Beware (Ft. Jhene Aiko & Lil' Wayne)
With all the attention surrounding releases from Drake, Jay-Z, J. Cole and Kanye West recently, you might’ve forgotten that Big Sean has an album on the way this summer too. Good thing he’s back to make sure you’re “Beware” of his presence. Featuring the soulful stylings of Jhene Aiko and a guest verse from Lil Wayne, “Beware” is an incredibly smooth, laidback joint that’s easy to vibe out to. Don’t let its sultry sounds deceive you though, as the track serves as a warning to men everywhere about the wrath of a woman scorned. Check out the single above, and be on the lookout for Sean’s forthcoming release, Hall Of Fame, set to arrive on August 27th.
Martin Solveig & The Cataracs
Hey Now feat. Kyle
Get ready to lace up your dancing shoes. No, it’s not time for Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist just yet, but you will feel like getting down after you press play. Oslo born DJ/Producer duo Lemaitre have provided us with a futuristic infused disco house tune that makes us want to throw on some bell bottoms and gold fish heeled platform shoes.
With a sound that’s reminiscent of Daft Punk or Phoenix, Lemaitre has taken the uplifting lyrics from Martin Solveig and the Cataracs tune and made a real dance floor pleaser. Take notice of those disco style synths and groovy guitar riffs. This begs to be danced to. We can hardly contain ourselves. It’s a good thing this chair has arms, or we’d be groovin’ all over TMN HQ.
FLYEYE118: Jacob Plant
London based Jacob Plant is throwing down some serious “Fire.” This massive tune will surely light up the remaining festivals for the year. In fact, the first time we listened to it, we couldn’t help but think about how amazing it would sound in the Sahara tent.
Make sure to head over to Beatport and snag a copy of this beauty. She’s sure to light up whatever dance floor you play her for. Even if that is just the inside of your car.
Hung On Tight
Wavering guitars, dreamy synths, and emotion rich lyrics create the soulful new track from Melbourne 5-Piece Snakadaktal. On the heels of their upcoming LP release (due out June 24th via Liberation music) “Hung on Tight” was released just yesterday as the first official single off the upcoming album.
To say we’re excited to hear the rest of the album is an understatement. Aside from the masterfully crafted instrumentals and the stellar production quality, we’re left yearning to hear more of these ethereal vocals and incredible wordplay. Take one listen and try not to get addicted.
Our friends over at Red Brick Songs recently put together a fun summertime playlist featuring tracks from their roster that relate to our personal favorite season of the year. If you’re not familiar with Red Brick Songs, you need to wise up and start paying attention. This Toronto based indie label finds some of the best folk and indie rock we’ve laid ears on. In fact, one of our favorite projects in the past few years was their Casablanca Sessions songwriter retreat from last summer. They seem to have an ear for amazing music, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
This selection includes sunny songs from the likes of Los Encantados, Andy Shauf, Library Voices, Teen Daze and more. Press play, lie back, and enjoy the warm tunes.
In The Summertime
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
Two Little Clouds
Carl Johnson (Library Voices)
Beyond The Beach
PS I love You
Ah, Colorful Colorado. Home of the snow covered mountains, more breweries than you can count, the legendary John Elway and of course, ridiculous amounts of talented musicians. Anyone who’s had their pulse on the music industry over the past decade knows that Colorado is turning out high volumes of talented, genre bending artists regularly. Colorado has even come to have a little bit of it’s own sound, fusing hip hop beats with synth-laden melodies (i.e. Pretty Lights, Paul Basic, Paper Diamond).
Today we’re featuring a group that we recently came across that embodies what we’ve come to love about Colorado music. This Littleton based duo, comprised of producer Trent Campbell on midi controllers and Kyle Ayervais on drums, have a unique sound going on. They focus on blending miscellaneous samples from before any of us were born with worldy instruments to create what they call “Samptronic.” We asked TNERTLE to elaborate a little bit.
I think that accurately describes the wide variety of whats going on. My motto is that whatever comes out of me is what I get. That way, I have a completely organic product that no one can take away from me. We do this for our own pleasure and let people decide whether or not they like what is coming out of us. – Trent
Ten seconds into “Manidad” and we were instantly hooked. The latin samples, echoing synths, and frenetic at time drumming style of Ayervais provide the perfect soundscape for J5′s lyrics. This track is a intriguing reinvention of the original that we’ve admittedly listened to on repeat. “New Skool Saloon” has a dance inducing hip hop beat created from careful sampling and bongos. On the flip side of the first two tracks you have “Entropy.” This definitely shows the softer side of the two, providing your ears with a slow melodic feel. It’s a nice change of pace from their other tracks.
All You Have To Do Is Two
Demand Truth (prod. Paul Cantor)
The world is a chaotic place. We all know that. These days it seems like there’s widespread civil unrest in all corners of the globe. It takes only a few clicks of your mouse to learn out about issues in countries like Syria, Brazil, Turkey and more. As we sit comfortably in our homes in front of our computers, it’s become easy to disregard the situations around us. For those of us who are uneducated about the issues though, we’re lucky to have guys like Hayk to help remind us exactly why we should “Demand Truth” about these controversies.
Produced by Paul Cantor (writer/editor at AOL Boombox), “Demand Truth” revolves specifically around the current protests in Istanbul that began over the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park by the Turkish government. Born in Istanbul himself, this situation is close to Hayk’s heart, and he seeks to educate us about how exactly it escalated to the violent affair it is now, and provide insight into a crisis that isn’t receiving widespread coverage. While you may not feel an immediate connection to this particular matter, the song’s overall message of taking a stand for yourself against oppression and fighting for your civil liberties is one that should resonate with everybody.
Check out the powerful single above, and look out for more music from the Humble Ambitious Young King in the near future.