[Synth-Pop] Olympic Ayres – Control

Olympic Ayres

There’s no denying that here at TMN we’ve been huge fans of the Australian indie scene in general with one of our favorite writers even residing Down Under, and behind such prominent labels like Future Classic and Popfrenzy it seems like every day we’re exposed to more exciting acts, most notably of the indie and synth-pop persuasion. Recently, behind prim and polished singles “Magic” and “Take Flight”, Sydney’s Olympic Ayres, have assumed their place as the undisputed apple of this writer’s eye… or ear for that matter, and their latest effort easily has worked its way onto our office playlist. “Control”, Kamaliza Salamba and Nathan Mifsud’s second single from impending debut EP Leisureplex, plays like a breezy slice of funk and disco fueled pop music. Behind what sounds a Nile Rodger’s leaning lead guitar, and a beautifully swung 80’s synth and bass line, “Control” is slightly more restrained than their past offerings but with the same amount of aural and emotional impact we’ve come to expect from the talented pair. Olympic Ayres debut EP Leisureplex is set for release Sept 17th stateside and on the 18th in Australia, and we’re hoping to get at least one more taste before its anticipated release. Stream “Control” above, and pick it up on iTunes here before we get to hear Leisureplex in its entirety.


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3LAU – How You Love Me (Prince Fox Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Prince Fox
3LAU 'How You Love Me' Feat. Bright Lights (Prince Fox Remix)

A little over a month ago, Prince Fox unleashed what may have been the most hyphy remix of #SELFIE this year. With The Chainsmokers giving him the selfie stamp of approval for his festival trap anthem of the decade, Prince Fox is definitely one of those names that won’t be dying out anytime soon. Notorious for throwing down some twerk-worthy beats, the New York based producer has predominately targeted his sound towards the trap side of the spectrum – until today.

Straying away from being labeled a one-genre-guru, Prince Fox has tirelessly been working on showcasing his eclecticism in his productions. Well ninjas, today we are very pleased to be premiering a new side of Prince Fox with his newest remix (and our favorite rendition) of “How You Love Me” by 3LAU. Headed in the Future Bass direction, Prince fox decided to give this track a much needed dose of trippy high hats and wavey water droplets to make this one of the most adorable songs of Summer. If this song doesn’t make you want to sensually groove with that significant other or have a snuggle fest with your cat, then you obviously need to re-think your definition of ‘cute’ because we pretty much have it down here at TMN. As we await the fox’s next round of fire, make sure you grab your free download so you can tie yourself over until then. So stop wondering what the fox says and jam out the rest of your day.

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Kodacrome – Strike The Gold (Luke Neher Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]


Bearing the moniker of a classic Paul Simon song and a Kodak product from the 30’s (with a slightly different spelling), Brooklyn-based Elissa & Ryan together form a up-and-coming project called Kodacrome. Featuring dreamy soundscapes and sultry subdued vocals, this duo made a splash two years ago with their EP, Perla. Since then, they’ve released a few other tracks, including a shimmering, electronic-soul tune called “Strike the Gold.”

With the calming synth-driven backdrop and Elissa’s understated vocals, we were eager to hear what a few remixers could do with these engaging elements. Coming from the land down under, Melbourne DJ/Producer Luke Neher, of Naysayer & Gilsun, has stepped up and re-interpreted “Strike the Gold,” giving it rich, textural elements and a slowly building synth progression to create a lo-fi pop remix.

Calling on associations of Lana Del Rey, Portishead, and The XX, this remix is perfect for a laid back Sunday, or a long summer drive. Luckily for you, this tune is available as a free download on their Soundcloud page.

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[Soul] Nick Hakim – Cold


A slow melody carries you into a place of pure music ecstasy and then, if the quiet groove of the music didn’t capture your mind already, Nick Hakim starts to sing.
And his voice, oh his sexy and tantalizing voice that speaks directly to the soul, leaves goose bumps along every centimeter of your body. ‘Cold’ is a teaser song which Hakim performed with Yours Truly to promote his upcoming debut EP Where Will We Go Part I. The song breaths life into a relationship that no longer exists. Hakim sings a sad story of a love who has turned cold and who will never return to him. His intoxicating vocals seduce even the coldest of hearts, lamenting over her eyes, and her mouth, and her body, Hakim turns to the hypnotic beats of his music to feel warm again. Looking forward to hearing what this crooner has in store on his full EP.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2014 Round #2)


How many times a month do you completely shut off from the world? No phone calls, no emails, no text messages, no nothing. Just you, yourself, and maybe an awesome playlist playing in the background. Hardly ever you say? Well here it is….Your opportunity to hang out with yourself for a little while. We promise it’s not that bad.

’Our Mother – Fire Fire’
’Blackbird Blackbird – Rare Candy’
’Kimberly Anne – Show Me Love’
’Hugo – Dark Days’
’Beat Connection – Silver Screen (Slight Return)’
’She The Monster – Dream’
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[Ticket Giveaway] Thievery Corporation – Red Rocks – 6/13

Depth Of My Soul (Rob Garza Remix)
Thievery Corporation

You could offer us any set of free tickets to any show at Red Rocks, and we would be pretty damn happy. However, if you’re going to offer up free tickets to see Thievery Corporation, Tycho, and Fort Knox Five, we’re going to be drooling over that opportunity.

D.C. based outfit, comprised of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, will be center stage amongst thousands of Colorado concert goers, all admiring the natural beauty of those vibrant red rocks. Alongside of two other solid acts, this is a show that’s sure to be one to remember. So, grab a napkin, because you’re going to need one. We’re offering up one set of two tickets to this show on Friday night.

Entering is really simple, as usual. Just follow the rules and steps below! We’ll pick a winner tomorrow at 5:00PM Mountain time.

There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 21 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
– You Must have a solid arsenal of dance moves in your toolbox to display on behalf of TMN.

Good luck, ninjas!

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[Deep-House/Garage] Sam Smith – La La La (Eric David Remix)

Sam Smith

Every once in a while, a tune will surface seemingly out of the blue, only to steal your ears and heart in the process, while leaving you all the more bewildered as to how said track made its way onto your listening palate in the first place. Such was the case with upstart Denver producer Eric David’s remix of the highly infectious Sam Smith cut “La La La”, which unexpectedly cropped up in our Soundcloud feed this morning. The clearly adept producer rolls this one out behind a deep four-four kick drum and chopped version of the “La La La” vocal hook before ushering in the first wave of groovy synth behind a classic piano line. And, as if we all didn’t know, Sam Smith’s moldable reverberations echo exquisitely through David’s reworked instrumentation including some shufflin’ and jackin’ hi-hats. Not much is known about Eric David at the moment, but you can grab the free download here, and we’ll be on the lookout to see what else the future holds for this unexpected house spark plug, especially behind our first taste.

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