Talking Good Music and Vibes with Aer [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Says She Loves Me
Wont Laugh
Spades, Clubs & Diamonds

The most innovative artists are often those who transcend and challenge genre constraints. Over the last couple years, Boston-based Aer have shown an admirable disregard for categorization, steadily building a following with their sunny, style-fusing sound. Today marks the release of Aer’s sophomore album, an appropriately self-titled project that truly captures their essence. From start to finish, Aer feels like the young duo’s most cohesive project to date, progressing their sound and narrative to a new level of maturity. I was lucky enough to chat with the guys behind Aer, Carter and David, and found them to be full of good vibrations, just like their music. Stream a few tracks above, check the interview down below and make sure to head to grab the album HERE.

TMN: Let’s start at the beginning. I know you met in high school and were part of a larger band back then. I was curious, what was the name of your band and what kind of music were you playing when you first started?

Carter: We were called Moken Airwalk, which is kind of funny, because some people are trying to draw the connection that we took the name Aer from Airwalk, but it was unrelated. We were a 4-piece band—it was vocals, guitar, bass and drums. The music was heavily influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers so it was kind of like smooth melodic rock, but we also had a lot of hard funk.

TMN: Tell us a bit about your progress and growth in the last few years and how things have changed since the inception of AER. 

David: The focus hasn’t really changed at all. It’s still been about us enjoying, growing and sharing our experiences through the music. But what has changed is just the amount of fans has grown and it’s crazy to see that. To go to these shows in different parts of the world, even now like in Europe, to see fans come out is incredible. To me, that’s really the only thing that feels like it has changed. We still work with the same people; we still have the same team from the get-go and have just been building on top of it.

TMN: One of the things I love about your music is how hard it is to categorize. How would you describe your music to someone who had never heard it before? What kind of genres would you include?

Carter: I alway just try and tell people to listen to three songs and then make their own definition because it’s definitely hard like you said. But I always include, in no particular order, the words alternative, rock, hip-hop influence, reggae and some pop aspects too. If I had to compare it with some artists, I normally say Black Keys, Kid Cudi, Sublime and maybe Slightly Stoopid all in a big pot. Stir it all up, serve it up, put some butter and maybe some sauce on top, and see how you like it after that.
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #3)


Every once in a while we experience a mini life freakout.  “What the hell am I doing?” “Where the hell am I going?” “What the hell is happening next? Unless you are totally secure in your world, which is pretty awesome if you are and many kudos to you my friend, we’ve all had these questions swirling around in our brain at one point or another. The trick is to drown it out. We can only live in the present, so whats the point of stressing out about the past or future? Make the most of the moment. Appreciate your surroundings, be grateful for where you stand, and enjoy a free indie dojo. It should only take a moment or two..

Cari Cari
White Line Fever
Hello Satellites
Television Screens
Ernest Ellis
Shine Like Me
Sea Change
Lets Dance
Preston Lovinggood


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[House] Carol Williams – Love Is You (PELUSSJE Remix)

Love Is you (Carol Williams)

Let’s face it. With the explosion of EDM over the years, there’s also been an explosion of producers. With that influx of people manning their laptops, buying CDJs and mixers, and putting their music out to the world, it’s only natural to expect a lot of the same. Don’t get us wrong, there’s still plenty of good dance music being released, and this tune is a perfect example of that.

Coming off their multi-genre, debut EP through Ultra (1/28), PELUSSJE has released their first tune. In their take on Carol Williams’ Salsoul classic “Love is You,” you’ll find a bevy of different influences, including original disco elements, mixed heavily with some electro house synths.

The tune recently gained the attention of Italian duo, Cyberpunkers, stating this about PELUSSJE’s remix:

something smart and different…for everyone in this boring music period

Make sure you keep an eye out for Salsoul & West End Remixed Vol. 5 coming out later this month.

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[Hip-Hop] ScHoolboy Q – Break the Bank (Prod. Alchemist)

ScHoolboy Q
Break the Bank (prod. Alchemist)

It is no secret Top Dawg Entertainment‘s Black Hippy is going to have an enormous year in 2014 with all four members planning to drop albums. ScHoolboy Q‘s Oxymoron will be the first out, on February 25th, and has all the makings of one of one of the strongest hip-hop albums in recent memory. A few minutes ago, the Compton emcee let loose the album artwork (deluxe above) along with a stellar new song titled “Break the Bank.” With the legendary Alchemist behind the boards, ScHoolboy shows incredible range and versatility absolutely destroying the instrumental. Q even goes so far as bringing up some friendly competition with fellow TDE spitter Kendrick Lamar, and if this track is any indication of the album, he very well may be giving GKMC a run for its money trees. You can pre-order Oxymoron on iTunes now.

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[LoFi] Someday I Will Miss You – Hold On

Someday I Will Miss You
Hold On

While we love writing about the monster tracks from people dominating the blogosphere, there’s just something about finding someone practically unknown and sharing it with the masses. Someday I Will Miss You is a perfect example of this, bringing their shoegazey, lo-fi sounds to our home page.

“Hold On,” is the first single off of their debut EP. Hailing from Karlovac, Croatia, this outfit has a delightfully depressing sound, combining slow guitar strums, rattling snare hits and atmospheric elements to create a dreamy, dark and welcoming sound.

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[Dance] Duck Sauce – Duck Droppings EP

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It’s a shame that I just sold my goldfish platform shoes on eBay. If I had those bad boys on me right now, I’d be lacing up and gliding across my office. The 70’s are back, ninjas, and they’re here via A-Trak and Armand Van Helden.

This often quirky duo, better known as Duck Sauce, throws conventional beat-smithing to the window, creating music that is quite simply smile-inducing.

In this four track EP, we’re transported to the days where John Travolta was king, dancefloors lit up with the music (what happened to that, by the way), and shirt collars went clear down to your nipples. In a fury of nostalgic samples, rythmic disco house beats, funky basslines and non-stop energy, these two have put out something that might have your parents asking for a link to this free download.

Our favorite out of the bunch has to be “Louie the First,” which samples Storie’s classic tune, “Brother Louie.” The simplistic, repetitious sample is amped up in comparison to the original tune, syncing perfectly with the twangy bass, and heavily accentuated drums.

Party In Me
Louie The First
Calamari (Put The Sauce On It)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #68

chill dojo

And we’re back! After a bit of a break the Chill Dojo is ready to launch into the new year with its signature lineup of stellar tunes discovered over the holiday period. 2013 was a massive year and we can’t wait to see what 2014 has to offer. If this first edition is any indication, we’re in for a very enjoyable time.

We kick things off with a golden cover of a track that has seen plenty of remixes featured in past playlists. Le Youth’s ‘C O O L’ has been the gift that keeps on giving for lovers of chill music, and this sultry RnB cover from London duo July Child certainly continues this trend. The amazing vocals alone were enough to sell us on this one, but when the beat kicked in just after the minute mark consider us well and truly under its spell. 2013 was an incredible year of releases for the Future Classic label, and one that happened to slip past us late in the year was an uplifting remix of Panama courtesy of none other than Cosmo’s Midnight. In signature fashion they put their retro style on full display in a way that is sure to make you smile. This song doesn’t have a care in the world, and that’s something we can all appreciate. Fans of that feeling will love another recently discovered gem from young Canadian prodigy Syre. One listen and you’ll agree that we’re sure to hear more from this talented producer in the dojo this year. If you were caught napping early last week, you may have missed this feature on a fresh new tune from Sydney’s Empia. We heard a lot of this rich electronic sound coming out of this city last year, and we’re more than happy for a good thing to continue into 2014. It’s going to be a long while before we’ve had enough of this style. Another thing sure to keep on this year is seeing Stwo dominate the various playlists on the site. If you happened to miss the latest from him in recent weeks, then let this be a reminder that he’s not one to sleep on.

So did you miss us? We could only keep these tracks to ourself for so long. Peace out.

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July Child
C O O L (Le Youth Cover)
Destroyer (Cosmos Midnight Remix).mp3
Let Me Go
Morning Call
Cashmere Cat
With Me (Stwo Edit)
Sango ft. SPZRKT
Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife (Stwo Remix)
You Dont Know My Name (YET!)
BB Dont Cry (Its Gon Be Ok)
The XX
Angels (Beau ReMake)
No Differents Between Us
sombre, green
King Avriel
Prelude (IAMNOBODI Remix)
Rameses B
Transformations (feat. Laura Brehm)
You (Original Mix)
Galimatias & Sorrow
White Snow (Shy Luv Remix)
Scar Tissue
De Hofnar
Zonnestraal (MÖWE Remix)
To Be Clear (Zimmer Remix)
Amsterdam ( LCAW Remix )
Le Roi Crocodile
Heart Of Gold (Neil Young cover)
Lightzoff ft. Trifonic
Broken (James Dax Remix)
Miley Cyrus
Adore You (Louis La Roche Reconstruction)
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