I Won't Complain
Every once in awhile I’ll receive something in my inbox that’ll completely blow me away. Most of the time I’ve begun to realize, the artists responsible hail from the streets of London. I don’t know what it is that they have in the water over there, but The Brits are churning out amazing acts left and right. Benjamin Clementine is yet another name to add to that lucrative list with his masterful single, “I Won’t Complain.”
“I Won’t Complain” is a relatively simple track when you break it down to its basics: just a piano and some vocals. Clementine is able to make use of those tools expertly however, pouring his soul out over flurrying keys to produce a powerful ballad that’s both raw and evocative. The UK crooner walks us through a whirlwind of emotions on the buildup to the powerful chorus, where he vows not to take any grievance in his unfortunate circumstances, and appreciate the world for what it is. Peaceful and enlightening, this single makes for perfect listening around this time of year, with winter right around the corner.
This is just a preview of what Clementine has to offer before his Cornerstone EP arrives in January. For more from the artist, make sure to check out his official SoundCloud page, as well as a spectacular live performance of some of his other songs below.
Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix)
As the weather has turned here in Denver towards the slightly cryptic and snowy, we thought it was about the perfect time to slip a little tropical pick me up into our daily dose of tunes. Hailing from Norway, 22 year-old feel-good house producer Kygo again graces the pages of TMN, this time with a sexy little remix of one of music’s all time sexiest little singles; Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”. It has been becoming a common theme for this writer to be amazed at Kygo’s uncanny ability to take a track, which on paper has no business on the dance floor, and rework it into an alluring, hip-shaking beat. Marvin Gaye’s timeless vocals are left completely intact, and play utterly well to Kygo’s softly keyed, upbeat four-to-the-floor instrumentation. Trust us when we say this one will be on repeat once you get your hands on it. If you haven’t yet had a chance to delve into Kygo’s back catalogue, be sure to check out his remixes of Ellie Goulding’s take on The Weeknd’s “High For This” and Passenger’s “Let Her Go” as well. As with all of Kygo’s productions, it’s been offered up as a free download in exchange for a Facebook “like” here, so we expect to hear this one being played all over the world this weekend.
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
– Get in line up front door before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier
Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only stipulations are that this deal is only valid for Friday and Saturday of this week. Sorry, you’ll have to purchase tickets for Ferry Corsten!
Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.
Ferry Corsten- November 21st
Ferry Corsten Ft. Jenny Wahlström
Chris Carns - November 22nd
Live Bait Part 2: Trap Or Die
Pete Tong - November 23rd
Francesco Rossi Paper Aeroplane (Tong & Rogers Le Grand Bazaar Remix)
London based youngster Marika Hackman is back with another release from her upcoming EP, Sugar Blind. Produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), this EP marks a significant stride forward in Marika’s songwriting. Due for release December 9th on Dirty Hit Records, “Wolf,” has us swooning; echanted with her brooding tone.
The ominous repeating vocal samples set the tone for this wickedly dark tune. With subtle guitar pics, eerie synths and downlplayed percussion we find ourselves getting beautifully lost in this gem. Aptly named, this haunting journey comes to fruition through Marika’s non-traditional vocals, which illustrate quite a cautionary tale.
If you’re in the the UK next month. Make sure to catch her live at one of these five shows. And, once you’re done picking up tickets, pre-order Sugar Blind and receive an instant download of her track, “Cinnamon.”
Dec 10th – The Hope, Brighton
Dec 11th – Lexington, London
Dec 12th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
Dec 13th – Gullivers, Manchester
Dec 14th – The Birdcage, Bristol
A Real Hero
Brooklyn indie-poppers High Highs raised a few eyebrows when they decided to cover College & Electric Youth’s shimmering 2011 single “A Real Hero”, which gained much of its notoriety for the perfect placement in the Ryan Gosling starring soundtrack-disguised-as-a-movie: Drive; but in our humble opinion gave a new dimension to the spacey track that even more listeners could connect with. One of High Highs most integral producers/writers Oli Chang, however decided there was even more work to be done to the tune, and by use of a brand new solo project, Loveless, remixed “A Real Hero” in a manner that may be more appropriate for an all night disco dive-bar dance party. While Loveless remains in its infancy as a music project, we had the pleasure of hearing his first mixtape back in July which featured some of our absolute favorite artists at the moment, while simultaneously displaying a knack for and taste of the best soulful electronic music around. It was a pleasure to see all of that skill translate into a very solid debut from Loveless, which as a whole, binds multiple layers of airy and provocative synth work with 80’s fueled percussion and tonally reinforcing pads. Just really lovely stuff (no pun intended). Without further adieu, we are very pleased to premiere the Loveless remix of “A Real Hero”.
DANNY BROWN & MNDSGN
Already riding high off his critically acclaimed album, Old, Danny Brown literally had no reason to release any more music this year. But here we are, and boy are we glad we found this. Technically this track isn’t new, but more an unreleased gem. Unsurprisingly, the eccentric Detroit emcee effortlessly shreds apart this ominous Mndsgn instrumental that sounds like it was ripped straight out of the Twilight Zone.
“Sweeney Song” will be featured on the upcoming Classic Drug References Vol. 1 box set, and you can learn more about the song’s inception from Sweeney Kovar, who used to run the now defunct Classic Drug References blog:
Danny was my longshot for this project. By the time I got moving on this he’d already signed with Fool’s Gold and was about to drop XXX, which would establish him as one of the fiercest MC’s out. I emailed and DM’d to no avail. One day I decided to try something really crazy and picked up the phone and called him. The stars were aligned and a rapper actually answered his phone. In all of two minutes he agreed to cut a track. I emailed him a .zip of beats I’d culled from the homies and about a week later I got a sendspace link entitled “SWEENY SONG.” He had taken a Mndsgn beat and absolutely ripped it to shreds. It’s been so long since he cut it that it now sounds like vintage Danny to me, which of course I love. I fixed the typo in the title and ran with it.
Set to release on November 25th, the compilation will contain three 7″ records featuring Danny Brown, Blu, Knxwledge, Quelle Chris, Ras G, and more. Also included will be a zine which will have exclusive interviews from Mr. Porter and A$AP Yams. Make sure to grab yourself a pre-order of the project here, and also check out the ingenious interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” which also features a cameo from Danny Brown among other TV personalities.
“Mesmerise”. If the title hasn’t given you a clue as to what type of band this is, perhaps these following song titles will: “Colours to Life”, “Prisms”, and “Ankh” (meaning, key of life).
If you’re thinking of a British band that rocks just the optimal level of late sixties/early seventies sounds, you’re right. Formed in Kettering, Northamptonshire last year, Temples, is best known for their psychedelic vibes. We’re pretty certain we haven’t captured too many fans from the 60’s on our site, but we know that Pink Floyd, The Doors, or The Beatles have not gone unnoticed in your music escapades. So Temples could be just right up your alley for a break away from the current electronic or indie scene.
Their debut album Sun Structures will be released in less than four months, on Februrary 10th, 2014, while “Mesmerise” will be released on Heavenly Records, January 13th, 2014.