[Swoon] Nick Hakim – I Don’t Know

I Don't Know

As if pre-destined for major motion pictures, “I Don’t Know” possesses an undeniable charm that makes us want to give up music blogging, instead looking to a career in screenwriting. In an enchanting progression through this five-minute, cinematic musical journey, we can’t help but think of a drizzly day on the streets of our nation’s capital.

Nick Hakim is back, and he’s brought his glorious voice with him. In this latest release, out today, this DC-based crooner has pulled out all the stops. With a haunting bassline, light flicks of the guitar and an eloquent twinkling of the ivories, this story comes to life. The instrumentals are more than enough to hook our minds and hearts, Hakim sends us into another world with his sometimes smokey, yet always refined vocals.

If you’re looking forward to the fall months and the chilly weather that accompanies them, make sure to bookmark this page. This tune begs for a glass of something stiff and some grey, rainy weather.

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[Album Review] Faded Paper Figures – Relics


American trio Faded Paper Figures provides a handful of styles and diversity on Relics that we’re not used to hearing. Some tracks have a bit of a folky feel to it, while others have a more electric synth-pop style. Ranging from subtle vibes to a bit more upbeat, Relics is a must-have record for any listener. Instead of picking out three that fit one style, we are going to run you through three that highlights their unique ability to differentiate their sound. Whether you are looking for a folky track to sing along to, or a more electric one to have a dance party with your ninjas, we has you covered!

With one of the most clever titles we’ve seen, “Not The End Of The World (Even As We Know It)” starts off smoothly. Don’t let that smooth introduction fool you though; this song builds into a rock song with lyrics that compliment the honest approach to production we can tend to miss nowadays. “Unfortunately life goes on, but it’s not the end of the world- even as we know it.” This statement alone will really hit home with a lot of people. Life gets tough at times, and what may seem like minor tasks to some become major tasks for others. No matter how hard things get you need to keep moving.

“Wake Up Dead” has a really innocent folk sound to it. The hard panning on the guitar at the start really sucked us in, and the duet style vocals really kept our attention focused. The particular patch they used on the synthesizer has a very nice analogue techno sound to it, which is a great addition in an age where electronic music is everywhere. Everything about this song has a mature feel to it. It just seems to be composed with a lot of thought and determination.

The last track we’re touching base on, before we leave you to enjoy the album in its entirety, is “Real Lies”. This one has a four to the floor drum style that a lot of us can relate to nowadays. The song has a consistent style to it, but then at the end it takes an unexpected turn. The turn isn’t anything bad, if anything that is one of the main reasons we picked this track. It goes from the house, or disco style drums, to an eastern style outro. It isn’t an abrasive change of styles whatsoever. It really transitions into the eastern vibes smoothly. Another nice part of the outro is the vocal recording used over it. “Real Lies” has a powerful message, as do all of the songs on “Relics”.

The eclectic style of this trio really shines through on this newly released album. We don’t often get an opportunity to relate to so many different messages provided on an album, but Faded Paper Figures made that rarity a possibility. Ranging in all different styles of music, this album is a must have for anyone. If you don’t agree, we strongly encourage you to listen to it from beginning to end, absorbing the meaning behind each song. We hope that it leaves you at a place of understanding in life, and you can appreciate every aspect as much as we did.


’Not The End Of The World (Even As We Know It)’
’Wake Up Dead’
’Real Lies’
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Black Honey – Teenager [TMN PREMIERE]

Black Honey
Teenager (Demo)

Taking a moment to drink it all in — the swirling guitar chords, the clashing cymbals, the echoing surf rock riffs that complement the brooding vocals in an effortless fashion — we can’t help but get completely encompassed in the latest release from the newest Duly Records signee, Black Honey.

“Teenager” is the second release from this practically unheard-of band, who dare to explore the dark chasms of indie rock through nostalgic instrumentation rife with Americana-style undertones. Their first release, “Sleep Forever,” soared through Hype Machine, tugging on the ears of the blogosphere. In a commanding fashion, this newly formed outfit calls on associations of the legendary Lana Del Rey, as if tipping their proverbial cap to her sultry swagger.

While there’s not much information about this intoxicating band, they’ve offered up an opportunity to remedy that situation. In a completely unorthodox and rather impressive attempt to open up to the world, Black Honey is available through text message. That’s right. Shoot them a text, and ask them whatever your little heart desires. Just promise us one thing, though? Keep it PG.

Black Honey – 07578533359

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[Future House] Swedish House Mafia – One (Autograf Cover)

One (Cover)

It seems like the Tropical House wave has washed through our news feed and we’re perfectly content with it. Sometimes all you need is a little beachy bass line, some catchy congo drums, and a fruitful synth to get you in the mood for one more pina colada – hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. If anything, this kind of scenario is perfect for any day of the week, but after a hectic weekend at HARD Summer, we think it’s time to turn down for sleep and get ourselves back in sync with things.

Luckily for all of you ninjas, we seem to know a thing or two about curing those pounding headaches and achy feet with simply a press of a button. We’ve got your morning remedy from Future House enthusiast, Autograf. Yesterday he unleashed a beast of a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s legendary song, “One”. This Summer anthem will take you back to those intimate festival moments but on a less intense level like the original. Autograf gives this song a tropical touch that’s perfect for late night beach bonfires, pool parties, or lunch with dad – you pick and choose your setting. Grab up your free download today and surpass the monotony of Tuesday with a Summer song that’s sure to get you groovin’.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #2)


We all need some sort of support system in our life. Whether it be lovers, friends, extracurricular activities, anything that helps us get through a hard day. For some of us, it’s music.  We get home, wrap our ears in a blanket of our favorite tunes, and fall back into the arms of a magical swirl of sounds. If that sounds like something you can relate to, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve knit a wonderful little blanket full of love and support just for you.

’Average Mammals – The Senses’
’Lupa – Statues’
’I Am the Sky – Half A Man’
’Paper Lights Music – Never Let You Go’
’Paul Cook & The Chronicles – Come Out Wherever You Are’
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[House] Just Kiddin – Thinking About It

Just Kiddin
Thinking About It (Extended Mix)

Sometimes a tune just has that innate ability to lift you right out of a funk and into a place of absolute enjoyment. Such was the case this morning when “Thinking About It” by Just Kiddin rolled across our desks and into our house monitors at the TMN office today. Though we’d already heard this one multiple times via The Magician’s 41st Magic Tape, we were all finally gifted with its official unveiling over the weekend and couldn’t have been happier. Just Kiddin’s employed production techniques are impressive to say the least with an immediate tinny clap, and loopy pad work setting the stage for one of this writer’s favorite dance vocals this entire year. With such an infectious proper house melody, along with some of the most effective and accessible vocal reverberations we’ve heard utilized in some time, as well as support from some of TMN’s favorite producers including Annie Mac, The Magician, Moon Boots, Bondax, Blonde and more, “Thinking About It” is poised to become this Summer’s house anthem above all else. “Thinking About It” is available through FFRR/Eton Messy Records on Beatport for our DJ friends and those who must have this one in their music libraries at all times, but in the mean time, stream above.

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[Video Premiere] Jeff Sontag: The Big Surreal


Last month, we had the chance to go up to North for a new festival called The Big Surreal in Big Sur California (hence the clever name). The trek to get to this venue was not easy nor was it in any way safe considering you had to drive down a sketchy dirt path and climb rugged hills just to get there. After successfully overcoming the obstacles in front of us, we eventually made it to the top of the mountain and made ourselves at home with nature. What better way to spend 3 blissful days in the loving arms of mother nature with a bunch of people who love music and art? Talk about a dream if you ask us.

Initially, we were invited to this festival by producer/DJ and a new TMN favorite, Jeff Sontag. Ever since the release of his latest EP, 4.22, we instantly fell in love with his style of production and his ability to make us absolutely lose all sense of reality with both his voice and music. Jeff had the opportunity to play at The Big Surreal and we ended up catching his set on the final day of the festival. We were interested in seeing how he curated his live shows and if he incorporated more natural elements to his DJ sets. To our surprise, Jeff blew us all away with his stunning performance and swooned us all into a state of celestial bliss. Despite being scheduled during the hottest part of the day, Jeff didn’t let the heat get to him or anyone else for that matter. Throwing down a deep and intimate set, Jeff took his set to the next level by singing live while simultaneously DJing – something we don’t see too often in today’s dance music scene.

We here at TMN are stoked to be premiering his live set from Big Surreal and are very excited to be sharing it with all of you today. After receiving this video from Jeff last week, we couldn’t help but say yes to this premiere opportunity because it was a blast to watch the entire thing from start to finish. It was refreshing to have a moment of nostalgia after attending this festival in the flesh, and now that it’s documented we can re-visit this experience whenever we please. The footage captures the essence of the festival in this Go Pro style film and makes us feel as if we are just vibing out with a bunch of our friends in a breathtaking setting to get us away from reality for a bit.

We are very excited to see what this young artist has up his sleeve in the future. Jeff wanted to make that all of you ninjas could re-live the magic of his intimate set by making it available for free download. Now you can vibe out the Sontag way wherever you please – talk about neat. So take an hour out of your day and press play for this one because you’ll be in the stars for the rest of your afternoon.

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