James Vincent McMorrow Discusses “How to Waste a Moment,” Remixers, and Breakfast in America [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]


There shouldn’t be any doubt in any of our reader’s minds with regards to our unwavering affinity for Mr. James Vincent McMorrow, or JVM, as so many of you lovingly call him. Dating all the way back to April of 2011, we’ve been enamored with his unique, intoxicating, and highly addictive vocal tone and style, continually waiting for each and every new release.

After seeing JVM a few times in different cities across the states, we were finally able to catch up with him and have a quick chat about his marathon of touring, the upcoming album, and, of course, breakfast food in America.

TMN: Hey James. Thanks for sitting down with us tonight. Is this your first time in the Mile High City?

JVM: Yeah. Is that what you call it? Mile High City?

TMN: Yep. We’re 5,280 feet above sea level. You just performed at Mishawaka, which we’ve somehow never been to. How was your experience up there?

JVM: Yeah. Saw a Bear. Played by a roaring river. It was cool…it’s a strange little V. It’s a narrow strip of land because you have the river here, and the road here (gesturing with his hands), and you have this little bar there. Beautiful bar, actually – really good food and nice people. It felt a little bit like playing in Austin, at Stubbs…if you’ve ever been there. Outdoor. Dirt floor. Rickety stage. It was really atmospheric. Once it got dark, it was real cool.

This is the fun period. We’ve done 150 shows since the last record came out. This is the end of the cycle. It wasn’t ever on my bucket list, to play the Mishawaka, but it really cool. It was a co-bill with a band called Dawes, which we don’t overlap crowds a whole lot. My crowd is very different from their crowd. So, that means there’s a lot of people there that are like – “impress me.” Which, I love. It’s cool.

TMN: Over the past few years, you’ve done quite a bit of touring through the states. We’ve had the pleasure of catching you at Coachella and in New York. What have some of your highlights been?

JVM: My highlights are like – in the last two years – playing two nights in the Sydney Opera House. That’s just not something I ever expected to happen. It’s such an iconic place. Selling out two nights there was a real moment for me – a real marker – to a level we had never been before. We had done shows in Australia in January for like 700 people, and we were like “we’ll be back.” Then we came back and sell it (Sydney Opera House) out in super quick time.

Coachella was cool, even though it was a stressful tour to me. That tour was amazing because we sold everything out. Even though crazy stuff was was happening to us logistically, every show was amazing. It was so much fun. It felt like the 70’s or something – shit would go wrong and we couldn’t fix it, so we would just have to roll with it. That whole tour was a whole moment.

There’s a festival in Ireland called Electric Picnic, and we headlined on Saturday night. That was really special for me, because that’s a big festival for an Irish person.

Those are the ones that jump out to me.

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Dear David – Hypnotized (Chase Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Dear David
Hypnotized (Chase Remix)

Are you constantly pining over that epic party that carried from Saturday night, well into Sunday morning? Maybe you’re having a tough time sitting in your cubicle with those thoughts? Do you just want to say “screw it,” and head back to the party? Well, while we certainly don’t encourage you to up and quit your job, we do have something that will help keep those weekend party vibes up and running.

Taking a crack at the recently released, uber-funky “Hypnotized,” from Dear David, this newly-formed, Stockholm-based duo have channeled the cool vibes of their hometown club circuit. While the 70’s inspired disco elements are left behind in this interpretation, Chase pays an artful homage to the original through meticulously placed vocal samples.

The end result is a deliciously drum-centric remix, which will leave listeners unable to stop moving their hips, tapping their feet, and nodding their heads to the rhythmic tribal vibes. And that’s all before the bassline drops in, which will only further the uncontrollable need to dance.

This tune can be found in the official remix EP, dropping October 4th via ICON music. We highly suggest you set a calendar notification to remind yourself.

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Two Cartoons – Males [TMN PREMIERE]

Two Cartoons

We’re always happy to bring you fresh, new tracks on Monday morning, knowing full and well it will help ease you into your work week. Today, we have a rippin’ indie rock song coming to your ears from all the way down in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Coming off their debut album, Happiness is Trouble, “Males” showcases not only the raw musical talent Two Cartoon’s possess, but their songwriting ability as well. Calling on associations of Brit Pop acts like The Kooks and The Wombats, an immediate familiarity floods through with a catchy guitar cadence, hazy vocals, and upbeat percussion. While that, and the oh-so-addictive chorus, are more than enough to reel us in, these two take a turn to the heavy, dropping into a devastatingly wicked guitar solo. For those readers out there who grew up pretending to wail out on your air guitar in your bedroom – get ready to dust it off. You’ll need it.

Lyrically, “Males” gives listeners an acutely self-aware glimpse into the band’s struggle in fighting an all-too-familiar stigma. Fearing being seen as the typical, aggressive, oft-misogynistic man that can be found in any number of bars and clubs in any city across the globe, they’re left wanting to “never leave home,” to avoid any association with that stereotype. Here in the states, we call those guys “Bros,” and we can certainly understand the concern for that societal affiliation.

“Males” can be found on Happiness Is Trouble early next year on Far South Records. We strongly suggest you follow these cats on facebook to keep tabs on the official release date.

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The Chill Dojo #151

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Get your week started with a smile as veteran producer 813 dishes out a burst of happiness in the form of ‘Walking’. It’s bright, it’s cheesy, but when you hear that whistle lead, you’ll know it’s just what you need to turn those Monday blues upside down. With a flash of jazz and a whole lot of fun, this one’s a good reminder that life doesn’t need to be so serious all the time. Turning to the more traditional form of chill music now, Brisbane group If I Had Antlers deliver the delightful electronic original ‘Fresh Water’. It’s every bit as refreshing as its title, layered with mellow atmosphere and beautiful vocal splices that offer that drifting sensation we look for week in, week out.

When a group of artists get together for a creative session, you know only good things can come out of it. We certainly weren’t expecting a cover of ‘Trap Queen’, but BLANKTS, Tulpa, Teddy & Tive have cooked up something special that completely flips the script on what we thought possible with the original. Basenji continues his string of vocal hits on his Trackpad EP and ahead of his upcoming tour of the same name. This week he revealed ‘About You’, a more soulful approach combining with the velvety voice of Oscar Key Sung. While remaining fairly downtempo for most of the journey, it just wouldn’t be trademark Basenji without an epic bass-filled climax to send it off. From one emotional ride to the next, Maxo works his chord-slaying magic over the incredible Danika Harris for a sweet jam that will wrap up this week’s proceedings in perfect fashion. Peace out.

If I Had Antlers
Fresh Water
Trap Queen
BLANKTS, Tülpa, Teddy & Tive
About You (Feat. Oscar Key Sung)
Better feat. Danika Harrod
Told You (Feat. Ookay)
Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas
From Grace
Like You (Girl) ft. Floria
To U
Prince Fox
Wait Until Tomorrow V.I.P.
Mark Arkinson
cya next time!
Make Me Feel
Not Over
The Cure
Boys Dont Cry (Sailors Remix)
Sam Padrul
Why Do I Do Ft. Jason Gaffner (La Felix Remix)
Sam Padrul
Why Do I Do Ft. Jason Gaffner (Mattanoll Remix)
Sam Padrul
Why Do I Do Ft. Jason Gaffner (Bolivard Remix)
Karma Fields
Breathe Slow
Feel Good (Its Alright) feat. Karen Harding (Ferdinand Weber & Fabich Remix)
Nigel Good
No Way Back Up (feat. Illuminor)
Jungle (Chrome Sparks Remix)
Like An Animal
Whilk & Misky
Clap Your Hands (Addal Edit)
Weight In Gold (Zimmer Remix)
Jon Bonus x Kid Astronaut
The One (Original Mix)
Lights (Bakermat Remix)
Ryan Hemsworth
Afterglow (Celadon City Edit)
Sunshine Song VIP
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[Future] Dooqu – OMW


There’s no secret to Dooqu’s musical intentions, he’s here to make people smile. We first heard from the young Danish talent in his debut LoveLust EP, and in only a few months of honing his melodic craft further, he’s back with his latest Pluma EP to showcase a musical style even more blissful than the last. Of all 3 tracks, ‘OMW’ caught our attention with its addictive blend of playful plucks and chord shredding, forming a wave of lush vibes that culminate in feelings of pure happiness in sonic form. This is the musical equivalent of stepping outside to a morning filled with glorious sunlight and all the positivity in the world shining upon you. We can only wish this was our theme song every day.

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[Electro-Funk] Peking Duk – Say My Name (Filterkat Remix)

Peking Duk
Say My Name ft. Benjamin Joseph (Filterkat Remix)

Australian duo Peking Duk have quickly risen to a headline act in their home country, their latest single ‘Say My Name’ cementing their status with a heap of radio exposure since its release. While the original continues to do its job on the airwaves, a number of other Australian artists have brought their remix chops to this fresh package, helping to ease the exhaustion that extensive radio play can have on a popular hit. One such local talent is Melbourne-based Filterkat, who brings his French inspiration to an incredibly funky electro cut, layered with driving basslines made to bounce off the walls of dance floors and send crowds into a fever pitch. For those seeking that extra kick behind the force of the anthemic vocals, look no further than this one.

You can grab this version in Part 1 of the Say My Name Remixes EP out now.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 165)


This week has been great for music, especially if you’re looking to turn things up a notch for the weekend. We have huge tracks for you from Destructo, who kicks things off with his new freebie, as well as Adventure Club, Luca Lush, Revolvr, Sikdope (Happy Birthday!) and Prince Fox who signed to the major label Republic Records on Monday. Safe to say, those last two will be partying! If you’re looking to shed the week off with some drinks and your friends, then all that’s left is the music. As usual, we’ve got you covered, but we only ask that you do for us one thing. Please, make sure to #danceirresponsibly.

Luca Lush
Wait Until Tomorrow (Prince Fox V.I.P.)
The Chainsmokers
Roses (Not Your Dope Remix) Feat. Rozes
Tiësto & DallasK
Show Me (Revolvr Booty Flip)
A f t e r h o u r s feat. Diplo & Nina Sky (Omeguh Remix)
Kastra & White Vox
Turn It Out
Lady Ocean & Urresta
Janja (Original Mix)
Cake Eater & Inflect
Jello (Treovr Remix)
Limitless Feat. Delaney Jane
Swamp Funk
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