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Next Up in TMN Residency: Benny Benassi

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Our Artist Residency program is one of our most prized possessions. Every month, we get to shine a spotlight on one of our favorite artists, showcasing them through a string of exclusive pieces. We try to rotate from month-to-month, as well, giving you a taste of both legendary and unknown artists. Well, this month falls under the former, as we welcome in long-time dance music icon Benny Benassi.

For us, our infatuation began early in Benny’s career. In fact, we were in attendance at his very first appearance in Denver at The Church Nightclub. The anticipation for this show was overwhelming, partly because Denver didn’t have the bustling music scene that it does now, especially when it came to dance music. The other reason was, of course, due to the tremendous success his global smash hit “Satisfaction,” from his debut album Hypnotica. The show was one that has stuck with us to this very day.

After that memorable tour, Benny continued his storied career, playing festivals like Coachella, EDC, Beyond Wonderland, and so many more, in addition to releasing two more albums, Phobia and Rock N Rave. As if the millions of adoring fans, and a stellar collection of originals and remixes wasn’t enough to solidify his legacy, he also added a Grammy to the list in 2008 for his remix of Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise.”

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2011 brought another strong pillar to his resume, as the world became enamored with the release of “Cinema” which dropped on his fourth album, Electroman. Subsequently, a young, quickly rising producer by the name of Skrillex got his hands on it, and both his remix, and the original were cemented in dance music history. Following that, the hits continued to come through collaborations with Chris Brown on “Beautiful People,” and John Legend on “Dance The Pain Away.”

With the recent release of his fifth album earlier this month with Ultra Records, we figured it would be a perfect time to rope him in to be our Resident Artist for the next few weeks. Stay tuned for some exclusive content from one of the industry’s best and brightest.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/28 – 7/31

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Once again, we’re excited to bring you more opportunities to check out our favorite club. As you probably already know, we’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over three years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 5:00p on Sunday.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is ONLY valid for Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday nights this week.

See you on the dance floor.

Caked Up - 7/28

’Caked Up & Meaux Green – Thirsty (JEFF074)’
Zomboy - 7/29
’Bro Safari – Follow (Zomboy Remix)’
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’How We Deux’
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’Elderbrook – How Many Times (andhim Remix)’
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Up Is The Down Is The – Two Places At Once [TMN PREMIERE]

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Two Places At Once

It’s not every day we stumble across a stellar, up-and-coming artist from Boise, Idaho. In fact, this may be the first time we’ve ever written up an Idahoan. But, today proves that the state’s official nickname holds true, as we uncover this gem of a song, “Two Places at Once.”

If this is the first time you’re catching wind of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Martin, also known as Up Is The Down Is The, you’re definitely not alone. With only a small following of a few hundred fans, you’re in the unique position to start supporting him from the very beginning, something that holds a special place in every music lover’s heart.

“Two Places at Once” is officially coming out on this act’s debut album, Memory, which is due out on August 3rd. It’s an interesting blend of indie rock and R&B, rooted in sultry guitars, and powerful, wistful, and highly infectious vocals. Its calming yet bold nature gives the song a unique weight, showcasing Andrew’s affinity for acts like James Blake, Sampha, Radiohead, and Madlib.

Make sure to follow Up Is The Down Is The across the board, on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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Haux – Seaside (Turtle Rework) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Earlier this month, a fusion of dream-folk and calming electronica came together via a budding young artist named Haux. His debut EP, All We’ve Known, is a 6-track collection of delightfully transient, wandering, and simply encapsulating work, highlighted by positively stunning vocals. One of our favorite stand-outs, “Seaside,” recently got a proper remix treatment from the oft-mysterious Turtle.

Turtle’s Rework features a wonderfully long build up that slowly layers in elements, creating a gorgeously-crafted ambient soundscape. From fluttering synths, to deep bass hits, to the eventual incorporation of subdued percussion, each accentuates Haux’s glowing vocals with a gradual, textural, and enveloping manner. All that’s left to do is close your eyes, lie back, and get lost for a few blissful minutes.

Currently, you can pick up All We’ve Known through Akira Records on Spotify or iTunes.

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PLS&TY ft. Bobby Saint – Outlaws [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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If The International Association of Baby Makin’ Music existed, PLS&TY and Bobby Saint would most assuredly be poster boys for the organization given what they did with “Outlaws.” There’s no denying it–the soaring vocals glide powerfully over surging synths and heavy bass, giving everyone the perfect backdrop for their upcoming bedroom escapades.

No need to blush, here. We’re all adults. We all have that playlist, and we’re all continually looking for new additions to it. This shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone at this point. However, if you find yourself in the minority, or you’re just a huge fan of this pairing’s work, we have another layer that might be of interest to you.

Seeing as how every true music fan loves nothing more than to belt out the lyrics to their favorite tunes, whether it be in the car, with the windows up, or in the shower, holding your back scrubbie like a microphone, the simple truth is that whether or not we actually can sing, we’ll gladly do so anyways. Today, we’re giving you a crash course in how to keep up with “Outlaws,” made possible by this handy lyric video.

If you’ve come to know and love the collaboration of Palm Beach-based PLS&TY and Barbados-based Bobby Saint, and their work via PRMD Music, then you’ll certainly be stoked at knowing the proper set of lyrics from “Outlaws.” Just promise us one thing–don’t start singing these bad boys out as you lay in bed with that special someone. It will most definitely kill the mood.

After you’re done with your own personal karaoke session, head over and pick up “Outlaws” for your personal collection.

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Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Viceroy Edit) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Stayin' Alive (Viceroy Edit)

As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. While it’s always bittersweet to bring one of our residencies to a close, it usually means we’re bringing you a taste of something that’s never seen the light of day. Today is no different than what you’ve come to expect over the past two years.

In true warm-weather fashion, the Sultan of Summer, Viceroy, is offering up something he’s had in his arsenal for years. If you’ve seen him live, which we certainly hope you have, you’ve probably heard this gem mixed into his sets. It’s his edit of the Bee Gees 1977 monster hit, “Stayin’ Alive,” and it’s absolutely perfect for your weekend beach, pool, or BBQ plans.

To make sure you spend the rest of your summer in proper “summertime all the time” fashion, Viceroy is also hooking this up as a free download. Make sure to send him a tweet and give him some love.

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[Album Review] Viola Beach’s Self-Titled Debut LP

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I’ve written out and deleted at least twenty opening lines while trying to kickstart this album review. From inspirational messages, to thoughtful condolences, to moments of fear and frustration, my blinking cursor seems to disapprove of just about every set-up I can dream of.

Here’s the thing – I absolutely adored Viola Beach. From the very first time I heard “Swings and Waterslides,” I knew these youngsters were onto something big. It was just last summer. The days were growing shorter, but these four lads from Warrington gave my aging bones something to hold on to as winter’s chilly winds blew across Colorado. Release by release, I was continually drawn to their highly engaging, pop-structured tunes, each giving way to wide-spreading grins, incessantly tapping feet, and the urgent sense to spread the word about this budding talent.

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Earlier this year, as most of you know, Kris, River, Tomas, Jack and their manager Craig were taken well before their time in a tragic car accident. I certainly don’t feel like highlighting that evening, though, as even in death, these talented souls have far more to offer than just a mournful headline and story.

We are tremendously proud of everything the boys achieved in such a short space of time,” the band’s families said. “Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom shared a huge passion, talent, and dedication to music.

We believe the best way to celebrate our sons’ lives is to release an album of their songs.”

If you followed along with the releases that preceded that night, you’ll know that they were rife with proper amounts of energetic percussion, playful guitar work, and anthemic lyrics that paved the way for happy, dancing feet across the globe. Just one trip through “Boys That Sing” should be more than enough to have you proudly belting out the chorus as you prance around your living room, whether or not you actually know how to sing. That certainly seemed to be the case at Glastonbury a few weeks back, when Coldplay covered that very song on the main stage.

 

While those three releases were more than enough to cement a lifelong legacy, we have a few more to add to our beloved collection. That brings us to today. As honored as I was to premiere Viola Beach’s debut song, I’m doubly honored to provide one of the first album reviews for them.

’Viola Beach – Boys That Sing’

“Swings and Waterslides,” “Cherry Vitmo,” and “Boys That Sing” aside, this collection has hits spilling out from every seam.

Take “Like A Fool,” for example: Led by a sportive guitar riff, it immediately welcomes you in, taking you by the hand to the eventual chorus, which could be reserved for the night after your next break up. (Not that we’re wishing that upon you–but it happens, and it’s always good to have songs to get you through it.)

“Drunk” brings an expertly crafted blend of emotive nuances and danceable rhythms, offering an interesting juxtaposition. While the lyrics are melancholy, its healthy rhythmic backbone maintains a pace that’s will undeniably have people nodding their head along with the ripping guitar breakdowns and heavy snare work.

One of my favorite tunes in this collection is definitely “Really Wanna Call,” which beckons comparisons to legends like Paul Simon, and modern marvels like The 1975, The Wombats, or St. Lucia. While it will never see stadiums full of the singing fans it so rightfully deserves, it will always carry the weight that other anthems in its class do.

The collection is destined for greatness, regardless of the fact that Viola Beach won’t see so many of the world’s stages they was bound to play. Instead, their greatness will be held in the headphones and speakers of adoring fans across the globe, with more and more discovering how truly incredible these guys were.

Help embrace and share the legacy by picking up their album through the band’s own label Fuller Beans Records.

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