Author Archives: Clayton Warwick

[We've Been Waiting For This] Max Elto – Taped Rai EP

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Well, ninjas, we’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time. Way back in April of 2013, we got our hands on “Shadow of the Sun,” and completely fell in love. In fact, if you go back to that post, you can see that we labeled it perfectly with a bracket containing the words,”Beyond Words.”

Nine months later, we’re the proud father of another post featuring these ethereal vocals from Swedish duo, Max Elto. With this newly released EP, we’re offered up not only both of the versions of “Shadow of the Sun,” but an additional three new tracks.

Leading things off for this EP is an original production, “Backyard Animals.” A slow, repetitious singular guitar note is coupled with interspersed percussions, paving the way for a bouncy bassline and some subdued vocals. At about 1:20, we’re instantly reminded of the chills we received from hearing those vocals for the first time, as that glorious vocal range is put on display. As a whole, this tune has a lovely poppy electronica feel that is extremely infectious, and absolutely ready for radio.

Next up is “City Lights,” which features an achingly-long (in all the best ways) progressive build that you would maybe expect from the intro to a Deadmau5 album. Epically cascading synths slowly walk their way up to a calming beat, accentuated properly with understated and simplistic vocals.

“Daniel,” changes the pace up with a deep house feel, with pitch-down vocal samples and an engaging piano melody. This tune definitely has club appeal, especially at a time where deep house is in such high demand. It’s the perfect lead in to what was easily one of our top 5 favorite tracks of last year, “Shadow of the Sun.”

As a whole, this EP is a well diversified venture into the EDM world. The range that’s displayed is impressive, leaving us wanting to hear what’s next on deck for this destined for greatness duo. Until then, we’ll gladly press play, again and again.

Backyard Animals (Original Mix)
Citylights (Original Mix)
Daniel (Original Mix)
Shadow of The Sun
Shadow Of The Sun (Original Club Mix)
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Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

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Destiny's Child
Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

It’s a real thing of beauty when someone can put a new spin on a track, and for some reason, it sounds like it just belongs. It’s almost as if you’re listening to the original, which is when you realize you’re jamming out to sheer gold.

Denmark based producers Borneland have served up a perfect example of the above statement, recrafting a funky remix of this Destiny’s Child track. While we could write up our own descriptions of what we think of the tune’s inspirations, this duo has sent out a statement with their tune that does it best. Check it out below:

Neither of us have tattoos nor hair on the chest, though we have been told that these are essentials to survive in our business. Luckily we have great friends with both tattoos and hair on the chest to give us advise when things are tough. One of these advisers once told us, that the first release often ends up completely different from the original idea, due to the fact that one has so many expectations… All these imaginations.

Combined with perfectionism, one ends up spending too much time on details and the original idea disappears – this is a shame! To avoid this (unnecessary) “first-time-nervousness”, we chose to start out with something as silly (to us at least), but classic, as a different version of “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child.

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Empia
Morning Call [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Sydney born producer/DJ Empia took a bit of a departure from his usual style to dial up a sultry synth rich electronica … Continue reading »

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Martin Garrix – Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix)

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Martin Garrix
Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix) [Out Now]

We’ve been tracking Oliver Heldens as of late. After writing up the deliciously tech-centric tune “Gecko,” we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of his “Animals” remix.

The tune is a far departure from the intense hard house track that captivated the EDM world just last year. While we normally tend to like remixes that pay more homage to the original, we’re actually pleased that this is maintains less elements of Martin’s monster track.

With a funky bassline, this house remix has a dialed down nature by comparison, yet still has a gorgeous, driving intensity that makes you want to get up and dance. In fact, we’ve been dancing the entire time we’ve been writing this up. It’s taken us much longer to complete the post than it normally does. We’re not mad about it though. Not one bit.

This 128 BPM official remix is out now via Beatport. Get after it, ninjas.

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Lorde – Team (Mickey Valen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Lorde
Team (Mickey Valen Remix)

With razor sharp lyrics, a soulful, unique tone, and confident swagger, Lorde has gone from blogosphere darling to international sensation. We’ve heard countless interpretations of her tunes, from covers to remixes, and the best ones always maintain enough of tune’s initial character to tie it back to the enjoyment we experienced when we heard the the original. Mickey Valen, the New York based producer behind Noosa and AYER, has offered up just that for today’s premiere.

In this Brooklyn based producer’s take on “Team,” we’re definitely left with some warm ‘n fuzzies after listening through a few times. The song’s original intensity is dialed back a few notches, laced up with a beautiful, uplifting melody instead. The tune takes on a positive and energetic personality, flirting in between influences of indie dance and tropical house.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #85

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What is up, ninjas? This weekend is shaping up to be one for the record books, and you best believe we have a soundtrack said weekend. Below are some of the freshest party tracks from this past week. We even have one premiere for you, bringing you Elektrosex’s remix of “SWIZZY”. As usual, all of these bad boys are free downloads. So, crack open a cold one and get ready for two days of freedom.

#danceirreponsibly

Jeremy Olander
Blabla (Original)
Young Folks (Robbie Rivera Vs. Landis Remix)
Eric Clapton
Cocaine (Gazzo Remix)
Terravita & Casey Desmond
Settle The Score (Case & Point Remix)
MAKJ
MAD MAX (Original Mix)
SWIZZY
Gent & Jawns (Elektrosex Remix)
LET HER GO (CAKED UP REMIX)
Toybox Freestyle(RAT Bootleg) FREE DOWNLOAD
Fatboy Slim & Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & Ummet Ozcan
Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (Young Live Trap Fix)
Blasterjaxx
Mystica ( Sikdope Trap Remix )
Drake
Best I Ever Had (K Theory Remix)
Alma
Avalanches (feat. Sound Remedy & Kill Paris)
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 1/9

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have 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)

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

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Stem The Tides

School Boy + Must Die! - January 10th
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Aftershock VIP

Cedric Gervais - January 11th
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