[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2013 Round #2)

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It’s weird how it can feel like everyday is Groundhog’s Day. Repeating the same routine day, after day, after day…..after….day. But really, when we look back in time, things are never really the same. All the little unnoticed changes during our day to day living pile up to be one giant movement. Take the Indie Dojo for example….It might be here every Tuesday for weeks on end, but not one song nor artist will ever be the same. And by collecting all those little changes week by week, you have probably already expanded your music library annnnd music knowledge to epic proportions. So while these changes may be small in the whole scheme of things, they are still changes worth appreciating..

Typhoon
Dreams Of Cannibalism
This Frontier Needs Heroes
George Clooney
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Fire & Fortune (Pete Flood remix)
Being Buffalo
Anselm
Amber
Noah
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
Goodnight, Texas
Lazybones
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Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle – You & Me (Flume Remix)

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You & Me (Flume Remix)

Disclosure, Eliza Doolittle, and Flume.  With those three names on one track, you already know it’s going to be nothing short of amazing. So as expected Flume absolutely nails this remix in every way, shape, and sound. He has the genre titled “Orchestral Crunk Wave”, which is completely appropriate for this amazing track. The drop is rather flawless, and definitely boots this remixes replay value to infinity. Cheers.

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[NEW] ScHoolboy Q – Collard Greens (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

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While many of you out there might be comfortably tucked into your beds and drifting off to dreamland, ScHoolboy Q is prepping for the release of his major label debut, Oxymoron. Almost out of nowhere, Q decided to drop his third single from the project featuring running mate Kendrick Lamar. If you base your expectations off those two names alone, then you already know you’re in for a real treat. Backed by a reverberant, whistling instrumental, this particular collaboration sounds like nothing either of them have produced before. This might also mark the first time we’ve ever heard Kendrick spit a few bars in Spanish. I’d like to say he did a pretty good job, but I might have to brush up on the language first to be sure. Although there’s no release date currently set for Oxymoron, it does seem safe to say we should expect it sooner rather than later.

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[TMN PREMIERE] Nexus – Vintage

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As many of you know, we love discovering young new artists. It’s definitely one of the best things about doing what we do. However, it’s just as much fun to see young artists progress and venture into new and more unique sounds.

We first stumbled across Nexus with his dubstep tune “Ginger Kids.” With each release came a little more maturity in production, but today brings an entirely new flavor. Nexus has created something unlike what he’s done before. Instead of the big melodic synths and bass-laden drops, Nexus has dialed this tune up with classic piano keys, guitar and a big buzzing bassline. At first listen, we couldn’t help but here the similarity to Pretty Lights and other artists that do the EDM/Hip Hop cross over. Maybe those bright sunny summertime rays have soaked in, making Nexus want to give us that warm weather vibe. However it happened, we’re stoked it did.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #39

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If there’s one thing to look out for at this time of the year, it’s the re-emergence of summer disco vibes. Whether or not the influence of Daft Punk has sparked a disco revival in 2013, it’s certainly revealed that the demand for these soulful sounds is well and truly in the air. It won’t be limited to the dancefloors though, as the Chill Dojo gears up for plenty of funk-filled tunes on rotation.

And we’re kicking off this week in just that fashion, with a laid-back gem oozing with soul courtesy of Danish/German producer team Cool Million on the remix. The funky guitar rhythms and keyboard are seeped in 80′s style, but everything sounds amazingly fresh when all the elements combine. Coming in at 9 minutes, it’s one of the longest to ever feature on the dojo, but you’ll be too busy jamming along to even notice. We keep similar vibes flowing in our next track from a dojo newcomer in Sky Tony. With only 3 uploads on Soundcloud and 11 Facebook fans at the time of posting, there’s not much to reveal about this artist, but if he continues to produce infectious boogie magic like ‘Moves You Use’, these numbers are only going to climb. And while we’re talking all things groove, it’s hard to go past the latest remix from one of our favorites in Bit Funk as he puts his polished house production on full display. It’s time to wind things down now though, as there are plenty of slower downtempo jams to feature as well. The first comes from Greek duo WE SINK who are no strangers to the dojo, but have certainly stamped their name here with their downright sexy future sounds. The combination of gorgeous vocals and silky bass make for a certified baby-maker. It’s similar sentiments for this next one from Catching Flies in the wake of his upcoming EP. If you’re already digging the sultry elements of ‘Stay Forever’, the sax breakdown at 2:50 will have you melting into your seat. We finish this write-up with some much-loved chillstep, and it’s not often we have dubstep giants Zeds Dead gracing this humble playlist, but it’s the perfect time now with their latest, ‘By Your Side’, being the perfect fit. And of course, any mention of chillstep isn’t complete without some Sizzlebird, who has been releasing a steady stream of new material of late in the lead-up to his next EP, Avis Nocturna, with title track featured below.

It’s an exciting mix of classic and future sounds throughout this week’s playlist, all to be enjoyed in the present. But who’s really paying attention to time when you’re chillin anyway? Peace out!

Chill Dojo #39 zip

Random Soul, Chuck Love
Another Day (Cool Million Vocal).mp3
Moves You Use
Night Drive
Drones (Bit Funk Remix)
White Lies (feat. Eski Göten)
Stay Forever (download: catchingflies.bandcamp.com)
Zeds Dead
By Your Side
Unwind
Avis Nocturna
Fool Me Once
Tommy Jacob
too much 4 me
Polyethers
Fenech Soler
Magnetic (SaneBeats Remix)
Lockah x Taste Tester
U Dont Know Me
Lane 8
Be Mine.mp3
Debian Blak
Push It ft Kate Wolf (real remix) OUT NOW!
Ivies
Adapt
Rhythum
Velvet Soul
lonniemilt
Tajan
1986
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[Rock] Phoria – Bloodworks EP

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Brighton’s Phoria has a very moody, ethereal and chill EP for us here. The band is setting its sights high, drawing influence from champions like Radiohead and Sigur Ros (I love a band with ambition!). Their sophomore EP ”Bloodworks” definitely shows off their work ethic: “Bloodworks” is all at once thoughtful and dramatic, but at the same time accessible and easy to enjoy.  With a downtempo electro-pop feel and haunting vocals, this is a perfect album for a rainy day.

The opening song, “Posture,”begins with a slow, smoky, almost jazzy melody with soft vocals, then bursts into intricate and hauntingly emotional song with electro elements that reminded me a bit of Puscifer. The second song, “Red,” is softer with some subtle piano chords.I love piano addition here! As a guy that still tinkers with the instrument, I was pleased to hear it used effectively as both a percussion and string instrument in “Red.” “Set your Mind on It” is the final track on the EP. It’s slow, like most of the album, with the same dreamy vocals and subtle downtempo beats as the rest of the EP.

We’ll look forward to hearing more from these guys from across the pond. Take a listen at the EP here.

Posture
Red
Scopes
Once Again
Set Your Mind On It
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[Indie/Alternative] Lorde – Tennis Court

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The younger new artists appear, the more impressive it is to hear how much talent they carry.
Feast your ears on this young 16-year-olds voice who goes by the name of Lorde. She hails from New Zealand and is already getting a hefty following of fans who are captivated by her soft yet strong voice. When I first heard her new hit song “Tennis Court” I found myself hearing a little bit of a young Lana Del Ray in Lorde. The lightness of the lyrics, the playfulness of her tune, both of these carry something similar to Del Ray. But Lorde is unique in her own sound and in her lyrics which speak to every teenager and anyone who has been one. Her big influences are T.S. Eliot, Allan Ginsburg and Sylvia Plath, some deep reading for people of any age. Lorde’s full EP is coming out today, June 10th, and I’m excited to hear what else this talented artist has in store. Enjoy walking down to the tennis courts with this talented NZ musician.

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