Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 60]

As another weekend flies by, we’re here to help you hit pause and slow things down to reflect a bit. It’s hard to believe we’ve been keeping this Sunday Night Soul revival going 10 weeks strong already, but we hope you’ve enjoyed the ride just as much as we have so far. If you’re curious to check out some of our previous offerings from this year, you might want to poke around our 2018 archive on Spotify at the link below. You can also follow us on SoundCloud and Spotify to get weekly updates directly in your feed as the playlist goes live.

Playlist Links:

SoundCloud || Spotify || Spotify Archive

Ian Ewing – Willow (ft. Yasmeena)
Chloe Lilac – acne
Tom Bailey — Patriarch
Elyah – Lost Love (feat. Josh Rubin)
Wednesday – Rendezvous (Prod. by ENT)
ward wills – sweet mirage (ft. FAWNA)
Marcella – Occupied ft. Jords
emma kiel – THINKING TOO MUCH (prod. jennejenne)
Madson Project. – I Just Wanna Smile (prod. Masked Man)
cresce – WINE (prod. by cresce & custody)
Vada – Meant to Be (produced by j.robb)
PUP – Stay With U(W/Ripley)
Clairo – Hello? (feat. Rejjie Snow)
Nick Hakim – Vincent Tyler
jhon myquale – The Jones, The Jane Ft. Matt James
James Vickery – Until Morning
Guthrie Galileo – Wishes
Jerome Thomas & Warren Xclnce – Take The Risk
baccyard – STRANGER
EKANY – CPR
Tera Kòrá – pistols w/ Paul Mond
Ojerime – Moisturise
Sara Diamond – Fool (Prod. by Brody Gillman)
BLAISE – Only Talking
J.O.Y – 547 (prod. by HEARTBRK)
Eric Bellinger – Hours
TYuS – City Of Rose
PLANET GIZA – Attention
Charlie Puth – Done For Me (ft. Kehlani)(soulecist Remix)
No2zcat X Sutt. – Falling (ft. Hyungsun)
salute – Skin (f. THE DIAMONDS ARE BLACK!)
AME ARDAI – Blue
K, Le Maestro – why you watchin’ me? w/ Claire Reneé
Devin Morrison — That’s All
Kelsey Vaz – Change Directions (Ft. Keats The Geek)
Amber
Simone – Think About Girls Sometimes
Liv Lovelle – Special
Rozie – Brown Sugar
Moods – Get To Know You Feat. Pip Millett
HYPERCOLOR – Luv The Way (feat. Myca)
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[Indie/Pop] Dresage – Gallery

Dresage
Gallery

Keeley Bumford of Los Angeles, otherwise known around music as Dresage, has graced the world with yet another original record. Her indie pop treasure “Gallery” is one you’ll likely spend all day in as your ears bare witness again and again to its magnificent qualities.

“Gallery” isn’t your usual teeny bopper pop track. That just isn’t Dresage’s style, so instead she manifests a more industrious, sharp tone that only takes some of the best parts of pop music and sews them together with her own indie affinities. The result was another smash, this coming after her previous single “Linger.”

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NUEX Release their Debut EP ‘Affectus’ [TMN Exclusive Interview]

NUEX
LIGHTS OFF

When I first came across the music of NUEX, a DC-based electro-pop duo, I couldn’t help but comment to myself on how different and unique it sounded. It certainly did not sound like the music I usually find myself listening to. But with the sultry vocals of Camille Michelle Gray and polished production of drummer/producer Teddy Aitkins, there’s just something about their soundscape. It’s dreamy, it’s haunting, and quite intentionally, it’s out-of-this-world.

NUEX, with a name drawing from the French word for “heavens, sky, clouds”, materialize a dreamy vibe with dark, mysterious undertones. Their lyrics reflect the moodiness of their tunes– a “serendipitous” occurrence that is said to draw on inspiration on the moody contemplations of life and its sometimes ugly outcomes. I had the chance to get a peek into the headspace of these two new artists and catch up with them about the creation of their latest EP, Affectus. See what they had to say below:

TMN: The dark and emotive mood that comes through in your music isn’t something I hear all too often. How did you come to land upon this sound for your musical identity?

Camille: I think Teddy and I just share an inclination for depth and profundity that naturally comes across in his production and in my lyric writing. Purely serendipity to me! We never *tried* to be deep or moody, we just both see music as an outlet to have those conversations.

Teddy: I agree with her 100%. We both have incredibly diverse taste in music, from funk to classical. I’m not sure why our music turns out the way it does but 80% of the time, when I lay hands on the piano and we begin writing a song, it just turns into the more moody dark sound. I guess it’s our bodies way of getting out our own “dark passengers”.  

TMN: I feel like I hear a little bit of Kavinsky or maybe even Gesaffelstein in your music. Can you share some insight on your influences and inspirations?

Camille: The Kavinsky reference is fabulous, he is one of my favorites. I won’t bore you with my musical influences, too exhaustive to list! So I’ll pivot and say one of my deepest influences is the ugliness of human emotion. I know it sounds vague or maybe pretentious, but I use music and songwriting as a way to explore and question those baser, nastier and darker emotions and to draw some meaning and purpose from them. And then the end product is a lyric or a melody or a song, a way to beautify what is otherwise difficult to feel. Calling the EP Affectus, Latin for emotion/mood, is symbolic of that process.

TMN: How did you two meet and decide to make music together?

Camille: One very vague posting on Craigslist! And to be honest, the start was very rocky, with Teddy and I trying to reconcile our wants and our style. The only thing that really solidified us as a duo was when I wrote Lights Off. Then I was like “Ok, wow, I like this and I like this direction.” Never looked back.

Teddy: Yea, I agree. When I first sent her the song, I don’t think she was really feeling it. I wrote it with a different genre in mind I think.  We weren’t sure of our sound or what direction we were going. We just knew wanted to make music. But once I heard what Camille had done to the song, I knew we had something magical.

TMN: What’s your creative process like when it comes to recording new songs?

Camille: I wish I could say we always sit down together in the same room and vibe off of something, which we sometimes do. But honestly we do a lot of things remotely, both because we are busy and because we enjoy creating in solitude. So Teddy’ll send me some music he created by himself, I will write to and record it by myself, and then it becomes what you hear on the EP, a combined identity of its own.

Teddy: Yea, I think it’s mainly because we love doing what we do in solitude. We still do create together and do a lot of things together. But I think we just enjoy being alone when we create. Also there is something fun about creating something and going to your partner in crime and being like “check out this thought or sound. Lets build on it”. Then we go back and forth in our own space and make it happen. Maybe we both have a lot of anxiety and silly thoughts and creating is our way of dealing. So it feels more natural for us doing it the way we do.  

TMN: Some of your lyrics are pretty heavy stuff. What’s the inspiration behind them?

Camille: Life. And how wack it can be. And how beautiful it can be. And how in-between those two things it usually is. One of our main themes as a band is space and the Universe. I write a lot from the perspective of trying to marry mundane human happenings to something larger than life, hoping to make our experience here seem more meaningful than it appears.

TMN: Is there anything else you’d like the listeners to know about Affectus?

Camille: That it took four years for it to get here! Such a long journey. Like it’s only five songs, but behind it all–so much blood, sweat and tears. Also that it is merely our introduction to the world. We have plenty else in store and are excited to be kicking the door open now.

Teddy: The music does the talking.  *said in a Michael Jackson voice* Continue reading

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 298)

If you’ve been joining us in the dojo every week, then you know what today means. It’s Friday, which marks the beginning of the weekend – and for us that means delivering twelve free downloads for you that us ninjas have collected over the week. Not only do we have the usual batch of a dozen, but we’ve come through with an EDC mix straight from our friends Wenzday and HAMi to give you a heap of extra music. Other than them, you can find works from the likes of Porn And Chicken, LUCA LUSH, Matroda, Habstrakt, Apashe, 1788-L and many more. Get your party pants on people, it’s Friday.

’Willis Nillis – Boo!’
’Element The City – You (ft. Khamari)’
’Farrah – Follow’
’Cardi B – Bickenhead (Porn And Chicken Remix)’
’LUCA LUSH – Vermilion’
’Matroda x Childish Gambino – This Is America (VIP Edit)’
’Habstrakt – Vibin’
’Kendrick Lamar – Humble (Skrillex Remix) (Apashe Edit)’
’Skrillex & Poo Bear – Would You Ever ( 1 7 8 8 – L / R E M I X )’
’Lucchii – Vigilante (TOP $HELF Remix)’
’Habstrakt – Vibin (Superwet Edit) FREE DOWNLOAD’
’Part Native & PIERCE – Venge’
’Wenzday B2B HAMi @ EDC 2018 Wasted Art Car’
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[Electronic] KREAM – Deep End

KREAM
Deep End

There’s a reason people don’t want you to go off the deep end. We’d rather you get on it, in the form of the “Deep End” created by the Norwegian act KREAM. The future-tinged original has been released by Big Beat Records and sports just enough pop crossover sound to really, well, pop!

“Deep End” is one of those records that feels familiar at first listen, but upon evaluating it or listening a few times, you notice the subtleties that set it apart from a lot of the usual future pop songs that have been coming out over the past couple of years. There’s a reason KREAM is a mainstay at Big Beat and this is just one of the many pieces of evidence as to why. “Deep End” is available on digital platforms today for those looking to support this one.

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[Multi-Genre] 8Er$ – The Golden Axe EP

One of bass music’s brighter gems in 8Er$ has just graced Firepower Records with an EP. His four track EP, The Golden Axe, will chop your speakers up with its sharp bassy edge that can be found throughout the varying genres expressed in this project.

The Golden Axe starts off awesomely with “Awesome,” a record that pays homage to early 2010’s dubstep while blending the style with its 2018 counterpart. Next 8Er$ switches things up with the bass house single “RRR” that may be our favorite song on the EP. Holly joins in the fun with his collaboration on “Flushin” that exhibits a syruppy, slow hybrid sound. Lastly, we reach the final single that just so happens to be the title track. As the title track, it closes The Golden Axe out perfectly with a maniacal composition. Add The Golden Axe to your arsenal today.

’8Er$ – Awesome’
’8Ers$ – RRR’
’8Er$ & Holly – Flushin’
’8Er$ – Golden Axe’
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[Dubstep] Chime – Featherweight EP

Why Chime named is EP Featherweight, I have no clue, because this four track project is heavy as f***. Released on Firepower Records, this project is dubstep through and through. If you can’t handle the bass, you better get up outta here.

One thing we’ve always loved about Chime’s sound is the influences he infuses into his work to separate them from the usual batch of bass records that his contemporaries come out with. Chime’s always kept his own style that he’s tweaked over the years. Featherweight is the culmination of that experimentation, mixed with the now common riddim style that has taken over the dubstep genre. You’ve been warned – dive into the bass if you’re ready and add this EP to your digital library.

’Chime – Featherweight’
’Chime & Lost Vegas – Damage’
’Chime – Smokescreen’
’Chime – Missingno’
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