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If you’re carefully calculating a playlist for your Labor Day adventures, look no further. First off, the original tune “Follow the Sun” is perfect for any road trip, camping trip, or even flight to a far off destination. Xavier’s gritty folk vocals give an intense life to the lyrical interpretation, which is brought to fruition with the subtle strumming of an acoustic guitar and a few whimsical notes off the harmonica.
While some of you out there might not be too keen on the folkier side of music, rest assured that we have you covered with an electronically inspired interpretation of this summertime tune. Coming out of the Netherlands, Alex Cruz has laid this tune over a sexy, smooth deep house bassline, letting a chopped up sample of the guitars dance perfectly over hallow kicks.
Leaving the vocals relatively untreated, this remix maintains the original integrity, coupling it only with a lively beat and some repeating shakes of a maraca.
Download this booty and upload it into your playlist for Labor Day. We garuantee it will illuminate whatever adventure lies ahead.
It’s very rare to find a progressive house remix of an alt-indie track that not only fits, but bumps as well. Luckily for us, our friends lost kings were up to the task and they took on Local Natives’ “Black Balloons” in a stunningly energetic and melodic edit. Scrapping the track down to the vocals and working their way back up, the Angeleno duo creates gorgeous and uplifting riffs in what can only be described as a remix perfect for closing out festival season.
It’s easy to get excited as a music blogger. We often get the inside track at what’s coming out, and our general nature is rooted a the desire to share music with our friends. Well, every so often, we come across tracks that absolutely stun us, leaving us incapable of doing only one thing, which is press play again and again.
Luckily for us, we soon snap out of it, getting our fingertips warmed and ready to craft a post. Today is a perfect example of the scenario previously mentioned, one which grabbed our ears for a good solid hour before we could come to writing it up.
Increasingly enough, we’ve seen more and more artists take on remix/cover renditions of a tune. Not only are they setting the original lyrics on a new path with a vocalist giving their interpretation of an original, but they’re also coupling that cover with some new instrumentals as well. Today, we’re lucky enough to share SMLE’s cover/remix of Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good,” which coincidentally is a cover of Nina Simone.
This newly founded producer has teamed up with vocalist Janpier to create this surging future bass take on a classic crooner tune. The synths are nearly overwhelming, getting us “right in the feels,” as all you kids say. With the addition of smooth, untreated vocals, this song transcends genres and decades, creating a modern approach at something you’d expect to hear in a smokey 1940’s lounge.
Stuart Newman has a grasp on crafting mellow indie rock, and he has for quite some time. Seeing releases on his Soundcloud page that date back to 2009, we’ve admittedly never heard of this folksy rocker. Having said that, we’re happy we stumbled across him this week.
With a backdrop of some traditional acoustic guitar work and muted percussion, Newman’s understated vocals shine through, creating a hazy blend of shimmering indie rock artistry, worthy of listening to with your Ray Bans on, windows down and a grin on your face.
Lyrically, Newman takes on a somewhat story-teller-esque approach, leaving complicated lyrics to the wind. In it’s stead, we’re left with smile-inducing, easily-approachable structure, that couples with the surging Moby-like song progression.
This tune is a free download on Newman’s website. Just enter your email address and enjoy.
How many of you remember MySpace Music? Well, if you do, you may remember there was a record label with it as well. Portland group Adventure Galley won a contest a while back, securing first place over 17,000 entries. That contest landed them a record deal, which included signing this album. Over time MySpace Records fell apart, which meant they wouldn’t have the former press team helping push their music. Eventually two managers came together, and they’re now sharing some very unique videos of the tracks- giving us dibs on the first one!
“Marooned” is a synth-rock song that you just can’t help dancing along to. The backing video takes you on a journey to the ’50s, where the band is “Marooned” in space. Rather than going with modern techniques, the director decided ‘to hell with cgi’ and created the sets from scratch. A lot of us think how awesome it would be to take a trip to space, but after seeing the movie “Gravity” lately we’re starting to agree with the lyrics “be careful what you wish for.”
Adventure Galley is getting ready to head on a mini tour, which you can find the dates below the video. On top of that, they’re accepting remixes! Yes, that’s right producers; you can all hit this email for stems if you’re interested!
Spokane, WA | The Big Dipper | Sunday, September 7th
San Francisco, CA | Neck Of The Woods | Wednesday, September 10th
Recently we were writing up an interview with The Griswolds when we noticed a peculiar looking voice recording in our phone. It was labeled “Niggggglio,” and to be honest, we had no recollection of what it was. After listening for a few seconds, it all came pouring back in. Back when Victor came to play at Beta Nightclub, we imbibed a little bit in the green room after his set. While we were enjoying a few adult beverages, we whipped out our phone and started recording.
We had no questions written down or planned. This was completely off the cuff.
We transcribed this as it was spoken, so forgive us for the incorrect grammar and nonsensical sentence fragments. We’re merely trying to capture the vibe in an accurate manner.
Editors note: We’ve been emailing and IMing with Victor for a few years, have hung out together at shows in Miami, and at a hotel party. The only reason why we felt like this was appropriate was due to our personal relationship with one another. We value our ability to speak to the biggest artists in music and would never jeopardize that by acting in an unprofessional manner.
TMN: Let’s do a completely off the cuff interview. All random questions.
TMN: If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
TMN: That’s an amazing answer. If you were a classic American muscle car, what would you be?
VN: Oh…um. A Mustang. But a cool one, with Alligator interior and racing stripes down the center in tye die, and a turbo engine.
TMN: Have you ever eaten acid?
Bystander: Or a s’more!
TMN: Have you ever eaten acid or a s’more?
VN: I don’t think so.
TMN: (Laughing) What’s the weirdest drug you’ve ever done?
TMN: Ok, weirdest experience you’ve ever had on drugs?
VN: Hmm. No.
VN: I’ll tell you when we’re done.
TMN: Ok, and I won’t transcribe it, because this won’t continue recording. This phone.