EZI – Afraid of the Dark [TMN Premiere]


Welcome to the dojo for the exclusive premiere of a brand new single from the 5Town Records signee EZI. Tomorrow her single “Afraid of the Dark” comes out, but we’ve got you covered with an early listen.

“Afraid of the Dark” is the title tracks for EZI’s upcoming EP. EZI does pop proper with this smooth original that is as memorable as it is engaging. It’s got a subtle groove to it that you can’t help but to sway to while EZI touches your soul with her sweet performance. If “Afraid of the Dark” is a sign of what’s to come on the full EP, then we’re going to have something very special on our hands.

I wrote my EP after having fallen into a period of depression so all of the songs on it are sort of about me navigating that experience. Afraid of the Dark was the last song I wrote for my EP (its also the title of my EP) and I wrote it when I was coming out of that particular period in my life. The “Afraid of The Dark” song is about how although I was relieved to feel more like myself, I was paranoid of falling back into that state of mind again. By the same token its also about how I weirdly missed the highs that came with being sad and self destructive.

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“Crossfire” by Snøwmass and Mona Moua is just the energetic song you need for the Fall season. It’s not over the top or too light for Summer, it sits just right with the season’s characteristics.

The future-tinged original shares some qualities from other records in the Snøwmass catalog, but he slows things down to really focus in on making an anthemic, BIG sounding record. There are a lot of great tracks, but this is one of those that feels as though it is encompassing you with its sound. It’s not easy to pull off, but “Crossifire” hits all the right notes from top to bottom. Best part about it is that it has been released as a free download, so there’s no reason not to get it.

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This creative stretch is what makes great artists great. The Federal Empire were willing to do something different and succeeded in cooking up a masterful original. In flexing their abilities they went into a very housey style that isn’t something many fans were ready for, but because they executed things so well, fans were satisfied and we’re included in that category 100%.

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[Techno] George Fitzgerald – Burns

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Rumors have been swirling around Fitzgerald’s full-length followup, and we’ve found out that it will be slated for an early 2018 release. “Burns” is out now via Domino Recording Co. offshoot Double Six Records, which you can stream below and buy here.

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Just to put into perspective of how amazing this tune is, Illenium himself stated that this may be his favorite STS tune ever. That’s a tough call because he has so many extraordinary releases out there, but we do have to say it’s up there as one of the best for sure. “All I Got” is another step in the right direction for one of music’s greatest talents – not one of dance music’s greatest talents, music in general. He’s just that good and “All I Got” is just another piece of evidence of that. Get your copy today.

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“Incapable” sees Julie slow things down and bring a slightly different vibe than what we’re used to. She always manages to flex her voice, but here its power sticks out more than usual. Its a moving record that will touch the souls of many people like it has us ninjas. Julie’s on a roll and it doesn’t look like she’s stopping anytime soon.

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Convex – Dainichi [TMN Premiere]


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“Dainichi” is about as top quality as it gets. It’s more akin to vibey tracks by guys like Haywyre than some of Convex’s heavier stuff. He focuses in on musicality to create something that is timeless music, not even specific to electronic. It’s a jazzy crossover record that we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Get a copy of this funky original today from digital stores, it’s well worth it.

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