When you are down in the dumps, music can be the perfect amount of motivation you need to get right back up to solid ground . And sometimes, if you decide to stew in your own misery and turn on the “broken hearts club” playlist, it can drag you down right along with it. Funny how strong of a hold it has on us. We are basically putty in the hands of music. So whether you are having a good day or a shitastic one, let the indie dojo be your motivational speaker for the next 20 minutes. This particular list just happens to have a PowerPoint of positive vibes all prepared and ready to go….
With J. Cole‘s sophomore effort, Born Sinner, hitting shelves on June 25th, fans have been itching for a taste of the new album. While Cole assures us this new freebie isn’t a preview of what to expect from the record, it’s still a pleasant surprise nonetheless. “Cole Summer” serves as a vehicle for J. Cole to reflect about his life and his spot in the game. It’s nearly five minutes of pure stream of consciousness rap over a chopped up sample of Lauryn Hill‘s “Nothing Even Matters.” No chorus. No hook. No bullshit. Grab the free download, and stay tuned for more music from Cole before his album drops.
Dreamy Birmingham indie rock quartet SWIM DEEP is back with another absolutely gorgeous tune to get you prepped and ready for summer. This time around we’re bringing you “Simmer” which is the b-side to “She Changes The Weather’” (13th May Chess Club / RCA). Make sure to pick this up when it’s released. It’s sure to get a spot in the regular rotation.
EELS is certainly not a new comer to the music scene. E’s (the lead singer) been prolifically cranking out gravely voiced, angst driven tunes for over two decades and now EELS has a nice fat double album for us! The effort is extremely enjoyable and accessible: the rock tunes are catchy and slower songs stirring. Best of all, whether you’ve been a fan of EELS since the 90’s or if you’re just discovering them for the first time (admittedly, in the case of this reviewer), you’ll enjoy this bluesy, crunchy, effective album from a seasoned band.
The album begins with the track “Bombs Away,” a gritty little track that launches with some top shelf drumming and a scratchy electric guitar as E growls a decidedly fed up lyrical message. Like the majority of the album, “Bombs Away” is immediately contagious and will stay with you as you walk out of your car and into work. “Peach Blossom” offers an interesting change up, beginning with some stomping percussion and distorted guitar that breaks periodically for strange but effective interludes of guitar and keyboards. It’s a fun, upbeat song. Finally, “On the Ropes” shows off E’s knack for songwriting, providing the listener with a folksy, simple and lyrically eloquent tune.
The back half of the album warrants its own review (the double album is a total of 26 songs) and contains some pretty impressive live music. The entire effort is worth the download. Listen to a few tracks here–
Start watching this new video by Italian electric artist and record producer Danny Darko and you will immediately get chills. This beautiful song has the vocals of the talented Dionne Lightwood sung overtop of Darko’s amazing musical mix. The song begins with a violin melody, haunting yet inviting to the listener as Lightwood’s echoing lyrics slowly carry into the song. Then, Darko takes control of the instrumentals in this piece, adding in electronic beats, piano and drums before taking the song for its first drop at :54. The song continues with a layering of Lightwood’s captivating voice with the mix of Darko’s undeniable ear for electronic music. This video tells the story that many of us know; we just want to be visible to the one person who we feel invisible to. The video has some beautiful outdoor imagery with the final minute of the song escalading to Darko disappearing before Lightwood’s eyes. Darko is a newcomer to the electric scene but his ear for mixing musical instruments and electric sounds is sure to make him visible in the electric music world.
Last week’s mini-mix for TMN, by our resident artist Thomas Gold, was an amazing hit with old fans and new fans alike. This whole month with Gold has been extraordinary and he has gone out of his way working with us at TMN to give all his followers what they want, what they didn’t know they needed and of course, lots of unexpected greatness. As always the end of the month means it is time to say goodbye to Gold but as always we wanted to give a shout out to Thomas and the awesome group of people who he works with.
Before we say our final goodbye though we asked Gold about some of his favorite songs and/or artists right now and if he could share those with us. Gold wrote back saying the five tracks below were songs he loves to throw down in his sets mixed in with his own golden touch. Can’t say we are surprised by his choices, these are some great songs/remixes by some talented artists.
Thanks for the awesome April Mr Gold-i-locks, best of luck for the rest of the year and we hope to see you real soon!
Thomas Gold’s 5 must play songs:
Sebjak & Marcus Schossow – Liceu
Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy (Botnek Remix)
Steve Angello & Matisse & Sadko – SLVR
The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
Hard Rock Sofa – Rasputin
Any time we get to hear new material from MF DOOM, you know it’s going to be a good day. While a collaboration between the masked villain and New Jersey’s Clams Casino may seem odd at first, after listening to “Bookfiend,” you’ll know this is a match made in hip-hop heaven. The track blends DOOM’s atypical flow and complex rhyme schemes over some patented, atmospheric Clams production. Both artists stick to their formula here, but in this case, that actually leads to the creation of something fresh. Let’s hope to hear more from the duo in the near future.