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2016 International Women’s Day Playlist

Today marks an unorthodox holiday, and it’s one of our favorites because we get to celebrate a group of people that are responsible for the existence of a few things: ourselves just to name one, but fantastic music, as well. Today is International Women’s Day, and here at TMN we’re not bringing you some $4.95 Hallmark e-card; we’re bringing you an homage to the wonderfully talented females of the world who have made significant contributions to music in the form of a TMN super-playlist, encompassing genres of all kinds, from indie-rock to house, old and new. We’re bringing you everything from Grimes to HAIM, and we think this playlist encapsulates a wide array of musical talents that everyone ought to have on their radar.

So, while you’re listening to this playlist, take some time to shout out to the women in your life who’ve made this awesome existence possible through their perseverance and passion because – seriously folks, it can be rough out there sometimes. We love you, women! Thank you for doing what you do.

Now let’s celebrate with a good old fashioned dance party.

’Yuna – Live Your Life (Featuring Theophilus London)’
’Noosa – Sail’
’Ings – Dog Physics’
’Birdy – Skinny Love’
’Wild – Back To You’
’Bets – Rooftop Lover’
’XYLO – America’
’Daughter – Landfill (taken from the ‘His Young Heart’ EP)’
’Bishop – River’
’Meg Myers – Go’
’Isabels – Fences’
’Verite – Strange Enough’
’Salt Cathedral – No Ordinary Man’
’MEG MAC – Roll Up Your Sleeves’
’The World is Ours’
’Grimes – Go ft. Blood Diamonds’
’NAO – Bad Blood’
’Eliza Shaddad
’Marian Hill
’CHVRCHES – Leave A Trace’
’Already Gone (feat BRAVE & Lido)’
’Autograf – Metaphysical (Eau Claire Remix)’
’Braids – In Kind’
’Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down” (Maya Jane Coles Remix)’
’FMM: J. Phlip – Growl’
’Fei Fei – Like Goodbye’
’Jessie Ware – Keep On Lying (Nina Kraviz Remix)’
’Raye X Years & Years – Shine (Rework)’
’Wish You’d Met Me First’
’Iyves – Out Of Touch’
’Zella Day – East of Eden’
’Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked (Feat. A$AP Rocky)’
’Indiana – Solo Dancing’
’Shura – Touch’
’Stealinf Sheep – APPARITION’
’Joyce Muniz – Your Lies Told Me The Truth Exploited’
’Hurricane (Feat. Alo Lee)’
’Vanessa Elisha – Out of Time (prodby. XXYYXX)’
’Move To Your Beat (Prod By 1st of Fki)’
’Milk & Bone – Poison (feat. Deebs)’
’Eryn Allen Kane – Have Mercy’
’Lianne La havas – Unstoppable’
’Ruby Francis – MOVE’
’Vada – Naked (prod. by Nick Pacoli)’
’Mark Johns – 5 South (Prod. Alexander Lewis) Ft. Brasstracks’
’Huxley & J.Phlip – What You Want – No Ideas Original’
’Nite Jewel – Nowhere To Go’
’Kele – Closer (Sosupersam Remix)’
’Louisahhh!!! – Change (Original Mix)’
’DJ Snake – Middle (Mija Remix)’
’Killing Me Softly (VenessaMichaels X MOONZz Redo)’
’Chris Lake & Anna Lunoe – Stomper’
’Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)’
’REZZ – Edge’
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[Electro-R&B] Yates – Mercury


Australian-based producer and vocalist Yates is set to release his debut EP Mercury tomorrow and our ears are perked. He released the first single off the EP that shares its name a few days ago, and we’re thankful for the taste he gave us. “Mercury” serves as a strong first big release for Yates, an artist whose sound reminds us of a James Blake and Sam Smith musical child, and if such an operation exists that creates those children, can we have more please?

His sound is a take on the electro-R&B genre that soared with Blake, but with a heavier focus on pop vocals, and it’s really a winning combination. The producing is finessed, and that shows especially in his tasteful use of live symbols and piano in the song. It’s a star track that displays an aesthetic that can be difficult to achieve—catchy but relaxing, and upliftingly deep. With a relatively small following at the moment, Yates is sure to send himself into the sights of many, many more.

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[Deep House] Jade Blue – How To See

Jade Blue
How To See [Premiere]

London-based electronic producer Jade Blue has recently released her single with Black Butter Records, “How To See,” and it’s really putting her on the map here for us at TMN. Jade just knows exactly what to do to create an instant hit. We can’t wait until we hear this dropped at a show and get to be the cool kids that furiously dance all up in the space.

This track makes it apparent that Jade has a great grasp on both tech and deep house, and her transition from one to the other is pretty flawless here. She’s got a great way of creating depth in the track with a variety of synths and panning in all ends of the spectrum. One moment you’ll be hearing cosmic zooms, and the other you’ll find yourself in a bass drop so good it hurts. Her work has got us feeling like we’re at a show in the likes of a Dirtybird BBQ, but with a little more glitch in her style. We’re happy to give her many props for this track.

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[Minimal House] Anenon – Once


A friend of the LA-based super label Friends of Friends, Anenon, has released a new track this week that’s got our ears perked. Anenon released two singles this week, one of them being “Once.” As the name would not suggest we found it incredibly difficult to listen to this song a single time.

It’s integrative and so satisfying to listen to. The first thing you hear when the track starts is some free jazz drumming—namely fluttering symbols. In fact we think the percussion is what really makes this track. The artistry in the speed and articulation of the pads and the live symbols (or at least live-sounding) blur the lines between drum sampling and live drumming. Pair that with the Leon Vynehall sounding synths that slide you to and fro and you’ve got a masterful electronic release.

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[Downtempo] Beacon – Running Out

Running Out

Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett first crossed paths in Brooklyn back in 2011– a meeting that would eventually birth the electronic downtempo duo Beacon. The duo has produced multiple studio albums and brings an electronic sound that’s deep and vocals that are soultry. In a way it’s like they’re pioneering their own dark R&B genre, using synths that are reminiscent of produers like oOoOO and beautifully reverberant vocals, which are always done by them. Thankfully they’ve released another full length album with Ghostly International, Escapements, and they’ve got one of our favorite tracks by them so far on there, “Running Out.”

“Running Out” commences with, simultaneously, an insanely deep bass synth and insanely airy vocals. It’s a juxtaposition that’s become quintessential in their work but still takes us aback, because it’s done so well. The first half of the tune the vocals are really taking the stage, but about half way through the song the tact of their electronic producing makes a showcase, the vocals disappear, and it leads up to a pretty epic balad chorus that’s backed with all of the intensity of their rhythm and beat design.

The rest of the tracks on the album put on a similar display, but we really just had to bring this Beacon track especially to you, because we think it’s especially awesome.

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CRSSD Fest 2016 Preview + Phase II Announcement

Beginning in February 2013, FNGRS CRSSD has brought the latest in what was once largely alternative electronic music. Providing a space for all electronic listeners to go to and love, the CRSSD festival at San Diego’s Waterfront Park has created one of the hottest dance parties on the West Coast.

Pairing up with Goldenvoice, FNGRS CRSSD launched their first CRSSD festival on March 14th and 15th of 2015. It was a highly anticipated event that was reveled by many and a dance wonderland for all. If vibes are your thing, this place is like the D-Land of vibes, ’cause vibes is the only word to describe what feels like a multi-thousand person picnic along the water with all of your favorite dance music, all happening in the presence of the trajectory of the San Diego sun which always ends with an epically beautiful sunset.
Since their first debut they delivered another iteration of the fest that was largely successful once again, and now we have the third and best CRSSD in our opinion to look forward to on March 5th and 6th at ol’ Waterfront. Their lineup is so, so solid, too, and they just released Phase 2 of it and it’s fantastic. It upped the quality even higher than it already was, and that was really exciting for us. They dove deep into some of our favorite labels around right now like Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird Records, and that’s gonna be great. With names like Odesza, Ryan Hemsworth, Bondax, Chet Faker, Gryffin (who we’re really excited to check out), Tale of Us, Claude Vonstroke, Tiga and J. Phlip, this is going to be a full and complete weekend that was more or less expected because CRSSD kills it with electronic in San Diego every time, and us native San Diegans are very appreciative of it. We’ve attached a playlist of some of the artists we’re most excited for.

The fest will be located at Waterfronk Park San Diego and start at 12 PM on both Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought at Ticketfly here. For real, make sure you grab your tickets before they sell out. This stuff’s hot. The Ninjas will be there. See you there!

’Hayden James – Something About You (ODESZA Remix)’
’HI LO – Crank It Up’
’Marcus Marr & Chet Faker – The Trouble With Us’
’Death Cab for Cutie – The Ghosts of Beverly Drive (Tycho Remix)’
’Tale Of Us – North Star’
’HONOR – Never Off (Hot Since 82 Remix)’
’Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money (Claude VonStroke Remix – DJ Dub)’
’Sam Gellaitry – to earth and back’
’Skream – MALEFIC’
’Lane 8 – Midnight’
’REZZ – Edge’
’Sailor & I – Leave The Light On (Kidnap Kid Remix)’
’Ryan Hemsworth – Afterglow’
’Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – We Will Return’
’Foals – Give It All (Bondax Remix)’
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[Hip Hop] Kane Grocerys – Columbine Suicide (Prod. D33J & Shlohmo)

Kane Grocerys
Columbine Homicide (Prod. D33J & Shlohmo)

LA-based beat collective WEDIDIT, hands down, has some of the most talented DJs and producers around right now. One of their most successful members in terms of mainstream gigs, Shlohmo, has risen to the top of the electronic game through his displays of sheer talent with what seems like anything he touches. From his beautiful EP “Bad Vibes” to his works with Jeremih, Shlohmo has a knack for producing that is unparalleled, and bringing in fellow collective member Djavan Santos, better known as D33J (who has his own impressive repertoire of quality electronic), resulted in this new hip-hop gem by Kane Grocerys, “Columbine Homicide.”

Belonging to the independent, DC-based label Goth Money Records, Kane Grocerys lays a commentary on the nature of street violence—imposed by peers and reinforced by authorities. Grocerys demonstrates himself as a critically wise and skilled rapper in this work, and that combination with the talent-ridden production of WEDIDIT makes for another leap in the direction of conscious electronic meeting conscious hip hop. This release has us wondering what else those WDI boys have up their sleeves… they’re always up to all good.

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