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[Future Bass] Kai Straw – Supernova

Kai Straw
Supernova

If you’ve been following Kai Straw like we have, then you’ve come to expect music that will pull at your emotions. That’s just what is going to happen when you listen to “Supernova” however Kai dives into a different sound with this single.

“Supernova” blends Kai’s usual indie sound with future bass to create an invigorating song with soaring synths and a vocal performance that will give you chills. This certainly wasn’t what I was expecting to hear from Kai as he unveils his upcoming LP, GUN, but it comes as a nice surprise. This track follows up Kai’s single “The Recipe” that you should check out if you haven’t yet. “Supernova” is currently out on digital platforms for those of you looking to get a copy or add it to your playlist.

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VOLAC Talks New Track and Japanese Drift Cars [TMN Interview]

Volac
Wait A Minute ft. Peazy 616

This Russian producer and DJ power duo has been making waves with releases on Tchami’s label Confession, AC Slater’s Night Bass and have joined forces with LA-based DJ/producer DESTRUCTO to create a G-house infused anthem “What I Got” which received over 1 millions streams on Soundcloud. Now VOLAC brings us a brand new track released on Night Bass and a tour announcement.

“Wait a Minute,” the duo’s recent track, continues to incorporate their G-house and hip-hop infusion to bring us another dark clubby hit that features the vocals of Peazy 616 and keeps us falling more in love with their over all production style. We got the chance to ask them about their No Love tour which kicked off in the US August 3rd in Santa Barbara, the new track, their thoughts on the Holy Ship debacle and more. Make sure to check out the track and click here for a list of tour stops and tickets.

TMN: How did VOLAC come to fruition?
VOLAC: We’ve been friends since childhood and both started listening to and loving electronic music early, so we tried making tracks together. When we were very young, we were creating a very different kind of dance music from what we produce now. After two years, we started to prefer deep house. Then, we continued on to do some G-house and bass house music. Volac was born very simply! One day we were making a track with a lot of vocals, and when we were saving it, we used the wrong two letters—“L” and “C.” We saved a track with the title “Volac” and loved the name!

TMN: Any previous background in music?
V: Volac is our first project as a duo. In the beginning we tried to making more EDM type music… but this wasn’t for us. We’ve been growing step by step though 😉 Started from the bottom hahaha

TMN: You have had some releases on same amazing labels such as Confessions, Destructo’s Hits Hard, and Night Bass – How does it feel to be recognized buy such strong producers? 
V: To get respect from great labels and high profile producers is always really cool. We definitely feel a responsibility to create really solid tracks for each release on these taste making labels, and love putting together our best tracks for these releases.

TMN: You have a tour kicking off this weekend – what are some of the stops you’re most excited for? What are the feelings you like to induce on the crowd with your music during shows?
V: We are super excited for each show, but we’re probably the most excited for HARD fest, and Elements festival coming up this weekend. When we play we love moving the crowd with bass heavy tracks – we mostly enjoy playing our own music.

TMN: Any opinion on the news of Live Nation trying to push out Destructo
from Holy Ship?
V: We know that Holy Ship is one of the best boat parties in the world and that Destructo is great promoter and we don’t know exactly why this is happening. We hope that everything with his career will be cool and look forward to playing some of his parties in the future and continuing to collaborate with him!

TMN: I really dig the new track, the incorporation of the hip-hop vibe really stands out compared to other tracks- how’d this track come about?
V: We always try to combine house and hip-hop styled music. This is something we’ve been doing for some time now, and we love combining these two elements. “Wait A Minute” started with an awesome vocal from Peazy 616 and we built a super heavy beat around it – we’re really happy with how it came out.

TMN: In such a now saturated market what’s your advice to producers on making music that stands out in general?
V: Everyone should focus on crafting their own unique style. Copying anyone else just leads to more of the same music; you really need to work on creating something special and new. Spend as much time in the studio as you can!

TMN: Anything special on the horizon other than the tour and new track releases? 
V: We have a bunch of awesome VOLACAST guest coming up and the videos are getting even crazier & funnier. Other than music, we’re thinking about buying an old Japanese drift car lol – we’ve wanted to
get one of those for so long haha.

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[Electronic] Whethan vs Oliver Tree – When I’m Down (Bronze Whale Remix)

Whethan VS Oliver Tree
When I'm Down (Bronze Whale Remix)

Today we’re bringing you a remix that instantly caught our attention for Whethan vs Oliver Tree’s “When I’m Down.” Austin, Texas duo Bronze Whale made up of Aaron Jaques and Benny Alley have been breaking into the music scene since 2011 and giving themselves a great name between original releases and other remixes.

This bouncy, pop edit takes this piano heavy chilled out track and leaves plenty of room for dancing. The added edginess to the layers in production give us a true sense of what these two are all about and keeps us bobbing our heads. Sometimes Tuesday’s can be just as bad as Monday’s but this release is a 10/10 mood booster and has us ready to rock into the weekend. Bronze Whale sweetens the deal by making their remix available as a free download here. Make sure to check it out and add it to your favorite Summer Playlist.

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[Dubstep] Illenium – Fractures (Trivecta Remix)

’Illenium – Fractures (Trivecta Remix)’

There’s been a very well deserved commotion behind producer, Illenium, his melodic sound puts you into a day dream state you never want to leave and the emotion behind his productions evokes even the most distant memories. What’s just as impressive is the talent that has taken on his tracks for official remixes and today we’re talking about Trivecta’s “Fractures” remix.

Trivecta does an excellent job with keeping the emotionally filled melodic sound that Illenium originally created with this track, but inducing us into a climactic build that drops into a synth laden edit and turns up the percussion for an up beat chorus that melds the two artist’s talents together seamlessly.

Alongside the remix teased in Illenium’s EDC recap which you can purchase or stream here, Colorado based Nick Miller has announced phase one of his Awake Tour. Fans can catch Illenium live all across the United States starting in Denver in November, heading through stadiums from San Francisco to Chicago. With amazing performances at EDC and recently Electric Forest, which we got to witness ourselves, we can guarantee there will be nothing disappointing about this tour. Check out the first stops below and purchase tickets for the tour here.

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[Electronic] San Holo – Lights (Nitti Gritti Remix)

We’re bringing you a upbeat mashup meets remix of, literally, all of the lights. DJ and Producer Nitti Gritti has taken 2017 hit, “Lights” by San Holo, added a boisterous edit, and threw in a little plus. Gritti surprises us with samples from Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” featuring Rhianna and Kid Cudi, delivering two hit songs into one package.

The track, featured by Nitti Gritti himself, at EDC Las Vegas during a sunrise for Trap Nation’s art cart, has gained support from San Holo himself and amassed over 60 thousand plays via Soundcloud. The bass artist has given listeners a special treat with a free download. Grab it here.

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[Electronic] MOONZz – Home (Prod. by SACHI)

MOONZz x SACHI
Home

LA-based vocalist MOONZz has impressed us with her first 2017 release “Navigator,” and blown us away with her recently re-imagined version featuring production by New Zealand’s SACHI. “Home” adds the summer, pool-side sparkle to an already strong vocal track with popping synths and an up beat melody. This paired with the sultry feel of MOONZz’s voice has this track slated to be one of the hottest of the summer.

MOONZz shows no sign of slowing down between building a four piece band for her upcoming Summer and Fall tour and working on her 2nd EP, due this Fall. With collaborations including Khamsin, STINT, SRNO, Netsky, Armin Cekin and more to be featured on the upcoming EP, this vocalist is on our top watch list. Avoid missing what MOONZz has to offer by streaming here or purchasing via iTunes here.

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[Electronic] Cashmere Cat – 9 (After Coachella) ft. MØ & SOPHIE (KRANE Remix)

Cashmere Cat
9 (After Coachella) ft. MØ & SOPHIE [KRANE Remix]

“With this one I sat down, didn’t overthink it and just had fun…” -KRANE via Pop Crush

Fun is the first word that comes to mind when listening to this record. Krane has taken the unique production of Cashmere Cat, the vocals of MO and style of SOPHIE and turned “9 (After Coachella)” into something completely original. This rising producer does a fantastic job of incorporating his own sounds of synths and hints of trap, separate of Cashmere’s funky plucks that permeate the original version. The flip creates an excitement and energy that is surely going to be found throughout the rest of the festival season. To top it all off this remix is available for FREE download here.

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