[Synth-Pop] Carousel – My New Friend

My New Friend

Something about L.A. duo Carousel and their pensive brand of brooding, but sticky sweet take on pop music has had a most resonant affect on much of the staff here at TMN since their debut EP 26 Allston. After recently wrapping up a much revered country wide tour in support of Cherub, the former Berklee School of Music students finally had the chance to pen another original, and once again we were struck by the simplistic beauty of Carousel’s sound. “My New Friend” gets behind a Jackson Phillip’s keyed synth line delivered with all of the careful bombast of an early 80’s Duran Duran hook, but with the type of indie sensibility that could be found on a Neon Indian composition. The pair’s subdued vocal incantations echo harmoniously off of each other, invoking the kind of contented nostalgia that has its listener harkening back to their first middle-school make out session, which depending on your experience should be a mostly good thing. It’s safe to say, the boys hit the mark, and with Summer nipping at our heels, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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[Dubstep] Noosa – Clocktower (PatrickReza Remix)

Clocktower (PatrickReza Remix) (Free Download)

After being a blogger for four years, I’ve spent quite a lot of time tracking certain artists, continually posting what they do, and watching them grow and evolve. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of, and it’s even more amazing when two of those aforementioned artists team up to put something out.

In case you missed it, we premiered every single song from Noosa’s latest album, Wonderland. After all of the nine tracks had dropped across the span of the week, we were a little bummed out. There was a little bit of a Noosa shaped void in our hearts, until the remixes started coming.

“Clocktower” took the blogosphere by storm, quickly charging up the Hype Machine charts. Today we’re excited to bring a bass-heavy interpretation by long-time TMN favorite, PatrickReza. Coming out of LA, we’ve been with this young dubstep producer since his very first remix. After having premiered multiple tunes of his, we were excited to see this come across our radar again. With one listen in, we’re immediately reminded of what we’ve come to love about Patrick. Harnessing Sky’s luscious vocals, he accentuates the original by adding in razor sharp synths and massive drops. It’s dark and gritty, yet oh so melodic and beautiful.

As most of his tracks are, this remix is available as a free download on his Soundcloud.

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[Summer Anthem] Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS ft Aleesia – Gold Skies (Preview)

Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS ft Aleesia
Gold Skies (Preview) [Available June 2]

They say only two things in life are garaunteed: death and taxes. Well, we can now amend that age-old adage with a third. We guarantee that you will hear “Gold Skies” at every festival throughout the rest of the summer. Take a listen and get carried away for a second. Can you picture it? Tens of thousands of people all dancing, singing along with Aleesia’s captivating lyrics. It’s not hard to imagine what will draw people to this track, especially in a warm-weather festival setting.

Comprised of an all-star team of EDM giants, this buzzing, progressive house tune is coming your way via Sander van Doorn, youngster Martin Garrix and duo DVBBS. It features a larger than life melody that will capture people’s attentions without even having to hear a word of the lyrics.

Dropping June 2nd via Spinnin Records, this is sure to be an international success. Make sure to pick up your copy next week.

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Candy Says – Not Kings [TMN ALBUM PREMIERE]

candy says not kings

Opening with handclaps and a frantic chorus of “got to get out before my heart explodes” throughout title track ‘Not Kings,’ Oxford-based newcomers Candy Says have burst onto the scene with their self-released debut. Possibly the most endearing pop duo to come out of the UK since Slow Club, Juju Sophie and Ben Walker create a similar sort of homemade sound that twists and turns, impossible to pin down.

As sweet as their name suggests but with an edge, Candy Says effortlessly meander between synth-driven melodies and acoustic rhythms. Their unique brand of chic charm is charged with bold claims of being “the Lord’s mistake,” but if that’s the case then ‘Not Kings’ is a mistake worth making.

Stand-out track ‘Favourite Flavour’ continues the sugary motif with an injection of that classic Brit-pop brand of sexuality (complete with a kiss) and an infectious round of Na-na-nas that will remain in your head long after the record stops spinning. Only the over-eager lullaby ‘Melt Into The Sun’ borders on saccharine with its declarations of like and sing-along counting.

‘C’est Pas Comme Ca’ and ‘Hummingbird,’ sprinkled with sultry and bilingual whispers, increase the intimacy, romantically drawing in listeners like sirens before unleashing the Kevin Barnes-esque barrage of stream-of-consciousness ramblings and electronic dance beats of ‘Dreamers.’ Towards the end of the album the tone shifts again with ‘Cool Sensation,’ a fuzzier track not unlike Phantogram at their sleepiest.

Overall, Candy Says launch a solid freshman effort in ‘Not Kings,’ proving DIY creativity and energy trump outside resources. They may not be royalty, but they’re certainly on the rise.

Tour Dates:

May 28 – The Waiting Room – London, UK
May 29 – Truck Store – Oxford, UK

Not Kings
Favourite Flavour
Cest Pas Comme Ca
Lords Mistake
Dead On Arrival
Understand The Night
Cool Sensation
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[Video/EP Stream] Rashid Ajami, Haroun Hickman – They Wanna Know EP [TMN Premiere]

Rashid Ajami, Haroun Hickman
They Wanna Know (Original Mix)
Rashid Ajami, Haroun Hickman
They Wanna Know (Mark Jenkyns Remix)

Have we got a special treat for our house heads today in Ninja land. New York via London deep-house maestro Rashid Ajami gave us the drop on a brand new collaborative EP with Haroun HickmanThey Wanna Know, along with an exclusive video premiere to pace your hump-day wonderfully. Ajami, who has authored stellar releases on some of our favorite dance labels including Anjunadeep, Get Physical and Kitball Records, and Hickman’s stylistic production aesthetic coalesce superbly on “They Wanna Know”. A punchy four-four kick-drum and snappy snare clear the way for Ajami and Hickman’s chilly vocal to ride in on a wave of reverb before bursting open under a deep synth line, which serve as the track’s bedrock up until the first break. Following that crucial space is an arpeggiated chord progression, again pushing “They Wanna Know” further into the dance hall, while a scooting hi-hat wraps the deep groove up with a neat little bow.

The extended play’s latter half comes in the form of a remix from Hot Creation’s Mark Jenkyns who pumps a little more jack onto the original with a deep, MOOG tweaked synth and almost Gesaffelstein leaning snare kick, which for us Ninjas might as well be auditory bait. While a bit darker in execution, Jenkyns’ revision also had us scooting around the office, while simultaneously injecting some serious bounce into our step. Both the A and B side play as well thought out, and expertly crafted dance movements, and we hope you have as much trouble as we did deciding which version to vibe with more. Here’s a hint, they’re both incredible.

We’re not selling you short either. The official and beautifully psychedelic music video for “They Wanna Know” is below, which for our more visually inclined readers, is the clear Yin to the audio track’s Yang. Stream both tunes, take them home for free above, and stream the official music video for Rashid Ajami & Haroun Hickman’s “They Wanna Know”  below.

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[Soul] Tamara Saul x New Mantra – Numb


Tamara Saul and New Mantra are back with another soulful record, and we are ecstatic to share it with you! Last record by these two we covered was “Fading Out”, and “Numb” doesn’t come shy of the last. New Mantra starts “Numb” out a bit dark, and when this Croatian goddess hops on the beat you’re hooked! With such amazing production value, we’re not exactly sure how we missed this gem. What we do know is “Numb” has us impatiently awaiting what’s next from her!

Tamara Saul x New Mantra
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[Road Trip] Stargazy – The Fashion EP


As if pre-determined by the Music Gods themselves, The Fashion EP is a big, bright, shimmering ball of road trip perfection worthy of a few tanks of gas, some sunflower seeds, ice cold red bulls, and a few good friends. That’s right. It’s that time of the year. It’s time to pile into a car and head out on an adventure. Whether that adventure is with your special someone, just the boys, or a mix of both, NY-based Stargazy has you covered as far as music goes. You might even hit them up for gas money, but we doubt they’ll chip. Unless you invite them along, that is.

Dropping earlier today. this five song EP is primed and ready to flood your car speakers with mile-moving, smile-inducing happiness that will be loved by anyone who listens. Boasting glimmering, waivering guitar chords, upbeat percussion work and catchy hooks, these tunes are all too easy to get caught up in.

One of our favorite parts of this shoe gaze influenced indie rock record was the spacey bridges that connect verses effortlessly with dreamy basslines. Couple in the powerful vocals from lead singer Michael Romano, and you have a familiar blend of classic indie rock acts such as Mew, As Tall as Lions, and even Minus the Bear at times.

Comprised of members Michael Romano (Lead Vocals, guitar), Jared Lindbloom (Vocals, keys), Michael Panico (Guitar, keys), Alex Shifrin (Bass), Brian Garbedian (Drums), Rocco Romanelli (Auxiliary percussion), this six piece has a sound that’s perfect for whatever lies ahead for you this summer. Make sure to like them on facebook to stay up to date with everything they have going on.

Half Life
Soft Words
The Fashion
Golden Hour
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