Author Archives: Alisha Wieckmann

[Future Bass] Kicks N Licks – World feat. RULS

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Kicks N Licks
World (feat. RULS)

Future bass is making itself known in the electronic music world and we’re completely okay with this especially with Kick N Licks latest release on Lowly Palace label, a special new project from the creators of popular Youtube channel Trap Nation.

This duo have a way of taking the listener through a dreamland like journey with unique soundscapes; we hear birds chirping in this one, and synths, but keep it upbeat with climactic drops and quick paced melodies. Add RULS’s smooth top line vocals and you’re given a little bit of everything. Play this track for anyone who is familiar with Kicks N Licks and there’s no mistaking this is purely their work. The track is out in full force and, even better, you can grab it for free here.

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[Electronic] LissA vs MEMBA – Don’t Look Back

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Don't Look Back (LissA vs. MEMBA)

We’re totally in love with LissA’s provocative love anthem and her vocals prove you can have a crush on someone’s voice. We’re equally in love with the production style of New York’s Ishaan Chaudhary & Will Curry, aka MEMBA. When the two joined forces to bring us “Don’t Look Back” the compilation of talent took this track to a whole other level.

LissA has organically built an incredible following with her talented sultry and what I’d call, voluptuous voice with past tracks such as “Pitch Black” featuring production from the talented Berlin producer Mazde, and with her cover of the Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc,” plus many more. Now, released on Night Air Records, “Don’t Look Back” joins her repertoire of singles that have quickly amassed some love from practically every industry insider. Add MEMBA to the mix with their worldly and ancient influences and we’re given an ethereal track by talented artists that ultimately make the perfect match.

You can stream or buy “Don’t Look Back” here.

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[Melodic Bass] Suave – Take Me Under feat. Miranda Gulasy

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"Take Me Under" (PRMD DSCVR)

We’re still in the first month of 2017 and with the amount of incredible music that closed 2016, it’s no surprise that the new year is already bringing us music that pulls at our heart strings. With a chance of a very bleak 4 years ahead of us producer Suave is bringing us something fresh with is new track “Take Me Under.”

As the first release of the year with PRMD Music, this self taught pianist, vocalist, and producer has brought us a track that melds trap, bass and melodic melodies into one. Pulling inspiration from artists such as Said the Sky and Lido, Suave manages to make his tracks completely his own with crisp sounds featuring his very own vocals and, in this case, Miranda Gulasy.

Suave has landed himself in the top 50 Soundcloud charts as well as a million plays between his releases. Grab the track as a free download and add him to your 2017 watch list.

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[Electronic] DROELOE – In Time feat. Belle Doron

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In Time (ft. Belle Doron)

Clean and crisp are the first words that come to mind when listening to DROELOE’S latest release, “In Time.” Not only does this describe the production, but vocals from Belle Doron deserve the same adjectives to be applied. Though the lyrics remain simple they guide you through an intrinsic pairing of sounds that leave the listener to experience everything from intense emotion, climactic synth laden lines, hip-hop beats and can’t be missed bass. A beyond impressive track for DROELOE leaving us excited for more.

When we were first working on the instrumental we had an idea of how the song was going to sound, but we weren’t sure about the specific feelings we were trying to convey. Then, Bella sent us her vocals and we were absolutely blown away by her emotion and lyrics. We instantly knew that the track was going to carry a sense of ‘reminiscing of the past’ and that’s how “In Time” was born.

Even better, the track is available to stream or download, for free, here.

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[Electronic] San Holo – Light (Taska Black Remix)

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Light (Taska Black Remix) [NEST HQ PREMIERE]

There’s no doubt that “Light” was a major hit for those who enjoy the melodic and future bass sound of San Holo and the exciting part is the track has only gained momentum as the Bitbird label continues to release the remix package. Bringing us a heavier version to the euphoric vocals while adding instruments including guitar, piano and more Taska Black, a resident Bitbird artist, has given new light (pun intended) to this airy track.

San Holo did a great job on the melody. I wanted to do something with that and make the climax as wide as it could possibly get. The blend with the opera-like voice is what makes this remix stand-out in my opinion.

Taska’s rendition adds edge to the slightly softer original making this a sharp comparison and giving those who enjoy a heavier beat a taste of what they’re looking for. Taska has surely joined our radar for artists to keep an eye on in 2017. Check out the track and stream or purchase the remix here

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[House] Cages – The Music feat. Black Gatsby

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Cages
The Music

Cages‘s music is consistently infectious and the funky beat of “The Music” paired with Black Gatsby’s smooth vocals is no exception. The high energy tempo and soulful vibes creates an overwhelming urge to lose yourself from the outside world and deeply immerse your mind and body in a melody fit for every dance floor. While some of us are delving into the coldest months of the year, this track, released on Ultra Records, is keeping us warm and we’re in complete agreement with the catchy vocals, “I lost my mind in the music and I love how it makes me feel.” “The Music”can be purchased or streamed here.

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The Aston Shuffle Talk New Remix For Neo-Soul Legend Maxwell [TMN Interview]

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This track boasts seven minutes of Neo-Soul legend Maxwell’s falsetto voice paired with The Aston Shuffle‘s groovy, deep house production and is simply stated, a perfect match. The Australian duo recently impressed us with their “Only 100s” mix and now they’ve given us a track worthy of placement in their own series. With basslines capable of inducing a trance like state of mind matched to a smooth body moving melody, The Aston shuffle have created a project to end 2016 in a bold way.

“Huge fan of The Aston Shuffle, they keep it so soulful and raw for the dance clubs.” – Maxwell

2017 is soon approaching and news is they’ll be gracing us with another original release on The Magician’s Potion label. After what we’ve seen in 2016 there’s no question these two should be on everyone’s watch list. I got the chance to ask the guys a bit about the new remix. You can stream the track on Spotify or Youtube.

TMN: 2016 has been quite the year for music – How have you guys grown throughout the year and what would you say was your greatest moment?

TAS: 2016 has been great for us! We had 3 releases (High With You, Only 1 and Make A Wrong Thing Right) come out on one of our favourite record labels, Potion (The Magician’s label). We did a few national tours here in Australia and Vance has been busy spreading The Aston Shuffle message across the US with his recent move to NY, and we’ve continued to get great listenership with our Friday Night Shuffle radio show.

TMN: MAXWELL is no rookie when it comes to music. The NYC soulful R&B singer has been around for quite some time. What did you like best about remixing this particular track?

TAS: It was all about the vocal, it’s so dope and catchy! The producers treated the vocal with some really cool effects which really grabbed our attention and ultimately drove the direction in which we took the remix.

TMN: How did it feel to have Maxwell reach out to you about this remix? Describe your reaction.

TAS: We’ve been long time fans of his since the 90’s. He reached out to us saying he really vibed on our song “Tear It Down” It was unbelievable to have an artist of this calibre resonate with our music. We’ve been in regular contact since. He’s an absolute legend so to have remixed a song off his album was one to tick off the bucket list!

TMN: Did you have a certain direction in mind for this or was it more go with the flow?

TAS: Not really, we just went with the flow like we normally do when doing remixes. It was totally unintentional but it ended up with a bit of a nod to some classic Armand Van Heldon vibes.

TMN: Not only have you released this remix but started the Only 100s mix – What do you look for when selecting music?

TAS: Between our radio show and DJ sets, we are seriously inundated with new music. It’s seriously crazy the amount of music we have to go through each and every week! So to help with our workflow we create a shortlist of club weapons. These tracks are what we consider to be the standout tracks of the moment whether it’s a Balearic house jam or a certified techno banger, if it’s dope, then we’re playing it on Only 100s.

TMN: What direction do you see yourselves going in 2017? Is there anything particularly exciting you can share?

TAS: We already have a few releases ready to go in 2017 which you’ll be hearing about very soon. We’ll be continuing our Friday Night Shuffle radio show and also building the Only 100s name. It’s going to be a busy year for us but we’re already looking forward to it!

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