James Vincent McMorrow
How To Waste A Moment
Taking a break from his usual, slow, sensual, and swooning style, our favorite Irishman is back with a freshly released tune, and it delivers on multiple levels. Per usual, we’re welcomed into the soundscape with James Vincent McMorrow’s painfully beautiful vocal tone, one which we’ve fawned over more times that we can count. This time, though, that soft, yet distinguished voice is set to an upbeat, walking synth melody. Coming in on the back of a booming bassline, and pronounced percussion, it all culminates into an addicting combination.
We can only imagine that “How To Waste a Moment” is being incorporated into his live acts. If you’re one of the lucky ones that’s planning on catching it, we’re sure you’re eagerly waiting hearing it live, just as we are.
Catch JVM on tour at one of the following dates below. Having seen him multiple times before, we highly recommend picking up some tickets and checking him out.
Aug 19 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO
Aug 20 The Bluebird w/ Blake Mills Denver, CO
Aug 22 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Salida, CO
Aug 24 Weesner Amphitheater w/ Kevin Garrett Apple Valley, MN
Aug 25 Majestic Theater w/ Kevin Garrett Madison, WI
Aug 26 Thalia Hall w/ Kevin Garrett Chicago, IL
Did you just do a double take? We know we did when we first glanced upon MUTEMATH in a newly released song. But, when we clicked play, we were immediately rushed with a wave of nostalgic emotions from those late-night, headphone-adorned listening sessions close to a decade ago. In fact, after one listen through “Monument,” we immediately went back and relived hits like “Control,” “Typical,” and “Blood Pressure.”
“Monument” is the first release in quite some time from Grammy-nominated alternative rock band MUTEMATH, and what a return it is. Yes, the style has changed slightly from that of the aforementioned and quite adored songs, but the underlying nature of this storied NoLa band is very much there. Heavily rooted in glowing synths and upbeat percussion, this newly-released tune still has that classic anthemic nature that we’ve come to love over the years.
While citing bands like Steely Dan and The Police, we can’t help but hear associations of current electro-pop acts (ahem, Phoenix) coming through in their highly-engaging tune. It’s warm, shimmering and leaves listeners clamoring to hit repeat, over and over again.
Expect this tune and more on their upcoming album, out in late 2015. There’s also an accompanying tour, but it is literally sold out, top-to-bottom.
Dream (Sebastian Carter Remix)
It’s always a treat when two of your favorites–in this particular case the trio that is Autograf and Swiss producer Sebastian Carter–come crashing together, and this time around, we couldn’t have been more pleased with the result. The Autograf boys have been on what we music pundits like to call “a tear” as of late, racking up literal millions and millions of plays across listening platforms far and wide on seemingly every release, and their first original single “Dream” (released 5 months ago) may just have been the catalyst to that success. Of course, they couldn’t just leave those juicy stems alone without giving a handful of other adept artists a shot at molding them as well.
In stepped 21 year-old youngblood Sebastian Carter, certainly no stranger to TMN, and he’s dusted “Dream” with a signature blast of caressing house melody while maintaining the heart and soul of Autograf’s future-forward original. A penetrating yet muted four-four kick paces Carter’s revision while congruent, modal harmonies run aplenty on top of effected synth topline for a remix that plays as pristine as it is warm. We’d feel equally comfortable letting this one fly through our monitors whether in the middle of a jam-packed club floor, at our computer, or beach side with a mojito. So follow suit, and stream Sebastian Carter’s excellent “Dream” remix above.
Instinct (Rafii Remix)
Irish producer Rafii has brought the ninjas something exquisite for this premiere. With Soundcloud honing in even more on bootlegs, official remixes are going to be taking over, and Rafii nabbed one for himself from BB Diamond, an artist who’s career has already had some success working with the likes of Iggy Azalea, Clean Bandit and Katy B. Now, she’s making a run for herself, and Rafii’s helping out with his flip of her single “Instinct.”
He brings a unique sounding future house remix to the table, fusing deep house and electro like few have done before him. The sound even translates well over to trapstyle, as is evident from the second drop which cuts time to shift the energy for eight measures. Rafii jumped on my radar quick with this single, and come to find out, his Soundcloud is stocked full of goodies. Check out the stream of his remix for “Instinct” here first, then dip on over to the cloud of sounds to see what else he’s published.
This Yorkshire-based rock outfit is looking to capture the nostalgic post-punk fans around the globe, and they’re doing it in a way that will also garner an appreciative nod from the greener fans within the massive, blanketing term of “alternative rock.”
Heavily rooted in lyrical craft, FANS touch on popular aspects of social commentary, without overwhelming listeners in their message. There’s a certain artful dexterity in the songwriting that latches listeners in, encouraging them to not only appreciate the lyrics but appreciate the song as a whole. “Take It” will take older listeners back, finding themselves in a sea of familiarity with grainy, yet powerful vocals. Accompanied by distorted guitar hooks, a steady bassline, and the steady interchange of snare and kick, it envelopes listeners with ease, easily obtaining undivided attention.
Find this tune, as well as a few others, on their upcoming debut EP, out September 4th. Follow them on facebook to make sure you pick it up as soon as it’s available.
Getting out of bed on a Wednesday morning isn’t always the most pleasant feat but today we’ve got a premiere that should alleviate some of your mid-week stresses. “Let it Go” is the debut single from Swedish four-piece, Jolympix, and serves as the perfect introduction to their minimal, yet emotional, electro-pop sound. Backed by a peaceful piano progression, textured percussion and sprinkled psychedelic elements, vocals from Jolympix’s Johanna Nordström shine from the very start possessing a Jonsi-esque tranquility. Around the 1:40 mark, though, the instrumentation subtly erupts with glimmering synths complementing the stripped-down beauty at the song’s core. That understated contrast results in a captivating, immersive listening experience.
Less can often be more with music, and fans often don’t realize the painstaking process it requires to successfully achieve minimalistic bliss. Jolympix have been fine-tuning their craft for quite some time now in their hometown of Gothenburg and it truly shows on this cut. Their debut, self-titled EP is due out near the end of this year but, in the meantime, let your problems melt away with this soothing tune above.
The Crime Kitchen Crew got behind a super solid four track EP from the Hamburg trio The Delta Mode. With the act’s Wake Up EP, they deliver a quartet of house tracks that each has their own unique sound, making this a special EP for those house fanatics that love all styles in the 128 range. First, “Deja Vu” starts things off with a softer sound that is most akin to future house. Secondly, “Wake Up” brings a more festival driven sound to the forefront, but don’t think cheesy big room. It’s what big room wants to be. The third single emanates a more progressive style with a strong vocal, making it a more radio-centric song. Concluding the EP is perhaps my favorite track “You and I” that turns up the energy to an extreme level. For those looking to rage, this track will be the one you’re looking for. If you’d like to grab the Wake Up EP, head over to iTunes to get a copy!
The Delta Mode
Find A Way Back To You