope walker carefully tip-toeing twelve stories above the crowd, this circus consists of a group of artists who like to refer to themselves as “The Shady Bunch”. If you are a fan of dub and trap music then you are no stranger to Circus Records, the brainchild of Doctor P and Flux Pavilion. TMN had the opportunity to sit down with Doctor P and ask him about the newly released Shady Bunch EP which is now available for purchase on the Circus site. This EP is only available on their website, a tribute to the fans, Doctor P told us. There are amazing songs on this EP from artists such as Brown and Gammon, Funtcase and newly added Circus member Mizuki. The artists were asked to contribute songs they are working on and from there the favorites were chosen for this heart-pounding, head-banging 8-track EP.

Make sure to check out this Circus of crazy characters.

TMN: First off we just want to say thanks for taking the time to sit down with us today; We’re huge fans of Circus records and all the amazing artists on the label.

So tell us about this new project, The Shady Bunch, which came out December 16th. It is a huge collaboration of all the boys on the Circus circuit, can you tell us what went in to making this full EP?

Dr. P: We basically started off by deciding we wanted to do an EP featuring all of the artists on the label, and also to sell it directly through our website instead of itunes/beatport etc. Everybody sent in music they were working on and we picked the ones we liked the most out of the selection!

TMN: We at TMN are huge fans of Flux and we know you have been friends with him since childhood. You two are behind creating Circus Records, so tell me what it is like working closely with your friend and fellow dub artist?

Dr. P: It’s cool to be doing this with somebody I already knew very well. The music industry can be a cold and hostile place sometimes, so it’s cool that we can be friends outside of music as well.

TMN: When you first began making music, your name was DJ Picto. When you moved into the dubstep genre you changed your name to Doctor P. Tell us, why the name change and why Doctor P?

Dr. P: I actually started making dubstep as a bit of fun on the side, and when it came to releasing a track I wanted to use a different name, just in case everyone hated it! The dubstep quickly took over my time and it ended up being my main focus!

TMN: “Sweet Shop” is still one of my favorite dub songs. When was the moment you decided to try making dubstep music?
Dr. P: I think it was when I heard Rusko’s ‘Cockney Thug’; it was very inspiring for me, and many other people I think.

TMN: Now for some fun questions, let’s say for example you were not making music (please don’t let that happen) but hypothetically, what would you see yourself doing?

Dr. P: If I gave up music entirely I think I would like to be some kind of skilled craftsman… making furniture or something!

TMN: A TMN question we ask all the artists, if your music was an animal, what animal would it be and why?

Dr P: A sloth in a hat

TMN: Last but not least, the fans are always wondering, what is on the horizon for Doctor P?

Dr. P: I plan to just keep doing what I’ve always done; making whatever music I feel like making and hoping that somebody somewhere likes it.

TMN: Thank you so much for hanging with us today and we can’t wait to see what you and the Shady bunch have in store for us in 2013.

Roksonix
Music In Me (Doctor P Remix)
Brown & Gammon
Disco Music (Circus Records)
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