[Hip-Hop] Yuna – Live Your Life (ft. Theophilus London)

One of our favourite rappers Theophilus London has stepped up to remix “Live Your Life” by underground talent Yuna, and boy is it good. The Kuala Lumpur-based singer’s soft vocals and gentle synths give it a sweet vibe, allowing London to weave his raps around Yuna’s angelic voice. Definitely one of the most exciting tracks out there at the moment, “Live Your Life” has a lot of potential for both Yuna and London. Don’t miss Yuna’s self-titled album (featuring Pharell on production), out now.

Yuna
Live Your Life (Featuring Theophilus London)
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[TMN Exclusive] Celldweller Interview

Miss Murders Personal Jesus (Celldweller Klash
Up) (Free Download)

Disposable War Pigs (Celldweller Klash
Up) (Free Download)

One look at Celldweller is more than enough to make you think this is an interesting person. Aside from the edgy metal look, the sci-fi album covers, and an overwhelming dedication to his fans, his musical style is enough to spend a few hours talking about.

We first stumbled on Celldweller with his Klash-Up (spelled with a K for his name, Klayton) of famed Metal gods Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne. Since that day, it’s been a whirlwind of releases which all encompass his signature sound. If you’ve never spent any time listening to him, now is the time. Klayton’s style is truly unique, blending dubstep, drum and bass, and elements of metal into perfectly crafted tracks. Seeing him live only made us more impressed with this sound, as hundreds of club goers switched back and forth from dancing to head banging. It’s truly a sight to see.

We had a chance to sit down with Celldweller at Beta Nightclub and talk about everything from to when he first heard about Beta to how he feels about his own music.

TMN: Welcome to Colorado, Klayton. Is this your first time performing here?

CD: It is not. I played the Marquis maybe a year ago, on a Tuesday night, and was really impressed with how vibrant the scene was. That was more of my rock iteration of my show which is like a DJ set meets a rock band.

For a Tuesday night, I was pretty impressed at the Denver scene. Electronic music is thriving here.

TMN: Your career as an electronica artist is relatively young. What does it feel like to play at such a highly revered club such as Beta?

CD: I’ve always been electronically minded, I just grew up playing instruments so that’s always been a part of my sound. I’m a musician, I’m not really comfortable with just getting up there and pushing buttons. I’ve always gotta be doing something.

Playing instruments is where I’m most naturally comfortable. I know how to play all those instruments, I could write a hundred songs like that, but it’s much more challenging for me to try and get a different tone for drums and synths and different textures for every sound that I create. So what I did is really complicate my own life. That’s what gets me off.

TMN: What does it mean specifically to play at a club like Beta though?

CD: It means a lot. When I found out that I was playing here, especially with Bare, I was really excited be here at Beta. I actually had a conversation with BT about a year ago, he said, “Have you ever played at Beta, because that place is insane.” Then now to actually be here, and to be playing with Bare, I’m lovin’ it. And you can tell that people here are really into the music.

TMN: We were just up there for your set and people were going insane. You’re like a rock star personified into a DJ.

CD: Well, I never considered myself a rock star, but if you want to use that term. I actually was a “rock star”, so that’s where it came from. I actually didn’t feel like I was moving around that much tonight, but that’s because I rehearsed really hard last night and my neck is really sore.

TMN: We were stoked on one of your very first “Klash-ups” Disposable War Pigs. Do you feel that track was kind of a game changer for you?

CD: No. I actually just did it with no pretense. I just did it because I love both bands. I knew I wanted to do something, and I knew that the Sabbath song was wide open. I could just program around that thing for days because there was huge open sections around Ozzy’s voice. I actually did it thinking no one would care. In a really short amount of time we started finding out that a lot of people reacted to it. We found out that Excision was closing out his sets with my track on his tour when he came back for his encore.

I always create pretending that no one in the world cares what I’m doing. Because I’m really doing this for me anyways, so I can’t base my judgements or decisions based on what someone else wants to hear.

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[Lovestep] MitiS – Born

Lovestep AKA liquid/progressive dubstep is a sub-genre of electronic music that I feel is often taken for granted. Dubstep utilizes high energy synths and thunderous basslines to scramble the brains of listeners all the while sending them into a dancing frenzy. Lovestep on the contrary, takes on an arguably more difficult task utilizing similar resounding bass in conjunction with soothing melodies to ease its listeners into a state of pure bliss. Joe Torre, better known as MitiS, has rapidly been gaining notoriety of late for producing quality releases across all genres of EDM. Today, MitiS released his latest effort “Born”. “Born” is a beautiful lovestep track riddled with poignant melodies and harmonious synths. Best of all, MitiS released the track for free so snag a download and enjoy!

Also, if you’re interested in hearing some of MitiS’ harder material, make sure to check out his recent remix of Heavyweight’s tune “Butterknife” here!

MitiS
Born
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[Hip-Hop] The ILLZ – A New Day (TMN Song Premiere)

(Photo Credit: Rodolfo Diaz)

As the warm, breezy summer days start rolling to an end, and winter starts to creep up on us, it’s easy to start getting disconcerted. However, The ILLZ is here to remind us  that with every new day comes a new opportunity. As with most tracks from The ILLZ, every single word is carefully chosen, with each verse serving a purpose towards establishing the song’s message. Over an atmospheric yet upbeat instrumental, the Jersey emcee covers topics ranging from self-realization to finding the perfect soul-mate, touching on both the struggles he’s had with those issues, as well as his new perspective on them. “A New Day”  looks to be a standout track on what’s already shaping up to be an amazing album, in The Darkest Hour, dropping November 13th.  You can grab an advance copy of the project over at his official website, TheILLZ.com.

The ILLZ
A New Day
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[Chill] Astronauts, etc. – Supermelodic Pulp EP

Supermelodic Pulp is the five-song debut EP from Astronauts, etc. Contrary the plurality of the name, Astronauts, etc. is the solo project of UC Berkeley grad Anthony Ferraro. Each piece of the EP is rooted in a different reverberating, instrumental lick. Ferraro wrote, recorded, and mixed each song, layering the pulsing beats with his own harmonizing vocals. While “You can Tell” and “Mystery Colors” have gotten the most play and attention (and for good reason), I feel the EP’s kick-off track “Airborne” is the paragon. Think Neon Indian with simplified vocals mixed with Washed Out‘s dreamy, rolling beats. The EP dropped earlier in the month, and you can get it for $5 here.

Astronauts, etc.
Airborne

Astronauts, etc.
Mystery Colors

Astronauts, etc.
Labyrinth

Astronauts, etc.
You Can Yell

Astronauts, etc.
Foreign Sounds
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[90's Trap] Snap! – Rhythm Is A Dancer (Aylen Remix)

90′s one hit wonder fans….WHERE YOU AT? Because Aylen just dropped an unheard remix of Snap!‘s track “Rhythm Is A Dancer”. This is a style of Trap I didn’t expect to hear any time soon, but none the less Aylen nails this mix. He features the very old school vibes that this 90′s jam has to offer, everything from the funky vocals to the classic chords. The drop features chopped vocals and an incredible melody that keeps building throughout the whole track. Hopefully more artist will follow suit and drop some more filthy 90′s Trapped out bangers! Cheers.

Snap!
Rhythm Is A Dancer (Aylen Remix)
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[Indie Rock] Fort Lean – Sunsick (Official Video)

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This is the new video for “Sunsick” by Brooklyn indie rock band Fort Lean. Directed by Ethan Berger, it’s a quirky visual accompaniment that follows frontman Keenan Mitchell as he walks around Williamsburg only to end up on a sunny-drenched beach. The track, which you can also stream below, is off their excellent 2011 self-titled EP. The guys just wrapped up a summer tour with Bear Hands and Passion Pit, but are gearing up to release a new EP called Change Your Name on October 30th. It’s produced by Chairlift’s Patrick Wimberly.

Fort Lean
Sunsick
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