[House/Garage] Sylent Efx – Thumpin’ [TMN Premiere]

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Thumpin' (Original Mix)

Finding and exposing new artists steeped in talent before anyone else is part of the bloodline pumping through TMN. Our latest discovery comes from young House prodigy Sylent Efx, all of 18 years old, with his brand new tune “Thumpin’”. To try and pin “Thumpin’” down into one classification or genre of music would be doing a great disservice to the mature and thought out structures employed within Sylent Efx’s music. Elements surface throughout the track from classic house, garage, hip-hop, future and even some basic pop framework for a resulting tune that is just as much a careful composition as it is hooky, addictive dance groove. Not to mention the vocal loop pulled from the Clipse single, “When the Last Time”  fits onto the wunderkind’s crafty instrumentation as perfectly as a sequined Mike Jackson glove. We’re not the only ones to have taken notice either as Sylent Efx has had quite the busy last couple of months playing alongside names like Cassian and Touch Sensitive, as well as a recent headlining slot in the Lounge at Rolling Stone’s most recent #1 Nightclub in America and a venue our Ninjas should be very familiar with, Beta Nightclub in Denver. We don’t anticipate this young man’s music remaining much of a secret for long, especially behind support from Jerome LOL, option4 and Vanilla Ace, so jump ahead of the curve and snag a digital copy of “Thumpin’” through Night Supply Records before it invades your club floors around the world.

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[Hip-Hop] Atmosphere – Kanye West

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Kanye West

Before you have a heart attack at the prospects of a hip-hop collaboration of unfathomable proportions, we want to stop you from making any dangerous assumptions. This is a song by Atmosphere, and the title of the song is “Kanye West.” Yeezy had no involvement with this song at all unfortunately, and nor is this a tribute to him either. The motivation for this one is best explained by Slug himself, who recently told Pigeons & Planes 

I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment.
The single itself carries with it a familiarly gritty Atmosphere sound. It may be 2014, but Slug’s storytelling skills are as poignant as ever, and Ant‘s work behind the boards just as immaculate. Now that we’ve heard the first two singles from Southsiders, we could not be more excited for the release of the group’s upcoming album on May 6th. Stream the track above, and head over to iTunes to pre-order the album and receive copies of “Bitter” and “Kanye West” instantly. You can catch the official video for “Bitter” as well after the jump.

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[Exclusive Interview] TMN Sits Down With option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity at Snowball

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The Good Life (option4 Remix)
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Hello (Original Mix)
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This past weekend at Snowball Music Festival, we were treated to a wonderful palate of eclectic artists, all in the heart of Denver Broncos territory at Sports Authority Field. From major acts like Busta Rhymes, Pretty Lights, Yeasayer, Twin Shadow, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Griz, Knife Party and MiMOSA to the amazingly well represented house tent with names including MK, J. Phlip, Graff, Justin Jay, Maxxi Soundsystem and The Juan Mclean; it was safe to say our tastes for all different genres of music were well satiated. We also had the chance to catch up with some of our absolute favorite up and coming house artists option4, as well as the duos of Keepers. and Need & Necessity round-table style in their home city to talk about their burgeoning record label Night Supply, their drinks of choice, spirit animals, Miley Cyrus and a whole lot more. And who better than these three entities to give us a little insight into the climate of dance music in their own state? Check out the full transcript below.

The Music Ninja (TMN): Alright, The Music Ninja here at Snowball Music Festival with option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity. First things first, I know we can be a bit intimidating so how about a round of Fireball shots? [five minute pause from interview] Okay, let’s get the ball rolling!

TMN: Now, we’re obviously here in your guys’ back yard of Denver. A lot of people don’t realize this, but all of you have been throwing and curating proper house music events in the city for over three years as TheHundred and have built relationships with most every dance artist on the festival. With this year being so heavy on house music, what has it been like to see your collective work begin to take a bit of a hold through more mainstream outlets like a Snowball Music Festival? Let’s start with option4.

option4: Man it’s been awesome to see so many people that might not normally be into this style of music fully support and accept it. For example, last night MK was killer, J. Phlip was killer and all those people choosing to be in the house tent as opposed to some of the other stages. That was something that felt very tangible, very real. It was kind of a weird stage to begin with because nobody could really hear the music outside of the tent and it was a little bit tucked away, but that thing was still absolutely packed.  It seemed like there were a lot of people there for that style of music, so it was nice to see house music have a real footing at an American festival.

Read the rest of our interview with option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity after the jump!

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[New Release] Zella Day – 7″

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The beautiful and talented Zella Day released her album 7″ on Monday, made up of her two stunning songs “1965″ and “Sweet Ophelia.” That same day, Zella released the video for “Sweet Ophelia.” We were lucky enough to chat with the Arizona native about her inspirations, her new release, and the enchanting new video.

TMN: Zella, we all would just like to say how much we love your music and your sound. Can you talk to us about how living in the West inspired and continues to inspire your music?

ZD: I grew up in such an ethereal place. I was raised breathing in the fresh mountain air that in some ways I incorporate into my music. There was a lot of open space and a lot of natural beauty that allowed me to express myself freely. There wasn’t much of a music scene in Pinetop so I was kind of left to my own devices; the songs I began writing were original and unaffected.

TMN: And obviously congrats on your debut 7″ release, always super exciting! Tell us what you are most excited about with this big release.

ZD: Thankzzzzzz :-) . I’m excited that so many people are hearing my music. That’s the whole point. I’ve been making music for what feels like a long time and its invigorating that people get to experience it for themselves. These first releases get me one step closer to playing in front of more and more people which is what I live for.

TMN: On top of that, you also released the video for ‘Sweet Ophelia’ today, again, congratulations! This song is already such a powerhouse, how did you decide where to take the feel and flow of the music video?

ZD: I wanted the video to be simple yet trancelike, I wanted it to look like what the song sounds like. There are a couple scenes in the video that are symbolic and speak truth as to what the song is about; the video is purposeful. I was nervous that the whole 3 minutes was based on my performance because I haven’t really performed like that in front of a camera before. My take on the whole thing was unrehearsed and authentic, so what you are seeing in the video is pure emotion. Theres a vulnerability portrayed in my disposition that I believe the song possesses as well.

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[Indie/Electronic/Psychedelic] Klaxons – Atom To Atom

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Atom To Atom

British post-punk dance champions Klaxons have released “Atom To Atom,” the next track off their new album Love Frequency. Serving as the band’s third album, their first since 2010’s Surfing The Void, Love Frequency will feature collaborations with artists across the electronic spectrum including LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands, producer Erol Alkan and more. “Atom To Atom” sees Klaxons pushing their sound further into the realm of electronic/house music. Pulsing, bass-driven beats build on top of dance-ready synth before erupting into a sea of psychedelic electronica. Talking about the new album, bassist Jamie Reynolds stated: “We have arrived. On the first two albums, we were taking off and this one is us flying. We are there.”

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[Video/Chill/House] Sebastian Carter – Stranger Sights (Feat. Henry Green)

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Stranger Sights (feat. Henry Green)

Sebastian Carter has graced the pages of TMN multiple times behind a smooth and emotive brand of house remixes, but this time the Swiss born producer is back and armed with a beautiful original record featuring an ethereal vocal contribution from budding UK troubadour Henry Green. “Stranger Sights” executes a succinct hi-hat shuffle plucked right out of NYC’s Paradise Garage brand of late 80′s dance music; but rather than a jacking house vibe at its core, there lies a very seductive and melodic heartbeat to the tune. Henry Green, whose vocals we had never heard before, casts an even more soothing aesthetic onto “Stranger Sights” with his reverb treated crooning, and behind those beautifully coalescing elements, this one quickly took the place as our favorite Sebastian Carter tune. As an added bonus, the visually stimulating music video plays just as well as the track does aurally. The pair teamed up with rising photographer/videographer Jack Toohey, who had this to day about the project: “I was inspired by the mysterious quality of the song, I immediately pictured aimless wandering on a cold night. Picking up on lyrics like ‘retrace my steps, ‘wasting time’… That feeling of being out dancing until 3am – every things a bit of a blur – dangerous thoughts like ‘in the hope  that i’ll be yours again’ start slipping back into your mind. I guess it’s just trying to capture that feeling and that mystique of the hours before dawn.”  We think both the song and video nailed it. Stream “Stranger Sights” above (which you can download for free on his Soundcloud), and check out the official music video after the jump.

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[Chill] EPISODE – Dust (Feat. Mree & Topaz Jones)

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Dust Feat. Mree & Topaz Jones

As bloggers, we live for the moments when a song comes across our inbox that inexplicably grips us from the very first moments and never lets go. Calming is the word that instantly comes to mind when listening to EPISODE‘s “Dust,” as Mree‘s affectionately delicate, reassuring vocals snake their way around your body, and slowly melt all your worries away. By the time the drums kick in just prior to the one minute mark, you’ve already reached such a state of nirvana that it seems as if Topaz Jones‘ slick lyrics are effortlessly gliding over the lush instrumental. With the weather finally taking a turn in the right direction, there’s no better song we could imagine listening to during those breezy summer afternoons.

While not much is known about the mysterious NYC based production entity behind this blissfully enchanting tune, there’s no question in our minds that it’s only a matter of time before EPISODE become household names. Keep your fingers hovering over that play button, because repeat listens are inevitable. If you still can’t get enough (we really can’t blame you), head over to the group’s official website to snag yourself a free download of this amazing gem.

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