After coming off of two slightly more accessible, pop-infused remixes over the past few months, both of which went on something of a viral run, option4 is back to his soulful, deep and banging ways with a debut release on the digital only outlet for one of the most sought after and respected house labels, Nurvous Records. The Love Like No Other/Black Cats EP wholeheartedly establishes itself right off the bat with what is safe to say should be the golden standard of option4’s production skill “Love Like No Other”. Featuring Ethan Converse of Denver’s brooding synth-pop group FLASH/LIGHTS on vocals, the tune commences within the same formula as most house cuts – behind a 16 bar intro built on a shuffling percussion, four to the floor rhythm, deep swells and a spacy layer of pads – and plays its way groovily through the opening half. The real beauty lies after the harpsichord heightened break on “Love Like No Other”, as option4 flips the track on its head with one of the most infectious house breakdowns we’ve heard in God knows how long, as he seamlessly lets a new hook carry its listener all the way to the finish line. We had the chance to hear this one played out live a few times as the Denver based producer recently opened for Rusko at The Fillmore in Denver and Moby at the Belly Up in Aspen, and all we could think was “What is this track?!” Thankfully the fine A&R department in NYC with Nurvous Records saw fit to present the rest of the world with a full release, so we can all rest easy.
“Black Cats”, the EP’s B-Side is a little more of a throwback to the original classic house from the late 80’s which so heavily influences the option4 sound. Featuring a chopped, spliced and reprocessed vocal in which it has become increasingly clear only he can do, “Black Cats” takes us to the middle of a true house dancefloor with support from a superbly crafted bass line and articulated kick-clap. Both singles are available for purchase on Beatport here, and if they had you bouncing half as hard as us, then without equivocation we recommend you pick up both tracks. Stream option4’s Love Like No Other/Black Cats EP below.
Love Like No Other feat. FLASH/LIGHTS (Original Mix)
Black Cats (Original Mix)
Taken from their forthcoming EP, Quiet Confidence, Ninetails bring us a densely demure and profoundly affective offering in the form of opening track: “Radiant Hex.”
Intellectualising sound and language to such great heights and complexities rarely combines so seamlessly. This Liverpudlian three piece have woven the elements together, in a few minutes of ornate and unobtrusive modesty.
“Radiant Hex” commences with a tranquil, rnb-esque setting, soon interlaced with an effortlessly mellifluous vocal and beautifully versed discourse. Shifting sonic soundscapes aren’t the only views to admire. Complex arrangements are overlaid with lyricism both poetic and profound. Collaboration, rather than collision is key: not allowing one element to embody and encompass the product, the poignant and well-crafted words are allowed to marinade in electronic instrumentalization and idiosyncratic backdrops.
Immersive moments creep constantly through the track. Ethereal and contemplative, “Radiant Hex” suspends any sense of urgency and takes a more meditative route to euphoria. The product: evocation of emotive grandiose carried in calmness.
Radiating ambience of the most affecting sort, this Avant-pop/indie revelation doesn’t need an anthemic chorus to move you, but they do give us something to shout about.
Listen to “Radiant Hex” above. Upcoming EP Quiet Confidence is released on the 10th of March via Pond Life.
We’ve been consuming everything San Francisco based booty-house connoisseur Worthy has been lacing up as of late, which is why we are thrilled to announce our certified TMN ticket giveaway for the Dirtybird and Anabatic Records mainstay. This Friday, January 24th, Worthy brings a unique blend of what he describes as being “future booty house; a unique subgenre of bass, techno and twerk” to the Mile High City with opening duties from Denver based Action 52 & Uncle Buck, and we were more than happy to partner up to give away a pair of tickets to the show. In case you missed Worthy’s brand new free single “Get It” yesterday, be sure to check our feature out here as well.
Entering is beyond easy. Just fill out the mailing list form below, “like” the Worthy and HOME Denver Facebook pages, and we’ll contact you via e-mail. There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 21 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
– You Must have a solid arsenal of dance moves in your toolbox to display on behalf of TMN
Good luck, ninjas!
Tamara Saul x New Mantra
The female vocalists that come through TMN’s email on a daily basis continue to impress beyond words.
Let me introduce you to Tamara Saul, a Croatian beauty who knows how to write songs and even more, how to sing them to make your ears feel alive. With her honey-smooth sound, Saul intertwines a mix of quiet electronic melodies with her soulful voice in her most recent release ‘Fading Out’. She puts it best about her sound, Saul is ‘all about the beautiful noise of the streets, r’n’b, hip-hop, long nights and cocktails, soul and coffee’. Cannot wait to hear more from this vocally stunning crooner.
Professional (Kicks N Licks Remix)
If you’ve been following our posts here on TMN, you know who Andy Joplin and Jerrod Jordan are, or KnL, as we call them. This DJ/Producer duo is heavily rooted in melodically focused bass music, which is why we’ve kept writing about them over and over again. This time around, we’re featuring their latest release, which happens to be an artist often remixed.
In this take on The Weeknd’s “Professional,” we’re offered up some hearty 808s in accompaniment to soft flowing synths, ethereal production, and delightfully treated vocal samples. It’s sexy, sultry and is probably going to make it on a few of you ninja’s “Bedroom Mixes.”
Just make sure to send a tweet out to the guys if all goes well.
Jan 18th / Velvet Jones / Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 21st / The Catalyst / Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 22nd / Hopmonk / Sebastopol, CA
Jan 23rd / SLO Brewhouse / San Luis Obispo, CA
Jan 24th / La Salles / Chico, CA
Jan 25th / 1up / Reno, NV
Jan 28th / The Press Club / Sacramento, CA
Jan 30th / Lo-Fi / Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 31st / Cervantes’ Other Side / Denver, CO
Feb 6th / Moxi Theater / Greeley, CO
Feb 7th / Rawkus / Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 8th / Agave / Avon, CO
You Stressin (produced by Disclosure)
New York emcee Bishop Nehru and U.K.-based EDM duo Disclosure make for an unlikely combination. However, with the range that both have demonstrated, it should come as no surprise that their collaboration, released a few hours ago, turned out incredibly well. On “You Stressin,” Disclosure creates a glitchy, and lo-fi funky, instrumental that fits Nehru’s nonchalance to a key. Check this ill cut above.