[Artist Introduction] TNERTLE


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.

New Skool Saloon
All You Have To Do Is Two
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[TMN PREMIERE] Hayk – Demand Truth (Prod. Paul Cantor)

Hayk_Demand Truth
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.

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[Dubstep] Synchronice – Countdown EP


The young Jersey brothers of Synchronice are back at it releasing their four track EP titled “Countdown” on Firepower Records. The first song off the track is “Countdown” and takes the listener on an electronic adventure. The whole song feels like a timer or a clock, slowly than quickly counting down until some ending appears. The boys do an amazing job mixing their electronic melodies with intense beats. The second song, “The Sentence”, could be straight out of a good sci-fi or action movie. The song starts off with some powerful dubstep drops, and I mean powerful. The voice tells the listener the sentence is death then the boys take your mind on a rollercoaster ride of captivating noises from dub to electric to drums and back again. The boys team up with PRYSM for “This & That”, a catchy tune that again is intensified with the brother’s love for strong dub sounds. The final song is a remix of Datsik’s “Machete” which features Snak The Ripper. Again, the boys show their love for the hard hitting beats, letting Snak display his lyrics while the brothers display their music. Synchronice always impresses with their own sound and they never shy away from the passion of their in-your-face-never apologizing blows.

1. Synchronice
2. Synchronice
The Sentence
3. Synchronice and PRYSM
This & That
4. Datsik
Machete (feat. Snak The Ripper) (Synchronice Remix)
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[Summer Anthem] The Royal Concept – On Our Way

The Royal Concept
On Our Way

Stockholm based indie pop quartet The Royal Concept has effectively given us something that we’ve been waiting for since the sunny summer rays started beating down on our winter whitened foreheads. It’s that summer anthem. You know what we mean, right? That song that just you belt out with your friends after a long night.

These infectious lyrics will crawl under your skin in all the best ways. Listen to it one time through, and get ready to start singing.

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[TMN Resident Artist Interview] How Celldweller’s persistence paid off

I See Stars
Filth Friends Unite (Celldweller Remix)

TMN: Today I have the pleasure of interviewing our wonderful June resident artist Celldweller, or as he is known to friends and fans alike, Klayton. Thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and answer some questions, where are you writing to us from today?

K: A place that goes often completely unused – the lounge of my studio. (That would require relaxing and I haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet.)

TMN: Let’s start from the beginning, before there was Celldweller, before the red hawked hair, let’s go all the way back to when you were a kid. Many artists talk about their musical upbringings. Did you have any music in your house or were you exposed to any instruments or singing early on in life?

K: Yes and no. Definitely surrounded by music, but not necessarily instruments. My grandfather had a massive collection of vinyl and the highlight of my childhood was when I was able to visit, getting to sit in his “music room” and put on headphones and listen to anything from classical to disco to the progressive electronic music of the 70’s & 80’s.

TMN: Do you remember what was the first tape or record or CD that you owned?

K: Hard to say. I wasn’t permitted to listen to the radio due to my parents trying to protect me from the evil messages of modern lyricists, but I did remember sneaking in some early Billy Joel, Queen & eventually Judas Priest’s “Screaming for Vengeance” vinyl which I had to hide outside in my shed so I didn’t get in trouble. (Just for the record, I love my folks and they did an awesome job raising me, although they still can’t figure out why I have a red Mohawk. I blame Judas Priest.)

TMN: Who was your musical idol as a kid?

K: If I had to go back to when I was discovering the music that I was initially trying to emulate in my teen band days, as generic as it sounds, it was Metallica. I was a drummer first, so Lars was the man.

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[Fresh] Benin City – Fires in the Park


Ready for something different? Benin City is plenty different, and in all the best ways. The London based band named after the city in Nigeria has a lot to offer for the listener that may be a little bored with the latest trends. Simple yet eloquent, the band’s debut LP “Fires in the Park” offers some accessible and inspiring electro with a heavy hip hop influence.

“People Will Say,” starts with a head nodding bass line and a pleasant synthesized melody. The lyrics are rapped and remind the listener a little of socially conscious, uplifting messages of hip hop artists like K-OS, but without the heavy metaphysical lifting. “Wha Gwan,” is a track for fans of hip hop that delight in a slightly different cadence then he/she would typically hear in the hip hop world. The electronic instrumentals are clever and unpredictable: juxtaposing fuzzy bass lines and horns in between dreamy synth-laden interludes. “My Love” starts with synth notes serving as percussion, setting the tone for deep and poetic lyrical explosion on love–likening that state of being to an alchemical formula but at the same its deeply personal nature. The song erupts into a melodic triumph that inspires immediate respect and awe.

Typically this reviewer passes on hip hop, but this album is worth a listen even for skeptics of the genre. “Fires in the Park” is an interesting, thoughtful and ultimately worthy purchase. I highly recommend it, but taste it for yourself here.

Benin City
People Will Say
Benin City
Wha Gwan
Benin City
My Love
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2Track/Material of My Own.

Simple but not simplistic. Haunting but not dark. Dreamy but grounded. These phrases came to mind while listening to this single by Zacho Fraser. With … Continue reading »

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