[Alternative] Cosmo Sheldrake – Solar

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Solar

Cosmo Sheldrake is a 24 year old producer from London. And a bloody good one at that. Solar is the B-Side to Cosmo’s debut single ‘The Moss’ and it’s about as bizarre as it is incredible – and believe you me, this song is off the incredible scale.

For me a lot of the reason I love this track so much is the weird and wonderful methods used to produce the otherworldly sounds you’re hearing. Sheldrake actually used the Sun as an instrument here. Thats right – the Sun.

In a technique known as ‘Stellar Seismology’, Cosmo used recordings of the Sun, manipulating the sounds to create something that is truly unique. I can safely say I’ve never heard any song before that was composed using the sounds of celestial bodies. It even seems bizarre that we’re talking about the Sun having a sound. But nope – there are producers out there so talented they can use something as seemingly ridiculous as space noise as an instrument. Go figure.

Compared to the Sun the other aspects of this song seem outright mundane. Which is silly considering that Solar also features field recordings of Ecuadorian flutes and the singing of the Aka Pygmy Tribes of Central America.

But that’s not all, to top it all off Cosmo recites a verse from ‘I Woke Up At The Dawn Of Day’ (a William Blake poem) in a bleak and ghostly tone that makes the hairs on the back of neck stand up. I love this song because when you take its individual components, there just seems to be no way it should come together at all. But it does, and it’s fantastic. Enjoy.

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Inky Jack – Freedom [TMN PREMIERE]

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Freedom

As we prep ourselves for the craziness that is Coachella, we’re lost in a sea of interview questions, meeting coordination, and planning out both our poolside and after hours jams. Thankfully we have a new track to throw into the mix that seamlessly blends into either of those carefully selected playlists.

Culminating in a swirling blend of rock, reggae, electronica and punk influences, Brooklyn based Inky Jack has concocted a peculiar and overwhelmingly addictive sound with their song, “Freedom.” Blurring the lines between genres effortlessly, this tune carries a strong message through its lyrics. Coming via lead singer Kwame, these words are displayed through a truly one-of-a-kind vocal tone that is both refined and a little rough around the edges. He’s able to hit high notes in a soulful manner, calling on associations of CeeLo and Tunde Adebimpe from TV On the Radio.

Dipesh Sinha and Kwame Bulter (aka Inky Jack) have set quite the trajectory early on in their career. Their sound casts a wide net by the immense amount of genres it so fluently flirts with.

Make sure to keep an eye out for their EP, Infrared, which will be out later this year. Beyond that, don’t be surprised when you see this name on some major festivals next year. That time is drawing near for this stellar duo.

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Joel Fletcher on Melbourne Bounce, Nike’s, & The Juicy Wiggle [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Last Thursday night was easily one of the greatest shows I’ve ever attended at the Yost Theater. I have been attending HAVOC Thurdays for quite some time now and that night, by far, topped them all. With the line-up tailoring to everyone’s musical desires, I knew that it was going to be absurd beyond belief. Before I was able to get down to some funky Melbourne beats and upbeat progressive house music, I first had to have a one-on-one conversation with one of Australia’s finest Melbourne Bounce producers, Joel Fletcher, to get the dish on what the music scene is like down under.

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TMN: Hey Joel! Nice to finally meet you. Welcome to the States! How was the flight from Australia?

JF: Thanks! Nice to meet you as well. It was an easy flight. I didn’t go to bed when I left Melbourne so I just crashed on the plane for 10 hours. I’m not really jet lagged so it’s great!

TMN: So, now that you’re finally in the U.S., tell me what you are most excited about regarding this tour?

JF:  It’s obviously my first trip out here and the scene is really starting to blow up so I’m really looking forward to see how everyone reacts. I believe I have 15 shows on this tour, so I’m just as excited for the 8th show as I am for all of the other shows. But, I’m really looking forward to going shopping!

TMN: Shopping? What do you want to buy out here?

JF: Shoes. Definitely shoes.

TMN: What kind of shoes are we talking about?

JF: Nike’s – as you can see. I have about 20-25 pairs of them back home.

TMN: You beat me on that one because I don’t even own a pair of Nike’s…

JF: (Laughs) Really? I’ll get you a pair.

TMN: You’re the best. Any who, let’s get back on track about music. Did you play any instruments growing up?

JF: Ah, yes. I started playing the drums when I was about 8 years old and stopped when I turned 14 which was about the time I started DJing. There were actually a pair of DJs where I grew up called the Electro Rockers, and they played a lot of progressive house and I guess you can say they really inspired me to start mixing. Continue reading

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TMBA – Obsessed (Our Time Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Obsessed (feat. Lynn Gvnn) (Our Time Remix)

It’s Monday and the coffee is brewing, the music is blasting, and the hangover is just now starting to fade away. The perfect way to cure any case of the post-weekend blues is to simply indulge yourself in some hyphy new tunes to prepare yourself for the week to come. This week isn’t like any other week, my friends, because it is officially the start of festival season. The TMN team is gearing up for weekend 1 of Coachella, which in my books, just means it’s about to be an epic weekend full of shenanigans. In lieu of this week’s festivities, we have the perfect track to describe every ninja’s feelings about Coachella, all thanks to the artists Our Time and TMBA.

TMBA just recently put out their original new dubstep tune, “Obsessed,” which left everyone obsessing over the replay button. With a slew of artists throwing out their renditions of this gorgeous track, we were recently sent a unique electro house spin on this song by Tulsa natives, Our Time. Right from the beginning, the track starts us off with a heavy kick and catchy beat that builds up into a soft, melodic intro for Lynn Gvnn to showcase her unique voice. Our Time placed a lot of emphasis on the vocals and dirty breakdowns in their remix for TMBA, in which they took an adorable (yet heavy) sounding song and transformed it into a nasty, hectic dance anthem that is  sure to make people lose their mind. Try not to obsess over this one, ninjas and have a happy Monday!

 

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #79

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Dojo number 79 is absolutely bursting at the seams with amazing music, and though they are all worthy of kind words, we can’t let time spent reading take away from that which could be used to discover it for yourselves. It also doesn’t help that this Naughty Boy bootleg from Jarreau Vandal has left us speechless within a few brief moments of listening. Smooth is one word that comes to mind…many times over. So, so smooth. Between the jazzy melody and sultry vocal edit, this has had some serious soul injected into its waveforms. If that hasn’t already brought a smile to your face, then this next one will have you grinning from ear to ear. Showing that age is no barrier, 16 year old Norwegian talent WRLD has sprung out of nowhere to stake his claim in the musical world of future bass. With a sound immediately recognizable to that of Wave Racer, your ears will have no trouble soaking this one right up. You’d do well to keep a close eye on this kid. Something that did escape our gaze before now is Druid Cloak’s super fun take on ‘Rice Rain’. Cashmere Cat material always makes for very interesting results, and this edit is up there as one of the best when it comes to great vibes and pure easy listening. The vocals of Patrick Baker are certainly something that evoke the same sentiment, so whenever a remix surfaces you best believe we’re quick on the draw. One mix that deserves your attention comes from aspiring producer Carnizzy, who has layered his version with a dreamy ambience and slick beat that suit the style of the original to a tee. To continue this trend of astounding young newcomers, 19 year old Canadian Elkoe announces his inception with tropical fanfare. The influences of Kygo and Thomas Jack are instantly identifiable here, and it seems a lot of the world took notice, because this Passenger remix has already seen his name sit atop the Hypem charts within a matter of days. That definitely won’t be a one-off occurrence either. And speak of the devil, Thomas Jack also gifted us with a more summertime glory overflowing with good feelings. The combination of his signature sound with the folk stylings of Benjamin Francis Leftwich has been a proven success in past, so this take on ‘Snowship’ only continues to build on this winning formula. Once you start with the summer sounds, it’s really hard to stop, so it’s lucky that Robotaki is feeling these same urges and has made very good use of these Miami Horror stems. This word gets thrown around in just about every write-up at least once, but this is the track is our honorary jam for the week. Face it, you’re already singing along aren’t you? Great songs inspire great covers, and this piece of disco magic from killer French duo J-Art and Madan is an absolute gem. Paola Bennet has done a stellar job with ‘Pompeii’, and together with the production work from these two, the results are mesmerizing. The list of stunning music goes much further than this though, with new tunes from Slumberjack, Just A Gent, Lazerdisk, CRNKN and Empia. This would be a far greater wall of text if we gave every one of them the feature they deserve.

What we can give them though is plenty of plays, and that’s something we strongly advise with this list. Peace out.

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Naughty boy ft. Sam Smith
Lalala (Jarreau Vandal 6K followers BOOTLEG)
WRLD
If U Wanna
Cashmere Cat
Rice Rain (Druid Cloak Broked N Cloakd EDIT)
Patrick Baker
Control (Carnizzy Remix)
Passenger
Circles (Elkoe Remix)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Snowship (Thomas Jack Remix)
Miami Horror
Real Slow (Robotaki Remix)
J Art & Madan feat. Paola Bennet
Pompeii (Bastille Cover)
Slumberjack
Sprinter feat. Sable
Fortaque
Just a Gent
Step Rockets
Kisser (Lazerdisk Remix)
Peking Duk
High (CRNKN REMIX)
Empia
Over the Edge (feat. Jugu)
Two Can
Fire
Kruisemode
Closer feat. Mike Knight (WE SINK Remix)
Temptations
Cloud Nine (FKJ Remix)
Prizm x Nelly Furtado
Say It Right
Salt Ashes
Somebody (Satin Jackets Remix)
Zeni
Dont Worry (Original Mix)
Bon Iver
Babys (Urban Contacts Summer Soul Remix)
Wadsworth
Summertime Dreaming (Jimmis Remix)
London Grammar
Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me (LCAW Remix)
M83
Wait (Kygo Remix)
DEPECHE MODE
SHOULD BE HIGHER (AMTRAC REMIX)
Historical UFO Society (Sufjan Stevens Flip)
Pharrell Williams
Lost Queen (WET PAINT Remix)
Zikomo
I Know I Will
Brown Sugar (IAMNOBODI Remix)
Kount × Harrison
Knight Life
Harrison
How Can It Be (Feat. Maddee)
Kilter
They Say
AU8UST
Volcano (Prod. by CRNVL)
Stumbleine
Polka Dots
Hayden James
No Time (Tobiahs edit)
Generation Blue (Ricky Eat Acid Remix)
RKCB
Comatose (AARMAXX Remix)
Tayenda
Sphère
Evil Needle
RendezVous ft. Sivey (Joe Kays Slowed Edit)
Paisley
Truth
OSLO
Mourners (ft. Monika Cefis)
El. Train
Clouded Visions
Daktyl
Do Without (Feki Remix)
Bryzone
Trial Run Feat. Jenny Mayhem
Grifta
Patterns
vestige
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VX O
Da P x Tigerblood
Rock U (SevnthWonder Edit)
Tom Day & Monsoonsiren
Elegiac (Leaks Remix)
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[Shoegaze] Colours – You Can’t See Me

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You Can't See Me

It’s not often you hear the phrases ‘genre hybrid’ and ‘that went well’ united in an utterance. With his project Colours, Aussie born and London based producer Tom Crandles, may have issued a new era.

Shoe-gazy and hazy, new track ‘You Can’t See Me’ lacks the introspection of My Bloody Valentine, but is in possession of its woozy and dulcet mannerisms. Translucent yet focused, a melodic drive and grungy guitars, deftly navigate their way through an industrial soundscape. Exquisite synth sections and the dreamy-psych vocal simmer down a hooky euphoria and polish off perfection, with a wonderfully effortless vibe.

Double A-side digital single ‘You Can’t See Me’, is released on the 8th of April.

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[TMN Resident Artist for April] Elephante

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April showers bring May flowers is a very true statement. Also, the beginning of April brings another Resident Artist to TMN and we had to wait until the 2nd of the month just to let you all know we weren’t fooling with this new artist.

Elephante, born Tim Wu, was born in Ann Arbor Michigan and started his music career at a young age being classically trained in piano, guitar, and exploring in both singing and song-writing. Inspired by the sounds of psychedelic rock like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and modern singer-songwriters John Mayer and Damien Rice, Elephante wrote and performed blues influenced acoustic pop songs throughout high school and college. His tastes began to shift towards electronic music in his late teens where he was influenced by “the idea that EDM was more than just drum loops, that you could create all these crazy sounds to make songs, not just a beat.” Since graduating from Harvard in 2011, Elephante has been honing his craft as a producer and DJ working to fuse big room melodic house with influences from pop, electro, and trap.

Elephante released his first EP in November 2013 titled ‘Pretty Lights’ which received high acclaim from the music world. He also has found quite a niche in making remixes of such artists as Kaskade, Katy Perry, Zedd, and Lorde.

That’s just a little insight into the man behind the music but get ready for a month full of everything Elephante, including his recently released remix of the Chainsmokers ‘Selfie’.

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