[Remix on Repeat] John Newman – Love Me Again (TYR Remix)

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John Newman
Love Me Again (TYR Remix)

John Newman has one sexy voice, period.

So to make a remix of his, and to do it well, an artist must keep all that is sexy in his vocals and our Rado boy TYR did just that with his remix of ‘Love Me Again’. The 19-year-old producer took the sultry voice of Newman and added a splash of electronic TYR sound, full of quick melodies, piano chords and intense vocal alterations. Another powerful remix by TYR to listen to again and again and again.

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[Indie Pop] Holychild – Happy With Me

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Happy With Me

It really is a simple question that we have all asked someone in our lifetime, why can’t you be happy with me?

The new tune from Holychild is a wonderful mix of ecstatic pop with a wave of indie twisted in. The song starts off with the beautiful tunes from vocalist Liz Nistico followed by some strong electronic/drum beats by the other half of this duo, Louie Diller. On their site, they say their particular sound takes some time to digest but I was immediately hooked to its intense beats and vocals followed by moments of quiet, dream like state of mind. This song has catchy lyrics and beats that will keep you moving until the very end.

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Minnesota – Collective Identity Tour VIP Ticket Giveaway [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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MILE HIGH CLUB EP

Minnesota’s smooth melodic style captured our attention quite some time ago, and has continued to impress us with each and every release. Meticulously crafted, his sound is beautiful and often hip hop inspired, layering fast paced hi hats over rolling bass lines. With carefully extracted samples and clean natural atmospheric elements, he creates a rich and luscious soundscape that’s both relaxing and invigorating.

Given our long time affinity for this Santa Cruz producer/DJ, we were of course elated to give our readers the chance to win two VIP/Meet and Greet tickets to one of his shows. Our elation grew as the details emerged that we’d be doing this for his entire tour. That’s right, for every single one of Minnesota’s tour dates from October 9th and December 22nd (not including festival dates) we’re hooking up VIP tickets.

…but wait! There’s more!

We’re not handing out just one set of VIP tickets. We’re giving out two sets of VIP tickets per show!

Pretty insane, right? We thought so to. Well, we won’t keep you any longer. We know your unbridled excitement has you already searching this post up and down looking for how to enter. Well, keep your pants on. We’re about to give you that information.

To enter, you must:
1. Connect to the Punchtab App below.
2. List the city and date you want to submit your entry for.

That’s it. If you’re chosen, you will be notified via email. Make sure to head to Minnesota’s site to check out all the tour details, and read the official rules for this contest. Contest ends October 7th.

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[Interview] TMN Chats It Up With Yeah Boy

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Can't Get Enough

So rarely does a music project debut as a fully developed and functioning artistic medium, but when they do, it is especially easy for us here at TMN to take notice. Such was the case with the side project of Parachute Youth’s Johnny Castro; Yeah Boy, and his electronically textured debut single “Can’t Get Enough”, which dropped back in August. This one, due out October 6 on Baked Goods, follows the path of a funky, feel-good Summer groover, but is awash in elements from a multitude of genres. A flitty electric guitar, which wouldn’t be out of place on an 80’s funk record tones the tune, while a beatific melody ties together a reverb soaked vocal track, deep synth work and housey piano licks. The resulting product was a sound we just couldn’t get out of our heads, and one which warranted some probing for more information from the largely mysterious Yeah Boy.

We had the opportunity to dig a little deeper into the psyche of Johnny Castro and his music project(s), finding out what is on the horizon musically in the coming months, what his recording process has been like, Daft Punk, Pink Floyd concerts and a whole bunch more. Check out the entire transcript below:

We imagine that your two-piece Parachute Youth takes up quite a bit of free time. What was the deciding factor in sort of breaking away for a bit to focus on your solo work with Yeah Boy?

I think it was simply wanting to write something different and having a completely different approach in my songwriting. I’m loving going back to my roots and writing/singing more soulful/funky vibes and its something you need to explore on your own I think when you have a band with a completely different sound.

What sound differentiations are you able to focus on with Yeah Boy that might not have gone over as well with Parachute Youth?

I think going more hip hop/soulful, which is where I started in the first place. Parachute Youth has a distinct sound and we push that sound to define who we are as a band, I’m ready to do the same with Yeah Boy, which explores my inner love for experimental hip hop/soul.

With basically only one single out at this time, can you enlighten us a little more about your forthcoming EP, such as title, release date, etc. Will most of the material be in the same instrumental vein as “Can’t Get Enough” or have you been playing with all different types of sounds?

There’s going to be some changes of course! ‘Can’t Get Enough’ was a great door opener and showed that I do love writing something very different than usual that can still come across as a pop record. I’ll be working with different artists for this EP also to explore the true potential of Yeah Boy and where I want to go with it. It’s still early days but expect a cool EP :)

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[Indie] WE ARE TWIN – Hold On We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)

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Hold On We're Going Home (Drake Cover)

A month ago we featured LA based pop duo, WE ARE TWIN, with their powerful catchy summertime anthem, “The Way We Touch.” This time around we’re getting another taste of vocalist Gabi Christine’s unique tone. With her classic, soulfully sung words charging in harmony with Nicolas Balachandran’s guitar work, this take on Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” has a boisterous personality of it’s own.

The band continues to develop a sound rich with a classic Americana vibe that’s immediately relatable and infectious. Make sure to keep an eye on them.

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[TMN Artist Feature] Introducing DJ AA + Exclusive Guest Mixes

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The Music Ninja: DJ AA Guest Mix (Deep House)
The Music Ninja: DJ AA Guest Mix (Downtempo)

Frequent followers of the Chill Dojo will have seen the name of DJ AA popping up a lot recently, and for good reason. After his sensational bootleg of No Diggity and Bondax charmed us with its soulful style, his brand of super chill edits have been a regular feature in the weekly playlist. As downtempo production continues to evolve and audiences begin to crave these sounds more and more, he’s shown he’s got quite a good ear for quality chill music, and that’s something we can definitely dig. He’s put together two exclusive mixes for The Music Ninja to prove just that, so hit that play button and read on below as we formerly introduce you to DJ AA.

TMN: Let’s kick things off with a bit of an intro, tell me a bit about growing up in your home town and early music influences.

AA: Growing up in Oman in the Middle East I was always surrounded by unbelievable nature from beach to mountains to sand dunes, we have it all. I have always been obsessed with all kinds of music but it wasn’t till around 2003 when a good friend of mine exposed me to house music and everything changed. Songs like ‘Madan’ (Martin Solveig), ‘Summer Moon’ (Africanism) & ‘Your Body’ (Tom Novy) made me want to become a better DJ.

TMN: What were you doing before music, what made you take the step to take it up as a career?

AA: I started DJing in highschool (very poorly, with 2 discmen and a mixer – just pressing play and cutting in the next track), eventually I got myself a set of proper decks and mixer and really started to learn the art of mixing. When I got to University in Boston I would make mix CDs for friends and eventually I had an opportunity to play at a club. When I moved back to Oman in 2009, I stopped DJing completely – Joined my family business and became “serious” in life. I would share some mixes online every other month but that was the extent of it. At the end of 2012 – a hotel in Oman, The Chedi Muscat, approached me to help change the music at the property. I used to mix mostly electro house but my tastes had changed and by the time I started working with The Chedi I was mostly into Deep House and some Downtempo Chill music. I still work with my family business and I am doing music on the side.

TMN: So what is the music scene like back home?

AA: Oman is a small country and we have never had access to big DJs or artists. People have to go to nearby cities like Dubai to be able to see big artists, however, thanks to the internet and social media people are aware here and are craving a better nightlife scene. At The Chedi Muscat we are trying to improve the scene by providing a venue that plays unique music.
TMN: Tell me about some of the venues you’ve played at, and your favorite one.

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Manicanparty – Monarch [TMN PREMIERE]

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Monarch (Acoustic)

It is no secret, we have a special place in our hearts at TMN for female vocalists and we continue to be happily stunned with how many talented ladies are out there.

Today, we are premiering “Monarch”, a simply beautiful song by Manicanparty. The duo is made up of Jessica Corazza and Patrick Morrissey, two talented musicians who have been friends since high school. Corazza’s voice is soft, soothing and yet completely striking as in, I could listen to her sing for hours and be perfectly content. The duos music cannot be categorized, it is a mix of soft electro pop, soaring vocals and catching tribal rhythms. Listening to “Monarch” feels quietly magical, as if you are flying along gently with a butterfly through the intriguing vocals and melodies enriched with welcoming guitars and banjo. This duo has their debut EP coming out October 1st and we can’t wait to hear more picturesque music from them.

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