[Alternative/Rock] Berlin Bar Hounds – Le Rambles

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Berlin Bar Hounds
Le Rambles

I know what you’re thinking, but no, this is not a new secret side-project by The National’s Matt Berninger, but rather one created by Jinja Safari drummer, Jacob Borg.

Contrary to what their name suggests, Berlin Bar Hounds are based in Sydney, Australia, from where they have released their debut single, “Le Rambles.” Showcasing a baritone that flows like underground currents and laments love and loss, this track pulses equal parts brooding and smooth.

Hopefully a sign of a full-length album to come, “Le Rambles” has made Berlin Bar Hounds one to look out for.

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Far Too Loud returns with a boom! [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Boom! [Preview]

Electro whizz kid Far Too Loud steps up with his new single ‘Boom!’, to be released on No Tomorrow Recordings, July 7th. The UK-based producer crossed over to big sister label Never Say Die at the beginning of the year, but now returns to his previous home for this track release. Pulling no punches, this one dives in with a rhythmically satisfying introduction. No stranger to incorporating samples, FTL has packed this one with various sounds and excerpts, including shouts of “Boom!” throughout. Despite a nod to big room, the middle section is almost trance-like, an anthemic conclusion to a summer festival killer. We got chatting to the man behind the music.

TMN: You’re from Brighton, UK – how has your hometown influenced your time in music?

FTL:  It’s a great place to live, but I don’t feel it influencing my music at all.  I love the occasional day off in Brighton – hitting up the shops, pubs, a good restaurant, but my main source of inspiration is the atmosphere at the shows I play and the tracks I see really going off.

TMN: You’re playing the States as well as all over Europe. How do you find the varying global scenes? Any major differences?

FTL: I still find that I can go a bit harder in my European sets. American crowds need more vocals and familiar elements to a set, which I don’t mind though. It’s cool to work out interesting ways of doing that.

TMN: You have a new track, ‘Boom’, coming out next week. What sound were you aiming to hit on this one? How did you come up with the idea for it?

FTL: The melody popped into my head when I was walking to the shop late one night. The drop was originally more bassy, but I started playing around and the current one just stuck in my head, so I ran with it. I wanted to do something more current but that still sounds like an FTL production.

TMN: What do you like to do outside of the studio? Where do you like to chill out?

FTL: There’s not that much free time I get between studio and gigging, but I prefer to spend that time doing something culturally enriching.  Gigs, exhibitions, theatre, restaurants, pop-ups, any weird or unusual events.  I want to experience or find out about new things.

TMN: What are your aims for the rest of 2014 and heading into the new year?

FTL: I’m working towards a bigger release and tour towards the end of the year, then I’m going on holiday on 2nd January!

TMN: Any shows you’re particularly looking forward to this summer?

FTL: I’m most looking forward to the outdoor festival sets. I’m on my way to the USA as I write this where I’ve got Big Liberty, then up to Canada for Valhalla Sound Circus and Astral Harvest. Then it’ll be back to UK and Europe for some more including Noisily, Beatherder, Let It Roll and Uplands. Also a South Africa visit at the end of the summer for Grietfest will be awesome.

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[DnB] Pola – Sound Killa / Little Do I Know feat. Bryzone

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The fourth digital release from East London’s Soulvent Records comes from Pola, one third of the label’s personnel. His debut release ‘Sound Killa’ blends new and old influences well – mixing warm liquid tones with an old school rolling beat. Out on July 6th, it features a well-known jungle sample alongside surging drum progessions and rave-style piano chords.

On the flip meanwhile comes ‘Little Do I Know’. Features vocals provided by Pola himself,  it also features label mate Bryzone. A stirring and atmospheric track, Pola blends melancholic chords with a gritty live drum sound.

These are two sophisticated pieces of work from producer and DJ Pola, who has gained a nod of approval from the likes of Hospital Records artists Etherwood and Logistics. We look forward to hearing more from this young talent.

’Pola – Sound Killa’
’Pola – Little Do I Know feat. Bryzone’
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[Alternative/Rock] Spoon – Do You

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After a four-year hiatus, Austin-based indie rock mainstays Spoon are back and as spry as ever with the first official single off their forthcoming eighth record, They Want My Soul.

“Do You” is classic Spoon, with Britt Daniel’s pleading vocals calling out over intertwining guitar and piano along with the type of softened, echoing “do-do-dos” only the best instant sing-alongs are made of. Despite the ferocious intensity of the three-eyed lion in the artwork, the track is actually quite warm and inviting, and you can almost feel the audiences clapping in time already.

Written immediately after Daniel’s side-project Divine Fits concluded touring last year, They Want My Soul is scheduled to become the Texas outfit’s first LP on new label Loma Vista upon its release on August 5th, though there’s still plenty of summer left to bounce along to this song in the meantime.

“Do You” is available for purchase on iTunes, or better, through the band’s new Vinyl Gratification program.

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[Indie] Phoria – Atomic

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Last month TMN gave Phoria the accolade of Bombay Bicycle-esque indie intellects; this month sees us fairly vindicated.

New release “Atomic”, taken from their current EP Display, proves another part of what is shaping up to be a seamlessly sewn jigsaw puzzle. Piece by piece Phoria are creating the bigger picture: an exercise in ethereal fluidity and electronic euphoria. Whilst each track possesses stand-alone strength to admire, the craft of their contemplative EP, is almost conceptual in it’s coalescent execution. More a precision project, than a pile of pieces.

“Atomic” exudes and resonates star gazing and introspective qualities; echoic vocals delicately reverberating with controlled sadness and a firm grasp on smart, minimalistic melancholia.

The Brighton based band have initiated a buzz beyond their base camp. Stirring up the home and international music shores with some nu-wave modernized British indie.

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[Event Preview] Bixel Boys EP Launch Party at Exchange LA 7/5

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After an impressive set at this years Electric Daisy Carnival, Bixel Boys have definitely become the next rising duo to take charge in the dance music world. With support pouring in from all directions, Bixel Boys are finally receiving the recognition and praise they deserve by snagging their first ever headlining slot at the infamous Los Angeles nightclub, Exchange LA, for Insomniac Presents: Inception Saturdays (7/5).

With the launch of their upcoming EP, Empire, the boys felt it would be suitable to throw an epic release party at one of LA’s hottest nightclubs in town. The Bixel Boys alone should already have you standing outside on the streets of Downtown LA, but it doesn’t end there.  This weekends line-up is packed with some massive support coming from Brazzabelle, Hotel Garuda, and Tropicool. We can expect just as much heat from the openers as we can from the main headliner, so if you’re in town and don’t want to suffer from the dreadful FOMO syndrome (fear of missing out), then we highly suggest heading down to Exchange this Saturday night to come boogie with Bixel Boys and friends.

If you’ve never experienced a night out at Exchange, then you definitely need to come party with some ninjas and get your groove on in one of LA’s most historical venues. Killer drinks, killer music, and a badass history lesson to top off the night? Sounds like a good time if you ask us! Well, what are you waiting for? Don’t be one to miss out on all the fun and grab some tickets today – we promise this is one party you do not want to miss.

Purchase tickets here: Bixel Boys @ Exchange LA 7/5

’Bixel Boys – Clutch (Original Mix)’
’Thomas Newson ft. Angelika Vee – Don’t Hold Us (Bixel Boys Remix)’

Supporting artists:

’Brazzabelle & Shintaro Yasuda – Borena’
’Sharam Ft. Honey Honey – My Way (Hotel Garuda Radio Mix)’
’Miami Horror – Real Slow (Tropicool Remix)’

 

 

 

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[Deep House] Adele- Rolling In The Deep (Bender Remix)

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Adele- Rolling In The Deep (Bender Remix)

Do you all remember a time where Adele was the hottest thing to have happened to the world? We definitely remember those lonely Friday nights spent with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream while crying over our ex-boyfriends/girlfriends and then Adele would just show up out of the blue univited. To her defense, she couldn’t stay away or fight it so we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

Now that some time has passed between her latest sob story, we have deemed it socially acceptable for her classic tear-jerkers to surface upon the internet once again. What better way to start us off with some throwback feels than with “Rolling In The Deep”? New Jersey based producer (and recent TMN favorite), Bender, felt it was time to stir things up a bit with his newest remix of “Rolling In The Deep” in which he throws us all back into a nostalgic time machine and forces us to re-live our old, crappy relationships. This scenario seems terrible, however, Bender gives us every reason to put a smile on our face and dance our way back into the past. Who doesn’t love a sense of empowerment when facing those rough times?

After falling in love with his last remix of Route 94’s “My Love”, we knew that he would blow us all away with his deep house spin on an Adele song – and he did. The grimey basslines and dubbed down vocals collectively give this song the right amount of darkness, aggression, and sass to get us up and moving out on the dance floor. Make sure to grab your free download and allow yourself to go one deeper with this one – we promise you won’t miss your ex.

 

 

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