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Chris Lake Discusses his New Sound, “Stomper,” and Ending the Negativity [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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As we continue our month-long spotlight on Chris Lake, we’ve come to our favorite part of the Residency Program. Don’t get us wrong, we’re always excited about sharing some brand-new music or a wicked custom mix, but an interview gives you insight into an artist like nothing else.

Seeing how it’s Friday, we’re guessing today is going to be a lax day around the office, which makes the perfect situation for you to take 10 minutes off to get to know one of our favorite musicians.

TMN: Hey Chris! Thanks for taking some time to connect. It’s been a long time since we last spoke – all the way back in 2012! It’s good to connect and it’s great to have you as our Resident Artist.

CL: Thank you for inviting me!

TMN: First things first, let’s talk about the shift you’ve gone through this year. What inspired it?

CL: It came off the back of isolation from the rest of the world. I was a little bit disillusioned as to where I found myself positioned. I got a bit sick of some of the events I was playing, some of the bigger festivals, the main stages, and some of the things I found myself doing to make people dance.

I had lots of time by myself about a year ago and started to mess around and try new things. I went back to what I did years ago, and tried to put a new spin on it. I just loved it. It felt like an 18-year-old kid again, just producing and having fun. I was innovating in my own way, creating a sound that no one else has. I’m confident I’ve got that now. I’m confident you can listen to a record and say, “that’s a Chris Lake groove.” And, that makes me feel good.

It’s the sound of my heart, so to speak. I know it’s quite as attention-grabbing as some of the records I’ve done over the past few years, but I love it.

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MANTU & Max Joni – And I (Alle Farben Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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And I (Alle Farben Remix)

Feel that groove? Yeah, you do. It’s got you strutting down the sidewalk feeling like a cool million. You’ve completed another long haul of five straight days of work, and now a few days of freedom lie directly ahead. What’s the best accompaniment to that blend of accomplishment and impending celebrations? Alle Farben’s remix of “And I.”

The original, which is crafted by Mantu with vocals from Max Joni, is a rather soulful deep house record, highlighted by a luscious bass line and lyrics that would make Chris Isaak nod in approval. Today though, it’s all about the remix at hand, which was dialed up by this impressive Berlin-based artist.

The first two minutes are pair perfectly with the groove we mentioned in our opening line, seemingly crafted just for a walk down a busy city street, your drive home from work, or that first cocktail you’ll have when getting ready for tonight. After that, we’re welcomed into some pitched-down vocal samples, which tie in the personality of the original.

This remix is officially out via Ultra Records as of today. We highly recommend you pick it up for your end of the week endeavors.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/30 – 8/1

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over two 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 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
– This deal is ONLY valid for Friday and Saturday night’s shows. If you want to see the Super Secret DJ tonight, you’re going to have to pick up tickets here. And, as much as we pleaded with Beta, they did not tell us who it is.

See you on the dance floor.

Super Secret DJ - 7/30
Boys Noize - 7/31
Boys Noize & Pilo Cerebral
Sander Kleinenberg - 8/1
Sander Kleinenberg ft Gwen McCrae
Can You Feel It
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Moonboy Inc. – WHY LONELY [TMN PREMIERE]

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WHY LONELY

We may be miles away. We may be hours apart. No matter how you choose to measure distance, we’re on the same page as Berlin-based Moonboy Inc. It’s Thursday, a notorious party night around the globe, and “Why Lonely” has us feeling that groove.

While the lyrics swing towards the more melancholy side of songwriting, the instrumental elements are very much lively and danceable, driven by a lead piano melody. The inventively manipulated vocal samples are what first brings the song’s personality to life, latching listeners in from the get go. From there, it’s a mix of light percussion work, layered synths, and an additional, quite impassioned set of vocals from another singer.

This track is streaming on Moonboy Inc’s SoundCloud, as of today, but will eventually be found on his upcoming EP, Postcards From The Moon. We suggest you follow his account and keep an eye out for it.

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Surrender the Spirit – Witnesses [TMN PREMIERE]

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There’s a seemingly endless supply of quality music pouring out of Brooklyn on a daily basis. It’s a veritable hotbed of talented musicians from all genres, churning out DJs, popsters, and avant-garde acts alike. Today, we’re bringing you a relatively new act from this musical borough, as we showcase the blogosphere’s first listen of “Witnesses.”

Comprised of Kristin Sonntag and Jonathan Rauberts, Surrender the Spirit brings listeners into an immersive pop experience in this latest release. “Witnesses” calls on associations of acts new and old, blending elements from the 70’s to the 2000’s with ease. It’s driven by a danceable bassline and splashy cymbals, providing an enveloping listen, complete with heart-warming harmonies, layer-upon-layer of sonic styling.

Beyond a musical escape this afternoon, we highly suggest digging in further to Surrender the Spirit. Although they only have a few songs out right now, we’re sure this will change soon.

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[Indie] nvdes – unforgettable

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Part endearing, ukulele-laden, softly-sung indie track, and part grin-inducing, head-bobbing, late-night dance session track, the sum of collective parts in this infectious piece is exactly what it’s been titled with – “unforgettable.”

There’s unfortunately not much for us to say about this enigmatic musician. With only one previous release, no information on facebook, and less than a couple hundred social followers, we don’t have much to go on when it comes to nvdes. However, in this case, we’ll gladly accept that fate, and keep a careful eye out for more releases to come our way. We highly suggest you do the same.

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Chris Lake’s Travel Playlist [TMN RESIDENCY EXCLUSIVE]

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There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind when it comes to DJs traveling. Often having multiple shows, in multiple states, on the same day, these veterans of land, sea, and air travel rack up more miles than most people could ever dream of.

As many of you already know, a solid playlist, a good pair of headphones, and continuous streaming music is a must for any trip, whether it be for business or pleasure. With that in mind, we had our Resident Artist for July dial up his favorite travel tunes for your listening enjoyment.

Now, all you need is a plane ticket. Maybe it’s time to look up some last minute weekend trips.

Brame & Hamo – Ghetto For You
Vangelis Kostoxenakis
The Chief
B2 Frits Wentink
Glints
Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Fantasy
Hayden James
Something About You
Bill Withers
Who Is He (Henrik Schwarz Edit)
TroyBoi Feat NEFERA
On My Own
Go (feat. Q
Tip) by The Chemical Brothers (Recorded on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac)
Seb Wildblood
Noshi (Ft. Kelly Lee Owens)
Two Fingers feat. Noisia
Salah
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