[Folk] RY X – Berlin

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RY X
Berlin

With RY X’s Berlin EP on Dumont Dumont coming just around the corner on August 28th, we had to make sure to provide some coverage so you guys would put this release on your radar.

There are not too many times you hear a vocalist as captivating as RY X, but today is one of those days. The vocal harmonies glide over soft finger picking so effortlessly. It’s almost painful it’s so damn good. The power and tone in his vocal structure reminds us somewhat of Patrick Watson, hitting high pitched notes with grace and ease that you just don’t hear all that often.

The EP is available on Spotify right now. We highly recommend heading over and indulging in the vocal intricacies that are RX Y.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Candyland x Music Ninja: SCMF Ticket Giveaway 8/31

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Nicky Romero Vs. Krewella
Legacy (Candyland's OG Remix)

One of our favorite parts about this gig is that every once in a while we get to hook you guys up with some free goodies. Well, today is that day, and we’re stoked to team with highly acclaimed masters of the party inducing remixes, Candyland. Let’s get down to brass tax though, what’s in it for you guys? How about two tickets to the Sun City Music Festival in El Paso to see Candyland on 8/31? Sounds like a plan to us.

Entering is easy. Candyland has done us the solid of setting everything up on their facebook page. All you have to do is click this link, and follow the prompts. Who knows what could happen after that? You could be raging through next weekend for free thanks to your good buddies at TMN and of course, Candyland.

So click that link, and get after it! Oh, one more thing to put on your radar, this Santa Barbara duo recently announced that they’re traversing the states doing a 55 city tour with Krewella. Make sure to keep up with their facebook page for details.

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[Folk] San Fermin – Daedalus (What We Have)

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San Fermin
Daedalus (What We Have)

There’s something about summer time that really makes us appreciate the banjo more. While we’d love nothing more than hearing some delicate plucks of those twangy southern strings on their own, we’re of course elated to hear the overwhelming depth in musical soundscape that is “Daedalus (What We Have).”

Woodwind, horns, impeccable vocal harmonies and of course the powerfully smokey vocals of San Fermin’s lead singer provide a spiritually uplifting indie folk tune. While you may feel like these cats dwell somewhere in the deep south based on the rich soulful sound they procure, you’d be wrong in that assumption. This Brooklyn based outfit is far from the Mississippi backroads, even though their sound may beg to differ.

The rich and brooding sounds have to be amazing to see live, which is why we recommend you catch these guys live. Every fiber in our being is suggesting that it would be an amazing show.

09/06 Richmond, VA – Fall Line Festival
09/07 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/20 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
09/25 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal Festival
09/27 Cincinnati, OH – MidPoint Music Festival
09/28 Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater Pub
09/30 Chicago, IL – Hideout
10/01 Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
10/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
10/04 Toronto, ON – The Drake
10/13 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/15 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
10/16 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10/18 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10/19 Seattle, WA – Barboza
10/20 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
10/24 Washington, DC – DC9
10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/26 Boston, MA – Café 939
10/27 Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre

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[Electro House] Wuki – Jolt

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Wuki
Jolt [Warpath Records] OUT NOW

When we first read the press release about this tune, we were instantly intrigued. Wuki is a Denver boy, and as you know, we roll deep in Denver. While some might think that the Denver scene gets some favoritism, we can assure you that they’d be wrong. This fine city just happens to have ample amounts of talented musicians.

After we got over the fact that Wuki was from the 303, the thing that drew us to this track the most was it’s hard electro house nature. It’s been a while since we’ve heard dance floor devastating buzzing synths that assure every dancer in the room that they haven’t done enough cardio to keep up with this track. It’s big, glitchy, and has a depth in sound that you don’t hear everyday.

Yes, we may bleed orange and blue, but our true affinity in the Mile High City roots itself in artists like Wuki.

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[Remix] Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends (Jake One Remix) (Feat. Danny Brown)

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Portugal. The Man
Evil Friends (Jake One Remix Feat. Danny Brown)

If it’s “Evil Friends” you’re looking for, you could do much worse than Danny Brown. Danny isn’t shy when it comes to tackling beats, which explains why his list of collaborations includes names as diverse as Purity Ring and Charli XCX. Still, Portugal. The Man is unexplored territory for the Detroit spitter, but with the help of producer Jake One, the collaboration manages to work perfectly.

Flipping the title track of the group’s latest album, Jake One captures some of the more downtempo moments of the original, while adding in some steady drum patterns to transform it into a hip-hop ready soundscape. Danny handles the rest of the legwork, delivering some energetic yet effortless bars to help set the mood. It’s a great reminder of the diversity he employs, and the track helps to whet our appetite a bit as we patiently wait for Old, dropping September 30th. And if you haven’t listened to it yet, make sure to grab Portugal. The Man’s Evil Friends, in stores now.

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[EDM] WALLA – Nature (Pistols and Pints Remix)

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WALLA
Nature (Pistols & Pints Remix)

There’s nothing quite like a success story to add more intrigue to a band. Some bands just fall into working together out of conveniencce, and some really spawn out of some hard times. Los Angeles based WALLA is definitely the latter. This five piece formed out of different times, places, and hardships. By some divine chance, they ended up finding eachother out of love for inventing new wavelengths.

Today we find ourselves talking about the Pistols and Pints remix of WALLA’s tune “Nature.” While WALLA has little information out there about them, P&P have even less. This LA based duo (we’re assuming) have crafted one blast of a indie dance tune, infusing uplifting synths and a four to the floor beat. The end result is an energetic house tune that will surely carry your party into the wee hours of the morning.

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[Electro Soul] Face+Heel – Chipped Tooth

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Face+Heel
Chipped Tooth

Sometimes simplicity isn’t so simple. Meet Face+Heel, the Cardiff via Bristol based duo who are blending beats, synths and classical piano backgrounds in the most beguiling fashion. The composition is creative, the product effortless.

Taken from their forthcoming EP, title track “Chipped Tooth” follows the acclaim of last years debut with some masterfully crafted and contemplative electro-soul. A cool concoction of textured sound and clipped beats, blended with a mellifluous Rn’B-esque vocal. Chipped Tooth easily slides under an experimental status, but what is admirable here is the moderated and controlled curation. Face+Heel have managed to create the illusion of space within their sound. A considered and stark musical arrangement, with a dash of vocal polyphony for substance.

Imagine The XX procure the power of time travel and meet Portishead, cira Dummy recording and say “hey guys, could we make this album with you”? Well this is what that product would sound like. All encompassing late night bedroom musing material. Enjoy it.

“Chipped Tooth” is the title track, taken from the forthcoming EP Chipped Tooth. Available to download now and due for release on the 30th of September.

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