[TMN Premiere] VÉRITÉ – Strange Enough (Cosmic Quest Remix)

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VÉRITÉ
Strange Enough (Cosmic Quest Remix)

Imagine yourself lying in an open field staring up at the cosmic realm above you. Now take that scenario and imagine yourself levitating up towards the sky only to be consumed by a milky layer of ambient clouds that are aimlessly drifting beneath your floating frame. Doesn’t that just sound like the Utopia we all desire? Often times we come across music that helps inspire this intrinsic line of thinking and we cannot help but emerge ourselves in this lucid, dream-like trance. There aren’t too many artists that make us wish we were wandering about the cosmos, however, those rare entities are out there and we tend to have a knack for finding them.

A few months ago we happened to stumble upon an artist by the name of Cosmic Quest; now if you have a good memory then you might remember the gem we picked up from him and Molly Williams called “Water Winds”. Not only did that song move us like never before, but it opened us up to an entirely new realm of music that we forgot ever existed. After months of fine-tuning his productions, the Carmel Valley chill wave wizard is back with an official remix for the lovely, Vérité and her internet hit, “Strange Enough”. With an atmospheric vibe, a melodic synth progression, reverbed percussion (for a lasting wavey effect), and a layer of chopped vocals, Cosmic Quest sent us straight into the clouds with this one. Just when you think the euphoric sensation ends, he takes us to swoonville with a stunning piano outro that sends chills down your spine and permeates your skin with a refreshing blast of solace. We are so fortunate to be premiering the latest from Cosmic Quest and we look forward for what’s to come for this small town producer because he is about to take the world by his hands and take us all to new heights.

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[Chill/House] Alex Wiley – Vibration (Honest Remix)

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Alex Wiley
Vibration (Honest Remix)

Holy mackerel did this tune set us off on the correct foot this morning. Arizona repping electronic producer Honest came to us armed with what has been our favorite tune to make its way our of her studio thus far. This time around Honest has tackled  Alex Wiley’s ragga tipping hip-hop groover “Vibration” and has worked it into a sumptuous slice of sophisticated house music. Rather than approaching her take on the tune with a formulaic four-four kick to start things off, Honest rides a wave of filtered pads and vocal chops into a gorgeously arpeggiated lead piano line  before a sampling of staccato synth stabs sidles in through the back door. Further establishing the tune’s laid back but highly danceable vibe is the way Honest has toyed with Wiley’s raspy vocal track and made it sound as if it was made solely for her production to begin with. This one’s got us feeling all kinds of groovy, so do us one better after your listen and grab the free download here in exchange for a Face book “like”.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Le Castle Vania and his Top 5 Songs

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It is almost September, hard to believe how fast summer has flown by and how much good music TMN has been listening to. Before we let Le Castle Vania go, we had to ask him about his five favorite songs right now, and boy, did he pick some great ones. Throw each of these into a playlist, sit back and reminisce about all things summer.

Knife Party – Resistance
Dyro – Sounds Like
I Am Legion – Choosing For You (Nightwatch Remix)
Oliver – Fast Forward
Nero – Satisfy
Knife Party
Resistance
Dyro
Sounds Like
I Am Legion
Choosing For You (Nightwatch Remix)
Oliver
Fast Forward
Nero
Satisfy
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[Pop] VÉRITÉ – Weekend

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VÉRITÉ
Weekend

Sultry. Seductive. Sensational. VÉRITÉ embodies so many descriptors with her captivating voice that it’s hard to imagine this is just her second release. Dropping just hours ago, “Weekend” is a stunning follow-up to her debut song, “Strange Enough.”

Showcasing her vocal range, this NYC artist displays a smokier side to her vocals that remind us a bit of Lana Del Rey in the verses. However, in sheer pop brilliance, she flaunts the higher notes in the choruses, which provide tremendous amount of energy and vigor throughout.

Written by VÉRITÉ and Elliot Jacobson, produced by Elliot Jacobson, and mixed and mastered by Mike Tuccillo, this lyrically engaging gem will garner high praise from the blogosphere, fans, and new ears alike. Whether it’s the easily accessible lyrics, the uplifting pop nature, or VÉRITÉ’s vocals that tickle your fancy, you’ll find yourself pressing play again and again.

So we can hang our noose
under stars bright
ready to glow
and we can fall in love for the weekend
We’re on the edge baby
two hearts starting to slow
and we can fall in love for the weekend
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #5)

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Summer might be winding down, but it ain’t over yet. There’s still plenty of daytime hours and warm weather to soak in. Don’t let it go to waste. Just like you wouldn’t let an Indie Dojo go to waste. Someones gotta play it.

Sego
20 Years Tall
Flyte
We Are The Rain
ATTU
Dont Sleep
Tower
Cant Vibe
Vinyl Pinups
Gold Rays
George Bennett  
Calling You
Stuart Newman
One Big F
I.AM.L
Lionheart
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Bipolar Theory – Polar EP [TMN PREMIERE]

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A few weeks ago, we happened to stumble upon the Deep House sensation, Bipolar Theory (Whyel & JDefeats) and their phenomenal remix of Disclosure’s, “Latch”. Just when we thought the internet had had enough of hearing the the classic baby-makin’ song of the year, Bipolar Theory took a risk and unleashed a beast of a remix that we still have at the top of our playlists to this day. Their debut remix set the pace for their new side project as a duo in which Whyel and JDefeats are taking on an entirely new side of dance music by producing Deep House (which is essentially the exact opposite of what they make individually). Deep House has progressed to a point where it has put us all into a giant melting pot full of roaring bass lines, groovy synth melodies, pitched vocals, and a undeniable urge to go one deeper. Now that we have reached a shift in tastes as a culture, Bipolar Theory dropped in at the perfect time to take the world by their hand and lead us all down to the dance floor.

Today we are pleased to be premiering Bipolar Theory’s debut Polar EP and have been sitting on this release for much longer than we could actually handle. This EP has been something we’ve been waiting to have sent our way for quite some time now and just when we thought we had heard it all, Bipolar Theory takes their unique identities and sound to a much deeper level. After listening through all 3 tracks, we felt as if we had just got back from dancing for 8 hours straight in a hot and sweaty club in Ibiza.  The opening track of the EP, “Another Night”, is a combination of heavy-hitting synths, stabby piano melodies, and a bass line to make you feel some type of way. The second track of the EP, “Dreamers”, is a little less dark but still maintains that club nature that Carl Cox would be proud of. The final track on the EP, “Resusci”, closes out the EP with its dark, grimey, and filthy progression in which we are led down a rabbit hole of acid-like thoughts and images of DJ Hanzel spiraling around us. If you haven’t yet lived the magic of Bipolar Theory, we recommend you take the next 13 minutes and 23 seconds to introduce yourselves to the dark side by going 3 time deeper than normal.

Another Night
Dreamers
Resusci
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[Neo-Soul/Pop] Caroline Smith & Lizzo – Let ‘Em Say

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Caroline Smith & Lizzo
Let Em Say

The city of Minneapolis has been quietly carving out a name for itself as one of America’s most eclectic metropolis’ for years now. From their budding culinary and artistic communities to a thriving indie music scene; it’s safe to say we’ve had a watchful eye on the Minnesotan hotbed with a passion. So when we heard two of Minneapolis’ most revered female artists, Caroline Smith & Lizzo, were collaborating on a new tune to benefit the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota we had to wrap our ears around it at once. A gliding R&B laced pop diddy on the surface, “Let ‘Em Say” was recorded to promote the empowerment of girls and women around the world and after multiple plays, it was clear the tune’s lyrical content rolls much deeper than its inspirative instrumentation. Both vocalists’ respective incantations playfully bounce off one another to create a saccharine sweet listen; while it remains next to impossible not to add a little hip-wiggle while getting your aural fix on to this one.

It’s truly quite enlightening to see two young, burgeoning artists use their respective artistic mediums to get behind such a worthy and noble cause. Caroline describes this collaboration as a “celebration and recognition of all the ladies out there that were told they were ‘too this’ and ‘not enough that.’ This is for all of the mamas out there busting their asses and all of the girls and women out there that make us proud to hold a microphone”, While Lizzo added: “We’re liberating ourselves as women in this industry and as citizens in this industry and as human beings, and we’re so excited to be able to share that with everybody. When we made “Let ‘Em Say” it was so gratifying, because the song is everything we had been trying to get off of our chest.” Both performers will invest in their vision by donating a portion of the proceeds from this syrupy pop burner to the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota through a “Pay What You Can” on Bandcamp here, so why not do a little bit of good in this world and throw a few bucks to a pair of incredibly talented, altruistic and uber bad-ass musicians to start your week. Stream “Let ‘Em Say” above for the perfect Monday pick me up, and if you missed our lovely interview with Caroline Smith back in February, let her charm your socks off here while you listen.
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