Shines – Hushed (Feat. K.Raydio) [TMN PREMIERE]

Hushed (feat. K.Raydio)

We speak from experience here when we tell you Mondays can be rough. After a few precious days off from work, it’s not easy being thrown back into the fire, and for many of us we’re reduced to nothing but unproductive balls of drowsiness until we reach for our first cup of miracle brew. That’s why we’re here to underscore the importance of Tuesdays, an oft-neglected day of the week that doesn’t receive very much attention at all. We’d like to think Tuesdays are where we begin to hit our stride again and really get our groove back; if only every groove was like the one we’re about to share with you today. Tuesdays were made for songs like this–a delightful treat that rewards you for making it to Day 2 of your hectic week.

Arriving by way of LA based producer Shines, “Hushed” stays faithful to the song’s title for much of its length, flush with tranquil melodies that build gradually into a meticulous arrangement of vocal loops, delicate harps and soft drums that work together in perfectly synchronous harmony to create a lush and vivid soundscape. The true essence of the song however, isn’t discovered until around the midway point, when K.Raydio lends her gorgeous pipes to breathe some soul into the scintillating tune. “Hushed” is the type of song that can cure the tensest of nerves, serving as a perfect remedy anytime you’re feeling the blues.

Look for the track to be featured on Shines’ upcoming self-titled EP, set for release via Color Station on August 5th. The song is available for purchase today, along with pre-orders for the project on iTunes.

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Golden Coast – Break My Fall (Monarch Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Golden Coast
Break My Fall (M O N A R C H Remix)

Nineteen days and over a hundred thousand plays. It’s truly remarkable what can come of an artist’s debut song these days. The internet is a beautiful thing for sharing music, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.

As we mentioned above, the original version of “Break My Fall” was the debut track from the newly formed indie pop act, Golden Coast, who have a cheerful pop presence adored by the blogosphere. This tune carries a formidable swagger perfect for your summertime playlists, rife with upbeat synthesized melodies and playful guitar riffs.

After already having seen tremendous success by way of remix, this tune saw Hype Machine glory courtesy of Rainer and Grimm. Today we’re hoping to share a similar success story with M O N A R C H, comprised of  Brennan Strawn, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett,  and Joel Plotnik.

With slow-paced percussion and a melody worthy of the best 80’s movie climax scene, “Break My Fall” gets a  face lift, sporting some industrial, post-punk undertones. Cinematic in nature, this remix is a nice change of pace when looked at side-by-side with the earlier mentioned interpretation. While it still maintains elements from the memorable original, new light is shined through with this creative remix.

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[Hip-Hop] GoldLink – Ay Ay (Nanpa NOIR Remix)

Ay Ay Nanpa Noir Remix
Ay Ay (Nanpa NOIR Remix)

There’s something to be said about a remix that doesn’t try to do too much. All too often it seems like remixes strive to drastically differentiate themselves from the source material, and while that strategy can help a track stand out on its own two feet, it can also distract from the elements that made the original so great in the first place. 20 year old producer Nanpa NOIR understands these subtleties, and that’s exactly what makes their remix of GoldLink‘s “Ay Ay” so perfect.

A remix’s purpose is to improve upon the sound of the prototype, while also making sure it doesn’t get in its own way. Keeping much of the original intact, Nanpa’s rendition may not sound too different at first, but a closer listen reveals certain intricacies layered in warped production elements, providing the tune with a distinctive and more pronounced sonic identity. Managing to achieve the aforementioned balance of highlighting what we already love about the song, while also improving upon those same aspects, we’d like to hold this up as a shining example of exactly how to execute a remix.

Once you’re finished listening for yourself, make sure to download the track above, and check out Nanpa NOIR’s SoundCloud page for even more incredible remixes.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2014 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSpontaneity can be such a beautiful thing, yet we get so wrapped up in our schedules, jobs, tasks, whatever, we  sometimes forget to free up time for the wonderful unknown. Sure, its hard to break free from our security and predictable moments, but we could be missing out on something that will forever change our world for the better. So might we suggest starting off small. Like….Be spontaneous and dig deeper into an artist featured on the Indie Dojo. Who knows what might happen! You can like them so much you decide to scope out a show in your area, meet the person of your dreams in the front row, and ride off into the sunset with a mutual love for the same band. Hey….it’s totally possible. A beautiful world can be created in the simple spontaneity.

’The Acid – Basic Instinct’
’Husky – I’m Not Coming Back’
’Meadowlark – I’ve Got You’
’Hopium – Cut’
’Little May – Dust’
’Low Roar – Vampire On My Fridge’
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[Mashup] Flume – Insane (Feat. Kanye West) (White Panda Vocal Edit)

White Panda Insane
Insane (White Panda Vocal Edit)

Mashups can be a tricky art to master, and while we’ve become much more open to the idea of them in recent months, we still tend to approach them with a certain amount of skepticism. However, when you come across a song that features two of the most brilliant musicians in the world, it’s impossible to ignore. Geniuses that they are, The White Panda have taken it upon themselves to blend together the insanity of Kanye West with Flume‘s hit single, “Insane.” Utilizing verses from “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” Kanye’s defiant boasts operate well over the elaborate, pulsating synthwork, while Moon Holiday‘s yearning background vocals seem to add a heightened sense of wistfulness and provide even more weight behind the lyrics. After listening to the track, we started to wonder what a true collaboration between these two gifted artists would actually sound like. Can someone get them in the studio together ASAP?

Download the single above, and stay tuned for more from The White Panda, as they plan to drop a new song every day this week.

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[Electronic] Seekae – Test & Recognise (Flume Re-work)

Test & Recognise (Flume Re-work)

Flume is to music what Stanley Kubrick is to film. Yes, that’s a bold statement, but hang in there. We’re going to lay it out for you, point by point. Kubrick was often revered for adapting short stories or novels. While this feat is ultimately impossible through the production of a song, Flume often reinvents songs, giving them an entirely new and refreshing breath of life, similar to what Kubrick did with his films. Some of Flume’s most beloved tracks are remixes of already well-established works, including the likes of classics of the blogosphere age such as Lorde, Chet Faker, and Disclosure.

Too loose of a connection? Didn’t we tell you to bear with us? Kubrick was also considered one of the most influential directors of all time, often exalted on the distinct cinematography utilized in his filmmaking. Look back to 2012 with us for just a bit. In fact, press play on Flume’s self-titled album and tell us that his groundbreaking soundscapes weren’t something to admire. The crackling atmospheric layering coupled with the delicate melodic inclusions paved the way for so many future-bass producers. It’s really quite spectacular when you stop to think about it. One could argue that this sound help pave a way for up and coming artists, just as Kubrick did in his legendary career. Do we dare say that Fluminian will be coined as Kubrickian was?

While we could state the obvious and talk about Kubrick’s intense and immersive use of music to help set up a scene, we’ll slowly walk away from that, as the connection is a bit too easily demonstrated through Flume’s encompassing sounds that easily take his listeners into a world of their own. In fact, this Australian artist doesn’t need visuals to what he does. The music speaks for itself.

We would be remiss not to mention the fact that Kubrick’s films were often considered controversial. A Clockwork Orange, which was a sociopolitical statement about the government’s threat against personal freedom, was probably one of the most notable. While Flume has never done anything to ruffle any feathers, per se, it’s important to look at the timeframe in which he came to the limelight in the world’s collective ear. What was in back in 2012? Big Room? Progressive House? Wasn’t Swedish House Mafia getting ready to embark on their grand farewell tour somewhere around the time that this young man came to recognition? In a world of overwhelming melodies and uplifting vocals, we saw a distinct shift in the paradigm, displaying an entirely new realm of electronic music to delve into. While it didn’t offend anyone in a controversial way, it surely went against the societal grain of the music industry.

One doesn’t need to look far to see the raw talent possessed by this incredible artist, who draws on many similarities of the aforementioned director. At this point, he’s already spoken about in terms of lore, calling on the internet to hit their laptops within hours of his newest release. To be honest, that’s why we’re here with you right now, bringing you a hours old re-work of fellow Australian Seekae. Taking a blissfully familiar approach to this remix, we’re given a glimpse into a world crafted by haunting synths, crackling white noise, and interspersed percussion work. It’s once again spectacular to find this other-worldly approach to production, one that we’ll continually stand by as long as it keeps coming out.

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[NEW] BANKS – Beggin For Thread

Beggin For Thread

Just as we were beginning to grow weary of the countless–although excellent–remixes of her last single, “Drowning,” BANKS decided to bless her fans with some breathtaking new material, unleashing “Beggin For Thread” earlier today. With this latest effort, the talented songstress can safely add yet another notch to her belt, continuing to prove why she’s one of the premiere names at the forefront of pop music. Opting for a much quicker tempo than we’re used to, BANKS still brings much of the same raw energy and aggression in her vocals, producing an addicting melody through the use of zippy synths and reverberating percussion.

As BANKS continues to impress us with each and every release, it makes the wait for Goddess that much more unbearable. Luckily, we’ll have this song to to help occupy the time until the album comes out on September 9th.

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