[Indie] Wet – Deadwater

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Deadwater

Whether you’re recovering from Coachella or not, the latest release from New York’s Wet is the perfect tune to chill-out to. We haven’t seen much from this swiftly rising three-piece band since they virtually disappeared after their wildly successful debut EP, but we couldn’t be more thrilled about their return.

Wet’s new song, “Deadwater,” is a dreamy gem that features an 80’s-esque vibe that glides under the singer’s sultry voice, shimmering guitar, smooth bass and percussion. Now that they’ve come back, we hope Wet doesn’t go on another hiatus as we would love to continue exploring their fresh, yet familiar, fields of sonic expression.

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[House] PatrickReza & Maya Payne – If Only (Remix)

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PatrickReza & Maya Payne
If Only (Remix)

Patrick Reza already did work on the bass music game with several tracks like his remix of “Tom Ford” and “Clocktower.” However, his past few releases have been on the house side of the fence, and so is his latest track. Another remix, this time of “If Only” by Maya Payne, was produced for all the party people out there. His production takes from future and electro house to form a song that is going to be holding down festival crowds for months to come. With the introduction we get a sense that things are going to venture pretty deep, but Patrick knocks up the energy instead of playing it cool and classy 100%. On this one you can let loose. The producer’s versatility is expanding, with any sort of sound being up for grabs when he grinds away in the studio. “If Only” was released today as a free download, so head here if you want to add it to your library.

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[Video] Rose Quartz – Leaving Now

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Way back in December, we featured the aurally consuming synth-pop single from Rose Quartz “Leaving Now”, while today we finally got our hands on the Denver based four-piece’s accompanying visual piece. Rose Quartz recently wrapped on a nation spanning tour with Generationals, so as they’ve caught a brief window of down time, we were gifted with a lovely music video. The video features separate points of view between a feuding couple, complete with baroque and glittery imagery to accompany “Leaving Now” superlatively. Check it out below.

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Kaskade & Adam K – Raining (Halogen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Kaskade & Adam K
Raining (Halogen Remix)

We’re not sure if you caught the news just yet, but Kaskade’s crowd over the past two weekends were some of the largest in Coachella’s storied history.

Kaskade, the only electronic artist tapped to play Coachella’s main stage this year, attracted two of the biggest crowds ever in the music festival’s storied history during the past two weekends. – Mashable

Not that anyone needs an introduction to this legendary captain of progressive house, but his recent increasing popularity may be a sign of things to come in the music scene. The days of aggressive “bangers” and “anthems” are slowly fading, and back again are the days of melodies, gorgeous builds, and ethereal vocals.

Quickly rising ATL duo Halogen know this all too well, as they’ve seen their highly infectious house tunes rack up hundreds of thousands of plays. In fact, their last two releases have both hit a quarter million plays on Soundcloud, garnering them a rapidly growing adoration across the blogosphere.

Today, we hear a gorgeous interpretation of Kaskade and Adam K’s smash hit “Raining,” which soars with unparalleled progressive beauty. It features a longing, anticipatory build, which pays a grateful homage to the original style of the tune. However, things pick up quickly, and we’re welcomed into a culmination of charging piano melodies, synth arrangements, and a whirlwind of percussion.

Pick this tune up today for free on Halogen’s Soundcloud. And, when you do, make sure to give them a follow. You know, because you’re getting a bad ass song for free from them.

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[SF Giveaway + Exclusive Interview] Kodak to Graph @ 1015 Folsom, 4/30

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Los Angeles

Kodak to Graph approaches electronic music in a powerful, novel way that combines a diverse set of sounds with a sensibility that spans from EDM trap to ambient and trance. His debut album, Isa, embodies his versatility capturing a broad range of emotions telling an elaborate story along the way.

The LA-based talent will be stopping through 1015 Folsom in San Francisco next Thursday, April 30th, as part of his Break the Ice Tour and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! With support from Big Wild and OBESØN, the show promises to not only be a night full of dancing but also one that showcases some particularly organic up ‘n coming electronic styles. We also were lucky to ask Kodak to Graph a few questions about his musical background, putting together his debut album and his live performances. Get to know K2G a bit better in our exclusive interview and enter the giveaway by inputting your email below! The winner will be contacted via email on April 28th, a week from today. You can also still purchase tickets for the show here.

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TMN: Can you tell us a bit about how Kodak to Graph came to be and what your earlier explorations into music involved?

Kodak to Graph: K2G began as an outlet for me to release my sappy loop based ‘post-rock’ music back in high-school.  I use to have this delay/loop pedal that would let you loop for about 6 seconds and I would make little loops of guitar, bells, random TV noises, vocals and pretty much anything else that could make noise and kick beats over them for hours.  From there I started playing little house shows for my friends and that’s pretty much when I came up with the name Kodak to Graph. The name comes from an old slide projector that I used for visuals.  It was called a Kodak Ektographic.  I would hang a sheet in front of me, because I was too terrified to perform in front of people, and project slides of old family photographs on the sheet. Most of the first Kodak to Graph recordings were written on my girlfriend’s computer and recorded with one condenser mic. It was all real instruments, the music was kind of reminiscent of old Efterklang, Helios, Sigur Ros etc. There was very minimal electronic influences in the beginnings.  The first record I released as K2G, which I don’t think exists on the internet anymore, was all very melodic chilled out ‘post rock’ / math’y oriented music.  I started getting into electronic music a few years later through my older brother and that’s really when I started to be like, okay let’s see where this can go.

TMN: Your background clearly spans more than just electronic music. Who are some artists you listened to growing up that have impacted your sound? 

K2G: Totally. In middle school I was a die-hard At the Drive In / Mars Volta fan.  I think that was the first time I really discovered experimental/ psychedelic music and I remember being so f#@€ing excited and nutty about how alien that type of music sounded to me. I still find myself pulling inspiration from their music to this day. From there I grew into more melodic/math’y/ambient instrumental bands like Lymbyc Systym, Toe, American Football, Joan of Arc, Mice Parade, Mum, etc. I was first introduced to electronic music by my older brother through cats like DJ Shadow, Four Tet, Clutchy Hopkins, Bonobo, Caribou, etc; Which I feel that style of electronic music was the gateway into electronic music for a lot of people my age. We kind of came from that era where guys were sampling melodic folk records over old funk breaks.  I still have so much love for that sound.

TMN: Isa, your debut album, has a really fascinating and textured sound. Even with the variation, though, there’s a certain almost theatrical aesthetic that really ties it together. What was the recording process like in creating something that cohesive?

K2G: I wrote the record over a span of 2 years so the recording and writing process on the record was ever changing and evolving.  I’m kind of A.D.D when it comes to writing music, so I’ll start tracks by getting really really messy and just layering anything and everything on top of each other then come back to it later and pull layers back.  I don’t generally consider how I’m going to make something sound cohesive when I’m writing the music. In the case of ISA, I chose 10 songs out of a bunch of 50+ or so tracks and moved them around and stitched them together until it created the story I was trying to tell.

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TMN: What’s the most unexpected sound you used in the creation of Isa and on what song?

K2G: Oh man.. There’s so many sounds throughout the record that were very time and place specific that always bring me back to the period of time when I was writing a specific tune.  There is a layer of field recordings in every track on the record.  I always have my iPhone out, recording field noises with voice memo, it gives the tracks a feeling of personality that they wouldn’t have otherwise, – a moment that I can hold on to forever., I’m kind of obsessive over it. In terms of sounds that ended up being completely foreign from their original form, The lead plucky high pitched lead guitar part on ‘desolation wilderness’ was a sample of piano and bass from an old 70’s television excerpt that’s pitched up about 60 semitones and reversed, chopped, stretched, delayed, spread, and filtered. The end product was a pleasant surprise but so different from my original intentions.

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[Electro House] iSHi – Push It (Cazzette VS iSHi Remix)

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Push It (Cazzette VS ISHi Remix)

“Push It” by iSHi and Pusha T was released on PRMD on April 20th. With the original comes a massive remix of the track from the Swedish producers Cazzette. Their acidic electro take is quickly becoming one of our favorite remixes. Not only do you get the high-octane electro madness, but with the second chorus cuts the beat time in half to deliver a trapped out ending to an energy draining dancefloor destroyer. If you want to turn things up at a party, or event, then this is your go to. Cazzette can manage chill works and party-poppin’ tunes, and they exceed at both. If you would like to get a copy of this remix, then you can head to iTunes to grab it.

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[Future] Disclosure – White Noise (Baiji Refix)

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White Noise (Baiji Refix)

When a Disclosure tune gets remixed, eyes and ears are ready. That is doubly so when the only song on the producer’s Soundcloud is the remix. “White Noise” is the song that got refixed by the Taiwanese American producer Baiji, who’s either just starting out, or swiped his Soundcloud clean. Either way, his production skills are on point and this futuristic R&B jam is evidence of that. His chill downtempo work has already popped off with coverage from blogs, and hearts from fans everywhere, which is no surprise once you have a listen to the song. Baiji is just getting started, so his upcoming works are sure to be even doper than this one. We’re ready for what’s to come, are you? To help prepare, you can put this tune on replay after you download it for free.

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