[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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[NEW] AlunaGeorge – Diver (Radio Rip)

After having a successful 2012 with tracks like “Your Drums, Your Love,” London’s AlunaGeorge seem poised to take over the next 12 months. And we aren’t the only ones who think that. Recently, the BBC’s Sound of 2013 Poll placed the duo at a much-esteemed #2 spot. To celebrate the accomplishment, the group visited BBC Radio 1 and premiered a new song called “Diver”. It’s a stellar track, with real woozy and sexy vibes. It’s difficult not to fall for it. Check out the radio rip below, courtesy of our friends at The Line Of Best Fit.

Alunageorge
Diver (Radio Rip)

AlunaGeorge’s debut album is called Body Music and will be released in June via Island Records.

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[Stream] Skrillex – Leaving EP

Okay, we are dubbing today “Skrillex Thursday”. Out of nowhere, Skrillex has dropped a new 3-track EP called Leaving via his YouTube channel. We’ve got all the songs below for your streaming pleasure. “Reason” is my personal favorite of the bunch:

Skrillex
The Reason

Skrillex
Leaving

Skrillex
Scary Bolly Dub

Happy listening, y’all.

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 1/3

Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER

Details:
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Manufactured Superstars - January 3rd

Reid Speed - January 4th
Shoulder Lean (Them Lost Boys Remix)
Cognition & T-Rav - January 5th
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[NEW] Local Natives – Heavy Feet

With less than a month before the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Hummingbirds, Local Natives dropped “Heavy Feet”. This new track is precisely why we love the Los Angeles band: the lush percussion, golden harmonies, and spot-on pop sensibilities. If you were a fan of their debut, Gorilla Manor (and how could you not be?), you will thoroughly enjoy this cut, as it could’ve easily come off that album. Let the countdown begin…

Heavy Feet
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[Download] The xx – Sunset (Jamie xx Edit)

Even though Jamie xx already produced The xx‘s “Sunset,” here he is giving it the remix treatment, essentially remixing himself. It’s a pretty subdued version, until the last minute or so. For all the ninjas based outside of the US, you are in luck! The track is available for free download, along with videos for “Chained” and “Angels,” as part of iTunes’ 12 Days of Christmas promotional giveaway. Check out the details here. For all of us state-side folks, the stream below will have to do, enjoy!

The xx
Sunset (Jamie xx Edit)

The xx’s sophomore album, Coexist, is out now.

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