[Electronica] Mister Lies – Align

Nick Zanca, aka Mister Lies, turned some heads during CMJ back in October and with good reason. The Chicago-based producer strings together transfixing electronica that works like a spell — one minute it’s a chilling, echoing chant, the next it’s a buildup of glossy intergalactic blips or teasing hot-tropical percussion. He shows off the magic on his latest track “Align,” which also serves as the first single from his debut album Mowgli. Lose yourself in it below:

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Mowgli comes out February 26th via Lefse Records.

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[Indie Rock] TV Torso – Clear Lake Strangler

Austin’s TV Torso combine hints of folk with big, larger-than-life rock moments that are so precise they nearly knock you over. This new track, “Clear Lake Strangler,” starts off with a homey kind of harmless strumming before it hits its stride with knee-slaps, claps and stomping in epic jam band fashion. By the time they launch into the chorus, they’re rockin’ with Spoon-like swagger; even the band’s frontman’s carries a coarse, prickly voice like Britt Daniels. It’s the kind of song that shouts loud whether you’re blasting it out in the countryside or off your apartment building rooftop. Check it out below, and make sure to listen to more new material at their Bandcamp.

Clear Lake Strangler
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Josh Heinrichs – Set Fire To The Rain feat. Stick Figure (Adele Cover)

Josh Heinrichs, former frontman of Jah Roots, puts quite the twist on Adele’s “Set Fire To Rain”. He not only wraps it in his unique, muscular croon but the ballad gets a lively breath of real reggae grooves. The cover, which was produced by Stick Figure, does not lose its passion, however; its slow, slightly dramatic bounce alongside Heinrich’s aching vocals still makes for a more than convincing love song.

Set Fire to Rain (Josh Heinrichs)
Produced by Stick Figure
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HOHME – Our Reason (Nervo x Special Features x Hook N Sling)

Anyone that loves the eccentricity of Madeon will surely enjoy this amazing new mashup by HÔHME, a promising producer from Brooklyn NY. Devising a delicious cocktail with Nervo, Special Features, and Hook N Sling, this mashup packs quite a punch, topping the charts of Hype Machine for a couple of days now.

HOHME
Our Reason (Nervo x Special Features x Hook N Sling)
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[Hip-Hop] Mac Miller – Dog Pound (feat. Waka Flocka Flame)

Mac Miller has been keeping his buzz steady on the interwebs with each newly leaked track. Recently he teamed up with Waka Flocka Flame to drop some heat and a new sound with the DJ Dani produced single “Dog Pound”. This chill, laid-back tune is not only enticing with its haunting background vocals and smooth drum rip, but definitely unexpected from the usually turnt-up rapper Flocka. Both emcees come correct over this organic beat. Although this track will not be featured on Miller’s upcoming effort, it is available as a free download. Check it below:

Dog Pound (Ft. Waka Flocka Flame)
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[Live Show Review] Gramatik – Denver, CO

All three artists who took the stage Saturday night had something in common; they all had fallen in love with music at an early age. Using his undeniable ear to mix and mash parallel sounds, Mux Mool started the night showering the audience with an electronic shockwave. For Mux, he found his sound in a sampling keyboard when he was a kid. For Talib Kweli, he found his echo from the Afrocentric rappers he heard and met in high school. Talib took to the stage with a mesmerizing voice showing the audience how strong one voice can be. His unquestionable ability to rap at a sharp pace left the audience captivated.

The man has had funk, soul, blues and jazz running through his veins since he was a little boy, literally. Gramatik’s mother used to find him sitting in his older sister’s room listening to the radio captivated by the music he heard. From there his love for music only grew and he was making his first beats by the tender age of thirteen. Today, Gramatik is one of many talented and admired artists found on the Pretty Lights Music label. His passion for the sounds and his dedication to #digitalfreedom makes him one admired artist and that admiration is shared by the copious amount of fans that showed up to hear Gramatik’s addicting beats.

Besides throwing the crowd into a frenzy with his ever moving musical talents, Gramatik also introduced his new stage/light design called the Tesla Coil, which resembled a giant set of electrical wires that threw light and beats with every wave from Gramatik’s fingers. The combination of the lights, a live electrical guitarist, and Gramatik’s simulating jazz, funk and hip-hop sound were nothing short of an unforgettable experience. Thank you for sending the music pulsating through my and every other audience member’s veins.

Gramatik
Fist Up

Gramatik
Illusion Of Choice
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[Indie Pop] New Navy – Regular Town

With the inevitable cold weather creeping just around the holiday season, some of us can’t help but wish for a resurrection of summer heatwaves. Arriving just in time, however, is a new and aestival tune by New Navy, indie band from a tiny beachside town in Australia. Much like their hugely successful track, “Zimbabwe,” “Regular Town” features jangly percussions accompanied by a ukulele resulting in a cheery rhythmic beat that will light up even the gloomiest of days and moods. Reminiscent of Bahamas‘ “Caught Me Thinking,” this song is bound to bring on relaxing and summery vibe.

New Navy
Regular Town
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