Parra for Cuva
Champa (feat. Monsoonsiren)
Like a song whispered from some sort of higher power, Germany’s Parra for Cuva has crafted a piece of meditative perfection in ‘Champa’. Amidst the rush of life, music that can invoke moments of deep reflection are a treasure, and it won’t take long for your mind to be carried away by the delicate electronica flowing freely here. The mood set by the acoustic soundscape is made complete by the mystical vocals of Monsoonsiren, whose name you may recall from the iconic ODESZA track ‘Memories That You Call’. To best honor the inner purpose of this production we won’t divulge any further than that, because this is one that was made to be felt, not just heard, and the sensation certainly reaches deep.
Back in April of 2013, we premiered “Birdcage Chain,” a nuanced trap masterpiece that introduced us to then 16-year-old beatsmith, Mura Masa. Since the release of his impressive self-titled EP last year, the young UK producer has been evolving and expanding his style to encompass an unmatched repertoire of sounds and influences. After providing a few promising glimpses into his debut album recently, the now 18-year-old musician released his debut album yesterday.
Soundtrack To A Death serves as a fitting title for the project with each song representing a lifetime of its own only to be reincarnated with the next in a refreshing, yet unified manner. While the trap percussion undertones remain prevalent, their booming qualities are contrasted with a mix of gorgeous pianos and synths, unique eastern sounds, engineered electronic instrumentation and flawlessly placed vocal samples. It’s difficult to establish favorites on a project as complete as this one, but we’ve shared a few above that portray its diversity. “…Girl” may best capture Mura Masa’s musical genius as he takes a simple piano melody and builds a masterfully arranged tune that is versatile and endlessly addicting.
In listening to this album, you get the sense that Mura Masa creates meticulously, with attention to every detail and subtlety, resulting in a mind-altering, deeply emotional listening experience, which brings to mind artists like Flying Lotus and XXYYXX. Although “Future” has always seemed like a strange genre classification, Mura Masa truly pushes musical boundaries on this project taking the current direction of electronic music to a whole new level and, at only 18, he is quite literally the future. Soundtrack To A Death can be streamed in its entirety and purchased over at Bandcamp; and is also available on iTunes.
P.S. Hit the jump to see the epic video for “…Girl” and listen to Mura Masa’s remix of Aryay‘s “The Lawnmower,” which just won the official remix contest.
After being introduced to the Deep House duo, BiPolar theory (consisting of Whyel and JDefeats), we instantly got hit with the boogie fever to which we experienced some serious third degree burns from their tunes. Since their debut EP release and their sensational remix of Disclosures “Latch”, we have been anxiously awaiting for these two to come back with some heat for us to share with the world. Well ninjas, today is the Monday of all Mondays because we are excited to share with you the latest original from BiPolar Theory that will 100% take you so deep that DJ Hanzel would be put to shame. In fact, we had to give this one a listen a few times because these two definitely took their underground game to an entirely new level of funky.
Filled with sizzling build ups, sharp and choppy synth breakdowns, and heaps of pitched down one liners, BiPolar gives us a delectable taste of some good, traditional sounding House music. “Lemme” is the type of song that will naturally make your body move effortlessly across the dance floor, almost as if the sound gods themselves are guiding you through a rhythmic tunnel of divine frequencies. Talk about an experience if you ask us. “Lemme” is available for free download viz Panda Funk Records so make sure to grab this one while it’s sizzling hot because there’s no way you’ll be able to listen to this one just once.
Lincoln Jesser has been quietly enticing much of the staff here at TMN over the course of the past few years. From singles steeped in supremely catchy, thought out production structures to a cohesive and accessible debut LP, Modern Color; it’s safe to say we’ve carved out a bit of a soft spot for the So-Cal synth modulator. As a result, every time we’re sent a new lush pop composition from LJ, it more than piques our interest and never fails to deliver an earful of sonic beauty. “Golden”, Jesser’s latest tune finds the young producer in one of the most enlightened stretches of a brief music career, with Jesser’s crooning vocals sounding more polished and directed than ever before -even amongst a deft amount splicing, chopping, and layering. Musically, “Golden” borrows tonality from a multitude of unexpected genres; a swelling, pitched down bass line offers shades of U.K. jack and club-house while a rich, warm pop base lacquers the movement with more than enough unique accessibility to shine amongst what has become an influx of a formulaic avalanche’s worth of stabs at the revivalist genre. One thing this writer has always associated with Jesser has been: “refreshing”. And that’s once again how “Golden” lays on our palate.
Nightcall (Ardency Remix)
As we struggle to hit our snooze button for the eleventh time this morning, we can’t help but close our eyes and sigh at the daunting fact that today is only Tuesday and we are as far away possible from the weekend. Knowing that we still have 3 days of monotony to endure makes us really want to pull the sheets over our head and ignore all of our adult responsibilities for the rest of the day. We here at TMN often find ourselves in this state of mind, however, we tend to remedy these heavy eyelids with some soothing music to refresh our negative mindsets into a more optimistic lime light. Helping lift our spirits and carry us through this mundane day are electronic duo, Ardency and their euphoric remix of Kanvinsky’s famous song, “Nightcall”. Through their emotive approach to this track, they successfully re-worked this wonder into something truly ethereal.
Ardency mentions to us that “this song is simple but thought out and meaningful. Every part of it was made to convey the brooding emotion of Kavinsky’s character. We wanted to stay true to our style while making a remix that did the original justice. Ultimately, the goal of our music is to stimulate emotion within our listeners; we want to make people feel.”
Filled with elongated notes of pure divinity, powerful percussive elements that burst with emotion, and mystical, melodic builds that lead up to a beautiful release, Ardency turns this Kavinsky classic into a memorable piece of art that will swoon you for all eternity. As we await the drop of their upcoming Gradience EP (out next month via Prep School Recordings), Ardency is releasing their “Nightcall” remix for free so we can have something to sit on until then. We can’t wait to hear what’s up their sleeve next, but for now we will just utilize the repeat button until further notice.
God's Whisper (La'Reda Remix)
La’Reda, an LA-based duo made up of two established musicians in Brion Charles and Nathan Barbour, came out with a unique edit of Atlanta-based artist Raury‘s “God’s Whisper” yesterday totally spicing things up and adding their own twist. This rework features a subtle deep-house beat and a chilled out vibe that fully consumes your attention. The original voice samples are incorporated cleverly into the mix. The hollow synths used in the breakdown towards the end of the song fit perfectly with Raury’s powerful vocals. It’s complex and deep without being overdone.
Free download of the song is available here–make sure to check out La’Reda’s Soundcloud for more deep house goodness!
Lunch Money (Prod. Kanye West)
Pusha T has had one of the most interesting career trajectories in hip-hop–from legitimate dope dealer to half of one of the greatest hip-hop duos ever to a potent solo artist and Kanye West‘s go-to feature emcee. His debut solo album, My Name is My Name, cemented his relevancy in the current rap landscape with its ferocious lyricism, versatile storytelling and general crazy-eyed energy. Naturally, his work with his G.O.O.D. Music label-boss, Kanye West, has marked some of his most groundbreaking recent work (see: “Numbers on the Board”) and today we get another collaboration with the first single from his upcoming 2015 sophomore album, King Push, which is due out early next year.
“Lunch Money” sees West once again crafting an unorthodox, minimalistic instrumental for Push with a bubbling, looped pad and a stuttering sample reminiscent of some of the Neptunes productions from the Clipse days. As always, King Push brings the heat with lines like, “Shout out my Mac-11 mobsta/Grew up on Nintendo playing contra/and though that n***a only 5’9″/100 bodies on his timeline.” Eghk…