[Beauty] ODESZA – Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)

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ODESZA
Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)

Over eighteen months, Odesza has exploded, and we aren’t complaining one bit. When they came through Orlando, I had an opportunity to catch Odesza, and it was one of my best show experiences. The show sold out, and the room was packed with happy people swaying to their music. Their performance style is amazing! Odesza switches from both jamming on their Ableton controllers, to their synthesizers, and they even do some live drumming! Completely unique performance style, and their music shares that trait. Very beautiful, and inspiration music from these two. Odesza’s new album “In Return” will be coming out September 9th on Counter Records, which you can preorder here. If “Memories That You Call” is a teaser for “In Return“, then we are beyond excited!

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2014 Round #3)

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You know what’s the worst? After-Vacation Blues. Whether you have a couple days off work or a couple weeks of traveling, the days of not being obligated to do anything but chillax are the most glorious moments of your life. And then you are abruptly pushed back into reality. We know. It sucks and there is no easing into it, ever. So if you need help jumping back into the real world, let the Indie Dojo help. We might not bring you back to vacationland, but we can definitely give you a playlist to help take your mind off the harsh reality you are about to jump into.

’Birds of Chicago – Cannonball’
’Poor Remy – Wrecking Ball’
’Black Handed Kites – Up’
’Jim Guthrie – Wish I Were You’
’Imaginary Family – The Bird Watcher’
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[Progressive House] Panama Wedding – Uma (Jenaux Remix)

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Panama Wedding
Uma (Jenaux Remix)

It has been quite some time since we last heard a decent progressive house track that hit us right in the feels. Sometimes we like to throw ourselves back to the time where artists like Porter Robinson, Fedde Le Grande, Alesso, etc. took us on those unforgettable and uplifting rollercoasters full of emotive highs and lows. Gosh, we sure do miss the days where dance music allowed us see right into each others souls while simultaneously allowing us to release our problems with each and every kick, boom, and hoo-rah.

Well ninjas, we are about to restore your faith in dance music all thanks to NYC producer, Jenaux. Notorious for his earth-shattering productions, Jenaux has officially outdone himself with his latest remix of Panama Wedding’s song, “Uma”. Starting off with an epic piano intro, Jenaux masterfully uses this stunning piece to his advantage by giving it a boat load of cry-worthy synths, a cheerful build, and an ethereal breakdown that’ll send us all back to our favorite festival moments. There is definitely hope for this genre and it’s artists like Jenaux who give us living proof that feel good music still exists in today’s dance music culture.

Get your free copy today and prepare for some serious throwback sensations because you’re about to be on a progressive house kick for the remainder of the day. Sorry about it, folks!

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[Indie Rock] We Were Promised Jet Packs – Safety In Numbers

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Safety in Numbers

Boasting one of the single best names in the music industry, Edinburgh-based five-piece We Were Promised Jetpacks bring a swirling culmination of electric percussion work, cinematic builds and emotion-rich soundscapes that oh-so-few can accomplish.

Grabbing our ears back in These Four Walls, this indie rock outfit brought us varying elements of indie rock genres, providing us with an intense and overwhelmingly enjoyable listening experience for quite some time. In all honesty, we can’t count how many times we’ve listened to “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning,” and “Quiet Little Voices.” In fact, we’d be quite interested to see the actual statistics.

In their latest release, we’re offered another drum-centric tune with glorious guitar melodies wavering in the background. Coupled with Adam Thompson’s subdued vocals, “Safety In Numbers,” brings a warm, security-blanket-type feeling of comfort. WWPJ are back and Unravelling is going to be one hell of an album.

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Crooked Colours – Keep Your Mouth For Lying (cln Remix)

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Keep Your Mouth For Lying (cln Remix)

The science of physics and chemistry teaches that the liberation of energy comes in both thermal and nuclear forms, and perhaps many others had I paid more attention in class. Yet, nothing is more equipped at transforming the little bit of kinetic energy left after along ass day than the exothermic properties of listening to music. The already exquisitely relaxing track “Keep Your Mouth For Lying” by Australian electronic trio Crooked Colours has now been rebranded as a bedroom lullaby by Callan Alexander, better known as, cln.

Not to take away from the efforts of cln, who in this project is blessed to work with the controlled and emotionally rooted vocals of frontman Philip Slabber, but it is Slabber’s ability to induce empathy that gives the track such resonance. Between welcome vocal loops and stripped instrumentals, the Aussie producer captures a side to the track, that if we take out its inherent scientific factor, can only be described as heavenly.

“Keep Your Mouth For Lying” is taken from the ‘In Your Bones’ EP available through iTunes.

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[Album Review] Johnny Astro – Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology

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As a music lover, I took a long departure from the world of hip hop. In high school, you’d often find me cruising around, bumping Wu Tang’s Enter the 36 Chambers of Death or Picture This from Chi-town’s Do or Die. Something about the the combination between lyrical creativity and unique variations in flow seemed to capture my attention at the age of 16, and there wasn’t really much that could take me away from that.

As I grew older, my love for booming bass and intricate word play faded. While my affinity for hip hop was never gone, it was never quite what it had once been. Finding solace in complicated timing signatures found in math rock, or the simplistic nature of a folk singer possessing nothing more than an acoustic guitar, my tastes evolved over the years, slowly straying away from what I had once loved.

At the age of 30, I’m as well rounded as I’ve ever been. Delving back into hip hop, I have the pleasure of exploring some of the lesser known artists, steering clear of the garbage spewed on the radio on a day to day basis. One up and coming artist that I’ve come to truly appreciate is Arlington based Johnny Astro.

Bravely infusing blogosphere smash hits into his beats, this young Texan does what so many young EDM producers do, by grabbing indie tunes and flipping the script. In his most recent release, Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology, Astro has some flawless sampling for those well-rounded music lovers to grasp onto.

In the lead track, we’re left in awe listening to Ry X’s “Berlin,” which devastated the internet with it’s stunning vocals and intense simplicity. Racking up over 1.1 million plays, this tune boasts a difficult task when looking at re-working. Astro does so with undeniable ease, pairing up his flow with each percussion hit, proving he’s not intimidated to take on challenging feats.

One of our other favorite tracks in this newly released project is “Wonderful Life”, which features a other-worldly sound, rife with delicate yet clashing harp work, leaving the listener charmed with the elevated lyrical journey that Astro brings to the table. What comes to fruition is a perfect jam for a nice set of subs and some open road.

The independent hip hop scene is alive and well in the blogosphere, and one thing is for certain: Mr. Astro is here to represent Texas in this online realm of music.

’Astrology’
’Wonderful Life’
’Athena’
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[House] Disciples – Mercy

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You made it. It’s now officially Monday night, and you’re one day closer to Friday. With that being said, it’s important to take some time to sit and reflect the overwhelming difficulty that you just overcame. To do so, we suggest you pour a nice glass of something. Bourbon would be our choice, but feel free to drink what you’d like. You all set now? Good. Press play and just sink into these dancy grooves from London based Disciples.

Harnessing one of the most soulful musical personalities to ever exist, this trio put a modern twist onto Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me,” from the absolute legend of an album What’s Going On. With soft, tropical undertones, Disciple expertly extracts memorable lines from the original, giving a more than adequate amount of respect to Mr. Gaye’s infamous tune.

This happens to be a free download. We suggest you download it and load it up for your weekend wind-down mix. Until then, feel free to stay right here and hit play again and again.

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